Tag Archive | Same-sex Marriage

Ecuador approves same-sex marriage as LGBT+ groups hail landmark week

Ecuador approves same-sex marriage as LGBT+ groups hail landmark week

Ecuador’s decision to allow same-sex marriage has topped a landmark week for LGBT+ rights, after Botswana decriminalised gay sex and Bhutan took the first steps to do so, said campaigners marking the 50th anniversary of the gay equality movement. Five of nine judges in Ecuador’s top court on Wednesday ruled in favour of two gay […]

Botswana: High Court decriminalises homosexuality

Botswana: High Court decriminalises homosexuality

(Reuters) – Botswana decriminalised homosexuality on Tuesday, with the High Court overturning a colonial-era law that punished gay sex by up to seven years in prison. Same-sex relationships are illegal in more than 70 countries worldwide; almost half of them in Africa, where homosexuality is broadly taboo and persecution is rife. “Discrimination has no place […]

Hong Kong: Court favours gay couple in landmark victory for LGBT+ rights

Hong Kong: Court favours gay couple in landmark victory for LGBT+ rights

Hong Kong’s top court on Thursday ruled in favour of a gay civil servant fighting for spousal and tax benefits for his husband, in the latest legal victory for equal rights for same-sex couples in a city where gay marriage is banned. Leung Chun Kwong, an immigration officer, who married his husband, Scott Adams, in […]

China: LGBT+ groups say years away from same-sex marriage

China: LGBT+ groups say years away from same-sex marriage

China is at least a decade away from allowing same-sex marriages, with the current priorities on introducing anti-discrimination laws, letting LGBT+ groups raise awareness without fear, and banning conversion therapy, LGBT+ campaigners said on Thursday. Taiwan’s parliament this month legalised same-sex marriage, and more than 360 gay couples married on May 24, after years of […]

Taiwan: Lawmakers back same-sex marriage

Taiwan: Lawmakers back same-sex marriage

(Reuters) – Taiwan became the first place in Asia to legalise same-sex marriage on Friday, as thousands of demonstrators outside parliament cheered and waved rainbow flags, despite deep divisions over marriage equality. Lawmakers of the majority Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) backed the bill, which passed 66 to 27, although the measure could complicate President Tsai […]

NI: Thousands rally in Belfast in support of same-sex marriage

NI: Thousands rally in Belfast in support of same-sex marriage

(Reuters) – Thousands of people marched through Belfast on Saturday to demand the recognition of same-sex marriage in Northern Ireland, the only region of the United Kingdom where it does not have legal status. Attempts to legislate for same-sex marriage have been blocked by the Democratic Unionist Party, a key ally of British Prime Minister […]

OPINION: How will the Church of England respond to heterosexual civil partnerships?

OPINION: How will the Church of England respond to heterosexual civil partnerships?

By Jeremy Pemberton The Church of England likes to portray itself as the friend of civil partnerships for LGBT+ people. This is notwithstanding the fact that, when the legislation was passing through the House of Lords in 2004, the majority of its 26 bishops in the British upper chamber of parliament voted for an amendment […]