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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.

May 23, 2014

'We have an obligation as a state to defend those laws'

Utah Governor Gary Herbert chided politicians, in other US states, for not defending laws blocking gay marriage.

'For elected officials, governors or attorney generals, to pick and choose what laws (they) will enforce I think is a tragedy, and is the next step to anarchy,' the Republican said at a 22 May news conference, according to the Associated Press.

May 19, 2014

Judge Michael McShane believes 'if we can look for a moment past gender and sexuality, we can see in these plaintiffs nothing more or less than our own families'

A federal court judge today struck down Oregon's ban on same-sex marriage after finding it to be unconstitutional.

The ruling by US District Judge Michael McShane came in the case of Rummell and West v. Kitzhaber.

The judge did not stay his ruling which means same-sex marriages in Oregon can begin immediately and makes it the 18th US state to have marriage equality.

May 19, 2014

Governor Gary Herbert had said the unions were 'on hold' and eligible for state benefits

A federal judge ruled Monday (19 May) that the state of Utah must legally recognize the more than 1,200 same-sex marriages that took place in late December and early January.

The marriages took place during a 17 day period which began when a federal judge struck down the state's same-sex marriage and ended when the US Supreme Court ordered a halt to the marriages while the case in being appealed.

US District Judge Dale A. Kimball ruled that the marriages already performed cannot be made illegal after the fact.

May 18, 2014

Irish bishop Dr Paul Colton has said the church of Ireland is ‘not at all up to pace with the debate’ on gay marriage 

A Church of Ireland bishop has come forward and said he supports same-sex marriage.

Dr Paul Colton, Bishop of Cork, Cloyne and Ross, was speaking to BBC Radio Ulster's Sunday Sequence programme about his views on gay marriage.

‘The events in society are moving very rapidly and the church is not at all up to pace with the debate’ he said.

‘I certainly support civil same sex marriage.

May 15, 2014

The Australian Senate will hold investigative hearings on whether to legally recognize same-sex marriages performed overseas after a Greens party senator put forward a bill on the issue

The Australian Senate’s Legal and Constitutional Committee will hold an inquiry on legally recognizing same-sex marriages performed overseas after Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young introduced a bill that would recognize them if passed.

Australia already recognizes heterosexual marriages which are legally conducted overseas and the Greens bill seeks to also recognize same-sex marriages performed overseas where they are legal.

April 29, 2014

Gay rights groups are disappointed by the defeat, criticizing one of the party's usage of a petition of concern to block the motion

Hopes for gay marriage in Northern Ireland were dashed after a motion was defeated in the legislative assembly today (29 April).

Members of the Legislative Assembly debated a move to introduce same-sex marriage, as adopted in England, Wales and Scotland.

The Sinn Féin motion said religious institutions would have the choice to conduct same-sex marriages, but that was not enough.

43 MLAs voted in favor of same-sex marriage, with 50 voted against.

April 16, 2014

Northern Ireland politicians are making a third bid to legalize same-sex marriage, following England, Wales and Scotland

The Northern Ireland Assembly is to debate giving gay and lesbian couples the right to marry.

It is the only nation in the UK to have not already passed same-sex marriage.

But now six Members of the Legislative Assembly (MLAs) have filed a motion calling for marriage equality.

The private members motion is due to be debated on 29 April.

The motion notes that England, Wales and Scotland have ‘moved forward with equal marriage rights for same-sex couples’.

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.