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April 14, 2014

It is 10th consecutive ruling by a federal judge invalidating state bans since US Supreme Court ruling on Doma last June

A federal judge in Ohio officially issued a ruling today declaring Ohio's ban on gay marriage unconstitutional.

Judge Timothy Black gave advance notice last week of his intentions in order to give the state time to prepare its appeal. He also placed a stay on his ruling pending appeals meaning same-sex marriages cannot yet begin in the state.

Still, it marks the 10th consecutive ruling invalidating such a ban since the US Supreme Court gutted key provisions of the Defense of Marriage Act last June.

April 3, 2014

Bishop’s conference publicly rejected the proposition of MPs being denied communion for voting in favor of marriage equality

Catholic MPs will not be punished by the church for being in favor of gay marriage.

After some members of parliament in the UK supported same-sex marriage in England and Wales, the Bishop of Portsmouth Philip Egan accused them of being ‘grave sinners.’

However, yesterday (2 April) The Catholic Conference of England announced they have ‘no plans’ to side with the bishop and deny politicians Holy Communion.

March 29, 2014

The ruling is a setback in the fight for marriage equality in Taiwan as a bill to legalize same-sex marriage is currently being passed through the Legislative Yuan

A Taiwan court has rejected a gay couple's appeal against a government agency for refusing to register their union.

Veteran gay rights activist Chi Chia-wei and his partner filed the complaint with the Taipei court last year after a local household registration agency refused to register their marriage.

March 28, 2014

Australian Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young will introduce a bill to recognize overseas same-sex marriages in Australia as gay couples in the UK start to wed

Australian Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young has announced she will introduce a bill to legally recognize same-sex marriages performed in overseas jurisdictions in reaction to same-sex couples in England and Wales being able to marry from tomorrow.

Hanson-Young has also proposed an inquiry to examine the affect that the legalization of same-sex marriage has had in those jurisdictions where it is legal which would then draft a report for the parliament.

Hanson-Young made the announcement at a press conference earlier today in Melbourne.

March 28, 2014

Attorney General Eric Holder says couples will not be asked to wait for further resolution in the courts before seeking federal benefits

US Attorney General Eric Holder said today that the marriages of the more than 300 same-sex couples wed last weekend in Michigan will be recognized by the federal government.

Holder's announcement comes days after Michigan Governor Rick Snyder said the state would not recognize the marriages while there was a legal stay on last week's ruling by a federal judge which overturned the state's gay marriage ban.

March 14, 2014

The couples moved to Tennesee after legally marrying in other states - filed federal lawsuit last October

A federal judge in Nashville ruled on Friday (14 March) that Tennessee must recognize the marriages of three same-sex couples while their lawsuit against the state's gay marriage ban is pending.

The three couples were legally married in other states before moving to Tennessee.

They filed suit last October claiming the ban violates the federal Constitution’s guarantees of equal protection and due process and the constitutionally protected right to travel between and move to other states.

March 13, 2014

Existing marriages of gay couples that took place overseas are now legally recognized

Gay couples in England and Wales can register for marriage today (13 March).

Existing marriages of gay couples that took place overseas are now legally recognized.

The 15-day notice period to register intent to marry can be waived if one of the partners is terminally ill.

For those who wish to convert their civil partnerships into marriages, that procedure is expected to come into effect later this year.

March 9, 2014

'It feels so schizophrenic not to be recognized for who you are'

Four Indiana gay couples are suing to have their out of state marriages recognized.

The suit, filed in federal court on Friday (7 March), seeks to overturn Indiana's Defense of Marriage Act, which views same-sex marriages illegal even if recognized by other states.

March 8, 2014

Two British lesbians, who lost a fight to have their Canadian marriage legalized in 2006, will finally be granted married couple status next week

A British lesbian couple are to have their marriage legally recognized, years after a High Court judge ruled against it.

Sue Wilkinson and Celia Kitzinger will be formally recognized as a married couple on Thursday (13 March), ahead of the new same-sex marriage act coming into place on 29 March in England and Wales.

The couple, who are university professors in the UK, got married in Canada in 2003 where Wilkinson was working and same-sex marriage had just become legal.

March 2, 2014

Two couples in Hong Kong have teamed up to launch a new group to lobby the government to recognize civil partnerships and same-sex marriages performed overseas; and ultimately same-sex marriage

French expatriate Betty Grisoni and her Singaporean wife Abby Lee, together with Hongkonger and Canadian passport holder Guy Ho and his husband Henry Lam, will officially launch their group Double Happiness today.

Grisoni, 43, and Lee, 41, who had a commitment ceremony in Sydney in 2002, will also be celebrating their 12th anniversary today.

February 21, 2014

Despite the Constitutional Court ruling last year that gay couples could adopt together on a technicality, they have thrown out a referral asking them to rule on joint same-sex adoptions

Germany’s top court has ruled gay couples are banned from joint adoption today (21 February), despite being allowed to on a technicality.

The Constitutional Court in Karlsruhe threw out a request from a Berlin district court to rule on whether same-sex couples living in a registered civil partnership could adopt children together.

But gay rights activists have said the ruling is effectively meaningless, as same-sex couples are allowed to use a system called ‘successive adoption’.

February 20, 2014

The Liberal president of the Western Australia state Legislative Council has ruled that a Greens Party bill that would allow same-sex marriages at a state level can be considered by the chamber

A bill to allow same-sex marriages at a state level cleared its first hurdle in the Western Australia state Parliament on Tuesday with the Liberal Party’s President of the Legislative Chamber ruling not to withdraw the Same-Sex Marriage Bill introduced by Greens Member of the Legislative Council (MLC) Lynn MacLaren late last year.

