Tag Archive | Same-sex Marriage

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 […]

Honduras: MPs vote to lock in anti-gay ban

Honduras: MPs vote to lock in anti-gay ban

(Reuters) – Members of the Honduran Congress voted on Thursday to amend the constitution, making it much harder to reverse existing hard-line bans on abortion and same-sex marriage, as lawmakers double down on socially conservative priorities. Lawmakers voted to require a three-quarters super-majority, to change a constitutional article that gives a fetus the same legal […]

Switzerland votes for same-sex marriage, eases gender ID change

Switzerland votes for same-sex marriage, eases gender ID change

Swiss lawmakers voted on Friday to legalise same-sex marriage and allow transgender people to change their legal gender by making a declaration, marking a major step forward for LGBT+ rights in the country, campaigners said. The gay marriage law is likely to be tested in a nationwide referendum next year, before it takes effect, but rights […]

Venezuela: Pres. Maduro asks congress to discuss same-sex marriage

Venezuela: Pres. Maduro asks congress to discuss same-sex marriage

(Reuters) – Venezuelan President, Nicolas Maduro, on Thursday asked the country’s National Assembly to discuss same-sex marriage during its next term, beginning in January, citing Pope Francis’ comments this week supporting civil unions for same-sex couples. The Pope’s comments were the clearest language yet he has used on the rights of gay people. Gay marriage is […]

Hong Kong: Court refuses to recognise overseas same-sex marriages

Hong Kong: Court refuses to recognise overseas same-sex marriages

A Hong Kong court refused on Friday to recognise same-sex marriages conducted abroad, dealing a blow to the city’s LGBT+ community, in a case brought by a gay local councillor who got married in New York. Same-sex unions are illegal in the semi-autonomous Chinese city, but gay couples have won small recognitions in some spousal […]

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, […]

Northern Ireland to get religious same-sex marriage

Northern Ireland to get religious same-sex marriage

Same-sex religious marriages will be allowed in Northern Ireland, the British government said on Thursday, bowing to pressure from LGBT+ campaigners after the first secular lesbian wedding in February. Gay and lesbian couples in Northern Ireland will be able to have religious weddings from September, a British government spokeswoman said in an emailed statement, while […]

Swiss LGBT hope for marriage equality with parliamentary vote

Swiss LGBT hope for marriage equality with parliamentary vote

(Reuters) – When civil partnerships were legalised in Switzerland in January 2007, gay couple Laurent Marmier and Yves Bugnon completed the paperwork that same month, making them among the first to take advantage of the new law. Thirteen years later, they hope a parliamentary vote will open the door for them to finally marry, and […]

Costa Rica allows same-sex marriages in a first for Central America

Costa Rica allows same-sex marriages in a first for Central America

Costa Rica gave the go-ahead to same-sex marriages on Tuesday, making it the first country in Central America to do so, after a landmark court ruling came into effect at midnight. The nation’s constitutional court ruled in August 2018 that a ban on same-sex marriage was unconstitutional, and gave parliament 18 months to legislate, or […]

Costa Rica: Lawmakers criticise delay on gay marriage

Costa Rica: Lawmakers criticise delay on gay marriage

Lawmakers and government officials in Costa Rica on Wednesday chided fellow politicians trying to delay a landmark gay marriage ruling, an effort which ended in a punch-up between members of a leading political party. Costa Rica’s constitutional court voted in August 2018 to legalise gay marriage, with the ruling to take effect on May 26 […]