Posts Categorized: Marriage Equality

Thailand Civil Unions?

Thailand Civil Unions

Thailand’s government has made moves to create a law allowing same-sex couples to have their partnerships officially recognized. A subcommittee in the Justice Ministry has been drafting the Bill. It will present the draft to the Cabinet for approval in May. ‘The department aims to have this draft law promulgated within the term of this… Read more »

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… Read more »

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… Read more »

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… Read more »

Cruise Line Funds Bermuda Marriage Equality Appeal

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OUTBermuda and Maryellen Jackson have filed legal action in the Bermuda Supreme Court seeking an order declaring that provisions that “have the effect of revoking same-sex marriage” are in contravention of the Bermuda Constitution, with the local legal action — which marks the second filed about the matter — being backed by the Carnival cruise… Read more »

Costa Rica Elects Pro Marriage Equality President

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Carlos Alvarado Quesada has won CostaRica’s presidential election, defeating evangelical conservative Fabricio Alvarado Muñoz in an election that hinged on Quesada’s promise to legalize gay marriage. The Guardian reports: “A former minister and fiction writer, Alvarado Quesada, 38, had 61% of the vote with results in from 95% of polling stations, a far bigger lead… Read more »

Ninth Circuit Judge Who Struck Down Prop 8 Passes Away

Stephen Reinhardt

Liberal 9th Circuit Judge Stephen Reinhardt, who struck down California’s Proposition 8 as well as gay marriage bans in Nevada and Idaho, and wrote a ruling that barred jurors from being removed because of sexual orientation, has died at 87. Reinhardt died suddenly during a medical appointment according to a Court spokesman. One of his… Read more »

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… Read more »

Gay Male Couples Least Likely to Divorce

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Married gay male couples are the least likely to divorce and break up. Researchers have found same-sex male couples are twice as likely as not break up as lesbians. Women in same-sex relationships are 1.5 times as likely as heterosexual couples to have broken up. A study following 515 couples in Vermont has found longer… Read more »

Court Unleashes Marriage Equality Flood in Latin America

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Last January, the Inter-American Court of Human Rights issued a marriage-equality ruling that effectively brought marriage equality to 20 Latin American countries in a single swoop .The catch was that the countries have to change their laws themselves. Now that process is well underway, with a lot of bright spots and the occasional expected backlash…. Read more »

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… Read more »

South Carolina Republicans Want to Make Same Sex Marriages “Parody Marriage”

Bill Chumley

Upstate lawmakers are working to pass a new bill that will probably get people talking. According to the SC Statehouse website, the bill, entitled the “Marriage and Constitution Restoration Act,” was introduced in the House, read for the first time and referred to Committee on Judiciary on February 15, 2018. “‘Parody marriage’ means any form… Read more »

US Support For Marriage Equality Hits New High

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Sixty-four percent of U.S. adults say same-sex marriages should be recognized by the law as valid. Although not meaningfully different from the 61% last year, this is the highest percentage to date and continues the generally steady rise since Gallup’s trend began in 1996. The latest update, from Gallup’s annual Values and Beliefs poll conducted… Read more »

Australian Plumber Stickers Car in Support of Marriage Equality for Gay Son

Geoff Thomas

An Australian dad has plastered his car in marriage equality stickers to support his gay son. Geoff Thomas is a retired plumber, Vietnam veteran and loving dad of a gay son named Nathan. Since Nathan came out 12 years ago Geoff has supported his son and advocated for marriage. Now he’s taking ‘spreading the message’… Read more »

Bermuda High Court Legalizes Marriage Equality

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Last June, Bermudan voters overwhelmingly rejected same-sex marriage by a 2-1 margin in a non-binding public referendum. The opposition had been rallied with the support of US hate groups including the Alliance Defending Freedom, which provided materials featuring quotes from anti-LGBT activists Ryan T. Anderson and Mark Regnerus. Which brings us to today. From the… Read more »