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December 13, 2012

A second meeting of activists for intersex rights has called on the medical community and the UN to respect their rights

The second International Intersex Forum ended on Tuesday in Stockhom, Sweden.

The forum, part of an International Lesbian and Gay Association (ILGA) conference, saw 37 activists from 33 organizations extend the demands agreed at last year's first meeting.

As well as ending discrimination against intersex people and ensuring 'the right of bodily integrity and self-determination', the group agreed to a list of demands mostly aimed at the medical community.

August 23, 2012

A poll created by Conservative peer Lord Ashcroft suggests 75% of British people will vote for parties who support marriage equality

A large amount of British people are indifferent or even oblivious to the gay marriage issue, according to a poll published on Wednesday (22 August).

Influential Conservative peer Lord Ashcroft created the poll to dismiss claims Prime Minister David Cameron’s decision to push ahead with marriage equality would cost him votes at the next election.

According to the polling data, around 31% of respondents were opposed to gay marriage but within that third of the population only 12% said it would affect their vote.

August 21, 2012

A coalition of over 50 New Zealand Christian leaders have rejected a call by the country’s Catholic bishops for young voters to oppose marriage equality

New Zealand’s six Catholic bishops have written to young Catholic voters to urge them to oppose marriage equality which they say would threaten ‘society as a whole.’

‘This is no small matter, nor quibbling about words; this is an attempt to re-engineer the status and structure of family life in New Zealand and elsewhere,’ the bishops warned.

August 9, 2012

Study finds that media coverage of scientific reports on animal same-sex behavior paints gays and lesbians in negative light

A study claims that media coverage of research on same-sex animal behavior promotes negative stereotypes of gays and lesbians.

Dr Andrew Barron from Australia's Macquarie University and Dr Mark Brown from Royal Holloway University of London found that scientific reports on gay behavior in animals were exploited by the media for 'titillation and humor' or  suggest that homosexuality can be cured.

August 5, 2012

After Premier Lara Gidding's announcement, reports suggest the Australian state will have a tough time legalizing marriage equality

Australian state Tasmania has hit a stumbling block in the process to legalize gay marriage.

According to president of the Legislative Council Sue Smith, she has said it will have a tough time going through Tasmania’s Upper House.

On Saturday (4 August), Premier Lara Giddings told the State Labor Party conference she would move to legalize gay marriage by the end of 2012.

July 25, 2012

Scotland will be first part of UK to legalize same-sex marriage. UPDATE: Full reactions from LGBT campaigners, faith leaders and politicians

Scotland has confirmed it will legalize gay marriage, becoming the first part of the UK to do so.

A bill on the issue will be brought forward in the country's parliament this September.

Today’s decision (25 July) comes after cabinet members of the Scottish National Party (SNP) government met earlier this month to discuss the measures.

Despite widespread support for a change in the law, there has been fierce opposition from some religious leaders and clerics.

July 9, 2012

A couple from Glasgow are calling on the Scottish government to legalize religious gay marriages

A lesbian couple from Glasgow said ‘I do’ to gay marriage during a mock wedding outside the Scottish parliament in Edinburgh.

Jaye and Ruth Richards-Hill symbolically tied the knot today at Holyrood to call for the legalization of same-sex marriage, as well as allow religious organizations to hold ceremonies if they want to.

Scotland’s ministers will announce the results of a consultation this month, with a finalized bill likely to appear by 2013.

July 8, 2012

Leader of Scotland's Roman Catholic Church has promised an 'unprecedented backlash' if marriage equality is legalized

Cardinal Keith O’Brien, the man that compared legalizing gay marriage with bringing back slavery, has declared war.

The leader of Scottish Roman Catholic Church has warned of an unprecedented backlash if Alex Salmond, Scotland’s first minister, presses ahead with plans to legalize gay marriage.

May 29, 2012

Balls says gay uncle died before getting hitched. Calls for religious marriage too

Britain’s shadow chancellor, Ed Balls, has produced a video backing gay marriage in honor of his late uncle, who came out as gay in his 50s.

Balls said his uncle died before he had the chance to have a civil partnership with his long-term partner.

The shadow chancellor is the most senior Labour politician so far to back Out4Marriage – a campaign which encourages politicians, celebrities and the public to record videos explaining why they want gay marriage equality.

