22nd October 2013
Ireland: Gay senator cuts off 40-year-old beard for charity 4
3:26 PM — Irish Senator David Norris shaved his beard - and his head - for the first time in 40 years on Tuesday to raise money for the Irish Cancer Society.
24th September 2013
US: Gay black judge’s nomination blocked by Republican senator 4
1:13 PM — The nomination of a gay black Miami judge to the US federal bench has effectively been blocked after a Republican senator announced he was withdrawing support.
28th August 2013
US: New Jersey Senate nominee: It’s funny when people question if I’m gay and I say ‘so what if I am?’ 25
7:41 PM — The mayor of Newark, New Jersey Cory Booker, who is the Democratic nominee in the state's US Senate special election has surprised some this week amid speculation about his sexuality.
27th June 2013
US: Legislation to fully repeal federal ban on same-sex marriage reintroduced 7
4:50 PM — A Senator and a Representative in the US, have reintroduced legislation to fully repeal the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), in the wake of it being deemed unconstitutional by the Supreme Court yesterday.
19th June 2013
US: Third Republican Senator comes out in favour of equal marriage 4
5:47 PM — A third Republican US Senator has come out in favour of equal marriage, following the lead of two others earlier this year.
14th June 2013
Son of US Senator under fire for posting racist and homophobic tweets 12
1:44 PM — A US Republican Senator has come under fire after his 15-year-old son posted homophobic and racist comments on several social media sites.
28th May 2013
Italy: Candidate who pledged to introduce civil partnerships leads in Rome mayoral race 3
2:43 PM — A candidate in the race for the mayoral seat in the Italian city of Rome, who promised to introduce same-sex civil unions in the city, has led in the poll by a wide margin, and will now go to a run-off on 9 and 10 June.
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US: Same-sex sponsorship amendment withdrawn from broad immigration bill 15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.
30th April 2013
US: Lawmaker’s office says gay people should ‘just grow their own food’ if stores discriminate against them 22
1:01 PM — The office of Washington Senator Mike Hewitt had an unusual response to a constituent who was concerned about his backing of a bill that would allow businesses to discriminate against gay people on the grounds of religious belief.
27th April 2013
US: Bill introduced in Washington would allow businesses to discriminate against gay people 55
4:12 PM — A bill introduced by Washington state legislators on Thursday is seeking to allow businesses to be exempt from anti-discrimination laws in cases that contradict with the owner's "sincerely held religious beliefs, philosophical beliefs, or matters of conscience."
24th April 2013
US: Republican Senator who made anti-gay comments to meet with openly gay colleague 7
5:26 PM — A Republican lawmaker who last week made controversial remarks about gay relationships on the Senate floor in the US state of Iowa last week, has asked an openly gay colleague to have lunch with him, in an effort to get better acquainted.
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.
5th April 2013
US: Two further Democratic Senators come out for equal marriage 2
4:26 PM — Two further Democratic Senators from conservative states have announced their support for marriage equality in Facebook posts, leaving only four of their colleagues still opposed or unsure.
US: Senator Bill Nelson declares support for marriage equality as ‘God created us all with rights’ 17
3:53 PM — Florida Democrat Bill Nelson has changed his position on same-sex marriage, adding to a recent outbreak of support which has seen the Senate tip in favour of marriage equality.
3rd April 2013
US: Democratic Senator Tim Kaine shifts to fully support equal marriage 2
5:32 PM — US Senator Timothy Kaine said on Tuesday that "labels are important" when considering the debate around equal marriage, and announced that he had shifted his position to fully support equal marriage.
US: Conservative group slams Pennsylvania Senator for supporting equal marriage 3
12:32 AM — A day after he announced that he had changed his stance to support equal marriage, US Senator Bob Casey has come under attack from a conservative group who accuse him of going "too far" in a quest to "redefine marriage".
2nd April 2013
US: Democratic Senator Bob Casey announces support for equal marriage 2
12:35 AM — Amidst a rush of politicians to support equal marriage across the US, Democratic Senator Bob Casey has announced his support for efforts to legalise it.
26th March 2013
US: Two Democrats add to count of Senators in favour of equal marriage 3
2:43 PM — The number of Democratic Senators who announced their support for marriage equality this week has risen to three, with Mark Begich and Mark Warner both making statements to that effect.
25th March 2013
US: Senator Claire McCaskill officially announces support for equal marriage 1
2:41 PM — US Senator Claire McCaskill of Missouri has announced her official support for equal marriage, and joined the increasing number on both sides of the political spectrum to endorse marriage equality.
16th March 2013
Video: US House Speaker says he ‘can’t imagine’ his position on equal marriage will ‘ever change’ 21
2:43 AM — In an interview, the United States House Speaker John Boehner has said that he "can't imagine" he would "ever" change from his current stance in opposition to equal marriage.