11th April 2012
Gay equality in presidential race policies ’6 percent higher’ after Rick Santorum exit 15
10:29 AM — Rick Santorum's decision to end his campaign seeking the Republican party's nomination to run for presidential race later this year has boosted the proportion of gay-friendly policies in race by 6 percent, according to an analysis released today.
6th April 2012
Gay couple to use White House Easter event to confront Obama 6
5:14 PM — A gay couple plan to ask President Obama to sign an executive order banning workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation at Monday’s annual Easter Egg roll, which takes place on the White House lawn.
1st September 2011
Trial of gay US soldier Dan Choi put on hold 11
10:43 AM — The federal trial of a gay soldier who chained himself to the White House fence to protest over the gay military ban has been put on hold. Reports say that former Army lieutenant Dan Choi may be closer to having the charges against him dismissed.
19th August 2011
White House announces immigration changes that could benefit gay couples 14
5:49 PM — The Obama administration has announced changes in immigration policy that could benefit gay couples. The changes mean that deportation cases will be prioritised according to security risk, such as those with criminal convictions.
25th July 2011
Obama signs certification to end military gay ban 33
10:40 AM — On Friday, President Obama and two military leaders signed a certification declaring that lifting the ban on openly gay troops will not harm the military. This means that the ban. known as Don't Ask, Don't Tell, will officially end in mid-September, allowing gay and lesbian troops to finally be open about their sexual orientation.
30th June 2011
Obama still won’t endorse gay marriage 38
9:49 AM — President Obama has said that New York's move to legalise gay marriage is a "good thing" but still won't endorse the right of gay couples to wed. Yesterday, he held a news conference and a reception for gay rights campaigners. At both events, he refused to give his personal view on the issue.
3rd June 2011
White House launches LGBT website 61
3:03 PM — The White House has launched a website aimed specifically at LGBT people and highlighting President Obama’s ongoing support of and commitment to the LGBT community.
25th May 2011
White House condemns Minnesota’s proposed gay marriage ban 22
10:14 AM — The White House has issued a statement condemning proposals to ban gay marriage in Minnesota, although it stops short of backing marriage equality. The statement did not explicitly mention the move but called such efforts "divisive" and "discriminatory".
23rd June 2010
President Obama vows to push ahead with gay rights agenda 5
11:47 AM — President Obama addressed an LGBT audience at the White House last night, assuring them that he is fully committed to repealing the Defense of Marriage Act and to other issues including same-sex visitation rights in hospitals and the repeal of the Don't Ask Don't Tell policy.
25th May 2010
White House supports repeal of ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ policy 5
9:43 AM — The White House has given its full support to legislation that would repeal the ban on openly gay people serving in the US military. President Obama ordered a review of the policy, directing Defence Secretary Robert Gates to gauge the attitudes of military personnel and the effect on morale that repealing the ban might have.