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September 15, 2014

Leader of the Catholic Church has married 20 'modern' couples. While they were all straight, it could still signify a change

Pope Francis has redefined marriage within the Catholic Church, blessing 20 couples at the Vatican that would have been banned under previous doctrine.

He welcomed 40 people from different social backgrounds, including a man about to enter into his second marriage and a woman with a daughter from a previous relationship, to St Peter's Basilica in Rome yesterday (14 September).

The mother, Gabriella Improta, said she did not feel 'worthy or able to meet the requirements of a good Catholic couple'.

September 15, 2014

Officials are surprised by the backlash to the country's now-overturned anti-gay law

Ugandan tourism officials have said the African country still welcomes gay tourists despite repeated attempts to pass an anti-gay law.

The Ugandan Tourism Board (UTB) recently met with the International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association (IGLTA) to try to restore the country's reputation among both gay and straight tourists.

September 13, 2014

Federal judge orders Arizona to recognize gay couple's marriage despite state's same-sex marriage ban

It is victory for an 69-year-old gay man who had lost his spouse to cancer last month and was denied death benefits because Arizona does not recognize same-sex marriage.

Fred McQuire and George Martinez were partners of 45 years who got married in California this summer. However when Martinez, 62 and a Vietnam war veteran, died in late August, McQuire was unable to receive social security and veteran benefits because Arizona bans gay marriage.

September 11, 2014

Two male best friends are getting married to win a trip to the 2015 Rugby World Cup in England

Two best friends from New Zealand will get married tomorrow in order to win a trip to the 2015 Rugby World Cup in England.

Engineering student Travis McIntosh, 23, and teacher Matt McCormick, 24, will say their rubgy-related vows in front of 60 family and friends in Auckland to win the radio competition.

McIntosh told the Otago Daily Times, 'We are not here to insult anyone. We are here to do our own thing and travel our own path.

'It's just seeing how far two good mates would go to win a trip to the Rugby World Cup.

September 10, 2014

Virginia, Utah, Oklahoma, Wisconsin, and Indiana cases in the running as justices meet on September 29

Justices of the US Supreme Court will meet later this month (29 September) to discuss whether to take on a gay marriages case during its next term which begins in October.

The high court indicated on Wednesday (10 September) that it will meet in a private conference to consider whether to grant review of appeals in cases challenging marriage bans in Virginia, Utah, Oklahoma, Wisconsin, and Indiana.

September 8, 2014

Two Iowa women were married in a church of the town they moved to in 1947

Vivian Boyack, 91, and Alice “Nonie” Dubes, 90, exchanged vows over the weekend.

After being in a relationship for 72 years, the couple was married Saturday (6 September) at First Christian Church in the city of Davenport.

‘We’ve had a good time,’ Dubes told the Quad City Times.

September 7, 2014

The marriage is said to the first high-profile same-sex marriage conducted by a foreign diplomatic mission in China

UK's consul-general in Shanghai, Brian Davidson, has married his same-sex partner, Scott Chang, an American citizen, in Beijing on Saturday.

The wedding was held at the official residence of the UK's ambassador to China, Sir Sebastian Wood.

September 3, 2014

Ruling by US District Court Judge Martin Feldman ends streak of post-DOMA victories in federal courts

A US District Court judge today upheld the constitutionality of Louisiana's ban on gay marriage.

 

It marked the first defeat for a marriage equality case since the US Supreme Court gutting of the Defense of Marriage Act in 2013.

Judge Martin Feldman wrote that same-sex marriage is not a 'fundamental right' and that those defending the ban in the case offered 'a credible, and convincing, rational basis' for wanting the ban to continue.

September 3, 2014

Adoption and social security rights will also be extended to gay couples

Coahuila on Monday became the first Mexican state to formally approve gay marriage through its legislature.

Lawmakers approved 40 changes to the state’s civil code that will extend all marital rights to gay couples, including adoption and social security.

The changes were passed by 19 votes to three and could come into effect as early as next week.

Leftist congressman Samuel Acevedo, who proposed the changes in March, told journalists the change was 'a great step forward.'

August 28, 2014

Group hopes to pressure Supreme Court to reject gay marriage when cases are appealed in October

A Christian group have decided on an unusual way of attempting to stop same-sex marriage in the US.

The Virginia-based Family Foundation have embarked on a 40 day 'fast' - but they're still allowed to eat.

They believe this pressure will force the Supreme Court to reject same-sex marriage appeals when they come up in October.

However, when it comes to giving up food - an integral part of the fasting process - they're not that bothered.

August 28, 2014

Frank Bernard quit job as a manager with third largest pizza chain in US when it refused to cover his husband of six years

California resident Frank Bernard is suing the Little Caesars pizza chain because it refused to provide health insurance benefits for the former manager's husband.

The chain, the third-largest in the US, offers benefits to the spouses of its heterosexual employees. Bernard, 47, has been legally wed to his husband for six years.

