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March 28, 2014

As lovers wanting to be part of history make the biggest commitment to each other, we thought we would give you a few tips for planning your own perfect wedding

On 29 March, the first gay couples in England and Wales will be able to marry legally.
 
As lovers wanting to be part of history make the biggest commitment to each other, we thought we would give you a few tips for planning your own perfect wedding.

BEFORE

1 Who proposes?

‘Tradition’ states a man proposes to a woman, but when it’s a same-sex couple that tradition goes out the window.

March 19, 2014

Kyoto’s Hotel Granvia and the Shunkoin Temple are welcoming same-sex couples to exchange vows with a traditional Buddhist wedding ceremony in Kyoto

Draped in wedding kimonos, standing in a Zen temple built in the 1590s, gay and lesbian couples have a new option for a commitment ceremony in Japan.

The Hotel Granvia Kyoto is offering a full traditional Buddhist wedding at the Shunkoin Temple for same-sex couples.

January 8, 2014

A Californian gay couple were refused catering for their same-sex wedding by events caterer Janet Zimmerman 

A gay California couple were left disappointed when a caterer refused to provide for their wedding because it was against her 'Christian' beliefs.

Kama Kaina and Mathew Rivera contacted Janet Zimmerman catering on 26 November last year after the service was recommended by their venue in Big Bear, California.

The couple were surprised to receive an e-mail several hours later rejecting the job.

October 28, 2013

The Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes in Oklahoma has become the seventh Native American tribal nation to allow same-sex couples to marry on their lands

Oklahoma couple Darren Black Bear and Jason Pickel have become the third same-sex couple to be married by the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes – the seventh US tribal nation to allow same-sex couples to do so.

The lands of the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes are the only part of Oklahoma where same-sex couples may legally marry as the state passed a constitutional amendment banning same sex marriage in 2004.

However at least one half of the couple must be a member of the tribe for them to marry them.

September 16, 2013

Romania had its first televised same-sex marriage last week when a gay couple won a popular wedding themed reality TV show

Romanians watched their first televised same-sex marriage last week when gay couple Daniel and Michael won that country’s version of UK reality show Four Weddings.

Both theatrical directors, the couple chose an ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ theme and were married by the Rev Diane Fisher, an American Metropolitan Community Church pastor who was flown in for the show.

The couple were competing with four other couples to put on the best wedding and were chosen as the winners by the other couples.

May 15, 2013

New US research asked 'Can a gay man play it straight?' and looked at perceptions of an actor's performance and masculinity

People think gay actors are less masculine – but they are still just as good at acting, scientists have proved.

The US research asked 'Can a gay man play it straight?' and looked at perceptions of an actor’s masculinity and performance.

College students were given biographical information on a male actor, including sexual orientation, and shown a video of the actor’s performance.

They were then asked to rate the actor’s performance and the likelihood of casting the actor in their own productions.

November 8, 2012

Lesbians openly hold a wedding ceremony in Wuhu, Anhui province, China

Two lesbians held a wedding ceremony openly in Wuhu in China’s eastern Anhui province on Saturday 27 October, according to Xinhua news agency.

It is the first public lesbian marriage ceremony in Wuhu, despite the fact that the Chinese government does not recognize same-sex marriage.

The couple, Zou Ji and Li Xuegin, held a two-hour ceremony in the banquet hall of a local hotel with 60 people attending.

October 4, 2012

Lu Zhong and Liu Wangqiang have become the first gay couple to publicly say ‘I do’ in the southeastern Chinese province of Fujian

China’s Fujian province has seen its first ever public gay wedding between two young men, who had already made history by getting engaged in nearby Guangdong province.

Lu Zhong and Liu Wangqiang, 24 and 20 respectively, wowed their hometown of Ningde on Tuesday (2 Oct), a day after the national day, as their cascade of wedding cars paraded the city’s roads and parks and showcased their love.

August 11, 2012

Fish Huang and You Ya-ting from Taiwan vow to fight for equal rights after their historic Buddhist wedding draws global spotlight

A lesbian couple tied the knot amid the blessings on monks and nuns in Taiwan's first high profile Buddhist same-sex wedding today.

In what is believed also to be the first such ceremony in Asia, Fish Huang and her partner of seven year You Ya-ting walked down the aisle in white bridal gowns this morning (11 Aug) in a monastery in Taoyuan, near Taipei.

