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.
12th July 2013
Gay man faces deaths threats in Zambia after UK civil partnership 23
3:51 PM — An Englishman living in Zambia has been forced to leave the country for good after details of his civil partnership in the UK generated a storm of controversy.
11th July 2013
George Osborne: Tax breaks for those in marriages and civil partnerships to be in Autumn Statement 11
5:41 PM — Chancellor George Osborne says a transferable tax allowance for married couples and civil partners is likely to be in the Autumn Statement.
29th June 2013
BBC News presenter Jane Hill: Equality in the UK has moved forward but ‘there is still lots to fight for’ 18
3:00 AM — BBC News presenter Jane Hill this week spoke at a fundraising dinner for London Community Pride, to commend the progress in the UK for gay rights, but to say that, around the world, as well as in the UK, there is still a lot to do for equality.
26th June 2013
Tory MP Mike Freer: Gay people are being short-changed when it comes to pensions equality 8
11:22 AM — Conservative MP Mike Freer says it's wrong that gay couples continue to be treated unequally in the area of survivor's benefits.
25th June 2013
Government: Marriage to be recognised in the tax system for gay and straight couples 10
3:47 PM — Treasury Minister David Gauke says the government is "firmly committed" to recognising marriage in the tax system – a move which would benefit those in civil partnerships, heterosexual and same-sex marriages.
24th June 2013
Church of Scotland’s first openly gay minister enters into civil partnership 3
3:07 PM — The Church of Scotland’s first openly gay minister has entered into a civil partnership.