22nd March 2013
US: LGBT anti-discrimination law under review before introduction next month 2
5:40 PM — Gay Representative Jared Polis will be responsible for introducing the Employment Non-Discrimination Act to Congress in April. Mr Polis said he is currently working with the LGBT community to create the most inclusive bill possible.
21st March 2013
US: Family Research Council tells members to pray that pro-same-sex marriage Supreme Court lawyers are ‘inept’ 22
5:14 PM — Conservative Christian lobby group the Family Research Council have released guides on their website which urge readers to pray that the US Supreme Court maintains anti-equal marriage laws, calling the alternative "an assault against Jesus Christ, Himself."
19th March 2013
US: Montana debates ending gay sex ban 16 years after ruling it unconstitutional 26
4:36 PM — Legislators in Montana are debating whether to end a controversial ban on gay sex, ruled unconstitutional by the state's own Supreme Court in 1997, but face opposition from critics who say ending the ban will turn Montana into "Gomorrah".
Poll: 53% of Americans support equal marriage 3
2:30 PM — A new poll by CNN has found that over half of Americans are in support of equal marriage, but that there are major generational and partisan divides, as well as a gender gap.
US: Poll shows support for nationwide same-sex marriage is at an all-time high 2
1:47 PM — A poll by the Washington Post and ABC News has found that support for same-sex marriage is a "mirror image" of ten years ago, with 58% of the population now supporting it.
16th March 2013
Russian Orthodox group looked to sue US for Alaska to save it from same-sex marriage 22
12:15 PM — A Russian religious conservative group filed a claim in court to sue the US for Alaska, which it bought from Russia in 1867. Their reasoning was they wanted to protect Alaskan Orthodox Christians from the 'sin' of same-sex marriage.
15th March 2013
US: Hardline anti-equal marriage Senator reverses position over son’s coming out 23
11:52 AM — A Republican Senator previously known for his staunch opposition of marriage equality has done a complete u-turn on his position, saying his son's coming out as gay made him change his mind.
11th March 2013
US: Hundreds rally in Texas in support of LGBT rights and equal marriage 1
7:11 PM — Hundreds of LGBT rights advocates have taken to the streets of Texas in support of equal rights for LGBT people, including marriage equality.
9th March 2013
Update: Vote on removal of pro-same-sex marriage Illinois Republican chairman cancelled 10
4:38 PM — A meeting due to take place today to decide the fate of Pat Brady, the Illinois Republican chairman who supported same-sex marriage legislation, has been cancelled.
US: Illinois Republican party chairman may be ousted for same-sex marriage support 5
2:46 PM — Republican party leaders will vote today on whether to oust Illinois chairman Pat Brady from his position, in reaction to statements Mr Brady made in January supporting same-sex marriage.
6th March 2013
US: Poll finds 97% of legislators who support marriage equality get re-elected 1
6:43 PM — A poll by Freedom to Marry has found that 85% of Republicans who voted to legalise same-sex marriage in their states were re-elected, and 97% of pro-equality legislators from both parties were reelected overall.
26th February 2013
US: 75 leading Republicans call on Supreme Court to strike down same-sex marriage Prop 8 ban 9
6:54 PM — Around 75 leading Republican figures have signed a briefing urging the Supreme Court to strike down Proposition 8, in a move which could have a significant effect on the Republican Party and equal marriage in the US.
20th February 2013
Russian Foreign Ministry ‘seriously worried’ to learn of orphan adopted by lesbian 11
5:57 PM — Russian officials have voiced concern over a boy adopted by an American lesbian couple, saying his situation is "morally dubious".
19th February 2013
Study: 3.5% of Americans are LGBT 26
5:53 PM — A state-by-state poll in the US claims to put an end to estimates of what percentage of the population identifies as LGBT.
18th February 2013
US: Massachusetts issues rules respecting identity of transgender students 3
8:05 PM — The Massachusetts Department of Education has said that students should be able to use facilities like bathrooms and join sports teams according to the gender they identify with.
14th February 2013
US: Illinois Senate passes equal marriage in Valentine’s Day vote 9
9:23 PM — The Illinois Senate has approved a bill to legalise same-sex marriage - although it still has to pass the House before it becomes law.
13th February 2013
US: Starbucks denies claims that it fired an employee who was wrongly perceived to be gay 8
10:06 PM — A former Starbucks manager, fired after allegedly being sexually harassed and called gay by fellow employees, is suing Starbucks for unlawful discrimination - but the coffee chain strenuously denies the allegations.
US: Increase in colleges providing health insurance to trans students
6:48 PM — A growing number of America's top universities are now extending health insurance coverage to transgender students, that's according to campaigners.
US: New LGBT Jewish children’s book launched 1
4:18 PM — The first ever LGBT inclusive children’s book aimed at Jewish people is being released, Minneapolis-based publisher Kar-Ben Publishing has announced.
US: Senate renews Violence Against Women Act with new protections for gay people 7
1:48 PM — The US Senate has renewed the Violence Against Women Act while expanding it to cover gay, immigrant, and Native American victims - something it failed to do when it went up for a vote in 2011.