Same-sex Marriage

Taiwan top court hears landmark gay marriage case

<b>A panel of judges at Taiwan's top court has begun hearing a case that could make the island the first place in Asia to introduce gay marriage.</b><p>The case has been brought by a gay activist as well as municipal authorities from the capital, Taipei.<p>Taiwan's parliament has also been debating whether to …

Taiwan

Peter Dutton backs voluntary postal plebiscite on marriage equality

Immigration minister says move fulfils Coalition’s election promise, but same-sex marriage advocates say proposal is sneaky and bypasses parliament<p>Peter Dutton has backed a proposal for a voluntary postal plebiscite on marriage equality, arguing it fulfils the Coalition’s election promise despite …

Australia

Here’s What A Taiwanese Court Hearing Could Mean For Marriage Equality

“Parents won’t recognise their child as a grown-up unless he or she is married.”<p>For most people, inviting your partner to a family dinner is not a big deal. But for Ai-Ju Wang and Ying-Chih Chen, a Taiwanese couple in their 30s who have been together for six years, it is more complicated than …

Taiwan

Qantas CEO defends same-sex marriage debate

Qantas chief executive Alan Joyce has defended companies' right to speak out on social issues after immigration minister Peter Dutton told business …

LGBTQ

How Marriage Equality Was Won—and What to Learn From It

The documentary ‘The Freedom to Marry’ follows the LGBT campaign group as it nears the end of the momentous 2015 Supreme Court battle. How sure does victory remain?<p>There are many moving moments in Eddie Rosenstein’s just-released documentary, <i>The</i> <i>Freedom to Marry</i>, but perhaps the most unexpected is …

LGBTQ

Duterte backtracks on gay marriage in Philippines

<b>Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has said he opposes gay marriage, after previously declaring he would consider legalising it.</b><p>Mr Duterte clarified that he had "nothing against gays", saying several of his relatives were homosexual.<p>The controversial politician had previously appeared supportive …

Equality

Filipino President Duterte says he 'doesn't discriminate' but condemns same-sex marriage

Same-sex marriage has been dealt a blow in the Philippines, with its president dismissing the possibility of legalising marriage equality.<p>On Sunday, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said "you have to stick to where God placed you," reported <i>Rappler</i>.<p>Speaking during a visit to Myanmar, he said …

Marriage

Duterte Opposes Gay Marriage in Philippines, Reversing Campaign Pledge

MANILA — The Philippines will not legalize same-sex marriage anytime soon, President Rodrigo Duterte has said, reversing a campaign promise in which he pledged to support legislation to allow gay unions.<p>Mr. Duterte stressed that the country was Asia’s bastion of Roman Catholicism, which steadfastly …

Philippines

Gay marriage postal vote 'a desperate ploy'

The co-chair of the Australian Marriage Equality's says conservative MPs are resorting to 'desperate' ploys to stop a free vote in parliament on …

LGBTQ

Neil Gorsuch’s Dissertation Opposes Same-Sex Marriage

If Judge Neil Gorsuch is confirmed as the next Supreme Court justice, he would play a decisive role in the future of same-sex marriage in the United …

Marriage

Minister backs business gay marriage push

Moderate cabinet minister Simon Birmingham has slapped down conservative colleague Peter Dutton after he told company bosses to butt out of the …

Equality

Qantas CEO, A Gay Marriage Supporter, Faulted by Aussie Lawmaker - Bloomberg

The head of Qantas Airways Ltd., Australia’s national carrier, was criticized by a federal lawmaker for campaigning in favor of same-sex …

Australia

PM to face plebiscite pressure

A number of Liberal MPs and senators are reportedly planning to lobby Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to abandon his commitment to hold a plebiscite …

Australian News

CEOs firm against Dutton on gay marriage

The chief of the Business Council of Australia is standing firm on her view the federal government should get on with legalising same-sex …

Peter Dutton

Australian beer company brews pint-sized storm over same-sex marriage

| SYDNEY<p>Australia's biggest domestic beer maker has pulled off the unthinkable, driving thirsty customers away from drink after it supported a church-run debate about same-sex marriage with beer bottles featuring bible verses.<p>The family-owned Coopers Brewery Ltd had so far managed to avoid scandal …

