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September 26, 2014

Gay TV host and writer admitted to taking the drug in the House of Lords, House of Commons, Windsor Castle, Clarence House as well as BBC Television Centre

Stephen Fry claims he took cocaine during a visit to Buckingham Palace..

The broadcaster, actor and comic also admitting to using the class-A drug in the House of Lords, House of Commons, Windsor Castle, Clarence House, BBC Television Centre as well as several offices of the top British newspapers.

September 23, 2014

Leader of the Labour party announces Lord Michael Cashman will be the party's special envoy on LGBTI rights

Ed Miliband has promised a huge LGBTI role if he is elected prime minister.

The leader of the Labour party in the UK announced at the party conference that he will create a role that will promote equality all over the world.

Michael Cashman, a gay former Member of European Parliament until he stepped down this year to take a place in the House of Lords, would become that ambassador.

August 8, 2014

The former actor had the first gay kiss in a British soap, co-founded Stonewall and went on to be an MEP campaigning for LGBTI rights

Michael Cashman will join the UK's House of Lords, it was announced today. It is believed his new title will be Lord Cashman of Limehouse.

The openly gay former actor is famous for the moment when his character, Colin, had the first gay kiss in a British soap opera, EastEnders.

He was one of the co-founder of Stonewall, along with fellow actor Sir Ian McKellen, and went on to be a Member of the European Parliament for the West Midlands of England.

As an MEP he was president of the European Parliament Intergroup on LGBT Rights.

December 16, 2013

Religious marriages or ‘nikahs’ are already available to gay Muslims, so for one LGBTQI group, marriage equality is not the most urgent priority

It’s an exciting time for marriage equality campaigners all over the world now, including in the UK.

In May 2013, the House of Commons passed the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill for England and Wales with 366 votes in favor and 161 against. In June, the House of Lords backed equal marriage by rejecting an amendment aimed at wrecking the Bill by 390 votes to 148.

The Equalities Minister, Maria Miller, has now announced that the first same-sex weddings can take place from 29 March 2014.

July 17, 2013

LGBT rights campaigners are reminding those celebrating the same-sex marriage bill there is a lot more work to do to achieve full marriage equality

As England and Wales celebrates same-sex marriage soon becoming law, LGBT rights campaigners are reminding people it is not ‘equal marriage’.

It comes as both the House of Commons and House of Lords have given their approval to the bill, and are now awaiting to be signed into law by Queen Elizabeth II.

Human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell says there are ‘six discriminatory aspects’ of the new legislation.

Consummation and Adultery

July 16, 2013

Bill must now only be signed by Queen Elizabeth II

The lower house of British Parliament had a two-hour debate then approved the final changes to a bill legalizing same-sex marriage in England and Wales.

The bill, passed in the House of Lords on Monday (15 July), only now must be signed by Queen Elizabeth II to become law. This is considered to be a formality.

July 16, 2013

As the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill passes the final reading in the House of Lords, an anti-gay Christian group is less than happy

As LGBT people celebrate their win for equal marriage in England and Wales, a UK Christian group is less than happy.

Anglican Mainstream, an anti-gay religious group, has lashed out after the House of Lords gave their final vote in favor of same-sex marriage.

They have compared their ‘loss’ by posting a poem/statement written about the rise of Adolf Hitler and Nazi Germany.

July 15, 2013

Supporters enjoying sunshine outside Britain’s House of Parliament as they await the final decision for gay marriage in England and Wales

Supporters enjoying sunshine outside Britain’s House of Parliament as they await the final decision for gay marriage in England and Wales

Gay marriage supporters are enjoying a carnival atmosphere and perfect wedding weather at the rally outside Britain’s House of Lords for the final marriage equality vote.

The London Gay Men’s Chorus is singing ‘Get Me To The Church On Time’ and ice cream company Ben and Jerry’s is handing out rainbow wedding cake. Tubs of Appley Ever After ice cream will follow later.

