British parliament overwhelmingly passed amendements on July 9 for marriage equality and abortion rights in Northern Ireland, one of the last remaining European territories holding out against abortion and same-sex marriage. Northern Ireland is the only part of the United Kingdom where same-sex marriage is not allowed. Homosexuality was only decriminalised in Northern Ireland in
Same-sex marriage has been on the political agenda in Australia for several years, as part of the broader debate about the legal recognition of same-sex relationships. The expansion of legal rights and protections afforded to same-sex couples in Australia is well developed at both federal and state level. For example, legislation now exists in New South Wales, Victoria, Tasmania, Queensland, and the Australian Capital Territory that provides for the legal recognition of relationships, including same-sex unions.
The Methodist church will decide this week whether to take a significant step towards allowing same-sex marriage, a move likely to complicate plans for closer ties with the Church of England. The Methodist conference in Birmingham is being urged to support proposals to allow same-sex marriage in its chapels. If successful, a final decision would be taken next year after wider consultation.
Published: July 15, News that the Anglican Church had voted against same sex-marriage came as a shock and huge disappointment to many churchgoers over the weekend. James Cathedral in the presence of at least two bishops and an archbishop last year. After a general synod vote approved same-sex marriage inArchbishop Colin Johnson issued guidelines for priests to perform them.
Scenes of joy in Dublin Castle on May 23rd felt like a kind of secular Pentecost. Comment: If we love equality, Eighth Amendment is first obstacle that needs to go. Analysis: Voters take their cue from unenthusiastic, distracted politicians.
MPs have tonight voted to legalise gay marriage and decriminalise abortion in Northern Ireland. Applause broke out in the Commons today as they opted to force Westminster to alter the laws if there's no government running in Northern Ireland in three months. In two landmark votes earlier, MPs opted to extend the same rights and laws that Brits enjoy in the rest of the UK.
Civil partnerships were introduced in the United Kingdom inallowing same-sex couples and couples of whom one spouse had changed gender to live in legally-recognised intimate partnerships similar to marriage. It also compelled opposite-sex couples to end their marriage if one or both spouses underwent gender change surgery, or if the couple was not recognised in law as having male and female gender. Following the General Electionin SeptemberLiberal Democrat Minister for Equalities Lynne Featherstone launched a consultation in March on how to introduce civil marriage for same sex couples in England and Wales.
In response to court action in a number of states, the United States federal government and a number of state legislatures passed or attempted to pass legislation either prohibiting or allowing same-sex marriage or other types of same-sex unions. Hodges that a fundamental right to marry is guaranteed to same-sex couples by the Fourteenth Amendmentand that states must allow same-sex marriage. Section 3 of DOMA defines "marriage" and "spouse" for purposes of both federal law and any ruling, regulation, or interpretation by an administrative bureau or agency of the United States government.
Lawmakers comfortably pass law allowing same-sex couples to form 'exclusive permanent unions' - first for Asia. Taiwan 's parliament has legalised same-sex marriage in a landmark vote that made the self-ruled island the first in Asia to adopt such legislation. The lawmakers comfortably passed a law on Friday, allowing same-sex couples to form "exclusive permanent unions" and a second clause that would let them apply for a "marriage registration" with government agencies.
After three days of intense debate at a conference in St. Now, a divide of the United Methodist Church, which has 12 million members worldwide, appears imminent. Some pastors and bishops in the United States are already talking about leaving the denomination and possibly creating a new alliance for gay-friendly churches.