Beer

The Inside Story On How Marriage Equality Became A Reality In America

A new documentary examines how the battle to legalize same-sex marriage was won.<p>After four decades of fighting in and out of the courts, marriage equality finally became a reality across America in 2015.<p>Now a new documentary examines exactly how the battle to legalize same-sex marriage across the …

LGBTQ

The fight to repeal same-sex marriage begins: Texas hears case to restrict spousal benefits to LGBT couples

Advocates say the Texas Supreme Court caved to political pressure in a case that would impact LGBT city employees<p>A case being debated by the Texas Supreme Court could restrict the ability of married same-sex couples to access spousal benefits as part of a campaign by far-right extremists to …

Equality

Judge Denies ACLU's Motion To Recoup Legal Fees From Marriage Equality Battle

The civil liberties organization was looking to recover more than $200,000 from Kentucky county clerk Kim Davis.<p>WASHINGTON — The American Civil Liberties Union will not be able to recoup legal fees it incurred in a lawsuit against Kim Davis, the county clerk in Kentucky who spent five days in jail …

Equality

Will Gay Marriage Be Legal In Germany? Politicians Push For Same-Sex Marriage To Be Legalized

The Social Democratic Party of Germany (SPD), a partner in Angela Merkel's Christian Democratic Union ruling coalition, said Sunday it would initiate …

Germany

ABC’s ‘When We Rise:’ Gay Marriage Not Enough – The Struggle Continues

The final installment of ABC’s ratings disaster <i>When We Rise</i> quietly ended Friday night with a victory and a warning. In the episode titled “Night …

LGBTQ

Invest 'by the Bible': new fund backs arms firms but avoids brands promoting gays

A new "biblical" investment firm is marketing funds which promise to adhere to the "God-breathed truth" - by avoiding investments in businesses which promote homosexuality or show gay lifestyles in a positive light.<p>They will, however, invest in the shares of arms manufacturers and oil companies.<p>The …

ETFs

Arkansas lawmakers are leading a futile attempt to ban same-sex marriage nationwide

The Arkansas State Senate moved forward Tuesday with a plan that — if it works — could ban both same-sex marriage and abortion nationwide. Experts …

Government

Sydney Mardi Gras: Alex Greenwich reflects on 'tough time' for LGBTI rights

The co-chair of the Australian Marriage Equality campaign says there have been ‘significant victories’ and push is now on again for a free vote in parliament<p>Alex Greenwich’s office is covered in glitter.<p>The independent MP for Sydney in the New South Wales parliament is preparing for Saturday’s …

Australia

Same-sex marriage just became legal in Finland

Supporters of same-sex marriage celebrate outside the Finnish Parliament in Helsinki November 28, 2014. The Finnish Parliament on Friday narrowly …

Marriage

Conservatives in Texas are taking aim at same-sex marriage, and here’s what that means

Republicans in the state of Texas are attempting to strip away the rights of married same-sex couples it has been reported.<p>In 2015, a Supreme Court …

Equality

Texas court hears case that could dent gay marriage right

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The Texas Supreme Court heard arguments Wednesday in a Houston case that top Republicans hope will provide an opening to chip away at the landmark 2015 ruling legalizing gay marriage nationwide.<p>A coalition of religious and social conservatives sued America's fourth-largest city …

LGBTQ

Texas challenges gay marriage benefits

<b>The Texas Supreme Court is hearing a case that conservatives hope can lead to an overturning of legalised gay marriage nationwide.</b><p>Opponents are suing the city of Houston over its decision to extend benefits to same-sex spouses of city employees.<p>Houston officials argue that they are required to …

Equality

Comedian Joel Creasey On Gay Marriage: "We're Not Perceived As Equal To Everyone Else"

<b>Comedian Joel Creasey is teaming up with SKYY vodka and just.equal this March to say: Australia, get it together already and legalise same-sex</b> …

Marriage

The Eyes Of The World Are On Australia’s Fight For Same-Sex Marriage

“It’s not like the gays are going to use up all the marriage licences.”<p>A leading American advocate says the eyes of the world are on Australia – will we become the next country to adopt same-sex marriage?<p>Evan Wolfson, who founded the US organisation Freedom To Marry, is viewed by many as the …

LGBTQ

Social Democrats’ candidate makes marriage equality election issue in Germany

<i>Written by Stefanie Gerdes</i><p>Germany’s Social Democrats (SPD) want to make marriage equality a main point of their electoral campaign.<p>That’s according …

Germany