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  • 5th January 2012

    Michele Bachmann bows out of presidential candidacy race 34

    Bachmann received 5% of the vote in her home state of Iowa

    11:24 AM — Michele Bachmann has confirmed she will not be the Republican party's candidate in the US presidential elections this year. Bachmann pulled out of the race after receiving just 5% of the vote in the Republican voter caucuses in her home state of Iowa this week.

  • 30th December 2011

    Best big companies for gay staff in the US revealed 8

    10 of the 20 biggest companies scored full marks (Photo: Flickr user Radikos)

    1:43 PM — The Human Rights Campaign has released its annual rankings of US companies by the support they give to LGBT employees, and revealed that nearly a quarter of the 850 companies surveyed scored full marks.

  • 18th October 2011

    Call for New Jersey teacher to be sacked for anti-gay Facebook comments 52

    Gay rights groups want Viki Knox sacked

    5:44 PM — Gay rights groups are calling for the sacking of a New Jersey teacher who wrote on Facebook that homosexuality is "perverted" and "breeds like cancer". Viki Knox, who works in Union High School in the Union Township school district, made the comments last week.

  • 12th October 2011

    Gay rights campaigner Frank Kameny dies aged 86 25

    Frank Kameny was a leading gay rights activist (Photo: DC Virago)

    10:14 AM — Frank Kameny, the US gay rights campaigner, has died aged 86. The activist, who was sacked from his government job as an astronomer in 1957 for being gay, was one of the leading lights of the US gay rights movement.

  • 4th October 2011

    Obama ‘still working’ on gay marriage views 95

    Barack Obama is 'still working' on his views on gay marriage

    10:06 AM — US President Barack Obama says he is "still working" on his personal view of gay marriage. A year ago, he said his views on the issue were "evolving".

  • 3rd October 2011

    Obama attacks Republican booing of gay soldier 26

    Obama attacked the "smallness" of the Republican candidates

    10:23 AM — Barack Obama has criticised Republican presidential candidates for staying silent when a gay soldier was booed at an Orlando debate. Stephen Hill, who is stationed in Iraq and spoke via a videolink, was booed for asking whether the candidates would reinstate the ban on openly gay troops.

  • 16th September 2011

    Gay troops prepare for end of military ban 25

    The ban will end on September 20th

    11:24 AM — The ban on openly gay US troops will come to an end on Tuesday, 18 years after it was signed into law. Despite some attempts to derail the repeal, the process is on track.

  • 6th September 2011

    Lesbian congresswoman Tammy Baldwin hopes to become first out gay senator 21

    Tammy Baldwin would be the first out gay senator

    5:00 PM — US congresswoman Tammy Baldwin has entered the race to win retiring Wisconsin senator Herb Kohl’s seat in 2012. If she is successful, she will become the first openly LGBT senator.

  • 27th May 2011

    Human Rights Campaign backs Obama for re-election 11

    President Obama has won the backing of Human Rights Campaign

    2:36 PM — America's largest gay rights organisation, Human Rights Campaign, is backing President Barack Obama for re-election in 2012. HRC leader Joe Solmonese said that Obama was the only clear choice for the LGBT vote next year.

  • 24th May 2011

    Tennessee governor signs bill to wipe out gay legal protection 70

    Governor Bill Haslam has signed a law that makes anti-discrimination protections void (Photo: Brian Stansberry)

    6:09 PM — The governor of Tennessee has signed a bill which gay rights campaigners say will wipe out all any laws which protect LGBT people from discrimination. Governor Bill Haslam signed the law yesterday. It bans cities and municipalities from making their own anti-discrimination ordinances and bans any area from having stronger protections than are available at state level.

  • 3rd May 2011

    Law firm loses clients over refusal to defend anti-gay marriage law 29

    The Obama administration will not defend the Defense of Marriage Act

    5:12 PM — A US law firm has lost two high-profile clients over its refusal to defend the anti-gay Defense of Marriage Act. King & Spalding was seemingly lobbied by gay rights campaigners not to defend the law but has now lost the National Rifle Association and Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli as clients.

  • 14th April 2011

    Basketball star Kobe Bryant fined $100,000 for anti-gay slur 35

    Kobe Bryant called a ref a "faggot". (Photo: David Allison)

    10:08 AM — US basketball star Kobe Bryant has been handed a $100,000 fine for using a homophobic slur against a referee. During Tuesday's game, the Lakers player called Bennie Adams a "faggot" when the referee judged he had committed a foul.

  • 3rd March 2011

    Video: Hip-hop star producer Russel Simmons joins fight for gay marriage 4

    Russel Simmons is campaigning for gay marriage equality  (Image: Brett Weinstein)

    12:31 PM — Russel Simmons, the co-founder of hip-hop label Def Jam Recordings, has become one of the first major black music figures to join the fight for full marriage equality for lesbian and gay couples.

  • 16th November 2010

    Thirteen gay activists arrested after White House DADT protest 7

    Protesters chained themselves to the White House fence

    3:10 PM — Thirteen gay rights campaigners have been arrested after handcuffing themselves to the White House fence in protest at the ban on out gay troops.

  • 15th November 2010

    US Supreme Court denies request to lift gay military ban 6

    The ban on out gay soldiers was upheld

    6:01 PM — The US Supreme Court declined a request to lift the ban on out gay troops serving in the military on Friday. In the latest round of the fight to have the law repealed, Republican gay group Log Cabin Republicans asked the court to overturn a lower court's ruling that the ban should remain in place indefinitely.

  • 10th November 2010

    Repeal of military gay ban looks doubtful this year 4

    A survey of troops will be published in three weeks (Photo: US Army)

    4:58 PM — Repealing the US ban on gays and lesbians serving openly in the military by the end of 2010 now looks less likely. Congress will begin a lame-duck session on Monday and the White House is pushing to repeal the law.

  • 3rd November 2010

    Iowa voters oust gay marriage ruling judges 23

    Three Supreme Court judges were ousted in Iowa

    12:53 PM — Three Iowa Supreme Court judges who ruled that the state's ban on gay marriage was unconstitutional have been ousted by voters after a campaign by anti-gay groups.

  • 27th October 2010

    Obama discusses DADT with gay groups 2

    Gay rights groups met the president yesterday

    6:00 PM — US president Barack Obama had a brief meeting with gay rights groups yesterday over the ban on out gay soldiers. According to the Washington Post, the groups met the president and senior officials yesterday to discuss the repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell.

  • 26th October 2010

    Record number of out gay officials in Obama administration 3

    Barack Obama has appointed a record number of out gay employees

    6:41 PM — US president Barack Obama has appointed a "record" number of out gay officials since taking office. According to estimates by gay rights campaigners and the White House, he has appointed more than 150 out gay people to posts in his administration.

  • 20th October 2010

    Pentagon tells military to start accepting gays and lesbians 3

    The Pentagon has told military recruiters to accept gay applicants

    10:52 AM — The Pentagon has told US military recruiters to begin accepting out gays and lesbians. Last week, California-based US District Judge Virginia Phillips ruled that the gay ban must end immediately. Yesterday, she issued a final ruling refusing to stay her order while the government appeals.

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