Former MP ‘sorry for voting against gay marriage’

March 29, 2017 2 comments

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A former Conservative MP has issued a public apology for his vote against the introduction of gay marriage in England and Wales. Sir John Randall was first elected as the MP for Uxbridge, West London, in a 1997 by-election and served until 2015. In a statement to Buzzfeed News, he explained that he had few…

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Native American tribe votes to recognise gay marriage

March 26, 2017 0 comments

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The Osage Native American nation has voted to recognise gay marriage, joining the handful of tribes to have done so to date. The Osages formerly lived across a broad swathe of terrority now occuped by modern-day states Missouri, Arkansas and Kansas, waging war on neighbouring tribes like the Cherokee and Kiowa. They had a reputation…

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Australian PM insists on gay marriage vote

March 18, 2017 0 comments

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Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has insisted that a plebiscite is the best approach to same sex marriage despite mountinng pressure for him to legislate. In response to a letter from 20 chief executives urging him bring forward legislation and finally make gay marriage legal in Australia, the PM declared: “Our policy is very well…

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Northern Ireland campaigners demand gay marriage commitment

March 12, 2017 1 comment

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LGBT rights campaigners in Northern Ireland have demanded that the government make gay marriage a priority. The region held an election earlier this month following the resignation of Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness. As a result, the socially conservative Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) no longer has enough seats to block attempts to legalise the practice…

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Supreme Court considers pension equality for gay couples

March 9, 2017 0 comments

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Current pension right exclusions for gay couples amount to sexual discrimination, the Supreme Court has been told. John Walker, a former cavalry officer, wants full pension rights for his husband. As the situation currently stands, if Mr Walker were to pass away his would receive just one per cent of his occupational pension, while a…

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German politicians push for gay marriage

March 7, 2017 0 comments

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Politicians in Germany have pledged to push for the legalisation of gay marriage. The Social Democratic Party, Sozialdemokratische Partei Deutschlands (SPD), are junior partners in the current coalition government alongside Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union, Christlich Demokratische Union Deutschlands (CDU). Speaking to Der Spiegel magazine, SPD leader Thomas Oppermann said his party would raise…

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Terminally ill bishop backs gay marriage

February 27, 2017 0 comments

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A high profile bishop in the Church of England has claimed the institution should move towards “full acceptance” of gay marriage. The Right Reverand John Wraw is Bishop of Bradwell in Essex. In a recent letter to parishioners he revealed that his cancer had become terminal but also stressed his determination to continue working as…

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Same sex marriage ‘will happen in Australia’

February 26, 2017 0 comments

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A successful campaigner is confident gay marriage will be introduced in Australia soon. Sixty year-old American attorney Evan Wolfson founded Freedom To Marry, an organisation which helped lead the ultimately successful campaign for the legalisation of gay marriage in the United States. Since that historic Supreme Court ruling, Wolfson has dedicated his time to helping…

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Gay marriage led to drop in teen suicide attempts

February 21, 2017 0 comments

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The legalisation of gay marriage led to a significant drop in suicide attempts among American teenagers, a new study has suggested. Prior to the Supreme Court decision which made same sex marriage available to the whole country, only 36 states granted gay couples the same rights as their heterosexual peers. In each of those states,…

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French presidential candidate seeks to end gay marriage

February 15, 2017 1 comment

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French Presidential candidate Marine Le Pen has pledged to end gay marriage if she is elected. The leader of the far right party Front National released a document detailing 144 policy promises this week. A little over halfway through the document, at point number 87, Le Pen says she will replace the current system of…

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