US pro gay-marriage group launches $1 million TV campaign

February 21, 2013 0 comments

US pro-gay marriage organisation the Respect for Marriage Coalition has launched a $1 million advertising campaign featuring both Democratic and Republican supporters. The Coalition has created a TV spot featuring a variety of political figures, including President Obama, former US Secretary of State Colin Powell, former Vice President Dick Cheney and former First Lady Laura…

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Most Americans support gay marriage, poll claims

February 19, 2013 0 comments

A significant majority of Americans are in favour of gay marriage, according to an new national opinion poll. Forty-four per cent of respondents told polling company Angus Reid that gay and lesbian couples should be allowed to marry, while only 26 per cent were opposed. A further 21 per cent said they thought same sex…

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New adoption rights for German civil partners

February 19, 2013 0 comments

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Civil partners in Germany will gain the right to adopt their partner’s step or adopted children, after the country’s highest court ruled that current restrictions were discriminatory. Under existing legislation, only heterosexual couples can adopt their partner’s non-biological children. The Federal Constitutional Court of Germany has now ordered the government to draft new laws by…

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Welsh secretary castigated for gay marriage remarks

February 16, 2013 16 comments

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Remarks made by Tory MP David Jones about gay marriage have been branded “hugely offensive” by Labour MP Kate Green. Jones, the Secretary of State for Wales, appeared on ITV programme Face to Face earlier this week. Asked about gay marriage, which he voted against in the House of Commons, the 60 year-old MP said:…

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School administrator fired for supporting gay marriage

February 14, 2013 0 comments

A school administrator has been fired from his job at a Catholic school in Ohio for writing a blog post in support of gay marriage. Thirty-four year old Mike Moroski was dismissed as dean of student life earlier this week after the principal of Purcell Marian High School in Cincinnati became aware of an post…

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Marriage is ‘gold standard’ claims Culture Secretary

February 13, 2013 0 comments

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Culture Secretary Maria Miller has told MPs considering the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill that marriage is an aspirational “gold standard”. Christ Bryant, the Shadow Minister for Borders and Immigration, had asked Miller, who is also the Minister for Women and Equalities, why the government is not planning to allow civil partnerships for heterosexual couples….

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French politicians approve gay marriage law

February 13, 2013 0 comments

The French National Assembly has approved a law legalising gay marriage by a majority of precisely 100. The ‘Marriage for All’ bill will now proceed to the country’s upper house, the Senate, for final approval. Commentators expect the Senate to back the bill, which could become law as soon as this summer. The bill proved…

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Tories clash over same sex marriage bill

February 13, 2013 0 comments

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Former Children’s Minister Tim Loughton has clashed with Education Secretary Michael Gove over the same sex marriage bill which recently passed its second reading in Parliament. Mr Gove was giving evidence to MPs as they began more detailed scrutiny of the bill. According to a report in The Times, Loughton, the Conservative MP for East…

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US judge approves three names on birth certificate

February 12, 2013 0 comments

A Florida judge has approved an arrangement in which a gay man who donated sperm to a lesbian couple will add his name to the child’s birth certificate. The judge, on the Miami-Dade County, said the lesbian married couple would continue to have sole parental responsibility for daughter Emma, now two years old, but the…

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