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May 18, 2015

Herman Kelly, a communications director at the eurosceptic group Europe of Freedom and Direct Democracy – who works largely with UKIP MEPs and Nigel Farage – posts anti-gay parenting rant on Twitter

Director of Amnesty International Ireland Colm O’Gorman was embroiled in a vitriolic Twitter spat with Director of Communications for EFDD Group (Europe of Freedom and Direct Democracy) Hermann Kelly this evening, as Kelly posted a series of anti-gay parenting messages.

The EFDD is a Eurosceptic grouping within the European Parliament. Just under half of its 47 members are UKIP MEPs, and its co-President is Nigel Farage.

May 15, 2015

‘Chubbing’ by Democratic politicians – engaging in prolonged debate around other bills – meant the legislation could not be approved before its midnight deadline

In a move welcomed by LGBT advocates, proposed  legislation targeted at preventing same-sex marriage in Texas has failed to be approved by the Texas House of Representatives.

Earlier this year, a record 20 pieces of anti-LGBT legislation were proposed for the Texas legislative session. Most of these were quickly abandoned or failed to receive sufficient support.

May 13, 2015

New bill would close loophole that allowed trans woman to wed her girlfriend

Russian lawmakers Tuesday (12 May) introduced a bill to ban transgender people from getting married.

Gay marriage is already banned in the country. But the proposed amendment to the family code would prohibit marriage between 'persons of the same gender (as identified at birth), including in cases of gender change, either before the marriage or at the moment of marriage.'

May 12, 2015

Final nail in coffin for study which claims being raised by same-sex parents harms children

Research used to 'prove' that same-sex parenting is bad for children has been debunked once and for all - thanks to its extremely unusual participants.

An eight-times married man claiming to be 7'8" tall and weighing an impossible 88 pounds, and a respondent who claimed to have been arrested at the age of one were among the suspect participants in the original 2012 study, published by University of Texas sociologist Mark Regenerus.

May 9, 2015

If the worst should happen, it's important to understand how you might split your assets. Law firm Irwin Mitchell offer their advice for couples.

Since the 29 March 2014, same sex couples are able to marry in England and Wales under the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act 2013.  The Act has also allowed, since December 2014, same sex couples who are in a Civil Partnership to convert their Civil Partnership into a marriage.  But what happens if that relationship breaks down?  How will the assets of a same sex couple be divided in the event of a divorce (or in the event of dissolution if they are in a Civil Partnership)?

May 7, 2015

A meeting of the bishops of the Catholic Church in Germany has voted to relax its guidelines for employees of the church, meaning those who divorce or remarry or are living with a same-sex partner will no longer automatically risk being fired

The Catholic Church in Germany has decided to relax its requirement that its employees live publicly in line with the church’s teachings on all issues.

Previously if someone working for a Catholic organization in Germany was discovered to have divorced or remarried or begun a relationship with a person of the same sex they would be fired.

However the Catholic bishops of Germany approved more liberal guidelines during a meeting in Wurzburg on 27 April by more than a two-thirds majority of those present.

April 30, 2015

‘You could say that we are marrying for love rather than anything else,’ says Neil Graham, a Director of a London-based law firm

Mario I met two and a half years ago in a bar in Bratislava. I had a blind date with his flat mate who couldn’t speak any English so he brought Mario along to translate.

In October, three years to the day since we met, we will be marrying each other in our local Town Hall in London.

Following the enactment in England and Wales of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act in March 2014, we have decided, like many same sex couples, to formalize our commitment to each other by getting married.

April 28, 2015

Lesbian partner of woman who gave birth to twins recognized as second mother at birth

The partner of a woman who gave birth to twins was automatically recognized at birth as the babies' mother, in a landmark ruling in Tel Aviv, Israel this week.

Before the children’s birth, the couple, who have been together for nine years, filed a petition to recognize the non-birth mother as a parent, to speed up the official process of adoption.

The usual process would involve going through the complicated legal adoption process after the birth of the child - often taking months or even years to complete.

April 28, 2015

Ecuadorians are a step closer to marriage equality after the country’s National Assembly sent a bill legalizing civil unions to President Rafael Correa to sign

The South American nation of Ecuador looks set to formally recognize same-sex couples for the first time after lawmakers in the country’s National Assembly approved a bill creating civil unions for unwed couples regardless of sexuality.

Ecuador has banned same-sex marriage since 2009 in it’s constitution but President Rafael Correa announced last year that same-sex couples would be allowed to register as being in de facto relationships and now the National Assembly has moved a step further.

April 23, 2015

A new study by the University of Guam has found most people in the US overseas territory want same-sex couples to be allowed to marry there but Governor Eddie Calvo continues to hold up the reform

55% of Guamanians say they would like to see same-sex marriage legalized in Guam, a new poll by the University of Guam has revealed.

Students from the university’s Public Administration Department working under Professor Ron McNinch surveyed close to 200 of the island’s 160,000 residents, with half that sample male and half female, and half under 40 and half over 40.

Only 29% of those sampled said they opposed same-sex marriage while 16% said they had no opinion on the issue.

The poll was conducted anonymously to ensure the most honest responses.

April 18, 2015

'This Court believes that marriage, regardless of whether the union is between members of the same sex or opposite sex, is a fundamental right'

A Kentucky judge found the state's same-sex marriage ban is unconstitutional.

Franklin Circuit Court Judge Thomas Wingate released his decision this past Thursday (16 April).

'This Court believes that marriage, regardless of whether the union is between members of the same sex or opposite sex, is a fundamental right,' the judge wrote in his 33-page decision, according to The Courier-Journal.

April 15, 2015

Get to know the ins and outs of UK adoption laws, explained by specialist fertility and family law firm Natalie Gamble Associates

There has been a revolution of law in England and Wales for same-sex families over the past decade.

