These are external links and will open in a new window. The first same-sex weddings have taken place after gay marriage became legal in England and Wales at midnight. David Cameron said the move sent a message that people were now equal "whether gay or straight", but some religious groups remain opposed. Scotland passed a similar law in February; the first same-sex marriages are expected there in October.
British Broadcasting Corporation Home. One of the UK's oldest Christian denominations - the Quakers - looks set to extend marriage services to same-sex couples at their yearly meeting later. The society has already held religious blessings for same-sex couples who have had a civil partnership ceremony. But agreeing to perform gay marriages, which are currently not allowed under civil law, could bring the Quakers into conflict with the government. But the BBC's religious affairs correspondent Robert Pigott said the Quakers had been more prepared than other groups to reinterpret the Bible in the light of contemporary life.
Same-sex marriage now legal as first couples wed
Britain's House of Commons voted on Tuesday to extend same-sex marriage and abortion rights to Northern Ireland, unless devolved government is restored in Belfast by October Taiwan made history on Friday with Asia's first legal gay weddings as same-sex couples tied the knot in jubilant and emotional scenes, the culmination of a three-decade fight for equality. Taiwan's parliament legalised same-sex marriage on Friday in a landmark first for Asia as the government survived a last-minute attempt by conservatives to pass watered-down legislation.
As the Liberal Democrats back same-sex weddings, BBC News Online looks at why the institution of marriage matters to gay-rights activists. When actress Sophie Ward married her lover in August, the ceremony matched the template for a celebrity wedding in all respects but one. Held in London's exclusive Groucho Club, the happy couple exchanged rings and solemn vows under the gaze of friends, family and a team from OK!