8th November 2008
US city elects first trans mayor as Congress loses gay marriage opponent
4:54 PM — After the euphoria surrounding the election of Barack Obama as President of the United States, more information about Election Day is proving inspirational for gay Americans.
15,000 protesters in San Francisco over passing of Proposition 8 13
2:32 AM — Live from San Francisco, California In excess of 15,000 people are marching through San Francisco to protest at the passing of Proposition 8, the voter initiative in California that effectively bans gay marriage have admitted defeat.
7th November 2008
70% of California’s black voters backed gay marriage ban 71
6:50 PM — The high turnout of Latino and African-American voters for Barack Obama in California had an effect on the vote for a ban on same-sex marriages.
Stonewall stars hail Barack Obama’s election as US President 5
5:22 PM — Well-known faces from the worlds of media, television, music, politics and the arts were all full of hope about Barack Obama at last night's annual Stonewall Awards.
It is time to take back the church says Stonewall’s Hero of the Year, Bishop Gene Robinson 7
3:47 PM — Gene Robinson, the Bishop of New Hampshire, was Stonewall's Hero of the Year at their annual awards ceremony last night.
The Simpsons accused of homophobia after “that’s so gay” dialogue 19
1:48 PM — TV cartoon show The Simpsons has been criticised by a gay advocacy group after a character used the word 'gay' to mean 'bad' or 'rubbish.'
Proposition 8 opponents concede defeat – gay marriage banned in California 14
8:24 AM — The opponents of Proposition 8, the voter initiative in California that effectively bans gay marriage have admitted defeat.
6th November 2008
Exclusive: Barack Obama’s election is a healing moment, says America’s gay bishop
4:19 PM — The only openly gay bishop in the Anglican communion has spoken of his delight at the election of Barack Obama as the next President of the United States.
California’s same-sex couples assured their marriages are still legal 2
3:19 PM — Despite the success of a ballot measure to change the California Constitution to define marriage as between a man and a woman, gay and lesbian weddings performed in the state are still legal.
Audio:Protests at California Capitol over gay marriage ban victory 6
8:18 AM — Protests over the apparent victory of Proposition 8, the voter inactive in California that effectively bans gay marriage have been held outside the state Capitol in Sacramento.
5th November 2008
Lesbian sheriffs and gays on the school board – the new face of American politics
8:02 PM — A US Congressman and the Oregon Secretary of State are among more than 70 openly lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender candidates elected yesterday.
Lawsuits fly as gays fight California marriage ban 7
7:46 PM — The votes have not all been counted yet, but that has not stopped gay rights groups filing lawsuits challenging the validity of Proposition 8.
Out gay man wins election to US Congress for Colorado
7:33 PM — Jared Polis has become the first out gay man elected to the US Congress as a non-incumbent.
Gay marriage supporters refuse to concede defeat in California ballot 8
7:00 PM — A ballot measure that would amend the constitution of California to define marriage as between a man and a woman appears to have passed.
Update 3: Victory for Proposition 8 as gay marriage banned in California 4
7:00 PM — While the celebrations for the election of a new, pro-gay President, Barack Obama were starting the fizzle out. Proposition 8, the voter initiative ballot that calls for a constitutional change to effectively ban gay marriage in California was approved by voters.
Video: Obama is “the answer spoken” by gay and straight 3
5:00 PM — If there is anyone out there who still doubts that America is a place where all things are possible; who still wonders if the dream of our founders is alive in our time; tonight is your answer.
Gay equality rebuked as same-sex marriage bans pass in Florida and Arizona
4:31 PM — The election of Barack Obama may signal a brighter future for gay and lesbian Americans, but it seems marriage will still not be an option in at least two major states.
US TV show Grey’s Anatomy drops lesbian character 1
3:41 PM — Actress Brooke Smith has said she is "surprised and disappointed" at the decision of ABC TV executives to axe her character from hit show Grey's Anatomy.
Update 2: gay marriage ban supported by 51.7% of Californians 40
10:58 AM — After the "Say No to Prop 8" rally in San Francisco was disbanded due to the delays in results and with eighty five percent of ballots counted , 4,727,246 people (51.7%) have voted for the ban on gay marriage. 4,4165,742 (48.3% have voted against.
Update: With eighty percent of votes counted, 51.8% of Californians support Proposition 8 ban on gay marriage
10:27 AM — Proposition 8, the voter initiative ballot that seeks to make a constitutional change to effectively ban gay marriage in California, defining marriage as an act of union between a man and woman is currently looks likely to pass.