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Matt Dunham, APSean Adl-Tabatabai, left, and Sinclair Treadway kiss each other as they are announced officially married during a wedding ceremony in the Council Chamber at Camden Town Hall in London, minutes into Saturday, March 29, 2014.

At midnight hour, first same-sex weddings take place in United Kingdom

Friday, March 28, 2014
LONDON -- Gay couples in Britain waited decades for the right to get married. When the opportunity came, it took just a few minutes to make history. [ Read more → ]

First same-sex marriages just hours away in England and Wales

Friday, March 28, 2014
LONDON -- Gay couples in Britain waited decades for the right to get married. When the opportunity came, some had just days to plan the biggest moment of their lives. [ Read more → ]

Queen Elizabeth II gives royal approval to Scotland gay marriage law

Thursday, March 13, 2014
LONDON — Queen Elizabeth II on Wednesday gave her royal stamp of approval to Scotland's Marriage and Civil Partnership Act 2014, clearing the way for same-sex marriage to begin by the end of the year. [ Read more → ]
Queen Elizabeth II

A royal first: Queen Elizabeth II marks anniversary of LGBT group

Friday, March 7, 2014
LONDON — Queen Elizabeth II on Thursday congratulated one of Britain’s oldest LGBT charity and advocacy groups, the London Lesbian and Gay Switchboard, in what royal watchers say is the first time 87-year-old Monarch has recognized an LGBT advocacy group in her 62 years on the British throne. [ Read more → ]

British Immigration office criticized over ‘degrading’ LGBT questionnaire

Tuesday, February 11, 2014
LONDON -- A confidential internal report by the British government, leaked to the British press last week, details a series of graphic questions posed to LGBT people seeking political asylum in the United Kingdom, including inquiries into a person's sexual activity. [ Read more → ]
Casey Stoney

English gay footballer slams FIFA on selecting Russia, Qatar for World Cups

Monday, February 10, 2014
LONDON — A leading figure within the English Football Association says she won't go to the World Cups in Qatar and Russia because of their anti-gay laws. [ Read more → ]

WATCH: British TV documentary reports on brutal attacks on LGBT Russians

Wednesday, February 5, 2014
LONDON – Just days ahead of the opening of the Winter Olympics in Sochi, a new documentary airing Wednesday on Britain's Channel 4 sheds new light on the violent, homophobic attacks on LGBT Russians. [ Read more → ]
Dan LittauerMarriage equality supporters celebrate the Scottish Parliament vote to legalize same-sex marriage in Scotland.

Scottish Parliament votes to legalize same-sex marriage

Tuesday, February 4, 2014
EDINBURGH, Scotland -- Scotland becomes the 17th country in the world to legalize same-sex marriage, after the Scottish Parliament on Tuesday passed the Marriage and Civil Partnership (Scotland) Bill by an overwhelming majority. [ Read more → ]

Scotland poised to legalize same-sex marriage with final vote this week

Sunday, February 2, 2014
EDINBURGH, Scotland -- Scotland's could see its first same-sex marriages by July, as a bill to legalize marriage equality is expected to be passed overwhelmingly by Members of the Scottish Parliament on Tuesday. [ Read more → ]

British lawmakers defeat proposal to ban HIV+ immigrants from entering UK

Thursday, January 30, 2014
LONDON -- An proposal by a group of conservative British lawmakers to ban HIV and Hepatitis B positive immigrants from entering the United Kingdom, was shot down Thursday in the House of Commons. [ Read more → ]
Dr. John Sentamu, the Archbishop of York (left) and Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury.

Leaders of Anglican Communion speak out against anti-LGBT violence, laws

Thursday, January 30, 2014
The Archbishops of Canterbury and York, spiritual heads of the worldwide Anglican Communion, have called upon Church leaders and the presidents of Nigeria and Uganda to support and care for all people “regardless of sexual orientation.” [ Read more → ]
Competing ads: Stonewall UK's message (top) that "some people are gay;" Core Issues Trust's ad (below) that some people are "ex-gay" and proud.

