30th April 2013
Obama: ‘I couldn’t be prouder of NBA player Jason Collins’ decision to come out as gay’ 19
5:56 PM — President Obama says he told basketball player Jason Collins that he "couldn't be prouder of him" for coming out as gay while playing in a major US sports league.
NBA player Jason Collins: ‘I hope other sports stars will follow my lead and come out’ 7
2:04 PM — In his first interview since coming out as gay, basketball player Jason Collins says he hopes other professional athletes will follow his lead.
28th April 2013
US: Gay rights groups disappointed as immigration reform bill leaves out same-sex couples 10
3:07 PM — Gay rights organisations pushing for same-sex couples to be included in an immigration reform bill in Washington, have expressed worry as a version of the bill introduced this month makes no mention of same-sex couples.
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.
15th April 2013
US: Gay soldier files appeal over $100 White House protest fine 13
6:41 PM — Dan Choi – who was fined $100 for chaining himself to the White House fence in protest over America’s Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell law – is refusing to pay the fine.
11th April 2013
Peter Tatchell: ‘Thatcher talked freedom but supported tyrants’ 17
4:10 PM — Human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell shares his thoughts on Margaret Thatcher who died earlier this week and writes about her relationships with foreign dictators.
9th April 2013
White House press secretary says America’s growing support for equal marriage is a ‘remarkable evolution’ 1
4:45 PM — White House Press Secretary Jay Carney has praised America’s growing support for equal marriage, calling it a "remarkable evolution".
29th March 2013
Peter Tatchell: ‘Dan Choi’s $100 fine is a victory for him but he’s been left exhausted’ 11
5:31 PM — The decision of a judge to fine a gay former solider $100 for chaining himself to the White House fence is a “victory” for the “exhausted” defendant, says Peter Tatchell.
28th March 2013
US: Trial of gay former soldier who chained himself to the White House fence resumes 18
2:14 PM — The trial of a gay soldier who chained himself to the White House fence in protest over America’s Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell law has resumed.
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.
22nd March 2013
US radio host: ‘Mitt Romney could have won more votes if he had more anti-gay ads’ 12
4:32 PM — Speaking for the Family Research Council (FRC), an adamantly anti-gay campaign group, Gary Bauer claimed that, despite many Republican losses, Mitt Romney only won in the state of North Carolina because of an anti-gay ad campaign.
20th March 2013
Reuters poll: 55% of Americans believe gay couples should have equal social security benefits
12:58 PM — Support for equal partnership entitlements for same-sex couples in the US continues to rise, according to a new poll by Reuters.
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.
9th March 2013
US Supreme Court Justice tells 11-year-old opposed to Defense of Marriage Act to ‘keep dreaming big’ 10
10:38 PM — A Supreme Court Justice in the US has responded to a letter from a young girl which requested that the Supreme Court strike down the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) to help her lesbian parents.
8th March 2013
New LGBT inclusive domestic violence law signed by Obama 6
11:35 AM — President Obama has signed the Violence Against Women Act, which now also protects LGBT Americans from domestic violence and sexual assault.