13th December 2012
Illinois: Politicians hope to pass same-sex marriage law in early January 12
8:58 PM — An Illinois state representative and a state senator have said they will seek legislative approval of same-sex marriage in the state in three weeks.
9th December 2012
Conservative MP: ‘Most parents would prefer their children not to be gay’ 75
10:01 PM — A Conservative MP has spoken out against the coalition government's plans to allow marriage equality, saying their intentions are "barking mad".
8th December 2012
US: Thirty same-sex couples set to wed in Washington mass wedding on Sunday 2
12:57 AM — Thursday was the first day that same-sex couples could obtain marriage licenses in the state of Washington, and one church is planning a group ceremony for Sunday, at which thirty couples will wed.
2nd December 2012
US: West Point Military Chapel hosts first same-sex wedding ceremony 3
4:50 PM — A prestigious New York Military Chapel hosted its first same-sex wedding ceremony on Saturday, which was that of an academy graduate, and her partner of seventeen years.
22nd November 2012
New Zealand: Churches won’t be forced to perform same-sex weddings 7
9:46 PM — The New Zealand Human Rights Commission has confirmed that, if equal marriage becomes legal, carrying out same-sex wedding ceremonies won't be mandatory for churches.
16th November 2012
US: Seattle Judges donate their time to marry same-sex couples in Washington on first available day 4
11:39 PM — Seattle City Hall will open for a special event on a Sunday following a new law taking effect, which will allow same-sex couples to marry in the state of Washington.
18th October 2012
Anne Hathaway to donate wedding picture profits to equal marriage charities 15
12:43 AM — Anne Hathaway has pledged a portion of the money made from the sale of her wedding pictures towards supporting equal marriage.
12th September 2012
US: Reverend Jesse Jackson has “no problem” with marrying same-sex couples 8
1:43 AM — Reverend Jesse Jackson has said he would officiate a same-sex wedding, were he asked to do so, and that he has "no problem" with gay relationships.
11th September 2012
US: Couple to sue Catholic diocese over refused mansion sale 10
12:41 AM — A gay couple are suing a Catholic diocese which allegedly refused to sell them a plot of land and a mansion over priests' fears that they would host same-sex wedding ceremonies on the property.
7th September 2012
Connecticut: Priest reprimanded for participating in his cousin’s same-sex wedding 20
2:00 AM — The Archbishop of Hartford, Connecticut, has rebuked a priest for participating in his cousin's same-sex wedding in New York City, despite him only doing a reading and that he didn't wear his vestments.
30th July 2012
US: Catholic diocese backs out of mansion sale on gay wedding fear 54
12:36 PM — An estate agent acting for a Catholic diocese in the US state of Massachusetts accidentally revealed to a gay couple that their purchase of a 44-room estate had fallen through on the anti-gay concerns of the priests.
10th July 2012
US: Episcopal Church bishops approve blessing for gay couples 4
4:48 PM — Leading bishops of the two million-strong Episcopal Church in the US have approved a blessing for the relationships of gay couples.
5th July 2012
Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg backs religious marriages for gay couples 63
1:03 PM — The deputy prime minister, Nick Clegg, has become the most senior figure in the government to voice personal support for religious gay marriage rights today.
17th February 2012
Canada expected to fill gay marriage ‘gap’ today 21
4:24 PM — Canada is expected to announce changes to its Civil Marriage Act today which will stem fears about the validity of gay marriages between couples who could wed in Canada but not their home countries.
22nd August 2011
US bride refused a dress for ‘illegal’ gay wedding 131
4:55 PM — A US bridal shop has refused to serve an engaged lesbian, though she planned to marry in New York, where gay unions are legal.
5th April 2011
First Irish public civil partnerships take place 15
12:42 PM — Ireland's first public civil partnership ceremonies were due to take place this afternoon. The law came into force on January 1st, although the vast majority of couples were required to give three months notice of their intent to tie the knot.
31st March 2011
UK civil partnerships consultation opens 91
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.
30th March 2011
First lesbian couple to marry celebrate 10th anniversary 15
9:36 AM — The world's first lesbian couple to legally marry have celebrated their 10th wedding anniversary. Dutch couple Helene Faasen and Anne-Marie Thus met on a blind date in 1998 and married in 2001, when the Netherlands became the first country to allow gay marriage.
28th March 2011
Gareth Thomas to attend royal wedding 30
3:21 PM — Gay rugby star Gareth Thomas will be attending the royal wedding next month. The sportsman told the Daily Telegraph that he was in London to be fitted for a suit for Prince William and Kate Middleton's wedding.
6th March 2011
Alexander McQueen’s fashion label to design Kate Middleton’s wedding dress 32
10:01 AM — The late gay designer Alexander McQueen's fashion label is to design Kate Middleton's wedding dress for marriage to Prince William according to the Sunday Times.