Tag Archive | Same-sex Marriage

Japan: Gay couples file Valentine’s cases to marry

Japan: Gay couples file Valentine’s cases to marry

In Japan, 13 same-sex couples will go to court on Valentine’s Day calling for the right to marry, in a bid to become the first Asian country to allow gay marriage. The couples will file suits on February 14 in at least four cities, including Tokyo, claiming the government is violating their constitutional rights to […]

US: Anti-gay marriage Kim Davis may have to pay legal fees

US: Anti-gay marriage Kim Davis may have to pay legal fees

A US court clerk, who made headlines by refusing to issue marriage licences to gay couples, should be made to pay thousands of dollars for the legal furore that followed, officials said on Thursday. Kim Davis needs to take financial responsibility, and pay $225,000 in legal fees, accrued when she was sued by four couples […]

Hong Kong: Two gay men challenge ban on same-sex marriage

Hong Kong: Two gay men challenge ban on same-sex marriage

Two gay men have launched separate legal bids to overturn Hong Kong’s ban on same-sex marriage, the first time the law has been challenged in court. The two men, an activist and a student, argue that the ban on same-sex marriage violates their right to equality under the Basic Law, the city’s mini-constitution. They are […]

Cuba: Panel closes door on gay marriage constitutional amendment

Cuba: Panel closes door on gay marriage constitutional amendment

(Reuters) – The commission in charge of writing Communist-run Cuba’s new constitution has revised an original draft to remove the concept of marriage altogether, after originally amending it to open the doorway to same-sex unions. The first draft of the new constitution, that was unveiled in July, included Article 68, redefining matrimony as gender neutral […]

Taiwan: Tech, banks back same-sex marriage ahead of referendum

Taiwan: Tech, banks back same-sex marriage ahead of referendum

Banking and technology giants, including JPMorgan, Google, and Microsoft on Friday threw their support behind a campaign for same-sex marriage in Taiwan, days before a referendum. Taiwan’s top court declared last year that same-sex couples had the right to legally marry, but conservative groups successfully petitioned for a referendum, and the island will hold a […]

‘Love will prevail’: Costa Rica’s same-sex couples can marry in 2020

‘Love will prevail’: Costa Rica’s same-sex couples can marry in 2020

(Reuters) – Same-sex couples in Costa Rica will have the right to get married by mid-2020, the nation’s constitutional court has ruled, a first for socially conservative Central America. In a majority decision made public on Thursday, the court backed the opinion of the San Jose-based Inter-American Court of Human Rights, which said in January […]

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 […]