18th June 2014
US Senate unanimously confirms first openly gay black federal judge 4
12:31 PM — The US Senate on Tuesday voted unanimously to confirm the appointment of the first openly gay black judge in the federal courts.
8th November 2013
Obama praises Senate for passing bill against LGBT discrimination 1
12:00 PM — A bill banning workplace discrimination against LGBT Americans passed the US Senate last night with President Barack Obama describing it as an "important step" to "help end injustice".
5th November 2013
Video: Illinois Republican makes first Senate speech in two years, to endorse gay rights
6:08 PM — Illinois Republican Senator Mark Kirk took to the Senate floor this week for the first time in almost two years, to speak in favour of gay rights, in promoting his co-sponsored Employment Non Discrimination Act (ENDA).
US Senate passes bill protecting LGBT people from employment discrimination 7
10:55 AM — A bill banning workplace discrimination against LGBT Americans has passed the US Senate – but it faces immense hurdles in the House of Representatives where the Republican Party holds the balance of power.
4th November 2013
Obama: Congress needs to ban LGBT discrimination in the workplace 6
1:21 PM — Ahead of a key vote, President Barack Obama has called on the US Congress to pass a law protecting workers against discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.
Apple CEO Tim Cook calls on US Congress to ban LGBT discrimination 5
12:26 PM — Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook has written an editorial in the Wall Street Journal urging US senators to support the Employment Non-discrimination Act (ENDA).
24th September 2013
US Senate confirms highest-ranking gay judge 3
5:33 PM — Todd Michael Hughes has become the most senior openly gay judge in America.
29th July 2013
US: Don’t Ask Don’t Tell opponent Senator to challenge military handling of sexual assaults 2
3:53 PM — A Democratic US Senator who was one of the main opponents against the now repealed ban on gay and lesbian people serving openly in the military, has now set her sights on tackling the way sexual assaults are handled in the military.
13th June 2013
US: GOP Senator says he thinks businesses should be able to sack people for being gay 38
11:31 PM — A US Senator has said during an interview that he thinks gay people should not have any "special protections" against being fired from their jobs based on their sexual orientation.
12th June 2013
US: Senator Leahy again to attempt same-sex couples amendment to immigration bill
1:27 AM — Democratic Senator Patrick Leahy is again to attempt an amendment to the US immigration bill, which would include sponsorship for same-sex partners of US citizens, after withdrawing a similar measure earlier in the committee stage.
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.
6th April 2013
US: Senator Mark Pryor undecided on marriage equality and ‘whether being gay is a choice’ 21
3:56 PM — In a radio interview Arkansas Democratic Senator Mark Pryor said he was undecided on equal marriage, and added that he had "never really thought" about whether being gay is a choice or not.
2nd April 2013
US: Republican Senator Mark Kirk comes out in support of equal marriage 10
6:16 PM — Mark Kirk of Illinois is the second Republican Senator to come out in support of equal marriage, and follows Rob Portman, who recently offered his support to same-sex marriage.
6th March 2013
US: Senate confirms first lesbian Asian American to the federal bench 2
7:15 PM — The US Senate has confirmed the first lesbian Asian American for a seat on the federal bench.
14th February 2013
37 US Senators urge President Obama to outlaw homophobic discrimination by federal contractors
10:19 PM — President Obama is under pressure to issue an executive order banning federal contractors from discriminating against LGBT employees.
31st January 2013
Chuck Hagel defends values and reputation in front of Armed Services Senate Committee 2
5:35 PM — Having faced questions over his previous anti-gay positions, US Defence Secretary nominee Chuck Hagel has been defending his reputation in front of the Senate Armed Services Committee.
30th January 2013
Gay former congressman Barney Frank misses out on temporary US Senate vacancy
7:27 PM — Ex-congressman Barney Frank has been overlooked to serve as the interim US senator for Massachusetts.
4th January 2013
US: Gay ex-congressman Barney Frank definitely wants temporary US Senate job
3:15 PM — Barney Frank has told Massachusetts' Governor, Deval Patrick, that he is happy to take up a temporary role as a US senator for the state.
3rd January 2013
US: Tammy Baldwin becomes first openly gay member sworn into US Senate 5
7:08 PM — Democrat Tammy Baldwin has become the first openly gay politician to be sworn into the US Senate. Earlier today, the junior senator for Wisconsin swore the oath of office to US Vice-President Joe Biden.
28th December 2012
US: Gay Republican group says Chuck Hagel ‘wrong on gay rights’ 31
1:55 PM — The Log Cabin Republicans, the conservative gay campaign group which supports the GOP, is going full page with its opposition to the likely nomination of Chuck Hagel as US defence secretary.