Via the Denver Post: A proposed ballot initiative filed Thursday would redefine same-sex marriages in Colorado as civil unions. A second initiative would allow wedding-related businesses opposed to gay marriage to hire a contractor to serve the couples. Show More Summary
Openly gay Ivan Scalfarotto says he will not eat until the inequality ends. read more
A junior minister in the Italian government has gone on hunger strike in a protest aimed at speeding up moves to introduce civil unions for gay couples. Ivan Scalfarotto, 49, said in his blog he was aiming to force discussion of the issue into the mainstream and rally the support of “all...
Australia, which currently allows civil unions between same sex couples, is the next country with an opportunity to approve nationwide marriage equality.
Hundreds of thousands of people gathered in Rome on Saturday to protest Prime Minister Matteo Renzi’s attempt to push a civil union bill through parliament, waving signs in opposition to same-sex marriage, AFP reports: Holding aloft banners rea… The post 300,000 People Gather in Rome to Protest Gay Unions: VIDEO appeared first on Towleroad.
While France, Ireland, and the U.K. have already enacted marriage equality, Italy still struggles with offering any legal recognition to same-sex couples. read more
LGBT rights could soon be changing for the Mediterranean nation.
ANSA Politics reports: Italy's Lower House on Wednesday approved a motion on same-sex civil unions promoted by the Democratic Party. It was the first such motion from any party to gain the approval of MPs in the Lower House after several other motions were rejected. Show More Summary
The bill was voted down 215 to 146.
Lawmakers in Poland have overwhelmingly voted against any discussion on a proposal to provide for civil partnerships
By a vote of 215-146, Polish lawmakers have rejected placing a civil unions bill on the agenda for the coming legislative session. Nearly 100 legislators reportedly abstained or refused to vote. This is the fourth consecutive year that such an action was rejected. Show More Summary
The Hong Kong legislature is set to debate the legalisation of civil unions between gay couples this year, reports Gay Star News. [ more › ]
Guinea copes with an increase in Ebola cases, Rome's first civil unions, China's success in reducing carbon emissions, and Brazilian scientists propose saffron to fight dengue fever.
The first Republican Texas lawmaker in history has come out in support of same-sex marriage. GOP Rep. Sarah Davis, who represents a Houston-area district and had previously expressed support for civil unions, came out for marriage equality in an interview...
Germany's Roman Catholic Church has announced it will no longer automatically fire lay employees who divorce and remarry or enter into a civil union with someone of the same sex, Reunters reports: "The new rule opens the way for decisions...
Gay Star News reports: The Cypriot Cabinet Wednesday approved a long-awaited civil partnership bill that would allow gay couples to register their relationships and grant them all marriage rights except joint adoption. The legislation will now be sent to parliament, where it will be discussed and put to a vote. Show More Summary
Germany's Roman Catholic Church, an influential voice for reforms prompted by Pope Francis, has decided lay Catholic employees who divorce and remarry or form gay civil unions should no longer automatically lose their jobs.
Graphic by Scott Wooledge.
Today, the President of Chile, Michelle Bachelet, signed a civil unions bill into law.
Chilean President Michelle Bachelet has signed a bill into law legalizing same-sex civil unions, the Washington Blade reports: “The civil union law is a vindication in the struggle for sexual diversity rights,” said Bachelet during the signing ceremony that took...