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March 11, 2015

Three-year-olds to be taught gender equality
 

Italian schools encouraging children as young as three to be taught gender equality are being accused of turning kids gay.

A huge row has erupted as politicians and protestors have warned that it will confuse children about their sexual identity.

‘Game of Respect’ targets three to six year-olds in 45 schools in the Trieste region of northern Italy.

The game involves teachers educating young children to avoid sexist stereotypes and gender specific attitudes.

March 10, 2015

Augustinian priest Iggy O’Donovan said this week that he will ‘unquestioningly be voting yes’ in Ireland’s referendum on same-sex marriage because he believes in the freedom for all people to choose how they live their lives

An Augustinian Catholic priest has gone public with his intention of voting for the legalization of same-sex marriage in Ireland in May, saying his personal religious views on marriage should not be imposed onto other people in society who believed differently.

Fr Iggy O’Donovan told The Irish Independent this week that he was an ‘an absolute believer in Catholic teaching on marriage.’

March 10, 2015

Up to 200 couples will marry in two ceremonies scheduled for 2015

A Taipei government official has promised to do his utmost to include gay couples in the city's mass weddings.

Xu Li-min, secretary of Taipei city's bureau of social affairs and gender equality office, made the vow on Friday (6 March) at a public gender forum at National Taiwan University.

He said he would need to discuss with other departments whether gay couples would marry alongside straight couples or separately, but either way he hoped to bring about 'symbolic' ceremonies for gay couples this year.

March 9, 2015

Original couple Joke and Art proposed to Bell while he was in hospital

Meet the three men who became the world's first gay married 'throuple' last month.

Joke, 29, Bell, 21 and Art, 26, exchanged vows in a traditional water-pouring ceremony on Valentine's Day at their home in Uthai Thani province, Thailand, and became internet sensations in the southeast Asian country after photos from their wedding shoot went viral.

March 9, 2015

'I tell people that I am married but still single'

After years of waiting in vain, Andrew Chan decided to stop looking for 'the one' and start planning his wedding.

The LGBTI community worker promised himself he would get married on his 40th birthday, even if he had not found Mr Right and in spite of Singapore’s anti-gay laws.

‘A wedding is a special and beautiful occasion that marks the romantic union of two people. Many people, especially singles like me dream to experience that,’ he told Gay Star News.

February 27, 2015

'Page boy Tony - maybe we will see him in a little blue velvet cap'

The Australian Prime Minister has promised his lesbian sister he would attend her wedding if gay marriage is legalized, despite his personal opposition.

Christine Forster said her brother was the most supportive member of her immediate family when she came out.

'People raise my eyebrows when I say this but it is the honest truth,' she told the Feed.

The City of Sydney councilor said she was in what looked like a 'perfectly happy suburban marriage' before she met her partner, Virginia Edwards.

February 13, 2015

Mass voicemail campaign is launched in response to politicians who say they receive few calls on the issue

Marriage equality advocates in Australia have launched a mass voicemail campaign to increase pressure on federal MPs to support gay marriage.

Ben & Jerry’s and Australian Marriage Equality set up the Equality Calling hotline after a number of politicians claimed that gay marriage was not important to their constituents as they received few phone calls on the issue.

The hotline allows gay marriage supporters to record a message that will be automatically delivered to their federal representatives and highlighted on social media.

February 11, 2015

Woman kneels in protest of a judge who refuses to wed same-sex couples

An Alabama minister yesterday (10 February) was arrested and charged with misdemeanor disorderly conduct after trying to perform a gay marriage.

Deputies found Anne Diprizio, 43, kneeling on the floor of Autauga County Probate Office in protest of judge Al Booth. 

The dispute occurred after two women, Courtney Cannon and Morgan Plunkett, obtained a marriage license and Diprizio offered to wed them right then and there.

However, Booth said the office stopped performing all ceremonies on Friday – when gay marriage became legal in Alabama.

February 8, 2015

'Niki spent the last year of her life on earth very publicly fighting for her family and doing everything she could to make sure that her wife and daughters were protected'

Niki Quasney, the US lesbian who sued Indiana to recognize her marriage, died from ovarian cancer on 5 February.

The 38-year-old was surrounded by her wife, Amy Sandler, her mother, and 5 siblings.

In 2014 April, the couple asked a federal court to order their home state of Indiana to recognize their marriage because of Quasney's terminal illness.

February 4, 2015

Family is handed 10 pages of anti-gay scripture and a sympathy card

Several churches in a small town in Arkansas refused to hold a funeral for a gay man, then gave hateful Bible verse to his grieving husband.

Even the local firehouse, which was built by the man's father, would not open its doors for a fellowship after the funeral, as is the custom in Clarkridge.

James Stone, 32, died of a genetic autoimmune disease on January 19, according to a short post on the Dallas Voice website.

February 2, 2015

Host Vincent Browne is in stitches

A video of an Irish man who completely messed up his rant on same-sex marriage is going viral.

The equal marriage debate on TV3, in preparation for the referendum in May, was a part of Vincent Browne's public forum debate in Cork.

One slightly angry-looking man from the audience grabbed the microphone, and slightly confused his words when opposing gay people getting married.

'We want family values,' he said, 'and we don't want to see men and woman getting married! And that's the holy all of it.'

January 30, 2015

Top court breaks a long-standing agreement between the two countries

France's highest appeals court Wednesday (28 January) allowed a gay man to marry his Moroccan partner, despite the North African kingdom's refusal to recognize same-sex marriage.

France legalized gay marriage in 2013. However, a 1981 agreement said marriages between French and Moroccan nationals were subject to the laws of their respective countries.

Dominique and Mohammed first took the case to court after a city hall in France had refused to wed them, citing the 1981 convention.

