Congratulations to Scotland, Luxembourg and Florida!

We've been away over the Christmas and New Year break, but marriage equality hasn't shown any signs of slowing down.

Here's a quick rundown of what you might have missed over the festive period:

1. On December 31st, Scotland legalised gay marriage. Equal marital rights are now offered to both same and opposite-sex couples. Made minutes after midnight, one of the first ceremonies had Scotland's first minister, Nicola Sturgeon, acting as a witness.

2. On January 1st, Luxembourg hosted its first gay wedding. Incidentally, the first couple married that day were also the first to enter into a civil partnership back in 2004.

3. Florida, too. On January 6th, it became the 36th US state to legalise same-sex marriage when the judicial bar that denied couples the right to marry, expired.

4. Cast your mind back before Christmas and you might remember that Elton John married his long-term partner David Furnish. Taking advantage of changes to the law, the couple converted their civil partnership before friends and family on the ninth anniversary of their original ceremony.

5. Amnesty International announced it is set to challenge Northern Ireland in court. Northern Ireland is now the only part of the UK still to legalise gay marriage. Pressure from LGBT groups looks set to increase in 2015, but it remains a dim hope that the assembly will act on that pressure in the coming months.

We look forward to sharing 2015 with all our followers :)

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