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A New Ireland Has Been Born

We did it. In becoming the first country in the world to introduce same-sex marriage by popular vote, a new Ireland has been born. In this, our summer of love, we have awoken hope at a time when many Irish people are disillusioned by years of recession and the slow pace of political and cultural …

Ireland

Same-sex marriage debate must be this year, Australian Liberal party figures say

Liberal parliamentarians pushing for a free vote on same-sex marriage have called for the issue to be debated before the end of this year.

Supporters are seeking to build fresh momentum for action in Australia after Ireland became the latest country to grant same-sex couples the right to marry in a …

Marriage

Gay couples awake to new Ireland, hope to wed by Christmas

DUBLIN (AP) — Gay couples of Ireland woke up Sunday in what felt like a nation reborn, with dreams of wedding plans dancing in their heads.

This new reality was sinking in after the Irish people voted with a surprisingly strong 62 percent "yes" to enshrine the right to gay marriage in the country's …

Marriage

The End of the Boy Scout Ban on Gay Adults?

On Thursday, Boy Scouts of America President Bob Gates said “the status quo in our movement’s membership standards cannot be sustained.”

On Thursday, Boy Scouts of America President Bob Gates called for the end to the organization’s ban on gay adults who serve as troop leaders or have other roles …

LGBT

Ireland Set To Legalize Same Sex Marriage In Referendum

The largely Catholic nation held a popular vote on the issue Friday.

Ireland is on the brink of becoming the first nation to legalize same-sex marriage by popular vote. A national referendum on the issue took place Friday and is leaning demonstrably towards yes, which would put Ireland at the …

Ireland

Welcome to the Rainbow Republic: Ireland reacts to historic marriage equality vote

In a landslide victory on Saturday, Ireland became the world's first country to legalize same-sex marriage through popular vote.

More than 3.2 million people turned out to vote on Friday in what was called an "unusually high" turnout, according to the BBC.

Ireland's Minister for Health Leo Varadkar, …

Ireland

Ireland overwhelmingly approves same-sex marriage in historic vote

DUBLIN — Ireland became the first country to legalize same-sex marriage by nationwide popular vote on Saturday.

Around 62% of voters who hit the polls chose to vote yes, while 38% voted no.

In total, 60% of Ireland's more than 3 million eligible voters turned out; of them, more than 1 million people …

Ireland

Neil Patrick Harris, Hozier and other celebs praise Ireland's historic vote

Ireland became the first country to legalize same-sex marriage through a nationwide public vote today, and celebrities around the world flocked to Twitter to show their support.

People from Vice President Joe Biden to singer/songwriter Sam Smith praised the Irish electorate for passing the …

Neil Patrick Harris

Ireland has said 'yes' to gay marriage and 'no' to Catholicism

The Irish referendum on gay marriage was about more than just gay marriage. It was a politically trendy, media backed, well financed howl of rage against Catholicism

Whatever happened to Ireland? Its people used to be relied upon to reject social change – in previous referenda they have said no to …

Lesbian

Federal Judge Expands Alabama Marriage Ruling Statewide, But Puts Order On Hold

Although Judge Callie Granade expanded a marriage case to the whole state on Thursday, she also put the ruling on hold until the Supreme Court rules on its pending marriage cases.

WASHINGTON — U.S. District Court Judge Callie Granade applied her marriage equality ruling statewide on Thursday, but …

Marriage

Gay donor presses Rubio on same-sex marriage

In public and behind closed doors, 2016 Republican presidential candidates are being put on the spot on an increasingly tricky issue: same-sex marriage.

The issue has become a source of friction within the Republican Party, as more socially liberal donors and corporations clash with conservative …

Marco Rubio

Boy Scouts should end ban on gay leaders, President Robert Gates says

Robert M. Gates, president of the Boy Scouts of America, said Thursday that the organization's ban on gay leaders "cannot be sustained" and urged the group to end its national ban.

"I truly fear that any other alternative will be the end of us as a national movement," the former CIA director and …

Boy Scouts of America

Bill De Blasio: 'Lift The Ban' On Gay Scout Leaders

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio (D) took to Twitter on Thursday to encourage the Boy Scouts of America to lift the group’s ban on gay scout leaders.

De Blasio's tweet came soon after Robert M. Gates, national president of the Boy Scouts of America, called the group's ban on openly gay adults …

LGBT

Boy Scouts President Robert Gates calls for end of ban on gay scout leaders

Robert Gates, the former defense secretary and current president of Boy Scouts of America, on Thursday publicly called for an end to the group’s ban on gay scout leaders.

The group can’t continue to “ignore growing internal challenges to our current membership policy,” Gates told the group’s …

LGBT

Oregon outlaws gay conversion therapy

Oregon this week became the third state to ban conversion therapy, a widely discredited practice aimed at changing the sexual orientation of individuals who identify as gay or lesbian.

