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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Largest church in Norway backs gay marriage

January 31, 2017 0 comments

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The largest church in Norway has voted in favour of changes allowing clerics to conduct same sex marriage ceremonies. The Lutheran Church of Norway – Den Norske Kirke – is the professed religion of nearly 75 per cent of Norwegians and the former state faith. It is now also known as the People’s Church (Folkekirken)….

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Church ‘should not drop opposition to gay marriage’

January 31, 2017 3 comments

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The Church of England should not drop its opposition to gay marriage, a new report suggests. There is “little support” for an official change in the Church’s stance according to The House of Bishops, who published the document. This is a group of 50 senior officials who make up one of the three divisions of…

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Australian same sex marriage bill ‘is discriminatory’

January 27, 2017 0 comments

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The Australian Marriage Amendment (Same-Sex Marriage) Bill excludes people who don’t identify as either gender, the country’s Human Rights Commission has claimed. The bill was introduced by Attorney General George Brandis in October. Amongst other measures, its key proposal is a change in the definition of marriage within the existing Marriage Act from a union…

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Gay marriage rights under threat in Texas?

January 25, 2017 1 comment

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The Texas Supreme Court has agreed to reconsider a case about the marriage rights of same sex couples. Although marriage equality is now the law of the land throughout the United States, the city of Houston has challenged the idea that public employees who are gay should have access to the same level of spousal…

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Peru ‘must recognise gay marriage’

January 11, 2017 0 comments

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Peru must recognise gay marriages its citizens enter abroad, a court in the country has ruled. The Constitutional Court, which rules on whether pieces of legislation are in line with the country’s constitution, made this announcement following a lawsuit by a man named Oscar Ugarteche Galarza. He has been a long-time advocate for gay rights…

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Guernsey could have gay marriage ‘by the summer’

January 4, 2017 0 comments

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Gay couples on the Channel Island of Guernsey could be legally able to marry by the summer, a government official has estimated. Both Guernsey and Jersey are politically autonomous. As a result, their laws were not affected by the legalisation of gay marriage in England, Scotland and Wales. In 2015, the island’s parliament, called the…

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Same sex divorce can proceed, US court rules

December 30, 2016 0 comments

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A same sex couple can divorce in Pennsylvania, the State Superior Court has ruled after a lower court said it lacked the authority to end their union. Freyda Neyman and Florence Buckley entered a so-called ‘civil union’ in the north-eastern state of Vermont as long ago as 2002, PennLive reports. At the time, there was…

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Gay marriage one step closer in Taiwan

December 28, 2016 0 comments

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The prospect of legal gay marriage in Taiwan has taken a significant step forward. On Monday, members of the country’s parliament approved amendments to the Taiwanese Civil Code. The Judiciary and Organic Laws and Statutes Committee agreed to wording which would recognise “both parties of a same-sex marriage” under the law. If these are enacted,…

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