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May 28, 2015

Prime Minister Tony Abbott said that if same-sex marriage were to be legalized by the Australian Parliament it should be done in a way so that no one party owned the reform – so that’s exactly what a group of MPs are now working towards

Australian Government MP Warren Entsch and Opposition MP Graham Perrett have announced that they will co-sponsor a bill to legalize same-sex marriage in Australia and will seek the endorsement of lawmakers from other parties in the Parliament so that it is as non-partisan as possible.

Entsch and Perrett announced their plans after Prime Minister Tony Abbott told the Parliament during Question Time that were same-sex marriage legalized it should be done in a non-partisan way – so Entsch and Perrett intend to present the Prime Minister with exactly that scenario.

May 27, 2015

With Labor MP Anna Burke declaring her support for same-sex marriage and another in the Senate declaring his support the Australian Parliament is now as close to majority support for the reform than it has ever been

The campaign for marriage equality in Australia believes it is just one MP short of securing the passage of a same-sex marriage bill in the House of Representatives and that it already has the support of the majority in the Senate.

A day after Labor Opposition leader Bill Shorten announced he would be moving a bill to legalize same-sex marriage, Labor MP Anna Burke announced she too was now a supporter of the reform.

May 26, 2015

Australian Labor Party leader Bill Shorten has given formal notice he will move a bill to legalize same-sex marriage at the next sitting of the House of Representatives on Monday

Australian Opposition leader Bill Shorten has become the first leader of a major political party to put forward legislation to allow same-sex marriage in Australia just days after more members of the conservative wing of his party announced they now would vote in favor of marriage equality.

May 26, 2015

Italy is now the only Western European country that does not recognize same-sex unions

Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi has said his country can no longer put off civil unions after Catholic-majority Ireland legalized gay marriage by referendum on Friday (22 May).

Socially conservative Italy is now the only country in western Europe that does not recognize either gay marriage or civil unions.

'Civil unions cannot be delayed any longer,' Renzi privately confided after the vote, according to the La Repubblica newspaper.

May 24, 2015

'Referendums are held in this country where there's a proposal to change the constitution'

The Australian Prime Minister has dismissed the idea of his country holding a referendum on same-sex marriage after Ireland’s historic vote on 23 May.

Tony Abbott acknowledged it was important to millions of Australians and said he was taking the matter seriously, but marriage equality would be dealt with by the Federal Parliament.

‘Referendums are held in this country where there's a proposal to change the constitution,‘ he told reporters in Brisbane this morning.

May 23, 2015

Supporters of equality turned out in their hundreds of thousands

Ireland has become the first country to pass marriage equality by public vote today (23 May).

Supporters of equality turned out in their hundreds of thousands to support their belief that gay couples have the right to wed.

Revealed moments ago, the official result saw 62.1% voting in support and only 37.9% were against.

Nearly all constituencies votes Yes; only Roscommon South Leitrim saw No win, with a small minority of 51.4% of voters casting their vote against marriage equality. 

May 15, 2015

Xavier Bettel is only the second worldwide leader to marry someone of the same sex

Xavier Bettel, the Prime Minister of Luxembourg, is marrying his partner today (15 May).

He is the first European Union leader, and only the second leader worldwide, to marry someone of the same sex.

Bettel and his partner Gauthier Destenay are set to marry in a private ceremony at Luxembourg's City Hall. Only friends and family are invited, with no press or photographers allowed.

Writing on his Twitter, Bettel said: 'Thank you for your kind messages. We just have one life, live it.'

May 13, 2015

Caroline Dinenage may have voted against it, but she says she'll help to progress LGBTI rights in her new role

Prime Minister David Cameron has appointed a Minister for Equalities that has voted against same-sex marriage.

Caroline Dinenage, the Conservative MP for Gosport in South Hampshire, was promoted to minister at the Ministry of Justice as well as a Minister for Equalities at the Department for Education.

During the same-sex marriage debate back in 2013, she was one of the 175 politicians that voted to keep gay couples unequal in the eyes of the law.

May 11, 2015

'He has turned down requests from celebrity magazines to cover the event'

Luxembourg's openly gay Prime Minister, Xavier Bettel, will marry his partner later this week, according to sources.

Bettel has kept tight-lipped about his wedding plans in order to minimize press coverage in the conservative Catholic-majority duchy, which legalized gay marriage in June.

May 11, 2015

He voted against gay marriage and lowering the age of consent for LGBTI people

UK Prime Minister David Cameron has elected John Whittingdale as the new culture secretary.

The former chair of the commons culture committee has voted strongly against gay rights, with him being one of the few to vote against same-sex marriage in England and Wales.

He also voted against lowering the age of consent for gay people back in 1998 and was against including sexual orientation in the Equality Act.

May 8, 2015

‘We don’t discriminate against anyone’s color, religion or beliefs, and we’re just the same as anyone wanting to live a happy life and love who we want to love.’

An Irish teenager has made a passionate plea for marriage equality in Ireland when she came face to face with the head of government.

Alison Kershaw’s emotional outburst - in front of Ireland’s prime minister Enda Kenny and surrounded by cameras and reporters - broke through the awkwardness’, according to Independent.ie.

May 7, 2015

Unusual chanting session on eve of UK election

Activists, artists and others gathered in London’s Trafalgar Square to chant they wanted a ‘dyke for prime minister’ yesterday (6 May).

