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UK lawmakers approve marriage equality

British lawmakers voted in favour of legislation allowing gay marriage on Tuesday despite a split in Prime Minister David Cameron’s Conservative party. Members of parliament voted by 400 to 175 to approve the draft law allowing same-sex couples to marry in England and Wales. In a late intervention just two…

Polish lawmakers vote down civil unions bill

Polish lawmakers on Friday voted down three bills on civil unions for unmarried couples, a move backed by gay rights activists but fiercely opposed by conservatives in the deeply Catholic country. None of the drafts included provisions that would legalise gay marriage and adoption, similar to proposals by the French…

Helpful tips for homophobic bigots, sodomy edition

Two men in Maine who oppose same sex marriage recently decided that the real problem with getting their fellow straight Americans to oppose marriage equality is that “same sex marriage” and “gay marriage” sound too cute and cuddly. And so they launched a Super PAC and asked their supporters to…

Allen West: I’ll be VP if ‘God would ordain’ it

Tea party Rep. Allen West (R-FL) said on Friday that he would accept the Republican vice presidential nomination if it was the “right fit.” Earlier this week, failed GOP vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin first floated West’s name at a possible “rogue” pick for 2012. South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley…

Civil rights leader: Anti-gay group viewed black people as pawns

Professor Julian Bond, a former leader of the NAACP, on Thursday described the racially divisive tactics of the National Organization for Marriage as “scary.” “It’s one of the most cynical things I have ever seen spelled out in this way,” he said on CNN. “The idea that these people are…

NOM strategy documents: ‘Drive a wedge’ between black and LGBT voters

Documents have come to light in a Maine court filing that detail a plot by the National Organization for Marriage (NOM) to slow the legalization of same-sex marriage by dividing black and LGBT people, according to the Human Rights Commission. The documents, marked “Confidential,” emerged as part of an investigation…

Italy court rules LGBT have right to ‘family life’

Italy’s highest civil court opened the way for homosexuals to have the same rights as heterosexual married couples Thursday, but it upheld a ban on gay marriage and said those celebrated abroad were not valid in Italy. In a ruling welcomed by gay rights groups, the court said that homosexuals…

Catholics intensify campaign against same sex marriage

LONDON — The Roman Catholic Church stepped up its campaign against civil gay marriage, with a letter from two senior archbishops being read out at services in 2,500 churches on Sunday. The letter from Archbishop Vincent Nichols, the leader of the Catholic Church in England and Wales, and Archbishop Peter…

Pope condemns same sex marriage in speech to U.S. bishops

Pope Benedict XVI condemned gay marriage on Friday in a speech to bishops from the United States after the US state of Maryland last week became the eighth in the nation to legalise same-sex unions. “Sexual differences cannot be dismissed as irrelevant to the definition of marriage,” the pope said,…

Britain’s top Catholic attacks same sex marriage plans

LONDON — Britain’s most senior Roman Catholic cleric on Sunday attacked the government’s plan to permit civil gay marriage, calling it “madness” and a “grotesque subversion”. Cardinal Keith O’Brien, leader of the Catholic Church in Scotland, added his voice to religious opposition to the proposals, ahead of the launch this…

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