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July 18, 2014

Same-sex marriages were conducted in Utah from 2013 December to 2014 January, a 17 day window

The US Supreme Court is allowing Utah not to recognize approximately 1,300 same-sex marriages as the state appeals the legality of those unions.

This past December, District Court Judge Robert J. Shelby ruled Utah's gay marriage ban violated the Constitution’s guarantees of equal protection and due process.

July 17, 2014

European Court of Human Rights: Countries without gay marriage laws are not obligated to marry same-sex couples if one of the partners is transgender

Married trans people living in countries without same-sex marriage must divorce if they want their true gender recognized, the European Court of Human Rights has ruled.

Heli Hämäläinen, a Finnish trans woman, lost her case yesterday (16 July). She was told she can only have her female gender recognized if she divorces her wife.

The ECHR ruled there is no obligation on states without gay marriage laws to marry two people of the same gender if one of the partners is transgender.

July 14, 2014

New polling finds 73% of the Czech people support same-sex relationships being given legal protection in the form of civil partnerships but support for same-sex marriage in the Central European country appears to be going backwards

If a new poll is to believed, the idea of legalizing same-sex marriage is becoming less popular, not more, in the Czech Republic - with 6% less saying they support it this year compared to figures from last year.

The polling data was released by the CVVM research agency on Friday and found wide support for the Czech Republic’s current method of recognizing same-sex couples – with 73% saying they were in favor of the country’s civil unions scheme.

July 10, 2014

Sydney District Court Judge Garry Neilson compared incest and pedophilia to homosexuality while hearing an incest rape case in comments that have shocked many

Sydney District Court Judge Garry Neilson has suggested that social taboos around sex between siblings and sex between adults and children may no longer exist because of changes in attitudes towards gay people.

Neilson made the comments during a hearing in which a 58-year-old man is being tried over charges of sexual intercourse without consent with his sister.

July 9, 2014

Governor Jerry Brown has signed a bill into law creating a gender neutral definition of marriage in California law and recognizing out-of-state same-sex marriages one year after the defeat of Prop 8 in the US Supreme Court

Democratic Governor Jerry Brown signed a bill on Monday that marks the final step on the road to marriage equality for the state of California.

SB1306 deletes language defining marriage as being only between a ‘man and a woman’ in state laws and also recognizes same-sex marriages performed in other states in the same way that California recognizes opposite-sex marriages performed elsewhere.

July 4, 2014

New research concludes the children of same-sex parent households achieve above average scores in terms of health and wellbeing, but can still be prone to discrimination

A new study conducted in Australia has concluded  the children of same-sex families score above average when it comes to health and wellbeing – although they may still be sensitive to the effects of discrimination.

June 29, 2014

To opt-out of marriage, the couple must legally end their partnership

Many same-sex couples in Washington, who are already in state registered domestic partnerships, will be recognized by the state as being married from Monday, whether they want to or not.

The automatic trigger was part of the 2012 state law legalizing same-sex marriages. A provision of that law converts all same-sex domestic partnerships – in which at least one partner is under 62 years old – to marriage on June 30.

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 26, 2014

Government has finally announced the date that gay couples in civil partnerships will be allowed to convert them into marriage

Gay couples will still be able to enter into civil partnerships in the UK, but straight couples are still banned from the legal union.

And following a consultation, the UK government has finally announced the date couples in civil partnerships are able to convert their unions into marriage.

That date is 10 December 2014.

More than 120,000 people have entered into a civil partnership since it was made law in 2004.

June 20, 2014

A group of 25 retired Michigan Republicans has joined the challenge to that state’s ban on same-sex couples marrying, arguing that allowing same-sex couples to marry is consistent with Republican values and the spirit of the US Constitution

Michigan’s Republican Attorney General may have a harder time appealing a court decision to strike down his state’s ban on same-sex marriage after 25 retired lawmakers and leading figures from his own party joined the case in support of marriage equality.

June 17, 2014

Jason Hanna and Joe Riggs are each the biological father of one twin

The first Father's Day for Jason Hanna and Joe Riggs was bittersweet because days earlier, a judge in Texas denied their request to have their names placed on the birth certificates of their newborn twins.

The twins, Lucas and Ethan, share an egg donor and were born to a surrogate mother a month ago. They are half brothers with Hanna the biological father of one and Riggs the biological father of the other.

So far, only the surrogate mother's name is on either birth certificate.

May 24, 2014

A Slovakian couple lost their appeal to stop a gay UK couple from adopting their two sons, they had argued it would psychologically damage them to have gay parents

A Slovakian couple have lost their battle to stop a British gay couple from adopting their two young sons.

The couple’s two young sons, one and four, are to be adopted by a same-sex couple in Kent, to the horror of the parents.

The couple, who come from a Catholic Roma community, argued if their children cannot be raised by a gay couple because their culture condemns homosexuality and took their case to the High Court in London.

