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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Native American tribe votes to recognise gay marriage

March 26, 2017 0 comments

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The Osage Native American nation has voted to recognise gay marriage, joining the handful of tribes to have done so to date. The Osages formerly lived across a broad swathe of terrority now occuped by modern-day states Missouri, Arkansas and Kansas, waging war on neighbouring tribes like the Cherokee and Kiowa. They had a reputation…

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Australian PM insists on gay marriage vote

March 18, 2017 0 comments

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Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has insisted that a plebiscite is the best approach to same sex marriage despite mountinng pressure for him to legislate. In response to a letter from 20 chief executives urging him bring forward legislation and finally make gay marriage legal in Australia, the PM declared: “Our policy is very well…

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Northern Ireland campaigners demand gay marriage commitment

March 12, 2017 1 comment

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LGBT rights campaigners in Northern Ireland have demanded that the government make gay marriage a priority. The region held an election earlier this month following the resignation of Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness. As a result, the socially conservative Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) no longer has enough seats to block attempts to legalise the practice…

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Supreme Court considers pension equality for gay couples

March 9, 2017 0 comments

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Current pension right exclusions for gay couples amount to sexual discrimination, the Supreme Court has been told. John Walker, a former cavalry officer, wants full pension rights for his husband. As the situation currently stands, if Mr Walker were to pass away his would receive just one per cent of his occupational pension, while a…

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German politicians push for gay marriage

March 7, 2017 0 comments

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Politicians in Germany have pledged to push for the legalisation of gay marriage. The Social Democratic Party, Sozialdemokratische Partei Deutschlands (SPD), are junior partners in the current coalition government alongside Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union, Christlich Demokratische Union Deutschlands (CDU). Speaking to Der Spiegel magazine, SPD leader Thomas Oppermann said his party would raise…

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Terminally ill bishop backs gay marriage

February 27, 2017 0 comments

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A high profile bishop in the Church of England has claimed the institution should move towards “full acceptance” of gay marriage. The Right Reverand John Wraw is Bishop of Bradwell in Essex. In a recent letter to parishioners he revealed that his cancer had become terminal but also stressed his determination to continue working as…

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