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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.

April 14, 2015

They argue recognizing same-sex unions would 'demean' their marriages

A group calling themselves 'same-sex attracted men and their wives' has filed an amicus brief urging the US Supreme Court not to recognize gay marriage because doing so would devalue their relationships with women.

The group's members claim to have never attended 'reparative therapy' or ministries. Instead, they fully accept their same-sex attractions but 'attest that their attractions do not dictate their relationships.'

April 11, 2015

'Look at the jihad that is being waged right now in Indiana and Arkansas'

US Senator Ted Cruz warned a number of homeschool advocates the LGBTI community is waging 'jihad' in Arkansas and Indiana.

According to Right Wing Watch, the 2016 candidate for the White House was part of candidate forum this past week in Iowa (the first state in the presidential primary).

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 8, 2015

A separate event for same-sex couples will be held later in the year

Taipei has rejected a lesbian couple's application to participate in the city's annual mass wedding, despite promises to include same-sex couples this year.

The Department of Civil Affairs said Ray and Hsiao Ting did not conform to the Civil Code's requirements for marriage, which stipulates that an agreement to marry must be made between male and female parties of their own accord.

April 7, 2015

Even if the US Supreme Court rules that same-sex marriage must be legal in all 50 states, some self-governing American Indian reservations will continue to ban the practice

Around a dozen Federally recognized Native American tribes will continue to ban same-sex couples from getting married on their tribal lands even if the US Supreme Court produces a definitive ruling that same-sex marriage is legal in all 50 US states.

Federally recognized Native American tribes have the same powers as US states to pass laws governing the lands that fall under their reservations but they are not bound by the US Constitution like states are so any reform on the issue will have to come from within.

April 1, 2015

The National Black Church Initiative coalition of churches have declared that Presbyterians are effectively no longer Christians and have lost ‘Christ’s saving grace’ for allowing gays and lesbians to have church weddings

A coalition of conservative African American churches from 15 denominations claiming congregants numbering almost 16 million have declared they are no longer in Christian fellowship with Presbyterians over that church’s acceptance of same-sex marriage – and they ‘urge the entire [of] Christendom to do so as well.’

March 31, 2015

Qantas, PricewaterhouseCoopers, SBS and Football Federation Australia argue same-sex marriage is 'a sound economic option'

Corporate giants including Qantas, PricewaterhouseCoopers, SBS and Football Federation Australia have signed an open letter to the federal government in support of gay marriage.

In the letter, they argue that same-sex marriage is not just 'the only truly fair option' but 'a sound economic option' – as it would make LGBTI employees happy and therefore more productive and  give Australia a competitive edge in attracting international talent.

March 28, 2015

The two met while incarcerated in Full Sutton Prison in East Yorkshire

Two gay men, both serving life sentences for murder, have become England's first same-sex couple to marry while in prison.

Mikhail Gallatinov and Marc Goodwin (pictured) exchanged vows in the visiting center of Full Sutton Prison in East Yorkshire.

According to The Independent, the newlyweds fell in love during the time they spent in prison.

March 16, 2015

'Political correctness gone mad', Irish senator Healy Eames claims

If you live in Ireland and think it's another year before you have to buy your mother chocolate and flowers, think again.

It turns out, according to an Irish senator, the possible legalization of gay marriage will mean Mother's Day will be no more in the future.

On Twitter, independent senator Fidelma Healy Eames said: 'Happy Mothers' day all! Hope we can continue to celebrate it after #SSM passed. In some US states Mothers & Father's Day banned #pcgonemad.'

March 11, 2015

Gifts include cash, gold, a diamond ring, diamond earrings and a Toyota

A former national softball player has made headlines in Thailand after she proposed to her girlfriend with a two million baht ($61,000) dowry.

On the morning of 8 March, Chanut went to her girlfriend's house in their home province of Chonburi bearing gifts for her future in-laws.

They included 400,000 baht in cash, 333.5 grams of gold, a diamond ring, a pair of diamond earrings and a Toyota car.

