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July 15, 2014

Singapore’s Court of Appeal will decide the fate of the country’s 76-year-old Section 377A anti-sodomy law this week, opening a two day hearing on Monday

This week Singapore’s Court of Appeal is hearing a challenge to the country’s ban on anal and oral sex which punishes sex between men with up to two years in prison.

The challenge has been brought by Kenneth Chee and Gary Lim, a gay couple in a 17 year relationship and the case has also been joined by Tan Eng Hong, a man who was charged under the law in 2010.

Section 377A of Singapore’s Criminal Code was introduced by the British in 1938 but the law has been rarely enforced in recent years.

July 9, 2014

Cites stay issued on federal judge's ruling that struck down state's gay marriage ban

Indiana Governor Mike Pence has ordered state agencies not to recognize any of the hundreds of same-sex marriages that took place last month in the Hoosier state.

The agencies have been directed 'to execute their functions' as though a federal judge had not struck down the state's gay marriage ban on 25 June - to proceed as if it 'had not been issued.'

The state appealed the ruling and a stay was issued by an appellate court but by that time hundreds of same-sex marriages had already taken place.

July 8, 2014

Paige Phoenix has had his marriage to his wife annulled by the Victorian state government despite his passport saying he is male and living as a man for seven years but he hopes the United Nations Human Rights Committee will find in his favor

Australian transgender man Paige Phoenix will challenge his home state of Victoria’s policy of only allowing those who have undergone a full surgical genital sex change from changing their sex on their birth certificates in the United Nations after it annulled his marriage against his will.

Phoenix is recognized by the Australian Government as male and has a male passport but his state’s registry of births, deaths and marriages will not recognize him as male unless he undergoes the surgery – which could be life threatening for him due to a previous medical condition.

July 7, 2014

Kenya criminalizes homosexual sex and bans adoption by gays and lesbians. But one leading LGBTI activist is a proud dad of three

Many gay and lesbian Kenyans – some single, others married to someone of the opposite sex – have asked me how they can become parents.

This is made even more complicated by the fact there is societal hate for homosexuality as well as the notion homosexuals cannot make fit parents. And our legal system bans homosexuals from adopting children.

July 7, 2014

Even though the UK religious organization already blesses civil partnerships, United Reformed Church members might have to wait years until they can get married in a church

Even though the majority of the United Reformed Church supports holding same-sex weddings, but the ban will stay in place.

One of the largest Churches in the UK, its General Assembly met in Cardiff at the weekend to discuss whether they would allow gay marriage.

Under the new gay marriage law in England and Wales, religious organizations must ‘opt in’ to offer weddings to gay couples. The Church of England and Church in Wales are automatically banned under the legislation.

July 4, 2014

New research concludes the children of same-sex parent households achieve above average scores in terms of health and wellbeing, but can still be prone to discrimination

A new study conducted in Australia has concluded  the children of same-sex families score above average when it comes to health and wellbeing – although they may still be sensitive to the effects of discrimination.

June 30, 2014

EA has included same-sex relationships in the series ever since the first game in 2000

Computer game giant The Sims has come out in support of Gay Pride Month.

With a post on its official Twitter account, the game’s team shared an image depicting the range of relationships available in the title, including same-sex marriage.

‘Be proud in The Sims 4,’ the message said.

EA has included same-sex relationships in the series ever since the first game in 2000.

In The Sims 3, published in 2009, it allowed all adult characters to enter relationships and marriages of any kind.

June 27, 2014

A new Vatican working paper which was the result of a worldwide survey of Catholics reiterates the church’s opposition to same-sex marriage but found nearly all Catholics thought having gay parents should not be a barrier to a child being baptized into the faith

A new Vatican report which will be the basis of a meeting of bishops in October has conceded that many Catholics now support the legal recognition of same-sex unions in countries where they are legal but reiterates the church’s opposition to such unions being recognized.

The Instrumentum Laboris working paper will be the basis of the upcoming Synod on the Family which has been organized by Pope Francis I to revisit the Catholic Church’s position on a range of issues related to marriage, sexuality and family.

June 18, 2014

Kris McDaniel-Miccio speaks to Gay Star News about her lawsuit that could help legalize same-sex marriage

‘In Colorado now I could get high, thanks to the new marijuana law, but I can’t get married. This isn’t fair.’

Kris McDaniel-Miccio is a professor of criminal law and procedure at the University of Denver, but most of all, she might help to change the US state of Colorado’s gay laws forever.

She is one of the women and men suing the state for banning same-sex marriage, pushing for equality in the already quite liberal US state.

Colorado voters banned gay marriage in 2006.

May 28, 2014

The 2013 American Community Survey census is the first to count how many same-sex couples have married in America and the results will be out in September

The United States Census Bureau will know this year how many same-sex marriages there are in America as of last year as it recorded same-sex couples’ marital status in last year’s American Community Survey.

It is estimated that around 180,000 same-sex couples have now married in the United States but it was not possible for the Census Bureau to record them until the Supreme Court of the United States struck down part of the Defense of Marriage Act in March last year which prevented the federal government from recognizing same-sex marriages.

May 12, 2014

Israel’s Justice Minister Tzipi Livni is moving forward with a bill to include same-sex couples under Israel’s inheritance laws which currently only cover opposite-sex couples

An Israeli Government Ministerial Committee approved legislation to amend Israel’s laws covering inheritance to include same-sex couples on Sunday while the governing coalition parties continue to be divided over the issue of same-sex marriage.

Currently Israel’s inheritance laws make mention of only ‘a man and a woman who live as a family in a joint household.’

