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May 17, 2015

94 out of 100 delegates at the United Protestant Church of France’ synod voted for vicars to be allowed to bless same-sex marriages but dissenters will not be forced to do so against their will

The largest Protestant Christian denomination in France has approved church blessings for same-sex couples when they marry just two years to the month after France legalized same-sex marriage.

The United Protestant Church of France is the fourth largest religious denomination in France after Catholicism, Islam and Judaism and the largest group representing Protestants and has around 400,000 members.

May 15, 2015

While the majority of Colombians are opposed to same-sex marriage, the government say they are committed to equality

Gay marriage in Colombia has had a long and difficult journey, but the government is apparently determined to bring in equality.

Interior Minister Juan Fernando Cristo has confirmed the leading political party, the left-leaning National Unity Coalition, has every intention for gay couples to be able to get married soon.

'The government supports the fight for equality and we will adopt measures providing equal marriage rights for all,' Cristo said at the Andes University in Bogota on Thursday, as reported by Efe.

May 11, 2015

In order to recruit top talent, members of the Hong Kong business community wants the High Court to overthrow a decision by the Government not to recognize same-sex partnerships

The High Court in Hong Kong has been asked to rule on a decision by the regional Director of Immigration not to recognize foreign, legally registered same-sex partnerships and marriages.

The decision is being challenged by a woman who entered into a civil partnership in the UK but who now resides with her partner in Hong Kong.

The hearing of the so-called ‘QT case’ is expected to take place in Hong Kong’s High Court on 14-15 May.

Hong Kong does not currently recognize same-sex partnerships – whether between citizens or those from abroad.

May 11, 2015

A committee made up of Lithuanian lawmakers announced last Wednesday that they could find no constitutional barriers to the introduction of same-sex civil partnerships in the Baltic state

A bill to legalize same-sex civil unions in Lithuania has cleared a parliamentary committee that was tasked to determine whether such a law would breach the country’s constitution.

Lithuania has defined marriage as only being between two people of the two sexes so the inquiry was an important hurdle in progressing the bill.

The inquiry was held by the Committee on Legal Affairs of Lithuanian Parliament, known locally as the Seimas, which announced its findings last Wednesday.

May 6, 2015

Support particularly strong among young voters, Democrats and people with postgraduate education

As the US Supreme Court prepares to decide on six landmark same-sex marriage, 58% of Americans want the high court to make gay marriage legal nationwide, according to a new poll.

NBC and the Wall Street Journal asked 1,000 people last week if they favored such a ruling and 58% said yes with 44% of that number 'strongly' in favor of marriage equality.

April 28, 2015

Ecuadorians are a step closer to marriage equality after the country’s National Assembly sent a bill legalizing civil unions to President Rafael Correa to sign

The South American nation of Ecuador looks set to formally recognize same-sex couples for the first time after lawmakers in the country’s National Assembly approved a bill creating civil unions for unwed couples regardless of sexuality.

Ecuador has banned same-sex marriage since 2009 in it’s constitution but President Rafael Correa announced last year that same-sex couples would be allowed to register as being in de facto relationships and now the National Assembly has moved a step further.

April 18, 2015

'This Court believes that marriage, regardless of whether the union is between members of the same sex or opposite sex, is a fundamental right'

A Kentucky judge found the state's same-sex marriage ban is unconstitutional.

Franklin Circuit Court Judge Thomas Wingate released his decision this past Thursday (16 April).

'This Court believes that marriage, regardless of whether the union is between members of the same sex or opposite sex, is a fundamental right,' the judge wrote in his 33-page decision, according to The Courier-Journal.

April 15, 2015

Presidential candidate makes strongest statement yet on marriage equality

Just three days after formally announcing her candidacy for the presidency, Hillary Clinton is calling on the US Supreme Court to give same-sex couples the constitutional right to marry.

