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August 1, 2014

A young loving gay couple were married in Hanoi at the British Embassy under the new England and Wales same-sex marriage law

A British couple has become the first to marry in Vietnam.

Yein Kai Yee and Sutpreedee Chinithigun, both British citizens, had their wedding held by the British Embassy in Hanoi on 29 July.

The couple’s relatives and the embassy staff attended the historic wedding. It was the first in the country since England and Wales’ marriage law came into effect in March.

July 24, 2014

The Quakers church in the UK are concerned that same-sex couples who are converting their civil partnerships to marriage will not have the option of doing that in a church

The Quakers, also known as the Religious Society of Friends in Britain, have gone public with their concern that same-sex couples who are converting their civil partnerships to marriages in England and Wales will only be able to do that via register offices and not by a church wedding.

Churches in the UK register the marriages they perform with the government and the Quakers want to be able to perform their members’ same-sex marriages just as they do for opposite-sex Quaker couples.

June 6, 2014

Israeli Justice Minister officiated over the wedding of a gay couple on Monday but was sad that their marriage will not be legally recognized

Israeli Justice Minister Tzipi Livni acted as a civil celebrant for the wedding of gay couple Tsach Sa'ar and Guy Arad on Monday despite Israel's ban on same-sex marriage.

The couple had a Jewish style wedding which included the tradition of breaking two glasses together and a chuppah – a traditional wedding canopy.

Livni posted a photo of herself at her own wedding next to a photo of the couple at their wedding to Facebook on Tuesday to make public her role in it, adding, ‘I was under the chuppah 30 years ago and yesterday.’

June 1, 2014

A Colorado court has ruled anti-gay baker Jack Philips cannot refuse to make wedding cakes for gay couples, ‘I will stand by my convictions until somebody shuts me down’ he says

A US bakery owner must serve wedding cakes to same-sex couples, a court has ruled.

In 2012, Jack Philips, the owner of Masterpiece Cake shop in Lakewood, Colorado, refused to sell a wedding cake to a gay couple David Mullins and Charlie Craig.

This week (30 May), Colorado’s Civil Rights Commission ruled the move was discriminatory and he must serve wedding cakes to all customers in his shop regardless of their sexual orientation.

May 29, 2014

Mayor Bill Peduto will officiated over the marriages of 20 same-sex couples during Pittsburgh’s PrideFest to celebrate the legalization of gay marriage in his state of Pennsylvania

Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto has announced he will perform the marriages of up to 20 same-sex couples during his city’s PrideFest in June and his city will foot the bill for their wedding and reception.

The mass wedding ceremony will be held on 15 June in Pittsburgh’s Triangle Park Downtown, between Fifth and Liberty avenues adjacent to the Fairmont Hotel.

Following a 2pm ceremony, the hotel will host a reception for the couples.

May 24, 2014

Earlier this week a federal judge ruled the northeast US state's ban on  gay marriage was unconstitutional

Hotels in Philadelphia are reporting a flurry of phone calls about weddings ever since a judge struck down Pennsylvania's marriage ban.

On 20 May, US District Judge John E. Jones III ruled in a suit brought by 11 same-sex couples, a widow, and two teenage daughters of one of the couples.

May 12, 2014

David Bucher and Bruce Moats have become the first same-sex couple to marry in a religious service in the chapel of the US Naval Academy in Maryland

Gulf War veteran David Bucher has married his long term partner Bruce Moats at the US Naval Academy – making them the first same-sex couple to do so in its chapel.

Naval Academy Chaplain Lieutenant John Connolly presided over the ceremony on Saturday in which Bucher, 49, and Moats, 50, married.

The ceremony consisted of formal prayers, a reading from the book of Corinthians and the US Navy Hymn.

May 5, 2014

'I'm just honored to be able to share my wedding with the world'

Lance Bass is looking forward to getting married to actor Michael Turchin and sharing the ceremony with the world.

The former 'N Sync band member tells Gay Star News there is no firm date set yet for the ceremony but he knows it will happen before the end of the year.

'We're filming it for an E! wedding special. It will probably air around Valentine's Day so it has to be before Valentine's Day I know that,' he explained before hosting the GMCLA Voice Awards in Las Angeles over the weekend.

April 29, 2014

Two openly gay veterans of the Iraq war were planning to use Mint Springs Farm in Tennessee to host their commitment ceremony but the owners have refused to let them, claiming the state’s ban on same-sex marriage prevents them

A wedding venue in Tennessee is denying a pair of Iraq War veterans the use of their facilities because they are a gay couple.

Anthony Wilfert and Brian Blas met while stationed at Fort Campbell nine years ago and became a couple despite the then policy of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell that banned openly gay people from serving in the military.

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 4, 2014

Ceremony between two men on daytime soap includes heartfelt speech by a great-grandmother

When Sonny Kiriakis and Will Horton tied the knot on NBC's Days of Our Lives this week, they made daytime television history - and a statement about family.

