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when she unveiled the proposals for civil partnerships eight years ago, has said the system should be amended, or even repealed, to make way for equal civil marriage.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.
16th February 2012
Christian hoteliers’ business ‘down by two thirds’ 237
11:25 AM — The Christian hoteliers who discriminated against a gay couple in refusing them a room have said occupancy had fallen from 75% to 25% since the case started.
14th February 2012
Comment: Our Valentine’s wish, equal love for gay and straight 6
3:31 PM — Our Valentine's Day wish is for 'Equal Love'. We seek love equality. All couples who love each other should be treated equally and without discrimination. This means an end to the twin legal bans on same-sex civil marriages and opposite-sex civil partnerships.
28th December 2011
Poll claims only 4% of Lithuanians support same-sex civil unions 18
12:55 PM — A poll by Lithuanian market research company RIAT claims only 4% of the country supports the introduction of civil partnerships for gay couples. The Baltic News Agency poll says 70% of the population is in favour of some form of legal recognition for relationships outside marriage, but not for gays.
25th December 2011
The top UK LGBT stories of 2011 24
10:30 AM — As 2011 draws to a close, PinkNews.co.uk takes a look back at the most important stories of the last twelve months. We've selected these stories based on how many times they were read and the level of debate they provoked as well as our own editorial judgement.
21st December 2011
Sixth anniversary of the first civil partnerships celebrated today 123
9:59 AM — Today marks the sixth anniversary of the official introduction of civil partnerships in England and Wales. More than 46,000 civil partnerships have been held since the December 2005, with 18,049 of those taking place in the first year.
19th December 2011
Malaysian student “missing” for three years found after Irish civil partnership 57
11:30 AM — A Malaysian student whose family reported him missing after he stopped contacting them three years ago has been found after pictures of his civil partnership ceremony in Ireland circulated the internet.
15th December 2011
Northern Ireland gay adoption challenge adjourned over “massive mistake” 42
11:28 AM — A judicial review hearing has been adjourned until March after a "massive mistake" was uncovered in a submission made to the House of Lords in 2008.
14th December 2011
House of Lords urged to reject challenge to civil partnership rules tomorrow 70
9:05 AM — Religious leaders have written an open letter to the House of Lords calling on them to reject the challenge facing the regulations for religious civil partnerships tomorrow.
9th December 2011
Comment: Peter Tatchell is wrong to criticise Lynne Featherstone by Evan Harris 77
3:49 PM — Former Liberal Democrat MP, Evan Harris, defends Lib Dem equality minister, Lynne Featherstone, after her stance on marriage equality was questioned by the human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell.
50,000 respond to Scotland’s gay marriage consultation 85
1:42 PM — More than 50,000 responses have been submitted to the Scottish government’s consultation on the introduction of gay marriage. SNP (Scottish National Party) ministers support the move but some in the party oppose allowing gay couples to marry.
5th December 2011
Call for congregations to reject Church ban as religious civil partnerships come into effect 29
3:11 PM — Peter Tatchell has called on priests and congregations to reject the Church of England's ban on civil partnerships in their churches, as new regulations allowing come into effect today. The Marriages and Civil Partnerships (Approved Premises) (Amendment) Regulations 2011 come into force today, and lift the ban on places of religious worship holding civil partnership ceremonies.
2nd December 2011
Church of England lawyers dismiss fears over new civil partnership rules 73
5:40 PM — The Church says the fact that civil partnerships and marriages are separate legal concepts means it is "clear" the Equality Act 2010 could not be invoked to force them to perform both: "A gentlemen's outfitter is not required to supply women's clothes."
Church of Scotland will follow “will of God” to oppose gay marriage 137
9:53 AM — The Church of Scotland has made its official response to the Scottish government's consultation, standing in opposition to equal marriage rights for gay couples, saying it has "a responsibility to shape public opinion in accordance with what it understands to be the will of God."
29th November 2011
Speaker John Bercow unveils new coat of arms with multiple gay rights symbols 42
12:23 PM — The Speaker of the House of Commons has unveiled his new portrait and coat of arms, which depict rainbow flags and pink triangles around the words "All Are Equal".