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  • 6th December 2010

    Straight couple don’t want ‘patriarchal’ marriage 14

    The couple say they do not want to marry

    5:41 PM — A straight couple will be next to challenge the UK's ban on gay marriage and straight civil partnerships. Andrew O'Neill, a comedian, and Stephanie Munro, an administration manager, say that marriage is patriarchal and they do not want to be part of an institution which bars gays and lesbians.

  • Custody battle lesbian couple: ‘We were horribly naive’ 38

    The couple say they have "lost" their children (Photo: made-underground)

    10:40 AM — The lesbian couple who lost their custody battle over the children they had with a gay man have spoken out for the first time. The couple say they were devastated to learn that the father would be given custody of the two children for 152 days a year and that they were "horribly naive" not to use an anonymous sperm donor.

  • 2nd December 2010

    Another gay couple barred from marriage in Greenwich 8

    Gay couples cannot currently marry in the UK

    2:36 PM — A second gay couple have been barred from applying to marry in Greenwich, south-east London. David Watters and Richard Hull's rejection follows the Rev Sharon Ferguson and her partner Franka Streitzel being denied a marriage at Woolwich registry office last month.

  • 29th November 2010

    Lesbian couple demand the right to marry 10

    The couple expect to be turned away from registering a marriage tomorrow

    2:20 PM — A lesbian couple in Hampshire will attempt to register a marriage tomorrow. Colette French and Katie Green, both 21, say that civil partnerships were created to deny gay couples equality.

  • 22nd November 2010

    Straight Bristol couple next to demand a civil partnership 7

    The couples are challenging the bans on gay marriage and straight civil partnerships (Photo: made-underground)

    11:18 AM — A heterosexual couple from Bristol will attempt to get a civil partnership tomorrow morning. Ian Goggin and Kristin Skarsholt say the ban on straight civil partnerships is "unjust, discriminatory and offensive".

  • 16th November 2010

    German funeral home hopes to cater for gay send-offs 5

    The funeral home says it offers a sensitive service and rainbow coffins (Photo: Andre Weick)

    1:43 PM — A funeral home in Cologne, Germany, caters for gay people with a "sensitive" service and rainbow coffins. Königsfeld & Brandl is run by Thomas Brandl, 32, and Michael Königsfeld, 34, who themselves are a gay couple.

  • 15th November 2010

    Gay Northampton couple attempt to marry 17

    Gay couples cannot currently get married (Photo: Matthias Homberg)

    3:55 PM — A gay couple in Northampton will attempt to marry tomorrow as part of a campaign to open up marriage and civil partnerships to both straight and gay couples.

  • Gay vultures split up by zookeepers 16

    The vulture couple will be split up (Photo: Mike Baird)

    2:31 PM — A pair of gay vultures at a zoo in Germany will be split up so one can be mated with a female. The male couple, both 14, have been building a nest together for the past few months.

  • Texas gay couple marry by Skype 3

    Texas does not allow gay marriage

    1:04 PM — A gay couple have circumvented Texas' ban on gay marriage by marrying over Skype. Mark Reed and Dante Walkup used the internet software to link to Washington DC, where a registrar conducted the ceremony.

  • 11th November 2010

    Portia DeGeneres could be in first US Dancing With the Stars same-sex couple 6

    Portia DeGeneres could be asked on Dancing With the Stars

    5:53 PM — Portia DeGeneres has been tipped to be in the first same-sex couple on Dancing With the Stars, radio host Ryan Seacrest says.

  • 9th November 2010

    Gay married couple may be split up after US deportation order 6

    The couple fear they will be split up

    6:33 PM — A Brazillian man and his American husband may be split up after the US attorney-general refused to reverse an immigration order. Genesio Oliveira, 31, is married to Tim Coco, 49, of Massachusetts, but Mr Oliveira believes he may be sent back to Brazil within six months.

  • Straight couple denied civil partnership again 34

    Tom Freeman and Katherine Doyle were refused a civil partnership

    5:36 PM — A straight couple from London have once again been denied a civil partnership. Tom Freeman and Katherine Doyle, both 26, expected to be turned away from Islington registry office this morning but said they would take legal action over the refusal.

  • 1st November 2010

    Anti-gay Christian couple to challenge fostering ban at High Court 120

    The couple were told they could not foster children (Photo: D Sharon Pruitt)

    11:08 AM — A Christian couple who were barred from fostering children after they admitted that they believe homosexuality is unacceptable are to challenge the ban at the High Court.

  • 27th October 2010

    Equal Love campaign: ‘We were brought up to believe we would fall in love and marry’ 3

    The Equal Love campaign hopes to secure marriage equality (Photo: made-underground)

    2:01 PM — Two of the couples involved in a new legal fight for marriage equality have spoken about why they want equal access to marriage and civil partnerships. The Equal Love campaign will see four gay couples and four straight couples attempt to register for ceremonies they are not entitled to.

  • 25th October 2010

    Gay and straight couples to challenge UK marriage equality ban 66

    Tom Freeman and Katherine Doyle were turned away from Islington registry office when they tried to have a civil partnership

    1:40 PM — Four gay and four straight couples are to challenge the UK's ban on gay couples marrying and straight couples having civil partnerships. The Equal Love campaign, organised by gay rights activist Peter Tatchell and OutRage!, will see the couples registering to hold ceremonies they are not entitled to and taking legal action if they are turned away.

  • 22nd October 2010

    eBay says sorry for competition gay ban 21

    eBay said it was sorry for barring gay couples

    11:15 AM — eBay has apologised for barring gay couples from a competition. The French version of the auction site was accused of discrimination this week after it stated that a competition prize could only be won by a male and female couple.

  • 21st October 2010

    Same-sex couple for Israeli Dancing With the Stars 6

    Israel's version of Dancing With the Stars will have a same-sex couple

    3:00 PM — Israel's version of Dancing With the Stars is to include a same-sex couple for the first time. TV presenter Gili Shem Tov, who is a lesbian, will be paired with professional dancer Dorit Milman in the new series which starts next month.

  • 20th October 2010

    eBay accused of banning gay couples from competition 18

    eBay said it did not intend to ban gay couples

    2:06 PM — The French eBay website has been accused of discrimination after it stated that a competition prize could only be won by a heterosexual couple.

  • 25th February 2010

    Liverpool policeman James Parkes ties the knot 12

    James Downey-Parkes tied the knot earlier this month

    11:08 AM — James Downey-Parkes, the Liverpool policeman who was beaten in a homophobic assault in October, has had a civil partnership.

  • 24th February 2010

    Second gay couple in Argentina permitted to marry 5

    The couple have been given permission to marry

    6:18 PM — An Argentinian judge has given a second gay couple permission to get married. Judge Elena Liberatori ruled that the unnamed men in Buenos Aires were exercising their rights.

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