In the United States, 18 states plus the federal District of Columbia have legalised same-sex marriage, and tsrong support is being show by both the Obama administration and by the federal courts for gay rights issues. The Supreme Court ruled that the badly named “Defense of Marriage Act” was unconstitutional, opening the way for states to approve gay weddings.
Some Native American communities have also approved same sex marriages.
In Europe, The United Kingdom added same sex marriage (to begin in March 2014) in England and Wales to the existing Civil Partnerships, creating a rather complicated system. Scotland annouced plans to also legalise gay marriages in 2014. The UK government has shown strong support for LGBT rights, both in the UK and overseas…
Closer to home, Asia has seen some really positive moves towards equality, with Taiwan’s parliament agreeing to debate a same sex marriage bill despite opposition from religious groups opposed to equality.
In communist run Vietnam, the ruling party has moved towards legislating same sex marriage through a series of community consultations sponsored by government departments and othe civic groups. Hanoi succesfully held its second annual Pride day without permits but also without official opposition.
China has relaxed policy and began to support the right of gays and lesbians in a limited way. More is expected as China’s new leadership takes over.
In Thailand a years end announcement saw the proposal for a LGBT-orientated political party to be formed. Unfortunately it can’t be registered in time to take part in February’s elections.
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