3rd July 2010
Lynne Featherstone MP hints that religious same-sex unions may be a step closer 6
3:47 PM — The equalities minister Lynne Featherstone has been reported as saying religious civil ceremonies for same-sex couples could soon become a reality.
28th June 2010
Icelandic PM weds as gay marriage legislation comes into effect 27
11:18 AM — Iceland's openly gay Prime Minister, Johanna Sigurdardottir, has officially married her long-term partner, Jonina Leosdottir. Legislation that allows gay couples to marry came into force yesterday, 27 June, following a unanimous decision adopted by Icelandic parliament on 12 June.
23rd February 2010
Bishops call for gay civil partnerships in church 43
10:38 AM — Senior clergy in the Church of England called today to lift the ban on gay couples having civil partnerships in church. They said that it was inconsistent and discriminatory to ban gay couples having their ceremonies in churches willing to accommodate them.
4th February 2010
Gay bishop Pat Buckley to have a civil partnership 51
6:43 PM — Northern Ireland Bishop Pat Buckley has announced he will wed his boyfriend in a civil partnership ceremony next week.
Benefits victory for British gay couples in France 17
1:25 PM — British civil partners living in France are now entitled to the same tax and inheritance benefits as their French counterparts. A legal anomaly previously meant they were treated like any other unmarried couple.
2nd February 2010
Gay and straight couples needed to challenge UK gay marriage ban 14
3:17 PM — A heterosexual couple are seeking allies to help them mount a legal challenge against the UK's ban on gay marriage. Tom Freeman and Katherine Doyle need two more straight couples and three gay couples to join their case.
26th January 2010
Government will consider religious civil partnerships 19
1:27 PM — The government has agreed to consider allowing civil partnerships to be held in religious premises after a debate in the House of Lords last night.
20th January 2010
Cameron’s election manifesto promises tax breaks for civil partners 24
1:48 PM — The Conservative Party's election manifesto promises that married couples and gay couples in civil partnerships will receive tax breaks within the first five years of parliament.
18th January 2010
Church to vote on financial benefits for gay partners of clergy 12
12:02 PM — The Church of England will vote next month on whether to give more benefits to the civil partners of gay clergy. The General Synod will consider the idea of giving equal pension benefits to both straight and gay surviving spouses.
14th January 2010
Bercow hopes for Westminster civil partnerships before May 9
7:12 PM — Speaker John Bercow said today that he hopes civil partnerships for gay MPs will be held in parliament in the next few months.
13th January 2010
Nick Clegg calls for faith schools to focus on homophobic bullying 16
1:16 PM — Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg has said that faith schools must focus on homophobic bullying. He said his party would make it a requirement for faith schools to teach that homosexuality is normal.
11th January 2010
Religious civil partnerships amendment tabled in Lords 68
4:59 PM — An amendment to the Equality Bill which would allow civil partnerships to be held in church was tabled in the House of Lords today.
Cameron sets out commitment on tax breaks for civil partners 26
4:16 PM — Tory leader David Cameron has said he will give gay couples in civil partnerships the same tax benefits his party will give to married couples.
Report calls for more encouragement of gay would-be MPs 5
12:40 PM — A report from the Speaker's Conference has recommended a number of measures to encourage more gay people to stand as MPs. The suggestions include allowing gay MPs to have civil partnerships in Westminister and drawing up a code of conduct for campaigning.
30th December 2009
Mexico City hopes to attract gay marriage tourism 14
2:01 PM — Tourism officials in Mexico say they hope to attract gay couples who want to marry in the capital city. The city became the first capital city to legalise gay marriage in South America last week.
22nd December 2009
Mexico City becomes first Latin American capital to legalise gay marriage 22
12:47 PM — Mexico City has become the first capital city to legalise gay marriage in South America. Same sex couples have been allowed to enter civil partnerships since 2006 but the new legislation will give gay couple equal rights when it comes to family social security benefits and loans.
21st December 2009
Happy fourth anniversary for civil partnerships 40
10:35 AM — Today marks the fourth anniversary of civil partnerships in England and Wales. Although Scotland celebrated its first civil partnership on December 20th 2005 due to a misunderstanding over the date, today marks the fourth anniversary for gay couples in England and Wales.
15th December 2009
Gordon Brown ‘pushing for European recognition of British civil partnerships’ 28
4:55 PM — Prime minister Gordon Brown has said he is pushing European countries such as Spain and France to recognise civil partnerships registered in Britain. He added he wanted to see more gay rights in eastern Europe.
Christian registrar Lillian Ladele loses civil partnerships appeal 3
3:42 PM — An Islington registrar who refused to carry out civil partnerships for gay couples has lost her appeal. The Court of Appeal ruled today that Lillian Ladele had not been discriminated against.
Updated: Christian registrar Lillian Ladele loses appeal 254
10:47 AM — An Islington registrar who refused to carry out civil partnerships for gay couples has lost her appeal. The Court of Appeal ruled today that Lillian Ladele had not been discriminated against.