Twitter supports same sex postal poll

October 26, 2017 0 comments

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Social networking giant Twitter has endorsed the campaign for marriage equality in Australia with a special emoji. The much discussed postal ballot on the legalisation of gay marriage within the country is now in its closing stages. Users who tweet any of a number of supportive hashtags will see an emoji of the ‘yes’ campaign…

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Same sex couples caught in legal limbo over Channel

October 23, 2017 2 comments

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A multinational same sex couple face the prospect of having to abandon plans to move to France. London-based Leandro Barreto and François Souyri have now been together for nine years. They entered a civil partnership in 2008 and later took advantage of the option to convert civil partnerships into a full legal marriage, as well…

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Women outnumber men in same sex divorce

October 18, 2017 0 comments

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A total of 112 same sex couples divorced in 2016 and nearly 80 per cent of these were female, the Office for National Statistics has reported. Although a small number, last year was only the second year in which divorce between same sex couples has been an option since the introduction of gay marriage in…

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Anti-gay marriage campaigners feted in Australia

October 12, 2017 1 comment

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The unexpectedly enduring controversy over the legalisation of gay marriage in Australia continued this week with the release of a new video by campaigners against the proposal. A TV ad by campaign group the Coalition for Marriage featured mothers opposed to legalisation discussing their reasons. These included Heidi McIvor, who is a church pastor in…

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Scottish Anglicans defiant on gay marriage

October 8, 2017 0 comments

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The Scottish branch of the Anglican Church has refused to back down in its support for gay marriage after the imposition of sanctions. Over the summer the Scottish Episcopal Church voted to allow same sex wedding ceremonies to take place in church buildings, to the dismay of the dismay of more conservative elements within the…

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Gay German couple first to wed

October 2, 2017 0 comments

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A gay couple in Germany have become the first to legally marry in the country. After the Mitglieder des Bundestages (Members of the Federal Parliament) voted in favour of legalisation back in June, the new law came into effect on Sunday. The Parliament’s vote took place shortly after Chancellor Angela Merkel dropped her long-held opposition to…

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Anglicans argue over gay marriage

September 29, 2017 1 comment

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The Scottish branch of the Anglican Church faces sanctions from other Anglicans following its acceptance of same sex marriage. The Scottish Episcopal Church voted to allow same sex marriages ceremonies in churches by a huge majority over the summer, to the stern disapproval of believers in other countries who together making up the global ‘Anglican…

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Civil partnerships rise for first time in years

September 27, 2017 0 comments

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The number of civil partnerships in the UK has risen for the first time in four years. New figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show that 890 civil partnerships were formed in 2016: 604 between male couples and 286 between female couples. This represents a modest but significant 3.4 per cent increase over…

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British woman wins same sex spousal visa case

September 26, 2017 0 comments

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A British woman living in Hong Kong has finally won her legal battle to have a visa granted to her same sex spouse. The couple, identified only as ‘QT’ and ‘SS’, moved to Hong Kong in 2011 after QT started a new job at a technology company based there. Prior to their relocation, the two…

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