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As a gay couple together since 1992, we believe that marriage and all the responsibilities and benefits that come with it should be available to committed gay and lesbian couples everywhere. So we created Purple Unions, a place where gay and lesbian couples can find gay friendly wedding vendors to help them plan their perfect wedding day.

The UK has offered civil partnerships for gay and lesbian couples since 2005, a separate but equal institution offering the same rights and responsibilities as marriage, but under a different name.

In July, 2013, the Parliament in England and Wales passed the marriage equality bill. Lesbian couples started marrying in March, 2014. Scotland passed its own version of the bill in February 2014, with weddings scheduled to start there in the fall. Northern Ireland has not passed a marriage equality bull

Gay and lesbian couples in England have been able to adopt since 2002, and in Scotland since 2009. Northern Ireland does n ot allow same sex couples to adopt. The Catholic Church was exempted from both civil partnership and adoption laws.

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Gay Marriage Laws in United Kingdom

Relationship Recognition: Civil Partnerships
Out of Country Recognition: No
Adoption: No


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Gay Marriage News in United Kingdom

Poll: Average British Person Knows Five and a Half Gay Men

Jul 6th, 2014

A new UK poll shows how many gays and lesbians the typical British person knows. Gay Star News reports:

A new government poll has revealed the average British person knows more gay men than lesbian women. Statistics show the average British person knows 5.5 gay men and 3.1 lesbian women. The poll only focused on these two aspects of the... read_more

UK, Northern Ireland: Marriage Equality Rejected by Assembly 51-43

Apr 30th, 2014

The Catholic Church got its way again in Northern Ireland, where the Assembly, led by the DUP, once again rejected a marriage equality bill. Pink News reports:

It is the third time the assembly has voted down a same-sex marriage motion in 18 months, with stiff opposition from DUP and some UUP members. The motion had been tabled by six... read_more

UK, Northern Ireland: Ruling Party Once Again Blocks Debate on Marriage Equality

Apr 29th, 2014

Northern Ireland is falling farther and farther behind the times as its ruling party, the Democratic Unionist Party, once again has blocked even the debate of the marriage equality bill. Pink News reports:

The DUP has once again tabled a petition of concern, using Assembly rules to effectively ban cross-party discussion of the measure. It will frustrate Sinn Fein, the... read_more

UK, Northern Ireland: Assembly Will Debate Marriage Equality

Apr 17th, 2014

Northern Ireland is getting ready to at least discuss marriage equality. Pink News reports: The Northern Ireland Assembly will debate equal marriage on 29 April in a motion filed by several MLAs (Members of the Legislative Assembly).... The motion states: "That this Assembly notes that other jurisdictions on these islands have moved forward with equal marriage rights for same-sex couples;... read_more

UK, Northern Ireland: Protests Held Over Lack of Marriage Equality

Mar 29th, 2014

LGBT activists in Northern Ireland are not happy that they can't participate in the marriage equality festivities taking place across the channel. Gay Star News reports:

Demonstrations are taking place this evening by LGBT campaigners in Northern Ireland who are highlighting how it's the last remaining part of the UK where equal marriage is yet to be legalised. The Equal... read_more

UK: One Third of Church of England Bishops Gay?

Mar 27th, 2014

An Anglican with the Church of England claims a huge percentage of the church's Bishops are gay. Queerty reports:

Same-sex marriage is set to kick into gear on March 29th in England and Wales, and it's stirring conversation on both sides of the issue. Religious leaders are for the most part doing what they do best -- staunchly opposing progress.... read_more

UK: Britain to Recognize Overseas Weddings; Queen Signs Scotland Marriage Equality Bill

Mar 13th, 2014

A couple marriage equality stories out of Britain today. First off, as of this morning, same sex couples legally married in other countries are now recognized as married in the UK. On Top Magazine reports:

The British government will begin recognizing the marriages of gay couples who married overseas as of Thursday... "It's like being turned into a pumpkin on the... read_more

UK, Northern Ireland: Opposition to Same Sex Relationships Falls

Feb 25th, 2014

Northern Ireland, the only part of the UK that hasn't approved marriage equality, is much less anti-gay than it once was. Pink News reports:

The percentage of people opposed to gay relationships in Northern Ireland has dropped from three quarters to a quarter over a period of just 25 years. The NI Life and Times Survey looked at the views... read_more

UK, Northern Ireland: Marriage Equality Lawsuit Threatened

Feb 6th, 2014

All of a sudden, Northern Ireland stands alone in banning marriage for same sex couples. Gay Star News reports:

Northern Ireland gay rights groups are threatening to sue the government after they have become the only country in the UK not to have equal marriage. John O'Doherty, director of The Rainbow Project in Belfast and chair of Equal Marriage NI,... read_more

Europe: Twenty Seven Different Interests on Gay Marriage

Jul 26th, 2012

When 1-year-old Kirsi Bestetti tripped and cut her lip at her grandparents' house last summer, her mother Elisa Bestetti rushed her to the emergency room, panicky about all the blood. Once there, she also worried whether the hospital staff would accept her as Kirsi's mother. Ms. Bestetti is Italian, but towheaded Kirsi is Finnish like her birth mother, Emmi Pihlajaniemi. The two... read_more

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