U.S. Supreme Court to rule on Gay Marriage

The U.S. Supreme Court shall rule this year upon whether gay couples have a right to marry across all states.  A successful ruling would see gay marriage being legalized throughout the U.S.  In an exciting development, the U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear a case pertaining to the legalization of same-sex marriages throughout the

Finnish Parliament approves same-sex marriage

The Finnish Parliament voted on Friday afternoon to allow gender-neutral marriage, 105-92. The vote had been expected to be closer. The unprecedented outcome marks the first time that a citizens’ initiative has received lawmakers’ blessing to be written into the law books. It also allows Finland to finally catch up with its Nordic peers, all

Luxembourg passes equal marriage bill

Luxembourg’s parliament has overwhelmingly passed a same-sex marriage bill, by a vote of 56-4. The bill introduces equal marriage, in addition to granting adoption rights to same-sex couples. According to the Chamber of Deputies, the law is expected to be in force by early 2015. Green MP Viviane Loschetter said: “Gay people should have the same rights

Naples mayor Luigi De Magistris has announced plans to record same-sex marriages that have been performed in countries where they are legal in his city’s civil register. He announced the plans just weeks after an Italian court ruled that the Tuscan city of Grosseto must register the marriage of a couple who married in New

Candidates to Lithuanian Presidency express their views on LGBT* issues.

On April 24, LRT (National Lithuanian Radio and Television Network) invited presidential candidates to participate in a discussion regarding important social issues. President Dalia Grybauskaite was busy with her schedule and could not attend, but the other candidates- Zigmantas Balcytis, Arturas Paulauskas, Naglis Puteikis, Bronis Rope, Valdemaras Tomasevskis and Arturas Zuokas- shared their opinions about

Georgia Prime Minister calls for constitutional ban on equal marriage

At the end of March, Georgia’s Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili introduced an amendment to define marriage as a union between a man and a woman in the constitution. The amendment allegedly purports to avoid “misinterpretation” of an anti-discrimination bill which was introduced at the same time. This bill would address remaining legal gaps in anti-discrimination legislation,

Lithuanian society is still reluctant to accept same-sex marriage

According to the recent survey, Lithuanians still oppose same-sex marriages. As the survey carried out by the Lithuanian Chamber of Notaries shows that the possibility to register same-sex partnerships was appreciated only by 7 percent of the respondents, satisfactory – by 4 percent. Even 79 percent of the respondents expressed negative opinion, 10 percent did

On 12 December 2013, the High Court of Australia issued its judgment in The Commonwealth v Australian Capital Territory, a case relating to the status of the Marriage Equality (Same Sex) Act 2013, a regional law enacted in October 2013 which permitted same-sex marriage in the Australian Capital Territories (ACT). As was expected, the High Court

Croatia: 65% of voters approve same-sex marriage ban

The referendum to forbid marriage equality in Croatiahas won an overwhelming majority. The state’s electoral commission, citing close to complete numbers, noted that 65% of voters voted ‘yes’ on the following ballot question: ‘Do you agree that marriage is matrimony between a man and a woman?’ According to an ABC News report, 34% voted ‘no.’ The results

Taiwan: Thousands march in campaign for same-sex marriage

Thousands marched in Taipei on Saturday, holding rainbow flags, colourful placards and balloons, in support of a bill reviewing Taiwan’s stance on same-sex marriages. The participants came far and wide, from Taiwan, several Asian countries, the United States, and Europe, for the 11th annual parade in Taipei’s business district. Albert Yang, a spokesperson for the