6th July 2012
Texas: Dallas gay couple arrested for marriage equality protest 8
11:55 PM — Two gay men in Dallas, Texas, have been arrested after they refused to leave a county clerk's office. The pair, named as Mark Jiminez and Beau Chandler, were protesting the state's ban on marriage equality.
Virginia: Gym backtracks on gay family membership ban 10
8:55 PM — A Virginia gym has lifted its ban on gay family memberships after telling a gay couple their membership was being revoked. Roanoke Athletic Club told William Trinkle in May that he, his male partner and their two-year-old son were not considered a family under Virginia law and that their membership was being cancelled.
Brad Pitt’s mother writes anti-gay letter to local newspaper 37
8:30 PM — Brad Pitt's mother has written a letter to a Missouri newspaper attacking Barack Obama on his support for marriage equality. Jane Pitt wrote to the Springfield News-Leader to say Christians should back Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, who is against abortion and same-sex marriage.
Video: Hillary Clinton sends acceptance message for WorldPride award 2
11:17 AM — US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has sent a video message to London thanking WorldPride organisers for giving her its World LGBT Award.
5th July 2012
Critics claim Anderson Cooper ‘came out to boost ratings’ 19
9:14 PM — CNN anchor Anderson Cooper has enjoyed plenty of support after coming out this week but not everyone has been so charitable. Some critics have claimed that the broadcaster made his declaration to boost CNN's flagging ratings.
US: Episcopal Church to debate blessing for gay couples 2
8:12 PM — The Episcopal Church in the US is to debate a blessing rite for gay couples who wish to marry. The church's General Convention starts today in Indianapolis.
Musician Frank Ocean praised after revealing first love was for a man 12
3:33 PM — Musician Frank Ocean has revealed his first love was with another man when he was 19, receiving praise from those in the music industry for coming out while beginning to forge a successful career as a hip-hop artist.
4th July 2012
One Washington state anti-equality measure fails 6
10:38 PM — One Washington state voter-initiative to ban equal marriage has failed to gain enough support. Backers of Initiative 1192, which sought to restrict marriage to heterosexual couples, said they had fallen "woefully short" of the number of signatures needed to get their measure on the ballot.
Obama administration asks Supreme Court to hear Defence of Marriage cases 10
7:35 PM — The Obama administration's Department of Justice has asked the Supreme Court to hear two cases against the Defence of Marriage Act (DOMA). AP reports that the earliest the cases are likely to be heard is September, with a decision made in June 2013.
Newly-out Anderson Cooper says thanks to fans 3
6:33 PM — CNN anchor Anderson Cooper has used Twitter to thank fans for their support after coming out as gay. The 45-year-old broadcaster, who announced he was gay on Monday, wrote: "I appreciate all the nice tweets. I am in Botswana working but want to wish everyone a great 4th of July!"
Connecticut student ‘faked anti-gay harassment’ 5
6:10 PM — A lesbian student at Central Connecticut State University is facing police charges of faking claims of anti-gay harassment. Police discovered that Alexandra Pennell, 19, had been sending herself homophobic notes to get attention and sympathy from other students.
3rd July 2012
US FDA approves at-home HIV test 10
8:36 PM — The US Food and Drug Administration has approved a rapid, at-home HIV test for the first time. OraQuick, which will sold over-the-counter, is an oral swab test which gives a result in 20-40 minutes.
Cher appears to leave Twitter after voicing support for anti-gay pastor 42
1:57 PM — Tweets sent from Cher's account praising a pastor who said gay people were "not God's best work" have drawn confusion from fans.
2nd July 2012
US gay military groups merge 4
9:42 PM — Two US gay military groups have announced they are to merge under a new name. The Servicemembers Legal Defense Network (SLDN) and OutServe announced today that they would unite to represent LGBT troops and veterans. The change is expected to take place in October.
Mormons in mass resignation over gay marriage and polygamy 52
8:42 PM — Around 150 Mormons have quit in a mass resignation ceremony over the church's opposition to gay marriage and polygamy. Saturday's ceremony in Salt Lake City drew Mormons from Utah, Arizona and Idaho. Participants gathered to sign a 'Declaration of Independence from Mormonism'.
Washington DC Republican committee adds gay-inclusive language 6
7:41 PM — The Washington DC Republican Committee (DCRC) has became the first Republican state party to adopt gay-inclusive language into its party platform. The change comes ahead of the Republican National Convention, to be held in Tampa in August. Oregon's state Republican party recently removed language condemning same-sex parents.
Gay Republican Fred Karger ends presidency campaign 7
6:41 PM — Gay Republican presidential candidate Fred Karger has ended his campaign. The politician, who said previously he never expected to win, announced on his website last Thursday that his bid for the presidency was over.
Anderson Cooper publicly confirms he is gay 36
4:35 PM — US journalist and television presenter Anderson Cooper has publicly confirmed he is gay.
29th June 2012
Kenya: Media link US ambassador’s resignation to Pride reception 7
4:23 PM — The US ambassador to Kenya has resigned citing 'differences' with Washington DC, but reports from Africa have suggested a link between the decision and a gay pride event hosted at the embassy in Nairobi this week.
27th June 2012
Former Will and Grace stars ‘pray for a gay child’ 28
12:03 PM — Eric McCormack and Debra Messing, stars of the ground-breaking sitcom Will and Grace have joked that they now pray their children will grow up gay.