Part protest, part performance – the mass chanting on the eve of the UK’s general election, highlighted those left out of the political system.

They demanded ‘an immigrant for prime minister… someone with AIDS for prime minister… someone who has debt’.

May 7, 2015

Unusual chanting session on eve of UK election

Activists, artists and others gathered in London’s Trafalgar Square to chant they wanted a ‘dyke for prime minister’ yesterday (6 May).

Part protest, part performance – the mass chanting on the eve of the UK’s general election, highlighted those left out of the political system.

They demanded ‘an immigrant for prime minister… someone with AIDS for prime minister… someone who has debt’.

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 5, 2015

Diplomat's boyfriend is told to wait in car instead of greeting PM

Australia's openly gay ambassador to France offered his resignation after Prime Minister Tony Abbott snubbed his partner in Paris.

Stephen Brady and his partner of 32 years, Peter Stephens, were waiting to receive the PM on the airport tarmac at around 7pm on Anzac Day (25 April).

But prime minister's traveling party sent instruction that Stephens should not take part in the greeting but wait in the car. No explanation was given and the diplomat refused to comply.

May 4, 2015

'I can't live under this Conservative Government, this Coalition.'

Paul O'Grady has claimed that he will leave the UK if David Cameron is elected Prime Minister again. 

The comedian, who has previously labelled Cameron a 'twat', told a crowd during a rally in support of Labour leader Ed Miliband that he would rather 'get a house on the Lido in Venice' than live under another Conservative Government. 

'I can’t live under this bloody government any more. I am going to get a house on the Lido in Venice,' said O'Grady. 'I have paid a fortune in tax and I will say "you can have that mate"'.

April 21, 2015

The lady's not for vogueing

Madonna has built a career of being an ally to the LGBTI community, so it was perhaps not the greatest idea to say she is inspired by Margaret Thatcher.

The late British Prime Minister, the only female political leader Britain has ever had, was an unapologetic homophobe who brought in Section 28 - the law that banned the 'promotion' of homosexuality in schools.

It apparently started when the Queen of Pop was attending a performance of Tony award-winning Broadway play Hamilton on Saturday night (18 April).

April 20, 2015

Australian Minister for Communications Malcolm Turnbull has told a community forum on same-sex marriage that he expects that Government MPs will be allowed to vote with their consciences on the issue and that a vote will come before the year’s end

Australian lawmakers will get another chance to get it right on marriage equality before the end of the year according to one of the most senior members of the Australian Government.

Australian Communications Minister and Liberal Member for Wentworth Malcolm Turnbull reportedly told a community forum on marriage equality on Thursday that he fully expects another vote on same-sex marriage in the Australian Parliament before the end of the year and that he and his colleagues will be given a conscience vote on the issue.

April 16, 2015

At an event in Dublin’s Digital Exchange, Ireland’s Taoiseach joined 150 business leaders in calling for the public to vote in favor of same-sex marriage in the republic

Ireland’s Taoiseach, Enda Kenny, joined tech business leaders at a press conference in Dublin this morning to speak out in support of equal marriage.

Ireland will hold a referendum on same-sex marriage on 22 May.

Kenny has previously said that his government supports same-sex marriage, but this morning’s conference was designed to highlight the fact that the corporate world also believes it to be the right thing to do.

April 8, 2015

Lord Browne of Madingley gives a speech at the 2014 Performance Theatre event in Oslo about leading with authenticity

John Browne, Lord Browne of Madingley, opens The Performance Theatre 2014 in Oslo, featuring keynote addresses from education activist Malala Yousafzai, Norwegian prime minister Erna Solberg and Norway’s Crown Prince Haakon.

April 4, 2015

The Australian Marriage Forum ran commercials in which they likened gay marriage to single mothers being forced to give up their babies by the state and warned of a ‘motherless generation’ due to gay men becoming parents

Australia’s former Prime Minister Julia Gillard has asked for the anti-gay Australian Marriage Forum to apologize for linking her 2013 official apology to victims of forced adoption in Australia to their campaign to stop same-sex couples from being allowed to get married.

April 1, 2015

UK prime minister says Alan Turing is 'amazing' but that's not his choice

UK Prime Minister David Cameron has named Clare Balding as the LGBTI person he admires most.

The Conservative leader said while World War Two code breaker Alan Turing was 'an amazing man,' he chose the BBC sports presenter because of 'her enthusiasm [and] zest for life.'

March 27, 2015

Earlier this month, a gay man was stoned to death by a mob

Jamaica's Prime Minister Portia Simpson-Miller has defended the country's record of LGBTI rights.

Protestors descended on the 6th Biennal Jamaica Diaspora Conference in New York yesterday, where the PM was giving her keynote address.

The LGBTI activists demanded Simpson-Miller do more to stop the killing of gay, bi and trans people.

Just earlier this month, a gay man was stoned to death by an angry mob.

March 26, 2015

A planned debate on a bill that would have legalized gay marriage in Australia did not take place after the Liberal Party of Prime Minister Tony Abbott yet again failed to give its MPs a free vote on the issue

The Australian Senate did not debate a bill to legalize same-sex marriage today because the ruling Liberal Party refused to let its members vote with their conscience.

Going into the last election Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott said that his MPs would be given a free vote on the issue if his party room decided it despite his personal opposition on the issue.