29th August 2012
Republican party platform would halt US hopes of marriage equality 78
3:51 AM — The Republican Party today announced approval on a platform which would ban any hopes of marriage equality, and all abortions, at the GOP national convention in Tampa, Florida.
Boy Scouts of America pack to stand up to anti-gay policy 6
3:26 AM — A Boy Scouts of America pack in California have announced that they are to take a stand against the BSA policy, which currently does not allow gay members, volunteers or staff.
28th August 2012
Bill O’Reilly defends claim that pedophilia is a “homosexual problem” 23
7:28 PM — A political commentator on Fox News has been criticised for defending an anti-gay rights lobby group who have made claims that there are connections between homosexuality and pedophilia.
Gay couple sue airline after dildo taped to top of their luggage and displayed on baggage carousel 79
5:19 PM — A gay couple from Virginia is suing Houston-based United/Continental Airlines after baggage handlers allegedly removed a sex toy from one of their checked bags, leaving on show before it went back on the carousel.
Spoof Todd Akin article that claims ‘homosexuality can be cured by breastfeeding’ outrages Twitter 15
4:41 PM — An article on satirical American website The Daily Currant which claimed that a republican senate nominee said breast milk can cure homosexuality has outraged thousands on Twitter, despite its being a spoof.
Maryland marriage equality fundraiser to be held in New York City next month 2
3:59 PM — A star-studded fundraiser for Maryland's marriage equality law is to be held in New York City next month.
Pennsylvania: Congressional nominee changes mind on marriage equality 4
11:18 AM — The Democratic nominee for a congressional seat in Pennsylvania has this week reversed his opposition to marriage equality.
Prop 8 contributor and church youth leader indicted on child abuse charges 18
10:47 AM — A church youth leader in California who donated money to the anti-marriage equality Proposition 8 campaign has been indicted on charges of child molestation.
27th August 2012
Update: Anti-gay former school teacher arrested after admitting sexually abusing children
10:49 PM — Police have appealed for more victims to come forward after a 52-year-old man in California was arrested following an admission that he sexually abused numerous children since the early 1980s.
Supporters of deportee protest immigration office 4
8:55 PM — A group of people opposed to the deportation of a Mexican man from Detroit, gathered outside a US Immigration and Customs Enforcement office today to protest in favour of his release.
Parents of suicide teenager leave church over anti-gay teachings 51
1:41 PM — The parents of Tyler Clementi, who committed suicide in 2010 after finding out that his roommate had filmed a sexual encounter he had, have left their church due to its views on gay rights.
26th August 2012
Republican Mayor of San Diego speaks out in favour of equal marriage 4
1:05 AM — In a TV advert which is to be broadcast during the Republican National Convention, The Mayor of San Diego, California, has spoken urging voters to support equal marriage for all.
Pride event hopes to raise support ahead of Democrats’ gay marriage decision
12:27 AM — A gay pride event, which is being held in the same US city as is set to host the 2012 Democratic National Convention, hopes to raise enough awareness to influence the party's decision on gay marriage.
25th August 2012
Evan Rachel Wood responds to criticism of Miley Cyrus gay haircut tweet 9
11:42 PM — Evan Rachel Wood responded to Twitter critics, and explained that she was joking when she said Miley Cyrus' new haircut was a sign that she might be gay.
TV station: Gay family show banned for being “inappropriate during family time” 26
11:14 PM — A television station based in the US has come under heavy criticism for their decision not to air a new NBC sitcom about a gay couple, their surrogate and her family.
24th August 2012
Madonna forgives Elton John after ‘stripper’ jibe 21
9:03 PM — Madonna says she knows that Sir Elton John is a fan even though he called her a "fairground stripper".
Minnesota: Politician gives in and steps down after gay sex scandal 15
3:40 PM — A 56-year-old Minnesota Democrat who had a sexual encounter with a minor he met online has dropped his re-election bid.
Talk show host Geraldo Rivera suggests US Homeland Security is staffed by a ‘lesbian cabal’ 31
12:15 PM — Fox News and US chat show host Geraldo Rivera suggested on a TV debate earlier this week that the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) was becoming "some kind of lesbian cabal".
Vermont resort settles lawsuit brought after refusing to host lesbian wedding reception 5
12:50 AM — A settlement, including no longer being allowed to host wedding receptions, has been reached by a venue which refused to host a wedding party for a lesbian couples' wedding because of the owners' Catholic beliefs.
23rd August 2012
Hugh Hefner announces support for equal marriage 13
9:18 PM — The publishing veteran is adamant that denying same-sex couples the right to marriage is a basic infringement of their human rights.