Tag Archive | Same-sex Marriage

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, […]

UK: Lawmakers vote to legalise same-sex marriage in NI

UK: Lawmakers vote to legalise same-sex marriage in NI

(Reuters) – Britain’s parliament voted on Tuesday in favour of a plan that would compel the government to legalise same-sex marriage and extend abortion rights in Northern Ireland, if the province is unable to re-establish its own devolved government. The changes passed with a large majority in parliament in London on Tuesday, and turned a […]

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 […]