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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…

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…

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