Parliamentarians in Romania will soon be asked whether or not to support the organisation of a referendum to constitutionally define family as being based solely upon the marriage between a man and a woman. On the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia, Members of the LGBTI Intergroup write to Romanian Parliamentarians, urging them  not to

Lithuanian Conservative Party Proposes Referendum Idea for Same-Sex Partnerships

On October 19th, 2015 the MP and one of the leaders of the Lithuanian conservative party “Homeland Union” Vilija Aleknaitė-Abramikienė in the course of an interview to the radio station “Žinių radijas” regarding the possible legislation on civil partnerships claimed that “based on the current legal situation, we have to propose a public referendum on

Ireland is already advertising itself as a same-sex wedding destination

Ireland’s tourist board is not wasting any time in promoting the country as a same-sex wedding destination. The Republic of Ireland overwhelmingly voted to introduce same-sex marriage in a referendum last week, with 62.1% voting in favour and 37.9% voting against. Although by passing the referendum the public has given approval to the concept of

Tony Abbott dismisses idea of marriage equality referendum

The Australian Prime Minister has dismissed the idea of his country holding a referendum on same-sex marriage after Ireland’s historic vote on 23 May. Tony Abbott acknowledged it was important to millions of Australians and said he was taking the matter seriously, but marriage equality would be dealt with by the Federal Parliament. ‘Referendums are

German opposition calls on Merkel to follow Ireland on equal marriage

The German Green Party has called on Angela Merkel to follow Ireland in introducing same-sex marriage. The Republic of Ireland overwhelmingly voted to introduce same-sex marriage in a referendum last week, with 62.1% voting in favour and 37.9% voting against. Following the victory, political leaders in a number of other countries – including Northern Ireland, Australia and Italy

Northern Ireland is facing increasing pressure over its stance on same-sex marriage after Ireland voted Yes in Friday’s (22 May) referendum. Unlike in the rest of the United Kingdom, Northern Ireland still prohibits same-sex marriage;  England, Wales and Scotland legalized it last year. Last month was the fourth time the Northern Ireland Assembly rejected a

Ireland same-sex marriage referendum passes

On the 23d of May, 2015 Ireland has become the first country in which same-sex couples have received marriage rights through a popular vote. The Irish Independent is reporting the referendum passed by a 62-38 percent margin. “It is about removing discrimination,” Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny told NBC News during an interview after voting

Amnesty International launches Yes campaign for equal marriage in Ireland

Amnesty International has launched a campaign to help pass same-sex marriage in Ireland’s upcoming referendum. The Republic of Ireland is set to vote on May 22 on a proposal that would introduce civil same-sex marriage. Exactly two months before the country goes to the polls, human rights charity Amnesty International has launched their “Vote Yes” campaign in

Republic of Ireland: gay adoption law due before same-sex marriage referendum

Government pledges to enact legislation on adoption rights ahead of vote.   The Government has pledged that legislation providing for adoption by gay couples will be enacted before the referendum on same-sex marriage in May. The pledge came in the wake of concern in both Coalition parties that the first television debate on the issue on Monday

Referendum used to curb LGBT* rights in Slovakia

The Constitutional Court of Slovakia has decided that several questions that could limit the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT*) persons will be opened to a public vote, a move which advocates say is unconstitutional. It follows a petition initiated by the Alliance for Family, a conservative national organisation that collected more than the 350,000 signatures required