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April 14, 2014

Dwayne Morgan, the pastor who officiated the wedding, believes 'God blesses the love of two people no matter what their gender'

A couple have married in what is believed to be the UK’s first gay wedding in a church.

Jan Tipper and Barb Burden were married at the Metropolitan Community Church in Bournemouth yesterday (13 April)

On 29 March, same-sex couples in England and Wales were finally allowed to walk down the aisle and marry officially.

Dwayne Morgan, who officiated the wedding, said he decided to officiate the wedding because he believes ‘God blesses the love of two people no matter what their gender.’

April 11, 2014

Bible fundamentalist takes on the gays of Soho in the name of Christ

A UK preacher is so angry gay people have made Soho their home, he is running as an independent candidate in the upcoming election.

Andrew Murray, a minister for the Hope Community Church, declared in March he wants to be a councillor ‘to better represent the people of Soho’, a gay area in London.

In his online posts, the church leader has ranted about same-sex marriage in England and Wales.

‘We simply believe that the Bible’s teaching about creation sets God’s pattern for human relationships,' he said.

April 9, 2014

Culture Secretary resigns from her post after funding a home for her parents at taxpayers' expense

Conservative politician Maria Miller, who saw through same-same sex marriage in England and Wales, has resigned as culture secretary.

Following a row over her expenses, Downing Street said they had recieved a resignation letter from the member of parliament (MP) today (9 April).

David Cameron said while he was sorry to get the letter, he accepted her decision.

A huge outrage followed after Miller was cleared of funding a home for her parents at taxpayers' expense.

April 7, 2014

Jeremy Hunt, the Northern Ireland Health Secretary, has previously claimed banning blood is needed to ensure public safety

Northern Ireland is being called on to defend its ban against gay men giving blood.

Jeremy Hunt, the Northern Ireland Health Secretary, has previously claimed banning 'gay blood' is needed to ensure public safety.

He has begun a legal appeal after a judge ruled it was up to him if gay men could donate blood in NI. A ban, which was enforced during the 1980s, 90s and 00s, was lifted in England, Scotland and Wales in 2011.

New rules allow gay and bisexual men to donate blood as long as their last sexual contact with another man was more than a year ago.

April 3, 2014

Bishop’s conference publicly rejected the proposition of MPs being denied communion for voting in favor of marriage equality

Catholic MPs will not be punished by the church for being in favor of gay marriage.

After some members of parliament in the UK supported same-sex marriage in England and Wales, the Bishop of Portsmouth Philip Egan accused them of being ‘grave sinners.’

However, yesterday (2 April) The Catholic Conference of England announced they have ‘no plans’ to side with the bishop and deny politicians Holy Communion.

April 1, 2014

The Iris Prize Festival will showcase the best British and international LGBTI films

What would it be like for James Bond to be gay? Well, audiences at the Iris Festival will get an idea this year as it opens with a gay British secret agent film.

The full-length feature film, Jayson Bend: Queen and Country, will be an appropriate opening screening as the festival marks a new phase in its development with a strand deidcated to the 'Best of British' LGBT short films.

Jayson Bend is the story of a charming gay secret agent who uncovers a sinister plot that reveals a billionaire hair dressing tycoon owns the largest global chain of hair salons.

March 31, 2014

As Amnesty appeals to people to make it part of their wedding celebrations, we share some of the inspiring work they are doing for LGBTI rights around the world

This year Uganda signed off on a draconian and degrading anti-gay bill which was later echoed in Nigeria, two men accused of homosexuality were put on trial in Zambia and in Russia homophobia flared and festered against a backdrop of the Winter Olympics.

At Amnesty we believe love is a human right. We are campaigning and fundraising hard to help improve the rights of LGBTI people all across the world from Uganda to Ukraine.

March 30, 2014

The couple say they want to be able to call each other ‘husband’ instead of ‘partner’

Celebrity gay couple Elton John and David Furnish are planning to get married, following suit of gay couples all over England and Wales who can now legally marry.

British music icon John, 67, and partner Furnish, 51, have been civil partners since December 2005, entering their civil partnership on the day the act was passed.

The couple told Attitude magazine they plan to marry to further fly the flag for gay equality.

March 29, 2014

Equality campaigners gather to support gay marriage as couple ties the knot 

One of the UK’s first gay couples got married at the stroke of midnight tonight ( 29 March), marking the historic date for LGBT couples to legally get married in England and Wales.

Supported by a crowd of well wishers and equality campaigners, Peter McGraith and David Cabreza said their vows at Islington Town Hall, London.

The couple, who have been together for 17 years, spoke about how they felt an hour before the wedding.

March 29, 2014

Britain’s top gay venue, G-A-Y at Heaven, got together with Stonewall, Ben & Jerry’s and Gay Star News for the mother of all same-sex marriage parties

For thousands tonight was a celebration of same-sex marriage and for one lesbian couple it was the moment she said ‘Yes!’

At the stroke of midnight, as couples joined together for a unique wedding photo on stage at G-A-Y in London, one woman got down on one knee and proposed.

Her girlfriend’s answer: ‘Yes I will.’

March 29, 2014

David Cameron tweeted his congratulations to first gay couples making history today

UK Prime Minister David Cameron has congratulated newly married gay couples in England and Wales today (29 March).

The leader of the Conservative party took to his Twitter account to voice his support for those at the forefront of this historic occasion.

‘Congratulations to all same-sex couples getting married today – I wish you every possible happiness for the future #equalmarriage’ he said.

The world’s media has been focused on those lucky couples who will make history as the first gay people to become legally married.

