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.
20th May 2011
Gay MP says straight couples face discrimination over hymn Jerusalem 62
3:04 PM — The hymn Jerusalem risks becoming "reserved for homosexual couples", a gay MP has claimed. Chris Bryant, the Labour MP for Rhondda, claimed that church policy means straight couples are increasingly being banned from using William Blake's famous hymn at their weddings because clergy deem it is "not addressed to God".
20th April 2011
Another US poll finds majority support for gay marriage 23
2:28 PM — Another American poll suggests that just over half of voters support marriage equality. The CNN poll found that 51 per cent of the 824 adults surveyed said gay couples should be allowed to wed.
27th February 2011
Archbishop of Canterbury says Church will fight moves to introduce gay marriage 236
3:17 PM — The Archbishop of Canterbury Dr Rowan Williams has told a private meeting of influential MPs that he is not prepared to allow Church of England buildings to host religious civil partnerships.
20th February 2011
Ireland’s first civil partnerships have taken place early and in secret 25
1:55 AM — The first civil partnerships in Ireland have already taken place, more than a month earlier than the planned introduction of the ceremonies. It is understood that at least one member of both couples involved are suffering from serious illnesses with a risk of that one may die before the three month notice period for a civil partnership would elapse.
17th February 2011
Hawaii Senate votes for gay civil unions, governor to sign bill 2
12:56 AM — Politicians in the state of Hawaii have passed bill legalising civil unions for same-sex couples late last night, with the Senate voting 18-5 in favour. The bill has been passed to Democratic Governor Neil Abercrombie to sign into law, he has already signaled that he supports the measure.
10th February 2011
Polish MP sorry for ‘sexist’ lesbian joke 10
4:01 PM — A Polish MP has said sorry for a joke he made about about lesbians - although he maintains his views on homosexuality have not changed.
4th February 2011
Elton John says he wants Rush Limbaugh to support civil unions 20
4:54 PM — Elton John says he wants unlikely friend Rush Limbaugh to say he supports civil partnerships for gay couples. The singer sang at the controversial radio host's wedding last year and was reportedly paid $1 million for the gig.