Justice Minister Tzipi Livni’s proposal will amend that to read ‘a couple living as a family in a joint household.’

May 12, 2014

David Bucher and Bruce Moats have become the first same-sex couple to marry in a religious service in the chapel of the US Naval Academy in Maryland

Gulf War veteran David Bucher has married his long term partner Bruce Moats at the US Naval Academy – making them the first same-sex couple to do so in its chapel.

Naval Academy Chaplain Lieutenant John Connolly presided over the ceremony on Saturday in which Bucher, 49, and Moats, 50, married.

The ceremony consisted of formal prayers, a reading from the book of Corinthians and the US Navy Hymn.

May 3, 2014

Judge says the lesbian couple 'defrauded' French law by going to Belgium to conceive their now 4-year-old son via IVF

A Versailles Court has ruled that a married French woman cannot adopt the child she and her partner had conceived by IVF treatment carried out abroad.

The judge says the couple, who has not been named in the media, 'defrauded' French law by going to neighboring Belgium for the procedure, according to The Guardian.

April 29, 2014

Vivienne Faull, the Dean of York, has said she would have no problem blessing same-sex unions – and has revealed she has done so in the past

The woman most hotly tipped to be the Church of England’s first woman bishop has issued a stark warning to elders over their stance against gay marriage.

Vivienne Faull, the Dean of York, has said she would have no problem blessing same-sex unions – and has revealed she has done so in the past.

She has encouraged bishops to relax their attitudes on same-sex marriage, fearing if they do not then it could ‘cost’ the Church of England dearly.

April 23, 2014

Dr Barry Morgan said many religious leaders are using the Bible to fight against LGBTI equality, suggesting there is no single Christian viewpoint on gay relationships

Gay couples who want to get married should be patient if they want the blessing of the Church in Wales, its archbishop has said today (23 April).

The first same-sex weddings in England and Wales took place on 29 March with many gay couples able to say they were one of the first to be officially married.

In the legislation passed by parliament, the Church of England and the Church in Wales was expressly banned from blessing same-sex marriages.

Other religious organizations had the power to ‘opt-in’ if they wished.

April 14, 2014

Gay marriage isn’t legal in Italy, but Simona Tolisano recognizes the rising demand for same-sex weddings and honeymoons in the country of romance

‘We don’t care who you’re in love with.’

The new website Italy Gay Wedding wants to help you celebrate your love, but in a country where the legal celebration of that love is prohibited, how does it work?

Though Italy has long-been a favorite destination for romance, particularly weddings and honeymoons, the homo- and transphobic attacks that continue to occur within state borders mean Italy repeatedly ranks low with human rights organizations like Amnesty International.

April 10, 2014

An Italian court has ruled that the 2012 New York same-sex marriage of an Italian gay couple must be legally recognized in a legal first

An Italian court has recognized the marriage of an Italian same-sex couple in a legal first – finding that there is no reference to the genders of who can marry in Italy’s civil code.

The couple took the municipality of Grosseto to court after its registrar refused to register their overseas marriage in New York in December of 2012 – finding that Italian jurisdictions should recognize any marriage that was legally conducted abroad.

April 8, 2014

Over 20 same-sex female couples rejoiced as a court formally recognized they could be named as parents to a child

Gay women across the Netherlands are celebrating after a major victory in adoption rights.

After a recent court ruling, it means gay women but not men can be legally parents of a child without going through a lengthy legal process.

The same rules do not apply to male couples because legal parentship rests with the mother and she cannot simply transfer it.

This victory comes after 13 years the Netherlands originally permitted adoption by same-sex couples.

April 8, 2014

While same-sex couples are able to get their unions blessed by individual priests, the religious leaders are banned from carrying out marriage ceremonies


The Church of Norway voted against priests carrying out gay marriage ceremonies today (8 April).

The vote was split against the proposal to allow same-sex unions in churches, with 51 religious leaders voting in favor and 64 against.

The National Association for LGBT people (LLH) said they were 'disappointed' by the vote.

April 7, 2014

Bristol Post editor has complained that his choice for a front page picture resulted in disappointing sales - and he asked the internet for help

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 28, 2014

The notion that gay people have bigger disposable incomes than their heterosexual counterparts has been debunked by a new study that shows LGBTI Americans are actually more likely to need food stamps to get by in life

A new study of food insecurity among LGBTI Americans by the Williams Institute at UCLA has debunked the myth that people in the gay community are more wealthy than the straight community – finding instead that, on average, they are more likely to rely on food stamps to keep food on the table.

The researchers found that LGBTI adults are 1.7 times more likely than non-LGBTI adults to not have had enough money to feed themselves or their family at some point in the past year.

March 26, 2014

Anglican clergy are expressly banned, under church doctrine as well as in law, from marrying same-sex couples in a church

A third of Church of England bishops are allegedly gay, according to a clergyman.

As same-sex marriage becomes a reality in England and Wales on 29 March, many religious leaders are speaking out for and against the unions.

Anglican clergy are expressly banned, under church doctrine as well as in law, from marrying same-sex couples in a church.

March 24, 2014

National Organization for Marriage co-founder Maggie Gallagher has conceded that same-sex marriage will come to all 50 US states

The co-founder of the leading group opposing same-sex marriage in the United States has conceded that her side has lost the fight and that gay couples will soon be able to marry all over the country.

Maggie Gallagher told the Huffington Post that she believed that a majority of Supreme Court judges would find any state ban on same-sex marriage that was brought before it to be unconstitutional.

Gallagher said she knew the end was near after a majority of the Supreme Court ruled against the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA).