Tag Archives: Marriage

Latvia challenged on partnership recognition

Earlier this month the Latvian Parliament dismissed a petition calling for the introduction of partnership legislation which would recognise all unmarried couples, including same-sex couples. This is the second time the Saeima rejected such an initiative. The European Parliament has responded today with members of the LGBTI Intergroup writing to the Members of the Government of Latvia, and the Speaker […]

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Lords and Commons push for marriage reform


This week bills in the House of Commons and House of Lords will seek to introduce same-sex marriage in Northern Ireland. Same-sex marriage, albeit in slightly different legislative forms, exists in the Republic of Ireland, Scotland, and Wales & England, but not Northern Ireland. Reform in Northern Ireland has been blocked thus far by the DUP using powers given to […]

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Marriage Down Under

Like the Republic of Ireland, Australia went for a referendum on same-sex marriage. We caught up with Lanei from Australian bi organisation BiView and asked about the marriage referendum story down under. First, congratulations! A good clear referendum win and a sense of momentum with legislation following so rapidly after. Well, one of the interesting things to note about this […]

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And Australia Makes 25

Like their neighbours in New Zealand before them, when Australian MPs voted same-sex marriage into law today the chamber broke into song in celebration. The debates in recent days had seen tears and a mid-speech marriage proposal. It is only a few short weeks since the referendum result was declared on November 15th, with a clear margin of victory. Within […]

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Austria joins the marriage club

Austria will be legalising same-sex marriage by the end of this year following a supreme court ruling yesterday. The court has declared that civil partnerships and marriage, the current “separate and not equal” arrangement in the country, cannot be maintained as they are clearly discriminatory, and decreed the law must change by the start of 2018. The move follows neighbouring […]

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Australians say Yes

The referendum in Australia on same-sex marriage has produced a clear result in favour – with 61.6% support on a turnout of just under 80%. This is a similar level of support to that shown in the Republic of Ireland’s referendum two years ago – but a much higher turnout, which was 60% in Ireland. It’s close to an absolute […]

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