16th October 2012
Anti-gay church pickets funeral of lesbian US Army sergeant 34
9:25 PM — Westboro Baptist Church has attempted to disrupt the funeral of US Army Staff Sergeant Donna Johnson, a married lesbian soldier who was killed this month along with several other people in a suicide bomb attack in Afghanistan.
Video: LGBT celebrities rally around Obama ahead of TV debate 8
5:19 PM — Ahead of tonight’s second presidential debate in New York several of America’s biggest LGBT celebrities have come together to endorse Barack Obama’s re-election bid in a new campaign video.
California: Man accused of anti-gay hammer attack appears in court
2:01 PM — A man in California has appeared in court over an alleged homophobic attack on a gay couple as they walked their dog.
Facebook accidentally outed users to their parents through group permissions loophole 21
2:14 AM — Facebook users have been inadvertently outed by a loophole in the system which overrode their privacy settings and shared information about them.
In Photos: US members of Congress supporting the NOH8 campaign 7
12:53 AM — The NOH8 campaign, which uses celebrities to highlight the ban on same-sex marriage in states across America, has released a series of photos, showing 26 members of the US Congress, supporting its campaign.
15th October 2012
US: Diversity officer wanted to give voters the chance to decide on equal marriage 19
11:51 PM — The chief diversity officer of a university in Washington who was put on leave after signing a petition to send the decision on equal marriage to a vote in Maryland, has said through her lawyer that all she wanted was for voters to decide.
San Francisco: Man sues gay porn company over erection injections 10
6:43 PM — A stage assistant from San Francisco has launched legal action against a gay pornography company after he was allegedly forced to inject performers with a controlled drug to prolong their erections.
New York: Corkscrew used to castrate gay TV journalist shown to jurors 12
3:51 PM — The instrument allegedly used to castrate a murdered gay TV fashion journalist has been shown to a jury in New York.
14th October 2012
US: Companies confirm support for equal marriage in Washington, in full page newspaper advert 2
11:36 PM — A large number of Washington-based companies have confirmed their support for Referendum 74, the equal marriage bill, which will be voted on next month in the state, by signing up to a newspaper advert.
US: University government votes Chick-fil-A off campus 16
10:56 PM — A branch of Chick-fil-A has been voted off the campus of a North Carolina university by its student government, because of its public opposition to equal marriage.
13th October 2012
Update: Diversity officer put on leave for signing petition hires lawyer, hopes to be reinstated 35
2:31 AM — A senior administrator at a Washington university who was put on paid leave, after she signed a petition to send equal marriage to referendum in Maryland, has hired an attorney to represent her, and will address the media next week.
US: Petition started to reinstate diversity officer put on leave for signing marriage ballot 2
2:04 AM — A petition has been started to reinstate a senior administrator at a Washington-based university who was put on paid leave, after she signed a petition to send equal marriage to referendum in Maryland.
12th October 2012
Florida Republican gay group uses image of dead US ambassador in campaign ad 33
6:08 PM — A Florida chapter of the pro-gay Log Cabin Republicans has been roundly condemned for reportedly using an image of a dead US ambassador in a pitch to LGBT voters to support the Republican Party.
New York mayor gives $250,000 to Maryland equal marriage campaign 6
4:17 PM — New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg has donated $250,000 (£155,430) to the campaign that is fighting to keep equal marriage in the US state of Maryland.
11th October 2012
US: Almost-Eagle Scout teenager appears on Ellen, is awarded $20,000 scholarship 21
11:45 PM — After appearing as a guest on the Ellen Degeneres Show, an 18-year-old Boy Scout who was refused the Eagle Scout badge for being gay, has been awarded a $20,000 (£12,476) scholarship towards his college fees.
Video: Anti-equal marriage advert ‘Not about Equality’ airs in Washington 10
11:15 PM — With the vote on equal marriage growing ever closer, anti-equal marriage groups have begun to show TV adverts in the state of Washington.
US: Seattle based department store backs equal marriage referendum in Washington
10:46 PM — A large fashion retailer based in the US state of Washington, has joined other large employers in publicly voicing their support for equal marriage, which will be voted on by Washington residents next month.
US: NFL player starts controversy by tweeting a gay ‘joke’ 32
9:43 PM — An NFL football player in the US has been the subject of heavy criticism, after tweeting a joke which was considered by many as homophobic.
San Francisco: Man pleads not guilty to murdering partner
6:15 PM — A 48-year-old man in San Francisco has appeared in court on a charge of murdering his long term partner.
New African American anti-equal marriage group vows to damage Obama’s re-election chances 44
1:15 PM — A new anti-equal marriage campaign group of conservative African American faith leaders says it will spend $1 million (£623,100) in an attempt to strip away 25% of President Obama’s support among black voters.