5th November 2008
Live Blog: Vote No on Prop 8 event curtailed – gay marriage ban may pass
8:18 AM — Gay marriage could end in California. Proposition 8, the voter initiative ballot that seeks to make a constitutional change to effectively ban gay marriage in California, looks more likely to pass.
Analysis: The story of Proposition 8 and the fight for gay marriage 1
6:52 AM — The ballot amendment that aimed to change the California Constitution came about after a landmark decision by the state's Supreme Court.
Early results indicate California’s Prop 8 gay marriage ban could pass 6
5:57 AM — Early results from America's most populous state indicate that a ballot measure to ban gay marriage may pass.
President-elect Obama mentions gays in his first speech to the nation 6
5:06 AM — Change has come to America - that was the message from the next President of the United States.
Barack Obama elected President of the United States 6
4:00 AM — History was made today when an African-American clinched the most important job on earth. Barack Obama will be the 44th President of the United States.
The Barack Obama story – from Hawaii to the White House
3:05 AM — Barack Obama was born in Hawaii on August 4th, 1961. His father, Barack Obama Sr., was born and raised in a small village in Kenya.
4th November 2008
Gay candidates up for election across America 1
7:05 PM — American voters will be choosing US Representatives, Senators, state Governors and other elected officials at all levels of government today.
Senate election in Kentucky marred by homophobic campaign
2:21 PM — A gay rights activist has accused conservatives in the US of giving national coverage to allegations a senior Republican was kicked out of the Army for homosexuality.
Meet the candidates: John McCain and gay rights 2
1:44 PM — In October the Republican candidate for President of the United States gave a written response to questions for a leading American gay publication.
Meet the candidates: Barack Obama and gay rights
1:37 PM — In September Barack Obama, the Democratic nominee for President of the United States, submitted a written response to questions from US gay newspaper Washington Blade.
Death of Obama’s grandmother brings campaigning to a solemn end
1:28 PM — The woman who raised Democratic Presidential candidate Barack Obama from the age of ten has died. Her grandson is on the cusp of becoming the first African-American to win the highest office in America.
Oscar buzz surrounds Sean Penn’s portrayal of gay politician Harvey Milk
12:12 PM — The critics have heaped praise upon actor Sean Penn's performance in the biopic Milk, leading Hollywood watchers to suggest he may be nominated for an Oscar.
Connecticut gays can get married from November 12th
12:05 PM — A judge in Connecticut has scheduled a hearing for the morning of November 12th to enter the final judgment in a case that permits same-sex marriages.
18,000 same-sex marriages in California ahead of statewide vote 1
11:36 AM — A leading research centre has estimated that more than 18,000 gay and lesbian couples have got married in California since the state Supreme Court ruled in favour of same-sex marriages in May.
Comment: Forget Obama, in California it’s all about Proposition 8 11
12:42 AM — Benjamin Cohen reports from San Francisco, where almost no one is talking about the Presidential election. The focus is Proposition 8.
3rd November 2008
Obama and McCain campaign in last few hours before election day
2:17 PM — Senator John McCain is fighting right down to the wire in the US Presidential election. More than 130 million Americans are expected to cast their votes tomorrow.
Borat’s gay alter-ego Bruno crashes vote Prop 8 rally 2
1:10 PM — British comedian Sacha Baron Cohen has taken part in a rally opposing gay marriage, in the guise of his character Bruno, an camp Austrian fashionista.
2nd November 2008
Preview: Stephen Fry In America – Mountains And Plains 3
5:35 PM — Stephen Fry travels the entire length of America, a country that could nearly have been his home, as his road trip across all 50 States continues. He travels from the northern to southern borders, where he sees the natural beauty of the Rocky Mountains and the prairies – "America's Breadbasket".
1st November 2008
Obama had “no knowledge” his aunt was in US illegally 3
7:30 PM — The Democratic party candidate for President of the United States has moved to distance himself from a relative who has been living in the country illegally.
Analysis: The complex system that elects a US President 1
5:54 PM — In most democratic countries, the people vote and either through first past the post or a form of proportional representation, a government or leader is elected.