24th July 2014
Government to revise civil partnership conversion process after criticism 25
5:15 PM — The government has withdrawn regulations governing the process of converting civil partnerships to marriages, and intends to revise them.
25th June 2014
Croatia: Parliament to vote on civil partnership law next month 6
1:30 PM — Croatia's Parliament is set to vote on a civil partnership law next month, after the draft bill finally gained approval.
3rd April 2014
Equalities Minister Maria Miller forced to apologise for over-claiming expenses 6
12:05 PM — Maria Miller, the Culture Secretary and Minister for Women and Equalities, has been ordered to repay £5,800 and apologise to MPs.
26th March 2014
Catholic priest to face prosecution for entering into sham civil partnership with Pakistani man 6
3:07 PM — A Catholic priest has been suspended and faces criminal charges after it was revealed that he entered a civil partnership with a Pakistani man to help him stay in the UK.
24th March 2014
Sandi Toksvig and partner to renew vows on Saturday to ‘celebrate equal marriage’ 4
8:30 PM — Sandi Toksvig and her partner are to publicly renew their vows on Saturday to celebrate the start of same-sex marriage.
19th March 2014
Tony Blair: With hindsight maybe I should have gone for equal marriage and not just civil partnerships 37
11:01 AM — Former Prime Minister Tony Blair has questioned whether it might have been possible to have achieved marriage equality during his time in office.
31st January 2014
Polling giant Ipsos MORI ignores couples in civil partnerships like ‘whether or not they eat meat’ 8
12:00 PM — The second largest market research company in the UK, Ipsos MORI, still runs polls which do not give respondents the option to indicate that they are in a civil partnership, nine years after they were introduced in the UK.
24th January 2014
UK: Gay couple threaten to sue government over delay in turning their civil partnership into a marriage 44
11:26 AM — A gay couple in Barnsley have threatened the UK Government with legal action over the delay in being able to turn their civil partnership into a marriage.
4th January 2014
Catholic Bishop: Maltese Catholic MPs will commit a ‘grave moral act’ by voting for civil unions 15
4:20 PM — Malta's Auxiliary Bishop has said that any Catholic MPs in the country who vote for an upcoming civil unions bill will commit a "grave moral act" by doing so.
12th December 2013
European Court of Justice: Civil partnerships must contain the same worker benefits as marriages 5
2:44 PM — The European Court of Justice has ruled that EU LGBT workers must get the same benefits as married employees if they have entered into a civil partnership.
11th December 2013
London: Law firm challenges visa refusal for civil partner of British national 6
1:31 PM — A law firm has said the UK Border Agency made a mistake in refusing right to remain to their client from the Philippines, who is in a civil partnership with a
Northern Ireland lifts ban on allowing gay couples to adopt 13
11:59 AM — Northern Ireland has lifted its ban on gay couples in civil partnerships adopting children.
28th November 2013
Church of England recommended to hold same-sex couple blessings 11
11:32 AM — The Church of England has been recommended to perform blessings for same-sex couples as soon as they have had a civil partnership or marriage.
14th November 2013
Manchester: Lesbian couple sue NHS after hospital prevented them from accessing IVF 12
11:58 AM — A lesbian couple in Manchester are taking legal action against the NHS after claiming they were turned down for fertility treatment because they are in a same-sex relationship.
30th October 2013
Peter Tatchell: Stonewall ‘selfish and self-centred’ for not supporting straight civil partnerships 37
4:29 PM — Peter Tatchell has criticised Stonewall's decision not to support civil partnerships for heterosexual couples as "selfish and self-centred" during an Oxford University radio show.
16th October 2013
Tory MP with mixed record on gay rights elected deputy speaker 8
7:01 PM — Eleanor Laing, who abstained from this year's vote on equal marriage, claiming people in her constituency still needed time to get used to civil partnerships, has been elected deputy speaker of the Commons.
30th September 2013
Survey: Average age to enter a civil partnership in Ireland is 44 5
5:23 PM — The average age of gay couples entering civil partnerships in Ireland is 44 - new data shows.
5th August 2013
James Bond actor Ben Whishaw confirms he is gay and ‘proud to be’ in a civil partnership 25
1:22 PM — British film actor Ben Whishaw has confirmed in an interview that he is gay, and that he entered into a civil partnership in 2012.
24th July 2013
Colombia: First ever civil union legally recognised 2
10:51 PM — For the first time in Colombia, a judge has recognised the civil union of a gay couple.
23rd July 2013
Archbishop of Kenya warns Justin Welby against supporting civil partnerships 34
1:28 PM — The Archbishop of Kenya has criticised the Archbishops of Canterbury and York because he feels they are softening their position on same-sex civil partnerships.