31st December 2012
Maryland: Couples await midnight for state’s first same-sex marriages 7
6:01 PM — Numerous gay couples across Maryland will be celebrating the New Year with a bumper toast as they share the occasion with their marriages, the first to be conducted following the a referendum to legislate for marriage equality.
Archbishop of Chicago: Same-sex marriage ‘violates natural law’ 59
5:35 PM — The Catholic Archbishop of Chicago, Cardinal Francis George, has warned against introducing marriage equality in the state of Illinois because he claims gay couples cannot consummate their unions.
Travel: Arts, music and delicious food in Seattle 4
4:04 PM — Microsoft, Nordstrom, Amazon.com and Starbucks are just a few of the companies headquartered in Seattle, Washington, The Emerald City. The city boasts a vibrant arts scene, iconic music venues and some of the freshest and delicious food on the west coast.
President Obama gives Chuck Hagel his backing — despite gay rights row 12
2:14 PM — Despite facing renewed criticism for his previous anti-gay remarks, Chuck Hagel, who is tipped to become the next US defence secretary, has President Obama’s support.
US baseball star Torii Hunter: I would be ‘uncomfortable’ with having a gay teammate 67
11:22 AM — Torii Hunter, who plays as a slugger for the Detroit Tigers, says he would find it “difficult and uncomfortable” to accept openly gay baseball players.
30th December 2012
Charlie Sheen apologises for homophobic rant after backlash 21
9:21 PM — Actor Charlie Sheen, sparked controversy when he took to the stage in Cabo, Mexico, to promote the opening of his new bar, as he used a homophobic slur.
Video: The first couples to have same-sex marriages celebrate in Maine 2
2:49 PM — Michael Snell and Steven Bridges of Portland were among the first gay couples to marry in the US state of Maine after same-sex marriage became legal in the early hours of yesterday morning.
Obama calls on home-state of Illinois to make same-sex marriage legal 11
12:32 PM — A spokesman for Barack Obama says that the president has encouraged politicians in his home state to change the law to make marriage equal.
29th December 2012
US: Church denied software for being “inclusive” of LGBT people 12
2:27 AM — A church in Utah was not allowed to buy church management software, which enables efficient administration, because it was inclusive of LGBT people, which meant it was not "sufficiently Christian," reports suggest.
28th December 2012
US Radio host: Gay rights is killing children 83
5:44 PM — Linda Harvey, a host of the Ohio based Christian radio station WRFD has warned that the gay rights movement in the United States is leading children into sin and ultimately their untimely death.
Maine: City Halls prepare for midnight openings to issue same-sex marriage licences 10
5:18 PM — Town and city halls in the US state of Maine will be opening at midnight on Saturday to issue licences for couples to hold same-sex marriages.
Obituary: Gay composer and pianist Sir Richard Rodney Bennett 4
5:03 PM — Sir Richard Rodney Bennett, a gay British composer and pianist who was nominated three times for Academy Awards, died on Christmas Eve aged 76.
Maryland: Gay hairstylist viciously attacked on Christmas Eve 35
3:08 PM — A gay man in the US city of Baltimore, Maryland, has been left battered and bruised after he was attacked on Christmas Eve.
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.
Poll: 52% of Americans say Boy Scouts should not allow openly gay Scout leaders 19
11:56 AM — A majority of Americans say the Boy Scouts of America should not allow openly gay Scout leaders, according to a Gallup poll released earlier this month.
Maryland: Business turns away all wedding bookings instead of having to cater for gay couples 23
11:18 AM — A business in the Annapolis, the state capital of Maryland, has decided to turn down all wedding related bookings to prevent a legal challenge from banning same-sex couples trying to use his trolleys for their wedding.
Feature: The top US LGBT stories of 2012 3
2:24 AM — As 2012 draws to a close, PinkNews.co.uk takes a look back at the most important stories of the last twelve months, from the USA.
27th December 2012
Westboro Baptist Church blames ‘fag marriage’ for New York Christmas Eve shooting 40
7:30 PM — The Westboro Baptist Church, is blaming same-sex marriage for the shooting dead of two firefighters near Rochester in New York on Christmas Eve.
Maryland: Several anti-gay court clerks to stop performing all marriages 20
5:15 PM — Several deputy court clerks in St Mary's County, Maryland, will stop performing marriages when same-sex marriage becomes legal in the state next week.
Glee creator Ryan Murphy becomes a father for the first time 4
11:29 AM — Ryan Murphy, the creator of Glee, and his husband David Miller are celebrating the birth of their first son.