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July 27, 2014

Despite being a vehement opponent of same-sex marriage, a French mayor said he did not hesitate when his gay son asked him to officiate at his wedding

'It seemed perfectly normal for me to carry out the marriage even though I still don't agree with gay marriage,' said 72-year-old Raymond Bardet, who has been the mayor of a small village of Ville-la-Grande, in the Haute Savoie near the Swiss border, since 1981.

Bardet is known for his hardcore opposition to the country's highly controversial decision last year to allow same-sex marriage. Although legalized in May last year, same-sex marriage continues to face fierce opposition from conservative quarters.

July 25, 2014

Conservative ministers have agreed to rewrite rules for England and Wales gay couples seeking to convert their civil partnerships into a marriage

Gay couples in England and Wales will be able to convert their civil partnership into a marriage in a ‘ceremony with heart’.

From 10 December, thousands of couples already in civil partnerships will be allowed to convert their unions into marriage.

But according to the proposals, they would have only had to pick up a ‘certificate of conversion’ – a piece of paper with very little romance.

As no witnesses would be required, the guidance to councils suggested no family or friends would be able to end and it would not be an official ceremony.

July 24, 2014

The Quakers church in the UK are concerned that same-sex couples who are converting their civil partnerships to marriage will not have the option of doing that in a church

The Quakers, also known as the Religious Society of Friends in Britain, have gone public with their concern that same-sex couples who are converting their civil partnerships to marriages in England and Wales will only be able to do that via register offices and not by a church wedding.

Churches in the UK register the marriages they perform with the government and the Quakers want to be able to perform their members’ same-sex marriages just as they do for opposite-sex Quaker couples.

July 22, 2014

Florida representative speaks out in favor of judge's ruling to allow same-sex marriages in the state's Monroe County

Republican David Jolly is quickly proving to be his own man.

Less than five months into his term as a freshman member of the US House of Representatives from Florida, Jolly has come out publicly in favor of same-sex member despite being a member of a political party that has steadfastly been opposed to it.

July 19, 2014

Same three-judge panel from US Court of Appeals ruled last month that Utah's ban was unconstitutional

A federal appeals court ruled on Friday (18 July) that Oklahoma's ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional.

The 2-1 decision came from the same three-judge panel in Denver that last month ruled that a similar ban in Utah violated the constitutional rights of same-sex couples.

The US Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit placed a stay on its ruling pending expected appeals so same-sex marriages cannot yet begin taking place in the state.

July 7, 2014

Even though the UK religious organization already blesses civil partnerships, United Reformed Church members might have to wait years until they can get married in a church

Even though the majority of the United Reformed Church supports holding same-sex weddings, but the ban will stay in place.

One of the largest Churches in the UK, its General Assembly met in Cardiff at the weekend to discuss whether they would allow gay marriage.

Under the new gay marriage law in England and Wales, religious organizations must ‘opt in’ to offer weddings to gay couples. The Church of England and Church in Wales are automatically banned under the legislation.

July 3, 2014

Australian LGBTI rights activist Tony Pitman has crunched the numbers to find one-in-ten human beings now live in jurisdictions where same-sex couples are allowed to marry

A new analysis undertaken by Melbourne, Australia based LGBTI rights activist Tony Pitman has revealed that over ten per cent of the world’s population now lives in jurisdictions where same-sex couples can marry.

Pitman calculates that the legalization of same-sex marriage in the US state of Pennsylvania was the tipping point.

The world’s population is 7,176,000,000 and as of May 725,000,000 people live in countries or jurisdictions within countries where same-sex couples may marry.

July 1, 2014

Comic legend unites a happy couple in matrimony at a book signing in New York City

Joan Rivers may be a comic that gets into more trouble than most, but she knows love when she sees it.

She was at a Barnes & Noble in New York City to sign copies of her new book, Diary of a Mad Diva, when two fans asked her if it was true she was an ordained minister.

Joe Aiello and Jed Ryan then asked her if she’d marry them right then and there.

