Tag Archive | Civil Unions

Pope’s support for gay civil unions gets mixed reactions

Pope’s support for gay civil unions gets mixed reactions

The pope’s comments in support of gay civil unions did not go far enough, and could even harm the campaign for same-sex marriage, [some] LGBT+ rights campaigners said on Thursday. In a documentary called ‘Francesco’, released on Wednesday, the pontiff said that gay couples needed legal rights, and that “homosexual people have a right to […]

Pope: Same-sex couples should be covered by civil union laws

Pope: Same-sex couples should be covered by civil union laws

(Reuters) – Pope Francis has said that homosexuals should be protected by civil union laws, in some of the clearest language he has used on the rights of gay people, since his election seven years ago. He made his comments in a new documentary ‘Francesco’, by Oscar-nominated director, Evgeny Afineevsky, that was released on Wednesday.

Thailand: Gay couples to ‘live more freely’ with civil unions

Thailand: Gay couples to ‘live more freely’ with civil unions

Luke Cassady-Dorion believed marriage was for “boring” straight people until he met the man he wanted to spend the rest of his life with – Tae. But Thailand, where they live, does not permit same-sex marriage. So the couple wed in New York. With Thailand set to pass a landmark law that would make it […]

Thai civil partnership bill ‘ignores key concerns’ – campaigners

Thai civil partnership bill ‘ignores key concerns’ – campaigners

Thailand could become the first Asian country to legally recognise same-sex couples, under a bill that would allow civil partnerships, but campaigners say it fails to address major concerns of LGBT+ people. Public consultations on the bill were held this week, and a revised version will go to the cabinet for approval by the end […]

Vatican condemns Catholic radio that said quakes were God’s wrath for gay law

Vatican condemns Catholic radio that said quakes were God’s wrath for gay law

VATICAN CITY, Nov 4 (Reuters) – The Vatican on Friday condemned a right-wing Catholic radio station that said a series of earthquakes that hit Italy in the past three months was “God’s punishment” for the country approving same-sex civil unions. “These remarks are offensive for believers and scandalous for non-believers,” Deputy Secretary of State Archbishop […]

Italy: Civil Unions Bill Approved By Senate, But Not Adoption Rights

Italy: Civil Unions Bill Approved By Senate, But Not Adoption Rights

In a historic vote that approved a Civil Unions bill in Italy yesterday (Feb 25) the Senate voted 173 to 71 in favour. The bill, which was backed by Italy’s Prime Minister, Matteo Renzi, will still need to go through the lower house to become law. However, the bill approved by the Senate was not […]

Italy: Civil Unions Bill Postponed

Italy: Civil Unions Bill Postponed

Yesterday (Wed 17) the Italian government postponed voting on a bill which, it was hoped, would bring in Civil Unions for the gay community. The sticking point appears to be on adoption, as the new legislation would allow gay people to adopt their partners’ children, and whereas 70% of voters would agree to Civil Partnership, […]

#WakeUpItaly – Italian LGBTs Ask Irish To Stand With Them In Demonstration Today

#WakeUpItaly – Italian LGBTs Ask Irish To Stand With Them In Demonstration Today

Stefano Pappalardo and #WakeUpItaly have appealed to the Irish LGBT community and its allies, to join them later today to demonstrate outside the Italian Embassy in Dublin, in support of equality for LGBT couples in Italy, ahead of a debate on civil unions on 28 January. “Please join us today, Saturday 23 January, in support […]

Malta Votes in Favour of Civil Unions & Adoption Rights

Malta Votes in Favour of Civil Unions & Adoption Rights

Malta saw the introduction of same-sex civil unions yesterday evening, as well as adoption rights to gay and lesbian couples in the European island state. Many of the Maltese LGBT community and their supporters gathered in St. George’s Square in Valletta to celebrate the Parliament’s vote in favour of civil union legislation, as well as […]

New Jersey: Judge Orders Officials To Allow Same-Sex Marriage

In New Jersey, Judge Mary Jacobson, of Mercer County Superior Court, Trenton, has issued a 53 page opinion in a case where same-sex couples have argued that civil unions do not guarantee their civil rights. On Friday last, she stated that she agrees and that: “Same-sex couples must be allowed to marry in order to obtain equal […]