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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 18, 2015

This 90-year-old is a practising Catholic - which is why she’s voting ‘yes’ in Ireland’s marriage referendum on 22 May

Irish great-grandmother Madeline Connolly is inspiring four generations of voters ahead of the country’s marriage referendum on May 22.

The incredible 90-year-old, who has 14 children, 25 grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren, is the star of a video created by YesEquality, an organisation campaigning in favour of same-sex marriage in Ireland.

‘God made us all and he made us all equal,’ she said.

May 17, 2015

94 out of 100 delegates at the United Protestant Church of France’ synod voted for vicars to be allowed to bless same-sex marriages but dissenters will not be forced to do so against their will

The largest Protestant Christian denomination in France has approved church blessings for same-sex couples when they marry just two years to the month after France legalized same-sex marriage.

The United Protestant Church of France is the fourth largest religious denomination in France after Catholicism, Islam and Judaism and the largest group representing Protestants and has around 400,000 members.

May 16, 2015

Tasmanian woman Lee Bransden has achieved her dying wish to marry her partner Sandra Yates in Rotorua, New Zealand but their marriage will not be recognized when they return home to Australia

A Tasmanian lesbian couple who turned to online crowdfunding to help pay for their wedding before one of them succumbed to a fatal lung condition have successfully married in New Zealand in a Maori themed wedding.

Lee Bransden had been given only weeks to live by her doctors when she and her pensioner partner Sandra Yates put out a call for support on GoFundMe.com with the help of Australian Marriage Equality, hoping to raise $6,500 to pay for their flights to the nearest jurisdiction to their homes where same-sex marriage is legal.

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 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 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

She has been given just weeks to live

A crowdfunding campaign has granted a terminally ill lesbian's dying wish to get married.

Lee Bransden is battling lung disease, heart disease and arthritis and has been given just weeks to live.

Bransden lives with her partner, Sandra Yates, in Tasmania, Australia but cannot afford a trip to New Zealand, where gay marriage is legal.

The couple, who both worked as registered nurses, lost their life savings when a builder they employed went bankrupt and they recently sold their camper van to pre-pay for Lee's funeral.

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.

May 5, 2015

Labor MP Ed Husic became the first Muslim to be elected to the Australian Parliament in 2010 and earlier today he went public with his support for the legalization of same-sex marriage in Australia

Australia’s most prominent Muslim lawmaker today went public with his support for same-sex marriage.

Born to a Bosnian Muslim family in 1970, Ed Husic became the first member of his faith community to be elected to the Australian Parliament 40 years later during the 2010 election which saw former Labor Prime Minister Julia Gillard retain power.

Husic had previously opposed same-sex marriage but now says privately he didn’t really have an issue with it as a moderate Muslim and that he was just waiting for the mood in his electorate to catch up.

May 4, 2015

Child with two mothers and one father registered in Buenos Aires marks first case of triple parentage in Latin America

A one-year-old boy in Argentina is making history in Latin America as the first child to be officially recognized as having three registered parents.

Antonio was born last year to married couple Susana Guichal and Valeria Gaeta, both of whom registered as the boy’s mothers at birth.

When the couple decided to have a child, 11 years into their relationship, their friend Hernán stepped in - not only to be a sperm donor, but to be a part of the child’s life

May 1, 2015

Argues same-sex marriage led to breakdown of the family, which in turn contributed to poverty

Republican congressman Bill Flores has linked the Baltimore riots to gay marriage, arguing that a breakdown of the family had contributed to poverty.

The Texas Rep made the bizarre claim Wednesday (April 28) during a discussion about an anti-gay marriage rally he attended that morning, on the Family Research Council’s (FRC) Washington Watch radio show.

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 30, 2015

While same-sex marriage, according to him, is not

Pope Francis has reaffirmed his stance on 'traditional' marriage, saying a man and woman married is the 'masterpiece of society'.

In what is being taken by some as a plea for the US Supreme Court to reject same-sex marriage, the head of the Catholic Church reiterated his view that he believes straight people are the only ones that should marry.

'Jesus teaches us that the masterpiece of society is the family: the man and the woman who love each other,' he said in his public speech today (30 April).

