German court rejects gay marriage vote

June 22, 2017 0 comments

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The highest court in Germany has rejected a bid to force the country’s parliament to vote on the legalisation of gay marriage. Citing the overwhelming popularity of same sex marriage, the Green Party applied for an injunction which would compel lawmakers to finally have a vote on the issue. More than three quarters of Germans…

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Huge support for gay marriage in Israel

June 10, 2017 0 comments

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More than three quarters of Israelis would support the introduction of same sex marriages and civil unions. In a poll by the religious freedom campaign group Hiddush found that as many as 79 per cent of people living in Israel would back marriage equality. In this questionnaire, a civil union was defined as something which…

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Malta’s PM promises gay marriage

June 7, 2017 1 comment

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Malta’s newly re-elected Prime Minister has pledged that his first priority will be to introduce gay marriage. Joseph Muscat’s Labour Party – Partit Laburista in Maltese – won 55 per cent of the popular vote in the island nation’s general election over the weekend.  This gave the party an absolute majority in the 65-seat Parliament….

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Posthumous marriage for French policeman

June 1, 2017 1 comment

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A French policeman who was killed by a supporter of Isis earlier this year has been posthumously married. Xavier Jugelé was shot dead in April while on duty on the famous Champs-Élysées avenue in Paris and a note in defence of the extremist group was found near the body. The 37 year-old police officer had…

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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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