25th March 2013
US: South Florida to get first gay retirement home 3
3:57 PM — South Florida is to get its first gay retirement home, Secret Garden in Wilton Manors.
US: Winger’s food chain to back both Boy Scouts and LGBT Prom to promote ‘diversity’ 2
3:48 PM — Several restaurants have stepped up to replace Chipotle as caterer for the Utah Scout-O-Rama after the Mexican chain pulled out to protest the Scouts' gay members ban. One tempered the possibly unpopular decision by also backing a Queer Prom.
US: Senator Claire McCaskill officially announces support for equal marriage 1
2:41 PM — US Senator Claire McCaskill of Missouri has announced her official support for equal marriage, and joined the increasing number on both sides of the political spectrum to endorse marriage equality.
US: GLAAD alters its mission statement to include trans and bisexual focus 4
2:35 PM — The organisation has formally dropped the words ‘Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation’ from its name, to now include more focus on transgender and bisexual people.
Son of US Senator who changed stance to support equal marriage reflects on coming out 4
2:18 PM — The gay son of Senator Rob Portman, has written a column reflecting on coming out as a college freshman, a decision which led to his father controversially reversing his decision to support equal marriage.
US: Lesbian cousin of Supreme Court Chief Justice will attend equal marriage hearing 6
1:12 PM — The lesbian cousin of the US Supreme Court's Chief Justice has said she will attend the hearings this week around equal marriage.
US: NFL players make final push for equal marriage: ‘why is common sense not enough?’ 5
12:26 PM — Players in the US National Football League (NFL) have been using their influence to speak out in favour of equal marriage, ahead of the Supreme Court taking on two cases around the issue this week.
24th March 2013
US folk singer Michelle Shocked announces talk on ‘gay-bashing’, but not welcome at proposed venue 20
10:10 PM — Singer Michelle Shocked, who caused an outrage last week over a sudden anti-gay tirade during a concert, Tweeted that she would give a talk on gay-bashing this weekend, only for the venue to respond that she wasn't welcome.
US: Top Republican advisor says 2016 presidential candidate may support same-sex marriage 7
9:15 PM — Senior Republican Party advisor Karl Rove has said he could see the party accepting a pro-marriage equality leader by 2016, but predicted the Supreme Court will not deny states the right to make their own decisions on whether to legalise same-sex marriage.
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.
US: Senator who reversed position to support equal marriage finds GOP crowd ‘very respectful’ 5
2:34 AM — US Senator Rob Portman, who came out in support of equal marriage last week, spoke at a Republican Party event this weekend, and said that the audience was "very respectful" of his change in stance.
23rd March 2013
US: Mississippi school under fire for alleged bullying of LGBT students by staff 25
11:13 AM — A school in Mississippi has come under fire after reports of LGBT students being bullied by both students and staff emerged.
US: Kentucky Governor vetoes bill protecting right to act based on religious belief following lobbies by LGBT rights groups 34
10:25 AM — The Governor of Kentucky has vetoed a bill proposing legal protection be given to people acting on religious motivations, which activists warned was "a clear and present danger to the gay and lesbian community".
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.
Rick Perry attacks Madonna for GLAAD Awards boy scout costume appearance 12
2:27 AM — Texas Governor Rick Perry has voiced his distaste at Madonna's recent appearance at the GLAAD Awards, which she attended dressed as a boy scout, and spoke out against the Boy Scouts of America's ban on gay members.
Sony Pictures co-chairman: Hollywood has to ‘do better’ than allowing anti-gay slurs in films 20
1:55 AM — The co-chairman of Sony Pictures has spoken out about the damaging effect anti-gay slurs and offensive stereotypes can have, emphasising the importance of Hollywood's influence on changing public perception.
22nd March 2013
Starbucks CEO defends equal marriage backing and tells unhappy shareholder to sell stock 17
6:10 PM — The CEO of Starbucks took to defending the company's decision to back equal marriage, in the face of criticism from a shareholder at the company's shareholders meeting.
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.
US: New Jersey Governor announces opposition to ‘gay cure’ therapy 7
5:27 PM — The Governor or New Jersey has official announced his opposition to gay conversion therapy, after previously saying he had been undecided on the issue.
US radio host: ‘Mitt Romney could have won more votes if he had more anti-gay ads’ 12
4:32 PM — Speaking for the Family Research Council (FRC), an adamantly anti-gay campaign group, Gary Bauer claimed that, despite many Republican losses, Mitt Romney only won in the state of North Carolina because of an anti-gay ad campaign.