11th December 2013
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.
21st June 2013
Scotland: Review on civil partnerships for hetrosexual couples to be announced next week 13
12:17 PM — Plans to allow heterosexual couples to be allowed to have civil partnerships in Scotland are expected to be unveiled next week as part of a review.
17th June 2013
UK: Government to decide on civil partnerships for heterosexuals by winter 2014 9
12:45 PM — The government has announced its intention to launch a full public consultation in the autumn to kick start a review of the future of civil partnerships, and a final decision will be taken by the winter 2014.
Israel: Debate on same-sex civil unions delayed by Prime Minister 10
12:51 AM — After the Israeli Justice Minister announced that she would present a bill to allow same-sex civil partnerships on Sunday, the country's Prime Minister has delayed the debate on the issue.
12th June 2013
Isle of Man Chief Minister: Discrimination case against lesbian couple makes Equality Bill ‘high priority’ 7
3:45 PM — Following the refused tenancy of a lesbian couple in May, Isle of Man Chief Minister Allan Bell weighs in on the "distressing" lack of legislation protecting the rights of same-sex couples.
11th June 2013
Daily Mail’s Andrew Pierce: I’m called a ‘homophobe’ and ‘Uncle Tom’ for opposing equal marriage 103
12:18 PM — As part of a feature for the BBC News website entitled “The gay people against gay marriage” Daily Mail columnist Andrew Pierce says his opposition to equal marriage means he’s denounced by his critics as a “homophobe and Uncle Tom”.