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.
30th March 2013
US: Public consultation on hold while Medicare definition of gender reassignment as ‘experimental’ challenged 2
9:55 PM — A consultation on US healthcare programmes covering gender reassignment surgery was quickly halted, with the Department of Health and Human Services saying they must first consider a challenge to Medicare's definition of the surgery as "experimental".
28th March 2013
US: Kentucky overrules veto on bill protecting actions motivated by religious belief 13
6:04 PM — The Senate and House of Kentucky have voted to override the Governor's veto on a religious freedom law, which opponents worry may protect those who discriminate against LGBT people.
US: Tennessee’s reintroduced ‘Don’t Say Gay’ bill dies 12
12:48 PM — Tennessee's 'Don't Say Gay' bill, which would have required teachers to tell parents if their child confided in them about their sexuality, has died before a House Subcommittee.
24th March 2013
Poll: Ohio voters shift in favour of removing equal marriage ban 3
1:25 PM — A new poll has shown that, since approving a constitutional ban on equal marriage in 2004, more than half of residents of the US state of Ohio now support equal marriage.
23rd March 2013
US: Queue forms for Supreme Court marriage equality cases four days in advance 4
9:45 AM — People wanting to hear next week's Supreme Court deliberations on equal marriage have begun queueing outside, in the face of freezing temperatures and snow forecasts.
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.