London ban on anti-gay bus ad put in doubt by court of appeal ruling

Monday, January 27, 2014
LONDON -- A ban on a Christian charity's bus advertisements suggesting that gay people can “cured” was put in doubt on Monday by a court of appeal judgment. [ Read more → ]

Scottish parliament announces date for final vote on same-sex marriage bill

Thursday, January 23, 2014
EDINBURGH, Scotland -- The Scottish Parliament announced Tuesday that it scheduled the final debate and vote on its same-sex marriage legislation for February 4. [ Read more → ]
David Silvester

UK councilman suspended by party after blaming floods on gay marriage

Sunday, January 19, 2014
LONDON -- A British far-right party has suspended a local councilman who blamed recent severe flooding on the government's legalization of same-sex marriage. [ Read more → ]
Dan LittauerScottish Parliament in Edinburgh.

Scottish parliament removes transgender spousal veto from marriage equality bill

Friday, January 17, 2014
EDINBURGH, Scotland -- Scotland Parliament’s Equal Opportunities Committee on Thursday unanimously approved an amendment to remove the spousal veto from the country’s marriage equality bill. [ Read more → ]
Rev. Donald Michael MacInnes

Scotland school chaplain sacked for saying gay is a ‘perversion,’ ‘disorder’

Monday, January 6, 2014
GLASGOW, Scotland -- A Church of Scotland chaplain has been sacked from a Glasgow school after describing being gay as a “perversion” and “disorder” during a discussion about marriage equality. [ Read more → ]

Northern Ireland lifts ban on same-sex couple adoption

Wednesday, December 11, 2013
BELFAST -- Northern Ireland has lifted its ban that prohibited same-sex couples in civil partnerships from adopting children. [ Read more → ]
Sonewall UKDemonstrators outside the British Parliament celebrate after the House of Lords backs same-sex marriage.

United Kingdom to hold first same-sex weddings on March 29

Tuesday, December 10, 2013
LONDON -- Save the date: The British government announced Tuesday that the country's first same-sex weddings can be held on Saturday, March 29. [ Read more → ]
Jan Hollands (Twitter), via AP
Picture of the helicopter crash at the Clutha Bar in Glasgow, Scotland, on Nov. 29, 2013.

Westboro Baptist Church: Scotland’s ‘fag marriage’ caused deadly helicopter crash

Saturday, November 30, 2013
GLASGOW, Scotland -- The U.S.-based Westboro Baptist Church, home of anti-gay extremists famous for their “Gods Hate Fags” demonstrations, blamed a deadly helicopter crash in Glasgow on Saturday on the country's recent advancement of a same-sex marriage bill. [ Read more → ]
Peter and Hazelmary Bull

UK bed and breakfast owners lose appeal in gay discrimination case

Wednesday, November 27, 2013
LONDON -- The Christian owners of a hotel in southern England have lost a U.K. Supreme Court appeal over whether their refusal to let a gay couple stay amounted to discrimination. [ Read more → ]
Norman Lamb

British health minister calls reparative therapy ‘abhorrent,’ but rules out ban

Thursday, November 21, 2013
LONDON -- Britain's Minister of State for Care and Support, (Health) Norman Lamb, told an audience during a special debate in Westminster Hall Wednesday that practitioners trying to convert gay patients to heterosexuality is "wholly abhorrent." [ Read more → ]

Scottish Parliament advances marriage equality bill

Wednesday, November 20, 2013
EDINBURGH, Scotland -- The Scottish Parliament voted 98-15 Wednesday evening to advance legislation that would bring marriage equality to Scotland as early as March 2014. [ Read more → ]
Geraint Davies

British lawmaker to introduce bill to ban conversion therapy in the U.K.

Monday, October 21, 2013
LONDON -- A British parliamentarian from Wales has announced plans to introduce legislation that would ban licensed therapists from performing controversial gay-to-straight reparative therapy in the United Kingdom. [ Read more → ]
Stonewall UK bas advertisements

Christian group files suit seeking removal of pro-gay ads from London buses

Thursday, October 17, 2013
LONDON -- An anti-gay Christian group which advocates for gay-to-straight conversion therapy has lodged a legal challenge against a London transportation company for displaying advertisements that read "Some People Are Gay, Get Over It!" [ Read more → ]
Rainbow laces

Campaign against gay abuse causes stir at British football clubs

Saturday, September 21, 2013
LONDON -- The boxes of rainbow-colored laces landed at the training grounds of English Premier League clubs unannounced at the start of the week. [ Read more → ]
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