18th July 2014
US: Obama will sign executive order banning LGBT workplace discrimination Monday 4
10:39 PM — President Barack Obama will sign an executive order barring LGBT workplace discrimination by federal contractors and the federal government on Monday.
11th July 2014
US: Faith-based leaders ask Obama to minimise religious exemption 15
9:06 PM — Over one hundred faith leaders have signed a letter addressed to President Barack Obama urging him to minimise a religious exemption in his upcoming executive order, which serves to protect LGBT people from discrimination.
4th November 2013
Obama: Congress needs to ban LGBT discrimination in the workplace 6
1:21 PM — Ahead of a key vote, President Barack Obama has called on the US Congress to pass a law protecting workers against discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.
18th September 2013
Obama named ‘hero of Russia’s gay rights movement’ by The Moscow Times 22
7:14 PM — President Barack Obama has been named one of Russia’s top gay rights heroes by The Moscow Times.
7th August 2013
Obama: I have ‘no patience’ for Russia’s anti-gay laws 29
10:58 AM — President Obama says he has “no patience for countries that try to treat gays or lesbians or transgender persons in ways that intimidate them or are harmful to them.”
24th June 2013
US: Acting Air Force Secretary becomes highest ranking openly-gay member of Defense Department
9:24 PM — The new acting Air Force Secretary, Under Secretary Eric Fanning, has become the highest-ranking openly-gay person at the US Defense Department.
22nd June 2013
Poll: Majority of Americans support discrimination protections for gay and lesbian people 1
6:10 PM — A new poll has found that a majority of Americans support laws banning workplace discrimination against gay and lesbian people.
5th June 2013
US: Gay rights protester interrupts Michelle Obama’s speech 14
1:33 PM — A speech by US First Lady Michelle Obama at a Democratic Party fundraising event was briefly interrupted last night by a gay rights campaigner.
31st May 2013
US: Equal marriage bill appears on calendar for Illinois House in last day of session 4
2:16 PM — With only one day left before the current Illinois legislative session ends, a bill to legalise equal marriage has appeared on the calendar for today.
President Obama: Legalising equal marriage in Illinois is ‘the right thing to do’ 1
12:58 PM — With only one day left before the current Illinois legislative session ends, President Barack Obama has said that legalising equal marriage in the state is something he "deeply supports" and the "right thing to do".
22nd May 2013
US: Same-sex sponsorship amendment withdrawn from broad immigration bill 15
1:27 AM — An amendment to a broad immigration bill just passed by the US Senate Judiciary Committee, which would have allowed binational same-sex couples to sponsor their partners, was dropped in an effort to ensure that the bill passed.
24th April 2013
US: Gay former NFL player to speak at Youth Pride event
6:06 PM — An openly gay former National Football League player is set to speak at a US Youth Pride Day event in Washington DC.
19th April 2013
Poll: US Republican Senator Rob Portman loses some support over pro-equal marriage stance 1
5:55 PM — Hardline US Republican Senator Rob Portman, who last month reversed his opposition to equal marriage, has lost some support, mainly from members of his own party, a survey has found.
16th April 2013
Westboro Baptist Church blames same-sex marriage for Boston Marathon bomb attack 89
11:39 AM — The vehemently homophobic Westboro Baptist Church has threatened to picket the funerals of those killed in the Boston Marathon bomb attack.
28th March 2013
TIME magazine unveils equal marriage cover: ‘Gay marriage already won’ 15
1:38 PM — The cover of the latest edition of TIME magazine has been revealed, which features an image of same-sex couples kissing, accompanied by the text: "Gay marriage already won".
President Obama: There is a ‘strong basis’ for allowing equal marriage 5
1:48 AM — After the US Supreme Court took up two cases around equal marriage this week, President Barack Obama said in an interview that he thought there was a "strong basis" for allowing equal marriage, and the benefits which come with it.
18th March 2013
US Columnist: Obama is waging war on Catholicism with equal marriage ‘Trojan Horse’ 31
5:46 PM — Referring to the election of the new Pope Francis, a columnist from the US has accused President Obama of being "an enemy of the church", and that equal marriage is a "Trojan horse aimed at smashing the family".
13th March 2013
Obama: Banning same-sex marriage is unconstitutional 10
3:46 PM — US President Barack Obama says he cannot imagine a state's same-sex marriage ban being constitutional.
12th March 2013
US: Boy Scouts of America to survey members and staff on whether to lift gay ban 9
11:27 PM — The Boy Scouts of America is putting the question of whether it should lift its national anti-gay policy to those it will directly affect - the members, volunteers and staff.
10th March 2013
US: Christine Quinn formally announces bid to become NYC’s first openly gay and first female mayor 1
11:11 PM — New York City took another step closer to having its first openly gay and first female mayor on Sunday as City Council speaker Christine Quinn, formally announced that she will run for the position.