Tag Archives: Marriage

Ireland set to vote on same-sex marriage

On Friday the Republic of Ireland goes to the polls in a referendum on same-sex marriage. After a long campaign, opinion polls suggest same-sex marriage will pass into law, though by a significantly narrower margin than early polls which suggested a 4-to-1 margin in favour. One in five voters say they are still yet to make up their mind on […]

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Slovenia on the path to same-sex marriage

Another EU member state is legalising same-sex marriage. The Parliament of Slovenia has voted by 51 votes to 28 (5 abstentions) to open up marriage beyond mixed-sex couples, and to allow same-sex couples to adopt children. The bill has to be enacted by the President but with polls showing clear popular support it should become law soon.

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Marriage equality in Luxembourg

Last year Luxembourg became the ninth EU country to legalise same-sex marriage – and today the law came into effect. Jean Paul Olinger and Henri Lorenzo Huber were the first same-sex couple to take advantage of the law, with Differdange town hall opening for the ceremony despite the New Year’s Day bank holiday. The bill passed by a landslide last […]

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Scotland’s first same-sex marriages

The first day of same-sex weddings in Scotland saw 34 people get hitched today. On the stroke of midnight the first two ceremonies were conducted in Glasgow – Joe Schofield and Malcolm Brown in a humanist ceremony, and Susan and Gerrie Douglas-Scott in a civil ceremony. Members of the Scottish Parliament were in attendance at both weddings – First Minister Nicola […]

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Conversion Day!

For civil-partnered couples in Wales and England today (Wednesday 10th December) is a key date – from today Civil Partnerships can be legally converted to marriage. BCN Editor Jen Yockney writes: For a decade Civil Partnerships have been the “separate but equal” excuse for the gender restrictions on marriage – that wasn’t equal in either name or detail. Now as […]

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Finland joins the marriage club

Finland has just voted to legalise same-sex marriage, making it the 12th European country to do so. It passed by 105 votes to 92, some twelve years on from the introduction of same-sex civil partnerships in Finnish law. “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 […]

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Scotland sets date for first weddings

The Scottish Government has at last announced the date for the first same-sex marriage ceremonies in Scotland: 31st December 2014! Earlier in the year it had been suggested that the first ceremonies would be in September but that has slipped; perhaps a matter of national pride wouldn’t let it slide into a different year.  Same-sex marriage will be legal in […]

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Yes to same-sex marriage: whither civil partnership?

The Scottish Parliament has passed the Same-Sex Marriage (Scotland) Bill by a huge 108 to 15 vote margin at the start of February.  The vote to pass the bill at third and final reading was not unexpected as the previous stages had also passed by significant margins. The Scottish bill is different in a few respects including lacking the ‘spousal […]

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