'Hillary Clinton supports marriage equality and hopes the Supreme Court will come down on the side of same-sex couples being guaranteed that constitutional right,' campaign spokesperson Adrienne Elrod tells Washington Blade.

April 7, 2015

Even if the US Supreme Court rules that same-sex marriage must be legal in all 50 states, some self-governing American Indian reservations will continue to ban the practice

Around a dozen Federally recognized Native American tribes will continue to ban same-sex couples from getting married on their tribal lands even if the US Supreme Court produces a definitive ruling that same-sex marriage is legal in all 50 US states.

Federally recognized Native American tribes have the same powers as US states to pass laws governing the lands that fall under their reservations but they are not bound by the US Constitution like states are so any reform on the issue will have to come from within.

February 24, 2015

Parliamentary committee votes overwhelmingly in favor of same-sex marriage

A Swiss legislative panel has voted overwhelmingly in favor of gay marriage.

The legal affairs committee last week recommended that the National Council adopt a parliamentary initiative called Marriage for All.

The vote was 12 in favor, two opposed, with one abstention.

The initiative, which was submitted by the Green Liberal Party, calls on the legislature to open up marriage to gay couples, and registered partnerships to straight couples.

Registered partnerships for gay couples have been recognized since January 2007.

February 12, 2015

Government says treating same-sex unions differently is unconstitutional

A bill to allow gay marriage and adoption in Slovenia passed its first hurdle Tuesday (10 February) as a parliamentary committee backed the measure after several hours of debate.

The committee on labor, family, social affairs and the disabled voted in favor of making marriage law gender neutral by 11 votes to two.

The amendment was proposed by the opposition party, United Left, which said that marriage applies to two people – regardless of gender.

February 11, 2015

Highest appeals court denies that gay couples have the right to get married

Italy's highest appeals court has rejected same-sex marriage.

The Cassation Court has said there is nothing in the Constitution that requires the government to extend marriage rights to LGBTI people.

However, it did say same-sex couples should have the same rights as unmarried Italian opposite-sex couples.

The Constitution states: 'All citizens have equal social dignity and are equal before the law, without distinction of sex, race, language, religion, political opinion, personal and social conditions.'

February 10, 2015

'Nepal will have the marriage equality law, it's just a matter of time'

Nepal should legalize gay marriage, says a committee charged with implementing a 2007 Supreme Court ruling to improve LGBTI rights in the south Asian country.

The same-sex marriage study committee, led by former secretary of the ministry of health and population Laxmi Raj Pathak, finally submitted its report yesterday (9 February), more than four years after its formation.

February 5, 2015

Amendment to gun legislation challenges the state's ban on gay marriage

Nebraska may have just accidentally recognized gay marriage despite a state ban on same-sex unions.

The Nebraska Legislature yesterday (4 February) voted 38 to 0 in favor of an amendment to a bill that would waive the 180-day residency period for military spouses who want to apply for gun permits.

Sen Paul Schumacher of Columbus proposed the amendment, which applies to 'anyone receiving the federal benefits of a military spouse.'

January 21, 2015

Following a TV debate on the issue of same-sex marriage, the Irish government has acted to clarify the bill relating to adoption by same-sex couples, and the specific wording of its marriage equality referendum

Ireland’s coalition government has confirmed that it plans to enact legislative changes allowing same-sex partners to adopt children before the country’s planned referendum on same-sex marriage in early May.

Currently, gay people can only apply to adopt as individuals. Changes allowing gay couples to jointly adopt will be outlined in the Children and Family Relationships Bill, which the government has confirmed will be published next month.

January 15, 2015

Licenses were issues to same-sex couples during brief legal window in March

A federal judge ruled on Thursday (15 January) that Michigan must recognize the same-sex marriages of more than 300 couples who got married in the state last March.

US District Court Judge Mark Goldsmith (pictured) wrote in his opinion: 'Delaying judicial resolution of these issues would serve no useful purpose. To the contrary, such delay would compound the harms these Plaintiffs suffer each day that their marital status remains unrecognized.'

