Although the Philippines has yet to allow same-sex marriage, gay and lesbian couples at the University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB) in Laguna could have a feel of tying the knot—at least for a day. >>>
Israel’s first elected gay Member of the Knesset, Nitzan Horowitz, has accused Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of using Iran’s persecution of homosexuals to attack it on the world stage while doing nothing to advance gay rights at home. >>>
Israeli President Shimon Peres has become the highest ranking Israeli politician to announce their support for same-sex couples having the right to marry – although his role in Government is largely ceremonial.
Though Lyn intends to go for her sex reassignment surgery next year, she also wants to marry her girlfriend of eight years. They've been together for eight years and met during secondary school, says the 23-year-old, who requests that we call her a she even if she has not legally changed her sex yet.
Australian Labour party leader and ex-Prime Minister Kevin Rudd's promise that a re-elected Labor government would introduce a bill to legalise same-sex marriage within 100 days of taking office will not be put to the test. >>>
Even as it celebrates victories in the push for same-sex marriage, America’s gay-rights movement is experiencing self-criticism and internal divisions over its approach to other thorny issues. Some activists say the nationwide marriage campaign, while worthwhile, has diverted energy and resources from causes that may be harder to market — such as rights for transgender people and advocacy to combat HIV and AIDS. >>>
Same-sex marriage is against "natural law," Archbishop Emeritus Oscar Cruz stressed on Thursday, amid jubilation of LGBT groups in the US and elsewhere in the world over the US Supreme Court's ruling favoring same-sex marriage. >>>
Thailand is known for its liberal acceptance of sexuality, but the draft same-sex marriage law is not without controversy. Wirat Kalayasiri is a member of the Thai parliament and deputy director of the committee drafting the same-sex law. He says the average age of lawmakers, older than 45, has made the promotion of the law more difficult. "There are groups that do not agree, such as elderly people. A second group are those with strict religious beliefs such as Roman Catholic or Islam which are quite strict on this issue," he said. >>>
Cambodian law prohibits same-sex marriage, but that did not stop Ros Ravuth from marrying her long-time partner, Sinuon. Ravuth, 52, has lived with Sinuon*, 38, in Kandal province’s Khsach Kandal district for 20 years, ever since the couple obtained the permission – if not the blessing – of local authorities to marry. >>>
It could be a sign of future Liberal support for same-sex marriage, or it could just be political carrot dangling ahead of the September election, but Liberal Leader Tony Abbott has indicated his party’s policy on same-sex marriage is not set in stone.