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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.

March 13, 2014

Existing marriages of gay couples that took place overseas are now legally recognized

Gay couples in England and Wales can register for marriage today (13 March).

Existing marriages of gay couples that took place overseas are now legally recognized.

The 15-day notice period to register intent to marry can be waived if one of the partners is terminally ill.

For those who wish to convert their civil partnerships into marriages, that procedure is expected to come into effect later this year.

December 12, 2013

Australia’s High Court has annulled the first legal same-sex marriages on Australian soil, striking down the Australian Capital Territory’s gay marriage law

Australia’s High Court has found the Australian Capital Territory’s (ACT) same-sex marriage law to be inconsistent with Australia’s national Marriage Act and thus struck it down.

The High Court made its verdict on the legality of the first same-sex marriages in Australia known earlier today.

‘The High Court decided unanimously that the Marriage Equality (Same Sex) Act 2013, enacted by the Legislative Assembly for the Australian Capital Territory, cannot operate concurrently with the federal Marriage Act 1961,’ the justices wrote in a summary of their judgement.

December 7, 2013

West Australian state Labor MP Stephen Dawson and partner Dennis Liddleton have become the first gay couple to be legally married on Australian soil, marrying at 12.01 this morning as the Australian Capital Territory’s law came into effect

The first same-sex couples have been legally married in Australia after the Australian Capital Territory’s (ACT) same-sex marriage law came into effect just after midnight last night.

West Australian state Labor MP Stephen Dawson and partner Dennis Liddleton became the first male same-sex couple to be legally married on Australian soil, marrying on the forecourt of the Australian Parliament at 12.01am this morning.

Following his wedding Dawson said he was ‘jubilant’ at being able to call Liddleton his husband.

December 3, 2013

The High Court of Australia has elected not to hand down its ruling on the legality of territory based same-sex marriages before couples can begin to wed in the Australian Capital Territory in a blow for the Australian Government – but the court could still find them invalid

Australia’s highest court will not hand down its ruling on the Australian Government’s challenge to a same-sex marriage law in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) until after same-sex couples have begun marrying in that jurisdiction.

Same-sex couples will be able to begin marrying in the ACT on Saturday and the court has scheduled to hand down its ruling five days after that, allowing a window in which dozens of Australian same-sex couples are likely to wed.

October 24, 2013

Liberal leader has promised to continue to fight Canberra and the ACT allowing same-sex couples to marry starting from December

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott will attend his gay sister’s wedding but will not support the marriage.

Christina Forster’s is engaged to partner Virginia Edwards, but the Liberal party leader will not change his position to fight against the country’s first same-sex marriage laws in the Australian Capital Territory.

According to 3AW, Abbott said: ‘If there’s a ceremony of some kind, yes, I will be there with a present. I’ll do the right thing.’

He revealed he saw no way he could ever change his mind and support same-sex couples.

October 23, 2013

The Australian state of New South Wales will be the first to consider legalizing same-sex marriage at a state level following the Australian Capital Territory’s allowing same-sex couples to wed - and the state of Tasmania will revisit the issue soon after

A bill to legalize same-sex marriage in the Australian state of New South Wales (NSW) will be introduced in the state Upper House as soon as next Thursday and all MPs will be allowed to vote with their consciences on it.

Labor member of the NSW Legislative Council Penny Sharpe will introduce the bill 31 October, with a debate on the bill to follow soon after.

October 17, 2013

The Australian Capital Territory is set to become the first Australian jurisdiction to allow same-sex couples to marry when it passes a bill next Tuesday despite the threat of court action by the Australian Government

Same-sex couples are likely to begin marrying in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) before the end of the year after the ACT Government announced it would pass a bill allowing same-sex marriage at a territory level next Tuesday.

The ACT will do so despite threats by the Australian Government to take the territory to the High Court of Australia over the law to seek to have it declared unconstitutional.

October 7, 2013

The Australian Government has indicated it will challenge an attempt to legalize same-sex marriage in Australia’s Capital Territory in the courts, claiming such marriages would be unconstitutional

The Australian Government will seek to have same-sex marriages conducted in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) declared unconstitutional in the High Court of Australia when the ACT Government passes its law.

July 17, 2013

Gay rights campaigners are 'frustrated' the Scottish Parliament has not even debated same-sex marriage yet,

Scotland is being told to ‘get on with it’ after England and Wales made gay marriage law today (17 July).

The Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act 2013 received Royal Assent today, allowing same-sex couples to marry.

Colin McFarlane, the director of Stonewall Scotland, said while he was happy his southern brothers and sisters will be able to marry in summer 2014, it was certainly ‘frustrating’ members of the Scottish parliament (MSPs) had not started debating equal marriage.

January 25, 2013

GSN compares civil partnership and marriage as the UK government publishes its gay marriage bill for England and Wales

Britain is moving towards equal marriage but gay and lesbian couples already have access to civil partnerships. So is it really the case that 'separate but equal' is not truly equal?

As Conservative equality minister Maria Miller introduces The Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill for England and Wales today (25 January), we examine the differences and see what impact the new bill will have, if it becomes law.

