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June 20, 2014

A group of 25 retired Michigan Republicans has joined the challenge to that state’s ban on same-sex couples marrying, arguing that allowing same-sex couples to marry is consistent with Republican values and the spirit of the US Constitution

Michigan’s Republican Attorney General may have a harder time appealing a court decision to strike down his state’s ban on same-sex marriage after 25 retired lawmakers and leading figures from his own party joined the case in support of marriage equality.

June 5, 2014

The parliament of Slovakia has amended its constitution to ban same-sex couples from being able to marry but gay couples have no other way of having their relationships legally protected there

Slovakia has moved to ban same-sex marriage in its constitution with 102 out of 150 lawmakers voting in favor of the ban.

A two-thirds majority of lawmakers was needed so if only three less lawmakers had opposed the measure it would not have passed.

Only 18 lawmakers voted against the ban, which was primarily supported by the opposition Christian Democrats and the ruling Smer-Social Democracy party of Prime Minister Robert Fico.

May 11, 2014

Traditional marriage advocates charge by striking down Arkansas' ban against marriage equality, Judge Chris Piazza has created havoc

Judge Chris Piazza

Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel announced he will appeal a judge's decision striking down the state's ban on same-sex marriage.

According to the Associated Press, the state's top lawyer made the statement late last night (10 May).

May 5, 2014

Like many other US southern states, support for gay marriage is more popular with people under 30

A recent poll shows voters in the southern US state of Arkansas prefer civil unions over gay marriage.

The survey, conducted by Public Policy Polling, shows 'only 27% of voters in the state support gay marriage' while 63% are opposed.

Residents in former President Bill Clinton's former home state do stand behind civil unions.

April 3, 2014

Pensioners Party leader Igor Zotov wants to ban same-sex marriage in Russia’s constitution despite it already not being legally recognized in Russia

Russian Pensioners Party leader Igor Zotov wants to amend his country’s constitution to make it absolutely clear that Russia considers only marriages between men and women to be valid.

Russia does not currently allow same-sex couples to wed and restricts LGBTI people’s rights to express their identity publicly but Zotov is concerned that the definition of what constitutes a family in the Russian Constitution is too vague.

Article 38 of the Russian Constitution mentions ‘family’ but does not go into detail as what defines a family.

March 31, 2014

A new poll of the Vietnamese people has found that one in three support marriage equality and that most agree that same-sex couples being able to marry would not affect their lives

New polling has found that one in three people in Vietnam are supportive of same-sex couples being allowed to marry while only a slim majority are opposed.

The ‘Social Perspectives on Same-Sex Marriage’ study polled over 5,000 Vietnamese people and found that 52.9% of the participants oppose same-sex marriage while 33.7 percent support it.

41.2% supported the idea of same-sex couples living together as a household and 62% admitted to knowing of a same-sex couple who were living together.

30% said they had a gay or lesbian friend or relative.

March 22, 2014

'I figured in my lifetime it would happen'

Two lesbians who have been together for 27 years, became the first same-sex couple to marry in Michigan.

Today, at 8am, Glenna DeJong, 53, and Marsha Caspar, 51, were married by Ingham County Clerk Barb Byrum in Mason.

The couple, who hail from Lansing,  have been together for 27 years.

March 19, 2014

'We intend to take all necessary steps to defend the law'

Governor Bill Haslam is appealing a federal judge's 14 March ruling that Tennessee must recognize the marriages of three same-sex couples while their lawsuit against the state's gay marriage ban is pending.

March 9, 2014

The politician suggested separate legislation so that people would not confuse same-sex marriages with 'traditional' ones

Gay rights groups in Taiwan last week convened a press conference to rebuke former Democratic Progressive Party chairman Lin I-hsiung's comments in his new book that special legislation is needed so that people do not confuse same-sex marriages with 'traditional' marriages.

February 26, 2014

But ban is left in place until appeals process is complete

The Texas ban on gay marriage was declared unconstitutional by a federal judge today.

But same-sex couples must put those wedding plans in hold for now because Judge Orlando Garcia left the ban in place until an appeals court can rule on the case.

The ruling continues a string of legal victories for gay marriage following similar decisions in Utah, Oklahoma and Virginia.

This latest ruling came as the result of a lawsuit filed by two gay couples.

February 22, 2014

Recent poll shows 76% of Irish people said they would vote in favour of introducing same-sex marriage in the country, though nearly half would have ‘reservations’

More than three quarters (76%) of Irish people would welcome the introduction of same-sex marriage, according to a recent poll.

Additionally, 80% of those surveyed agreed that same-sex couples should have the same rights as traditional families.

However despite this, 49% of respondents said they had reservations about same-sex marriage - a higher percentage than when asked if they had reservations about gay couples adopting children (41%).

February 17, 2014

'I think marriage is a relationship between a man and a woman. And I think the ideal setting for raising a child is in the setting where there's a father and a mother'

Mitt Romney, the Republican who ran against US President Barack Obama in 2012, remains opposed to marriage equality.

The man who ran the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Games was a guest on the the NBC Sunday news program Meet the Press.

From 2003 to 2007, Romney was governor of Massachusetts.

January 7, 2014

Chides lower court for 'uncertainty created by this unprecedented change'

Utah Governor Gary R. Herbert is applauding the US Supreme Court's decision on Monday (6 January) to halt gay marriages in his state  until a federal appeals court can fully consider the issue.

