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

Poland rejects civil unions for the fourth time

On the 28th of May, 2015 Poland has rejected civil unions for the fourth time. The parliament voted to table the discussion of the proposed law which would allow same-sex couples to have similar rights to opposite-sex married couples. Less than a third of MPs, 146, voted for the discussion, with 215 voting against. 24

European LGBT* Community Praises Lithuania’s Eurovision Performance

Lithuania’s performance at the Eurovision semifinals, which took place on the evening of May 28th, 2015, featured two same-sex kisses and has attracted a great deal of support from the international media and the LGBT* community. The LGBT* news service pinknews.co.uk reports that Eurovision fans worldwide are celebrating the performance of Vaidas Baumila and Monika

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

Greenland legalizes same-sex marriage

On the 26th of May, 2015 Greenland’s parliament  voted unanimously to adopt Danish laws legalizing same-sex marriage and adoption. Greenland is an autonomous country within the Kingdom of Denmark and has been self-governing since 2009. The Arctic nation adopted Denmark’s civil union law in 1996. But it did not do the same when Denmark legalized same-sex

MEP A. Guoga: “Deliver Lithuania from Fear”

I’m happy about the success of Lithuania’s performance on the 21st of May, 2015. I returned from Strasbourg to Brussels in time to watch the duo’s Eurovision performance together with all of Lithuania. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to vote from Belgium, but I definitely did during the finals. However, the joy of making it into

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

Northern Ireland Assembly rejects same-sex marriage

Politicians in Stormont have voted against same-sex marriage for the fourth time. The Northern Irish Assembly was discussing same-sex marriage today, after three failed attempts to enact the law. Today’s motion on equal marriage, proposed by Sinn Féin, failed by two votes, with 47 in favour and 49 against. However, same-sex marriage continues to be