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After Ireland, the USA


In the USA, the country’s Supreme Court has ruled that state bans on same-sex marriage are in breach of the country’s constitution. The ruling was by a narrow 5 votes to 4 margin. President Obama commented, “This ruling is a victory for Jim Obergefell and the other plaintiffs in the case,” he said. “It’s a victory for gay and lesbian […]

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Ireland votes YES

With the counting not yet over in the Republic of Ireland’s same-sex marriage referendum it looks like a big win for equality. The Minister for Equality Aodhán Ó Ríordáin tweeted this morning: “I’m calling it. Key boxes opened. It’s a yes. And a landslide across Dublin. And I’m so proud to be Irish today.” Turnout is above 50% across the 3.2 […]

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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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