December 9, 2013

Highlighting the health and financial problems gay and straight families encounter, the country’s leading LGBTI rights group Movilh has launched a new YouTube campaign to make civil unions a reality

Chile’s leading sexual rights group has launched a new campaign to encourage the government to legalize civil unions.

As a presidential run-off vote approaches on 15 December, Movilh is putting presidential candidates’ promises of marriage equality to the test by launching a YouTube campaign promoting civil unions for gay and straight couples.

In a video narrated in Spanish, the video says over 2,000,000 people living in Chile are unmarried couples.

December 5, 2013

Taiwanese film and television actress Ding Ning has had a celebrity endorsement deal cancelled over her support for same-sex marriage but she says she would rather stay true to her beliefs

43-year-old Taiwanese film and television actress Ding Ning has lost a celebrity endorsement deal after the company learned she had taken part in a rally supporting same-sex marriage.

The actress announced on Facebook that an unnamed company had cancelled the deal after she took part in a 30 November LGBTI rights rally in Taipei.

Ding wrote that she had not been surprised by the backlash but said ‘it would really be a little pathetic [to] play to the crowd’ at her age.

December 1, 2013

The referendum, backed by anti-gay Catholic groups, was signed by over 700,000 Croatians

Croatian voters have gone to the polls today (01 December) to vote on a referendum which will constitutionally ban same-sex marriage.

 

Catholic-backed conservative groups, including Croatia's HDZ party, have demanded the country's constitution be amended to maintain the definition of marriage as between a man and a woman.

 

November 26, 2013

State Senator Adam Ebbin has introduced legislation to pave the way for marriage equality

Adam Ebbin, an openly gay state senator in Virginia, has introduced legislation that would overturn the ban on gay marriage that voters passed in 2006.

Ebbin does so at a time when 15 US states plus the District of Columbia have made gay marriage legal and the US Supreme Court has gutted the Defense of Marriage Act. In the House a Delegates, a companion bill has been introduced  by Delegate Joseph Morrissey.

November 13, 2013

Governor had pushed hard for passage - marriages can begin next month

It's official: Hawaii is now the 15th state in the US to have legalized gay marriages.

Governor Neil Ambercrombie, who had called a special session of the legislature to settle the issue, signed the bill into law in a ceremony Wednesday morning at Honolulu Convention Center.

'In Hawaii, we believe in fairness, justice and human equality," Abercrombie said this week. 'We celebrate our diversity defining us rather than dividing us.'

November 13, 2013

Island state will become 16th in the US to have marriage equality

The Hawaii State Senate on Tuesday (12 November) passed a revised same-sex marriage bill in a 19-4 vote.

The vote came four days after the legislation was passed by the state's House of Representatives and sets the stage for Governor Neil Abercrombie to sign the bill in to law on Wednesday (13 November).

The Democratic governor, who called a special session to resolve the gay marriage issue, will do the signing at a special invitation-only event.

November 9, 2013

Tropical island state close to becoming the next part of the US to legalize gay marriage

Hawaii's House of Representatives has passed a third reading of a same-sex marriage bill. If passed in the Senate next week, the state will become the 15th (or the 16th if the governor of Illinois signs their law first) in the US to legalize gay marriage.

October 30, 2013

Governor Rick Perry reacts by reiterating his opposition to marriage equality

Two couples filed a federal lawsuit this week to challenge the gay marriage ban in the state of Texas and the state's refusal to recognize same-sex unions from other states.

Mark Pharris and Vic Holmes and Cleopatra De Leon and Nicole Dimetman are the plaintiffs in a suit that claims the right to equal protection under the law in the US constitution prohibits a ban on gay marriage such as the one that exists in Texas.

October 28, 2013

Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore has promised Labour Youth members that he will push for a vote on marriage equality before 2015

Ireland’s Deputy Prime Minister has promised the country will vote on same-sex marriage.

Eamon Gimore, the Tánaiste, said there will likely be a referendum on the issue after an overwhelming majority of the Constitutional Convention think-tank voted to recommend it.

But a spokesman for the Labour party politician has said he wants to push for legislation to allow gay couples to adopt children before Ireland votes on marriage equality.

‘Any referendum that takes place will have to be about marriage equality and not about other issues,’ he said.

October 13, 2013

The $24 fine will be scrapped from 11 Nov; however, legalization of same-sex marriage still a distant dream

A new decree intended to address discrimination against the LGBT community in Vietnam comes into effect on 11 November, doing away with the current system of slapping fines of up to $24 on same-sex weddings.

However, while scrapping the symbolic punishment will boost gay rights in the communist country, it is still a long way from legalizing gay marriages, keeping gay couples in limbo.

Though the Vietnam government is tolerant of the gay rights movement and the annual gay parade is growing, legally, same-sex marriages are still banned.

September 29, 2013

The gay couples claim the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act was written to discriminate and is unconstitutional

A judge in Illinois has ruled a case against the Midwestern state's anti-gay marriage ban can proceed.

Cook County Circuit Judge Sophia Hall did not agree with gay marriage opponents who wanted the trial to be dismissed.

'The court finds that the marriage ban is not facially neutral,' Hall said in her decision, as reported by Bloomberg.