The 81-year-old icon brought the couple of three years up on stage and performed the ceremony, as fans cheered from the crowd.

June 28, 2014

'We can just do away with that state law the same way we did away with sodomy laws'

A candidate from the US midwestern state Wisconsin cautions the removal of same-sex marriage bans leads to incest.

Karen Mueller is a Republican hoping to challenge incumbent Ron King, a Democrat, for Wisconsin's 3rd Congressional District.

Earlier this week, at a forum for the GOP candidates, Mueller criticized US District Court Judge Barbara Crabb's ruling against the state's same-sex marriage ban.

June 27, 2014

The first same-sex couple to be legally married on Australian soil wed today at the British consulate in Sydney but their marriage won’t be recognized by the Australian Government anytime soon

From today British consulates around Australia are allowed to marry same-sex couples where at least one of the parties is a UK citizen.

What is believed to be the first such marriage in Australia took place today around 3pm at the British consulate near Sydney’s Circular Quay and involved a Scottish Australian couple.

Peter Fraser and Gordon Stevenson married wearing matching kilts in the Fraser clan tartan after 19 years together.

June 27, 2014

Mayor Francis Slay: 'It makes me proud as a citizen and as a mayor'

Four same-sex couples were married in the office of St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay on Wednesday (25 June) if defiance of Missouri's ban on gay marriage.

Slay looked on approvingly as Bruce Yampolsky and Terry Garrett, David Gray and Tod Martin, John Durnell and Richard Eaton, and Miranda Duschack and Karen Davis exchanged vows.

June 27, 2014

Jersey Evangelical Church, in a leaked letter, same-sex couples already have civil partnerships and a ‘small minority’ should not be allowed to change the definition of marriage

A Jersey group claiming to represent a quarter of Jersey churches says gay couples shouldn’t be able to get married.

In a leaked draft letter, the Jersey Evangelical Alliance has asked church members to oppose marriage equality ahead of a debate on 1 July.

While England and Wales already has same-sex marriage, and Scotland gay couples will be able to get married by the end of the year, the British crown dependencies Jersey and Guernsey do not yet allow it.

June 25, 2014

Ruling comes in lawsuit filed by lesbian couple - one of whom is terminally ill with cancer

A federal judge has struck down Indiana's ban on same-sex marriage.

US District Court Judge Richard L. Young did not stay his ruling which means Indiana immediately becomes the 20th state in the US where same-sex marriage is now legal.

Young acknowledged the string of recent rulings in favor of gay marriage and wrote: 'It is clear that the fundamental right to marry shall not be deprived to some individuals based solely on the person they choose to love.'

June 20, 2014

Rick Santorum, Mike Huckabee and other speakers appeared before less than 2,000 people

The National Organization's March for Marriage event on Thursday (19 June) drew failed Republican presidential hopefuls Rick Santorum and Mike Huckabee as speakers.

But the much-ballyhooed event in Washington DC failed to draw much of a crowd.

The Human Rights Campaign tweeted a photo of the sparse crowd at the anti-gay marriage event that was estimated to have been attended by between 1,000 and 2,000 people.

June 18, 2014

Kris McDaniel-Miccio speaks to Gay Star News about her lawsuit that could help legalize same-sex marriage

‘In Colorado now I could get high, thanks to the new marijuana law, but I can’t get married. This isn’t fair.’

Kris McDaniel-Miccio is a professor of criminal law and procedure at the University of Denver, but most of all, she might help to change the US state of Colorado’s gay laws forever.

She is one of the women and men suing the state for banning same-sex marriage, pushing for equality in the already quite liberal US state.

Colorado voters banned gay marriage in 2006.

June 12, 2014

Alessandra Bernaroli, a banker, says she and her wife deserve to continue their happy marriage of nine years

A trans woman is challenging Italy’s refusal to allow her to stay married to her wife.

Alessandra Bernaroli, a banker, says she and her wife deserve to continue their happy marriage of nine years.

Her wife, also named Alessandra, wishes to remain married.

