Posts Tagged: marriage equality

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 […]

Anti Marriage Equality Campaigns Hurt LGBTQ+ Mental Health

A new study published in Australian Psychologist is about the mental health effects of a campaign for marriage equality, and the results are alarming. 61.6% of the voters approved a law affording marriage equality in late 2017 in Australia after a contentious campaign. Using data collected during the Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey held in 2017, researchers at the […]

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 […]

Cuba Marriage Equality Removed From New Constitution – The Washington Blade

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The Cuban government on Tuesday announced the draft of the country’s new constitution will not contain an amendment that would have extended marriage rights to same-sex couples. Hatzel Vela, a Havana-based reporter for WPLG, a South Florida television station, reported the Cuban National Assembly cited Council of State Secretary Homero Acosta Álvarez in a series of tweets […]

Anthony Kennedy Struggled With Marriage Equality Decision

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Former Supreme Court justice Anthony Kennedy said his decision to rule in favor of marriage equality even surprised himself. So what prompted his decision? Children. In an interview with Bloomberg, Kennedy said he struggled with the issue before deciding to rule in favor of allowing same-sex couples to legally wed nationwide. In the end, Kennedy […]

Bermuda’s Top Court Invalidates Marriage Equality Repeal

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Bermuda’s top court ruled a law that rescinded marriage rights for same-sex couples in the British island territory is unconstitutional. The Domestic Partnership Act — which allows same-sex couples to enter into domestic partnerships as opposed to get married — took effect on June 1. Bermuda Supreme Court Chief Justice Ian R. C. Kawaley five […]

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 […]

Thailand Civil Unions Could Arrive By Year’s End – LGBTQ Nation

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Thailand could become the first country in Asia to recognize same-sex partnerships. A new bill called the Civil Partnership Act has been announced, and it could make civil unions for same-sex couples a reality by the end of this year. Thailand currently only recognizes heterosexual marriages, but the Civil Partnership Act would open up many […]

Taiwan to Hold Referendum to Block Marriage Equality

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Taiwan will hold a referendum on same-sex marriage, it has been announced. The referendum, set to be held on November 24, will decide the country’s approach to same-sex unions in the wake of a landmark court ruling.  In May 2017, Taiwan’s constitutional court ruled that gay couples must have the right to marry, giving […]

Purple Unions: Queer Rights Update 8/16/18

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Here’s our latest Queer Rights Update worldwide: STUDY Straight People Are Less Attracted to Trans People, No Matter How Good Looking A study by researchers at Indiana University found that straight people are less attracted to trans people — regardless of how good looking that person is. 319 cisgender and heterosexual college students participated in […]

Purple Unions: Queer Rights Update 8/2/18

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Here are recent updates on Queer Rights worldwide: ONLINE Trans People and the Lobster Emoji Trans activist and author Charlie Craggs is demanding to know why the trans community does not have an emoji – and she’s using lobsters to make her point. The Marie Claire Future Shaper award winner is fronting a campaign to […]

Purple Unions: Queer Rights Update 7/26/18

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Here are recent updates on Queer Rights worldwide: BRAZIL Trans Woman Who Works as Scavenger Gets Dream Wedding Thousands of people turned out to watch the wedding of a trans woman and her long time boyfriend in Brazil. Erica, 54, and Jorge, 49, are a beloved, well-known couple in the small city of Franco da […]

A Little Good News

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In light of the stunning retirement of Justice Kennedy from the US Supreme Court and all that may mean for queer rights in the US over the next two decades, I thought it was important to share a few good news stories: Philippines Supreme Court Justice Says Same-Sex Civil Union is Constitutional In the second […]

Bermuda’s Marriage Equality Repeal Blocked by the Supreme Court

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Gay people can marry again in Bermuda after Supreme Court on Wednesday ruled that the Domestic Partnership Act, the law passed earlier this year which repealed the same-sex marriage law, is unconstitutional. The Royal Gazette reports: “Chief Justice Ian Kawaley, delivering his judgment before a packed courtroom, said the sections of the Act which revoked […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

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

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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 […]

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

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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 […]

High Court Rules for Taiwan Marriage Equality

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Yesterday, Taiwan became the first country in Asia to legalize same-sex marriage. It was a historic moment for the country and many people gathered outside of the legislature building to hear the ruling. People cheered, laughed and cried when the ruling was handed down. The Council of Grand Justices ruled that it was unconstitutional to […]

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 […]

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 […]