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Malta Expected to Pass Gay Civil Union Legislation Today

10 months agoLGBT / Gay : Towleroad

Malta's parliament is expected to pass civil union legislation today, Europe Online reports: Efforts to pass the legislation, which has stirred a controversy in recent weeks, see Malta‘s Labour government delivering on a key electoral pledge. The opposition Nationalist Party...

Malta To Legalize Civil Unions

10 months agoLGBT / Gay : Joe. My. God.

Via Malta Today: Today history will be written in Malta, when Parliament is expected to legalise civil unions. Same-sex couples will have the same rights and obligations as married persons of the opposite sex, including the possibility to adopt children. Show More Summary

Indiana GOP State Senator Mike Delph: 'Gays Don't Fight Fair'

10 months agoLGBT / Gay : Towleroad

Indiana State Senator and Tea Party member Mike Delph was disappointed by the failed measure to get a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage and civil unions on his state’s 2014 ballot. The contentious amendment, known as HJR-3, died in February...

Maltese president refuses to sign bill allowing gay civil unions and expanding gay adoption

by Hilary White VALLETTA, Malta, March 31, 2014 ( – The president of Malta, George Abela, has created shockwaves by citing “moral grounds” in refusing to sign a bill that would create homosexual civil unions and allow same-sex partners to jointly adopt children in the tiny Mediterranean…

Marriage Equality Comes To England, Wales But Not N. Ireland

10 months agoPop Culture / Celebrity : Jezebel

Starting one minute after midnight, March 29th GMT, same-sex couples in England and Wales will be able to have their unions recognised as marriages. Previously same-sex couples could only enter into a civil union which conferred the same rights as marriage but was viewed as the government marking out which unions were preferable. Scotland will follow in the autumn. Read more...

Elton John And David Furnish To Marry

10 months agoLGBT / Gay : Towleroad

Now that marriage equality has finally arrived in England and Wales, Elton John and David Furnish are starting to make plans to get married later this year. The two have been in a civil union since 2005. Writing in Attitude...

Romanian Parliament Blocks Civil Union Bill

10 months agoLGBT / Gay : Towleroad

A bill that would have extended civil unions to same-sex and opposite-sex couples in Romania was blocked last week by the Juridicial Commission of the country’s lower house Chamber of Deputies, Stiri pentru viata reports. One of the more vocal...

Eastern Europe: Setback for Gay Romania As Civil Unions Are Blocked

10 months agoLGBT / Gay : Queerty

If you saw the steamy calendar shots of the Romanian Orthodox Priests before Christmas last year, you may have thought that Romania was more liberal than other Eastern European countries. However, the calendar caused controversy at home and abroad, in what remains a conservative country with over 80% of Romanians identifying as Orthodox Christian. Although […]

Pope Francis, Cardinal Dolan, and Civil Unions: What Was Said, and What Wasn't

On March 5, Pope Francis gave an interview to the Italian daily newspaper Corriere della Sera in which he was asked a question concerning civil unions as a legal alternative to marriage. It's worth reading the entire thing (click here...Show More Summary

Pope Francis wants church to study civil unions, Cardinal Dolan says

Pope Francis wants the Catholic Church to study same-sex unions, Cardinal Timothy Dolan said on NBC's "Meet The Press" on Sunday.

Timothy Dolan Uncomfortable as Pope Calls for Study of Civil Unions

Once again American Catholic leadership is being challenged over whether they disagree with something Pope Francis has said. Featured Image: read more

Cardinal Dolan Denies Pope Endorsed Civil Unions, Is Alienating Conservative Catholics

11 months agoNews : Mediaite

Meet the Press host David Gregory pressed Cardinal Timothy Dolan Sunday morning about several Pope Francis' unorthodox positions, especially with regards to gay marriage, including comments the pontiff made this week that suggest he could be open to civil unions.

Cardinal Dolan on 'Meet the Press': Pope is Not for Civil Unions, and It Would Make Me Uncomfortable — VIDEO

11 months agoLGBT / Gay : Towleroad

On today's Meet the Press, David Gregory asked NYC Cardinal Timothy Dolan about the Pope's statements this week that seemed to suggest the Catholic Church might support civil unions. Said Dolan: “He didn't come right out and say he was...

Mainstream media goes gaga over Pope Francis and same-sex civil unions

by Hilary White, Rome Correspondent ROME, March 7, 2014 ( – As I do most mornings, one of the first things I did today was put the search terms “Pope Francis” into Google. This morning the offerings from the mainstream media, and a fair chunk of the blogosphere, is along the lines of “Pope Francis…

Pope Frank Warms Up To Civil Unions

(Credit: SynergyByDesign) Oops! I guess this throws a monkey wrench into the political machinations of certain right-wing American bishops and cardinals: Pope Francis signaled that the Catholic Church could support some civil unions,...Show More Summary

Pope's Civil Unions Comments Spur Hope — But Caution Too

The Vatican emphasizes that Pope Francis did not intend to enter the debate over same-sex civil unions, but some say he's opened the door wider for such discussions. Featured Image: read more

On Civil Unions, What Did the Pope Mean?

Questions remain about whether Pope Francis expressed support for same-sex civil unions or if something lost in translation. Featured Image: read more

Francis On Civil Unions, Ctd

Tyler Lopez doubts that the Pope was really endorsing same-sex partnerships in the interview published yesterday: The pope’s statement could easily be interpreted to mean the extension of legal rights to a caregiver living with a terminally ill loved one. Show More Summary

Pope Francis Expresses Extremely Tepid Support for Civil Unions… So Stop Getting All Excited

First and foremost: Pope Francis emphasizes that marriage cannot be extended to same-sex couples because it is, by definition, a heterosexual union, just like the Catholic Catechism says. On the other hand, if we don’t call it marriage... Show More Summary

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