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February 19, 2015

New South Wales politician voted against same-sex marriage in 2013

The opposition leader in New South Wales has u-turned on gay marriage after voting against reform in the Australian state in 2013.

On becoming Labor leader in January, Luke Foley said he would keep 'an open mind' and 'continue to reflect' on the issue, which cynics saw as a non-commital halfway ground ahead of the March elections.

But today, the practising Catholic spoke in favor of overturning a federal ban on gay marriage.

May 30, 2013

Anti-gay Christians planning counter protest as House of Lords to debate gay marriage in England and Wales on Monday

Gay activists are urging everyone who cares about equal marriage to rally outside the UK’s House of Lords as the peers debate the issue.

Their vigil on Monday (3 June) will be a counter protest to one organized by anti-gay Christians who are hoping to get big numbers out.

The Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill for England and Wales has already been passed by elected politicians in the House of Commons but the unelected Lords represent a bigger challenge.

May 13, 2013

Gay Marriage USA campaigner Murray Lipp explains why we shouldn’t be taking the ‘gay’ out of the fight for marriage equality

When I started the Facebook page Gay Marriage USA in 2011 there was a very conscious decision made on my part to include the words ‘gay marriage’ in the title. This was done in an effort to take advantage of the high recognition value that the term carries. Clearly identifying and labeling a cause helps greatly in getting people to support it.

December 28, 2012

Says Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Minnesota, and Rhode Island are next

Since Chad Griffin took over the reins of the Human Rights Campaign last June, three US states made history by passing ballot measures making gay marriage legal.

Now the head of the largest LGBT civil rights organization in the US is looking ahead to 2013 with even more ambitious goals.

November 26, 2012

'We still have a lot of work to do but the momentum is on our side'

It's been nearly three weeks since three US states made history by passing marriage equality laws through a vote of the people.

Now Chad Griffin, president of the Human Rights Campaign, is looking to other US states to add to the nine where same-sex couples can get married.

November 2, 2012

The Equality Network charity won Scotland's Herald society campaigner of the year award for their campaign on marriage equality

In a ceremony at Glasgow’s Crowne Plaza hotel today (2 October) the Equality Network won Scotland’s Herald Society Campaigner of the Year award for their equal marriage campaign.

The Equality Network, a Scottish lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) equality charity, competed alongside fellow nominees Shelter Scotland and Oxfam Scotland, to win the honour of recognition of their efforts to secure equal marriage rights for same-sex couples in Scotland.

October 10, 2012

After national and state governments rejected same-sex marriage bills last month, Gay Star News asks Australian Marriage Equality what’s next

Last month same-sex marriage legislation was rejected by the two houses of the Australian federal parliament and in the state of Tasmania.

Gay Star News asks national convenor of lobby group Australian Marriage Equality what’s next for their campaign.

September 27, 2012

British Labour leader Ed Miliband has given his support to gay marriage, saying same-sex couples should 'signfy their love'

Leader of the UK Labour Party Ed Miliband is not only backing same-sex marriage, but saying gay couples should marry in churches.

In a video for campiagn Out4Marriage, Miliband says his party provides its ‘whole-hearted support’ for the campaign and he intends to push the government to ‘get on with’ legislating for equal marriage.

He said: ‘I think whether you’re gay or straight, you should be able to signify your commitment and your love with the term marriage.’

June 12, 2012

Australian Prime Minister, Christians and even coffee chains all caught up in same-sex marriage fight

Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard has told gays that her own relationship proves you don’t have to marry.

Gillard, who opposes same-sex marriage equality, isn’t married to her long-term partner Tim Mathieson but says they are still committed to each other.

She told ABC TV: ‘I think you can have a loving relationship of love and commitment and trust and understanding that doesn't need a marriage certificate. That's my life experience – so I'm speaking from that life experience.’

June 5, 2012

'Until all people have equal rights, especially on this issue of marriage, we can't celebrate'

When it came time for California's Attorney General Kamala Harris to address the crowd at Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa's annual LGBT Garden Party over the weekend, the sound system was no longer working properly.

The the words of the event's guest of honor could still be heard loud and clear above the crowd.

May 11, 2012

GSN takes an in-depth look at the fight for same-sex marriage in Scotland – a battle with important lesson for equality campaigners worldwide

Moves towards gay marriage in England and Wales have been making big headlines but many south of the border don’t realize that Scotland has been having it’s own battle on the issue and is actually leading the way.