Tag Archive | Marriage Equality

Poland: Says will not let EU ‘force’ it to allow gay marriage

Poland: Says will not let EU ‘force’ it to allow gay marriage

(Reuters) – Poland’s justice minister said on Monday that the European Union may be in a position to force Warsaw to legalise gay marriage, if EU leaders make financial aid conditional on upholding democratic norms, and warned that this was unacceptable. At talks in Brussels on the next EU budget, and an economic recovery plan, […]

Swiss lawmakers clear way for same-sex marriage bill

Swiss lawmakers clear way for same-sex marriage bill

(Reuters) – Switzerland’s lower house of parliament approved draft legislation on Thursday, to let same-sex couples marry, in a country that has lagged [behind] other parts of western Europe in gay rights. Despite opposition from conservatives, legislators also voted to let lesbian couples use sperm donations to conceive children. The legislation will now move to […]

BeLonG To: The Day We Said ‘Yes’

BeLonG To: The Day We Said ‘Yes’

Can you recall those feelings of anticipation, excitement, fear, and hope, five years ago, as the nation went to the polling stations, to vote on Marriage Equality? Can you also remember that magical feeling when 62% of Ireland said YES! Moninne Griffith, of BeLonG To, says she “will never forget that moment, and many special […]

Peru: LGBTQ couples call for marriage equality

Peru: LGBTQ couples call for marriage equality

(Reuters) – LGBTQ couples in Peru took part in a symbolic wedding ceremony on Friday in an annual event aimed at calling for marriage equality in the conservative South American nation. Eleven couples exchanged vows at a park in the Miraflores district of Lima in a ceremony to mark Valentine’s Day, called ‘Love does not […]

Northern Ireland all set for Marriage Equality and abortion rights

Northern Ireland all set for Marriage Equality and abortion rights

(Reuters) – Campaigners who fought for decades to end Northern Ireland’s same sex-marriage ban, and restrictions on abortion, prepared today for a momentous change to the laws on both at the stroke of midnight. Northern Ireland is the only part of the United Kingdom that does not allow same-sex marriage. Also, unlike England, Scotland and […]

Japan: Gay MP calls for same-sex marriage inclusion in constitution

Japan: Gay MP calls for same-sex marriage inclusion in constitution

(Reuters) – A conservative ally of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has called for discussion on revising Japan’s constitution to allow same-sex marriage, annoying colleagues in the ruling party who are against it, and also opposition parliamentarians who say enacting a simple law would clear the way. Japan has no anti-LGBT laws, although many LGBT people […]

Philippines: Lawyer to enter politics to pursue LGBT+ rights

Philippines: Lawyer to enter politics to pursue LGBT+ rights

A gay lawyer from the Philippines said on Thursday he would pursue a career in politics to push for LGBT+ rights, after losing a legal battle to introduce same-sex marriage in the mainly Roman Catholic country. Jesus Falcis in 2015 petitioned the country’s top court to rule as unconstitutional a law stating marriage can only […]

Cayman Islands: Appeal to stop gay marriage opens

Cayman Islands: Appeal to stop gay marriage opens

A lawyer representing a lesbian couple whose court victory legalised same-sex marriage in the Cayman Islands five months ago said a government appeal against the ruling, which opened on Wednesday, sought to deny the basic right to marry. Chantelle Day, a Caymanian lawyer, and her partner Vickie Bodden Bush went to court last year after […]

Homophobia rises in European countries without gay marriage

Homophobia rises in European countries without gay marriage

Homophobia has risen in European countries that do not legally recognise same-sex relationships, while acceptance of gay and lesbian people has jumped in states where they can marry, research released on Wednesday showed. Most European countries saw a rise in acceptance of same-sex relationships between 2002 and 2016, according to Hungarian researchers who analysed results […]

Britain sees big rise in same-sex couples living together

Britain sees big rise in same-sex couples living together

The number of same-sex couples living together in Britain has jumped by more than 50 percent in three years, driven by a big surge in gay marriage, according to official statistics. There were 232,000 same-sex couples living together last year, up from 152,000 in 2015, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) said. The biggest rise […]