Theirs was the first same-sex wedding ceremony between two men on a US daytime soap opera and the families of both grooms were in full support of the union.

'This is a world where we could really know who our boys are - and they can love each other,' Will's great-grandmother Caroline (Peggy McKay) says during an emotional speech where she recalls two gay men from her distant past who were forced to hide.

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.

March 11, 2014

Further Afield, who picks through the world’s best hotels and screens them for quality and service, is now offering a wedding planner service to help lock down the venue for your big day

The first same-sex marriages in the UK are expected to take place as early as Saturday 29 March 2014, with same-sex couples able to apply for a wedding license as early as Friday 14.

If you’re looking to get married in the UK (and beyond), Further Afield has launched a new marriage service to help same-sex couples find a stylish venue to get married in and honeymoon across the world.

February 25, 2014

The Herald Weekend Post published a photo for Valentine's Day celebrating a same-sex marriage, and it caused a huge uproar among the readers

A front page of a South Africa newspaper featuring a gay wedding has sparked an angry public response.

An edition of the Herald Weekend Post published a photo of Case van der Touw and Shaun Luyt’s Greek-style wedding in Port Elizabeth.

It was intended to be a light-hearted report to celebrate the Valentine’s Day wedding, with the article noting the ‘bare feet, Alfred the ring-bearer dog, and the grooms’ mothers walking them down the aisle’.

The response from readers was less than favorable.

February 3, 2014

Scottish Government will be working with Westminster in an effort to implement the bill as early as possible

Scotland’s first gay weddings could take place as early as July, politicians have said.

The bill legalizing gay marriage in Scotland is expected to be pass overwhelmingly by Members of Scottish Parliament (MSPs) in a free vote tomorrow (4 January).

While it was expected the first gay weddings would take place in 2015, roughly a year after England and Wales, implementation could take far quicker than expected.

The Scottish Government announced they would work with the UK Government to speed up the process, as long as it passes the final vote.

January 21, 2014

30-year-old Charles Franklin claims he had consensual sex with a lesbian who was inebriated after leaving a wedding in Bristol

A man has been sentenced to nine years in prison for raping a lesbian woman in a Bristol bar where he worked.

Charles Franklin, 30, claims he met the woman, who’s name has been withheld because of legal reasons, on the street and offered to charge her phone at his bar.

According to him ‘one thing led to another’ on the bar floor.

The woman, who had left a wedding at around 1am, had three times the amount of alcohol legal for driving and did not remember leaving the wedding. The woman told the court she woke up to Franklin raping her.

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.

December 26, 2013

A university chapel has hosted Taiwan’s first Christian religious marriage services this week - though the marriages will not be legally recognized by the state

Three  Taiwanese couples married in a Christian chapel on the grounds of Tunghai University in the city of Taichung on Tuesday in what are believed to be the first Christian same-sex weddings in Taiwan.

The couples and their friends and supporters packed the university’s Luce Memorial Chapel before posing for wedding photos.

The ceremonies were presided over by the Rev Elias Tseng – the first openly gay Christian pastor in Taiwan.

October 21, 2013

Christine Forster, sister of Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott, has announced she is engaged to partner Virginia Edwards

The sister of Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott has announced she has proposed to her partner of six years, Virginia Edwards, and expects Abbott to attend the wedding even though he is standing in the way of same-sex marriage being legalized in Australia.

‘We got engaged when we were away with friends on a trip to Broken Hill,’ Christine Forster told Sydney journalist Peter Hackney, writing for New Idea magazine.

September 17, 2013

95-year-old World War II veteran John Banvard has married 67-year-old Vietnam veteran Gerard Nadeau - his partner of 20 years - at a San Diego seniors home

A Chula Vista, San Diego military seniors home saw its first ever same-sex marriage on Thursday when residents John Banvard and Gerard Nadeau tied the knot.

Banvard, 95, and Nadeau, 67, decided to get married after 20 years of living together after the US Supreme Court upheld the striking down of California’s Prop 8 ban on same-sex couples getting married.

‘We were waiting on the Supreme Court to make that decision,’ Banvard told Fox5 San Diego.

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.

September 16, 2013

Felix and Helen celebrated their marriage this weekend as Britain's first-known transgender couple wedding

Helen and Felix Fenlon made British history when they tied the knot this weekend.

The transgender couple claim they are Britain's 'first double sex swap wedding'.

According to British newspaper The Mirror, Felix met Helen in 2008 in a transgender support group.

Prior to celebrating their 'perfect' ceremony this weekend, Helen and Felix had to change the gender on their individual birth certificates.

September 13, 2013

Couple split six weeks after twins conceived via surrogate

David Tutera, host of the TV show My Fair Wedding, and his ex-husband have resolved a nasty custody battle over their infant twins: each will get one to raise.

The fraternal twins were conceived via a surrogate who was pregnant when Tutera and ex Ryan Jurica announced their split after 10 years of marriage amid some expolsive allegations.

Each sought sole custody of the twins who were born 19 June.