Hundreds of Vietnamese LGBTs and their supporters have gathered in a Hanoi park to watch the symbolic marriages of two gay and lesbian couples and to show their government their support on the issue. >>>
Nationwide protests have been planned for next month in response to the Federal Government’s attempts to overturn successfully enacted state or territory based same-sex marriage laws through the High Court.
A decade ago, many hotels refused to give same-sex couples double-bed rooms and they had to endure discrimination. “But now, with laws recognizing them as 100 percent equal to other citizens, gay couples expect more respect,” Reid-Smith said. Legal reforms as well as advocacy of gay rights by world leaders like US President Barack Obama and Pope Francis have also boosted pink tourism. >>>
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. >>>
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Nigeria’s This Day has published an absurd article about a graduate university student who claims he’s “used science to prove that gay marriage is improper”.
The newspaper reports that University of Lagos post graduate student Chibuihem Amalaha has made “many discoveries and inventions” in science and technology. Now, he’s turning his efforts to the issue of gay marriage. >>>
The United States is not united in its position on same-sex marriage. However, several recent developments indicate growing support for LGBT legal equality. In fact, on May 9, 2012, President Barack Obama became the first United States President to endorse same-sex marriage when he said, “At a certain point, I’ve just concluded that for me personally it is important for me to go ahead and affirm that I think same-sex couples should be able to get married.” >>>
By Erin McClam, Staff Writer, NBC News
Energized by two big victories at the Supreme Court, advocates of gay marriage are turning their attention to a handful of states that they believe are most likely to allow it next. >>>
Australia’s new Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has described himself as ‘a full signed up supporter of marriage equality,’ and has called on Opposition leader Tony Abbott to allow his MPs a free vote on the issue. >>>
Maurice Williamson left other Parliament members in stitches with his speech, which was delivered just before New Zealand became the first Asia-Pacific nation (and the 13th in the world) to legalize same-sex marriage marriage.
During a Supreme Court hearing to determine whether Proposition 8 (marriage shall only be between one man and one woman) was constitutional, a number of anti-gay marriage arguments got spectacularly demolished. >>>
Any future changes to the Marriage Act must ensure it is gender-neutral so the law can reflect the fact that our biological sex doesn’t determine our personality, our relationship roles nor who we are attracted to, writes Ben Cooper. >>>
Opponents of marriage equality often cite the need to protect the sanctity of marriage as reason for denying gay couples their right to equal protection under the law, yet there is no evidence that gay marriage has any link to heterosexual marriage at all, let alone poses any real threat. >>>
Brad Pitt has donated $100,000 to a campaign for marriage equality. The Hollywood star is famously pro same-sex unions, at one time even insisting he wouldn't wed his now fiancée Angelina Jolie until everyone was free to marry their partner of choice. The star has now shown his support once again by donating a large sum to the Human Rights Campaign. >>>
Two Australian territories have agreed to collaborate in forming legislation for gay marriages. The Australian Capital Territory (ACT) government said on Friday that it has started to collaborate with the Tasmanian government on the issue.