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September 22, 2014

During her time as PM, she was opposed to the 'redefinition of the traditional notion of marriage'

Julia Gillard has accepted same-sex marriage will one day happen in Australia.

The former Labor prime minister opposes same-sex marriage, maintaining she believes in the 'traditional' definition of the union.

But in a new interview, she admits her views are 'old fashioned' and that marriage equality is an inevitability in the developed world.

September 17, 2014

Legislation in the self-governing Australian territory of Norfolk Island has been put forward to allow same-sex couples to marry and the bill has been crafted with a view to surviving any constitutional challenge

At 10.30 today, Sydney time, a bill to create legal same-sex marriages was tabled in the parliamentary Assembly of the autonomous Australian territory of Norfolk Island – putting it on a course to become the first part of Australia where same-sex couples will be able to legally marry.

The bill was put forward by Norfolk Island Assembly member Hayden Evans and aims to allow Australian same-sex couples to marry on their home soil rather than having to travel overseas.

September 8, 2014

Ahead of an anticipated law change allowing gay civil unions, a poll reveals that more than two-thirds of Chilean youth support same-sex marriage

A poll undertaken by Chile’s National Youth Institute (INJUV) has found that 70% of young people in the traditionally conservative country said that they supported same-sex marriage, and most approved of adoption for same-sex couples too.

Gay marriage is currently banned in the country but the Chilean congress is soon to approve a law on civil unions for both gay and straight couples – although this will not be equivalent to marriage.

September 3, 2014

Adoption and social security rights will also be extended to gay couples

Coahuila on Monday became the first Mexican state to formally approve gay marriage through its legislature.

Lawmakers approved 40 changes to the state’s civil code that will extend all marital rights to gay couples, including adoption and social security.

The changes were passed by 19 votes to three and could come into effect as early as next week.

Leftist congressman Samuel Acevedo, who proposed the changes in March, told journalists the change was 'a great step forward.'

August 24, 2014

Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa announced on Saturday that his government would allow same-sex couples in committed relationships to register their relationships with the government in order to protect their rights and obligations

The South American nation of Ecuador has become the latest on the continent to enshrine the rights of committed same-sex couples, with President Rafael Correa announcing that same-sex de facto marriages would be registered by the state, while stopping short of allowing same-sex couples to officially marry.

Ecuador’s 2009 constitution bans same-sex marriage but also provides for the legal recognition of committed unmarried relationships and Correa has now announced that as of 15 September such couples will be able to register their relationships regardless of sexuality.

August 21, 2014

Girls are getting married quicker than the boys, with a 56%-44% split between gay and lesbian couples

Official figures have revealed how many same-sex marriages have taken place in the UK.

A total of 1,409 marriages have taken place from 29 March, the first day gay couples could legally get married in England and Wales, and 30 June.

Of these, 56% were female couples (796 marriages) and 44% were male (613).

When the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act 2014 was introduced in England and Wales, it triggered a rush of couples wanting to be among the first tie the knot.

August 2, 2014

Same-sex marriage activists including 28 gay couples made a dramatic entrance at a household registration office in Taipei on Friday

As part of a campaign seeking same-sex marriage to be legalized in Taiwan, 28 same-sex couples – accompanied by activists from the Taiwan Alliance to Promote Civil Partnership Rights (TAPCPR) – walked into Zhongzheng District Household Registration Office in Taipei on Friday and attempted to register their unions.

Taiwan’s Civil Code stipulates that a marriage must be a union between a man and a woman.

July 28, 2014

The first same-sex couple to legally marry in the Mexican state of Michoacan has set another precedent in obtaining the legal right to have children

A lesbian couple in Mexico won a court ruling validating their marriage, allowing them to pursue parenthood should they wish.

Alejandra Banderas Rosales y Claudia Brizeiry López Ramos, who became the first same-sex couple to legally wed in the state of Michoacan on 12 March 2014, were informed over the weekend their case against Mexico’s Family Code proved successful.

July 25, 2014

The Italian city of Bologna will recognize its citizens' same-sex marriages that were performed in jurisdictions where they are legal, becoming the latest local government area in Italy to act on the issue while the national government fails to do so

The mayor of Bologna has paved the way for gay couples to have their foreign marriages registered in the city, the latest step in a growing movement for the legalization of same-sex marriage in Italy.

Bologna Mayor Virginio Merola announced Tuesday that same-sex marriages performed outside of Italy will be recorded in the city’s civil register.

July 18, 2014

Same-sex marriages were conducted in Utah from 2013 December to 2014 January, a 17 day window

The US Supreme Court is allowing Utah not to recognize approximately 1,300 same-sex marriages as the state appeals the legality of those unions.

This past December, District Court Judge Robert J. Shelby ruled Utah's gay marriage ban violated the Constitution’s guarantees of equal protection and due process.

July 15, 2014

An overwhelming number of Australians now want same-sex couples to be allowed to be legally married, the ruling Liberal Party’s own pollster of choice says

More Australians support same-sex marriage than ever before, according to a new poll.

A phone poll of 1,000 Australians chosen at random found that 72% of Australians now support same-sex marriage, while only 21% are still opposed and only 14% say they are ‘strongly opposed.’

Only 7% said they were undecided on the issue.

The poll was particularly significant as it was conducted by the Crosby|Textor polling company which is the same one relied by Australia’s ruling Liberal Party when polling the electorate.

