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  • 31st March 2011

    UK civil partnerships consultation opens 91

    Gay couples will be allowed religious civil partnerships

    12:15 PM — A government consultation on the future of UK civil partnerships opens today. Interested parties are being asked to give their views on ceremonies being permitted in religious buildings, if faiths wish to hold them.

  • 3rd March 2011

    Californian Supreme Court denies request to speed up gay marriage decision 8

    Campaigners argued that the court should reach a decision earlier

    12:42 AM — The Californian supreme court has denied an application to speed up its decision on the fate of gay marriage in the state. Campaigners had argued that the Californian legal code requires courts to reach speedy decisions when they impact on individuals over the age of 70.

  • 22nd February 2011

    Catholic Archbishop of Southwark: Religious civil partnerships not ‘necessary nor desirable’ 61

    The Archbishop of Southwark, the Most Rev Peter Smith, has claimed it is not "necessary nor desirable" for gay couples to have ceremonies within churches

    10:01 PM — The archbishop of Southwark, the Most Rev Peter Smith, has claimed it is not "necessary nor desirable" for gay couples to have civil partnerships conducted in churches and other religious buildings.

  • 8th February 2011

    Nebraska lesbians not allowed to divorce 7

    Nebraska says that no gay marriage means no gay divorce

    5:02 PM — A lesbian couple in the US state of Nebraska have been barred from divorcing by a judge. Brenda Mueller and Deborah Pry were told that as Nebraska doesn't recognise gay marriage, it doesn't recognise gay divorce.

  • Australian MP polls constituents on gay marriage 10

    Polls show more support for marriage equality

    4:51 PM — Australian Liberal MP Malcolm Turnbull has begun polling his constituents on the issue of marriage equality. The former opposition leader has sent questionnaires to residents in his Sydney seat of Wentworth.

  • 2nd February 2011

    Former Tory Lord Chancellor says Christians must have the right to bar gays 75

    Lord Mackay argued that Christians should be free to bar gay couples

    4:52 PM — Lord Mackay of Clashfern has argued that Christians must be free to act on their consciences when it comes to gay rights. The former Lord Chancellor under Margaret Thatcher and John Mayor said insisting that Christians abide by equality laws - such as in the case of hotel owners - was "Orwellian".

  • 1st February 2011

    Video: George Bush’s wife and daughter support gay marriage 12

    Barbara Bush says gay couples should be allowed to wed

    3:18 PM — Former US president George Bush's daughter has joined his wife in declaring her support for marriage equality. Laura Bush announced last year that she supports same-sex marriage and believes abortion should remain legal.

  • 31st January 2011

    UK gay marriage challenge goes to European Court 27

    Rev Sharon Ferguson and Franka Strietzel are challenging the ban (Photo: Chris Houston)

    1:54 PM — A challenge against the UK's bans on gay marriage and straight civil partnerships will be filed at the European Court of Human Rights this week.

  • 28th January 2011

    French court says no to gay marriage 30

    France allows gay couples to have civil unions

    1:24 PM — France's constitutional court upheld the ban on gay marriage today after a challenge from a lesbian couple. Corinne Cestino and Sophie Hasslauer, who have lived together for 15 years and have four children, asked for the right to marry but were turned down by the Constitutional Council.

  • 19th January 2011

    Facebook co-founder seeks gay marriage for New York 17

    Chris Hughes and Sean Eldridge became engaged on New Year's Eve

    5:19 PM — Politicians signal move towards gay marriage legislation in the state as entrepreneur and campaign funder announces intention to marry.

  • 17th January 2011

    Chicago ministers say Martin Luther King would not have supported gay rights 33

    The group claims Martin Luther King would be against gay marriage, but his widow claimed otherwise

    2:45 PM — A group of Chicago ministers are holding a press conference today to claim that civil rights leader Martin Luther King would not have supported gay rights.

  • 14th January 2011

    Gay and straight students marry in the name of art 25

    The couple married for art (Photo: made-underground)

    1:40 PM — A gay man and a straight woman have married for an art project. University of Worcester art students Paul Cartwright, 20, and Nora Battenberg-Cartwright, 21, see their union as a piece of art and co-ordinate their outfits every day.

  • 13th January 2011

    Ireland recognises foreign gay marriage and partnerships 25

    Ireland now recognises foreign gay marriages and civil partnerships (Photo: Mattias Homberg)

    11:56 AM — Gay couples living in Ireland who have married or had a civil partnership abroad will be recognised as civil partners from today. The change is part of Ireland's new civil partnership laws, which give gay couples almost all the rights of marriage.

  • 11th January 2011

    Hillary Clinton pushes for gay rights but won’t support equal marriage 20

    Hillary Clinton said the Obama administration was leading the way on gay rights globally

    5:02 PM — Hillary Clinton says she's tried to put LGBT rights "near the top" of the Obama administration's foreign agenda. In an interview with US gay magazine The Advocate, Ms Clinton said there was a "rising global tide of violence" against LGBT people around the world and said America was "taking the lead" in making changes.

  • 10th January 2011

    Labour leader Ed Miliband calls for progress on gay marriage 46

    Ed Miliband called for progress on marriage equality

    4:20 PM — Labour leader Ed Miliband has called for progress on gay marriage by the end of this year. Speaking on Saturday on the tenth anniversary of the equal age of consent, he said that there was more to do on marriage equality.

  • Mary Portas says she can’t explain her sexuality 34

    Mary Portas said female sexuality was hard to define

    12:05 PM — Retail guru Mary Portas says female sexuality isn't black and white. The presenter of the BBC's Mary, Queen of Shops said she could not explain how women who had been married could fall in love with other women.

  • 6th January 2011

    Lesbian priests wed in Massachusetts 9

    The couple married on New Year's Day

    5:32 PM — Two high-level female Episcopal priests married in Massachusetts on New Year's Day. The wedding of Rev Mally Lloyd and Rev Katherine Ragsdale is thought to be a first for the US.

  • 4th January 2011

    Irish civil partnerships come into law 27

    Ireland now recognises civil partnerships

    11:39 AM — Ireland's civil partnership law came into force at the weekend, although gay couples must wait until early April to hold their ceremonies. The law was welcomed by the Gay and Lesbian Equality Network as a "new dawn" for gay and lesbian couples but other groups said it was not good enough.

  • 8th December 2010

    Battle for UK gay marriage equality continues 27

    Stephanie Munro and Andrew O’Neill were denied a civil partnership (Photo: Brett Lock)

    5:25 PM — The fight for marriage equality in the UK continued today when a straight couple were barred from a civil partnership in north London.

  • Jesse Jackson calls for gay marriage equality 22

    Rev Jackson said gays and lesbians were "America's newest second-class citizens".

    11:51 AM — The Rev Jesse Jackson has called for California's ban on gay marriage to be struck down. The Baptist minister and civil rights activist spoke at a gathering outside the San Francisco appeals court where the latest hearings on the ban are taking place.

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