January 13, 2015

Gay couple married in England are hoping to have their marriage recognized in Northern Ireland

A gay couple married in England could be the key in same-sex marriages being recognized in Northern Ireland.

In a court ruling this week, to be heard at Belfast high court, a decision could lead to the UK as a whole allowing gay couples to get legally married.

The couple, who have asked to remain anonymous, will call on Northern Ireland to make a declaration their marriage remains lawfully constituted where they are living now and should be recognized on Thursday (15 January).

John O'Doherty, director of The Rainbow Project, is backing the couple.

January 8, 2015

'Congress must repeal DOMA and ensure that all married, same-sex couples are treated equally under federal law'

The US Supreme Court may have gutted the Defense of Marriage Act in 2013 but they didn't kill it.

Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein is leading an effort to completely repeal the anti-gay law which was enacted in 1996.

This week, Feinstein introduced the Respect For Marriage Act which would ensure that all legally-married, same-sex couples are treated equally under federal law.

January 6, 2015

Gay couples can now hold symbolic weddings without interference or fines

Gay marriage is no longer banned in Vietnam under an amendment to marriage law that came into effect on 1 January.

Same-sex couples can now hold symbolic weddings and cohabitate without interference or fines from authorities.

However, they will not receive the same rights as straight married couples, a halfway point some lawmakers have hailed as the first step towards marriage equality.

January 3, 2015

Idaho Governor and Attorney General say marriage is a state's-rights issue and that the state has been consistent in legalizing only hetrosexual marriage

A ruling by the 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals in October legalized same-sex marriage in Idaho after rejecting Idaho Governor CL 'Butch' Otter's argument to uphold the ban. He argued Idaho residents have the right to define marriage as between a man and a woman.

On Friday Otter filed an appeal with the US Supreme Court making good on his promise to take the fight against gay marriage to the highest court.

Attorney General Lawrence Wasden has also filed a separate petition to the US Supreme Court.

December 23, 2014

An opposite-sex couple have gone to the High Court to challenge the UK’s civil partnership ban for straight people; they would prefer a civil partnership to marriage

A man and a woman have applied to the UK’s High Court today to challenge the ban on men and women entering into civil partnerships with one another.

Civil partnerships for same-sex couples were introduced in England and Wales in 2005. In 2013, the introduction of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act, which came into force earlier this year, meant that same-sex couples could enter into marriage, or, if they prefer, a civil partnership.

Those already in a civil partnership can change their relationship status to married by completing a form with a registrar.

December 22, 2014

Governing party vehemently opposes marriage equality and controls both the presidency and the legislature

The judiciary committee of Taiwan’s legislature today (22 December) held a hearing on two same-sex marriage legislations proposed by members of the opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP).

This marked the first time a legislative debate on same-sex marriage was conducted in Taiwan, as the governing party, the Chinese Nationalist Party or Kuomintang (KMT) vehemently opposes marriage equality and blocked all efforts in the past.

December 19, 2014

More than 40% of MPs vote in favor of the draft bill

Polish lawmakers have voted against putting a gender-neutral civil unions bill on the agenda of this parliamentary session.

MPs on Wednesday (17 December) voted down the bill proposed by the Your Movement party by 235 ballots to 185, with 18 absentations.

This is the third time the Sejm has rejected the legislation, which was first introduced in 2012.

December 16, 2014

A Melbourne gay couple have married in their city’s United Kingdom consulate, making them the first same-sex couple in the world to be legally married under Scottish law

Scottish citizen Douglas Pretsell has become the first of his countrymen to legally marry another man as Scotland’s marriage equality law comes into effect today.

Pretsell married Australian man Peter Gloster at the British consulate in Melbourne at 11.01am today at the exact moment when Scotland’s equal marriage legislation came into effect.

The couple had already entered into a civil partnership which allowed them to take advantage of the new law today.