2nd March 2013
Ellen writes open letter to the Supreme Court urging it to strike down Proposition 8 3
6:06 PM — American TV host Ellen has made her opinion known to the Supreme Court which, later in March, will begin to take on the case of whether to overturn Proposition 8, California's statewide ban on equal marriage.
1st March 2013
US: Obama administration files brief urging Supreme Court to strike down Proposition 8
12:49 PM — The Obama administration filed a brief to the Supreme Court on Thursday evening, urging it to strike down the state of California's ban on equal marriage, a move which has been hailed by equal marriage advocates.
28th February 2013
Obama’s administration to file brief urging Supreme Court to strike down Proposition 8 4
11:16 PM — The Obama administration is to file a brief asking the Supreme Court to strike down California's ban on equal marriage, and to take the view that other, similar bans, are unconstitutional.
Poll: 61% of Californians support equal marriage 2
3:08 PM — A month before the Supreme Court is to hear evidence around Proposition 8, a new poll has revealed that 61% of Californians support the right of same-sex couple to marry, a record percentage of support.
27th February 2013
60 US companies call on Supreme Court to strike down same-sex marriage bans 4
10:34 AM — Some of America’s largest companies including Apple, Facebook, eBay, Intel, and Morgan Stanley are set to call on the US Supreme Court to strike down laws banning same-sex marriages.
30th December 2012
Video: The first couples to have same-sex marriages celebrate in Maine 2
2:49 PM — Michael Snell and Steven Bridges of Portland were among the first gay couples to marry in the US state of Maine after same-sex marriage became legal in the early hours of yesterday morning.
7th December 2012
US: Supreme Court agrees to hear landmark same-sex marriage cases 18
8:52 PM — The US Supreme Court has decided to hear two landmark equal marriage cases in the coming term.
Laurence Watts’ 2012 LGBT Predictions Scorecard 13
10:28 AM — In December of last year, Laurence Watts set himself the task of predicting LGBT news events that were likely to happen in 2012 - here is his scorecard for the year.
3rd December 2012
US Supreme Court fails again to decide on equal marriage cases 5
3:33 PM — The US Supreme Court once again failed today to indicate whether it plans to hear multiple cases related to equal marriage.
29th November 2012
US Supreme Court to decide whether to accept same-sex marriage cases 16
11:59 PM — The US Supreme Court is to decide on Friday whether to deal now with whether the bans on gay couples marrying across many parts of the United States are unconstitutional.
14th November 2012
Comment: Why ‘straight’ Bob Filner will be better for San Diego than ‘gay’ Carl DeMaio 15
10:43 AM — Writing for PinkNews.co.uk, Laurence Watts assesses last week’s defeat of Carl DeMaio, a gay Republican who was running to become Mayor of San Diego.
5th November 2012
Republican invokes memory of gay dead brother to blast equal marriage 96
8:50 PM — A Republican state representative in Maine has urged voters in Tuesday’s equal marriage referendum to reject the measure and says even in death, he still disagrees with his late brother’s sexuality.
Comment: A Mitt Romney presidential win would be a disaster for LGBT Americans 40
1:20 PM — Writing from the US for Pinknews.co.uk on the eve of Election Day, Laurence Watts makes the case that a Mitt Romney presidency would be a disaster for LGBT rights.
1st October 2012
Arnold Schwarzenegger: ‘I don’t have to be for gay marriage’ — despite carrying them out 12
6:23 PM — California’s former governor, Arnold Schwarzenegger, has spoken of performing two marriage ceremonies for gay couples during his eight years in office - although he is quick to point out that it doesn’t mean he is for “gay marriage”.
23rd August 2012
Arnold Schwarzenegger’s son joins up with Born This Way Foundation 12
1:36 PM — The son of Arnold Schwarzenegger has joined the ranks of supporters of Lady Gaga’s BornThis Way Foundation.
13th August 2012
Judge agrees to hear case for overturning Nevada’s equal marriage ban
4:18 PM — A federal Nevada judge said last Friday in Reno that he’ll listen to the arguments of a national gay rights advocacy group who wish to challenge the state's ban on marriage equality.
1st August 2012
US: Supreme Court asked to hear Proposition 8 appeal 26
11:14 AM — Proponents of Proposition 8, the voter-approved ban on gay marriages in the US state of California, have asked the Supreme Court to overturn two lower judgements that it was unconstitutional.
25th June 2012
Proposition 8 trial witness to stop opposing marriage for gay couples 22
4:10 PM — David Blankenhorn, founder the Institute for American Values and a witness at the trial of the ballot which led to California's gay marriage ban says he will no longer fight against marriage rights for gay couples.
6th June 2012
Californian appeals court will not rehear arguments for Proposition 8 17
1:04 PM — Arguments about the constitutionality of California's voter-approved ban on gay marriages will not be reheard after the motion failed to secure enough support among judges.
13th April 2012
Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie give up on waiting for marriage equality and get engaged 47
10:45 PM — Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie have finally decided to abandon their pledge not to marry until every couple in the United States can do the same, gay or straight. The couple had indicated that they were facing pressure from their children to formalise their relationship.