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May 22, 2015

Federal Supreme Court of Switzerland strikes down last year's ruling allowing both men to be registered as fathers

Switzerland’s highest court has struck down a 2014 ruling allowing both partners in a gay relationship to be registered as the parents of their child.

Last year an administrative court in the canton of St Gallen ruled both men could be entered into the register as the boy’s parents.

Now the Swiss Federal Supreme Court returned a three to two verdict denying the men, who relied on a Californian surrogate to conceive and carry their child, to both be recognized as the child’s legal parents.

May 21, 2015

Robert Gates: Scouts can't 'ignore the social, political and juridicial changes taking place in our country'

Boy Scouts of America President Robert Gates said today that the organization can no longer ban openly gay adults.

Gates, a former US Secretary of Defense, said at the BSA's annual meeting in Atlanta: 'I must speak as plainly and bluntly to you as I spoke to presidents when I was Director of CIA and Secretary of Defense. We must deal with the world as it is, not as we might wish it to be. The status quo in our movement’s membership standards cannot be sustained.'

May 20, 2015

Voting 'yes' in the upcoming marriage referendum on May 22 will not affect access to surrogacy, says Irish head of government

Voting in favour of same-sex marriage will not affect access to surrogacy in Ireland, Taoiseach Enda Kenny confirmed today.

In the final press conference for Fine Gael, the largest of the two political parties governing the country, Kenny admitted surrogacy laws need further clarification, although this remains a 'complicated area' requiring further consultation.

He is, however, committed to banning commercial surrogacy, whether or not a new law is passed.

May 20, 2015

Latest Gallup Poll shows 60% support for marriage equality - a 5% increase from a year ago

Support for same-sex marriage becoming legal across the US has reached an all-time high with 60% of Americans now in favor, according to a poll released on Tuesday (19 May).

The latest Gallup poll shows an increase of 5% in support from a year ago.

May 20, 2015

Host Chris Harrison says it's the audience who will dictate whether that ever happens

The latest season of the ABC reality franchise The Bachelor/The Bachelorette kicked off this week with 25 presumably heterosexual guys vying for the affections of one lucky lady.

The show's longtime host Chris Harrison has recently asked if the the show will ever feature an openly gay bachelor or bachelorette looking for same-sex love.

Harrison, who publicly supports same-sex marriage, says this would depend on the viewers and indicates that things would only change if ratings dropped.

May 19, 2015

'Since the child was gay, the abuse wasn’t as bad as if he weren’t'

An appeals court in Buenos Aires has reduced the sentence of a man convicted of abusing a 6-year-old boy because his victim is gay.

In a newly publicized 2014 ruling, judges Horacio Piombo and Benjamin Sal Llargues cut the prison sentence of Mario Tolosa, vice-president of a neighborhood soccer team, from six years to 38 months.

'Since the child was gay, the abuse wasn’t as bad as if he weren’t,' it read.

The judges reasoned that the boy had been previously abused by his father and was 'used to it.'

May 19, 2015

'If I liked her before, I like her now amazingly more'

Hillary Clinton Monday (18 May) visited the home of one of the first gay couples to marry in Iowa.

The Democratic presidential hopeful met more than 60 supporters at the Mason City house of Dean Genth and Gary Swenson, who got married on the first day the state legalized gay marriage in 2009.

Clinton has positioned herself as an LGBTI ally since she announced her presidential bid last month. Two gay couples appeared in her announcement video and days later she urged the Supreme Court to rule in favor of constitutional right for gay marriage.

May 18, 2015

Teen ‘tired of seeing the pain’ in moms’ eyes says it’s time for America to accept her parents’ relationship

A daughter who hopes to be maid of honor at her moms’ wedding took to the steps of the US Supreme Court last month to campaign in favour of same-sex marriage.

In an impassioned speech, 18-year-old Kinsey Morrison shared her views on behalf of the 6 million children of gay parents in the USA, in the hope that families like hers will become less invisible in the state of Kentucky.

May 18, 2015

US Supreme Court to rule on same-sex marriage next month

US Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg put special emphasis on the word 'constitution' while performing a marriage ceremony for two men in Washington DC over the weekend.

The wedding of Shakespeare Theater Company artistic director Michael Kahn and Charles Mitchem, who works at an architecture firm in New York, took place Sunday in Washington's Embassy Row neighborhood.

Ginsburg, who was performing her second same-sex ceremony, said that she was pronouncing the two men married by the powers vested in her 'by the Constitution of the United States.'

May 17, 2015

'It’s thousands of years of culture and history just being changed at warp speed. It’s hard to fathom why it is this way'

Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush is worried about the impact of same-sex marriage.

The potential 2016 presidential primary candidate was a guest on The Brody File, a Christian Broadcasting Network program.

According to the Washington Post, the Republican called traditional marriage 'a sacrament.'

May 16, 2015

'Traditional marriage is the bedrock institution of both our society and the success Texas has been blessed to experience since our admission as the 28th state within these United Staes of America'

Republicans in Texas want everyone to know that no matter what the US Supreme Court rules, they will always be opposed to same-sex marriage.

