Tag Archive | Same-sex Marriage

Russia says European court meddling in domestic affairs

Russia says European court meddling in domestic affairs

(Reuters) – Russia on Wednesday said a call by Europe’s top human rights court telling Moscow to formally recognise same-sex unions amounted to “meddling” in Russia’s domestic affairs, and that such a move would flout its constitution. The Strasbourg-based European Court of Human Rights ruled on Tuesday that Russia had an obligation to respect the […]

OPINION: English marriage law locks out same-sex couples from religious weddings

OPINION: English marriage law locks out same-sex couples from religious weddings

By Dr Silvia Falcetta Same-sex couples in England and Wales cannot marry in more than 99% of churches, mosques, temples and other places of worship in which different-sex couples can marry. The Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act 2013 granted same-sex couples the opportunity to have a religious marriage, but only when a religious organisation has ‘opted in’ […]

US: Most Republicans support same-sex marriage for first time – Gallup

US: Most Republicans support same-sex marriage for first time – Gallup

A majority of Republicans in the United States support same-sex marriage for the first time, a Gallup poll found on Wednesday, with a record 70% of all respondents backing gay weddings. The research shows a significant increase in approval of same-sex marriage since 2015, when it was legalised nationwide following a Supreme Court ruling, and […]

Chile: Pinera to push same-sex marriage bill

Chile: Pinera to push same-sex marriage bill

(Reuters) – Chilean President Sebastián Piñera said on Tuesday he would seek to expedite a same-sex marriage bill, that has languished in the historically conservative South American nation for years. Chile’s LGBT community has long pushed for the legislation, but the country’s ruling conservative coalition has until now been slow to advance the bill in […]

Czech lawmakers give nod to same-sex marriage

Czech lawmakers give nod to same-sex marriage

(Reuters) – A same-sex marriage bill in the Czech Republic cleared an early hurdle in the lower house of parliament on Thursday, but whether it will become law is uncertain, with a general election less than six months away. The legislation has languished for three years in parliament, and has split parliamentary factions, as lawmakers […]

Switzerland: Forced referendum on gay marriage soon

Switzerland: Forced referendum on gay marriage soon

(Reuters) – Swiss voters will get final say on whether same-sex couples can marry, after opponents gathered enough signatures to force a binding referendum on a 2020 law allowing them to wed. That legislation also allowed transgender people to change their legal gender with a declaration, in a major change for a country that has […]

Japanese same-sex couple overjoyed by ruling

Japanese same-sex couple overjoyed by ruling

(Reuters) – Jenny and Narumi wept for happiness last week when a Japanese court ruled that barring same-sex marriages was unconstitutional, a decision that allowed them to move a step closer to a legal marriage and starting a family. The ruling by the Sapporo district court, the first in Japan on the legality of same-sex […]

Japan: Court says same-sex marriage bar ‘unconstitutional’

Japan: Court says same-sex marriage bar ‘unconstitutional’

(Reuters) – A Japanese court ruled on Wednesday that not allowing same-sex couples to get married is ‘unconstitutional’, setting a precedent in the only G7 nation not to fully recognise same-sex partnership. The ruling by a district court, the first in Japan on the legality of same-sex marriages, is a major symbolic victory, in a […]

Vatican says church cannot bless same-sex unions

Vatican says church cannot bless same-sex unions

(Reuters) – The Vatican said on Monday that priests cannot bless same-sex unions, and that such blessings are not valid, in a ruling that greatly disappointed gay Catholics, who had hoped their Church was becoming more welcoming under Pope Francis. In some countries, such as the United States and Germany, parishes and ministers have begun […]

Honduras: LGBT+ in legal bid to stop same-sex marriage ‘lock’

Honduras: LGBT+ in legal bid to stop same-sex marriage ‘lock’

Honduran LGBT+ advocates on Thursday mounted a legal challenge to changes made to the constitution by lawmakers, that make it harder to reverse the existing ban on same-sex marriage. Last month, members of the Honduran Congress voted to amend the constitution, making it much harder to reverse existing hard-line bans on abortion and same-sex marriage, as lawmakers […]