January 27, 2015

'But they're just being babies. They're selfish'

Everyone know babies cry on planes.

Are they wet? Hungry? Colicky?

Apparently none of the above, according to comic Louis CK.

He says these crying babies are simply 'inconsolably upset' over the fact that gay people can get married - at least in 36 states and counting.'

But CK does not support the views of these baby bigots: 'I don't agree with them. I think if people are in love, they should accept that. But they're just being babies. They're selfish.'

January 26, 2015

See more of the viral photos inside

A photo of a man proposing to his boyfriend on the streets of Shanghai has gone viral on Chinese social media.

A Weibo user Saturday (24 January) night posted four photos of the the man proposing to and kissing his boyfriend, and of his silver BMW convertible filled with white roses.

'This just happened! Near Taicang Road in Shanghai, a male-male marriage proposal!' wrote nikawa.

'Forgive the bad photo quality, when I was taking the photo, my leg kept shaking from excitement…'

January 12, 2015

'Shouldn't a bisexual be able to have both a male and female spouse?'

Mike Huckabee, a former Fox News pundit, isn't certain about the number of spouses bisexuals want to have.

The Republican is about to start a book tour to promote his book God, Guns, Grits and Gravy.

In the non-fiction work Huckabee touches on a number of cultural issues, including same-sex marriage.

The potential 2016 candidate for the White House wonders if bisexuals want multiple spouses.

January 6, 2015

Gay couples can now hold symbolic weddings without interference or fines

Gay marriage is no longer banned in Vietnam under an amendment to marriage law that came into effect on 1 January.

Same-sex couples can now hold symbolic weddings and cohabitate without interference or fines from authorities.

However, they will not receive the same rights as straight married couples, a halfway point some lawmakers have hailed as the first step towards marriage equality.

January 5, 2015

Tomorrow, rest of Florida to become 36th state in the US with marriage equality

Same-sex couples began getting married today in Florida's Miami-Dade County with other counties in the state expected to follow on Tuesday (6 January).

Judge Sarah Zabel of the Circuit Court of the Eleventh Judicial Circuit got things rolling by lifting a stay on her ruling - issued last July - that struck down the state's ban on gay marriage.

The courtroom erupted in cheers when Zabel asked if it would make a difference if she lifted the stay today or tomorrow. When told it would not make a difference she said: 'I'm lifting the stay.'

December 31, 2014

Two couples celebrated the change in Scottish law by getting married just after the stroke of midnight on Hogmanay

The first same-sex marriages have taken place in Scotland this morning.

The first couples to marry today were Joe Schofield and Malcolm Brown, both 42, who married in a Humanist ceremony at 00.01 (31 December) at the Trades Hall in Glasgow.

Susan and Gerrie Douglas-Scott, 54 and 59 respectively, married at the same time in a civil ceremony at a private venue, also in Glasgow. The Douglas-Scotts, who have been together 18 years, had previously entered a civil partnership with one another in 2006 and have five grown-up children.

December 23, 2014

Fairy toy comes with a skirt, high heels, wings — and a penis

A fairy toy dubbed 'the world’s first transgender doll' has shocked parents in Argentina who are afraid it could 'influence' their children’s sexuality.

The discount Fashion Happy doll is made in China and comes with a skirt, high heels, decorative fairy wings — and a penis.

It is unknown whether the 'genitalia' is intentional or a factory defect.

Either way, the doll has shocked parents in Argentina after the mother of a three-year-old girl posted a picture of the toy on Facebook that went viral.

December 22, 2014

But only Congress can legalize gay marriage

The Philippine presidential palace yesterday (21 December) said it 'respects' the rights of gay couples to marry but any plans to legalize same-sex marriage had to come from Congress.

During a radio interview, Malacañang Palace communications secretary Herminio Coloma Jr was asked to comment on the recent marriage of transgender singer Aiza Seguerra to his actress girlfriend, Liza Dino, in California.

December 22, 2014

Governing party vehemently opposes marriage equality and controls both the presidency and the legislature

The judiciary committee of Taiwan’s legislature today (22 December) held a hearing on two same-sex marriage legislations proposed by members of the opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP).

This marked the first time a legislative debate on same-sex marriage was conducted in Taiwan, as the governing party, the Chinese Nationalist Party or Kuomintang (KMT) vehemently opposes marriage equality and blocked all efforts in the past.

December 6, 2014

Two protestors threatened to chop off the head off Reverend Jackie Carter and put it on a stake

Threatening voicemail messages, rocks thrown at her door and a gruesome message from someone who wanted to behead her. These are all the things Reverend Jackie Carter has had to deal with since she has started performing gay marriages.

Carter is a minister at First Metropolitan Community Church in Wichita, Kansas where gay marriage has been legal for less than a month.

December 4, 2014

Catholic church launches a 16-page pastoral statement against gay marriage

The Irish church has said the legalization of gay marriage would be a 'grave injustice' in a 16-page pastoral statement it is distributing ahead of a referendum on the issue early next year.

The pamphlet, titled The Meaning of Marriage, was launched yesterday (3 December) at the Irish Catholic Bishops Conference in Maynooth, and is currently being distributed to more than 1,300 parishes across the country.

The statement said that 'to redefine the nature of marriage would be to undermine it as the fundamental building block of our society.'

December 3, 2014

'Same-sex marriage is simply not possible under this government'

Greek justice minister Haralambos Athanasiou yesterday categorically said gay marriage was impossible under the current government despite criticism from the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR).

'This is a country that respects traditions, respects the nature of man and [gay] marriage is simply not possible, at least under this government and this ministry,' he told Mega TV.

'I will not discuss it; I will not even consider it.'