July 15, 2013

Supporters enjoying sunshine outside Britain’s House of Parliament as they await the final decision for gay marriage in England and Wales

Supporters enjoying sunshine outside Britain’s House of Parliament as they await the final decision for gay marriage in England and Wales

Gay marriage supporters are enjoying a carnival atmosphere and perfect wedding weather at the rally outside Britain’s House of Lords for the final marriage equality vote.

The London Gay Men’s Chorus is singing ‘Get Me To The Church On Time’ and ice cream company Ben and Jerry’s is handing out rainbow wedding cake. Tubs of Appley Ever After ice cream will follow later.

July 15, 2013

As two nations of the United Kingdom celebrate and praise pours in, the deputy Prime Minister calls same-sex marriage passing an 'extraordinary step'

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has paid tribute to gay marriage passing its final vote in England and Wales.

In the last few minutes, the House of Lords passed the Marriage (Same Sex) Couples Bill in its third reading.

The leader of the Liberal Democrats, one of the lead backers of the bill in the House of Commons, spoke at an equal marriage vigil wearing a pink carnation. Several of the peers wore them as a symbol of their support.

July 15, 2013

The Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill has passed the final reading in the House of Lords, and after some clearing up in the House of Commons, will go to Queen Elizabeth II to be signed into law

History is made as marriage equality has passed the final vote for England and Wales.

The Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill passed in the House of Lords without a vote.

Peers in favor of same-sex marriage wore pink carnations as a symbol of their support.

Before the vote, one of the lead backers of the bill and openly gay Lord Alli gave a moving and passionate speech.

‘You have given me equality where there was sometimes prejudice,’ he said. ‘My life will be better today than yesterday.’

July 15, 2013

Minutes after it is confirmed it will be law, we find one lesbian couple outside the UK parliament whose dream of marrying is now being made a reality

The dreaming is over and the planning has begun. Just minutes after it was announced gay marriage will definitely be law in England and Wales, we filmed Stella and Lucy Clements, who were planning their wedding.

July 12, 2013

Christian activists have cancelled a prayer rally at the final vote on gay marriage in England and Wales as there is no point anymore

Christian campaigners appear to have accepted gay marriage will become law in England and Wales and cancelled a last-ditch prayer rally against it.

Christian Concern was planning the prayer rally on Monday (15 July) as the House of Lords, the upper chamber of parliament, holds its final vote on the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill.

Separate legislation is being developed in Scotland.

July 11, 2013

House of Lords has let the England and Wales equal marriage bill to pass through to the third and final reading intact

Gay marriage in England and Wales is progressing to the third and final reading intact in the House of Lords.

The Marriage (Same Sex Couples) has just completed the final day of the Report Stage, with several votes on amendments made to wreck the bill.

From a referendum on equal marriage to a question from a young teen with same-sex parents, the upper house of parliament discussed and debated long into the evening yesterday (10 July). 

Lord Singh put forward the referendum, which would have cost British taxpayers £75 million ($113m, €86.7m).

July 9, 2013

In the Report stage of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill planning to give gay couples the right to get married in England and Wales, the upper house talk humanist weddings, lesbian adultery and more

From George Clooney love affairs to a new Section 28, the House of Lords returned last night to debate same-sex marriage in England and Wales.

The Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill has just completed the first day of the Report Stage, with several votes made on amendments made to wreck the bill.

Among the many voted down was an amendment to allow registrars to refuse to do their job and not marry same-sex couples. It was voted down by a majority of 175.

July 4, 2013

Gay Star News and Stonewall today (4 July 2013) join forces to launch an online campaign

We're calling on supporters of equal marriage to film short videos explaining why they’re saying ‘I Do’ to equal marriage.

The Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill returns to the House of Lords on Monday 8 July for its report stage.

Stonewall and Gay Star News are asking supporters to use Instagram to film themselves saying ‘I Do’ to equal marriage and giving their reasons for supporting the bill, in videos of up to 10 seconds.

June 29, 2013

From the armed forces marching in strict order to community groups signing, dancing and blowing whistles, thousands joined the Pride in London parade

Huge crowds cheered a colorful celebration of gay marriage and marked a day to reflect on LGBT rights, at Pride in London (29 June).

