14th July 2011
Sign the petition for UK marriage equality
11:26 AM — Gay rights campaigners have launched a petition to call for gay marriages and straight civil partnerships in the UK. The Equal Love campaign, led by Peter Tatchell, has already filed a case at the European Court of Human Rights.
5th July 2011
Peter Tatchell: ‘David Cameron should come out in support of gay marriage’
1:48 PM — Peter Tatchell says same-sex marriage "reeks of assimilationism" - but prime minister David Cameron should support it.
25th April 2011
Giant card and demonstration call on Prince William and Kate Middleton to support gay marriage
6:45 PM — Human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell and the Equal Love campaign have presented Prince William and Kate Middleton a wedding card that calls for their support for gay marriage. The giant card, which was handed into Buckingham Palace by scores of supporters read: "We wish you a happy life together. You can get married, gay people can't."
21st April 2011
Interview: Peter Tatchell on a lifetime of campaigning
3:25 PM — Peter Tachell is a name synonymous with the struggle for gay rights. He's got 40 years of campaigning behind him and even his critics admire his tireless zeal for equality. Laurence Watts meets him to find out more.
Gay marriage rally at Buckingham Palace
1:10 PM — Gay rights campaigners are to hold a rally outside Buckingham Palace on Monday to call for the right to marry. The midday event, organised by Peter Tatchell, will see activists attempt to deliver a wedding card to Kate Middleton and Prince William to ask them to support marriage equality.
20th March 2011
Speech: British Home secretary promises progress on full gay marriage equality
2:53 PM — In her first major speech on LGBT rights, the home secretary and minister for equality, Theresa May, has promised action on full gay marriage equality. Mrs May was speaking at an event hosted by the gay lobby group Stonewall.
4th March 2011
Support for gay marriage now ‘evenly divided’ in the US
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.
13th February 2011
British government reportedly set to introduce full gay marriage equality
9:54 PM — The government is expected to announce full marriage equality for gays and lesbians under reforms to marriage laws to be announced later this week. The reported move will end the final major legal discrimination against gays and lesbians in Britain.
31st January 2011
UK gay marriage challenge goes to European Court
1:54 PM — A challenge against the UK's bans on gay marriage and straight civil partnerships will be filed at the European Court of Human Rights this week.
28th January 2011
French court says no to gay marriage
1:24 PM — France's constitutional court upheld the ban on gay marriage today after a challenge from a lesbian couple. Corinne Cestino and Sophie Hasslauer, who have lived together for 15 years and have four children, asked for the right to marry but were turned down by the Constitutional Council.
23rd December 2010
Lib Dem MP Steve Gilbert calls for progress on gay marriage
3:12 PM — Liberal Democrat MP Steve Gilbert has called for progress on UK marriage equality, saying he hopes legislation can be introduced by 2015. The openly gay MP said in the House of Commons this week that while parliament obtaining a civil partnership licence was "groundbreaking", allowing gay couples to wed would be more so.
21st December 2010
Updated: British couples launch legal challenge against marriage laws
10:20 AM — Eight British couples - four gay and four straight - will launch a legal bid today to win the right to gay marriage and straight civil partnerships.
15th December 2010
Legal challenge to begin as final couple are refused civil partnership
3:26 PM — Gay rights campaigners are preparing to launch legal action after the last of eight couples to challenge the UK's marriage laws were turned away from a registry office today. The Equal Love campaign aims to overturn the bans on gay marriage and straight civil partnerships.
8th December 2010
Battle for UK gay marriage equality continues
5:25 PM — The fight for marriage equality in the UK continued today when a straight couple were barred from a civil partnership in north London.
6th December 2010
Straight couple don’t want ‘patriarchal’ marriage
5:41 PM — A straight couple will be next to challenge the UK's ban on gay marriage and straight civil partnerships. Andrew O'Neill, a comedian, and Stephanie Munro, an administration manager, say that marriage is patriarchal and they do not want to be part of an institution which bars gays and lesbians.
2nd December 2010
Another gay couple barred from marriage in Greenwich
2:36 PM — A second gay couple have been barred from applying to marry in Greenwich, south-east London. David Watters and Richard Hull's rejection follows the Rev Sharon Ferguson and her partner Franka Streitzel being denied a marriage at Woolwich registry office last month.
1st December 2010
Lesbian couple have marriage bid rejected
11:05 AM — A lesbian couple were turned away from a registry office yesterday when they tried to apply to marry. Colette French and Katie Green, both 21, were turned away from Petersfield Register Office in Hampshire and refused a letter of rejection, which is usually given to couples denied a marriage.
29th November 2010
Lesbian couple demand the right to marry
2:20 PM — A lesbian couple in Hampshire will attempt to register a marriage tomorrow. Colette French and Katie Green, both 21, say that civil partnerships were created to deny gay couples equality.
23rd November 2010
Straight couple’s civil partnership application rejected
3:52 PM — A straight couple who were barred from having a civil partnership say they will fight the ban in court. Ian Goggin and Kristin Skarsholt, of Bristol, said they were disappointed to have been rejected by Bristol register office because they are straight but hope that their attempt would help change the law.
22nd November 2010
Straight Bristol couple next to demand a civil partnership
11:18 AM — A heterosexual couple from Bristol will attempt to get a civil partnership tomorrow morning. Ian Goggin and Kristin Skarsholt say the ban on straight civil partnerships is "unjust, discriminatory and offensive".