Civil union http://www.globalpost.com/taxonomy/term/27898/all en Polish parliament rejects efforts to legalise gay unions http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130125/polish-parliament-rejects-efforts-legalise-gay-unions <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--> Civil union Donald Tusk Same-sex marriage Thomson Reuters Fri, 25 Jan 2013 14:15:33 +0000 5739386 at http://www.globalpost.com British PM faces party revolt over gay marriage http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130204/british-pm-faces-party-revolt-over-gay-marriage <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>British Prime Minister David Cameron faces a battle to placate traditionalists in his Conservative Party bitterly opposed to gay marriage ahead of a parliamentary vote on the contentious issue on Tuesday.</p> <p>Cameron has given strong backing to the plans to allow same-sex couples to marry, but they are fast becoming a highly divisive issue for his party.</p> <p>The prime minister has promised lawmakers a free vote on the proposed legislation in the House of Commons on Tuesday, meaning party managers will not try to influence their choice.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130204/british-pm-faces-party-revolt-over-gay-marriage" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Civil union David Cameron Religion Same-sex marriage AFP Mon, 04 Feb 2013 14:00:33 +0000 5745371 at http://www.globalpost.com British PM faces party revolt over gay marriage http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130204/british-pm-faces-party-revolt-over-gay-marriage-0 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>British Prime Minister David Cameron faces a battle to placate traditionalists in his Conservative Party bitterly opposed to gay marriage ahead of a parliamentary vote on the contentious issue on Tuesday.</p> <p>Cameron has championed the drive to allow same-sex couples to marry, but it is fast becoming a highly divisive issue for his party.</p> <p>The prime minister has promised lawmakers a free vote on the proposed legislation in the House of Commons on Tuesday, meaning that party managers will not try to influence their choice.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130204/british-pm-faces-party-revolt-over-gay-marriage-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Civil union David Cameron Religion Same-sex marriage AFP Mon, 04 Feb 2013 19:01:03 +0000 5745680 at http://www.globalpost.com Gay marriage across the world http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130205/gay-marriage-across-the-world <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>As Britain's parliament votes on whether to pass legislation to allow homosexual couples to marry following is a breakdown of countries with similar laws on the books.</p> <p>Gay couples in Britain have had the right to enter into a civil partnership and adopt children since 2005.</p> <p>- NETHERLANDS: On April 1, 2001 the Netherlands became the first country in the world to legalise same-sex marriage, with the same rights as heterosexuals. Includes the right to adoption.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130205/gay-marriage-across-the-world" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Civil union Same-sex marriage Same-sex relationship Social Issues AFP Tue, 05 Feb 2013 12:31:00 +0000 5746313 at http://www.globalpost.com British parliament to vote on gay marriage http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130205/british-parliament-vote-gay-marriage <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>British Prime Minister David Cameron's cabinet allies launched a last-minute push to persuade their Conservative Party colleagues to back his plans for gay marriage at a vote in parliament Tuesday.</p> <p>Cameron has championed the drive to allow same-sex couples to marry but faces the potential embarrassment of seeing half his party's lawmakers opposing him in the vote.</p> <p>While the prime minister faces an uncomfortable evening, the outcome of the vote is not in question because the draft legislation has overwhelming support from the opposition Labour Party.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130205/british-parliament-vote-gay-marriage" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Chris Grayling Civil union Religion Same-sex marriage AFP Tue, 05 Feb 2013 13:30:51 +0000 5746371 at http://www.globalpost.com Opponents attack British plans for gay marriage http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130205/opponents-attack-british-plans-gay-marriage <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Opponents of British Prime Minister David Cameron's bid to push through legislation allowing gay marriage attacked the bill on Tuesday ahead of a vote in parliament.</p> <p>Cameron has championed the drive to allow same-sex couples to marry in England and Wales but faces the embarrassing prospect of seeing half his party's lawmakers opposing him in the vote which has created bitter divisions.</p> <p>While the prime minister faces an uncomfortable evening, the outcome of the vote is not in question because the draft legislation has overwhelming support from the opposition Labour Party.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130205/opponents-attack-british-plans-gay-marriage" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Chris Grayling Civil union Religion Same-sex marriage AFP Tue, 05 Feb 2013 17:30:37 +0000 5746647 at http://www.globalpost.com British lawmakers approve gay marriage in historic vote http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130205/british-lawmakers-approve-gay-marriage-historic-vote <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>British lawmakers voted in favour of controversial legislation allowing gay marriage on Tuesday despite fierce opposition from members of Prime Minister David Cameron's own party.</p> <p>The move puts Britain on track to join the ten countries that allow same-sex couples to marry, but Cameron had the embarrassment of seeing half of his Conservative legislators refusing to back him.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130205/british-lawmakers-approve-gay-marriage-historic-vote" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Civil union David Cameron Religion Same-sex marriage AFP Tue, 05 Feb 2013 20:16:05 +0000 5746843 at http://www.globalpost.com German court expands adoption rights of gay couples http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130219/german-court-expands-adoption-rights-gay-couples <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>BERLIN, Feb 19 (Reuters) - Germany's constitutional court handed same-sex couples a victory on Tuesday by ruling that gay people should be allowed to adopt a child already adopted by their partner.</p> <p>The court said an existing ban on the practice - known as successive adoption - violated the principle of equal treatment of people regardless of their sexual orientation.</p> <p>It said the status quo also harmed the rights of the children involved.