5th March 2011
House of Representatives speaker seeks to defend anti-gay marriage law 22
1:02 AM — The speaker of the House of Representatives has said that he will seek to defend cases brought against the government over the Defense of Marriage Act*, a law that president Barack Obama has said his administration will no longer defend.
4th March 2011
Lion King animator says only a matter of time before ‘gay families’ appear in Disney films 12
4:25 PM — Andreas Deja, a veteran animator for Disney, has suggested the company would be open to featuring both openly gay character and gay families in future projects.
Support for gay marriage now ‘evenly divided’ in the US 8
12:14 PM — Support for gay marriage is on the rise, with the American public now "evenly divided" on the issue, according to a new poll by the Pew Research Center.
‘Someone will get shot’ warns father whose son’s funeral was picketed by God Hates Fags church 80
1:24 AM — The father who fought the God Hates Fags church all the way to the US supreme court after his son's funeral was picketed has said that someone will get shot if the church resumes its action.
3rd March 2011
New Hampshire delays anti-gay marriage laws until 2012 3
10:54 PM — New Hampshire politicians have postponed debate on two bills that sought to ban repeal gay marriage in the state until next year.
Sarah Palin slams US Supreme Court decision on ‘God Hates Fags’ church 37
5:00 PM — Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin has slammed the US Supreme Court's decision to allow members of the Westboro Baptist Church to protest against homosexuality by picketing military funerals.
Gay Republican mayor plans to run for congress 10
4:38 PM — Mike Gin, the mayor of Redondo Beach, California is planning to run for a seat in US Congress, which would make him the first openly gay Republican in the House.
Video: Hip-hop star producer Russel Simmons joins fight for gay marriage 4
12:31 PM — Russel Simmons, the co-founder of hip-hop label Def Jam Recordings, has become one of the first major black music figures to join the fight for full marriage equality for lesbian and gay couples.
Wyoming Senate votes down bill preventing recognition of out-of-state gay marriages 3
12:12 PM — Legislation that banned the recognition of same-sex marriages outside of the state of Wyoming was narrowly voted down yesterday afternoon by a 16-14 vote.
Texas school bans all clubs to prevent gay-straight alliance being formed 29
12:02 PM — A school in Texas has banned all extra-curricular clubs in a move to deny a student's request to form a Gay-Straight Alliance that would bring together lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and straight students. The group was to provide support and promote understanding between students.
Gay and lesbian advocacy group claims Wal-Mart has ‘shameful’ record on LGBT employee rights 6
11:22 AM — An American gay rights group has claimed that retail giant Wal-Mart has a poor history on protecting the rights of its LGBT employees.
Californian Supreme Court denies request to speed up gay marriage decision 8
12:42 AM — The Californian supreme court has denied an application to speed up its decision on the fate of gay marriage in the state. Campaigners had argued that the Californian legal code requires courts to reach speedy decisions when they impact on individuals over the age of 70.
2nd March 2011
US Supreme Court allows ‘God Hates Fags’ funeral protests 70
4:01 PM — A ruling in favour of the church upholds their First Amendment right to picket funerals, claiming God is punishing America by killing soldiers.
US student wins right to wear homophobic T-shirt to school 46
3:26 PM — The US Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit, has judged the slogan "Be Happy, Not Gay", despite being anti-gay, did not disrupt the peace at the Chicago school.
1st March 2011
California’s attorney general calls for gay marriages to resume 13
11:51 PM — California's attorney general has asked a federal appeals court to allow gay marriages to take place while the state's supreme court decides on the validity of the ban on same sex marriage.
Trans woman runs for mayor in Texas 29
3:36 PM — A transgender woman is challenging an anti-gay pastor in the mayoral race in Amarillo, Texas. Sandra Dunn, 53, said her friends encouraged her to go for the job after pastor David Grisham announced his candidacy last week.
Elton John may appear on Glee 7
1:56 PM — Elton John has been in talks about appearing on Glee. Jane Lynch, who plays Sue Sylvester in the show, said she had encouraged the gay legend to meet series co-creator Ryan Murphy without realising the pair had already discussed the idea.
Tennessee proposes bill to ban gay awareness in schools 9
2:47 AM — Republicans in Tennessee are proposing a bill that would prevent students from learning about homosexuality in public elementary and middle schools.
Anti-gay Christian pastor arrested for ‘masturbating in park’ 20
12:55 AM — Christian fundamentalist Rev. Grant Storms, 53, who protests at the largest gay event in New Orleans, was arrested on Friday afternoon for allegedly masturbating in his van while watching children.
28th February 2011
Survey suggests North Carolina supports gay unions despite Republican efforts to ban gay marriage 2
11:17 PM — Republicans are expecting to introduce a Defense of Marriage Act in North Carolina in 2011, but a survey released on Monday by Elon University reveals that more than half of North Carolina residents actually support at least some form of legal recognition for gay couples.