Tag Archive | Same-sex Marriage

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 […]

Andorra set to become latest nation to legalise gay marriage

Andorra set to become latest nation to legalise gay marriage

Andorra, one of Europe’s smallest countries, is set to legalise gay marriage, highlighting that eastern European countries with anti-LGBT laws are ‘on the wrong side of history’, leading human rights specialists said on Monday. A bill presented by the ruling coalition of Andorra, a nation of 80,000 people on the border of France and Spain, […]

Hong Kong: Trans pastor defies court, officiates same-sex marriages

Hong Kong: Trans pastor defies court, officiates same-sex marriages

A transgender pastor has vowed to officiate same-sex marriages in Hong Kong, despite a legal challenge failing to provide assurances that he will not face arrest. Marrz Balaoro was arrested in 2017 for holding ceremonies in the LGBTS Christian Church, which he founded in the global financial hub in 2014. Charges were eventually dropped.

Russia: Putin again rules out gay marriage

Russia: Putin again rules out gay marriage

(Reuters) – President Vladimir Putin has said that Russia would not legalise gay marriage as long as he was in the Kremlin. […] “As far as ‘parent number 1’ and ‘parent number 2’ goes, I’ve already spoken publicly about this and I’ll repeat it again: As long as I’m president this will not happen. There […]

N. Ireland counts down to first same-sex wedding

N. Ireland counts down to first same-sex wedding

A lesbian couple is set to hold Northern Ireland’s first same-sex wedding next week, as the conservative province overcomes deep division to catch up with the rest of the United Kingdom. The couple, in their 20s, voiced excitement at making history, but said equality remained out of reach so long as same-sex couples could not […]