24th December 2005
Doctor Who star to have gay marriage 2
12:00 AM — Doctor Who star John Barrowman is to marry his boyfriend in a civil ceremony in the New Year.Mr Barrowman who plays bisexual character Captain Jack is to take part in a Civil Partnership ceremony with his boyfriend of ten years, the architect Scott Gill.Mr Barrowman told the Sun that he and his partner are aiming for a low-key affair: "We're just going to sign the civil register."
Christians accused of homophobia
12:00 AM — A retired couple faced a police investigation this week after objecting to their council's stance on gay issues.Devout Christians, Joe Roberts 73, and his wife Helen, 68, of Fleetwood, Lancashire, wrote to Wyre Borough Council accusing them of "pandering" to minority groups. They said they felt discriminated against.The pair had questioned the council's bid to improve equality, part of which would see gay lifestyle magazines distributed around staffareas.
23rd December 2005
Legal advice site launches to help gay couples tie the knot
12:00 AM — Britain's first online legal service for the gay community has been launched to coincide with the introduction of the Civil Partnerships Act.PinkLegal.co.uk provides gay couples with free advice on all the legal aspects of gay relationships. Couples will also be able to purchase documents such as wills and pre-nuptial agreements for a fraction of the cost of visiting a high street law firm.
Paedophile is to hold first gay marriage in a British prison
12:00 AM — A convicted paedophile is to marry his boyfriend in Britain's first gay marriage held inside a prison.Mark Beech is serving a six-month sentence at Wymott Prison for possessing over a thousand pornographic images of children at his home in Blackpool.His partner, Nick Lock who has been diagnosed with a terminal lung condition is serving an 18 month suspended sentence for possessing over 400 ecstasy tablets at the home he shared with Beech.
21st December 2005
Elton John and David Furnish marry in one of England’s first gay ceremonies
12:00 AM — Sir Elton John and his partner David Furnish have become one of the first couples in England and Wales to marry in a Civil Partnership ceremony.The pop star and his film producer boyfriend David Furnish have been in a relationship for twelve years and had planned to hold a relatively low-key ceremony at Windsor Guildhall. Whilst the ceremony itself was a private affair, thousands of fans and the world's media cheered the couple on.
Tony Blair: We are living in an a new age of equality 1
12:00 AM — With a slight element of self-congratulation, the Prime Minister, Tony Blair, has heralded the first gay weddings in Britain.Writing for the Independent, Mr Blair lauds the change as: "another step towards the fairer, more tolerant country which this Labour Government pledged to build - and an answer, too, to those who convince themselves that politics changes nothing.""There is, of course, no room for complacency. There is still too much injustice, discrimination and unfairness."
Gay vicar defies Bishop to marry partner
12:00 AM — An openly gay vicar has defied the Bishop of Durham and taken part in a gay wedding earlier today.The Rev Christopher Wardale, 59, from Darlington, married Malcolm Macourt, 58, in a civil ceremony in Newcastle. They then received a blessing in church.Rev Wardale, vicar of Holy Trinity Church, Darlington, Co Durham has been in a gay relationship with Mr Macourt for over 19 years.
Schoolboy takes Jersey to European Court over gay age of consent
12:00 AM — A schoolboy is taking Jersey to the European Court of Human Rightsover the fact that the island has different ages of consent for gaysand straights.Luke Small, a sixteen year old from St Brelade has lodged the casewith the Strasbourg based court.Politicians in Jersey announced earlier this year that they wereconsidering equalising the age of consent for gays and straights.
Lesbian vicar marries partner in joint ceremony in Brighton
12:00 AM — Three gay couples have simultaneously married in Brighton's first gay civil partnership ceremonies.The seaside resort is known as 'Britain's gay capital' thanks to its liberal approach to sexuality and the multitude of gay men and women that have moved to the local area.The first three couples included local vicar, the Rev Debbie Gaston girl friend of 16 years Elaine Gaston.
20th December 2005
Elton John and David Furnish enjoy wild stag party 3
12:00 AM — Sir Elton John and his fiancé David Furnish held a star studded joint stag night in Soho on Monday evening.The singer arrived at the newly opened Too2Much cabaret nightclub in Soho in a turquoise suite whilst Mr Furnish opted for a sparkly black coat.Guests were treated to a saucy strip from former Blue front man Lee Ryan as well as topless waiters.
