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First gay marriages take place in England and Wales

Andrew Wale (L) and Neil Allard (R) pose with their marriage certificate following their wedding ceremony at the Royal Pavillion in Brighton early on March 29, 2014. Gay couples across England and Wales said "I do" as a law legalising same-sex marriage came into effect at midnight, the final stage in a long fight for equality. In Brighton on England's south coast, Neil Allard and Andrew Wale exchanged vows and rings in the opulent splendour of the Royal Pavilion in front of about 100 guests. AFP PHOTO/LEON NEAL

Gay couples across England and Wales said “I do” on Friday night as a law authorizing same-sex marriage came into effect at midnight, the final stage in a long fight for equality.

Posted: March 29th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

For LGBTs, a wedding feel at UPLB

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Although the Philippines has yet to allow same-sex marriage, gay and lesbian couples at the University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB) in Laguna could have a feel of tying the knot—at least for a day.

Posted: February 12th, 2014 in Headlines,Regions | Read More »

New Mexico becomes 17th state to back gay marriage

In this Aug. 27, 2013 file photo, same-sex couples pack the Bernalillo County Clerk's office in Albuquerque with anticipation of obtaining a marriage license. The New Mexico Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage in the state Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013, declaring in a ruling that it is unconstitutional to deny a marriage license to gay and lesbian couples. New Mexico joins 16 states and the District of Columbia in allowing gay marriage. AP

New Mexico’s Supreme Court backed same-sex marriage rights Thursday, making the southwestern US state the 17th to back gay weddings.

Posted: December 20th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

In Argentina, pregnant groom weds in a legal first

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The bride was born a man. The groom was born a woman. And when the Argentine couple wed Friday, it was the first time here that a groom tied the knot pregnant.

Posted: November 30th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Illinois same-sex couple set to be first to wed

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In this June 2011 photo provided by Starbelly Studios in Chicago, Vernita Gray, left, and Patricia Ewert smile during their civil union ceremony at Millennium Park in Chicago. AP

Illinois’ new same-sex marriage law hasn’t taken effect yet, but the first gay couple to take their vows in the state could do so as early as Wednesday.

Posted: November 27th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Same-sex couples tie knot in New Zealand

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Dozens of same-sex couples said “I do” Monday as New Zealand became the first Asia-Pacific country, and only the 14th in the world, to legalize gay marriage.

Posted: August 19th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Gay couples rush to wed under new US state law

Caption: Surrounded by family and friends, Cathy ten Broeke, right, gets her make-up done by Emily J. Koski in the Presidential Suite of the Hotel Minneapolis in Minneapolis on Wednesday, July 31, 2013. Margaret Miles, left, and Cathy ten Broeke will be the first couple to be married by Mayor R.T. Rybak at midnight on Aug. 1, under a new state law legalizing same-sex marriage. (AP Photo/The Star Tribune, Brian Peterson) MANDATORY CREDIT; ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS OUT; MAGS OUT; TWIN CITIES TV OUT

Dozens of gay couples are getting married at Minneapolis City Hall as Minnesota becomes the latest U.S. state to legalize same-sex marriage.

Posted: August 1st, 2013 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

First same-sex civil union legalized in Colombia

Activists sing as they wait outside a local court where Carlos Hernando and Gonzalo Ruiz were the first same-sex couple in Colombia to be joined in a civil union, in Bogota, Colombia, Wednesday, July 24, 2013. (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara)

Colombia got its first legalized same-sex union Wednesday when a judge sanctioned the partnership of two men who have been a couple for two decades.

Posted: July 25th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Pope seeks Anglican help on defending marriage

Pope Francis meets the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby during a private audience at the Vatican Friday, June 14, 2013. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

Pope Francis has waded diplomatically into the gay marriage debate, telling the Archbishop of Canterbury he wants to work together to promote family values “based on marriage.”

Posted: July 5th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Gay marriage ruling helps many US veteran spouses

Joan Darrah, left, who served nearly 30 years in the Navy and lived through the Sept. 11 attack of the Pentagon, and her spouse, Lynne Kennedy, pose for a photo at their home in Alexandria, Va., Thursday, June 27, 2013. Just two years ago, gays were prevented from openly serving in the military. Now, with the Supreme Court ruling, same-sex spouses of gay veterans and service members will be able to share in their benefits. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

For Stewart Bornhoft, who completed two tours of duty in Vietnam, the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision granting federal benefits to married, same-sex couples means that he and his spouse, Stephen McNabb, can one day be buried together at Arlington National Cemetery.

Posted: June 28th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

2 major court victories for gay marriage in US

A gay rights activist runs out of the Supreme Court in Washington, Wednesday, June 26, 2013, as rulings were handed down that impact same-sex relationships. In two separate and significant victories for gay rights, the Supreme Court struck down a provision of a federal law denying federal benefits to married gay couples and cleared the way for the resumption of same-sex marriage in California. AP/J. Scott Applewhite

The US Supreme Court gave legally married gay couples equal federal standing with all other married Americans and cleared the way for same-sex marriages to resume in California, the most populous state. It wasn’t a sweeping ruling to allow same-sex couples to marry anywhere, but gay rights advocates quickly said they’d be back in court soon to pursue that goal.

Posted: June 27th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

For gay marriage across US, more battles ahead

Joe Mac smiles while talking with people in the Castro neighborhood in San Francisco, Wednesday, June 26, 2013. In a major victory for gay rights, the Supreme Court on Wednesday struck down a provision of a federal law denying federal benefits to married gay couples and cleared the way for the resumption of same-sex marriage in California. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

Even as they celebrate a momentous legal victory, supporters of gay marriage in the U.S. already are anticipating a return trip to the Supreme Court in a few years, sensing that no other option but a broader court ruling will legalize same-sex unions in all 50 states.

Posted: June 27th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

US Supreme Court paves way for same-sex marriage in California

U.S. Supreme Court in Washington. AP FILE PHOTO

The US Supreme Court on Wednesday opted not to take up a case brought by opponents of same-sex marriage in California, effectively opening the door for gay couples to wed in the western US state.

Posted: June 26th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

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