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 28, 2014

Australian Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young will introduce a bill to recognize overseas same-sex marriages in Australia as gay couples in the UK start to wed

Australian Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young has announced she will introduce a bill to legally recognize same-sex marriages performed in overseas jurisdictions in reaction to same-sex couples in England and Wales being able to marry from tomorrow.

Hanson-Young has also proposed an inquiry to examine the affect that the legalization of same-sex marriage has had in those jurisdictions where it is legal which would then draft a report for the parliament.

Hanson-Young made the announcement at a press conference earlier today in Melbourne.

March 28, 2014

Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby says the Church of England should react to gay marriage with the 'love of Christ for every human being'

The Church of England will no longer resist gay marriage, according to the Anglican head Justin Welby.

Same-sex marriage will be legalized from 29 March with dozens of ceremonies planned around the country for one minute past midnight.

The Church was deeply divided over the same-sex marriage law in England and Wales.

During the fight to get it legalized, it claimed giving civil ceremonies the status of marriage would ‘alter the intrinsic nature of marriage as the union of a man and a woman.’

March 28, 2014

Look back on the battle to get same-sex marriage legalized in England and Wales as the first couples prepare to walk down the aisle

The first same-sex marriages in the UK will take place at the stroke of midnight tonight.

After years of tireless campaigning from the LGBTI community, same-sex couples in England and Wales will finally be able to say ‘I Do’.

Queen Elizabeth II signed the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) last year in July, but it took several months before couples could register their intention to marry.

March 28, 2014

UK reflects on how legislation has become equal across the past four decades, generations have become more liberal

Around four in five British adults would love to go to a same-sex wedding, new research suggests.

As several gay couples across England and Wales are ready to become among the first in the UK to get married tomorrow (29 March), the new legislation is a sign how much people’s attitudes have improved.

Back in the 1980s, the majority of Britons believed homosexuality was ‘always’ wrong.

In the BBC Radio 5 live survey released today (28 March), it found one in five would turn down a wedding invite from a same-sex couple.

March 28, 2014

With the first same-sex couple is wed in Brighton, history is made as gay couples in England and Wales now have the right to marry legally

As the clock struck 12, history was made as the first gay couples in the UK married moments ago.

Gay couples in England and Wales now have the right to wed, giving them all the same legal benefits as straight unions.

GSN was there in the middle of the media storm in the seaside British gay capital, Brighton, to witness the first official same-sex wedding.

Andrew Wale and Neil Allard, a couple of seven years, had their first married kiss in front of the world’s press in Brighton’s historical Royal Pavilion.

March 27, 2014

England and Wales is starting gay and lesbian weddings, but 67% of teachers don’t feel ready to talk to their students about it

Two thirds of school staff do not feel adequately prepared to teach about same-sex marriage and LGBTI issues as England and Wales prepares for its first gay weddings.

That’s according to research released today by the Teacher Support Network which also said LGBTI teachers in the UK face ‘severe’ discrimination by colleagues and pupils.

March 26, 2014

Anglican clergy are expressly banned, under church doctrine as well as in law, from marrying same-sex couples in a church

A third of Church of England bishops are allegedly gay, according to a clergyman.

As same-sex marriage becomes a reality in England and Wales on 29 March, many religious leaders are speaking out for and against the unions.

Anglican clergy are expressly banned, under church doctrine as well as in law, from marrying same-sex couples in a church.

March 25, 2014

The News Quiz presenter and her civil partner Debbie will renew their union in front of the public celebrating same-sex marriages in England and Wales

Danish/British TV and radio presenter Sandi Toksvig and her partner Debbie will renew their vows in celebration of the first day of same-sex marriage in England and Wales.

The couple, who have been civil partners since 2007, will celebrate with their four children on the Royal Festival Stage, Southbank Centre in London on 29 March.

‘This is a joyous occasion which Debbie and I look forward to celebrating with old and new friends,’ Sandi Toksvig said.

March 21, 2014

Gay Star News, Stonewall, G-A-Y and Ben & Jerry’s are teaming up for Britain’s biggest same-sex marriage party

Lovers and those looking for love can come celebrate at Britain’s biggest gay marriage party.

Taking place at Heaven nightclub in London on 28 March, the party will be one you won’t be able to forget as the first lesbian and couples become legally married in England and Wales.

Not only that, Ben & Jerry’s will be joining the celebrations where they will be showing off their new marriage equality ice cream, Apple-y Ever After.

March 20, 2014

Shrewsbury bishop Mark Davies has previously warned gay marriage will lead UK 'into darkness' and compared homosexuality to Nazism

A UK bishop has said the reason Catholics who oppose gay marriage is not because they want to restrict rights, but because they ‘love’.

Mark Davies, a Catholic bishop in Shrewsbury, has defended his recent statements on homosexuality, such as comparing it to Nazism.

His new comments come as England and Wales gay couples, the first in the UK, are preparing to get legally married on 29 March.

March 13, 2014

Existing marriages of gay couples that took place overseas are now legally recognized

Gay couples in England and Wales can register for marriage today (13 March).

Existing marriages of gay couples that took place overseas are now legally recognized.

The 15-day notice period to register intent to marry can be waived if one of the partners is terminally ill.

For those who wish to convert their civil partnerships into marriages, that procedure is expected to come into effect later this year.

March 8, 2014

Two British lesbians, who lost a fight to have their Canadian marriage legalized in 2006, will finally be granted married couple status next week

A British lesbian couple are to have their marriage legally recognized, years after a High Court judge ruled against it.

Sue Wilkinson and Celia Kitzinger will be formally recognized as a married couple on Thursday (13 March), ahead of the new same-sex marriage act coming into place on 29 March in England and Wales.

The couple, who are university professors in the UK, got married in Canada in 2003 where Wilkinson was working and same-sex marriage had just become legal.