Bill to legalise same-sex marriage in Taiwan ‘will be passed’ soon

The Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Caucus Whip has said that a bill to legalise same-sex marriage in Taiwan “will be passed” in 2017. The country is one of the most progressive in Asia on LGBT rights, providing some LGBT rights protections and allowing some limited recognition of same-sex relationships. Ker Chien-ming said that he holds no “loating

Gibraltar approves same-sex marriage

Members of the Gibraltar Parliament on Wednesday unanimously approved a bill that would extend marriage rights to same-sex couples. The Gibraltar Chronicle reported Equality Minister Samantha Sacramento told lawmakers after she introduced the measure that “marriage is a hugely important institution.” She also stressed the proposal contains what she described as “religious safeguards.” “This bill

Australians want same-sex marriage passed quickly in Parliament, poll finds

Australians oppose plans for a same-sex marriage plebiscite and want equality issue passed in Parliament, a poll has found. The country’s PM Malcolm Turnbull is trying to avoid a rift with his own ultra-conservative MPs by bringing forward plans to take same-sex marriage to the public in a non-binding plebiscite, instead of settling the matter in Parliament. However,

The Conservatives Support Same-Sex Partnerships in Lithuania?

The candidates to Lithuanian Seimas felt the need to speak about tolerance and human rights prior to the upcoming election to the Parliament of the Republic of Lithuania. Gabrielius Landsbergis, MEP and the Chairman of the Homeland Union – Lithuanian Christian Democrats party, expressed his support for same-sex partnerships during the discussion, organized by youth

Guernsey officially approves same-sex marriage

Guernsey has officially approved same-sex couples to marry on 21 September. Members of the States has voted 33 to 5 to legalize same-sex marriage. Until today, the Channel island was one of the only places in the UK that did not allow either civil partnerships or same-sex marriage. In June 2015, Guernsey launched a consultation

T. V. Raskevičius. Same Sex Families – Reality or Propaganda?

National LGBT rights organization’s LGL human rights policy coordinator, Tomas Vytautas Raskevičius: “In order to avoid any misinterpretations of the presented arguments I want to underline two facts. First of all, according to Article 38 of The Constitution of the Republic of Lithuania “Marriage shall be concluded upon the free mutual consent of man and

Now same-sex couples can officially get married in Antarctica

Same-sex couples will now be able to marry officially in the British Antarctic Territory. The Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) has announced plans to launch a consultation in order to review same-sex marriage legislation in the British Antarctic Territory (BAT). Although same-sex marriage became legal in the BAT at the same time as the law

Obama celebrates equal marriage in last DNC speech as US President

Barack Obama has celebrated same-sex marriage in his last ever Democratic National Convention (DNC) speech as President of the United States. Speaking at the convention, Mr Obama also said he felt his administration had brought together people regardless of gender, sexual orientation or race. He said: “We put policies in place to help students with

Mexican president reiterates same-sex marriage support

Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto has reiterated his support of marriage rights for same-sex couples throughout the country. Peña wrote in the Huffington Post on June 2 that he announced “a series of initiatives that promote equality” last month during an International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia event. These include a proposed amendment to the

South Korea set for more court battles over same-sex marriage ban

Several more court battles are expected in South Korea, after judges rejected equal marriage. A lawsuit filed by a prominent gay film director and his partner seeking legal status for their same-sex marriage was rejected by a South Korean district court this month in the first case of its kind. Same-sex couples have no legal recognition