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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).

March 18, 2014

After the boy was bullied for being different, his unsympathetic parents took him back to the adoption home because he had ‘too many problems'

An Italian teen boy was given up by his adopted Italian family for being gay, it was reported today (18 March).

The boy, 14, was abandoned by his biological parents as a baby. Described as ‘sweet, shy and insecure’, other children bullied him because of his sexuality.

But instead of providing support, his unsympathetic adoptive parents disowned him and took him back to the adoption home as it created ‘too many problems’.

March 6, 2014

Men and women are deeply divided on the issue of gay adoption, with women 70% in favor and with men 47% against

Half of British men think two gay dads cannot raise children as well as male-female couples, new research shows.

In a new survey, it shows men and women are deeply divided on whether gay men should become parents.

While 47% of men are opposed to a child being raised by two fathers, 70% of women are support gay couples adopting.

When it comes to lesbian partners raising children, views are softer, but a gender gap remains.

42% of men doubt same-sex female couples’ ability to raise children, in comparison to 27% of women.

March 4, 2014

Sociology professor Mark Regnarus’ research has been denounced by his own department at the University of Texas as he continues to present himself as an expert witness on same-sex parenting in court cases

The Department of Sociology at the University of Texas and its College of Liberal Arts have distanced themselves from the research of their controversial Sociology Professor Mark Regnarus as he continues to present himself as an expert witness on the parenting abilities of same-sex couples.

March 3, 2014

Jack Evans and George Harris were married at Midway Hills Christian Church in Texas on Saturday after 53 years together – though their marriage will not yet be recognized by the state

Gay couple George Harris and Jack Evans were married on Sunday after 53 years together by a United Methodist priest who has put his pension and credentials as a clergyman on the line in order to conduct the ceremony.

Harris, 80, and Evans, 84, met in Dallas in 1961 and have been together ever since.

They were married 1 March at Midway Hills Christian Church.

March 1, 2014

He didn't get a response after sending 100 letters to lawmakers last year, so he roped in 20 other students to send 2,900 more letters this time

Liang Wenhui, a graduate student from Guangdong University of Foreign Studies and founder of Chinese Gay-Straight Alliance, with the help of other students wrote and posted 3,000 individually-addressed letters to individual deputies of China’s National People’s Congress (NPC) last week urging them to legalize same-sex marriage.

Twenty-two students from Sun Yat-sen University in Guangzhou are said to have spent five and half hours stuffing the letters in the envelopes, piling them into four big boxes before taking them to the post office.

February 25, 2014

A gay Russian couple has reportedley entered in matrimony in Buenos Aires, and plans to apply for refugee status to escape Russia’s anti-gay laws

A gay couple from Sochi has fled to Argentina to marry and escape Russia's homophobic rule.

Alexander (47) and Dimitri (35) were reportedly married today (25 February) at 11:30 am in the Buenos Aires civil registry on the street Uruguay 753.

Upon calling the civil registry, GSN was told details of the marriage could not be confirmed nor denied over the phone, but the desk did confirm media cameras present in the lobby.

February 17, 2014

Just over 1 percent of same-sex civil unions have been dissolved in the six years that they have been available to gay couples in the Australian Capital Territory

Only 1.1% of same-sex couples in civil unions in the Australian Capital Territory have divorced in the past 6 years – a far lower figure than the number of heterosexual divorces.

Only 9 same-sex couples have sought to have their civil unions annulled since civil unions became available to them in the territory in May of 2008.

In that time there have been 799 civil unions and 8,711 heterosexual marriages recognized in the Australian Capital Territory.

February 4, 2014

Two men were forced from their home and made to masturbate and have anal sex while a crowd of onlookers jeered in mob ‘justice’ attack

A mob forced an alleged gay couple out of their home and made them have sex while being filmed on camera phones in Nigeria.

The vigilantes are heard jeering on the explicit video as they make the two men masturbate each other and then have anal sex outside.

A large crowd of onlookers gathered to watch the men’s humiliation.

The video is reported by Nigerian sources on the ground to have come from Port Harcourt, a city with a population of almost 2million including its suburban area, in the south of the country.

