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British MPs pass same-sex marriage bill

MPs passed a bill legalising same-sex marriage in England and Wales, paving the way for the first gay weddings in 2014. The House of Commons decided Tuesday not to oppose a number of minor amendments to the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill proposed by the House of Lords. The legislation…

British lawmakers set to pass marriage equality bill

British lawmakers were set on Tuesday to pass a bill legalising same-sex marriage in England and Wales, paving the way for the first gay weddings in 2014. Members of parliament’s lower House of Commons were due to hold final debates on Tuesday evening, but they were expected to be little…

Same-sex marriage clears parliamentary hurdle in Britain

The British parliament’s upper house Tuesday voted down a bid to kill off a bill to introduce gay marriage in England and Wales, moving it a step closer to becoming law. Following two days of impassioned debate in the House of Lords that exposed deep divisions in the unelected upper…

Nigerian lawmakers enact same sex marriage ban with penalty of up to 14 years in prison

Nigerian lawmakers approved Thursday a bill to outlaw gay marriage and crack down on gay rights, including criminalising public displays of affection between same-sex couples. The House of Representatives unanimously approved the bill which provides for jail terms of up to 14 years for gay marriage. A gay rights bill…

French far-right pays tribute to Notre Dame suicide of Dominique Venner

France’s far-right paid tribute to a writer and activist who shot himself dead in front of the altar of Paris’s famed Notre Dame Cathedral on Tuesday after denouncing gay marriage and immigration. Police confirmed the man’s identity as Dominique Venner, 78, an essayist and activist linked with France’s far-right and…

French lawmakers approve marriage equality bill

French lawmakers on Tuesday extended marriage and adoption rights to same-sex couples, making France the 14th country in the world to legalise gay marriage. The 331 to 225 vote was preceded by months of bitter –and sometimes violent– exchanges on the subject in parliament and in the streets. The National…

Fear of violence forces France to increase security ahead of country’s same-sex marriage vote

Paris police have stepped up security for the city’s gay community ahead of a final parliamentary vote Tuesday on a bill that will make France the 14th country to legalise same-sex marriage. After months of acrimonious debate and hundreds of street protests that have occasionally spilled over into violence, a…

Bill Nelson becomes 51st senator to support same sex marriage

US Senator Bill Nelson endorsed gay marriage on Thursday, shifting the chamber in favor of rights for same-sex couples. Nelson, a Democrat from Florida, became the 51st lawmaker in the 100-seat Senate to support gay unions, the latest in a string of lawmakers to change their position on the sensitive…

Queue already forming for Monday’s Supreme Court hearing on same-sex marriage

With Thermos bottles, sleeping bags and a few good books, about a dozen people lined up Friday to be among the first to attend oral arguments at the US Supreme Court on gay marriage. Never mind that the hearings don’t begin until next Tuesday. They said they were determined to…

LGBT rights mostly out of reach in central and eastern Europe

Ania and Yga have been inseparable for the last 17 years, living together as a couple in the Polish capital Warsaw but their love is seen as second class in this deeply Roman Catholic country. As Britain and France legalise gay marriage, in January Polish lawmakers voted down three bills…

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