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Supporting medical pot is like supporting civil unions

3 months agoUS Politics / Liberal : Daily Kos

Harry Reid: Several Nevada municipalities are issuing moratoriums on medical marijuana dispensaries, but Harry Reid really thinks they should be moving in the opposite direction – toward making medicinal pot legal. “If you’d asked me...Show More Summary

The Pro-Pot Party?

Waldman compares Democrats’ support of marriage equality to their support of marijuana legalization: At the beginning of the 2004 campaign, even support for civil unions was considered a radical position. But then it became a topic of genuine debate, and by the end of that campaign, the default position for Democrats was support of civil unions but […]

Nigeria Has Arrested 38 Gay Men from List of 168: Human Rights Group

3 months agoLGBT / Gay : Towleroad

As you may know, yesterday Nigeria's President Jonathan Goodluck signed a law mandating 14 years prison time for anyone entered into a same-sex marriage or civil union and 10 years in prison for anyone who participates or operates a gay...

Civil Union Bill Advances in Chile

3 months agoLGBT / Gay : Towleroad

A bill legalizing same-sex civil unions has been approved by the Senate of Chile, The Santiago Times reports: Senators voted in favor of the Life Partner Agreement (AVP) late Tuesday evening with 28 votes in favor, six against and two...

CHILE: Civil Unions Advance

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

In its first session of 2014, yesterday the Chilean Senate advanced its civil unions bill. The Santiago Times reports: Senators voted in favor of the Life Partner Agreement (AVP) late Tuesday evening with 28 votes in favor, six against and two abstentions. Show More Summary

Vatican denies Pope Francis is open to recognition of gay civil unions

3 months agoReligion : FaithWorld

The Vatican has denied Italian media reports that recent comments by Pope Francis signaled his openness to the legal recognition of same-sex unions in Italy.

Vatican clarifies: Pope did not express support for homosexual civil unions during Q&A

by John-Henry Westen ROME, January 6, 2014 ( – After some Italian journalists reported that remarks made by Pope Francis during a Q&A with the heads of religious orders showed that the pope is open to the homosexual civil union legislation currently being considered in Italy, the Vatican…

Pope "Shocked" By Gay Adoption

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

From the Times Of Malta: The Pope is “shocked” by Malta’s Civil Unions Bill, which will allow gay couples to adopt children, Auxiliary Bishop Charles Scicluna has told The Sunday Times of Malta. Defending his decision to use his Christmas...Show More Summary

Report: Pope Francis Shocked by Same-Sex Adoptions Legislation

Pope Francis was reportedly shocked to hear that a proposed Civil Union bill in the Catholic island of Malta would allow gay couples to adopt children. Bishop Charles Scicluna of Malta -- who, in his Christmas sermon, "condemned adoption...Show More Summary

The Year Of Francis

Americans agree with Time: Even The Advocate named Francis as their person of the year: As pope, he has not yet said the Catholic Church supports civil unions. But what Francis does say about LGBT people has already caused reflection and consternation within his church. The moment that grabbed headlines was during a flight from Brazil to Rome. When asked about […]

Same-sex married couples to get Social Security survivor benefits

4 months agoUS Politics / Liberal : Daily Kos

Vernita Gray and Pat Ewert kiss after their 2011 civil union ceremony. After Illinois passed marriage equality, a judge decided that, because Gray is terminally ill, she and Ewert could marry before the law took effect. The effects of the U.S. Show More Summary

EU Rules For Civil Union Benefits

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

From the EU Observer: Workers in civil partnerships are entitled to the same benefits as married couples, the European Court of Justice has ruled, in a case that could have a profound impact on employment contracts and welfare regimes across the bloc. Show More Summary

CROATIA: Government To Pursue Civil Unions After Voters Banned Gay Marriage

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

On Sunday the voters of Croatia approved a ban on same-sex marriage in a Catholic Church-sponsored national referendum that was strongly opposed by both the president and the prime minister. In a revenge move, yesterday the government declared that it will put forward a civil unions bill. Show More Summary

Croatian Government to Pursue Civil Unions for Gay Couples After People Ban Same-Sex Marriage

5 months agoLGBT / Gay : Towleroad

One day after the people of Croatia voted to constitutionally ban same-sex marriage, the government says it will pursue civil partnerships for gay couples, the NYT reports: Prime Minister Zoran Milanovic’s center-left government said on Monday that it would move...

Maltese bishop denounces proposed same-sex civil union legislation

by Thaddeus Baklinski MALTA, November 29, 2013 ( – A Maltese bishop has slammed the government's proposed same-sex civil union legislation, saying that there is simply no equivalence between heterosexual and homosexual relationships. “While the sexual activity of heterosexual couples…

Judge allows terminally ill woman to marry before Illinois marriage equality law takes effect

5 months agoUS Politics / Liberal : Daily Kos

Vernita Gray and Patricia Ewert kiss after their 2011 civil union ceremony. Now, a federal judge is allowing them to marry before Illinois' marriage equality law goes into effect. Illinois' new marriage equality won't go into effectShow More Summary

Court Order Allows Couple To Marry Before Illinois Same-Sex Marriage Law Takes Effect

Vernita Gray and Pat Ewert have been a couple for over five years and entered into a civil union in 2011 but Gray has been fighting breast cancer since 1996 that has spread to her bones and formed inoperable tumors in her brain. Her last wish is to be married to Ewert, to whom she proposed on Christmas Day 2009. [ more › ]

Indiana GOP gearing up to stain state's history, lost future elections

5 months agoLGBT / Gay : Good As You

While open to possibly taking out language that also bans civil unions, Republicans in the Indiana legislature are vowing to further connect their party to the wrong side of the marriage issue: Despite calls from Democrat legislative leaders to shelve...

Illinois Legalizes Gay Marriage

Governor Pat Quinn signed legislation at a ceremony in Chicago Wednesday, making Illinois the 16th state to allow same sex marriage. Civil unions have been allowed in Illinois since 2011, but the measure legalizing same-sex marriage was not always assured of passage. Show More Summary

The Hook Up: What do I call my civil union partnership?

5 months agoLGBT / Lesbian : After Ellen

Plus, do gay men and gay women not get along? The post The Hook Up: What do I call my civil union partnership? appeared first on

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