Germany to Have Same-sex Marriage and Adoption Rights

Marriage equlity

  The German Parliament has voted to legalise same-sex marriage – and same-sex couples will have the right to adopt children. Until now only civil partnerships were available to same-sex couples, but Chancellor Angela Merkel announced a free vote. Norbert Lammert, president of the parliament, said 393 lawmakers voted to approve the amendment, while 226 voted against and four abstained. …

The Scottish Episcopal Church has voted in favour of same-sex weddings

Scottish Episcopal Church

The Scottish Episcopal Church has become the first mainstream branch of Christianity in the UK to allow same-sex weddings. In a vote on June the 8th at its General Synod, all three houses of the meeting – the bishops, clergy and laity – came out in favour. The decision was overwhelming, with at least two-thirds of all groups voting for same-sex …

Jane Traies and The Lives of Older Lesbians: Sexuality, Identity and the Life Course

stevie and girlfriend

For the last seven years, Jane Traies has been recording and re-telling the life stories of the oldest generations of lesbians in the UK (some of whom feature in her book The Lives of Older Lesbians: Sexuality, Identity and the Life Course). Last year Jane and some of her interviewees appeared in Esme Waldron’s short film Now You See Me. …

‘Equal Love’ Campaign Falls at European Hurdle

Peter Tatchell

The Equal Love campaign is today formally closing its 2011 application to the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR), which sought to secure full equality in UK civil marriage and civil partnership law. This follows the decision of the European Court that the application was “inadmissible” and subsequent fruitless attempts by campaigners to challenge this ruling. “This is the end …

Scottish Same-sex Couples Can ‘Upgrade’ from Today

Scotland same sex marriage

From the 16th of December couples in civil partnerships can apply to change them to marriages. This follows the change made in England and Wales on December the 10th of this year. These are the remaining provisions of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act. Same sex marriages became legal in England and Wales in March 2014 and will be available …

Reverend Richard Coles Discusses Same Sex Marriage on Radio 4

The first same-sex weddings in England and Wales take place on 29th March – yet marriage was the last thing on the minds of pioneering gay rights crusaders in the 60s and 70s. On Tuesday the 18th of March the Reverend Richard Coles looks at how same sex marriage became the defining issue of recent years – and asks whether …

Same Sex Marriages Abroad Now Recognised in England and Wales

The rings are symbols of their love and their commitment to each other. But they were also symbols of something Sue Wilkinson and Celia Kitzinger couldn’t have at home in England: a legally recognized marriage. So they took the bands off their fingers and put them in a drawer, and there they have pretty much stayed. Until now. Wilkinson and …

Burmese Gay Couple to Marry

With the current upsurge in systematic and statutory homophobia in Russia, Uganda and Nigeria the outside world might seem an increasingly hostile place. So it is a comfort to read of two men about to marry in the unlikely state of Myanmar (Burma). Tin Ko Ko and Myo Min Htet fell in love 10 years ago, and immediately encountered barriers …

The implementation timetable for the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act 2013

The implementation timetable for the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act 2013 was announced today – Culture Secretary Maria Miller said: “Marriage is one of our most important institutions, and from 29 March 2014 it will be open to everyone, irrespective of whether they fall in love with someone of the same sex or opposite sex.”