21st November 2011
Tory peers “planning to oppose” rules for civil partnerships on religious premises 144
12:27 PM — New rules allowing religious establishments to hold civil partnerships are reportedly criticised for not giving enough protection to those which do not want to hold ceremonies.
17th November 2011
BBC newsreader Jane Hill confirms plans for civil partnership 63
10:34 AM — Newsreader is planning a civil partnership with her partner, Sara, but has witnessed a backlash to some reports including quotation marks around the word "marriage".
16th November 2011
Judge pulls out of “confusing” Bahamas wedding competition 35
8:46 AM — The competition was open to those who could enter into a "civil partnership in the UK and in the Bahamas", but the second country does not recognise them.
15th November 2011
Lithuanian lesbians send handwritten postcards to every MP 8
12:08 PM — The Lithuanian Gay League say the country's female LBT community is poorly represented nationally.
7th November 2011
57% of church-going Christians may reject Conservatives over gay marriage 95
12:22 PM — A new survey finds 83% of regular church attendees were opposed to changing the law to encompass gay unions.
3rd November 2011
Religious civil partnerships won’t solve “blanket ban inequality” 91
1:29 PM — Announcement is welcomed by some, but warnings follow that not allowing religious gay marriages is still an "infringement of religious freedom".
2nd November 2011
Civil partnerships in religious premises “by the end of the year” 122
11:08 AM — Report published today says religious institutions will be able to apply to hold ceremonies before the end of December.
23rd September 2011
Gay civil partners ‘less likely to split up than straight married couples’ 41
10:32 AM — Civil partners are less likely to divorce than straight married people, new figures suggest. Data from the Office of National Statistics shows that after five years, 5.5 per cent of marriages had ended in divorce and 2.5 per cent of civil partnerships had been dissolved.
19th September 2011
Peter Tatchell: The equal marriage consultation is not good enough 68
1:49 PM — Gay rights campaigner Peter Tatchell says the consultation on marriage equality is not good enough - and not even necessary.
16th September 2011
Government proposes introducing gay marriage after Cameron intervention 75
9:13 PM — A government consultation on the process for allowing gay couples to marry will take place next March, PinkNews.co.uk understands that prime minister David Cameron is "emphatically" in favour of the change.
7th September 2011
Video: ‘Rory’s story’ shows inequalities of civil partnerships in Ireland 16
1:26 PM — A short video clip about a boy and his two mothers shows the consequences of 'discriminatory' civil partnerships in Ireland. Made by Marriage Equality Ireland, the clip, titled 'Rory's Story', shows the family as happy and accepted until the day the law classes them as strangers.
2nd September 2011
Tory MP calls for churches to be banned from holding marriages if they refuse gay couples 81
10:57 AM — Mike Weatherley, the Conservative MP for Hove, has called for churches to be banned from holding marriages if they refuse to perform civil partnerships for gay couples. He says that the idea will bring more equality for gay couples.
1st September 2011
Coventry woman sets up gay funeral service 8
3:14 PM — A lesbian from Coventry has set up a funeral service specialising in ceremonies for gays and lesbians. Angela Sanderson, 47, said she decided to set up the service after her sister's funeral did not reflect the person she was.
25th August 2011
Maltese LGBT community faces legal anomaly after discriminatory rule is revoked 21
11:13 AM — Mediterranean archipelago is forced to allow EU citizens' gay partners across its borders, but does not give own citizens the same opportunity.
12th August 2011
61 per cent of Scots support gay marriage 83
10:34 AM — A large majority of Scottish people now support marriage equality. According to the 2010 Scottish Social Attitudes Survey, published yesterday, 61 per cent of people believe gays and lesbians should have the right to marry.
13th July 2011
Jersey allows religious civil partnerships 30
10:55 AM — Jersey has passed a law to allow civil partnerships - including giving gay couples the right to tie the knot in church if they - and religious organisations - wish.
7th July 2011
More women than men having civil partnerships 24
10:38 AM — For the first time, more women than men are having civil partnerships in the UK. According to figures released by the Office for National Statistics, 49 per cent of last year's ceremonies were held by men. In 2009, men held 51 per cent of all civil partnerships.
6th June 2011
Scottish government pledge to begin ‘process of consultation’ on gay marriage 41
11:39 AM — The newly elected Scottish Government, led by Alex Salmond's Scottish National Party, have said they will begin a consultation on same-sex marriage.
2nd June 2011
First same-sex Jewish marriage takes place in Manchester 108
5:14 PM — The first same-sex Jewish partnership ceremony officially to be termed a marriage by Liberal Judaism - a major British progressive strand of the religion - took place in Manchester last weekend.
Amsterdam city officials to be annually questioned on their support for gay marriage 9
1:00 PM — Marriage commissioners in Nieuw-West district of Amsterdam will have to undergo an annual evaluation in order to ensure their consistent support for same-sex marriage.