Tag Archive | Same-sex Marriage

Australia: Senior Minister Calls For Postal Vote On Same-sex Marriage

Australia: Senior Minister Calls For Postal Vote On Same-sex Marriage

(Reuters) One of Australia’s most senior ministers yesterday, Sunday 23rd, reignited debate on whether same-sex marriage should be legalised, proposing a national postal vote on the issue. Conservative Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull’s policy is for a national vote, or plebiscite, but that proposal was defeated in the Senate in late 2016.

Malta: Equal Marriage Now Legal By Parliament Vote

Malta: Equal Marriage Now Legal By Parliament Vote

Same-sex marriage is now legal in Malta, following a vote in parliament which was almost unanimous, yesterday, Wednesday 12 June. Following snap elections in June 2017, the government said that legislation for same-sex marriage would be its first priority. A bill to allow same-sex marriage was introduced on 24 June, and passed yesterday, 12 July […]

Australia: Gay Sen. Dean Smith Drafts Pro-Marriage Equality Bill

Australia: Gay Sen. Dean Smith Drafts Pro-Marriage Equality Bill

In Australia, gay W.A. Liberal Senator, Dean Smith, has been drafting a private members’ bill, already rejected by the Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull, to allow any two people to marry, in defiance of his own government’s decision to hold a plebiscite on the matter. Australian Marriage Equality highlight some of what Smith had to say: […]

Australia:  Sooner than people think

Australia: Sooner than people think

Last week began in Australia with Christopher Pyne’s comments that progress on marriage equality could come sooner than people think. As soon as it hit the media, LGBTI people and their lives were again used for political point scoring.  But last week also gave great examples of equality leadership. US citizens joyfully reflected on two […]

Northern Ireland: Thousands March For Same-sex Marriage

Northern Ireland: Thousands March For Same-sex Marriage

Thousands of people marched in Belfast on Saturday (1st July) to demand Northern Ireland join the rest of the United Kingdom in legalising same-sex marriage, a step blocked by the region’s largest party, a key ally of British Prime Minister Theresa May. The Democratic Unionist Party, one of the most socially conservative in Europe, has […]

Faith Group supports march for same sex marriage

Faith Group supports march for same sex marriage

Faith in Marriage Equality (FiME) calls on people of faith in Northern Ireland to support the public rally for civil marriage equality. The march takes place in Belfast Saturday, July 1, 2.30 pm, at Writer’s Square, and Faith in Marriage Equality will be present with their banner. Spokesperson Dr Richard O’Leary said: “Catholic and Protestant […]

Germany: Lawmakers Approve Same-sex Marriage In Landmark Vote

Germany: Lawmakers Approve Same-sex Marriage In Landmark Vote

(Reuters) – Germany’s parliament backed the legalisation of same-sex marriage today, (Friday 30th June), in a historic vote hailed by gay activists and leftist parties, but criticised by some in Chancellor Angela Merkel’s ruling conservative bloc, and by the Catholic Church. The move brings Germany into line with many other European nations including France, Britain […]