22nd May 2012
Video: North Carolina Pastor calls for the death of gay and lesbian people 226
11:59 AM — A pastor from North Carolina has been recorded, in opposing President Obama's endorsement of equal marriage, calling for gay men and lesbians to be put in an electrified penitentiary and be ultimately killed off.
21st May 2012
Dharun Ravi sentenced to 30 days over filming roommate’s gay kiss 113
7:50 PM — A US student who was convicted of using a webcam to secretly film his room-mate sharing a gay kiss, who eventually committed suicide, has been sentenced to 30 days in prison.
DC Comics superhero to come out as ‘prominent’ gay character 87
4:35 PM — A major DC Comics character is likely to come out as lesbian, gay or bisexual in the not too distant future.
20th May 2012
GAP releases pro-gay ad, under fire from One Million Moms 132
10:02 PM — The US clothing retailer GAP has released a new advertising campaign in Los Angeles, which features a gay couple embracing under one t-shirt, and has predictably drawn the wrath of the anti-gay group, One Million Moms.
Kansas: School teacher compares homosexuality to murder 121
9:47 PM — A middle-school teacher in Kansas has courted condemnation from students and gay rights activists after he wrote on his Facebook page that being gay was 'the same as murder.'
US black civil rights group, NAACP, endorses equal marriage 31
9:24 PM — The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) has passed a resolution yesterday endorsing equal marriage, two weeks following President Obama's move to do so.
19th May 2012
Republicans hastily add anti-equal marriage coda to a defence bill 54
11:51 PM — In a sign that equal marriage might be made a more prominent issue than previously thought, following President Obama's support for the measure, Republican-led House of Representatives have hastily added a provision on to a large-scale defence bill that would ban equal marriage ceremonies at military chapels.
Virginia: Republicans block first openly gay judge 42
6:20 PM — Senior Democrats in Virginia have cried foul after Republicans in the general assembly moved to block the appointment of what would have been the state's first openly gay judge.
50 Cent is 100% for gay marriage but not gay men that touch ‘your little buns’ in elevators 101
4:03 PM — The rapper 50 Cent has told a magazine that he is backing President Barack Obama's personal support of equal marriage for same sex couples, but argues that organisations should be created to protect the rights of heterosexual men, who might be at risk of gay men touching them up in an elevator.
18th May 2012
Maryland: Equal marriage not legal yet, but divorce for gay couples is okay 8
10:41 PM — The highest court in Maryland has ruled today that while the state recognises only heterosexual marriages, gay couples married in other states can have their marriages dissolved in the state.
Video: Raggae star Beenie Man renounces homophobia, supports gay rights 74
10:06 PM — The Jamaican reggae singer Beenie Man, whose songs have often been the subject of pronounced controversy over its violently homophobic content, has released a new video where he appears to renounce his anti-gay stance, and proclaims support for gay rights.
Nine-year-old tells ‘God Hates Fags’ church ‘God hates no one’ 51
2:40 PM — A 9-year-old displayed a sign reading 'God hates no one' at a protest by the Westboro Baptist Church, known for its 'God hates fags' signs.
Hillary Clinton to officially accept WorldPride award 9
1:42 PM — US Secretary of State, Hillary Rodham Clinton has formally agreed to accept WorldPride’s “World LGBT Award” as the event comes to London this summer.
17th May 2012
Petition: New York Times ‘sexualised trans woman’s death’ 8
12:31 PM — Hundreds of people have signed a petition to the New York Times saying it 'sexualised' the death of a transgender woman in a report this weekend.
15th May 2012
Will Smith comes out for marriage for gay couples to support Obama 51
8:15 PM — Men in Black 3 star Will Smith has said that the debate about wether gay couples can marry is all about “about semantics."
Video: US rapper and producer Jay-Z supports gay couples marrying 22
5:21 PM — Rapper Jay-Z has backed US President Barack Obama's announcement last week that he supported equal marriage rights between gay and straight couples.
Family Research Institute head: Equal marriage view suggests Obama may be gay 135
4:39 PM — Paul Cameron, founder of the Family Research Institute has said US President Barack Obama's support of equal marriage rights for gay couples lends 'credence' to claims that he had gay relationships and that the 'the long term goal of the homosexual movement' is to ensure children can 'try' or 'maybe be forced' to experience gay sex acts.
Obama: Extending marriage to gay couples will ‘strengthen families’ 48
12:19 AM — President Barack Obama has continued to speak out in favour of equal marriage while attending a celebrity laden fund-raiser in New York. After being introduced by openly gay star Ricky Martin, President Obama said: that all people are "equal in terms of dignity and in terms of respect."
14th May 2012
Equal marriage campaigns ‘demonise the backward working class’, commentator claims 76
12:13 PM — A commentator for a British online magazine has said campaigners 'demonise' the working class by supporting equal marriage rights for gay and straight couples.
13th May 2012
Newsweek names Obama as the first ‘gay’ president 76
9:07 PM — Within days of President Obama formally declaring his support for equal marriage, the American magazine Newsweek has named him the first 'gay' president in its front cover.