21st June 2012
Republicans won’t reintroduce ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ if elected, one lawmaker says 22
11:09 PM — The Republican chairman of the House Armed Services Committee announced today that the repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell (DADT) was a settled issue, which neither a Romney presidency nor a Republican-majority Senate would reverse.
Washington state looks set to back equal marriage in referendum 13
10:39 PM — In a sign that Washington may be one of the first states to buck the trend on equal marriage referenda, a new poll suggests that voters in the state might approve the measure during the presidential elections this November.
Illinois: State refuses to defend ban on equal marriage 6
10:14 PM — Twenty-five gay couples in Illinois who filed a lawsuit against the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which outlaws a string of federal benefits for same-sex partners, were told today that the state would no longer defend it.
Maine: Equal marriage advocates seek to amend ballot question 6
6:47 PM — Supporters of marriage equality rights for gay couples in Maine have said they will ask for the ballot question on marriage to be put to voters later this year to be amended before it is finalised.
Southern Baptists opposed to viewing equal marriage as a civil rights issue 26
3:47 PM — The US Southern Baptist Convention has adopted a resolution at its annual conference criticising marriage equality advocates who have adopted the 'rhetoric of the civil rights movement' and drawn comparisons between discrimination against gay couples and racism.
20th June 2012
Study: Absence of male role-models not affecting teenage children of lesbian parents 16
3:43 PM — The absence of male role models did not adversely affect the psychological adjustment in a group of nearly eighty 17-year-olds raised in lesbian-headed households, the Williams Institute said today.
19th June 2012
Gay rights activists decry Dharun Ravi’s early release from jail 21
10:37 PM — Dharun Ravi, the former Rutgers University student who was sentenced to 30 days for spying on his gay roommate, who later killed himself, has been released from prison ten days early -- a move that has prompted sharp criticism from local gay rights activists.
Video: White House unveils Pride month video challenge finalists
5:14 PM — The White House Office of Public Engagement has unveiled six finalists for its LGBT Pride Month Video Challenge to honour local community leaders in the US.
16th June 2012
General Mills opposes ban on equal marriage, angers anti-equality groups 17
10:43 PM — The international food giant, General Mills, has publicly declared it opposes a proposed constitutional amendment to ban equal marriage in Minnesota, and has consequently angered anti-equality groups in the state.
Video: President Obama’s speech for LGBT Pride Reception 9
10:11 PM — During a reception to mark LGBT pride month, President Obama tells gay and trans supporters that he will have a 'friend' and 'fellow advocate' in him as long as he remains at the White House.
15th June 2012
New York: Fifth grade student’s pro-equality speech censored 30
11:41 PM — A fifth-grade student in New York who wanted to deliver a speech for marriage equality had his opportunity censored, but later reinstated due to immediate backlash, US media organisations say.
Video: US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton marks LGBT pride month 3
10:22 PM — In another step demonstrating the Obama administration's self-professed commitment to gay and trans rights, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has released a video to mark LGBT pride month.
Video: US Defence Secretary Leon Panetta praises gays in the military 9
3:05 PM — In a video released to mark Pride month, the US Defence Secretary Leon Panetta praised the contribution of gay men and women in the forces both before and after the repeal of Don't Ask Don't Tell.
14th June 2012
Apple adds gay couples to emoji icons for iPhones and iPads in iOS6 18
7:12 PM — Apple has continued to associate itself with LGBT people with the introduction of same-sex couple related icons or emojis for the next version of its iPhone and iPad operating system, iOS 6.
12th June 2012
Author defends study said to have been ‘flawed and misleading’ about gay parents 41
6:04 PM — The author of a US study which appeared to link an increased likelihood of negative life experiences in adults who grew up with a gay parent compared with those who grew up with married, straight parents has defended his study in the face of strong criticism.
Colorado: Lawmaker ‘disappointed’ after campaign email outs son 42
2:10 PM — A Colorado state representative has said she is 'disappointed' by an email sent by her own campaign team which outed her gay son to her supporters.
11th June 2012
US study examines apparent negative outcomes for grown children of a gay parent 68
5:53 PM — A new study has been published in the US which appears to suggest that children born in the twentieth century to parents who had a gay relationship have encountered more personal problems in adult life than those born to married, straight parents.
Video: Southern Baptist pastor defends Obama’s equal marriage endorsement 44
11:49 AM — In a video watched tens of thousands of times over the weekend, a Southern Baptist pastor in Dallas, Texas has criticised negative reactions to President Obama's personal endorsement of marriage rights for gay couples.
10th June 2012
New York judge declares Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional 24
2:43 PM — A federal judge in Manhattan has joined judges in California and Boston to rule the anti-equality Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) unconstitutional.
8th June 2012
US study: Young bisexual and questioning people at more risk of alcohol abuse 10
1:57 PM — Bisexual students and those questioning their sexual orientation are more at risk of alcohol abuse than their gay and straight counterparts, a US study suggests.