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Federal judge strikes down Oregon’s ban on same-sex marriage

PORTLAND, Oregon (Reuters) – A federal judge struck down Oregon’s ban on same-sex marriage on Monday, saying that it violated the U.S. Constitution, in a ruling that was greeted by cheers from gay rights activists. The ruling came after Oregon’s attorney general announced in February that she would not defend…

Croatians to vote on nationwide same-sex marriage ban

Croatian lawmakers voted Friday to hold a referendum on December 1 that would rule out same-sex marriage in the Roman Catholic country, despite strong objections from gay rights activists. The referendum on whether to amend the country’s constitution to define marriage as a “union between a woman and a man”…

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…

Georgia’s Orthodox Church urges ban on LGBT rights rally

The head of Georgia’s influential Orthodox Church called Thursday on the authorities to ban a gay rights rally set to be held in the deeply religious country. The call came a day before gay rights activists were to stage a brief demonstration in central Tbilisi to mark the International Day…

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…

Supreme Court lets DC gay marriage law stand

WASHINGTON — The US Supreme Court on Tuesday let stand a law authorizing gay marriage in Washington, DC rejecting a challenge from activists opposed to same-sex marriage. The top US court without comment turned down a petition from a group of residents seeking to put gay marriage to a city-wide…

Top Democrat ready to kill effort to ban ‘don’t ask don’t tell’

The top Democratic and Republican senators on the Armed Services Committee are set to strip repeal of the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy from the National Defense Authorization Act, according to two news reports. “Sens. Carl Levin of Michigan and John McCain of Arizona, the top Democrat and Republican…

Maddow: Blindly hoping Senate will end ‘don’t ask’ is ‘not a plan’

After a federal judge issued an injunction against the enforcement of the military’s Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy on Tuesday, hopes were high among gay rights activists that the White House would allow the decision to stand. By Wednesday, however, remarks by Press Secretary Robert Gibbs had made it clear…

Scott Brown says he’ll vote against ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ repeal

The Massachusetts senator who succeeded Sen. Ted Kennedy (D-MA) in the Bay State says he’ll vote against repealing the Pentagon’s longstanding ban on allowing gay men and women to serve openly in the military. Sen. Scott Brown (R-MA) appears to be bucking the vast majority of residents of his state,…

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