Taiwan court approves gay marriage

May 24, 2017 0 comments

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Taiwan’s Constitutional Court has declared that gay marriage should be legalised. This historic decision means the island nation is almost certain to be the first country in Asia to legalise marriage equality. The Court ruled that the current restrictions amounted to a “violation of both the people’s freedom of marriage … and the people’s right…

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Taiwan court to rule on gay marriage

May 22, 2017 0 comments

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A Taiwanese court is expected to rule whether or not gay marriage should be legal this week. The country’s Constitutional Court will make a final decision on a legal challenge to the civil code which declares that marriage is only permitted between a man and a woman. Long-time LGBT rights activist Chi Chai-wei believes this…

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Australian city flies LGBT flag for marriage equality

May 21, 2017 0 comments

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A city in Australia has raised a rainbow flag above its city hall in support of marriage rights for LGBT people. Local officials in Darebin have announced that the flag will stay up until the Australian government finally enacts marriage equality. The city in the south-eastern state of Victoria, which has a population of around…

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First gay couple allowed to marry in Bermuda

May 9, 2017 1 comment

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The Supreme Court of Bermuda has ruled that a same sex couple can become the first to marry on the Caribbean island. The country’s Registrar-General had previously denied an application by Winston Godwin and Canadian Greg DeRoche for a marriage licence. In response, the couple launched a legal bid to have this decision overturned. Judge…

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Gay couples flock to New Zealand to get married

May 3, 2017 1 comment

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New Zealand has become a very popular destination for gay couples who cannot marry in their own countries. Out of the 954 gay marriages which took place last year, as many as 471 were for foreign couples according to Statistics New Zealand, the local equivalent of the ONS. Population Statistics Senior Manager Peter Dolan noted…

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53 Nigerian men charged after ‘gay marriage’

April 23, 2017 0 comments

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Fifty-three men in Nigeria have been arrested by police after allegedly celebrating a gay marriage. If found guilty, the men could face up to ten years in prison under the West African nation’s harsh anti-gay marriage laws. Police in the northern state of Kaduna made the arrests earlier this week and have claimed that the…

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Texas must pay same sex couples $600K

April 20, 2017 0 comments

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The state of Texas has been ordered to pay two same sex couples more than $600,000 to cover their legal fees and other costs. Mark Phariss, his husband Vic Holmes, Cleopatra DeLeon and her wife Nicole Dimetman had all spent a long time fighting a legal battle against the Lone Star State’s ban on gay…

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Falkland Islands now have marriage equality

April 16, 2017 4 comments

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The government of the Falkland Islands has passed legislation legalising gay marriage. The Legislative Assembly for this small British overseas territory approved the bill by seven votes in favour to just one against. Not only does the new law grant gay and lesbian couples full marriage rights, it also introduces civil partnerships. Unlike in England…

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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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