July 13, 2014

'I think a lot of these measures that ultimately will come before the court will not survive a heightened scrutiny examination'

If a US state's gay marriage ban is argued in front of the Supreme Court, Attorney General Eric Holder promises the Department of Justice will file a friend of the court brief asking for the prohibition to be removed.

Holder was a guest today, 13 July,  on the ABC News show This Week.

July 9, 2014

Governor Jerry Brown has signed a bill into law creating a gender neutral definition of marriage in California law and recognizing out-of-state same-sex marriages one year after the defeat of Prop 8 in the US Supreme Court

Democratic Governor Jerry Brown signed a bill on Monday that marks the final step on the road to marriage equality for the state of California.

SB1306 deletes language defining marriage as being only between a ‘man and a woman’ in state laws and also recognizes same-sex marriages performed in other states in the same way that California recognizes opposite-sex marriages performed elsewhere.

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 3, 2014

Australian LGBTI rights activist Tony Pitman has crunched the numbers to find one-in-ten human beings now live in jurisdictions where same-sex couples are allowed to marry

A new analysis undertaken by Melbourne, Australia based LGBTI rights activist Tony Pitman has revealed that over ten per cent of the world’s population now lives in jurisdictions where same-sex couples can marry.

Pitman calculates that the legalization of same-sex marriage in the US state of Pennsylvania was the tipping point.

The world’s population is 7,176,000,000 and as of May 725,000,000 people live in countries or jurisdictions within countries where same-sex couples may marry.

July 2, 2014

It seems that most same-sex couples in New Zealand are preferring marriage over civil unions now that both are available to them

The number of same-sex couples entering into civil unions has nearly halved in the first year that same-sex marriage has been available to them.

There were 390 civil union performed in New Zealand in 2012 but only 233 in 2013, statistics show.

In comparison 355 same-sex couples got married in New Zealand between August and December last year and by March the total number of same-sex marriages had risen to 668.

3227 New Zealand couples have entered into civil unions since they became available in April of 2005 but many have since married.

July 1, 2014

Judge John G. Heyburn II had already previously ruled that Kentucky must recognize same-sex marriages performed in states where they are legal

Kentucky's ban on same-sex marriage was struck down today by a federal judge who has ruled that it is unconstitutional.

The ruling, however, was put on hold pending an expected appeal meaning there will be no marriage licenses issued to same-sex couples for now.

The ruling by US District Judge John G. Heyburn II marks the 23rd consecutive ruling in favor of marriage equality since the US Supreme Court gutted the Defense of Marriage Act last June.

The DOMA ruling means the federal government must recognize legal marriages between those of the same sex.

June 27, 2014

The first same-sex couple to be legally married on Australian soil wed today at the British consulate in Sydney but their marriage won’t be recognized by the Australian Government anytime soon

From today British consulates around Australia are allowed to marry same-sex couples where at least one of the parties is a UK citizen.

What is believed to be the first such marriage in Australia took place today around 3pm at the British consulate near Sydney’s Circular Quay and involved a Scottish Australian couple.

Peter Fraser and Gordon Stevenson married wearing matching kilts in the Fraser clan tartan after 19 years together.

June 25, 2014

But same-sex marriages put on hold pending a final appeal to the US Supreme Court

An appeals court has struck down Utah's ban on gay marriage.

The ruling has been stayed pending an appeal to the US Supreme Court which means marriages cannot yet resume in the state.

The decision by the US Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit marks the first federal appellate court ruling in a same-sex marriage case since the US Supreme Court ruled last June that the federal government must recognize the marriages of same-sex couples.

June 12, 2014

Diplomatic staff at the British Consulate for Hong Kong are reviewing a decision to not allow same-sex couples to marry there after it was revealed that the Spanish Consulate in Hong Kong is already marrying same-sex couples

British consular officials are reviewing a decision to comply with a Hong Kong Government request that they not perform same-sex marriages for couples where at least one partner is a British citizen.

The Hong Kong government asked the Consulate not to begin performing same-sex marriages over the weekend but its protocol department has since clarified that it is up to Consular officials whether they heed that request.

British law says that embassies should not marry same-sex couples at their consulates if the host country objects.

June 6, 2014

There are now 71 pending cases in 31 states

A lawsuit was filed Friday (6 June) by seven same-sex couples challenging North Dakota's ban in gay marriage.

North Dakota had been the only remaining US states with a gay marriage ban that was unchallenged in the court. There are now a total of 71 cases pending in the 31 states with bans.

The lawsuit was filed in US District Court in Fargo and not only challenges the ban itself but also North Dakota's refusal to recognize same-sex marriages performed in other states.

May 28, 2014

Tiny European country's parliament expected to take full vote before summer

Luxembourg moved one step closer today to legalizing gay marriage and adoption by same-sex couples.

The tiny European country's parliament's legal affairs committee has passed n°6172A which is expected to be put before the full parliament for a vote before summer.

It will be a move popular with citizens. A survey conducted last year revealed 83% of people in Luxembourg support same-sex marriage.

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 26, 2014

Every remaining state ban on same-sex marriage in America will be tested in court after lawyers announced they would file a case against North Dakota over its ban on gay and lesbian couples marring

North Dakota will officially join 32 other states in having its ban on same-sex couples being allowed to marry challenged in the courts.