17th December 2014
Ex-UKIP candidate behind ‘poofers’ and ‘Chinky bird’ comments likens it to ‘Only Fools and Horses’ 35
4:04 PM — Kerry Smith, who resigned from UKIP as a prospective parliamentary candidate for making homophobic and racist remarks, says his comments were no worse than the language in the BBC comedy series Only Fools and Horses.
16th December 2014
Jeb Bush, who called same-sex marriage ‘a distraction’, hints at 2016 presidential run 14
5:47 PM — Jeb Bush, who has a dubious record on LGBT rights, has announced he will "actively explore" a run for the Republican presidential nomination in 2016.
Northern Ireland is now the only place in the UK where gays can’t marry 49
4:39 PM — As the first same-sex wedding ceremonies took place in Scotland today, and many others gave notice to marry on New Year's Eve, Northern Ireland became the only place in the UK where gay and lesbian couples can't tie the knot.
Ireland: Cabinet discusses equal marriage referendum 42
11:06 AM — The Irish government is discussing the country’s same-sex marriage referendum at a meeting of the cabinet.
Just 17 percent of Scots now oppose equal marriage, as first couples wed 9
12:04 AM — Less than two in ten Scots remain opposed to same-sex marriage in Scotland, as the country's marriage law comes into effect.
CONGRATULATIONS! Scots in civil partnerships can now marry 6
12:01 AM — Same-sex marriage is now legal in Scotland, after a law passed earlier this year came into effect.
15th December 2014
Listen: Friend of sacked UKIP candidate phones radio station to defend ‘poofter’ comments 23
7:13 PM — A friend of former UKIP candidate Kerry Smith has called a radio station to defend him from accusations of homophobia and racism.
US: Pastor gets death threats for performing same-sex weddings 6
10:45 AM — A pastor in the US state of Kansas has said she won't give in to death threats she has received for officiating at same-sex marriages in the state.
14th December 2014
UKIP LGBT defies leadership to call for sacking of candidate after ‘poofters’ rant 43
5:24 PM — UKIP's LGBT wing has defied the party's leadership to call for the sacking of candidate Kerry Smith - after he ranted about "old poofters".
13th December 2014
Sir Elton John to marry David Furnish next week in ‘low-key’ ceremony 3
7:19 PM — Sir Elton John is expected to marry his partner David Furnish next week, in a "small and intimate" ceremony.
12th December 2014
US: Texas judge refuses bid to allow same-sex marriage in time for Christmas 2
5:29 PM — An appeal to allow same-sex marriage in Texas in time for Christmas has failed, after a judge refused to lift the ban.
Nigel Farage might not like what UKIP’s founder has to say about him 21
11:28 AM — The founder of the UK Independence Party Alan Sked has claimed the party is now motivated by homophobia and racism.
US: Kansas issues gender-neutral marriage forms
9:08 AM — The US state of Kansas has begun issuing gender-neutral marriage forms amid a battle around same-sex marriage.
11th December 2014
Pope Francis: Parents must support gay children 88
6:00 PM — Pope Francis says the Catholic Church must help parents to stand by their gay children – but that same-sex marriage “never crossed the minds” of bishops when they gathered at the Vatican in October.
Scotland’s Episcopal Church tells clergy: Don’t be tempted to marry gays 8
3:24 PM — Scotland’s Episcopal Church is reiterating its warning to clergy not to marry same-sex couples as equal marriage comes into force in the country at the end of this month.
After half a century of waiting – this gay couple were finally allowed to tie the knot 5
2:10 PM — While many same-sex couples celebrated as they converted their civil partnerships to marriage starting yesterday, one couple had waited longer than most.
Australia gets its first openly gay Chief Minister 1
12:14 PM — An Australian Labor Party politician has become the country's first openly gay government leader.
10th December 2014
Comment: The struggle for relationship equality is not over – it’s time to open civil partnerships to all 11
5:42 PM — Charles Keidan and Rebecca Steinfeld write for PinkNews on the arguments for keeping civil partnerships, ironing out the lingering inequalities between same- and opposite-sex marriages, and why we need to open civil partnerships to all to achieve full relationship equality.
BBC features anti-gay campaigner to discuss first day of civil partnership conversions 59
5:33 PM — A BBC local breakfast programme this morning, in a segment about the new same-sex marriage law in England and Wales, featured an anti-gay campaigner who said same-sex marriage is a "falsehood and a fabrication".
Comedian Sandi Toksvig marries partner Debbie 16
3:54 PM — Comedian Sandi Toksvig and partner Debbie have converted their civil partnership to a marriage - in their third wedding ceremony.