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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Australian Christians back gay marriage

July 24, 2017 0 comments

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Most Australian Christians believe that gay marriage should be legal in their country and want their politicians to act quickly on the matter. In a recent poll of 1,000 Christians across Australia 54 per cent said they supported the introduction of marriage equality. A little under half – 49 per cent – also said that…

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PM urges Northern Ireland marriage equality

July 21, 2017 0 comments

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Prime Minister Theresa May believes Northern Ireland should allow same sex marriage. Writing for LGBT website Pink News, May stated that “marriage should be for everyone, regardless of their sexuality” and that the gay community of Northern Ireland “should have the same rights as people across the rest of the UK”. The article was written…

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Malta says ‘I do’ to gay marriage

July 17, 2017 0 comments

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The Mediterranean island of Malta has legalised gay marriage Lawmakers have replaced terms translating as ‘husband’ and ‘wife’ with the phrase ‘you are now spouses’ in the official marriage ceremony. The move reflects a promise made by Prime Minister Joseph Muscat, following re-election with an overall majority last month. The new law attracted across-the-board support,…

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Supreme Court backs pensions equality for same sex couple

July 12, 2017 1 comment

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A former cavalry officer in a same sex marriage has secured a landmark pensions ruling from the Supreme Court. After leaving the military, John Walker, now 65, spent his career at chemicals company Innospec, contributing to the firm’s occupational pensions scheme.  He entered a civil partnership in January 2006 and this was later converted into…

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German MPs approve gay marriage

June 30, 2017 0 comments

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German MPs have approved gay marriage in a snap vote. Mitglieder des Bundestages  (Members of the Federal Parliament) voted 393 votes to 226 in favour. As a result, same sex couples currently confined to civil unions will now have access to full marriage, the BBC reports. The move comes just days after longstanding Chancellor Angela…

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German Chancellor open to free vote on gay marriage

June 28, 2017 0 comments

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Despite previous opposition German Chancellor Angela Merkel is willing to give MPs a free vote on the issue of gay marriage. Merkel, Chancellor since 2005, is also leader of the right-of-centre Christlich Demokratische Union Deutschlands (Christian Democratic Union), a political party which has maintained a longstanding opposition to the legalisation of same sex marriage in…

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