23rd October 2012
US: Bill Gates donates $500,000 towards legalising equal marriage in Washington 6
10:24 PM — Microsoft owner, Bill Gates, and his wife Melinda, have personally given $500,000 (£313,000) towards efforts to legalise equal marriage in the state of Washington, pushing the total raised by equal rights advocates to $10.8 million (£6.7 million).
19th October 2012
US: Poll shows Maryland voters likely to approve equal marriage 12
1:34 AM — A poll released on Thursday suggests that voters in the state of Maryland could be the first to approve equal marriage by a popular vote.
14th October 2012
US: Companies confirm support for equal marriage in Washington, in full page newspaper advert 2
11:36 PM — A large number of Washington-based companies have confirmed their support for Referendum 74, the equal marriage bill, which will be voted on next month in the state, by signing up to a newspaper advert.
11th October 2012
US: NFL player starts controversy by tweeting a gay ‘joke’ 32
9:43 PM — An NFL football player in the US has been the subject of heavy criticism, after tweeting a joke which was considered by many as homophobic.
Rick Santorum: Equal marriage would destroy churches, families and ‘disintegrate’ marriage 55
3:25 AM — Rick Santorum has joined the campaign against equal marriage in the state of Washington, and has said that if it became a reality, churches and families would be destroyed.
10th October 2012
US: 63 ex-Catholic priests in Washington to announce support for equal marriage 6
12:04 AM — A group of 63 ex-Catholic priests in the US state of Washington are due to announce their support for Referendum 74, the vote on equal marriage in the state, which will take place next month.
21st September 2012
US: Freedom to Marry to fundraise in Maryland for equal marriage ballot 1
9:27 PM — A national organisation has joined the effort in Maryland to legalise equal marriage rights in the state, during November's ballot on the issue.
Maine: Opponents of equal marriage receive $250,000 boost 9
8:57 PM — An anti-equal marriage group are flooding money into an organisation in Maine, opposing the change for equal marriage in the state's referendum in November.
11th September 2012
US: Hundreds rally in Portland for equal marriage 6
1:39 AM — Advocates of equal marriage in the US state of Maine have kicked off a public campaign of tv adverts, bumper stickers and yard signs, with a rally in Portland.
5th September 2012
9-year-old Boy Scout quits, says he doesn’t like unfairness of anti-gay rule 32
8:04 PM — A nine-year-old Cub Scout has quit over the Boy Scouts of America's policy which does not allow any gay member, volunteer or staff member.
6th August 2012
US: Gay rights group donates $1m to marriage equality efforts
10:06 PM — US gay rights group Human Rights Campaign has donated $1m to marriage equality efforts in four states. Campaign groups in Maine, Maryland, Minnesota and Washington will each receive $250,000.
24th July 2012
Republicans join push for marriage equality in Maine 6
10:26 PM — Twenty Republican leaders have joined a Republican group pushing for marriage equality in Maine. At a press conference yesterday, state representative Stacey Fitts explained how he changed his mind on the issue.
US: Hedge fund managers back marriage equality in four states 1
10:23 PM — Pro-Republican hedge fund managers are backing marriage equality efforts in four US states. Marriage equality campaigns in Maine, Maryland, Minnesota and Washington have received financial support from hedge fund billionaire Paul Singer and Cliff Asness, the founder of AQR Capital Management, the Financial Times reports.
21st June 2012
Maine: Equal marriage advocates seek to amend ballot question 6
6:47 PM — Supporters of marriage equality rights for gay couples in Maine have said they will ask for the ballot question on marriage to be put to voters later this year to be amended before it is finalised.
10th April 2012
Maine: New anti-gay group campaigns against equal marriage 9
11:05 PM — Two outspoken opponents of equal marriage have started a new political action committee (PAC) in Maine, with the explicit and exclusive aim of campaigning against efforts to bring marriage equality to the state through a referendum this November.
27th March 2012
Secret documents reveal anti-gay marriage group planned to divide gay and black voters 48
4:36 PM — Confidential documents made public in a court in the state of Maine today revealed the leading opponents of same-sex marriage planned to defeat campaigns by "fanning the hostility" between black and gay voters and by casting President Obama as a radical enemy of marriage.
24th February 2012
Petition secures second public vote on gay marriage in Maine 36
3:42 PM — Citizens of Maine will be asked to vote in favour of equal marriage rights for gay couples after a petition by marriage equality advocates secured enough signatures for a second public referendum.
22nd August 2011
Video: Maine’s gay marriage petition starts strong 10
11:52 AM — Supporters of marriage equality in the US state have seen 5,200 signatories on their first day of petitioning.
15th January 2010
Gay marriage opponents denied referendum in DC 4
5:16 PM — Gay equality opponents in Washington DC were barred by a judge from holding a referendum on gay marriage yesterday. Judge Judith N Macaluso said allowing voters to strike down the law would "authorise discrimination".
6th January 2010
Rhode Island approves funeral rights for gays 6
11:43 AM — Lawmakers in the US state of Rhode Island have approved a law to allow people in gay relationships to make funeral arrangements for their partners. They overrode a veto from Governor Don Carcieri.