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Trump White House issues anti-LGBT ‘freedom to discriminate’ directive

The Trump White House has issued a directive giving federal contractors free range to discriminate against LGBT+ people.<p>There is no federal law …

LGBTQI

Costa Rica Supreme Court rules against same-sex marriage ban

<b>Costa Rica's Supreme Court has ruled that the country's same-sex marriage ban is unconstitutional and discriminatory.</b><p>The court ruling gives the country's legislators a time limit of 18 months to change the current law.<p>The president welcomed the ruling, saying he wants to guarantee "no person will …

Costa Rica

A new draft of Cuba's constitution drops communism and allows same-sex marriage

HAVANA (Reuters) - A draft of Cuba's new constitution omits the aim of building communism, recognizes private property, and opens the door to gay marriage, in a sign of changing times, although it keeps the Communist Party as the guiding force of the one-party system.<p>Cuba's national assembly is …

Cuba

This Methodist Church Is Marrying Two Gay Men In An Act Of Civil Disobedience

George Lainis/ Courtesy Reconciling Ministries Network<p>Risking their careers, a pastor and bishop of the United Methodist Church told BuzzFeed News …

LGBTQI

Religious adoption agency can't exclude gay parents, judge rules

A federal judge on Friday ruled against a religious organization that refused to place foster children with gay families on religious grounds.<p>Judge Petrese B. Tucker of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania ruled that the city of Philadelphia can require the foster and …

LGBTQI

Irish Catholic Marriage Counsellors Must Help Gay Couples Or Funding Will Be Withdrawn

Accord – a state supported group of Catholic marriage counsellors must now also cater to same-sex couples if they want to keep their funding. …

Same-Sex Couples

Episcopal Church: all same-sex couples can marry in their home churches

July 14 (UPI) -- The Episcopal Church removed restrictions on same-sex marriage, a move that allows all couples to wed where they worship, even if …

Huge Aussie church embraces gay marriage

This is because the Uniting Church of Australia has finally given the green light for such unions to take place inside its premises.<p>The church will …

Franklin Graham tells Jimmy Carter that Jesus would kill gay people, not marry them

Responding to former President Jimmy Carter’s statement that Jesus would support same-sex marriage, Trump supporter and supposed Christian, Franklin …

Gay couple’s son denied Irish passport over DNA rules

An Irish gay couple living in Canada say their infant son has been denied an Irish passport unless they prove one of them is the biological …

How To Protect Yourself In A Post-Marriage Equality World

When same-sex marriage was passed by The Supreme Court of the United States in June 2015, that solved everything, right? Not exactly. We must remember we are a union of 50 states and, unfortunately, the fight for equality migrated to the state-level. Depending on our LGBTQ status, we can still be …

LGBTQI

Legal access to same-sex marriage improved gay men’s health

When the Supreme Court made marriage equality the rule across the country in June 2015, health care experts predicted it would improve the health of …

Health Care

Jimmy Carter: ‘I believe that Jesus would approve of gay marriage’

Former U.S. President Carter said on Sunday he believes “Jesus would approve of gay marriage.”<p>“I think Jesus would encourage any love affair if it …

Ecuador court rules in favor of marriage equality for same-sex couples

It follows a ruling last year by the Inter-American Court of Human Rights.<p>Marriage equality for same-sex couples has arrived in Ecuador thanks to a …

Six months after marriage equality there’s much to celebrate – and still much to do

It has been six months since Australia declared that marriage is no longer an exclusively heterosexual institution. In that time, approximately 2,500 …

‘Steven Universe’ Airs Historic Same-Sex Marriage Proposal, Creator Says Episode Was ‘Years in the Making’

The beloved Cartoon Network series took a giant step forward for LGBTQ visibility in children's cartoon programming.<p>Cartoon Network took a big leap …

Police officer proposes to his boyfriend at officer graduation ceremony

A police officer in New Zealand surprised his boyfriend – by popping the question to him while graduating from the police academy.<p>Constable Erik …

29 Emotional Photos From The Day Same-Sex Marriage Became Legal Nationwide

Three years ago, love won.<p>On this day in 2015, the Supreme Court ruled that the Constitution required all states to recognize same-sex marriages.<p>The landmark 5-4 decision spurred jubilation and heartfelt reactions across the country. From exuberant rejoicing in front of the Supreme Court building …

Without a Federal Law, LGBT Rights Will Be Chipped Away Like Roe v. Wade

We absolutely need a nationwide solution to LGBT discrimination, writes Matt Foreman.

Could Cuba ‘open doors’ to make same-sex marriage legal?

The daughter of Cuba’s former president said the time was right to recognize same-sex marriage in the Caribbean nation.Mariela Castro Espin is the …

Czech government backs bill on same-sex marriage

PRAGUE (Reuters) - The Czech government gave its backing on Friday to a bill which would make the country the first in formerly communist Europe to allow same-sex marriage.<p>Participants prepare for the Prague Pride Parade where thousands marched through the city centre in support of gay rights, in …

Same-sex Marriage

South Bend, Ind.'s Gay Mayor Weds in Supreme Style

PoliticsPoliticians<p>The ceremony for Mayor Pete Buttigieg and Chasten Glezman featured some words from the Supreme Court's marriage equality ruling.<p>By …

Tokyo issues Japan's first same-sex partner certificates

JAPAN (Reuters) - Two Tokyo districts issued Japan’s first certificates officially recognising same-sex partnerships on Thursday, a major step forward for gay couples in a nation where being openly gay remains largely taboo.<p>Hiroko Masuhara (L) and her partner Koyuki Higashi take 'selfie' pictures …

LGBTQI

Coming soon to Mormon genealogical database: records of gay couples and same-sex parents

Three years ago this month, the U.S. Supreme Court made gay marriage legal in every state, but the LDS Church still hasn’t listed same-sex couples in …

Jim Obergefell, Marriage Equality Plaintiff: Religion Is Being Weaponized Against Us

The man who helped legalize same-sex marriage in the U.S. reflects on the Supreme Court siding with a baker who denied a cake to a gay couple.

Years After Defending His Lesbian Moms In Stirring Speech, Zach Wahls Wins Iowa Primary

Seven years ago, Wahls told the Iowa state House about his two moms. Now, he could be headed to the state legislature himself.<p>As a 19-year-old University of Iowa engineering student, Zach Wahls stood before the Iowa House of Representatives and gave an impassioned speech defending his two lesbian …

Iowa

Bermuda Supreme Court Strikes Down Gay Marriage Ban

The Bermuda Supreme Court ruled that a previous law rescinding marriage rights to same-sex couples was unconstitutional on Wednesday, according to …

EU states must recognize foreign same-sex marriages: court

LUXEMBOURG (Reuters) - The EU’s top court, in a landmark ruling for gay rights in Europe, said on Tuesday that Romania must grant residence to the American husband of a local man even though Romania does not itself permit same-sex marriage.<p>People walk behind the European Union's flag during the …

Same-sex Marriage

Same-sex spouses have EU residence rights, top court rules

<b>The European Union's top court has ruled in favour of a Romanian gay man's right to have his US husband live with him in Romania.</b><p>The country, which does not recognise same-sex marriage, had argued that the American was not entitled to the EU residency rights awarded to spouses.<p>But the European …

Njongonkulu Ndungane urges Anglican Church to bless same-sex marriage

Archbishop Emeritus Njongonkulu Ndungane has urged the Anglican Church to show full acceptance of lesbian‚ gay‚ bisexual‚ transgender‚ …