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  • 10th November 2011

    US gay couples “quicker to enter marriage than civil unions” 12

    60% of couples marrying in a state had travelled there for the ceremony

    9:40 AM — A US study analysed data from across the country and found gay married couples may "value marriage more for its social meaning".

  • 17th October 2011

    Cliff Richard backs gay marriage 76

    Cliff Richard supports gay marriage

    2:41 PM — Cliff Richard has come out in support of gay marriage. The 71-year-old singer, who is one of Britain's best-known Christians, says he sees no reason why gay people should not have marriage equality.

  • 12th October 2011

    Comment: Let faiths celebrate gay marriages 65

    Liberal Judaism wants the right to hold gay weddings

    3:51 PM — Rabbi Aaron Goldstein, the co-chair of Rabbinic Conference of Liberal Judaism, says the government must include religious ceremonies in the forthcoming gay marriage consultation.

  • 30th September 2011

    New York Christian clerk may go to court over gay marriages 71

    Ms Belforti says God does not want her to serve gay couples

    2:33 PM — A town clerk in New York may go to court over her refusal to sign marriage licences for gay couples. Rose Marie Belforti, the town clerk for Ledyard, says God does not want her to condone same-sex relationships.

  • 28th September 2011

    US census shows 131,297 gay marriages 7

    This is the first time the census has counted gay households (Photo: ILGA-Europe)

    4:12 PM — The US census shows that there are 131,297 gay married households and 514,735 unmarried gay households. Marriage equality campaigners said the figures show the need for gay couples to be given the right to wed.

  • 19th September 2011

    Unitarian church disappointed by ‘discriminatory’ gay marriage plans 33

    The Unitarian Church wants to hold gay weddings

    5:13 PM — The chief officer of the British Unitarian Church says he is disappointed by the announcement of a government consultation on gay marriage. Derek McAuley said it would be discriminatory not to allow religious gay marriages and questioned why the process could not begin before Christmas, rather than the scheduled date of March 2012.

  • 16th September 2011

    Government proposes introducing gay marriage after Cameron intervention 75

    The government will look at 'how' gay marriage can enacted (Photo: Ludovic Bertron)

    9:13 PM — A government consultation on the process for allowing gay couples to marry will take place next March, PinkNews.co.uk understands that prime minister David Cameron is "emphatically" in favour of the change.

  • 13th September 2011

    New York clerk refuses to sign gay marriage licences 141

    The clerk has refused to issue gay marriage licences

    5:00 PM — A town clerk in New York may be forced to resign over her refusal to sign marriage licences for gay couples. Rose Marie Belforti, the town clerk for Ledyard, suggested that the new gay marriage law could lead to people marrying animals.

  • 7th September 2011

    California governor signs equal benefits law 13

    The law will encourage companies to give gay workers equal rights

    10:37 AM — California's governor, Jerry Brown. has signed into law a measure to encourage companies to give equal benefits to the spouses of gay employees.

  • 9th February 2011

    Wisconsin lesbian minister could be removed from clergy 7

    Rev DeLong (right) and her partner Val (Photo: Reconciling Ministries Network)

    1:34 PM — A lesbian minister in the US state of Wisconsin is to appear before a church trial. Rev Amy DeLong will face charges after she presided over a 2009 ceremony for a lesbian couple and registered her own relationship as a domestic partnership.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 18th January 2011

    Virginia judge U-turns on lesbian couple’s name change 8

    The couple were permitted to change their names (Photo: Katie Tegtmeyer)

    5:52 PM — A judge in the US state of Virginia has allowed a lesbian couple to change their names - shortly after ruling that they couldn't.

  • 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.

  • 29th November 2010

    Australian gay MPs call for gay marriage 14

    Penny Wong is now in favour of gay marriaghe

    4:34 PM — Two openly gay MPs in Australia have backed calls for gay marriage. Senator Penny Wong and Greens leader Bob Brown spoke about why gay people should be given full marriage equality.

  • 17th November 2010

    Christian doctor loses gay adoption case 34

    Dr Sheila Matthews was told there was no evidence for her case

    2:15 PM — A Christian doctor who claimed she was a victim of religious discrimination has lost her case against Northamptonshire County Council. Dr Sheila Matthews said homosexuality was "not God's will" and that children do better with heterosexual parents.

  • 15th November 2010

    Christian doctor begins legal fight over gay adoptions 75

    Dr Matthews will ask whether medical opinion should override equality laws

    11:54 AM — A Christian doctor who was removed from an adoption panel after she refused to endorse applications by same-sex couples hopes to go to the European Court of Justice. Dr Sheila Matthews, of Kettering, will ask the court to establish whether medical opinion should be permitted to override equality laws.

  • 9th November 2010

    Australian lesbian couple banned from school ball 13

    The girls complained that they been been discriminated against

    3:09 PM — A teenage lesbian couple in Australia are changing schools after they were barred from attending a ball together. Hannah Williams, 16, wanted to take her girlfriend Savannah Supski, also 16, to the event at Ivanhoe Girls' Grammar in Melbourne but the Year 11 student was told she could only attend the ball with a boy.

  • 22nd October 2010

    Australian poll calls for conscience vote on gay marriage 9

    79 per cent supported a conscience vote on gay marriage

    5:35 PM — An Australian opinion poll shows increased support for gay marriage and for prime minister Julia Gillard to allow a conscience vote on the issue.

  • 1st February 2010

    Hawaii’s House shelves civil unions bill 4

    Hawaii lawmakers voted to postpone the civil unions bill

    12:50 PM — Hawaii's House has shelved a bill which would have allowed gay couples the right to have civil unions. Although the Senate approved the bill last week, the House voted on Friday to indefinitely postpone it.

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