7th August 2012
Germany: Call for equal tax benefits for gay couples 18
5:35 PM — Members of German Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservative party, the Christian Democratic Union, have called for gay couples in civil unions the same tax breaks as married couples.
31st July 2012
New civil partnerships in the UK up six percent in 2011 19
11:39 AM — The number of civil partnerships entered into in the UK in 2011 was 6,795, an increase of 6.4 per cent on the previous year.
19th July 2012
Ireland: Two years since civil partnerships law passage marked 29
4:41 PM — The two-year anniversary of the day on which Ireland's civil partnerships system was signed into law by the country's president has been marked with a call for marriage equality.
10th July 2012
Ireland: 734 civil partnerships since introduction last year 26
1:26 PM — 1,468 gays and lesbians in Ireland have taken advantage of the country's new civil partnerships law, which came into force in 2011.
28th June 2012
Video: Policing minister Nick Herbert says difference between civil partnership and marriage ‘matters’ 20
1:21 PM — Nick Herbert, the Minister for Policing and Criminal Justice, has become the latest member of the government to join the Out4Marriage campaign to support efforts to legalise gay marriages.
22nd June 2012
Queensland ‘downgrades’ civil partnerships and will ban gay surrogacy 100
10:38 AM — The Australian state of Queensland will remove gay couples' ability to have children through surrogacy and downgrade civil partnerships to the class of 'registered relationships', after a debate in Parliament last night.
22nd May 2012
Croatia may introduce civil partnerships for gay couples 29
4:18 PM — Croatia may introduce legislations to allow same-sex couples to form domestic partnerships, and also to recognise marriages between members of the same-sex performed elsewhere.
16th May 2012
Ex-EastEnders star and Stonewall founder Michael Cashman first MEP to come @Out4Marriage 10
8:59 PM — Michael Cashman has become the first member of the European Parliament to join the Out4Marriage campaign. The former star of British soap opera EastEnders says that equality should also mean that straight couples should be entitled to hold civil partnerships should they wish, something that the Government is not currently proposing.
25th April 2012
Colorado bill to introduce gay civil unions expected to move forward 7
5:42 PM — A bill to allow same-sex couples to form civil unions in Colorado is expected to move forward following months of stalling in the Colorado legislature. The bill to give gay couples almost identical rights to straight married couples is expected to pass in the Democratic controlled Senate because a similar bill passed comfortably there last year by 23 to 12 votes.
16th April 2012
Higher fees ‘prohibiting civil partnership ceremonies in religious buildings’ 76
3:05 PM — The fees religious premises must pay before they can hold civil partnerships have been called 'prohibitive', with churches, synagogues and mosques required to pay ten times more to host gay civil partnership ceremonies than they do to host straight weddings.
13th April 2012
Analysis: The multi-million pound ‘gay divorce’ 6
5:46 PM — Brenda Long writes that though civil partners can be assured the principles of dissolution are the same as divorce, this brings its own set of issues.
3rd April 2012
Civil Partnership comes into effect in Jersey 12
8:45 PM — A law allowing same-sex couples to have civil partnerships, thereby giving them legal recognition and adoption rights similar to heterosexual couples, has come into force in Jersey, the largest of the Channel Islands.
2nd April 2012
Attitude’s eighteenth birthday issue calls for equal marriage 38
1:05 PM — Attitude magazine is celebrating its eighteenth birthday with a call for equal marriage rights for gay couples.
28th March 2012
Maltese government set to propose civil partnerships 9
10:58 AM — The Maltese government is set to propose civil partnerships for gay couples. The country's justice minister is to pilot a cohabitation law, which will propose the regulation of same-sex relationships.
21st March 2012
Jacqui Smith ‘happy’ to see civil partnerships make way for equal marriage 52
10:55 AM — Jacqui Smith, who was deputy minister for women and equalities when she unveiled the proposals for civil partnerships eight years ago, has said the system should be amended, or even repealed, to make way for equal civil marriage.
14th March 2012
Study says civil partnerships are ‘treated like parents’ marriages’ 26
10:20 AM — Authors of a study at the University of Manchester into how people regard civil partnerships say gay couples and their acquaintances see the relationship in the same way as their parents' marriages.
12th March 2012
Unitarian chapel in Manchester celebrates first civil partnership licence 14
11:09 AM — The Cross Street Unitarian Chapel in Manchester has received a licence from Manchester City Council to hold civil partnerships on its premises, believed to be the first of its kind in England and Wales.
9th March 2012
Multi-million pound ‘gay divorce’ tests civil partnership law 24
10:04 AM — A case at the Court of Appeal over the splitting of a gay couple's £4 million assets has made headlines due to the couple's differing financial situations.
8th March 2012
Malta may give cohabiting gays legal recognition 2
1:35 PM — A bill due to arrive at Malta's parliament which was designed to give cohabiting couples legal rights will include provisions for gay civil partnerships, an official has said.
24th February 2012
Interview: Darren Hayes on marriage, children and the mid-life crisis that shaped his new album 8
10:05 AM — Laurence Watts talks to Darren Hayes about music, Star Wars auditions and marrying his high school girlfriend before the realisation he was gay changed his life.