The Empowering Spirits Foundation (ESF), a American national lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) civil rights organisation, will hold the Love Unites Kiss-In at the San Diego Mormon Temple, Wednesday, July 22nd from 5:00 P.M. to 6:30 P.M. The kiss-in is meant to serve as a peaceful rally to encourage dialogue between the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (LDS) and LGBT activists following the recent arrest of Matt Aune and Derek Jones. The gay couple was arrested by LDS security guards when they exchanged a kiss on Main Street Plaza in Salt Lake City, Utah.
President Barack Obama promised gay and lesbian voters he would repeal a law banning their open service in the military, would do away with a federal marriage law and would champion their causes from the White House. In his first five months, he's taken incremental steps that have little real effect and left some people feeling betrayed.
President Barack Obama will approve today an expansion of federal benefits to cover the same-sex partners of U.S. government employees, according to a White House official.
The US has endorsed a UN declaration calling for the worldwide decriminalisation of homosexuality.