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Taiwan might fudge marriage

The Taiwanese government is about to legislate on same-sex marriage – or not. The supreme court ruled that same-sex marriage had to be introduced but last November a referendum in Taiwan voted out against same-sex marriage and civil partnerships. The bill now presented to parliament is subject to change – so although it mentions marriage, that might be deleted from […]

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Lords debate Civil Partnership reform


The House of Lords yesterday debated reform of the law on marriage and civil partnerships.  Introduced in 2004, civil partnerships are currently only open to same-sex couples.  An expectation in 2013 that they would fade away once same-sex marriage was brought in as an option, they have carried on with a steady stream of people choosing them over marriage – […]

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Supreme Court overturns partnership discrimination

In a unanimous verdict this morning the UK’s Supreme Court has declared the rules that make Civil Partnership only open to same-sex couples unlawful. They have found the the Civil Partnership Act 2004 incompatible with the European Convention on Human Rights as it only extends the right to partnership recognition to same-sex couples. Charles Keidan and Rebecca Steinfeld have been […]

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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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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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