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March 28, 2014

As lovers wanting to be part of history make the biggest commitment to each other, we thought we would give you a few tips for planning your own perfect wedding

On 29 March, the first gay couples in England and Wales will be able to marry legally.
 
As lovers wanting to be part of history make the biggest commitment to each other, we thought we would give you a few tips for planning your own perfect wedding.

BEFORE

1 Who proposes?

‘Tradition’ states a man proposes to a woman, but when it’s a same-sex couple that tradition goes out the window.

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 4, 2014

LGBTI people and their allies are all awaiting the vote to see whether Scotland will join the 16 other countries to allow same-sex marriage

People all over Scotland are awaiting the final vote today (4 February), finding out whether it will join the 16 other countries in the world to allow same-sex marriage.

The Marriage and Civil Partnership (Scotland) Bill is expected to be approved by parliament later today. But while a shock still could happen, it is looking likely it will pass around 6pm local time.

Under the new legislation, religious bodies will be able to opt in to perform same-sex marriages but individual celebrants who feel it would go against their faith will be protected.

January 29, 2014

Two Islamic courts were forced to suspend the trials after an angry mob pelted the suspects with stones and called for their deaths

Two Islamic courts are plotting two secret trials for the 10 men charged with being gay in Nigeria.

Last week, an angry mob pelted stones at seven of the suspected gay men and called for their deaths.

The hearing was adjourned at the Upper Sharia Court in the northern city of Bauchi.

While they were due to reappear at the same court yesterday (28 January), judges have ruled the trial should be suspended a later date.

September 5, 2013

Judge Timothy Black has ordered that a recently deceased Ohio man’s same-sex marriage should be recorded on his death certificate – the second such ruling he has made in two months

The Federal Court District judge who ruled that an Ohio gay man who is dying from Lou Gehrig’s disease must be recognized as married has now ruled that an Ohio gay man who recently died should have his out of state marriage recognized on his death certificate as well.

William Herbert Ives, 54, married his partner of 18 years, David Michener in Delaware on 22 July, but Ives died unexpectedly last week.

The couple had been raising three children together.

August 25, 2013

New Hope mayor Larry Keller says he won’t marry gay couples because he fears being sued, since a registrar has been slapped with a civil disobedience lawsuit for granting marriage licenses to same-sex couples without court approval

A US mayor won’t conduct any same-sex marriages because according to him, ‘a mayor is not obligated to officiate any wedding’.

New Hope, Pennsylvania mayor Larry Keller said in a letter to city council this week he fears being sued like D. Bruce Hanes, a Montgomery County registrar, who has distributed over 100 marriage licenses to same-sex couples since July.

July 23, 2013

Newlyweds - one of whom is dying - are challenging Ohio's marriage ban with federal lawsuit

John Arthur and Jim Obergefell have gotten the wedding present they really wanted.

A federal judge has ruled that their marriage - which took place on an airport tarmac in Maryland last Friday - must be recognized in Ohio where same-sex marriage is banned.

'This order is a major step on the march toward marriage equality in Ohio,' the couple’s attorney, Al Gerhardstein, said in a statement.

Arthur suffers from ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease, and is not expected to live much longer. He is currently in hospice care.

June 29, 2013

St. Petersburg’s registry office rejects an attempt by five gay Russian couples to apply for marriage

The first attempt in the history of Russia to register en mass five gay marriages was rejected out of hand by St. Petersburg’s authorities.

Five same-sex couples, three gay and two lesbian partners, arrived to St. Petersburg registry office to officially submit applications to register their marriages, yesterday (28 June).

May 31, 2013

An Australian person who is neither male nor female has won an appeals verdict in the Supreme Court of New South Wales after the New South Wales state Registrar of Births, Deaths and Marriages issued norrie mAy-Welby with a certificate declaring norrie ‘sex not specified’ and then withdrew it

An Australian community activist who is neither male or female has won an appeals verdict in the Supreme Court of New South Wales (NSW), recognizing a third sex status for the first time in Australia.

norrie mAy-Welby had been provided with a recognized details certificate declaring norrie ‘sex not specified’ by the NSW Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages in March of 2010 just a day before the Sydney Mardi Gras Parade but the Registry contacted norrie to tell norrie the certificate had been cancelled after norrie’s story was reported on by media around the world.

May 28, 2013

Marriage registrar Lillian Ladele and relationship counselor Gary McFarlane, who both refused to work with gay couples, have final appeal blocked

Judges at the European Court of Human Rights have blocked the final legal avenue for two Christians who refused to do their jobs for gay people.

Lillian Ladele and Gary McFarlane both argued their beliefs meant they couldn’t work with gay and lesbian couples and that forcing them to do so amounted to discrimination.

The court ruled against them on 15 January saying their rights had not been infringed by their employers.