Adoption law changes have been a key part of that, and England now has one of the most supportive legal frameworks in the world for gay and lesbian adopters.

In fact, UK law has never barred gay and lesbian parents from adopting, and there have been cases of gay adoptions going back many years.

But until 2005, couples could not adopt jointly which meant that, when same-sex couples adopted, only one partner could become the legal parent.

April 10, 2015

Two weeks after voting to allow same-sex couples to adopt in the state, the Florida House of Representatives has approved a bill that would allow private adoption agencies to reject them as potential parents on religious grounds

The Florida state House of Representatives has approved a bill that would allow private adoption agencies that have contracts with the state to discriminate against same-sex couples if the owner says they have a religious objection to them.

Representatives voted 75-38 in support of the bill with most of the votes against it coming from House Democrats.

Republicans say the bill is needed to protect religious adoption agencies from having to either go against their conscience or close down if another bill formally allowing same-sex couples to adopt becomes law.

April 10, 2015

A new poll of voting aged people in the United States finds that most Americans do not believe that business owners should be allowed to use their religious beliefs as a legal excuse to refuse to serve or hire LGBTI people or other groups

New polling by the Ipsos polling company for the Reuters news agency of the American public has found that only 28 percent believe that businesses should have the right to refuse service because they have a religious objection to a person being LGBTI or belonging to other groups.

April 4, 2015

Following eight hours of debate, the Irish Seanad have approved plans for same-sex couples to adopt

Same-sex couples in Ireland will be able to adopt, following changes to the Children and Family Relationships Bill.

Approved late on Monday night with a majority of 20-2, the bill received a standing ovation as it cleared the Seanad after an eight hour debate.

Following lengthy discussions in the days leading to the debate, and 122 amendments, the 100-page bill includes 170 sections, dealing with topics around guardianship, donor-assisted reproduction, and child custody.

March 30, 2015

Faith-based adoption agencies should be able to refuse to place a child in the care of same-sex couples, according to Australian Christian Lobby

Adoption agencies are at risk of closure unless they are allowed to show preferential treatment to heterosexual families, an Australian religious pressure group warns.

In a submission to the government in Victoria, the Australian Christian Lobby are looking to introduce a 'religious exemption' clause, that would give faith-based agencies the right to choose which couples can and cannot adopt children, according to the beliefs of the agency.

March 19, 2015

After being raised by her mom and mom's partner, the former LGBTI rights activist has 'come out' against same-sex marriage

A US woman raised by a lesbian couple has angered many in the LGBTI community by 'coming out' against same-sex marriage.

March 17, 2015

It will be held outside D&G's flagship store in the UK capital

London gay activists are calling for others to join them in their protest against Dolce and Gabbana and their comments against gay couples with children.

The gay fashion duo said the only family they believed in was a 'traditional' one, with a mother and a father.

This prompted a huge backlash, led by Elton John and supported by numerous celebrities.

The Peter Tatchell Foundation and LGBT Out and Proud Diamond Group believes Dolce and Gabbana are 'siding' with the Vatican.

March 14, 2015

Couple barred from adopting the children they co-parent because it would have 'negative impact' on them will appeal court's decision

A Taiwanese lesbian couple are fighting against a decision stopping them from adopting their children.

In the first case of its kind in the country, Neal Wang hopes to formally adopt the twins she co-parents with her partner of 15 years, Ashley Chou.

Chou gave birth to the children six years ago via artificial insemination - but under Taiwanese law, the unmarried partner of a birth mother is not allowed to adopt her children.

March 13, 2015

Outdated language banning same-sex parents from adopting in Florida is set to be removed from law

Republican-dominated Florida House of Representatives has supported a bill amendment removing a gay adoption ban from law, as part of wider changes to incentivise foster care in the state.

Same-sex parents in the state have been allowed to adopt since 2010 after an appeals court ruled Florida’s gay adoption ban to be unconstitutional – but the language of the law has remained the same.

March 7, 2015

An increasing number of LGBT people are coming forward to adopt

The UK's Department of Education announced this week that adoption rates by LGBT parents have it a record high.

Loving, stable homes have been offered to more than 480 children in the past 12 months, thanks to LGBT couples and individuals.

The news comes as part of the UK’s LGBT Adoption and Fostering Week, taking place until 8 March 2015, marking the contribution and commitment of the nation’s LGBT adopters and foster carers.

March 5, 2015

Australia, USA and Israel among countries asked to clarify rights of traveling British wedded same sex couples
 

British married gay couples hoping to travel will soon know their rights abroad in more than 70 countries, following a request from the UK government.

Equalities minister Jo Swinson has requested that countries including Australia, Israel and the US make clear how safe it is for married gay tourists.

More than 70 government authorities have been questioned to clarify the rights of gay people while working, travelling or living abroad- which has been a grey area.

February 28, 2015

The former couple has been living apart since November

Rosie O'Donnell and Michelle Rounds are making their separation, made public just three weeks ago, a permanent one.

O'Donnell filed for divorce on Friday in Manhattan State Supreme Court from her wife of less than three years. She cited 'an irretrievably broken relationship' as the grounds.

The couple, who have a two year old daughter, have a prenuptial agreement, according to People.com.

February 25, 2015

Civil partnership ceremonies were scrapped in 2012

Queensland is making moves to reinstate state-sanctioned civil union ceremonies for gay couples.

The state attorney-general, Yvette D'Ath, said Wednesday(25 February) the new Labor government would make good on an election pledge and re-introduce civil partnership ceremonies after they were scrapped in 2012.

'It’s something that I’m getting briefings on as we speak,' she told Fairfax Radio.

'We have made it clear we will change it back. We’re putting in place (measures) to do that now.'