19th April 2012
Catholic priests applauded by parishes for not backing anti-equality referendum 49
12:27 AM — At least six Catholic parishes in Washington have opted out of the petition drive for Referendum 74, which calls for a public vote with the intention to ban equal marriage.
23rd March 2012
37,000 sign petition to thank Starbucks for equal marriage support 19
4:32 PM — More than 37,000 people have signed a petition to thank coffee giant Starbucks for its equal marriage support after marriage opponents called for an international boycott.
22nd March 2012
Equal marriage opponents call for Starbucks boycott 31
4:38 PM — A US organisation opposed to marriage equality is calling on people around the world to boycott Starbucks over its support of equal marriage rights for gays.
13th February 2012
Washington Governor: Signing gay marriage law is my proudest moment 24
11:52 PM — Governor Chris Gregoire, a Democrat and a Roman Catholic, signed into law Washington State's gay marriage legislation. The North Western state becomes the seventh in the United States to offer gay marriage equality.
10th February 2012
Westboro to picket boys’ funeral over gay marriage law 69
9:26 AM — The homophobic Westboro Baptist Church has said it will picket the funeral of two young boys who were killed by their father at the weekend after the Washington state legislature voted in favour of gay marriage.
8th February 2012
Washington House of Representatives votes for gay marriage 19
11:48 PM — Washington state's House of Representatives has passed a bill to introduce gay marriage by 55 votes to 43. The state's senate has already approved the measure which is also supported by the state governor.
2nd February 2012
Video: Washington state governor: ‘States can’t be in the business of discrimination’ 11
10:58 PM — The governor of the north-western US state of Washington has recorded a video for the Human Rights Campaign where she affirms her support for gay marriage, likely to be introduced in the state.
24th January 2012
Washington Senate has votes for marriage equality 10
10:55 AM — State senator Mary Margaret Haugen became the crucial 25th supporter of proposed legislation, saying "none of us holds a monopoly on what it means to be an American".
8th June 2011
Republican congresswoman Vicky Hartzler compares gay marriage to incest and paedophilia 194
10:57 AM — A secret recording has emerged on YouTube in which Missouri congresswoman Vicky Hartzler is seen comparing gay marriage to incest, paedophilia and allowing three-year-olds to drive.
1st June 2011
United Methodist Church votes in favour of same-sex resolution 9
3:16 PM — At the Baltimore-Washington Conference of the United Methodist Church last weekend, a groundbreaking same-sex marriage resolution was narrowly approved.
31st March 2011
Washington state to recognise out-of-state gay marriages 3
1:29 PM — The US state of Washington is to recognise gay marriages performed in other states as domestic partnerships. A bill has already passed in the state Senate 28-19 and by 58-39 in the House.
3rd December 2010
Gay Missouri trooper’s partner sues for survivor benefits 6
10:59 AM — The longterm gay partner of a Missouri trooper is suing to access survivor benefits. Dennis Engelhard, 49, was a state trooper killed in the line of duty while responding to an accident on Christmas Day of last year but his partner is not entitled to part of his salary because he is gay.
30th November 2010
Need to find a condom? There’s an app for that 2
11:00 PM — Launched ahead of World AIDS day, a new Apple iPhone application helps people find their nearest condom dispenser in two US cities. The launch of iCondom in the USA follows the launch of an app for Paris and Marseilles.
24th November 2010
Video: Fox News refuses to air gay military ban ad 13
5:38 PM — Fox News has refused to broadcast an advert which calls for the end of Don't Ask, Don't Tell. The ad, by the pro-repeal Palm Center, features Canadian and Australian military leaders saying that lifting their countries' bans on out gay soldiers were a "non-event" and did not harm the military.
Lesbian flight nurse returns to duty as White House appeals 1
3:39 PM — A lesbian flight nurse sacked under Don't Ask, Don't Tell is to re-join the Air Force but the Obama administration has filed an appeal against the decision. Major Margaret Witt was sacked in 2007 after 19 years of service in the Air Force and Air Force Reserves when her affair with a woman came to light.
15th November 2010
Texas gay couple marry by Skype 3
1:04 PM — A gay couple have circumvented Texas' ban on gay marriage by marrying over Skype. Mark Reed and Dante Walkup used the internet software to link to Washington DC, where a registrar conducted the ceremony.
8th November 2010
Travel companies ‘need to do more to be gay-friendly’ 16
7:12 PM — Although plenty of travel companies now advertise themselves as being gay-friendly, a survey shows that many need to do more to justify the claim.
4th November 2010
Trans student first to play NCAA basketball 11
1:52 PM — A Washington student has become the first transgender person to play NCAA basketball. Kye Allums, 21, of George Washington University, is returning to the women's team this month, although he is now known as a man.
22nd October 2010
Facebook ads can ‘out’ gay users 12
1:56 PM — Facebook 'outs' gay users through some of its targeted ads, researchers have discovered. They found that some ads which were completely neutral to sexual orientation (such as a nursing degree at a Florida medical college) were targeted exclusively at gay man.
20th October 2010
Senator David Norris could be Ireland’s first gay president 11
11:41 AM — Irish Senator David Norris has revealed that he decided to stand for the presidency after a Facebook group urged him to. The 66-year-old is an independent senator known for his campaigning on gay rights.