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Northern Ireland: Not “I do”, but “I might…”

The House of Commons has voted overwhelmingly to introduce same-sex marriage – and relax the law on abortion – in Northern Ireland. It’s not as simple as it has been painted in some headlines though: the change does not come into effect yet. Instead it will await the latest round of attempts to reintroduce devolved government in Northern Ireland – […]

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Taiwan says I Do (and You May)

Today Taiwan has become the first Asian country to legalise same-sex marriage. The move follows a debate in parliament where three options were under consideration – marriage and two lesser moves to provide partnership recognition. It passed by a huge majority – 66 votes to 27.  This is nearly on the same scale as the support at Westminster for same-sex […]

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Northern Ireland Minister: no movement on marriage

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, Chloe Smith MP, has confirmed that there is no likely reform of marriage law in Northern Ireland for the forseeable future. In a debate opened by Rutherglen MP Ged Killen (Co-Operative Party), Chloe explained: “My position on this issue is clear: I voted in support of same-sex marriage in England and Wales […]

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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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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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