The British capital’s pride comes at a time when same-sex marriage legislation for England and Wales is set to be passed by the UK Parliament in the next few weeks, with the Scottish Parliament not far behind.

But the plight of LGBT people elsewhere in the world, particularly in Russia where activists are attempting to mark pride in St Petersburg, was a dark cloud over the revelers on a day otherwise bathed in sunshine.

June 28, 2013

Controversial entries include journalist Julie Bindel, criticized for transphobia. Read the full World Pride Power List, dominated by UK names, here

TV host Ellen DeGeneres has been named as the most powerful gay person in the world in a new list published today.

The 2013 World Pride Power list was celebrated at a gala dinner held at the Corinthia hotel in London last night (28 June) ahead of the release of the list to time with Pride in London today.

But some of those on the list will be controversial with British journalist, Julie Bindel, coming in at number 83 despite being slammed in the past for transphobia.

US comic and presenter Ellen DeGeneres moves up from 10th place in the 2012 list.

June 28, 2013

After a disappointing year, London Pride is back bigger and better with big acts, themed nights out, and a family day out

After the disappointment of London Pride last year, the England capital had to step it up.

But with a brand new team of organizers, this weekend is set to bring a new rainbow to London.

Several athletes will also be attending, with Pride supporting London’s bid to host the next Gay Games.

With 150 groups parading through the heart of the capital and attracting hundreds of thousands, it is shaping up to be one of the best Prides yet.

June 27, 2013

Celebrities, politicians and gay rights groups have voiced their praise and concern for Scotland's equal marriage bill, especially on education and trans issues

Celebrities, politicians and LGBT groups are blowing their bagpipes in joy over Scotland’s government publishing their plans for equal marriage.

Many have said the Marriage and Civil Partnership (Scotland) bill is ‘better’ than the one currently making its way through UK House of Lords.

Speaking to Gay Star News, Stonewall Scotland’s Director Colin MacFarlane said it was a ‘tight’ bill that will stop many of the arguments that were made against the England and Wales legislation.

June 20, 2013

Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton: 'Teachers should not endorse views or indoctrinate children but recognise that the world is real and it is out there'

A 72-year-old peer in the UK’s House of Lords has given one of the best speeches heard so far in the fight for equal marriage in England and Wales.

Josephine Farrington, the Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton, urged lawmakers to remember teachers are in the job of teaching facts to children, not hiding them from the world.

When right-wing peer Lord Dear warned teachers will be forced to ‘promote’ gay marriage if it becomes legal, the Labour politician said teachers should embrace diversity.

June 20, 2013

Baroness Butler-Sloss fails to get an amendment through defining marriage consummation as 'penetration of vagina, anus or mouth' in England and Wales equal marriage debate

Married gay people will not need to have sex to officiate their relationship, the UK’s House of Lords has said.

An amendment suggesting the definition of consummation and adultery failed to be agreed upon during the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) debate in the early hours of this morning (20 June).

While gay sex past midnight in the UK government’s upper house may sound like a tabloid newspaper headline, it was a somewhat serious debate at what counts as consummation in a gay relationship.

June 20, 2013

We speak to Kate Green, Britain’s Shadow Equalities Minister about gay marriage, trans rights and what’s next in the LGBT struggle

‘Disgusting, distasteful, cruel and wrong.’ That’s how British Member of Parliament (MP) and Shadow Equalities Minister Kate Green describes some of the debate in parliament over gay marriage.

But Green and the many pro-equality politicians are winning. And she is already thinking about what they should be focusing on as the next step for LGBT equality.

June 18, 2013

Britain’s House of Lords has been debating the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill in detail with opponents suggesting alternatives to full equality

Britain’s House of Lords has been debating whether straight marriages should be renamed as ‘real’ or ‘traditional’ and if gay marriage should be called marriage at all.

Meanwhile the Archbishop of York, John Sentamu, has hinted the Church of England should give more recognition to gay and lesbian partnerships – asking why it is the Anglican Church would rather bless a ‘sheep’ or ‘tree’ than a same-sex couple.