WEST HOLLYWOOD, UNITED STATES:  A wedding cake featuring two grooms and two brides is on display at a local restaurant as part of the preparations for a mass gay wedding in West Hollywood, CA 01 June 2004.  Some one hundred gay and lesbian couples tied nots in a ceremony performed by West Hollywood Mayor John Duran. Although simbolic, the ceremony was organized as part of a campaign organized by Duran and other non profit organizations in an effort to change California laws and allow same sex couples to get marriage licenses.      AFP PHOTO / HECTOR MATA  (Photo credit should read HECTOR MATA/AFP/Getty Images)

Finnish Parliament Votes Down Efforts to Reverse Equal Marriage

Finland’s Parliament has voted down efforts to scupper plans for same-sex marriage to become legal just days before it is set to become law. In November 2014, the Finnish Parliament passed a citizens’ initiative on gender-neutral marriage by a tight vote of 105-92, after a number of previous defeats. The country’s President Sauli Niinistö signed marriage

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Haters Helped the Polish Gay Couple Gain Permission to Marry in Portugal

A Polish couple who received death threats on their coming out video are getting a sweet taste of revenge, as their haters have made their dreams of marriage a reality. Polish TV presenter and journalist Jakub Kwieciński and his partner David have been granted special permission to get married in Madeira, Portugal. The couple had

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Cherokee Nation to legalize gay marriage

The Cherokee Nation‘s attorney general has said the tribe must lift the ban on same-sex marriage. According to a report, the current law violates a tribal requirement for all of its citizens to be treated equally. The Cherokee Nation’s Attorney General has issued an opinion declaring bans on same-sex marriage to be in violation of

BELFAST, UNITED KINGDOM:  Christopher Patrick Flangan (R) and his partner Henry Emmauel Kane (L) kiss as they come out of Belfast City Hall in Northern Ireland, 19 December 2005 after exchanging  vows. The first civil partnership ceremonies for gay couples in the UK are being held in Northern Ireland today, followed by Scotland on Tuesday and England and Wales on Wednesday. AFP PHOTO/PETER MUHLY  (Photo credit should read PETER MUHLY/AFP/Getty Images)

Civil partnerships collapse as couples opt for marriage instead in England and Wales

The numbers of civil partnership registrations in England and Wales has plunged below 1000 for the first time – as couples opt to marry instead. Civil partnerships were introduced as under Tony Blair’s premiership in 2004 to allow gay unions ‘separate’ from marriage. Following the introduction of same-sex marriage in England and Wales in 2014, the

CALGARY, AB, CANADA - JANUARY 23:  Newly elected Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper (R), leader of the Conservative Party, gestures as he celebrates his win with his wife, Laureen Teskey, and their two children, Benjamin and Rachel, at the Telus Convention Centre January 23, 2006 in Calgary, Alberta. Harper takes over the position from former Liberal Leader Paul Martin.  (Photo by Chris Bolin/Getty Images)

Canada’s Conservative Party officially stops opposing gay marriage

The Conservative Party in Canada has just voted to officially support same-sex marriage, eleven years after the country introduced it. The party, established twelve years ago, voted on Saturday to remove support for a “traditional” definition of marriage in its policy book. MP and leadership hopeful Maxime Bernier said: “It’s about telling Canadians that you

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Chinese gay couple marry despite court ruling

To start their campaign for legalizing homosexual marriages in China, a gay couple has held a marriage ceremony despite a court ruling against it. Many believe the case shows a growing acceptance of LGBT rights in China. “I hope that the world knows that there are homosexual people in China, and that we demand legally

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A pastor and a bishop in North Carolina have married a gay couple in an act of “civil disobedience”. The wedding was kept secret to stop “people having time to organise a protest”, and even had to hire security to keep demonstrators out. John Romano and Jim Wilborne, both 52, were married in Charlotte North Carolina

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Chinese gay rights movement sees win in court loss

Though a Chinese court rejected a same-sex marriage lawsuit, many believe the case affirmed a growing acceptance of LGBT rights in China. This article examines the implications of the decision for country’s gay rights movement. On Wednesday morning, Sun Wenlin and his male partner Hu Mingliang entered a court in the central Chinese province Hunan,

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Thousands march for gay marriage in Tokyo

Pride festival is extended by two days amid surge in interest in LGBTI issues. Some 3,000 LGBTI people and their allies Sunday (26 April) afternoon marched in Tokyo Rainbow Pride amid calls for Japan to legalize gay marriage. The crowd, many waving rainbow flags and dressed as geishas, paraded through the capital’s entertainment and shopping

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Haruki Murakami: I support gay marriage

Japanese author’s latest novel features a same-sex relationship. Japan’s best-known living author Haruki Murakami has said he supports gay marriage. The Nobel Prize favorite made the declaration yesterday (21 January) on Mr Murakami’s Place, a temporary website he set up to answer readers’ questions. One reader asked his view on gay marriage as his latest