April 30, 2015

'Notorious RBG' destroys every argument put forward against gay marriage

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg had the perfect response to every argument against gay marriage put forward at the Supreme Court on Tuesday (28 April).

The 82-year-old justice has become a liberal champion for her support of gay marriage and has been dubbed the 'notorious RBG' by younger fans.

First, Ginsburg promptly shut down the argument that the court does not have legal right to change a 'millennia' of tradition.

April 29, 2015

Actor draws parallels between interrracial marriage during the show's era and the current state of gay marriage in his native Mississippi

Mad Men actor  Kit Williamson is engaged to boyfriend of more than eight years John Halbach.

Williamson, 27, who plays Ed Gifford in the AMC series, drew parallels between interracial marriage during the show's era and the current state of gay marriage in his native Mississippi.

April 29, 2015

St Petersburg MP Vitaly Milonov vowed to avoid more 'ugly insults to millions of Russian families in the future'

Russia will shut down a registry office after it gave a gay couple a marriage license.

The Palace of Marriages on the Griboyedov Canal in St Petersburg, where one of the first ever gay couples married in the country, will have to close on 1 September of this year.

Last November, Alyona Fursova and Irina Shumilova arrived at the registry both wearing white wedding dresses and carrying bouqets.

April 28, 2015

Election promise follows Sesame Street cake row in Northern Ireland

British right-wing political party UKIP has revealed it would offer legal protection to those who oppose same-sex marriage on religious grounds in the workplace, if it wins the 2015 general election.

The party outlined the pledge in a manifesto titled 'Valuing Our Christian Heritage'.

April 23, 2015

Extends marital leave to gay employees

Gamania has become the first listed company in Taiwan to recognize same-sex marriage by extending marital leave to gay employees.

The computer game developer Wednesday (22 April) announced that the policy had taken effect on 1 April.

Gay employees can now apply for eight days of paid marital leave by presenting their wedding invitations, marriage certificate or other evidence.

April 21, 2015

'The two are closely linked in a short and simple causal chain'

The Christian lawyer who unsuccessfully defended Utah's ban on gay marriage has said legalizing gay marriage will cause 900,000 abortions.

Gene Schaerr made the claim in an amicus brief filed with the US Supreme Court on behalf of '100 scholars of marriage.' The court will hear arguments on gay marriage from four states on 28 April.

April 20, 2015

'We held the wedding ceremony so that it might become easier for others to do the same in the future'

A celebrity lesbian couple got married in a symbolic ceremony in Tokyo on Sunday (19 April) amid growing calls for Japan to legalize gay marriage.

Actresses Ayaka Ichinose, 34, and Akane Sugimori, 28 — both dressed in white bridal gowns — tied the knot in front of about 80 relatives and friends.

'We held the wedding ceremony so that it might become easier for others to do the same in the future,' Sugimori told press after the ceremony in Shinjuku ward.

April 17, 2015

There are an estimated 16 million 'homowives' in the country

More than 90% of Chinese women married to gay men suffer domestic abuse but only 30% leave their husbands, a new survey has found.

'Tongqi,' or 'homowives,' are a widespread phenomenon in China. Leading sexologist Lin Yinhe estimates that there are 20 million gay men in the country, 80% of whom marry women.

Researchers at Harbin University of Technology, with support from the ministry of education, interviewed 173 such women over three years. Three quarters of whom were under the age of 35.

April 16, 2015

Conservative US senator and presidential candidate is outspoken opponent of marriage equality

Would any of Marco Rubio's gay relatives invite such an outspoken opponent of marriage equality to their wedding?

If so, the US senator from Florida insists it's not an invitation he would turn down.

Rubio tells Fusion he would not refuse to attend 'because I disagree with a choice they’ve made or because I disagree with a decision they’ve made, or whatever it may be.'

April 16, 2015

That’s one of the messages being promoted by the National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce, who represent the likes of Social Driver – a business owned by husbands Thomas Sanchez and Anthony Shop

Ahead of an expected ruling in the new few weeks, the National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC) is one of many advocate groups lobbying the US Supreme Court to rule in favor of marriage equality.

This week, NGLCC highlighted the fact that it represents many businesses that are owned by gay couples – individuals more directly affected by the discrepancy in marriage laws.

One such couple are Anthony Shop and Thomas Sanchez, who run the tech company, Social Driver.