7th August 2012
Mitt Romney ‘supports rights of gay Scout members’ 17
10:34 PM — US presidential candidate Mitt Romney is against many gay rights measures, but he does back the right of gay people to join the Scouts. In 1994, he said that while the Boy Scouts of American should be free to set its own policies, he agreed that it should allow gay people to be members, staff and volunteers.
11th July 2012
US: Mitt Romney tells NAACP he will fight against marriage equality 26
11:30 PM — US Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney told the annual NAACP convention today that he will oppose marriage equality, despite the civil rights group's board of directors endorsing the right of gay people to marry.
6th July 2012
Brad Pitt’s mother writes anti-gay letter to local newspaper 37
8:30 PM — Brad Pitt's mother has written a letter to a Missouri newspaper attacking Barack Obama on his support for marriage equality. Jane Pitt wrote to the Springfield News-Leader to say Christians should back Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, who is against abortion and same-sex marriage.
10th May 2012
Romney bullied gay classmates, US media reports 106
9:00 PM — The Republican presidential candidate, Mitt Romney, was forced to apologise today, just hours after the Washington Post reported that he had held down a gay classmate, and cut off his bleached blond hair when he was a student at an elite private school.
4th May 2012
Mitt Romney says he wanted gay spokesperson to remain 21
7:44 PM — The presumptive Republican presidential candidate, Mitt Romney, has said that he wanted Richard Grenell, who is openly gay and supports marriage equality, to stay on in his capacity as foreign policy spokesperson.
1st May 2012
Romney’s openly gay spokesperson resigns due to anti-gay backlash 44
9:23 PM — Richard Grenell, the openly gay man who was appointed as foreign policy spokesperson by Mitt Romney's presidential campaign, has resigned from his position, due to fierce opposition from anti-gay conservatives, the Washington Post reports.
23rd April 2012
Romney appoints a gay man as foreign policy spokesperson 35
11:00 PM — Mitt Romney, the presumptive Republican contender to fight incumbent Barack Obama at the 2012 elections, has appointed Richard Grenell, an openly gay man as the national security and foreign policy spokesperson, which has proved doubly controversial, partly due to outrage from social conservatives, and partly because of apparently sexist tweets he had sent prior the appointment.
11th April 2012
Anti-gay group endorses Mitt Romney for President 19
8:32 PM — The National Organisation for Marriage (NOM), an anti-gay group which opposes equal marriage across the US, has officially endorsed Mitt Romney for President this morning.
30th March 2012
Romney faces criticism for clandestine donation to anti-gay group 18
9:41 PM — It has been revealed that Mitt Romney’s political action committee (PAC) made a $10,000 donation in 2008 to the National Organization of Marriage in its fight to repeal the granting of marriage licences for same-sex couples in California through the infamous Proposition 8.
20th February 2012
Mitt Romney campaign co-chair resigns on claim he ‘threatened to deport gay lover’ 14
1:27 PM — A co-chairman of Mitt Romney's Arizona presidential campaign and elected official Paul Babeu has been forced to resign amid claims he had threatened to have a gay lover deported.
16th January 2012
George Clooney: Romney’s gay views on ‘wrong side of history’ 9
2:46 PM — George Clooney doubted Mitt Romney as a presidential candidate over his attitude towards gay rights. Clooney, well known for his liberal attitude, spoke about Romney’s anti-marriage equality stance shortly after picking up a Golden Globe.
23rd December 2011
Video: Michele Bachmann challenged by “gay robot” 19
11:05 AM — On her campaign trail to win the Republican party's nomination for the presidential race, Michele Bachmann received an unusual heckling.
22nd December 2011
Lesbians become first naval couple to share traditional port kiss 17
9:50 AM — Two lesbians in the US have become the first gay couple to share the navy's traditional dockside kiss, when an officer returns home from sea.
20th December 2011
Marcus Bachmann says he would use White House status to back gay marriage ban 22
1:35 PM — Marcus Bachmann, husband of Michele Bachmann, has said if his wife were elected he would use his platform to protect the current federal ban on same-sex marriages.
22nd November 2011
Video: Romney supports “gay rights”, but not gay marriage 46
2:12 PM — Since he began campaigning for the presidency in 2008, and again in 2011, Mitt Romney's support for the LGBT community has waned.