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Sir Richard Bishop unveils Tangier Sessions, paves the way for civil unions between man and guitar

For those of you planning on forgetting Valentine’s Day, there’s a perfect belated gift for your significant other: SIr Richard Bishop’s upcoming Tangier Sessions. Out February 17, the album is a solo acoustic improvisation entirely written on a 19th-century guitar that Bishop dug up while living in Geneva. Show More Summary

Vatican seeks a more ‘welcoming home’ for LGBT people, but clings to old doctrines

last monthNews : The Raw Story

Is this the modern family according to Francis? From gay relationships to extramarital sex, from divorce and remarriage to civil unions, the Roman Catholic church has signalled it is ready to adopt what some see as a markedly more conciliatory tone towards those in “irregular” familial setups....

Vatican interim report suggests shift in attitude toward gays

Cardinals and bishops summoned by Pope Francis to the Vatican to discuss the modern family have said that homosexuals should be welcomed into the Roman Catholic Church and that heterosexual civil unions have “positive” aspects.

A Baltic Breakthrough For Gay Rights

I just promulgated, i.e. signed, the Civil Partnership Law. — toomas hendrik ilves (@IlvesToomas) October 9, 2014 Yesterday, Estonia’s parliament passed a law recognizing same-sex civil unions and allowing gay couples to adopt each other’s...Show More Summary

Chilean Senate Votes In Support of LGBT Civil Unions

2 months agoLGBT / Gay : Towleroad

After hours of heated debate the Chilean Senate voted in favor of legalizing same sex unions throughout the entire country. Though the approved bill does not, technically, make same-sex marriage possible, provisions within the law seek to put gay unions...

Estonia Becomes First Ex-Soviet Nation to Recognize Gay Patnerships

2 months agoLGBT / Gay : Towleroad

Estonia lawmakers have voted 40-38 to approve a partnership act that recognizes the civil unions of same-sex couples, the Associated Press reports: The new law will gives those in civil unions — heterosexual or gay — almost the same rights...

ESTONIA: Civil Unions Approved

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

Estonia today became the first former Soviet republic to approve a civil unions bill. The vote was very close. Via the Associated Press: In a 40-38 vote, lawmakers voted Thursday in favor of a civil partnership act that recognizes the civil unions of all couples regardless of gender. Show More Summary

Ruth Institute proposes wacky hetero-only civil unions scheme

2 months agoLGBT / Gay : Good As You

We are truly at a full circle moment. I say that because it seems that some social conservatives, like Jennifer Johnson (née Thieme) of the Ruth Institute (a former NOM affiliate group), are ready to go back to the early...

25 Years Ago: A Look Back at Denmark Becoming the First Country to Legally Recognize Gay Couples - VIDEO

2 months agoLGBT / Gay : Towleroad

This week marks the 25th anniversary of Denmark becoming the first country in the world to legally recognize same-sex civil unions. Ivan Larsen and Ove Carlsen were one of the first couples to register their union in Denmark and recently...

25 Years Ago Today In Denmark

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

#01_October on 1989 Denmark introduces the world's first legal modern same-sex civil union called "registered partnership". — This Day In History (@Wiki_History) October 1, 2014 Photo by Rex Wockner.

Protests Follow Delay In Greece Civil Partnership Battle

3 months agoLGBT / Gay : Towleroad

Protesters gathered outside parliament buildings in Greece last Friday following the government’s decision to delay legislating for civil unions for same-sex couples

Ecuadorian President Defends Civil Union Rights

Same-sex and opposite-sex couples in Ecuador will have equal access to legal relationship recognition in the form of civil unions beginning September 15. read more

Ecuador to grant same-sex unions ID recognition

President Rafael Correa said Saturday that people in same-sex civil unions now can include their status on national ID cards in Ecuador, where gay marriage is illegal. "Gays, lesbians, transgender and transsexual people have the full...Show More Summary

Third judge finds Florida's gay marriage ban unconstitutional

Florida’s bans on same-sex marriage and on recognizing out-of-state civil unions between members of the same sex violate the U.S. Constitution, a judge ruled Monday.

Third Florida judge strikes down gay marriage ban

A Florida judge on Monday struck down the state's same-sex marriage ban in a ruling centered around whether a woman who entered into a civil union in another state could get divorced. Circuit Court Judge Dale Cohen stayed his decision, which applied only to Broward County in south Florida. Show More Summary

Croatia Passes Civil Unions — Without Adoption Rights

The newest member country of the European Union has taken a step to reverse some of the damage done by a constitutional ban on marriage equality. read more

Connecticut Supreme Court: Same-Sex Marriage Rights Are Retroactive

4 months agoPop Culture / Celebrity : Jezebel

Connecticut's highest court just made a stunning decision: it recognised that some rights only now formally granted through same-sex marriage and/or civil unions predate the recognition of relationships by the government. Read more....

Croatia Approves Civil Unions

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

Croatia's parliament today approved civil unions by a vote of 89-16. JMG reader Andrea provides us with a translation of the linked article: According to the Italian news agency ANSA the Croatia legislature approved in the third reading (89-16 vote) the Registered Partnership bill. Show More Summary

Judge Strikes Down Colo. Gay Marriage Ban

Yet another state's gay marriage ban went down yesterday, as Colorado District Court Judge C. Scott Crabtree ruled that the state's ban violated the Constitution's equal protection clause. Colorado allows civil unions between gay couples, but Crabtree said they were discriminatory because they didn't give same-sex couples the same rights...

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