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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

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

last monthLGBT / 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...

Civil Unions: A Redesign Of God’s Family Design

Before same-sex marriage became the chief focus and the courts made it an easy-to-accomplish goal, civil unions were the refuge for legal homosexual partnerships. Civil unions are defined as a civil or registered partnership that is legally recognized by governments as something that is similar to marriage. After the U.S. Show More Summary

British Gay Marriage Law Inspires Italian Govt to Introduce Civil Partnerships

The Italian parliament will debate civil unions for gays -- “unioni gay”-- in September, with Prime Minister Matteo Renzi promising that homosexual couples will have the same rights as married heterosexual couples, including pensions and inheritance guarantees. Show More Summary

Italy's Government to Begin Consideration of Gay Civil Unions in September

2 months agoLGBT / Gay : Towleroad

Italy's government will begin debate on civil unions in September, Prime Minister Matteo Renzi announced on Tuesday, according to The Local: Renzi was quoted in La Repubblica on Tuesday saying “gay rights will be the same as those for married...

Love in Copenhagen: 25 Years of Same-Sex Civil Unions

2 months agoLGBT / Gay : Out Traveler G.P.S.

Michael and Mark meet Ivan and Ove, one of the first gay couples to obtain a civil union in Denmark. read more

Mayor of Rome Promises Civil Union Registry, Recognition of Same-Sex Marriages Performed Abroad

2 months agoLGBT / Gay : Towleroad

At the 20th anniversary of the first Rome Gay Parade over the weekend, Mayor of Rome Ignazio Marino [pictured above with green, red, and white sash] promised the approval of a Civil Union Register for same-sex couples and registration of...

VA: Gay, Lesbian Vets Can Rest In Peace With Partners

Military couples in domestic partnerships or civil unions will soon get at least one benefit that married couples can access. read more

Homosexual Assylum Seekers from The Maldives Face Prosecution Upon Return

Same-sex relationships, civil unions, or domestic partnerships are illegal in the Maldives under Sharia law and there are several cases of prosecution against persons of same-sex orientation. Ibrahim Muaz, a spokesman at the President’s Office recently said that Maldivians seeking asylum abroad on grounds of religion or sexuality can be...

Are Domestic Partnerships A Way For Heterosexual Couples To Avoid The Marriage Tax Penalty?

In their zeal to provide a legal alternative to banned marriage for same-sex couples, some states may have created a new tax shelter for heterosexual couples. By choosing domestic partnership or civil union over marriage, opposite-sex couples are able to avoid paying a federal income tax marriage penalty, just as same-sex couples can. Show More Summary

News: Ecstasy, Sinead O'Connor, Illinois, Hillary Clinton

3 months agoLGBT / Gay : Towleroad

Hillary Clinton to do CNN town hall. 120 gay Illinois couples converted civil unions to marriages on Monday. Sinead O'Connor goes glam for new album. Oregon United for Marriage holds off on dropping ballot measure until hearing from Supreme Court...

Gay marriage legal across Illinois

When Shannon and Michele Fagiano convert their civil union into a marriage license Monday - the first business day that Illinois' same-sex marriage law is in effect - little will change in their lives, the couple said. They've been together...Show More Summary

Grassroots protest petition and letters halt Estonian homosexual civil unions bill

by Hilary White TALLINN, May 27, 2014 (LifeSiteNews.com) – A small group of family campaigners has for the moment turned back an internationally-backed effort to create “civil union” legislation in Estonia. In a surprising turnaround, within 24 hours of the launch of a petition the bill has been withdrawn…

Brazilian Bishop Becomes First National Church Leader to Support Civil Unions for Gay Couples

3 months agoLGBT / Gay : Towleroad

The secretary general of the National Confederation of Brazilian Bishops has endorsed civil unions for same-sex couples, becoming the first national church leader to do so since Pope Francis suggested back in March that the Catholic Church might consider supporting...

Congressman Carlos Bruce, Peru’s Civil Unions Champion, Comes Out

3 months agoLGBT / Gay : Queerty

Congratulations and welcome out to Peruvian Congressman Carlos Bruce, the first member of Peru’s Congress to ever serve as an openly gay man. In fact, he’s the first openly gay elected official serving at any national level in Peru. It’s not a huge surprise: Bruce has a long history of fighting for equality on behalf of the country’s […]

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