December 20, 2012

South Australian MP Ian Hunter has become the first Australian politician to enter into a same-sex marriage while in office

South Australian state MP Ian Hunter has married his long time partner Leith Semmens, in the process becoming the first Australian politician to enter into a same-sex marriage while in office.

The couple travelled out of Australia, which still bans same-sex nuptials, to the Spanish city of Granada for their ceremony, which was presided over by the mayor of the municipality of Jun, Jose Antonio Rodriguez Salas.

17 friends and relatives travelled to Spain for the ceremony, which the couple told AFP was not in anyway a political stunt.

August 22, 2012

Two years after the Supreme Court ordered all 31 states to recognize gay marriages officiated in Mexico City, some states begin to plan their own same-sex marriage laws

In 2010, Mexico's Supreme Court mandated the whole country recognize gay marriages conducted in the capital.

As a result of the 9-2 decision, all 31 states were to honor the rights of gay couples married in Mexico City, but they were not required to pass their own same-sex marriage legislation.

Two years later, some Mexican states are setting plans in motion to allow same-sex marriages.

According to Infonor, the northern state of Coahuila will consider modifying the state's civil code in order to permit same sex couples to marry.

July 15, 2012

Since 2010, the first country to legalize same-sex marriage has married over 6,000 gay couples and has approved the marriage of binational and foreign gay couples

Two years ago today Argentina legalized gay marriage.

Despite opposition from the Roman Catholic Church, the Argentine Senate approved changes to Article 172 of the Civil Code to legalize gay marriage in the country on 15 July 2010.

President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner ratified the law on 21 July.

July 4, 2012

The decision to uphold or strike gay marriage to be made once four new justices are elected into office in the coming days

Spain's Constitutional Court has postponed ruling on a gay marriage law appeal.

Since the legalization of gay marriage on 3 July 2005, the country's Popular Party has appealed the law deeming it unconstitutional.

According to El Pais, the court has decided to hold off on whether or not to honor the appeal until after four new justices are appointed in the coming week.

The new appointments have been pending since the Popular Party won a majority in November 2011.

June 15, 2012

Danish churches celebrate gay and lesbian couples being able to get married inside their buildings

Danish gay and lesbian couples can officially get married in churches, and across the country several religious buildings are showing their pride.

Numerous churches in Denmark are celebrating the new equal marriage laws that were legislated last week, and come into full effect today.

Charlotte Cappi Grunnet, minister of St. Thomas Church in Frederiksberg, said it was wonderful to be able to finally celebrate.

June 14, 2012

Solicitors from the Law Society have said the Church of England and Wales will not face a legal backlash

The Law Society has confirmed no British religious organisation will be forced to marry gay couples.

The comments made by the Law Society come after the Church of England and Church of Wales have said they will be forced to solemnise marriages between same-sex couples.

Despite the UK government reassuring religious organisations, the churches have continued to fear legal backlash.

The Law Society, which represents solicitors in England and Wales, has said they support the government consultation on marriage equality.

June 11, 2012

Uruguayan lawmakers say it's a 'paradox' to ban same-sex marriages at home but recognize them if conducted abroad

An Uruguayan judge has legally recognized a gay marriage conducted overseas.

The ruling grants the binational Spanish and Uruguayan couple, married in Spain in 2010, the same rights and responsibilities as heterosexual couples in Uruguay. 

This case sets a unique precedent for the country's marriage laws since gay marriage, though legal is Spain since 2005, is still not legal in Uruguay.

June 7, 2012

Poll shows building momentum of support for gay marriage in New Zealand

A TVNZ poll has shown that 63% of New Zealanders support gay marriage.

The poll showed that there is a wide generational split on the issue with 80% of 18 to 35-year-olds supporting a change in marriage law, but only 44% of over 55s agreeing with them.

New Zealand’s Prime Minister John Key has said he is ‘personally not opposed’ to same-sex marriage. He said last month he 'might vote for it' if a gay marriage bill was brought to parliament but he would not bring it in himself.

May 4, 2012

With Britain vowing to have same-sex marriages, Italy likely to be pushed into making the leap and France also set to tie the knot under a new president, are gay marriages now unstoppable in Europe?

Italian MP Anna Paola Concia is in a German civil union with her partner Ricarda. But her rights are not recognized in Rome.

It happens to hundreds of couples in the Mediterranean country, who got married and are not recognized by the state.

But Concia is confident Italy will soon change its mind and allow same-sex unions. She told Gay Star News: ‘It will happen in four or five years, marriage equality is an idea that has spread and that now is unstoppable. And the European Union can make a difference.’

January 11, 2012

Australian celebrants back same-sex marriage and call for change to law.

Gay couples in Australia may be able to walk down the aisle sooner than they thought after the country's national civil celebrants association endorsed same-sex marriage.

In a statement issued today, the National President of the Australian Federal of Civil Celebrants (AFCC), Lance Tapsell, said they are committed to marriage equality.

They are keenly awaiting changes in legislation which will end discrimination for couples in loving same-sex relationships, he added.