The Bernarolis, from Bologna in northern Italy, took the case to the courts after their local council ruled they could no longer be identified as married when they tried to renew their identity cards.

The Constitutional Court in Rome will decide on the case this week.

June 2, 2014

Jim Darby and Patrick Bova are finally able to make their relationship legal

Jim Darby and Patrick Bova, the lead plaintiffs in a lawsuit seeking marriage for all same-sex couples in Illinois, were finally able to exchange vows on Monday (2 June).

Darby, 82, and Bova, 76. have been a couple for 51 years.

Among the guests at the ceremony held at the Museum of Contemporary Art was Illinois Governor Pat Quinn.

All counties in the state began begin issuing same-sex marriage licenses on Sunday (1 June).

Lambda Legal, which filed the lawsuit on the couple's behalf, called the occasion 'a joyous day.'

June 1, 2014

While some counties in the Midwestern US state have been issuing gay marriage licenses since February, 1 June is the date where all clerks must abide by the law

Marriage equality is now officially the law in Illinois.

Last November, Governor Pat Quinn signed the Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act. The Democrat's signature made the midwestern state the 16th in the US to recognize gay marriage.

May 29, 2014

Mayor Bill Peduto will officiated over the marriages of 20 same-sex couples during Pittsburgh’s PrideFest to celebrate the legalization of gay marriage in his state of Pennsylvania

Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto has announced he will perform the marriages of up to 20 same-sex couples during his city’s PrideFest in June and his city will foot the bill for their wedding and reception.

The mass wedding ceremony will be held on 15 June in Pittsburgh’s Triangle Park Downtown, between Fifth and Liberty avenues adjacent to the Fairmont Hotel.

Following a 2pm ceremony, the hotel will host a reception for the couples.

May 24, 2014

Earlier this week a federal judge ruled the northeast US state's ban on  gay marriage was unconstitutional

Hotels in Philadelphia are reporting a flurry of phone calls about weddings ever since a judge struck down Pennsylvania's marriage ban.

On 20 May, US District Judge John E. Jones III ruled in a suit brought by 11 same-sex couples, a widow, and two teenage daughters of one of the couples.

May 19, 2014

Governor Gary Herbert had said the unions were 'on hold' and eligible for state benefits

A federal judge ruled Monday (19 May) that the state of Utah must legally recognize the more than 1,200 same-sex marriages that took place in late December and early January.

The marriages took place during a 17 day period which began when a federal judge struck down the state's same-sex marriage and ended when the US Supreme Court ordered a halt to the marriages while the case in being appealed.

US District Judge Dale A. Kimball ruled that the marriages already performed cannot be made illegal after the fact.

May 18, 2014

Irish bishop Dr Paul Colton has said the church of Ireland is ‘not at all up to pace with the debate’ on gay marriage 

A Church of Ireland bishop has come forward and said he supports same-sex marriage.

Dr Paul Colton, Bishop of Cork, Cloyne and Ross, was speaking to BBC Radio Ulster's Sunday Sequence programme about his views on gay marriage.

‘The events in society are moving very rapidly and the church is not at all up to pace with the debate’ he said.

‘I certainly support civil same sex marriage.

May 12, 2014

David Bucher and Bruce Moats have become the first same-sex couple to marry in a religious service in the chapel of the US Naval Academy in Maryland

Gulf War veteran David Bucher has married his long term partner Bruce Moats at the US Naval Academy – making them the first same-sex couple to do so in its chapel.

Naval Academy Chaplain Lieutenant John Connolly presided over the ceremony on Saturday in which Bucher, 49, and Moats, 50, married.

The ceremony consisted of formal prayers, a reading from the book of Corinthians and the US Navy Hymn.

May 10, 2014

The couple's ceremony was witnessed by Cheryl Maples, an attorney who has worked for marriage equality in the US southern state

A lesbian couple were the first to get a same-sex marriage license in the southern US state Arkansas.

As reported by the Associated Press today, 10 May, Kristin Seaton and Jennifer Rambo received their license from Carroll County Deputy Clerk Jane Osborn.