Tag Archive | Same-sex Marriage

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 […]

Bermuda: First Pride Parade today, amid threats and homophobia

Bermuda: First Pride Parade today, amid threats and homophobia

Bermuda stages its first Pride parade on Saturday, as the conservative island wrangles over gay marriage in the courts, and marchers face religious protest on the streets. Homosexuality is legal in Bermuda – a prosperous financial centre in the Atlantic Ocean – but activists say the island’s LGBT+ community faces widespread homophobia. Hundreds of marchers […]

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 […]

China: Parliament rules out same-sex marriage

China: Parliament rules out same-sex marriage

(Reuters) – Limiting marriage to a relationship between a man and a woman will remain China’s legal position, a parliament spokesman said on Wednesday, ruling out following neighbouring Taiwan in allowing same-sex marriage, despite pressure from activists. Taiwan’s parliament passed a bill in May that endorsed same-sex marriage, after years of heated debate over marriage […]

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 […]

Japan: Election of gay lawmaker raises hopes for same-sex marriage

Japan: Election of gay lawmaker raises hopes for same-sex marriage

Japan’s first openly gay male lawmaker said on Tuesday he believed the country would legalise same-sex marriage, months after Taiwan became the first place in Asia to allow gay unions. Taiga Ishikawa, 45, was elected to parliament’s upper house on Sunday, on a platform calling for marriage equality, with the main opposition Constitutional Democratic Party, […]

NI: Equal marriage intervention said to complicate talks

NI: Equal marriage intervention said to complicate talks

(Reuters) – The British parliament’s decision to bypass politicians in Northern Ireland and legislate on same-sex marriage could deepen a stalemate in the region at the heart of Britain’s struggle to leave the European Union, a senior lawmaker warned on Thursday. British lawmakers voted overwhelmingly on Tuesday to compel the government to legalise same-sex marriage, […]