August 25, 2014

A Minnesota hunting club has reached a legal settlement with young fiancés Cole Frey and Adam Block after it accepted a booking to host their wedding but then refused them when it realized they were a gay couple

Minnesota’s state Department of Human Rights announced a legal settlement on Friday in a dispute between a young gay couple who are getting married and a hunting club that refused to host their wedding.

Cole Frey, 20, and Adam Block, 18 met last October and announced plans to marry in November and the pair contacted LeBlanc’s Rice Creek Hunting and Recreation in February to book its hunting club building as the venue for their wedding.

August 22, 2014

Hallmark cards celebrating same-sex marriages have been pulled from the shelves of the Bringham Young University bookstore because it is owned by the Mormon church

A bookstore at Utah’s Bringham Young University has removed greeting cards celebrating same-sex marriages from its shelves because they aren’t in line with the teachings of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, also known as the Mormons.

The Hallmark card company has been quick to capitalize on moves to legalize same-sex marriages across the United States and produces a range of cards for same-sex couples and they reached the shelves of the university’s bookstore on Tuesday.

August 21, 2014

'The bottom line is that regardless of how you were made or who you love, you should be able to get married if you want to get married'

Kristin Chenoweth makes no attempt to downplay her Christianity or her support of gay marriage in a video released today by the Human Rights Campaign.

The Emmy and Tony award winning actress describes herself as 'an American and marriage equality supporter - yup, I'm also a Christian.'

She then lists other things about herself that reflect 'how I was made' including being 'a shorty,' 'an Okie,' a lover of gospel, and a dog lover.

August 20, 2014

Two Iranian Muslim women have done what would be unthinkable in their homeland by entering into a same-sex marriage, and the ceremony was performed by an openly gay Imam

Iranian Muslim women Sahar Mosleh and Maryam Iranfar married in Stockholm on 2 August during the city’s annual LGBTI pride festival – perhaps the first Iranian women to marry each other in a religious ceremony in the world, and the first in Sweden.

The couple married in a ceremony performed by Algerian born South African based Imam Ludovic-Mohamed Zahed who was in Stockholm as the festival’s nominated Imam.

The wedding was filmed by Swedish television news and has made headlines as far a field as Afghanistan.

August 12, 2014

Freida Hurdle had wanted to wait until after partner's daughter's wedding to get married herself

Frieda Hurdle died last week an unmarried woman.

She and longtime partner Lynn Hurdle were among the plaintiffs in the lawsuit that resulted in Pennsylvania's ban on gay marriage being overturned by a federal judge in May.

But the couple, already together for 24 years, did not rush to marry because the wedding of Lynn Hurdle's daughter was scheduled in November and they didn't want to steal her thunder.

In a tragic turn of events, Hurdle suffered a stroke last Friday (8 August) and died at the age of 50.

August 6, 2014

The Target retail chain, one of the largest corporations in North America, has filed a ‘friend-of-the-court’ brief in a challenge against Wisconsin’s ban on same-sex couples marrying

Target Executive Vice President Jodee Kozlak yesterday announced her company is joining the fight to legalize same-sex marriage in Wisconsin, signing an amicus brief to the US Seventh District Court case appealing the repeal of its ban on gay couples marrying.

August 2, 2014

Same-sex marriage activists including 28 gay couples made a dramatic entrance at a household registration office in Taipei on Friday

As part of a campaign seeking same-sex marriage to be legalized in Taiwan, 28 same-sex couples – accompanied by activists from the Taiwan Alliance to Promote Civil Partnership Rights (TAPCPR) – walked into Zhongzheng District Household Registration Office in Taipei on Friday and attempted to register their unions.

Taiwan’s Civil Code stipulates that a marriage must be a union between a man and a woman.

August 2, 2014

'I find it difficult sometimes to understand why ministers are willing to abandon the scripture to go along and get along. I just find that very puzzling'

Ben Carson, a noted US neurosurgeon and Republican activist, is standing against religious leaders who support gay marriage.

The potential 2016 presidential GOP candidate was a guest on James Dobson's 31 July radio program. According to Right Wing Watch, Carson expressed dismay toward ministers who support marriage equality.

August 1, 2014

A young loving gay couple were married in Hanoi at the British Embassy under the new England and Wales same-sex marriage law

A British couple has become the first to marry in Vietnam.

Yein Kai Yee and Sutpreedee Chinithigun, both British citizens, had their wedding held by the British Embassy in Hanoi on 29 July.

The couple’s relatives and the embassy staff attended the historic wedding. It was the first in the country since England and Wales’ marriage law came into effect in March.

July 28, 2014

'...The State regulates marriage for the primary purpose of channeling potentially procreative sexual relationships into enduring unions for the sake of joining children to both their mother and their father'

The US state of Arizona is arguing its gay marriage ban protects children, procreation, and straight parents.

Attorneys for the state filed papers in the District Court for Arizona this past Wednesday (23 July).  The legal team maintains the prohibition has nothing to do with LGBTI citizens.

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.