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Stephen Fry has confirmed that he and his partner, stand-up comic Elliott Spencer, have plans to marry—the two gave formal notice of their intent to wed at the register office in Dereham, Norfolk, close to where Fry grew up. After their wedding plans were announced by The Sun, Fry posted on Twitter, “Oh. It looks as though a certain cat is out of a certain bag. I’m very very happy of course but had hoped for a private wedding. Fat chance!” [Read more]

The complaint against United Methodist Bishop Melvin G. Talbert, a veteran of the American Civil Rights movement who officiated over the 2013 wedding of two men in Alabama, has been dropped. Although the denomination’s Book of Discipline officially bans clergy from taking part in celebrations of same-sex unions, all parties to the complaint were able to agree to a “just resolution” in which it was decided that Talbert will not face a church trial, and he will retain his clergy credentials. The resolution also expressed regret “over harm to gay and lesbian sisters and brothers, and all those involved, through the complaint process.” [Read more]

LGBT activists in Italy are outraged over leaflets left outside the office of an allegedly gay dentist in Tuscany, reading “Notice to patients: a gay dentist works here, you are kindly asked to be careful and take the necessary precautions so as to protect their health.” The president of a local commission for equal opportunities, Alessandro Bordoni, responded with a declaration that they would “hunt those responsible and take legal action.” [Read more]

LGBT people in Vietnam are now free to live together or hold commitment ceremonies as of January 1, when an amendment to the Law on Marriage and Family came into effect. However, while it means the government will no longer harass or fine gay couples for marrying or cohabiting, the Asian country is still a long way off from offering any kind of legal recognition. [Read more]

India’s reinstatement of its law against gay sex in December 2013 has resulted in the arrest of at least six hundred people—and the actual numbers may be higher, as some states have not submitted their arrest records for the complete year or to India’s central agencies. The source of the statistics, the National Crime Records Bureau, reported that it only began collecting such data in January 2014 and thus does not have information from previous years to compare. [Read more]

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