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.
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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...
Via the Washington Blade: Chilean President Michelle Bachelet on Monday signed a bill into law that will allow gays and lesbians in the South American country to enter into civil unions. “The civil union law is a vindication in the struggle...Show More Summary
'There will be a time when families with a father, a mother and their children will have to apologize for existing,' observes Bishop Nunzio Galantino.
Two days after a civil unions bill advanced in the Italian Senate, tomorrow Italy's neo-Nazi New Front Party will stage a public burning of LGBT children's books in Milan. Local progressives are demanding that city authorities step in...Show More Summary
By a vote of 14-8 Italy's Senate Judiciary Committee today advanced a civil unions bill that would also allow gay couples to adopt each others' children and visit each other in the hospital. Outside adoptions by same-sex couples would remain banned. Show More Summary
Thousands of Peruvians rallied in Lima's Plaza San Martin on Saturday following last week's rejection of a civil unions bill by the national legislature.(
Huge news out of Europe today: The European Parliament on Thursday called on EU member states to recognise civil unions and same-sex marriage as a civil and human right and urged governments and EU institutions to contribute to further discussion in this area. Show More Summary
A congressional committed voted down the bill days after a Catholic bishop used the slur toward the gay lawmaker who drafted it. read more
Legislation that would have granted same-sex couples in Peru the right to enter into lawful civil unions was rejected Tuesday by the Peruvian Congress' Justice and Human Rights Committee. The bill was sponsored by the country's first out gay congressman...