According to the Texas Tribune, 93 out of 98 state House Republicans signed the letter yesterday (15 May).

'This letter provides legislative support and a legal foundation for the Texas constitutional provision,' Kelly Carnal, executive director of the Republican caucus, said in a statement, as reported by the Texas Tribune.

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 14, 2015

The Latvian capital will be playing host to the country's first Pride event in three years and the first Europride to take place in a former Soviet state

It’s not often that you get the chance to be part of history, but that’s exactly what you will be doing if book a trip to Riga, the capital city of Latvia, for the third week in June.

Between 15-21 June, the city will be playing host to this year’s Europride festival, with a Pride parade and park festival taking place Saturday 20 June.

May 13, 2015

Emmy winner came out publicly the day in 2013 when the US Supreme Court gutted the Defense of Marriage Act

The Young and the Restless star Greg Rikaart has married television writer Robert Sudduth.

Rikaart broke the news on Twitter Wednesday morning by posting a photo of the beachside vows in Maui with the simple two-word caption: 'Holy matrimony.'

After a flood of well wishes, Rikaart took to Twitter again with this message: 'So much love today. Thanks for it all. Rob and I have enjoyed reading your kind wishes. Mahalo, as they say here on Maui.'

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 8, 2015

Recent alumnus and openly gay basketball player says he is 'ashamed, disgusted and angry' at the campus wide sent email

An American college chaplain’s email asking people to pray against marriage equality has sparked outrage after it was made public.

Peter Beckwith, chaplain and religion lecturer at Hillsdale College in Michigan, sent an email to athletes, coaches, students, faculty and the alumni warning them about same-sex marriage and asking them to pray against it.

‘Ugly things are happening in the Supreme Court right now. Justice Anthony Kennedy is seen as the “swing vote”,’ he wrote.

May 8, 2015

All forms must include a transgender category

India's University Grants Commission (UGC) has written to all universities in the country asking them to recognize transgender students.

Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment Vijay Sampla said universities have been requested to include a transgender category on all application forms, academic testimonials and other relevant documents.

The minister said the instructions were issued in response to a landmark 2014 judgment that recognized transgender people as third sex.

May 8, 2015

Who is Hayden and why has he got a list? Gay Star News talks to the creators of the website Hayden’s List to find out how it can help you make smart business choices

The fight for LGBT equality has increasingly become intertwined with the world of business in recent months.

In March, 379 organizations – mainly large companies – wrote a letter to the US Supreme Court to explain why marriage equality is good for business.

On the other hand, there have been a number of small businesses that have refused to provide services for same-sex weddings – leading to a number of high-profile court cases.

May 7, 2015

Six in ten would be enthusiastic about or comfortable with an LGBTI hopeful

Americans would feel more comfortable with an LGBTI presidential candidate than an evangelical Christian one, according to a new poll.

The latest WSJ/NBC poll asked 1,000 adults last week whether they would 'be enthusiastic,' 'be comfortable with,' 'have some reservations about' or 'be very uncomfortable with' a list of qualities of a potential leader.

May 6, 2015

The lawsuit was brought after the Costa Rican Doctors and Surgeons Association wouldn’t let the same-sex partner of one of their members use the group’s recreational facilities because they weren’t married

The Supreme Court of Costa Rica has upheld a ruling that professional associations may not discriminate against people who are in same-sex relationships.

The lawsuit was brought after the same-sex partner of a member of Costa Rica’s Doctors and Surgeons Association was refused membership at recreational facilities owned by the association for the benefit of their members and their families.

May 6, 2015

Support particularly strong among young voters, Democrats and people with postgraduate education

As the US Supreme Court prepares to decide on six landmark same-sex marriage, 58% of Americans want the high court to make gay marriage legal nationwide, according to a new poll.

NBC and the Wall Street Journal asked 1,000 people last week if they favored such a ruling and 58% said yes with 44% of that number 'strongly' in favor of marriage equality.

May 6, 2015

'What do these old men in the courtroom think is going to happen?'

British rocker Noel Gallagher is no fan of US Supreme Court justices who have ruled against gay marriage in the past.

'What do these old men in the courtroom think is going to happen?' the High Flying Birds frontman asks in an interview with Rolling Stone magazine.

May 5, 2015

Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee previously ran in 2008

Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee announced on Tuesday (5 May) that he is running for president odf the United States.

Huckabee, who ran unsuccessfully in 2008, joins an already crowded field vying for the Republican nomination.

May 4, 2015

'If this goes through, persecution is coming. I mean serious persecution'

Glenn Beck has predicted church attendance will half in the next five years if the Supreme Court legalizes gay marriage nationwide.

The radio host Thursday (30 May) said the government would start seizing church property and they would lose their tax exempt status if they refuse to perform same-sex weddings.

Beck made the prediction after interviewing Aaron and Melissa Klein, the owners of an Oregon bakery who are facing fines for refusing to make a wedding cake for a gay couple.