May 20, 2013

British MPs have rejected amendments that would have watered down or delayed gay marriage proposals

Members of Parliament (MPs) have knocked back amendments to the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill for England and Wales that would have watered down or possibly delayed or ‘wrecked the bill’.

An amendment by Conservative party gay marriage critic David Burrowes MP to allow marriage registrars to refuse to conduct same-sex weddings was defeated by 340 votes to 150.

April 30, 2013

 The Transgender Equality Network Ireland are urging supporters to take action after being refused right to request new birth certificates

Transgender people will have to wait another year before their real identity is recognized, after Ireland's Gender Recognition Bill was delayed.

The Republic of Ireland's bill has been pushed back to 2014 and the Transgender Eqaulity Network Ireland (TENI) is calling for supporters to take action.

The bill is awaiting approval from the Irish parliament’s Heads of Bill. Pushing it back down the legislative agenda has been branded a breach of human rights.

April 18, 2013

W is in the Court of Final Appeal for legal ruling on her right to marry her boyfriend as a woman

A transgender woman is back in court in Hong Kong this week to appeal a 2010 decision not to allow her to marry her boyfriend, despite being described as female on her identity card.

The woman, who is referred to as Ms W in court, had government-subsidized gender realignment surgery and has been allowed to alter her identity card.

Hong Kong's Registrar of Marriages told W that she could not marry her boyfriend because her birth certificate says she is male.

The case is now being heard in the Court of Final Appeal.

April 7, 2013

Traditional leaders in Zambia have called for a crackdown on gays after four couples sought to register their same-sex marriages with a registrar

Tribal chiefs in Zambia have called for a crackdown on gays in the Southern African nation after four gay couples sought to have their marriages recognized by a state registrar – calling for them to ‘be caged.’

Chief Madzimawe of the Ngoni and Chief Shakumbila of Mumbwa wrote to the Zambia Daily Mail to condemn LGBT people after it reported that four mixed national same-sex couples had sought to have their marriages recognized by a state registrar earlier this month.

February 15, 2013

The Equalities and Human Rights Commission has told UK MPs all registrars should be required to carry out ceremonies for same-sex couples

Anti-gay registrars will not be able to opt out of performing same-sex marriages in England and Wales if they object on religious grounds.

The Equalities and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) has told MPs marriage registrars are public officials and should be required to carry out all civil ceremonies.

January 15, 2013

British Christians defeated at European Court of Human Rights after losing their jobs because they refused to work with gay couples

Two British Christians who refused to do their jobs for gay people have lost their European Court of Human Rights appeal.

Lillian Ladele and Gary McFarlane both argued their beliefs meant they couldn’t work with gay and lesbian couples and that forcing them to do so amounted to discrimination.

But the court today (15 January) ruled against them with judges saying their rights had not been infringed by their employers.

December 13, 2012

Scotland makes history by becoming the first part of the United Kingdom to publish legislation to allow same-sex marriage

The Scottish government launched the ‘Marriage and Civil Partnership (Scotland) Bill’, which will introduce marriage equality, yesterday (12 December) alongside a 14-week consultation on its implementation.

The draft legislation will allow same-sex marriage in Scotland and give all religious and belief bodies (for example Humanist) the right to conduct same-sex marriages, if they wish to do so.

The bill will also remove the requirement on a married or civil partnered transgender person to divorce before obtaining full Gender Recognition.

September 4, 2012

Lillian Ladele and Gary McFarlane, who refused to provide services for gay people, are among four Christians taking appeals to European Court of Human Rights today

A man and a woman who refused to do their jobs for gay people are among four British Christians taking employment tribunal appeals to the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) today (4 September).

The two, who said their religious beliefs meant they shouldn’t be asked to provide services for lesbian, gay and bisexual people, are joined by two more people who fought to be able to wear a crucifix symbol at work.

July 17, 2012

Two member churches of the World Alliance of Reformed Churches look set to make major decisions about how to recognize same-sex relationships this month, with one already voting to register and bless civil partnerships

The largest British Christian denomination to date has voted to allow civil partnerships to be registered in its churches in the same month that its Australian sister church will debate the issue of same-sex marriage.

Britain’s United Reformed Church voted on July 7 at its General Assembly to allow civil partnerships in its churches following an hour long debate.

However it will be up to individual churches to decide whether they will allow civil partnerships in deference to dissenters.

April 14, 2012

A gay couple from Uttar Pradesh decided to leave home after officials had approved of their marriage based on allegedly false documents

An Indian gay couple scared of ending up behind bars fled their village as their marriage was found to have been solemnised 'by mistake'.

Simran and Chunmun Kumar, both in their 20s, registered their marriage in late March in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh. But officials maintain they had submitted two false affidavits, describing one as a man and the other as woman, reported The Indian Express.

March 3, 2012

The Court of Final Appeal in Hong Kong will decide whether a transgender woman has the right to marry her boyfriend

A transgender woman from Hong Kong has won the permission to lodge a final appeal against the law that bars her from marrying her boyfriend.