Democratic Gov. Kate Brown, the first openly bisexual governor in the country, signed on Monday the bill into law, …

Conversion Therapy

Ireland prime minister urges yes vote in gay marriage referendum

Ireland’s prime minister, Enda Kenny, has made a final plea for a yes vote in the referendum to legalise gay marriage.

The taoiseach told the Irish electorate on Wednesday night: “There is nothing to fear for voting for love and equality.”

Kenny made his plea on live television ahead of a …

Marriage

Study retracted: 20 minutes actually CAN’T change a homophobe’s mind

There are, at present, only a few semi-reliable ways to change a staunch anti-gay conservative’s very narrow mind on an issue like gay marriage.

The most successful is to reveal to said homophobe that his own child is, in fact, homosexual, and this child would furthermore like to marry his beloved, …

Northern California

60 Percent: Record Number Of Americans Support Same-Sex Marriage In Poll

Hitting a new all-time high, 60 percent of Americans say they believe marriage between same-sex couples should be recognized by law, with the same rights and privileges as traditional marriages, according to the latest Gallup poll.

That's a far cry from 1996, the first year in which Gallup posed the …

Marriage

Gallup: Support for same-sex marriage at all-time high

Support for same-sex marriage has reached a record high, according to a Gallup tracking poll released Tuesday.

Sixty percent of Americans now support legally recognized same-sex marriages that carry the same rights as traditional marriages, compared with 37 percent who believe such marriages should …

Marriage

Irish Catholics Could Change History by Voting for Marriage Equality This Week

This Friday the Irish look set to vote in favor of legalizing gay marriage. If they do, they’ll be casting off the mantle of oppressive and suffocating religious doctrine.

Marriage for same sex couples is presently legally recognized in 17 countries across the globe, as well as a number of U.S. …

Ireland

Jeb Bush Says Christian Business Owners Can Refuse To Serve Gay Weddings

Likely Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush said that Christian business owners should not have to provide services for gay weddings if it goes against their religious beliefs.

“Yes, absolutely, if it’s based on a religious belief,” he said when asked by the Christian Broadcasting Network in …

LGBT

Texas bill to add barriers to gay marriage dies in House

AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - Republican-backed legislation to put new blockades on same-sex marriage in Texas died in the statehouse on Friday after failing to win approval by a midnight deadline amid stalling tactics by the Democratic minority.

The bill, called the "Preservation of Sovereignty and …

Texas

The U.K. Now Has More Gay Lawmakers Than Any Other Country

Parliament is getting closer to representing the population, but the battle for equality isn't over yet

Following last week’s election, the U.K. now has more lesbian, gay or bisexual Members of Parliament (MPs) than anywhere in the world. The Westminster House of Commons now boasts 32 MPs who openly …

Lesbian

Michigan Bill Aims To Wipe Out Local LGBT Anti-Discrimination Laws

The Michigan House of Representatives is considering a bill that would bar local governments from enacting worker protections that are stronger than state or federal laws already on the books. That means no higher minimum wage, no better sick leave policy and no anti-discrimination protections for …

Michigan

The President Of The Gambia Threatens To Slit Gay Men’s Throats

The latest in a string of increasingly descriptive homophobic comments from the West African dictator.

While giving a speech to supporters last week, Gambian President Yahya Jammeh threatened to slit the throats of homosexuals in his country, seeming to mock the notion that Western countries could …

LGBT

Texas Sen. Doesn't Want Clergy 'Coerced' Into Officiating Same-Sex Marriages

The Texas Legislature is sending a message this week on the subject of same-sex marriage. And that message is: Hell no — again.

The bill that just got initial approval in the Texas Senate would protect clergy from having to conduct any marriage ceremony or perform any service that would violate …

Texas

Russian Lawmakers Propose Banning Marriages For Trans People

A new bill introduced Tuesday would ban marriages between transgender men or women and their same-sex partners.

Lawmakers in Russia introduced draft legislation today that would ban marriage between two people of the same sex, including cases where a trans person has transitioned or is in the …

Russia

Carly Fiorina Changes Mind On Amending Constitution To Bar Same-Sex Marriage

GOP presidential candidate Carly Fiorina said she does not support amending the U.S. Constitution to ban same-sex marriage, a reversal of a position she held a few years ago.

"I think the Supreme Court ruling will become the law of the land, and however much I may agree or disagree with it, I …

Constitutional Law

Havana Celebrates Gay Pride

Until recently, LGBT rights were marginalized in Cuba—but this year’s Pride parade took Havana by storm.

Lesbian, gay, transsexual and bisexual Cubans marched alongside friends, family members and supporters down the streets of Havana on Saturday, in the eighth Annual March against Homophobia and …

Gay Rights