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Australia Drops Marriage Referendum

The Australian Parliament has blocked moves for a Republic of Ireland-style marriage referendum in the country. As we reported two months ago, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull had sought to use a referendum to neutralise the issue rather than face a battle inside his right-wing party. It’s a risky move – it’s the same trick David Cameron used to put the […]

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Marriage: and now Gibraltar

Gibraltar has become the latest place to legalise same-sex marriage. The British territory on the tip of Spain passed the measure unanimously, and rejected a proposal to allow registrars to opt-out of conducting same-sex marriages. While Scotland, Wales, England and the Isle of Man all allow same-sex marriage it remains blocked in Northern Ireland by the DUP’s constitutional veto.

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After Ireland: Australia to vote

Australia is set to put the “question” of same-sex marriage to the public, with a nationwide referendum next February on whether to open up marriage beyond mixed-sex couples. If the vote goes ahead, decision day will be 11th February. Ireland passed same-sex marriage by a huge margin in a similar referendum. Australia’s Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull told parliament that funding […]

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Marriage: Will Finland Flip-flop?

Two years ago Finland voted to legalise same-sex marriage – but the law has still not come into effect and now it seems they’re having doubts. “Finland should strive to become a society where discrimination does not exist, human rights are respected and two adults can marry regardless of their sexual orientation,” Finland’s then prime minister Alexander Stubb, said before […]

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Isle of Man leapfrogs Britain

From today the Isle of Man – which for decades has lagged behind its mainland neighbour on bi and gay rights – leaps ahead with partnership recognition reform. As well as extending marriage to same-sex couples the island will open up civil partnerships to mixed-sex couples – something which was in the original civil partnerships bill for Britain but was […]

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Civil partnership challenge fails

The legal challenge to the bar on mixed-sex civil partnerships has been defeated in court. As we reported last week Charles Keidan and Rebecca Steinfeld brought the case, arguing the current situation with marriage and civil partnership law constitutes unlawful discrimination. Marriage is now open to mixed-sex or same-sex couples, while civil partnerships – though the initial House of Lords […]

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