July 24, 2012

Bakery owner allegedly denied a gay couple's business because he believes their union is 'illegal'

A Colorado based bakery has allegedly refused to make a wedding cake for a gay couple because their business does not support same-sex marriage.

The American couple will tie the knot in September, and had hoped to have a rainbow-layered masterpiece made by Lakewood’s Masterpiece Cakeshop for their reception in October.

June 1, 2012

ICS believes it is legal for two adult men to hold a wedding party and banning it can be considered a hate crime in other countries

The largest gay rights organization in Vietnam has questioned local authorities' decision to penalize two men who legally organized their wedding party without marriage registration.

May 10, 2012

Gay Star News quizzes a leading relationship counselor to the low-down on what to do when things start going wrong

Hindsight is a beautiful thing. As I sat chatting with relationship counsellor Nicholas Rose, slurping on black coffee in London’s leafy suburban Chiswick, I couldn’t help wishing that I had been researching this story in my early 20s - but then I guess I wouldn’t have had the experience of numerous failed relationships to make me fully appreciate the pearls of wisdom that Rose was sharing.

March 27, 2012

41 same-sex couples tied the knot last night in what was billed as the first 'Mass Same-Sex TV Wedding' in Australia

41 same-sex couples tied the knot last night in what was billed as the first 'Mass Same-Sex TV Wedding' in Australia

A total of 41 gay couples tied the knot last night (26 March) in the witness of a live audience in what was billed as the first 'Mass Same-Sex TV Wedding' in Australia.

The studio decorated as a wedding chapel billowed white fabric and flowers everywhere. And with a live performance of Prince Charming in place of the bridal waltz, comedians walked the aisle as makeshift flowergirls as TV host Adam Hills conducted the ceremony.

March 22, 2012

The Voice coach Adam Levine says bromance is dead, call it friendship

Maroon 5 singer Adam Levine has been subjected to the term since striking up a close friendship with fellow 'The Voice' mentor Blake Shelton, but admits he can't stand it.

He said: 'Can we please kill that stupid term? We're just friends. It's called friendship!'

Meanwhile Blake insists he was just joking when he told MTV News: 'I have a man crush on Adam.

'I want to kiss him. I want to kiss him so bad. I don't care if it's mutual or not. He's sexy, is the word I'm using.'

March 15, 2012

Appeal Court judges in UK rule father should not be treated as 'secondary' parent because his son is living with two women

The gay father of a two-year-old boy being raised by lesbian parents in the UK has won the right to have access to his child.

Three Appeal Court judges ruled that the father, identified only as A, should not be treated as a 'secondary' parent because his son was living with two women.

Judges at the court of appeal ruled that three parents are as good as two, saying 'a two-parent lesbian nuclear family' might be 'essentially selfish and may later insufficiently weigh the welfare and developing rights of the child'.

March 5, 2012

Chet Haze 'humbled' by gay attention but makes clear that he is straight

When Tom Hanks won an Academy Award in 1994 for playing a gay man with AIDS in the film Philadelphia, he gave a moving speech in which he paid tribute to two men -  high school drama teacher and a classmate - who he described as 'two of the finest gay Americans.'

'I wish my babies could have the same kind of teachers, the same kind of friends,' the actor said, his voice choked with emotion.

December 14, 2011

Critics say new iPhone app will provide hook-ups for closeted gay encounters

Straight boys are being invited to seek ‘bromance’ with a new iPhone app to allow them to find friends to hang-out with.

The Bromance app is aimed at heterosexual males aged 21 to 40 who want to hook up for a fishing trip, to shoot some hoops, an ultimate frisbee session or even a pub crawl.

But some media critics are already suggesting it could actually end up as a challenger to gay dating apps like Grindr. And that perception is also spreading to its potential users.

December 13, 2011

Buddy finds love with a female after being separated from Pedro

Toronto Zoo’s so-called gay penguins Buddy and Pedro have split up and Buddy has found love - with a female.

The pair were separated in November by zoo officials who said they needed to reproduce as African penguins are an endangered species.

Buddy, 21, and Pedro, 10, shared a nest for about a year after being transferred from Ohio.

Videos of the pair became hugely popular on the internet and US TV host Jimmy Kimmel dubbed their ‘bromance’ ‘Iceberg mountain’.