April 18, 2012

The creators of Sesso, Amore & Disabilità are trying to raise funds to compete to national festivals

A documentary about the sexual life of disabled Italians, including lesbians and gays, is going to be released in Bologna and will compete in national film festivals.

Named Sesso, Amore & Disabilità (Sex, Love and Disability) it is one of the first Italian documentaries about disabled people’s sexual behaviour.

April 16, 2012

Catholic group hand petition of 1,000 signatures opposed to gay marriage to Scotland's Deputy First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon

A Catholic group in Scotland have handed an anti-gay marriage petition of 1,000 signatures to one of the country's senior politicians.

Members from the Knights of St Columba handed it to Nicola Sturgeon, the MSP for Glasgow Southside and Scotland's Deputy First Minister, at her surgery.

A public consultation on whether to legalize gay marriage in Scotland closed on the 9 December, attracting over 70,000 responses, making it the biggest consultation in the history of the Scottish Parliament.

April 11, 2012

Marriage equality advocates to speak at parliament hearing in Sydney as over 50 clergy submit letter of support

Campaigners in Australia will tomorrow (12 April) urge the government to seize the 'historic opportunity' to legalize gay marriage.

During the hearing in Sydney, legal, religious and community leaders will tell a House of Representatives inquiry into marriage equality why they support or oppose the reform.

March 26, 2012

Gay couples are symbolically tying the knot today for Adam Hills Australian TV show

Australian comedian and TV host Adam Hills is filming a mass gay wedding in Melbourne today (26 March).

The ceremony, which will be aired on his Adam Hills in Gordon St Tonight  show on Wednesday (28 March), follows the star's promise to give a lesbian couple who proposed on the program a TV wedding.

However, Hills told the couple, Elise and Rebecca, that it wouldn’t be a legal union because gay marriage wasn't yet legal in the country.

March 23, 2012

We look at the myths being lined up to criticize lesbian and gay marriages and the response to them

There has been a lot of criticism of same-sex marriage in Britain recently, after the UK government started to consult on how it could be introduced.

As in the US, Australia, Spain and countless other countries where the issue has been debated, much of the opposition is nonsensical and misleading.

So we’re busting the most common myths used by homophobes to try to block gay marriage.

Myth: Marriage is an ancient institution and we shouldn’t change it.

March 6, 2012

Leader of Catholic church in England and Wales urges congregations to protect the true meaning of marriage

Catholics in England and Wales will be urged to oppose gay marriage during masses in 2,500 churches on Sunday (11 March).

In a letter written by Archbishop of Westminster the Most Reverend Vincent Nichols, the leader of the Catholic Church in England and Wales, congregations are called on to protect the true meaning of marriage by taking part in a national consultation on the British government's plans for equal marriage rights and to lobby their MPs.

February 23, 2012

First couples register for civil unions in Queensland

Same-sex couples in Queensland Australia, queued up to be the first to register for civil unions in the state. Among them were John Ebert and John Stafford who are legally formalising their relationship after 42 years together.

February 22, 2012

Gov. Neil Abercrombie: 'This is inequality, and I will not defend it'

Hawaii Governor Neil Abercrombie is speaking out against his state's ban in same-sex marriages.

Last year, Abercrombie signed into law a civil unions bill which allows same-sex  couples to have the the same state rights and responsibilities as traditional marriage.

But he believes it is not enough.

December 29, 2011

Money raised by New Year will help fund battle against the anti-gay Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) in USA

US pro-gay marriage organisation Freedom to Marry is hoping to raise $100,000 by 31 December to help their cause next year.

Freedom to Marry wants to end the long wait many same-sex couples across the United States have endured to get married and educate the public on the harms caused by discrimination in marriage. Their vision is to ensure the momentum of 2011 is carried into next year and to win support for gay marriage nationwide with their Roadmap to Victory strategy.

December 8, 2011

Scottish supporters and religious opponents of gay marriage face each other at Parliament

Supporters of gay marriage have been met by a noisy resistance outside the Scottish Parliament on Thursday (8 December).

Members of the Humanist Society had gathered at Holyrood the day before a Scottish Government consultation on the issue closes.

But they were at times drowned out by religious supporters of the institution of (straight) marriage.