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Italian court orders town to recognize gay couple married abroad

ROME (Reuters) - An Italian court has ordered a town to recognize the marriage of a gay couple who were wed in the United States, a move that advocates of gay marriage, which is not allowed in Italy, hailed as a first step toward legality. In a decision announced late on Wednesday, the court in the Tuscan city of Grosseto said the town hall had to transcribe the marriage into its records, giving the two men the same rights as a heterosexual married couple.

Russian MP behind anti-gay law calls for 'morality police'

A Russian MP behind a controversial anti-gay law called Wednesday for the creation of a morality police force to fine people who violate "traditional values". Vitaly Milonov, a lawmaker in the local parliament of the northwestern city of Saint Petersburg, told AFP: "My concept is to create a morality police that would crack down on misdemeanours that are connected to a threat to morals and traditional values."

Taiwan court rejects appeal to register gay marriage

A Taiwanese court has rejected a gay couple's appeal against a government agency for refusing to register their marriage in the latest setback for the recognition of same-sex unions on the island, activists said Friday. Gay rights activist Chi Chia-wei and his partner filed a complaint with the Taipei High Administrative Court last year against a government agency that turned them away when they tried to register their marriage.

Couples ready to tie the knot in UK's first gay marriages

When the clock strikes midnight on Friday, gay and lesbian couples across England and Wales will begin exchanging vows as an historic law legalising same-sex marriage finally comes into force. The marriage law was the final victory in a long battle that has already secured the same age of consent as heterosexuals and the right to adopt -- but it was still a day many thought would never come.

Zambian magistrate acquits gay rights activist over TV comments

LUSAKA (Reuters) - A magistrate in Zambia on Tuesday acquitted a gay rights activist charged with an offence against public morality over comments he made on television in support of homosexuals. Magistrate Lameck Ng'ambi found the government failed to prove its case against Paul Kasonkomona. The court ruling in Zambia came a day after the president of Uganda signed a law imposing harsh penalties for homosexuality, defying criticism from rights groups and Western donors.

Americas News Agenda for February 10

Duty Editor: Jim Mannion Tel: +1 202 414 0541 What's happening in the Americas on Monday + France's Hollande visits the US + US government to expand benefits, services for gay marriages WASHINGTON: French President Francois Hollande begins a three-day visit to the United States. Picture. Video (US-FRANCE-DIPLOMACY) -- The US Justice Department unveils a new policy for the federal government to treat married lesbian and gay couples the same as heterosexual ones for legal matters and benefits (US-GAY-RIGHTS-GOVERNMENT)

Americas News Agenda for February 10

Duty Editor: Jim Mannion Tel: +1 202 414 0541 What's happening in the Americas on Monday + France's Hollande visits the US + US government to expand benefits, services for gay marriages WASHINGTON: French President Francois Hollande begins a three-day visit to the United States. Picture. Video (US-FRANCE-DIPLOMACY) -- The US Justice Department unveils a new policy for the federal government to treat married lesbian and gay couples the same as heterosexual ones for legal matters and benefits (US-GAY-RIGHTS-GOVERNMENT)

Gay rights activists briefly arrested at Idaho statehouse protest

(Reuters) - Idaho troopers briefly arrested 44 gay rights activists at the statehouse in Boise on Monday for blocking access to the Senate chambers during a protest, an Idaho State Police spokeswoman said. The protesters were seeking to draw attention to a lack of action in the Republican-led legislature on a longstanding proposal that would add protections for gay and transgender people to the Idaho Human Rights Act, police spokeswoman Teresa Baker said.

Gay rights activists briefly arrested at Idaho statehouse protest

(Reuters) - Idaho troopers briefly arrested 44 gay rights activists at the statehouse in Boise on Monday for blocking access to the Senate chambers during a protest, an Idaho State Police spokeswoman said. The protesters were seeking to draw attention to a lack of action in the Republican-led legislature on a longstanding proposal that would add protections for gay and transgender people to the Idaho Human Rights Act, police spokeswoman Teresa Baker said.

'Duck Dynasty' star to return after anti-gay outrage

The star of America's most popular cable TV reality show will be allowed to return to the program, a statement said, after his suspension for inflammatory remarks about homosexuality and blacks triggered a national furor. The A&E Network confirmed its popular "Duck Dynasty" show would resume filming next year with star performer Phil Robertson back on board following the storm over his anti-gay comments in a recent interview.
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