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The best place to be in the closet, and 6 other stories you might have missed this week

Nick Duffy September 14, 2014

PinkNews brings you a roundup of news from the past seven days.

Here are some of the most widely read, and notable news stories from the past week which you may have missed.

1. Nigel Farage claimed the fight for same-sex marriage was “not particularly needed”

Speaking on LBC, the UKIP leader said equal marriage was “an argument and a fight that wasn’t particularly needed”.

He also warned that “Strasbourg” could order churches to perform same-sex marriages – despite several caveats in the Marriage (Same-Sex Couples) Act.

2. Scottish Independence got a gay sitcom send-up

A web series spoofing the independence dilemma launched, telling the story of Scott and Adrian – two lovers on the verge of breaking up.

The romantic comedy covers the pair’s turbulent relationship as Scott decides he wants to go it alone, while the pair squabble over the proceeds from his bath oils company, and Adrian worries he will end up footing the bill.

3. Neil Patrick Harris married his partner in Italy

The How I Met Your Mother star finally tied the knot with partner David Burtka in an intimate private ceremony.

However, the pair will have to file papers back in the US to marry legally – as same-sex marriage isn’t recognised in Italy.

4. Northern Irish anti-gay politician Ian Paisley died

Ian Paisley – who founded a ‘Save Ulster from Sodomy’ campaign in the 1970s – passed away aged 88.

Prime Minister David Cameron paid tribute to the former DUP leader, saying that despite being “controversial”, he was “hard working” and “will be missed”.

5. Chicago was named the top travel destination for men in the closet

A survey conducted on a dating site of men privately seeking men named the Windy City as the top destination.

A close second was Sydney (Australia), followed by Maui (Hawaii), Puerta Vallarta (Mexico) and Vancouver (Canada).

6. Two straight men legally married eachother in New Zealand for rugby tickets

Radio station The Edge drew condemnation for the stunt, which saw Dunedin-based pair Matt McCormick and Travis McIntos tie the knot.

The Legalise Love campaign said: “The Edge can dress it up in whatever language they like; the point of this competition is that men marrying each other is still something they think is worth having a laugh at.”

7. Firearms cops showed off their rainbow laces

The Rainbow Laces campaign, which tackles homophobia in sport, found support from a team more used to riot gear than football gear.

Officers from Leicestershire Police’s Tactical Dogs & Firearms Unit posted pictures to social media to challenge ‘macho’ stereotypes.

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