March 10, 2015

Augustinian priest Iggy O’Donovan said this week that he will ‘unquestioningly be voting yes’ in Ireland’s referendum on same-sex marriage because he believes in the freedom for all people to choose how they live their lives

An Augustinian Catholic priest has gone public with his intention of voting for the legalization of same-sex marriage in Ireland in May, saying his personal religious views on marriage should not be imposed onto other people in society who believed differently.

Fr Iggy O’Donovan told The Irish Independent this week that he was an ‘an absolute believer in Catholic teaching on marriage.’

March 10, 2015

Up to 200 couples will marry in two ceremonies scheduled for 2015

A Taipei government official has promised to do his utmost to include gay couples in the city's mass weddings.

Xu Li-min, secretary of Taipei city's bureau of social affairs and gender equality office, made the vow on Friday (6 March) at a public gender forum at National Taiwan University.

He said he would need to discuss with other departments whether gay couples would marry alongside straight couples or separately, but either way he hoped to bring about 'symbolic' ceremonies for gay couples this year.

March 9, 2015

Original couple Joke and Art proposed to Bell while he was in hospital

Meet the three men who became the world's first gay married 'throuple' last month.

Joke, 29, Bell, 21 and Art, 26, exchanged vows in a traditional water-pouring ceremony on Valentine's Day at their home in Uthai Thani province, Thailand, and became internet sensations in the southeast Asian country after photos from their wedding shoot went viral.

March 9, 2015

'I tell people that I am married but still single'

After years of waiting in vain, Andrew Chan decided to stop looking for 'the one' and start planning his wedding.

The LGBTI community worker promised himself he would get married on his 40th birthday, even if he had not found Mr Right and in spite of Singapore’s anti-gay laws.

‘A wedding is a special and beautiful occasion that marks the romantic union of two people. Many people, especially singles like me dream to experience that,’ he told Gay Star News.

February 27, 2015

'Page boy Tony - maybe we will see him in a little blue velvet cap'

The Australian Prime Minister has promised his lesbian sister he would attend her wedding if gay marriage is legalized, despite his personal opposition.

Christine Forster said her brother was the most supportive member of her immediate family when she came out.

'People raise my eyebrows when I say this but it is the honest truth,' she told the Feed.

The City of Sydney councilor said she was in what looked like a 'perfectly happy suburban marriage' before she met her partner, Virginia Edwards.

February 21, 2015

'We are a nation under laws'

Robert Bentley, the governor of Alabama, vows to follow the federal courts when it comes to marriage equality.

'We are a nation under laws,' the southern state's chief executive said to Politico. 'We may not always agree with them, but we obey them.'

February 19, 2015

New South Wales politician voted against same-sex marriage in 2013

The opposition leader in New South Wales has u-turned on gay marriage after voting against reform in the Australian state in 2013.

On becoming Labor leader in January, Luke Foley said he would keep 'an open mind' and 'continue to reflect' on the issue, which cynics saw as a non-commital halfway ground ahead of the March elections.

But today, the practising Catholic spoke in favor of overturning a federal ban on gay marriage.

February 13, 2015

Mass voicemail campaign is launched in response to politicians who say they receive few calls on the issue

Marriage equality advocates in Australia have launched a mass voicemail campaign to increase pressure on federal MPs to support gay marriage.

Ben & Jerry’s and Australian Marriage Equality set up the Equality Calling hotline after a number of politicians claimed that gay marriage was not important to their constituents as they received few phone calls on the issue.

The hotline allows gay marriage supporters to record a message that will be automatically delivered to their federal representatives and highlighted on social media.

February 12, 2015

As Supreme Court gets ready to rule on same-sex marriage nationwide, Reverend Irene Monroe pays tribute to Mildred Loving - the woman that proved love knows no race or gender

On this upcoming Valentine’s Day, many LGBTI activists continue to struggle for same-sex marriage in their states.

But as Alabama has become the 37th state to recognize marriage equality, I must pay tribute to the African American woman Mildred Loving who fought to marry her white male partner.

She is one of my heroes for Black History Month.

Back in 1958, the couple violated the nations rule that banned a couple of two different races from marrying.