January 29, 2014

Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has told a ministerial forum that it is not his government’s role to lead the people on LGBTI rights as new polling shows that 4 out of 5 Singaporeans still think gay relationships are almost always wrong

Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has told a ministerial forum with the students union of Nanyang Technological University that it is not up to his government to lead the Singaporean people into accepting LGBTI rights and that the people’s deeply held values must be respected.

Singapore’s Today newspaper live tweeted the Prime Minister’s speech, tweeting ‘On LGBT issues, PM Lee says not Gov's role to decide if society's deeply held social, moral values are right or wrong.’

January 27, 2014

Israel’s Health Ministry has put forward a proposal to allow same-sex couples access to surrogacy in Israel while 65 babies born to surrogates in Thailand will begin to join their gay parents in Israel

Israel’s Health Ministry has advised its parliament that it intends to put forward a proposal so that Israeli same-sex couples no longer have to travel overseas to access surrogacy.

The proposal, announced Sunday to the Knesset Interior Committee, comes after 65 babies born to surrogate mothers in Thailand were blocked from returning to Israel with their gay Israeli fathers after Thailand placed a moratorium on non-Thais seeking surrogacy services.

January 24, 2014

A new review of research by the Australian Government’s Institute of Family Studies has found that kids who are being brought up in families headed by gays and lesbians do as well as their heterosexually parented peers

The Australian Institute of Family Studies has released a report on the well being of children raised by gays and lesbians and found they did just as well as those raised by heterosexual men and women.

The Australian Institute of Family Studies is the Australian Government's key research body in the area of family well being and provides an evidence base for developing policy supportive of the well being of families in Australia.

January 14, 2014

Study has found gay couples in the UK are still reluctant to show public displays of affection fearing reprisal and stares

Gay couples have happier relationships than heterosexuals, according to a new study released today (14 January).

But they are less likely to be openly loving towards each other and avoid public displays of affection.

The Open University has studied 5,000 British people aiming to find out how modern couples are keeping their relationships on track.

It found simple things – like making a cup of tea in the morning and taking it up to them in bed – were the most treasured by couples as examples of intimacy.

January 3, 2014

A lesbian couple filing for divorce highlights the need for comprehensive changes in all states’ official proceedings once they legalize gay marriage

Two weeks after Hawaii legalized gay marriage, a lesbian couple filed for divorce.

Divorce attorney Gavin Doi told KHON 2 local news he received a call last month from a lesbian couple who wished to end their partnership.

The couple lives in Hawaii but married on the mainland in 2012.

December 29, 2013

It was an uphill battle in the struggle for LGBTI rights in Asia during 2013, with some small gains but also some major set backs

2013 was a year in which LGBTI rights reforms were more warmly welcomed by many governments across the Asian region, but the Indian Supreme Court’s recriminalization of homosexuality cast a heavy shadow over the year.

2013 was also a year where new frontrunners emerged in the race to become the first Asian nation legalize same-sex marriage, with Vietnam and Taiwan emerging as strong contenders to become the first to allow same-sex couples to wed.

December 23, 2013

Karina and Gabriela became the second same-sex couple to wed in the state of Oaxaca since a December 2012 Supreme Court ruling found the state’s ban on gay marriage unconstitutional

A lesbian couple became the second same-sex marriage to take place in the state of Oaxaca.

Yesterday (22 December) Karina and Gabriela, whose last names have been omitted per their request, married in a private ceremony at approximately 3pm local time.

Alex Ali Mendez Dia, a lawyer for Oaxaca Front for the Respect and Recognition of Sexual Diversity, told Gay Star News the couple has been waiting two years to get married.

December 14, 2013

Right wing group Advance America has distributed leaflets to churches warning of 'dire consequences' should marriage equality prevail

A conservative group in the state of Indiana has begun handing out leaflets to churches warning of the dangers of legalising same-sex marriage.

 

The leaflets, distributed by Christian fundamentalist group Advance America, warns churchgoers that if same-sex marriage becomes legal, school would be required to teach that homosexual marriages are normal.