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.
New York: Male model wore genitalia of murdered lover
11:37 AM — A court in New York has heard that a Portuguese model allegedly killed a gay fashion journalist and then wore the victim’s testicles on his wrists, claiming they could give him magical powers.
Rick Santorum: Equal marriage would destroy churches, families and ‘disintegrate’ marriage 55
3:25 AM — Rick Santorum has joined the campaign against equal marriage in the state of Washington, and has said that if it became a reality, churches and families would be destroyed.
US: University diversity officer placed on leave for signing anti-equal marriage petition 51
2:37 AM — A university in Washington DC, has placed its Chief Diversity Officer on leave, after she reportedly signed a petition opposing equal marriage law in the state of Maryland.
10th October 2012
US teen commits suicide following bullying claims 20
9:38 PM — A school in East Hampton, the eastern tip of Long Island, is in the spotlight following the death of a teenager who it’s feared could have been the victim of anti-gay bullying.
Lady Gaga donates peace award to the Elton John AIDS Foundation 4
6:26 PM — Lady Gaga has handed the cash she received as part of the LennonOno Grant for Peace award to Sir Elton John's AIDS foundation.
US: 63 ex-Catholic priests in Washington to announce support for equal marriage 6
12:04 AM — A group of 63 ex-Catholic priests in the US state of Washington are due to announce their support for Referendum 74, the vote on equal marriage in the state, which will take place next month.
9th October 2012
US: Scout denied Eagle badge invited onto the Ellen Degeneres Show 11
10:33 PM — An 18-year-old Boy Scout from Moraga, California, who was denied the Eagle Scout badge after coming out as gay, despite completing all of the requirements, has been invited onto the Ellen Degeneres Show this Thursday.
US: NAACP to launch pro marriage equality radio adverts ahead of Maryland referendum 3
12:48 AM — The National Association for the Advancement of Coloured People in Maryland will launch a series of radio adverts on Tuesday, urging voters to support equal marriage for same-sex couples in the state referendum on 6 November.
8th October 2012
US: Openly gay NBA basketball player to give lecture about equality 1
11:25 PM — Former NBA basketball player, and the first to ever come out, John Amaechi, will speak at a university in Massachusetts about the need for equality in professional sport.
Video: Anti-equal marriage advert aired in Maryland 4
3:25 PM — Ahead of next month’s referendum on whether to ban same-sex marriage in the US state of Maryland, opponents have produced a new campaign video that has been shown on television.