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April 17, 2014

In new allegation, Victor Voronov blames it all on Weir's 'meddling' mother

A day after TMZ reported a reconciliation between Johnny Weir and Victor Voronov, the figure skater's estranged husband is saying they are still split up.

'The divorce is 100 percent still happening,' Voronov tells US Weekly.

Then he adds an allegation that had not previously been hurled: 'Johnny's meddling mother was definitely the source of the breakdown of our marriage.'

April 16, 2014

Northern Ireland politicians are making a third bid to legalize same-sex marriage, following England, Wales and Scotland

The Northern Ireland Assembly is to debate giving gay and lesbian couples the right to marry.

It is the only nation in the UK to have not already passed same-sex marriage.

But now six Members of the Legislative Assembly (MLAs) have filed a motion calling for marriage equality.

The private members motion is due to be debated on 29 April.

The motion notes that England, Wales and Scotland have ‘moved forward with equal marriage rights for same-sex couples’.

April 8, 2014

Over 20 same-sex female couples rejoiced as a court formally recognized they could be named as parents to a child

Gay women across the Netherlands are celebrating after a major victory in adoption rights.

After a recent court ruling, it means gay women but not men can be legally parents of a child without going through a lengthy legal process.

The same rules do not apply to male couples because legal parentship rests with the mother and she cannot simply transfer it.

This victory comes after 13 years the Netherlands originally permitted adoption by same-sex couples.

March 28, 2014

Australian Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young will introduce a bill to recognize overseas same-sex marriages in Australia as gay couples in the UK start to wed

Australian Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young has announced she will introduce a bill to legally recognize same-sex marriages performed in overseas jurisdictions in reaction to same-sex couples in England and Wales being able to marry from tomorrow.

Hanson-Young has also proposed an inquiry to examine the affect that the legalization of same-sex marriage has had in those jurisdictions where it is legal which would then draft a report for the parliament.

Hanson-Young made the announcement at a press conference earlier today in Melbourne.

March 28, 2014

Attorney General Eric Holder says couples will not be asked to wait for further resolution in the courts before seeking federal benefits

US Attorney General Eric Holder said today that the marriages of the more than 300 same-sex couples wed last weekend in Michigan will be recognized by the federal government.

Holder's announcement comes days after Michigan Governor Rick Snyder said the state would not recognize the marriages while there was a legal stay on last week's ruling by a federal judge which overturned the state's gay marriage ban.

March 19, 2014

More travel destinations are catering to the needs of gay and lesbian parents as same-sex families are becoming more normalized. Here are some things to consider prior to departure

Gay and lesbian parents may experience challenges other households do not, but a family is still a family, and families need to get away every once in a while.

Planning a trip abroad with your family is an awesome opportunity to show your kids something new, or refresh your view on local destinations.

But whether your child is a toddler or just about to turn 18, there are some precautions every rainbow family should consider before starting of a journey.

March 18, 2014

After the boy was bullied for being different, his unsympathetic parents took him back to the adoption home because he had ‘too many problems'

An Italian teen boy was given up by his adopted Italian family for being gay, it was reported today (18 March).

The boy, 14, was abandoned by his biological parents as a baby. Described as ‘sweet, shy and insecure’, other children bullied him because of his sexuality.

But instead of providing support, his unsympathetic adoptive parents disowned him and took him back to the adoption home as it created ‘too many problems’.

March 13, 2014

Existing marriages of gay couples that took place overseas are now legally recognized

Gay couples in England and Wales can register for marriage today (13 March).

Existing marriages of gay couples that took place overseas are now legally recognized.

The 15-day notice period to register intent to marry can be waived if one of the partners is terminally ill.

For those who wish to convert their civil partnerships into marriages, that procedure is expected to come into effect later this year.

March 11, 2014

New Research by the non-partisan Pew Research Center has found a clear majority of US Republicans aged 18 to 29 now support the legalization of same-sex marriage

61% of Republicans aged under 30 now support the legalization of same-sex marriage according to new research released by the Pew Research Center.

The Pew Research Center published the results yesterday which also showed 43% of Republicans aged 30 to 49 to be supporters and 30% of those aged 50 to 64.

Support was lowest among Republicans aged over 65 where only 22% were supporters.

Overall 39% of Republican voters supported same-sex marriage.

March 9, 2014

The politician suggested separate legislation so that people would not confuse same-sex marriages with 'traditional' ones

Gay rights groups in Taiwan last week convened a press conference to rebuke former Democratic Progressive Party chairman Lin I-hsiung's comments in his new book that special legislation is needed so that people do not confuse same-sex marriages with 'traditional' marriages.

March 6, 2014

Men and women are deeply divided on the issue of gay adoption, with women 70% in favor and with men 47% against

Half of British men think two gay dads cannot raise children as well as male-female couples, new research shows.

In a new survey, it shows men and women are deeply divided on whether gay men should become parents.

While 47% of men are opposed to a child being raised by two fathers, 70% of women are support gay couples adopting.

When it comes to lesbian partners raising children, views are softer, but a gender gap remains.

42% of men doubt same-sex female couples’ ability to raise children, in comparison to 27% of women.

March 4, 2014

Sociology professor Mark Regnarus’ research has been denounced by his own department at the University of Texas as he continues to present himself as an expert witness on same-sex parenting in court cases

The Department of Sociology at the University of Texas and its College of Liberal Arts have distanced themselves from the research of their controversial Sociology Professor Mark Regnarus as he continues to present himself as an expert witness on the parenting abilities of same-sex couples.

March 1, 2014

State laws currently require transgender people to divorce their spouse before updated birth certificate can be issued

Independent Sydney MP Alex Greenwich and NSW Greens spokeswoman Mehreen Faruqi are expected to introduce a private member's bill to the New South Wales Parliament on Tuesday so that transgender people can have their gender changed on their birth certificates without them having to divorce their spouses.