Elton John and David Furnish opt for private gay wedding ceremony
12:00 AM — Sir Elton John's gay wedding to his partner David Furnish will be a private affair after he turned sown an offer worth over £6m to broadcast the occasion.The popstar and his entertainment producer partner will be one of the first couples in Britain to take advantage of the Civil Partnership Act, which will allow 'gay marriages' in all but name from the 21st December.
19th December 2005
Western Isles becomes only place in Britain to ban gay marriages
12:00 AM — The Western Isles (Eilean Siar) are to become the only part of Britain to ban gay marriages after local councillors and registrars agreed to a boycott.Registrars are permitted under the Civil Partnership Act to refuse to conduct a ceremony on moral grounds. But councillors in Stornoway have voted to force the Isles to become the only place in Britain with a blanket ban on all gay ceremonies.
Gay couple defy Christian protesters to wed in Northern Ireland
12:00 AM — A lesbian couple have become the first gay partners to tie the knot in a regular ceremony in Britain following the introduction of the Civil Partnerships Act. Christian protestors fail to prevent ceremony from taking place.Grainne Close, a social worker from Belfast, and Shannon Sickels, a playwright from New York City became the first couple in the United Kingdom to marry in a regular ceremony.
18th December 2005
Shayne wins X Factor then heads off to gay club to celebrate
12:00 AM — Shayne Ward has won the television talent contest X Factor by a margin of just 1.2 percent over rival Andy Abraham. Immediately after being announced the winner, he headed straight off to a live performance at London's largest gay night club.Mr Ward dedicated his victory to his mother Philomena saying: "this is for you mum, this is for you."
16th December 2005
Police express disappointment at lack of convictions for gay barman’s killers 2
12:00 AM — A leading policeman has expressed "disappointment" that the killers of David Morley were not convicted of murder.A teenage girl, who can not be named for legal reasons, and her co-defendants Reece Sargeant, 21, Darren Case, 18 and a youth aged 17, were found guilty of the manslaughter of David Morley on Wednesday.Assistant Commissioner Tarique Ghaffur says he disappointed that the jury did not convict the gang of murder.
15th December 2005
Gay couple claim to have lost £6000 in benefits since Civil Partnerships introduced 57
12:00 AM — A gay couple from Kent claim that the introduction of the Civil Partnerships Act has meant a reduction in their level of state benefits of over £6000 per year.Andrew Brettell, 63 and his 44-year-old partner have cohabited for 18 years and have held a joint mortgage since 1989.Mr Brettell claims that ill health has meant he receives a pension credit.
Sir Elton and David Furnish face £10,000 policing bill for wedding
12:00 AM — Sir Elton John and his partner David Furnish face a £10,000 bill to cover the policing of their gay wedding next week.The pop star and his film producer boyfriend David Furnish have been in a relationship for tweleve years and are planning a relatively low-key ceremony at Windsor Guildhall. The hall was the venue for one of the year's key weddings; the marriage of Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall.
Lesbian appointed Conservative vice-chairman 2
12:00 AM — Conservative leader David Cameron has appointed his party's first openly lesbian candidate his new vice-chairman.Margot James, a Chelsea based millionaire businesswoman became the first openly lesbian woman to stand as a Conservative candidate when she contested the safe Labour seat of Holborn and St Pancreas at the last general electionMiss James is in a long-term relationship with girlfriend, Jay Hunt, 38, host of the BBC makeover programme Would Like To Meet.
14th December 2005
Gay ex-minister Stephen Twigg arrested for drunkenness
12:00 AM — Stephen Twigg, the openly gay former education minister has been fined £50 after being arrested for drunken behaviour.Mr Twigg, was the first openly gay President of the National Union of Students and the first MP to have been elected as an out gay man. He lost his Enfield Southgate seat at the last election, but is hoping to return to Parliament in the very near future as one of Labour's preferred parliamentary candidates.
Teen gang convicted of manslaughter of gay barman 2
12:00 AM — A teenage girl who asked a gay barman to "pose for the camera" before she filmed her friends kicking him to death, was today found guilty of manslaughter.The girl who can not be named for legal reasons and her co-defendants Reece Sargeant, 21, Darren Case, 18, a youth; aged 17, and the girl, aged 15 were found guilty of the manslaughter of the gay barman David Morley. They were also convicted of conspiracy to cause grievous bodily harm.