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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.

November 8, 2013

The European Court of Human Rights has ruled that Greece cannot exclude same-sex couples from the civil unions it allows for heterosexual couples

The European Court of Human Rights has ordered Greece to allow same-sex couples to enter into the same civil unions it allows for same-sex couples.

Greece has had opposite-sex civil unions since 2008 for heterosexuals who do not wish to marry and the European court in Strasbourg found that it was discriminatory for Greece to not allow same-sex couples the same access.

However the court stopped short of finding that the European Convention on Human Rights contains a wider legal right to the legal recognition of same-sex relationships in Europe.

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 24, 2013

The High Court of Australia has bowed to the Australian Government’s request to have its challenge to the Australian Capital Territory’s same-sex marriage law expedited and will hold a first directions hearing tomorrow at 2.15pm

Australia’s highest court will begin hearing a challenge to the country’s first same-sex marriage law tomorrow at 2.15pm after it agreed to expedite an Australian Government challenge to the constitutionality of an Australian Capital Territory (ACT) bill allowing same-sex couples to marry.

The Australian Government has warned same-sex couples not to try to marry until the bill’s constitutionality has been established but GSN understands many will seek to marry in the window that the law operates while the High Court of Australia deliberates on it.

October 1, 2013

Two civil court judges have begun marrying same-sex couples in Colombia after two couples sought to get married after a Constitutional Court deadline for the Congress to act had passed

Colombia had its first same-sex marriages last week after two civil court judges decided that the passing of a Constitutional Court deadline meant that they could now do so.

Colombia’s Constitutional Court had ordered the Colombian Congress to act to provide same-sex couples with the same-rights and recognition by 20 June this year or same-sex couples would automatically be eligible to apply for civil marriages.

July 6, 2013

The southeast town of Bisbee approved a measure this week that legalizes same-sex unions, with a lesbian couple becoming the first to apply

Kathy Sowden and Deborah Grier became the first gay couple in Bisbee, Arizona to obtain a civil union certificate.

According to Reuters, a guideline approving same-sex civil unions originally introduced in April went into effect this past Friday.

After being together for 21 years, Sowden and Grier paid $76 (€59) for their civil union certificate that affords them legal protections including access to medical rights like hospital visitations.

City Attorney John MacKinnon told Reuters: ‘These delegations of authority would be applicable anywhere.’

July 6, 2013

Constitutional lawyers say that same-sex couples still lack the ‘legal capacity’ to enter into any type of civil unions.

Experts claim Costa Rica is no closer to allowing same-sex unions.

In a landmark ‘mistake’ this week, 45 Costa Rican politicians unknowingly approved a bill some believe could be a legal gateway to same-sex partnerships.

May 20, 2013

New YouGov poll shows majority of Britons support same-sex marriages and civil partnerships for straight couples

Most Britons back same-sex marriage legislation with only a third against.

That's the result of a new poll by YouGov.

It indicated ongoing support for the legislation going through the UK Parliament for the change in England and Wales. Separate legislation is being developed in Scotland.

The survey found 54% of Britons support same sex marriage legislation, with 36% opposed. Among Conservatives, more people oppose the measures than support them but the margin is narrow (48% to 45%).

January 28, 2013

An image of Yann Galut and Nicolas Bays went viral after a quarter of a million people protested for marriage equality in France

Two straight French members of parliament decided to show their solidarity with gay rights advocates in their own way – they kissed.

Socialist MPs Yann Galut and Nicolas Bays joined the 'Marriage for All' protests on Sunday (27 January), where a reported quarter of a million people marched across the country.

The National Assembly will begin discussions of the marriage equality bill tomorrow (29 January), giving same-sex couples the right to marry and adopt children.

December 12, 2012

Uruguay is set to become to second country in Latin America to pass a national gay marriage law

Lawmakers in Uruguay have voted to legalize gay marriage, with the act expected to be passed as early as next year.

The Marriage Equality Law was passed by the country's lower house of Congress yesterday (11 December) by 81-6 votes.

The bill now has to be debated by the Senate but is expected to be approved by the ruling coalition.

It will then be up to the presiden, José Mujicat, to sign the act into law.

November 15, 2012

The country's parliament began voting this week on 29 articles that will amend the century-old civil code to legalize same-sex marriage

Uruguay's government began voting on a same-sex marriage law this week.

After postponing vote hearings twice in the past year, Uruguay's congress will decide on a same-sex marriage bill introduced by one of the country's LGBT rights group, Colectivo Ovejas Negras, or Black Sheep Collective.

Parliament will debate one-by-one the 29 articles that would modify the country's century-old civil code to include same-sex couples under marriage, granting rights for legal registration and adoption.

October 30, 2012

Australian Marriage Equality dismiss bill as ‘distraction’ 

Independent MP Bob Such has introduced a Civil Partnership Bill to state parliament in South Australia today.

‘I am introducing this bill at the request of a couple who happen to be a same-sex couple but who want this particular option available to them,’ said Such, emphasising that he is not against same-sex marriage and this bill wasn’t meant to replace that.

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.’