February 26, 2014

But ban is left in place until appeals process is complete

The Texas ban on gay marriage was declared unconstitutional by a federal judge today.

But same-sex couples must put those wedding plans in hold for now because Judge Orlando Garcia left the ban in place until an appeals court can rule on the case.

The ruling continues a string of legal victories for gay marriage following similar decisions in Utah, Oklahoma and Virginia.

This latest ruling came as the result of a lawsuit filed by two gay couples.

February 22, 2014

Recent poll shows 76% of Irish people said they would vote in favour of introducing same-sex marriage in the country, though nearly half would have ‘reservations’

More than three quarters (76%) of Irish people would welcome the introduction of same-sex marriage, according to a recent poll.

Additionally, 80% of those surveyed agreed that same-sex couples should have the same rights as traditional families.

However despite this, 49% of respondents said they had reservations about same-sex marriage - a higher percentage than when asked if they had reservations about gay couples adopting children (41%).

February 21, 2014

Despite the Constitutional Court ruling last year that gay couples could adopt together on a technicality, they have thrown out a referral asking them to rule on joint same-sex adoptions

Germany’s top court has ruled gay couples are banned from joint adoption today (21 February), despite being allowed to on a technicality.

The Constitutional Court in Karlsruhe threw out a request from a Berlin district court to rule on whether same-sex couples living in a registered civil partnership could adopt children together.

But gay rights activists have said the ruling is effectively meaningless, as same-sex couples are allowed to use a system called ‘successive adoption’.

February 20, 2014

The Liberal president of the Western Australia state Legislative Council has ruled that a Greens Party bill that would allow same-sex marriages at a state level can be considered by the chamber

A bill to allow same-sex marriages at a state level cleared its first hurdle in the Western Australia state Parliament on Tuesday with the Liberal Party’s President of the Legislative Chamber ruling not to withdraw the Same-Sex Marriage Bill introduced by Greens Member of the Legislative Council (MLC) Lynn MacLaren late last year.

February 17, 2014

Just over 1 percent of same-sex civil unions have been dissolved in the six years that they have been available to gay couples in the Australian Capital Territory

Only 1.1% of same-sex couples in civil unions in the Australian Capital Territory have divorced in the past 6 years – a far lower figure than the number of heterosexual divorces.

Only 9 same-sex couples have sought to have their civil unions annulled since civil unions became available to them in the territory in May of 2008.

In that time there have been 799 civil unions and 8,711 heterosexual marriages recognized in the Australian Capital Territory.

February 13, 2014

Idaho’s state Supreme Court ruled that gays and lesbians have the right to adopt their spouses’ children in a unanimous verdict on Monday – saying that the state had been misapplying its own law

Darcy Drake Simpson will become the first lesbian to legally adopt her partner’s children in the US state of Idaho after a state Supreme Court bench ruled unanimously in favor of her right to adopt.

Drake Simpson has been co-parenting a 15-year-old son born to partner Rene Simpson during their 19 year relationship and a 13-year-old boy Rene Simpson adopted in 2001.

However before now Drake Simpson had no parental rights over the children or legal responsibility for them.

February 11, 2014

Nevada looks set to join the 17 US states that allow same-sex couples to marry after the state government announced it would no longer seek to defend its ban from legal challenge

Same-sex couples may soon be able to have drive-through weddings in Las Vegas after the Nevada government withdrew from a case challenging the state’s ban on same-sex marriage.

Nevada Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto announced Monday that the government would withdraw from the case which is before the US 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, saying that with recent court victories the law is no longer defensible in court.

February 10, 2014

Pending a public vote in 2015 to allow same-sex marriages in Ireland, those who travel abroad to get married will have their status recognized in their home country

Same-sex couples who travel from Ireland to marry in the England, Wales and Scotland will have their status recognized pending a public vote next year.

A Department of Justice spokesman has confirmed that once a referendum allowing same-sex marriage in Ireland is passed, all foreign unions will be recognized.

February 5, 2014

Only 1-in-10 New Zealand same-sex couples are still opting for civil unions since same-sex marriage was legalized there and that number appears to be dropping further

The number of New Zealand same-sex couples seeking to enter into civil unions has rapidly dropped since the legalization of same-sex marriage in August – with only 1-in-10 gay couples still requesting them.

355 same-sex couples have married in New Zealand in August – compared to just 33 couples entering into civil unions.

Figures released by Statistics New Zealand found the number of couples seeking civil unions was trending down with only 8 couples seeking civil unions in the December quarter compared to 23 in the previous quarter.

February 5, 2014

Frustrated now they are the only country in the UK to not have equal marriage, gay rights campaigners are threatening legal action

Northern Ireland gay rights groups are threatening to sue the government after they have become the only country in the UK not to have equal marriage.

Scotland became the 17th country to legalize same-sex marriage yesterday (4 February), with politicians voting overwhelmingly in favor – 105 voted for same-sex marriage, while only 18 voted against.

England and Wales have already passed same-sex marriage legislation and the first ceremonies are scheduled for 29 March.

February 4, 2014

LGBTI people and their allies are all awaiting the vote to see whether Scotland will join the 16 other countries to allow same-sex marriage

People all over Scotland are awaiting the final vote today (4 February), finding out whether it will join the 16 other countries in the world to allow same-sex marriage.

The Marriage and Civil Partnership (Scotland) Bill is expected to be approved by parliament later today. But while a shock still could happen, it is looking likely it will pass around 6pm local time.

Under the new legislation, religious bodies will be able to opt in to perform same-sex marriages but individual celebrants who feel it would go against their faith will be protected.