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.
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.
26th April 2013
US: Philadelphia City Council passes landmark bill for LGBT benefits 2
2:26 AM — The City Council in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, has approved a bill which has been hailed as landmark legislation for strengthening LGBT rights in the city.
25th April 2013
US: Trans prom king hopeful put on ballot as queen 8
12:43 PM — A transgender student who hoped to become prom king at his Pennsylvania high school is seeking an apology from his principal after he found himself on the ballot for prom queen.
21st April 2013
US: Anti-gay bullying tackled in 18th National Day of Silence
10:38 PM — Friday marked the 18th annual National Day of Silence in the US, in which students combat homophobia and transphobia through vows of silence.
18th April 2013
US: Senator claims the media has ‘bamboozled’ the public into thinking gay relationships can be happy 30
1:53 PM — A Republican Senator in Iowa surprised colleagues by using time set aside for free discussion to declare that society, and in particular children, were "bamboozled" by portrayals of fulfilling gay relationships in the media.
14th April 2013
US: Pro-same-sex marriage Illinois Republican party chairman to stay in role for now 2
7:12 PM — The chair of the Illinois Republican Party will remain in his role, having survived a meeting to discuss whether to fire him for his backing of same-sex marriage. However, he could be forced to leave in six weeks time due to a new plan to choose his successor.
12th April 2013
US: Delaware lawmakers introduce equal marriage bill 4
4:33 PM — Delaware could be the tenth state in the US to allow same-sex marriage as it became the latest to introduce legislation to legalise equal marriage.
US: National Hockey League announces formal partnership with anti-homophobia organisation 4
2:23 AM — The National Hockey League has become the first major professional team sport in the US to announce a formal partnership with You Can Play, an advocacy group aiming to reduce homophobia.
11th April 2013
US: Lesbian daughter of New York mafia boss pleads mercy for her ‘supportive’ father 4
2:49 PM — The daughter of a high-ranking New York mafia boss has pleaded for mercy on his behalf, saying he supported her and her same-sex partner and deserves to spend time with their son.
US: Washington state sues florist for refusing to provide service for same-sex wedding 14
2:25 AM — The US state of Washington’s attorney general has filed a lawsuit against a florist which refused to provide flowers to a same-sex wedding.
US: Montana House votes to repeal unconstitutional sodomy law 9
1:52 AM — The House in the US State of Montana has voted in support of a bill to remove a law which makes gay sex a crime.
9th April 2013
US: Texas may extend legal protections to include gay teenagers 2
2:50 PM — Despite strong opposition from Republican leaders, lawmakers in the US state of Texas may attempt to introduce new legal protections for sexually active gay teens.
6th April 2013
US: Louisiana Democratic Senator personally for marriage equality but won’t defy the state line against it 14
6:30 PM — Democratic Senator Mary Landrieu has said that while she personally believes in marriage equality she will not support it, out of deference to Louisiana's anti-gay partnerships stance.
US: Neurosurgeon Ben Carson apologises for ‘poorly chosen’ comparison between gay people and pedophiles 16
3:21 PM — Dr Benjamin Carson, a neurosurgeon with Johns Hopkins University and a conservative speaker, has apologised for comments made on Fox News comparing gay people to a pedophilia advocacy group, as well as to bestiality.
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.
4th April 2013
Video: US pastor claims that equal marriage would be ‘the beginning of the end of America’ 29
10:58 PM — A radio programme broadcast by a Christian law firm has hosted a pastor who claimed that the end of America would ensue if the Supreme Court ruled in favour of equal marriage.
US: Alumni call for university president to quit for failing to sack abusive coach
4:21 PM — Members of the alumni at Rutgers University in New Jersey have called for the resignation of university President Robert Barchi, who presided during the scandal around abusive basketball coach Mike Rice who subjected students to physical and homophobic abuse.
3rd April 2013
US: Florida Senate committee approves bill for same-sex domestic partnership registry 5
1:39 AM — A Florida Senate committee has approved the state's first bill to allow domestic partner registration, including specific rights for same-sex couples.