9th May 2012
Video: Half a million watch bereaved gay man’s tribute to partner and plea for equality 60
11:13 AM — A film by a gay man whose partner died before they could legally marry and his plea for marriage equality on the anniversary of the accident which took his life has been viewed half a million times in three days.
North Carolina voters pass Amendment One to ban gay marriage, civil unions and domestic partnerships 211
2:40 AM — Voters in North Carolina have approved Amendment One, which introduces a constitutional ban on gay marriages and outlaws even civil unions. The amendment reads: “Marriage between one man and one woman is the only domestic legal union that shall be valid or recognized in this State.”
Gallup poll finds that majority in US support equal marriage 19
12:54 AM — A Gallup poll has found that half of the US population believe that same-sex couples should have the same wedding rights and legal rights as heterosexuals, reinforcing other polls that have found a majority support for equal marriage.
8th May 2012
US gymnastics hopeful comes out as gay ahead of Olympics 23
11:07 AM — US gymnast Josh Dixon has come out during his bid to represent the US at the London Olympics this year in a move which would make him the country's first openly gay gymnast at the competition.
Wrestler apologises for telling man ‘sickened’ by gays to kill himself 75
10:01 AM — US wrestling champion CM Punk has apologised after telling a Twitter user who was 'sickened' by the idea of homosexuality to kill himself.
7th May 2012
Ousted Iowa judges who legalised equal marriage receive Profiles in Courage Award 12
10:23 PM — Three judges from Iowa, who in a historic ruling voted to extend marriage to same-sex couples, and who were subsequently ousted through an orchestrated campaign by right-wing groups, have been honoured by Caroline Kennedy through the Profiles in Courage Award.
Audio: Bill Clinton speaks out against Amendment One 18
9:11 PM — The former president of the United States, Bill Clinton, has spoken out against North Carolina's Amendment One, as the state goes to the polls tomorrow morning.
US education secretary Arne Duncan endorses equal marriage 9
7:15 PM — Following US vice-president Joe Biden's announcement that he supports equal marriage, the US education secretary, Arne Duncan, has followed suit by saying he supports the move in a live interview with MSNBC.
Indiana: Mother sends son to school with stun gun to confront bullies 38
1:25 PM — A mother from Indiana, US, has said that she would gladly ask her gay son to carry a stun gun to school again, in order to confront homophobic bullies, even as the teenager now faces expulsion from the school.
North Carolina: Anti-gay amendment leading in polls 24
12:46 PM — Ahead of the vote tomorrow, recent polls in North Carolina have suggested that Amendment One, which would introduce a constitutional ban on equal marriage, and outlaws even civil unions, looks set to pass. According to US media reports, supporters of the amendment are driving a record turnout in early voting, which is also thought to […]
6th May 2012
Video: US Vice President Joe Biden supports marriage for gay couples 35
3:37 PM — US Vice President Joe Biden has told 'Meet the Press' that he "absolutely comfortable" with gay couples marrying. He credits the television programme Will and Grace on evolving many American's attitudes to homosexuality.
5th May 2012
Tennessee: Yearbook profile of a gay student provokes controversy 92
6:12 PM — The publication of an article about a gay student in the yearbook of Lenoir City High School has provoked outrage, after one of the board members of the school wrote a blog-post asking for the journalism teacher to be sacked, and for a police investigation into the matter.
Gay artist Keith Haring celebrated by Google 7
5:26 PM — Google has celebrated the life and work of Keith Haring, an American pop-artist who died of AIDS-related complications at the age of 31, twenty-two years ago, by means of a Google Doodle.
4th May 2012
JC Penny releases pro-gay ad, under fire from One Million Moms 30
11:17 PM — The US retailer, JC Penney (JCP), is under fire from the anti-gay group, One Million Moms, for the second time this year, after the retailer released a pro-gay ad featuring a lesbian couple with a child.
Colorado a step closer towards civil partnerships for gay couples 13
10:24 PM — A bill calling for civil partnerships for gay couples, granting rights similar to that granted by marriages, has passed through a Republican-led judiciary committee, even though it was rejected by the same committee last year.
Mitt Romney says he wanted gay spokesperson to remain 21
7:44 PM — The presumptive Republican presidential candidate, Mitt Romney, has said that he wanted Richard Grenell, who is openly gay and supports marriage equality, to stay on in his capacity as foreign policy spokesperson.
Hillary Clinton and ILGA to receive World Pride awards 32
3:46 PM — Pride London will give US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton the 'World LGBT Award' in recognition of her contribution to protecting the rights of LGBT people worldwide ahead of World Pride in London this July.
Methodist conference confirms view of ‘incompatible’ gay relationships 45
11:29 AM — A United Methodist Church conference in Florida has determined gay relationships are 'incompatible with Christian teaching'.
3rd May 2012
Missouri Republican Lawmaker comes out, denounces ‘Don’t Say Gay’ bill 17
9:35 PM — A Republican legislator in the US state of Missouri has held a press conference where he first came out as gay, and then proceeded to denounce the infamous 'Don't Say Gay' bill.
Comment: The It Gets Better Project’s Dan Savage stands for hope, stop bullying him 42
6:41 PM — After Dan Savage's comments about the Bible, Chaim Levin argues that his message is one of hope, and he should not be referred to as the 'Westboro of the left'.