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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.

August 22, 2013

According to new polling, 53% of people in Taiwan support same-sex couples being allowed to marry, with support far higher than that still among people under 30

A new opinion poll conducted in Taiwan has found broad support for LGBT equality, with a majority now saying they would support same-sex marriage.

The Social Change Survey, commissioned by a group of media companies, found 53% of the people polled wanted reform on the issue while only 37% were opposed.

This was compared to only 25% in 2003 when 55% were opposed.

Among respondents under 30 support was far higher, at 78%.

August 15, 2013

Argument by ProtectMarriage is rejected by state's high court

The California Supreme Court has handed what appears to be the final legal defeat to the group behind Proposition 8 and its efforts to halt same-sex marriages in the stage.

The court met in closed session and rejected the arguments of ProtectMarriage that a single judge did not have the authority to overturn a statewide law.

That judge was Chief U.S. District Judge Vaughn R. Walker who in 2010 declared California's ban on gay marriage, passed by voters in 2008, to be unconstitutional.

August 2, 2013

Independent voters will be an important bloc if Michigan's gay marriage constitutional ban is to be overturned at the ballot box

According to a recent poll, marriage equality advocates have work to do if they hope to make gay marriage a reality in the Midwestern US state Michigan.

In a Detroit News article, the survey showed 51% of likely state voters were against bringing gay marriage up to a vote, as compared to 42%.

In 2004, Michigan voters approved a ban on same-sex marriage.

July 17, 2013

Gay British broadcaster is celebrating after Elizabeth II gave the same-sex marriage the go ahead in England and Wales

Beloved broadcaster, comic, actor and writer Stephen Fry has spoken out about his happiness of gay marriage becoming law in England and Wales.

He took to Twitter shortly after it was announced Queen Elizabeth II had given royal approval to the same-sex marriage bill.

It will now be called the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act 2013.

July 12, 2013

Pennsylvania's Tom Corbett, up for reelection next year, now must decide whether or not to step in

The attorney general of  Pennsylvania's decision this week  not to defend the state's gay marriage ban in court is not going over so well with the state's governor.

Governor Tom Corbett, a Republican who is up for reelection next year, must now make the politically tricky decision of wether to have his office take up defense of the 1996 law which is being challenged in federal court.