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Chile legalises gay marriage and allows LGBT couple to adopt!

Chile legalises gay marriage and allows LGBT couple to adopt!

CHILE LEGALISES GAY MARRIAGE AND ALLOWS LGBT COUPLE TO ADOPT AS HISTORIC NEW BILL SIGNED. Chilean President Michelle Bachelet has introduced a bill to legalise gay marriage, the latest in a series of recent reforms in a country long regarded as one of Latin America’s most socially conservative. Bachelet signed the proposal, which will be sent to lawmakers, at a…
A billion people now live with marriage equality

A billion people now live with marriage equality

A new study shows that approximately one billion people now live in a place where same-sex couples can get married legally. Conducted by Melbourne-based LGBT rights activist Tony Pitman, the research reveals that the historic tipping point came around the time when Colombia legalised same-sex marriage a few months back. ‘The turning point came a few weeks ago when Colombia and then several Mexican states all achieved marriage…
New Australian PM insists on public vote for same-sex marriage

New Australian PM insists on public vote for same-sex marriage

The newly appointed Australian Prime Minister has announced that he plans to go ahead with a public vote on same-sex marriage. Malcolm Turnbull responded to a question on Tuesday on whether he planned to handle the issue of marriage equality differently to his predecessor Tony Abbott, who was ousted in a leadership ballot yesterday. Abbott was criticised for being a…
‘Angela Merkel’ appears in online lesbian embrace

‘Angela Merkel’ appears in online lesbian embrace

The ‘Chancellor’ has appeared in an advertisement promoting a new magazine aimed at gay women across Germany – in which she gives another woman a kiss. In the advertisement for the new LGBT magazine, Straight, viewers see a figure who looks remarkably like German Chancellor Angela Merkel, seemingly pondering recent events regarding LGBT rights.  ‘Merkel’ submits a sombre stare out…
Congrats! France’s first out gay MP gets married

Congrats! France’s first out gay MP gets married

A French Senator became the first out gay Parliamentarian to get married on Saturday. Luc Carvounas, a Senator, married his partner Stephane Exposito in Val-de-Marne. The couple had entered a civil solidarity pact, or PACS, three years earlier. Exposito is the chief of staff to the Secretary of State for Women’s Rights Pascale Boistard. Friends and family gathered on Saturday to celebrate…
Macedonia bans gay marriage

Macedonia bans gay marriage

The Republic of Macedonia has voted to ban same-sex marriage and civil unions. Parliament has approved a constitutional amendment defining marriage as a 'life union solely of one woman and one man' in the south eastern European country. The amendment also makes it extremely difficult for it to be overturned in the future, making clear that any changes to the law…
Finland Votes To Legalize Same-Sex Marriage

Finland Votes To Legalize Same-Sex Marriage

The Finnish Parliament on Friday narrowly approved a citizen's initiative to legalize same-sex marriage. Gay couples in Finland have been able to enter into registered partnerships since 2002, but until now the country was the only one in the Nordic region to not allow same-sex marriage. Finland is now the 12th European state to do so. In the vote, 105 members…
Christian Baker Who Closed Her Shop Rather Than Serve Gay Couples Breaks Into Tears

Christian Baker Who Closed Her Shop Rather Than Serve Gay Couples Breaks Into Tears

Melissa Klein owns Sweet Cakes by Melissa. The Christian baker lost her case earlier this year, when Oregon's Bureau of Labor and Industries ruled that she had unlawfully discriminated against a same-sex Portland couple, Rachel Cryer and Laurel Bowman, because they are gay. Klein last year refused to bake the couple a cake, citing her religious beliefs. Ultimately, she chose to move her business to the web, and her…
Norway Prime Minister supports church gay weddings

Norway Prime Minister supports church gay weddings

Erna Solberg, the Prime Minister of Norway, said she was disappointed by the Church of Norway’s decision to not marry gay couples. Last week, the Church of Norway voted against carrying out same-sex ceremonies in their religious buildings to the great dismay of its members. Solberg told NRK: ‘I respect the Church of Norway's decision [to not marry gay couples]. 'I’m a…

Hawaii state Senate will vote on gay marriage bill this week

Hawaii's state Senate will approve the House changes in the gay marriage bill and send it off to the governor. According to the Star Advertiser, state Senator Clayton Hee, the chairman of the Senate Judiciary and Labor Committee, announced he would to recommend his colleagues to adopt the expanded religious exemption in the legislation. 'There are very few opportunities to participate…