Tag Archive | civil partnership

Thailand: Cabinet backs bill allowing same-sex unions

Thailand: Cabinet backs bill allowing same-sex unions

(Reuters) – Thailand’s cabinet approved a civil partnership bill on Wednesday, that would recognise same-sex unions with almost the same legal rights as married couples, in one of the most liberal moves yet for a largely conservative nation known for its tolerance. If passed by parliament, the legislation would make Thailand only the second place […]

Montenegro legalises same-sex civil partnerships

Montenegro legalises same-sex civil partnerships

Montenegro voted to legalise same-sex civil partnerships on Wednesday, becoming the first European country outside of Western Europe and the European Union to legally recognise gay and lesbian couples. The law received 42 votes in the 81-seat parliament, Blanka Radosevic Marovic, a director in the Ministry of Human and Minority Rights, told the Thomson Reuters […]

Taiwan unveils Asia’s first draft law on same-sex marriage

Taiwan unveils Asia’s first draft law on same-sex marriage

(Reuters) – Taiwan on Thursday proposed a draft law to allow same-sex marriage in Asia’s first such bill, but the legislation was criticised by rights activists and conservative groups amid a heated debate over marriage equality. Voters opposed marriage equality in a series of referendums late last year, defining marriage as between a man and […]

Bermuda: Judge rules against law banning gay marriage

Bermuda: Judge rules against law banning gay marriage

Bermuda’s top judge on Wednesday ruled against a new law banning same-sex marriage in the British overseas territory, a decision the government could now appeal, lawyers and witnesses said. Bermuda’s parliament and Senate passed an act banning same-sex marriages last year following pressure from a religious lobby group, in a rare reversal of a Western […]

Parliament of Latvia rejects petition for partnership legislation

Parliament of Latvia rejects petition for partnership legislation

On 7 March 2018, the Mandate, Ethics and Submissions Committee of the Saeima (parliament) of Latvia, rejected a petition for introduction of partnership legislation, which would recognise all unmarried couples, including same-sex couples. This is the second time the Saeima rejected such an initiative.

Bermuda: Rights Group Statement On Repeal Of Equal Marriage

Bermuda: Rights Group Statement On Repeal Of Equal Marriage

On Wednesday February 7th, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) issued the following statement on Bermuda’s Governor, John Rankin, signing legislation into law repealing marriage equality. Under the guise of passing domestic partnership benefits, the new law strips same-sex Bermudan couples of the right to marry. “Governor Rankin and the Bermuda Parliament have shamefully made Bermuda the first […]

President Appoints GLEN Chair to the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission

President Appoints GLEN Chair to the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission

President Higgins yesterday appointed Kieran Rose, GLEN Chair, as one of the members of the new Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (IHREC) at a ceremony in Áras an Uachtaráin. Kieran Rose is a long-time civil rights activist, trade union activist, was the co-founder of GLEN 25 years ago, and is currently GLEN Chair.  He has […]

GLEN: BAI Decision On Marriage Discussion Raises Worrying Concerns About Open Public Debate

GLEN: BAI Decision On Marriage Discussion Raises Worrying Concerns About Open Public Debate

“Can lesbian and gay people not now talk about their lives and their aspirations as Irish citizens on the airwaves, or about their experiences of love and commitment without somebody opposing them?” So said GLEN Chair Kieran Rose, responding to today’s ruling by the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland upholding a complaint on a discussion on civil […]

Dáil Debate On Equal Marriage Yesterday Shows Cross Party Support

Dáil Debate On Equal Marriage Yesterday Shows Cross Party Support

The Dáil debated the recommendations of the Constitutional Convention on Same-Sex Marriage yesterday evening (17th) after 6 pm, with Justice Minister Alan Shatter making a point of clarifying the main issues involved. The debate showed that there was huge support across all parties for the Convention’s recommendations on marriage equality.

LISTEN: Dissolving a Civil Partnership (Part 2)

LISTEN: Dissolving a Civil Partnership (Part 2)

In the second of a two-part report for EILE Magazine, Jenny Butler chats to Stephen Vaughan, a psychologist and relationships counsellor, about the emotional and psychological side of dissolving a civil partnership. Have a listen to the report here. To listen to the first part in this report, which dealt with the legal implications of […]