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US to recognize same-sex marriage in 6 more states

Arizona Same Sex Marriage

The federal government is recognizing gay marriage in six more states and extending federal benefits to those couples, Attorney General Eric Holder announced Saturday.

Posted: October 26th, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Latest News Stories,Photos & Videos,World | Read More »

Wyoming latest US state to legalize gay marriage

Wyoming Equality chairman Jeran Artery speaks to media following a hearing on same-sex marriage Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014, at the Ewing T. Kerr Federal Building in Casper. U.S. District Court Judge Scott Skavdahl heard arguments in Guzzo v. Mead, a case brought by four same-sex couples alleging the state's refusal to acknowledge their right to marry or recognize the legality of their out-of-state marriages. Gay couples are expected to be able to marry in Wyoming beginning Tuesday morning, Oct. 21, 2014. (AP Photo, Casper Star-Tribune, Ryan Dorgan)

Same-sex marriage has arrived in Wyoming, the conservative western mountain state where the 1998 beating death of a gay student helped spark the movement that has culminated in a broad expansion of gay rights around America.

Posted: October 22nd, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Estonia approves same-sex partnerships


TALLINN, Estonia — Estonia’s Parliament has narrowly passed legislation to legalize gay partnerships, making it the first former Soviet republic to do so.

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. Twenty-three lawmakers were absent or abstained in the third and final reading of the bill.

The new law comes into force in 2016.

Estonia, which like Baltic neighbors Latvia and Lithuania was occupied by the Soviet Union for almost five decades, is deemed the most Western-oriented of the former republics ruled by Moscow.

The Estonian Human Rights Center hailed the law as “historic,” saying it would send a strong message to neighboring Russia, which passed what it called “a draconian anti-gay law” last year.

Estonia’s Parliament has narrowly passed legislation to legalize gay partnerships, making it the first former Soviet republic to do so.

Posted: October 9th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Nepal gay community parades for same-sex marriage

In this Thursday, May 15, 2014 file photo, gay marriage supporters march to the office of Ohio Attorney Gen. Mike DeWine, in Columbus, Ohio, to deliver petitions urging him to drop his appeal of a federal judge's order on same-sex marriage.  AP

Hundreds of lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transvestites, tooting horns and ringing chimes, took to the streets of Nepal’s capital Monday for a colorful parade celebrating Gaijatra, a Hindu festival to remember the dead that is gleefully overtaken each year by the country’s gay community.

Posted: August 11th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Ruling expected Monday on Oregon gay-marriage ban

Supporters of same-sex marriage hold photos of themselves and their family members or partners on the steps of the Wayne L Morse U.S. Courthouse Wednesday, May 14, 2014, in Eugene, Ore. A federal judge will hear arguments Wednesday about whether a national group can defend Oregon's ban on same-sex marriage because the state's attorney general has refused to do so. AP

Same-sex marriages could begin as soon as Monday in the US state of Oregon, depending on a judge’s ruling.

Posted: May 19th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »