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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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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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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Colombia recognises three-man marriage

June 15, 2017 0 comments

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Colombia has legally recognised a marriage between three men in a polyamorous relationship. The South American nation only legalised gay marriage last year but this week took a further step in allowing these men to officially be seen as a family. Actor Victor Hugo Prada, PE teacher John Alejandro Rodriguez and journalist Manuel Jose Bermudez…

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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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