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130219/german-court-expands-adoption-rights-gay-couples" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Civil partnership in the United Kingdom Civil union LGBT adoption Social Issues Thomson Reuters Tue, 19 Feb 2013 16:45:17 +0000 5760119 at http://www.globalpost.com German right mulls expanding rights of gay couples http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130223/german-right-mulls-expanding-rights-gay-couples <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>The German right appears more open to expanding gay rights, with several leaders of the governing Christian Democratic Union (CDU) speaking in weekend interviews of bridging the gap between same-sex and heterosexual couples. </p> <p>Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble told the weekly news magazine Focus the government was examining the effects of a ruling Tuesday by the country's highest court that gays in a civil partnership can adopt their partners' adopted children.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130223/german-right-mulls-expanding-rights-gay-couples" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Civil union Recognition of same-sex unions in Germany Social Issues Volker Kauder AFP Sat, 23 Feb 2013 16:15:48 +0000 5764309 at http://www.globalpost.com Uruguay moves closer to legalizing gay marriage http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130403/uruguay-moves-closer-legalizing-gay-marriage <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Uruguay's Senate has approved a bill legalizing marriage between "two people of different or the same sex," moving a step closer to becoming the second Latin American country to okay gay marriages.</p> <p>The bill passed the Senate with a more than two-thirds majority Tuesday after a seven-hour debate, backed by the ruling Broad Front coalition and by some members of the opposition National and Colorado parties.</p> <p>The lower house, which passed a different version of the bill in December, must vote again on the bill for it to become law.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130403/uruguay-moves-closer-legalizing-gay-marriage" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Civil union LGBT rights in Uruguay Same-sex marriage Social Issues AFP Wed, 03 Apr 2013 05:45:34 +0000 5799972 at http://www.globalpost.com Uruguay expected to approve same-sex marriage http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130410/uruguay-expected-approve-same-sex-marriage <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Uruguay's legislature was expected to vote Wednesday to make the small South American nation the second Latin American country to allow same-sex marriages nationwide.</p> <p>The senate, which led by leftist doctor President Jose Mujica and has far more cattle than its 3.3 million people, last week approved a bill legalizing marriage between "two people of different or the same sex."</p> <p>Now the lower house, which passed a different version of the bill in December, must vote again on the bill for it to become law.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130410/uruguay-expected-approve-same-sex-marriage" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Civil union Same-sex marriage Social Issues AFP Wed, 10 Apr 2013 20:15:56 +0000 5809749 at http://www.globalpost.com Uruguay legislature approves same-sex marriage http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130410/uruguay-legislature-approves-same-sex-marriage-0 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Uruguay's legislature voted Wednesday to allow same-sex marriages nationwide, making it only the second Latin American country to do so.</p> <p>The vote, with 71 of the 92 members of the lower house backing the measure, was welcomed with cries of "freedom, freedom" and "equality" from members of the public who burst into applause.</p> <p>The senate last week approved a bill legalizing marriage between "two people of different or the same sex."</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130410/uruguay-legislature-approves-same-sex-marriage-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Civil union Same-sex marriage Same-sex marriage in the United States Social Issues AFP Thu, 11 Apr 2013 00:30:13 +0000 5810033 at http://www.globalpost.com Uruguay approves same-sex marriage http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130410/uruguay-approves-same-sex-marriage <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Uruguay's legislature voted Wednesday to allow same-sex marriages nationwide, making it only the second Latin American country to do so.</p> <p>The vote, with 71 of the 92 members of the lower house backing the measure, was welcomed with cries of "freedom, freedom" and "equality" from members of the public who burst into applause.</p> <p>The senate last week approved a bill legalizing marriage between "two people of different or the same sex."</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130410/uruguay-approves-same-sex-marriage" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Civil union Human rights Same-sex marriage Social Issues AFP Thu, 11 Apr 2013 02:00:33 +0000 5810056 at http://www.globalpost.com New Zealand prepares to party as gay marriage vote looms http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130417/new-zealand-prepares-party-gay-marriage-vote-looms <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>New Zealand's gay community was gearing up Wednesday to celebrate the country becoming the first in the Asia-Pacific to legalise same-sex marriage after a decades-long campaign for equality.</p> <p>Parliament votes late Wednesday on a bill amending the 1955 Marriage Act to describe matrimony as a union of two people regardless of their sex, sexuality or how they choose to identify their gender.</p> <p>The change is expected to pass convincingly after receiving a clear majority in two previous votes, including backing from Prime Minister John Key.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130417/new-zealand-prepares-party-gay-marriage-vote-looms" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Civil union LGBT social movements Same-sex marriage Social Issues AFP Wed, 17 Apr 2013 07:16:21 +0000 5818054 at http://www.globalpost.com Gay marriage across the world http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130417/gay-marriage-across-the-world <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>With New Zealand poised to become the first country in the Asia-Pacific region to legalise same-sex marriage, here is a breakdown of nations with similar laws on the books:</p> <p>- NETHERLANDS: On April 1, 2001 the Netherlands became the first country in the world to legalise same-sex marriage, with the same rights as heterosexuals. Includes the right to adoption.</p> <p>- BELGIUM: Homosexual couples in Belgium have almost the same rights as heterosexuals. They won the right to marry in 2003 and in 2006 parliament voted into law a bill allowing homosexual couples to adopt children.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130417/gay-marriage-across-the-world" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Civil union Same-sex marriage Same-sex relationship Social Issues AFP Wed, 17 Apr 2013 08:01:13 +0000 5818081 at http://www.globalpost.com