Twitter supports same sex postal poll

October 26, 2017 0 comments

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Social networking giant Twitter has endorsed the campaign for marriage equality in Australia with a special emoji. The much discussed postal ballot on the legalisation of gay marriage within the country is now in its closing stages. Users who tweet any of a number of supportive hashtags will see an emoji of the ‘yes’ campaign…

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Scottish Anglicans defiant on gay marriage

October 8, 2017 0 comments

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The Scottish branch of the Anglican Church has refused to back down in its support for gay marriage after the imposition of sanctions. Over the summer the Scottish Episcopal Church voted to allow same sex wedding ceremonies to take place in church buildings, to the dismay of the dismay of more conservative elements within the…

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Gay German couple first to wed

October 2, 2017 0 comments

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A gay couple in Germany have become the first to legally marry in the country. After the Mitglieder des Bundestages (Members of the Federal Parliament) voted in favour of legalisation back in June, the new law came into effect on Sunday. The Parliament’s vote took place shortly after Chancellor Angela Merkel dropped her long-held opposition to…

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Anglicans argue over gay marriage

September 29, 2017 1 comment

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The Scottish branch of the Anglican Church faces sanctions from other Anglicans following its acceptance of same sex marriage. The Scottish Episcopal Church voted to allow same sex marriages ceremonies in churches by a huge majority over the summer, to the stern disapproval of believers in other countries who together making up the global ‘Anglican…

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Civil partnerships rise for first time in years

September 27, 2017 0 comments

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The number of civil partnerships in the UK has risen for the first time in four years. New figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show that 890 civil partnerships were formed in 2016: 604 between male couples and 286 between female couples. This represents a modest but significant 3.4 per cent increase over…

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British woman wins same sex spousal visa case

September 26, 2017 0 comments

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A British woman living in Hong Kong has finally won her legal battle to have a visa granted to her same sex spouse. The couple, identified only as ‘QT’ and ‘SS’, moved to Hong Kong in 2011 after QT started a new job at a technology company based there. Prior to their relocation, the two…

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Australian High Court approves gay marriage vote

September 7, 2017 1 comment

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The High Court of Australia has ruled in favour of the government’s proposed gay marriage vote. LGBT activists had submitted two separate challenges to the postal vote, claiming it was invalid as a result of its funding. The cases were heard over two days and both were unanimously dismissed by the High Court this week….

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Australian LGBT groups challenge marriage vote

September 5, 2017 0 comments

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LGBT rights groups in Australia have challenged the government’s plan to hold a national vote on gay marriage. The ruling coalition government, led by Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull of the centre-right Liberal Party, plans to hold a non-binding postal vote in order to gauge support for same sex marriage among the public. However the plan…

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Northern Ireland gay marriage bid rejected

August 18, 2017 4 comments

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A High Court Judge has rejected two challenges to Northern Ireland’s ban on gay marriage. Mr Justice O’Hara said social policy in the Province should be decided by the Stormont Assembly rather than the Courts. He had been asked to rule on two cases against the prohibition which were heard at the same time because…

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Gay marriage ban approved in Haiti

August 7, 2017 0 comments

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The Senate of Haiti has approved a measure which outlaws gay marriage in the Caribbean nation. While many countries around the world are making marriage accessible to LGBT people, this legislation states that “the perpetrators, co-perpetrators and accomplices” of any gay marriages will be subject to such punishments as three years in prison or a…

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