Posts Categorized: Europe

New Push for Marriage Equality in Northern Ireland

Conservative peer Lord Robert Hayward has renewed efforts to bring marriage equality to Northern Ireland. Lord Hayward has proposed an amendment to the Civil Partnerships, Marriages and Deaths Bill, due for debate in the House of Lords on Friday (1 February), which would extend same-sex marriage to Northern Ireland. Northern Ireland has not had a functioning devolved […]

Austria Gets Marriage Equality – Joe.My.God

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Two Austrian women are the first same-sex couple to officially tie the knot in the predominantly Catholic country, following years of legal challenges from gay rights groups. Austria’s constitutional court ruled in 2017 that same-sex couples should have the right to marry from Jan. 1, 2019. Previously, same-sex couples could only enter into a registered […]

Poland May Issue a “Gay Propaganda” Ban

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Polish president Andrzej Duda has said he would consider issuing a Russian-style “gay propaganda” law that would ban LGBTQ media, literature, and gatherings like Pride. The authoritarian leader told a reporter, “I think that this kind of propaganda should not take place in schools, it has to be calmly and consistently opposed. If such a […]

Northern Ireland Passes Symbolic Marriage Equality Bill

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MPs in the UK Parliament have passed a largely symbolic measure addressing the lack of equal marriage in Northern Ireland. The backbench amendment was submitted on Wednesday (October 24) by Labour MPs Stella Creasy and Conor McGinn, who sought to address Northern Ireland’s bans on abortion and gay weddings. It passed by a vote of […]

Purple Unions: Queer Rights Update 7/19/18

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Here are recent updates on Queer Rights worldwide: AUSTRALIA The Uniting Church of Australia Allows Ministers to Marry Same Sex Couples The Uniting Church of Australia just granted ministers the freedom to allow or deny marrying same-sex couples. The governing body of the Uniting Church – the Assembly – hasn’t met Since Australia voted overwhelmingly […]

Czech Republic Marriage Equality Support Reaches 75%

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A large majority of voters in the Czech Republic now support equal marriage – as pressure grows in the country to end a ban on same-sex weddings. 16 countries across Western and Northern Europe have now introduced same-sex marriage, but progress has been slower across Central and Eastern European countries, where polls suggest a majority […]

Four Advances for Queer Rights

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The world continues to turn, and not everything is getting worse for the queer community: Trinidad and Tobago Okays Gay Sex Trinidad and Tobago has struck down a colonial-era law that criminalised gay sex in the islands. A high court judge ruled on Thursday that the historic laws banning “buggery” are unconstitutional and will be […]

76% Now Support Marriage Equality in Northern Ireland

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A poll has found that fewer than one in five people in Northern Ireland are opposed to equal marriage – despite a political stalemate that has left gay people without marriage rights for years. Northern Ireland is the only part of the UK that continues to ban same-sex marriage, as the ultra-conservative Democratic Unionist Party […]

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UK Parliament Advances Marriage Equality Bill for Northern Ireland

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Two former Conservative equalities ministers have given their backing to a bill that would bring equal marriage to Northern Ireland, as it passed its first reading. Northern Ireland is currently the only part of the UK that continues to ban same-sex marriage, due to opposition from the ultra-conservative Democratic Unionist Party.  Following the collapse […]

German State Drops Challenge to Marriage Equality

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Ba A conservative-leaning state in Germany has dropped plans to challenge gay marriage equality laws for same-sex couples. Germany brought the laws in last year giving same-sex couples full marital rights and allows them to adopt children. And now Bavarian state government, run by the CDU’s sister party in the area the CSU, announced on […]

It’s time for Marriage Equality in Northern Ireland

Conor McGinn

Conor McGinn, a Northern Ireland-born Labour MP, writes for PinkNews as he tables a bill in the UK Parliament to bring marriage equality to the region. Since equal marriage was approved in England and Wales in 2012, France, Germany, Luxembourg, Scotland and Ireland have followed suit in changing the law to allow same-sex couples to […]