May 19, 2014

'The stay prevents further confusion as the district court order required the (health) department to list same-sex parents as the legal parents of an adoptive child'

The US state of Utah's Supreme Court has called for a temporary halt of birth certificates for same-sex parental adoption.

According to the Associated Press the stay, issued on 16 May, 'appears to apply to a district judge's order requiring Attorney General Sean Reyes and two top health officials to explain the state's refusal to recognize a same-sex couple's adoption.'

May 15, 2014

The Australian Senate will hold investigative hearings on whether to legally recognize same-sex marriages performed overseas after a Greens party senator put forward a bill on the issue

The Australian Senate’s Legal and Constitutional Committee will hold an inquiry on legally recognizing same-sex marriages performed overseas after Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young introduced a bill that would recognize them if passed.

Australia already recognizes heterosexual marriages which are legally conducted overseas and the Greens bill seeks to also recognize same-sex marriages performed overseas where they are legal.

May 11, 2014

Traditional marriage advocates charge by striking down Arkansas' ban against marriage equality, Judge Chris Piazza has created havoc

Judge Chris Piazza

Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel announced he will appeal a judge's decision striking down the state's ban on same-sex marriage.

According to the Associated Press, the state's top lawyer made the statement late last night (10 May).

May 6, 2014

Dena and Samantha Latimer have become the first same-sex couple to legally divorce in Missouri in a landmark ruling despite that state’s ban on recognizing same-sex marriages

A Boone County Missouri court has allowed lesbians Dena and Samantha Latimer to end their marriage in a legal first for the state.

The Latimers were married in Massachusetts in 2009 but the relationship broke down so they sought to divorce in their home state of Missouri.

Missourians voted overwhelmingly in favor of a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage in 2004 which prohibits legal recognition of marriages between people of the same-sex in the state.

May 3, 2014

Judge says the lesbian couple 'defrauded' French law by going to Belgium to conceive their now 4-year-old son via IVF

A Versailles Court has ruled that a married French woman cannot adopt the child she and her partner had conceived by IVF treatment carried out abroad.

The judge says the couple, who has not been named in the media, 'defrauded' French law by going to neighboring Belgium for the procedure, according to The Guardian.

April 29, 2014

Gay rights groups are disappointed by the defeat, criticizing one of the party's usage of a petition of concern to block the motion

Hopes for gay marriage in Northern Ireland were dashed after a motion was defeated in the legislative assembly today (29 April).

Members of the Legislative Assembly debated a move to introduce same-sex marriage, as adopted in England, Wales and Scotland.

The Sinn Féin motion said religious institutions would have the choice to conduct same-sex marriages, but that was not enough.

43 MLAs voted in favor of same-sex marriage, with 50 voted against.

April 28, 2014

The 17-year-old birth father is being charged with neglect after the baby died in his custody

A baby has died after being taken away from a lesbian couple that were just days away from finalizing his adoption.

Heidi and Rachel McFarland, from Iowa, took four-month-old boy Gabriel home from the hospital in what they hoped would be the beginning of their happy family.

After the married couple helped cut the umbilical cord, they spent every waking moment with Gabriel until he was returned to his birth parents.

‘It’s like he knew instantly,’ Rachel McFarland said. ‘We were his mommas’.

April 28, 2014

Conservative leader reportedly believes giving straight couples civil partnerships would ‘undermine the sanctity of marriage’

UK Prime Minister David Cameron is opposed to giving straight couples the same equal rights as gays have when it comes to legal unions.

The Conservative leader will reportedly veto proposals to give straight couples the right to enter into civil partnerships.

It is alleged he believes civil partnerships for straight couples would ‘undermine the sanctity of marriage’ and possibly ‘alienate traditional Tory voters’.

April 24, 2014

Ruling echoes that of federal judge who declared gay marriage ban unconstitutional earlier this year

As many same-sex couples in Texas are waiting for the right to get married, a lesbian couple has just won the right to get divorced.

A state judge ruled this week that former couple Allison Leona Flood Lesh and Kristi Lyn Lesh can proceed with a divorce and child custody case. They were married in Washington, D.C., in August 2010 and live in San Antonio.

The women have a one-year-old child that Kristi Lesh gave birth to after becoming pregnant through artificial insemination. She wants sole custody while Allison Flood Lesh is seeking to split custody.

April 23, 2014

Gay rights activist says: ‘Oh look. The process of forgetting what all the fuss was about RE: same-sex marriage has begun'

Same-sex marriage is now a reality in England and Wales, and it appears the first legal unions a little less than a month ago has drastically changed people’s views.

A majority of Conservative and UKIP supporters, traditionally known as the ‘homophobic’ parties, are now in favor of same-sex marriage.

A study found 61% of Tories and 54% of UKIP supporters said they would agree same-sex couples deserve to have legal unions.

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’.