Tag Archive | Same-sex Marriage

Taiwan: Lawmakers back same-sex marriage

Taiwan: Lawmakers back same-sex marriage

(Reuters) – Taiwan became the first place in Asia to legalise same-sex marriage on Friday, as thousands of demonstrators outside parliament cheered and waved rainbow flags, despite deep divisions over marriage equality. Lawmakers of the majority Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) backed the bill, which passed 66 to 27, although the measure could complicate President Tsai […]

NI: Thousands rally in Belfast in support of same-sex marriage

NI: Thousands rally in Belfast in support of same-sex marriage

(Reuters) – Thousands of people marched through Belfast on Saturday to demand the recognition of same-sex marriage in Northern Ireland, the only region of the United Kingdom where it does not have legal status. Attempts to legislate for same-sex marriage have been blocked by the Democratic Unionist Party, a key ally of British Prime Minister […]

OPINION: How will the Church of England respond to heterosexual civil partnerships?

OPINION: How will the Church of England respond to heterosexual civil partnerships?

By Jeremy Pemberton The Church of England likes to portray itself as the friend of civil partnerships for LGBT+ people. This is notwithstanding the fact that, when the legislation was passing through the House of Lords in 2004, the majority of its 26 bishops in the British upper chamber of parliament voted for an amendment […]

Hong Kong: Transgender pastor pushes for same-sex marriage in court

Hong Kong: Transgender pastor pushes for same-sex marriage in court

A transgender pastor who has gone to court in Hong Kong, to win the right to marry same-sex couples, said on Wednesday that he conducts such weddings in secret because of the risk of arrest. Marrz Balaoro was arrested in 2017 for holding ceremonies in the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Straight (LGBTS) Christian Church, […]

US: Legalisation of same-sex marriage linked to growing acceptance – study

US: Legalisation of same-sex marriage linked to growing acceptance – study

Anti-LGBT+ biases dropped significantly as same-sex marriage was being legalised across the United States, according to new research looking at the link between attitudes and policy change. Biases declined both in states that legalised gay marriage and in states that did not, said research by McGill University, published in the journal Proceedings of the National […]

Opinion: The Church of England must break its toxic colonial legacy

Opinion: The Church of England must break its toxic colonial legacy

March 12 marks the 25th anniversary of the ordination of women priests within the Church of England. Yet while today marks one milestone, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people remain second-class citizens. Next year the Anglican bishops from around the world will meet for the Lambeth Conference. Except that a tranche of them, mostly from […]

UM Church strengthens ban on gay marriage, LGBT clergy

UM Church strengthens ban on gay marriage, LGBT clergy

(Reuters) – The United Methodist Church voted on Tuesday to uphold and strengthen its ban on same-sex marriage and LGBT clergy, in a move likely to alienate large numbers of followers who had pushed for reform. By a vote of 438-384, delegates from around the world, attending the church’s General Conference in St. Louis, reinforced […]