21st December 2005
Elton John and David Furnish marry in one of England’s first gay ceremonies
12:00 AM — Sir Elton John and his partner David Furnish have become one of the first couples in England and Wales to marry in a Civil Partnership ceremony.The pop star and his film producer boyfriend David Furnish have been in a relationship for twelve years and had planned to hold a relatively low-key ceremony at Windsor Guildhall. Whilst the ceremony itself was a private affair, thousands of fans and the world's media cheered the couple on.
Tony Blair: We are living in an a new age of equality 1
12:00 AM — With a slight element of self-congratulation, the Prime Minister, Tony Blair, has heralded the first gay weddings in Britain.Writing for the Independent, Mr Blair lauds the change as: "another step towards the fairer, more tolerant country which this Labour Government pledged to build - and an answer, too, to those who convince themselves that politics changes nothing.""There is, of course, no room for complacency. There is still too much injustice, discrimination and unfairness."
Gay vicar defies Bishop to marry partner
12:00 AM — An openly gay vicar has defied the Bishop of Durham and taken part in a gay wedding earlier today.The Rev Christopher Wardale, 59, from Darlington, married Malcolm Macourt, 58, in a civil ceremony in Newcastle. They then received a blessing in church.Rev Wardale, vicar of Holy Trinity Church, Darlington, Co Durham has been in a gay relationship with Mr Macourt for over 19 years.
Schoolboy takes Jersey to European Court over gay age of consent
12:00 AM — A schoolboy is taking Jersey to the European Court of Human Rightsover the fact that the island has different ages of consent for gaysand straights.Luke Small, a sixteen year old from St Brelade has lodged the casewith the Strasbourg based court.Politicians in Jersey announced earlier this year that they wereconsidering equalising the age of consent for gays and straights.
Lesbian vicar marries partner in joint ceremony in Brighton
12:00 AM — Three gay couples have simultaneously married in Brighton's first gay civil partnership ceremonies.The seaside resort is known as 'Britain's gay capital' thanks to its liberal approach to sexuality and the multitude of gay men and women that have moved to the local area.The first three couples included local vicar, the Rev Debbie Gaston girl friend of 16 years Elaine Gaston.