Uruguay’s Senate yesterday voted to legalize gay marriage by approving a single law governing matrimony for heterosexuals and homosexuals.
Senators voted 23-8 in favour of the bill, which was passed by the Lower House in December. It must now return to the Lower Chamber of Congress with changes. >>>
This morning, the federal Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled today 2-1 that Proposition 8, violates the Equal Protection Clause of the United States Constitution.
It's a historic ruling--the first time in the nation's history that a federal appeals court has struck down a statewide ban on marriage for same-sex couples. >>>
Beijing's first gay marriage between two men was held in Beijing on Saturday amid a storm of controversy over same sex unions, the Beijing Times reported. Da Wen and Xiao Qiang (not their real names) held a 'comparatively open' wedding ceremony with about fifty friends in attendance after meeting three years ago in an internet gay community. >>>
15/07/2010 | Global Coordinator - ILGA
ILGA, the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association wishes to congratulate its 15 member groups in Argentina together with the Argentinean Congress for its vote on the “Egalitarian marriage law” which will grant equal marriage and adoption rights to same-sex partners. >>>
In February 2010, the LGBTI community in Mtwapa experienced an unprecedented attack from neighbors fueled by various rumored versions of a gay wedding. The most repeated version was that a popular gay man joked to his barber during a haircut that he was grooming himself up to get married to his boyfriend. The barber took offense and reported news of the planned gay wedding to his local mosque. The congregation was then instructed by their imam to monitor social events that weekend. Local radio stations, Kaya FM, Baraka FM and Rahma FM and national stations Kiss FM and Classic FM were to pick up the story and run with it. Together the stations have a great grassroots reach and influence. >>>
Friday 8th January 2010, the Parliament of Portugal passed a bill to remove marriage discrimination. Sadly, at the same time it rejected the proposal to allow entitlement of adoption by same-sex couples. The bill still needs ratification by the President Anibal Cavaco Silva. The ratification would make Portugal the sixth country in Europe to allow marriages of same-sex partners after the Netherlands, Belgium, Spain, Norway and Sweden. >>>
A Malawian court yesterday refused bail to two men who celebrated their engagement to be married in a traditional African ceremony, which they held late last year. Defendants refused bail, face gay sex charges. Human rights defender arrested on false porn charges >>>
08/12/2009 | International Lesbian and Gay Association- North America
| UNITED STATES
As the debate over legalizing same-sex marriage shifts from city hall to Capitol Hill, Republican leaders in the District are forging an unusual alliance with gay rights activists, hoping to prevent a national fight over the issue. >>>
The state’s highest court on Thursday upheld policies giving some government benefits to same-sex couples who are legally married outside the state, but did not rule on whether gay marriage should be legal in New York, leaving that issue for the Legislature to decide. >>>
In the biggest challenge yet to traditional Chinese values about sex in this city of 7 million people, a male-to-female transsexual is suing the government for the right to marry her male partner. Moreover, because the plaintiff makes such a compelling case, traditionalists find themselves on the legal defensive. >>>