February 14, 2014

Texas Republican introduces bill that would prevent federal government from recognizing gay marriages in states where there is a ban in place

Accusing the Obama administration of 'trying to force gay marriage on all 50 states,' Republican Senator Ted Cruz introduced a bill on Thursday (13 February) that would limit federal recognition of same-sex unions.

Cruz, a Tea Party favorite from Texas, wants to pass the State Defense of Marriage Act which would limit federal programs and benefits to married gay or lesbian couples living in states where same-sex marriage is legal.

February 13, 2014

The Mormon Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints have filed a ‘friend of the court’ brief in the Utah state government’s appeal of a court decision that overturned its ban on same-sex marriage

The Mormon church has filed a last minute legal brief with the 10th US Circuit Court of Appeals which is hearing the Utah state government’s appeal of the court decision that struck down its ban on same-sex marriage.

Nearly a thousand same-sex couples were able to marry in Utah during a brief window before the US Supreme Court issued an order for state officials to stop marrying more gay couples until an appeal could be held.

February 12, 2014

Suit claims couples are instructed by state to lie on their federal tax returns by stating they are single

Four couples filed a federal lawsuit today challenging Lousiana's ban on recognizing same-sex marriages performed in other states.

The suit was filed on the same day as a federal judge in Kentucky struck down a similar ban in that state which co-plaintiff Forum for Equality Louisiana looks at as a major plus.

February 11, 2014

Nevada looks set to join the 17 US states that allow same-sex couples to marry after the state government announced it would no longer seek to defend its ban from legal challenge

Same-sex couples may soon be able to have drive-through weddings in Las Vegas after the Nevada government withdrew from a case challenging the state’s ban on same-sex marriage.

Nevada Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto announced Monday that the government would withdraw from the case which is before the US 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, saying that with recent court victories the law is no longer defensible in court.

February 10, 2014

New research has tracked the huge divide in acceptance of social issues such as gay marriage and abortion between Catholics in the developing and developed worlds and shows Spain leading the way

A Voice of the People poll has found that close to one-in-four Spanish Catholics would like their church to start marrying same-couples as part of a global snapshot of where ordinary Catholics stand on social issues.

Only 27% of Spanish Catholics still say they oppose civil same-sex marriages though another 9% did not answer the question.

February 10, 2014

Pending a public vote in 2015 to allow same-sex marriages in Ireland, those who travel abroad to get married will have their status recognized in their home country

Same-sex couples who travel from Ireland to marry in the England, Wales and Scotland will have their status recognized pending a public vote next year.

A Department of Justice spokesman has confirmed that once a referendum allowing same-sex marriage in Ireland is passed, all foreign unions will be recognized.

January 25, 2014

Gay couples where one partner is terminally ill or due to leave for military service can apply to marry as soon a law comes into effect on 13 March

England and Wales’ first same-sex marriage could take place more than two weeks earlier than previously reported, according to official guidance.

In exceptional circumstances, same-sex couples wanting to tie the knot may be able to marry on Thursday 13 March instead of Saturday 29 March.

If one partner is terminally ill or is about to be sent away on military service they can apply to have the compulsory 15-day notice period waived, and will be able to marry from 13 March onward - the day The Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act 2013 comes into effect.

January 23, 2014

From 1 July Australian couples, regardless of sexuality, will be able to receive $200 worth of free relationship counseling in an Australian Government scheme designed to combat relationship breakups

Same-sex and opposite-sex Australian couples will be able to access $200 worth of free relationship counseling from 1 July this year under a new Australian Government scheme but the Australian campaign for marriage equality says if the government is serious about keeping same-sex couples together it should just let them marry.

January 17, 2014

Applies to marriages that took place during brief legal window or in another state

They live in a state where their governor says they are not legally married.

But same-sex couples married in Utah in the last 12 days of December of last year will be able to file joint tax returns for 2013, according to an announcement Thursday (16 January) from the Utah State Tax Commission.

This also applies to same-sex couples who live in Utah but were married in another state where the marriages are legal.

January 16, 2014

Marriages between gay and lesbian couples accounted for nearly 7% of marriages in New Zealand since the South Pacific nation legalized same-sex marriage, government figures reveal

Figures released by the New Zealand Registrar-General of Births, Deaths and Marriages this month show that 7% of marriages since New Zealand legalized same-sex marriage involved a same-sex couple.

Close to 5% of the couples who married since same-sex couples could begin to legally marry on 19 August were same-sex New Zealanders while another two percent were from overseas.

Of the overseas same-sex couples 88 were Australian while 43 hailed from elsewhere.

January 10, 2014

A spokesperson for the Mormon Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has said the church will be staying out of the appeal of the legalization of same-sex marriage in Utah for now but has not ruled out getting involved at a later date

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, also known as the Mormons, has said it will not get involved in the Utah state government’s appeal to the legalization of same-sex marriage by a District Court for now - but has not ruled out becoming involved at a later date.

January 10, 2014

Announcement comes after state's governor put status of couples 'on hold' pending appeal of marriage ban ruling

US Attorney General Eric Holder had some good news for the more than 1,000 same-sex couples in Utah who got married in recent weeks: their marriages are considered legal by the federal government.

Holder delivered the news via video message on Friday (10 January) a few days after Utah Governor Gary Herbert essentially said the marriages were not legally valid and would not be recognized by the state.