A homophobic mob reportedly hurled rocks and home-made bombs at a same-sex wedding involving a British Red Cross worker in Port-au-Prince.
The US Supreme Court has ruled married gay couples should be entitled to the same benefits as heterosexual couples.
The introduction of gay marriage moved another step closer to becoming law after legislation cleared a major hurdle in the House of Lords.
Stephen Fry will narrate one of the UK's first same-sex weddings which will be conducted in the form of a musical and broadcast by Channel 4.
Composer Benjamin Till and West End stage star Nathan Taylor are writing the entire ceremony as a musical with all the vows and readings to be sung.
Our Gay Wedding: The Musical will feature set-pieces from family and Fry said there will be appearances from "surprise guest stars and showbiz legends".
The QI quizmaster will introduce the 60-minute programme as well as adding his commentary.
John Hay, commissioning editor for arts, said, "We are proud to be marking a huge milestone for gay rights - a cause that has long been close to Channel 4's heart."
A campaign to get the 80s song It's Raining Men to the top of the charts has flooded social media in response to a Ukip councillor who claimed recent flooding was caused by the legalisation of same-sex marriage.
According to the Independent, the Weather Girls' hit, was chosen by campaigners because: “For decades now, this song has been used as a gay anthem, we thought it fitted all the better based on UKIP's comments regarding storms and floods being caused by LGBT people and Gay marriage."
The Facebook campaign ‘Get it’s raining men to Number 1’ already has 8,400 supporters,
To everyone who campaigned to make this happen: thank you! http://t.co/D02jmfKtmD
Fantastic news that from 29 March next year you will be able to marry the person you love regardless of gender.
Great to hear first same sex marriage ceremony can be held from 29 march 2014. Looking forward to lots of weddings!
Equalities minister Maria Miller said she was "working hard" to ensure that couples who want to convert civil partnerships into marriages will be able to do so before the end of next year.
Ms Miller also said that she wanted married people who wish to change their legal gender while remaining married to be able to do so before 2015.
Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg said March 2014 will be a "moment for celebration" following the announcement that the date for same-sex marriages in England and Wales has been pushed forward from next summer.
"This is the news many couples have been waiting for," said Mr Clegg. "After a long and important battle this is a wonderful step forward for equality.
"Love is the same, gay or straight, so it's only right that the civil institution should be the same.
Great news that same sex weddings will happen from 29th March 2014 #savethedate
"March will be a real moment for celebration as same-sex couples finally get the chance to express their love through marriage," he added.
Benjamin Cohen, the publisher of PinkNews and founder of the Out4Marriage campaign, said many gay couples have been "eagerly awaiting" today's announcement on when same-sex marriages can go ahead in England and Wales, but said there is more to be done before equal rights are fully in place.
– Benjamin Cohen, founder of the Out4Marriage campaign
There are many gay couples who have been eagerly awaiting this news and will now be able to plan their wedding. The first marriages will, I hope, herald a new age of equality in our country, where all couples, regardless of their sexuality will be treated equally under the law, and eventually in society.
We now await news on whether the Government will equalise private pension rights for same-sex couples and publish the process for gay couples to convert from civil partnerships to marriages.
After announcing that gay couples will no longer have to wait until July 2014 to tie the knot, equalities minister Maria Miller called the Marriage (Same-Sex Couples) Act "another step in the evolution of marriage."
The date of the act was moved forward today from July to March 29 2014. Couples wishing to be among the first to marry will need formally to give notice of their intention to marry on March 13.
Ms Miller said: "Marriage is one of our most important institutions, and from March 29, 2014 it will be open to everyone, irrespective of whether they fall in love with someone of the same sex or opposite sex.
"This is just another step in the evolution of marriage and I know that many couples up and down the country will be hugely excited that they can now plan for their big day and demonstrate their love and commitment to each other by getting married."
The first same-sex weddings in England and Wales can take place from March 29, 2014, equalities minister Maria Miller has announced.
Gay marriage has become legal in Britain after the bill was granted Royal Assent by the Queen.