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Hundreds gather in Taiwan to support gay marriage bill

More than 1,200 Taiwanese people joined a mock "wedding banquet" on Saturday aiming to drum up support for a same-sex marriage bill due to be sent to parliament soon, organisers said. Participants sat around tables decorated with red cloths printed with the Chinese character for "wedding", as they had dinner and watched a video recording of local celebrities showing support as well as live performances in a makeshift banquet venue in a square outside the presidential office in Taipei.

British lawmakers pass gay marriage bill

British lawmakers on Tuesday passed a bill legalising same-sex marriage in England and Wales, paving the way for the first gay weddings in 2014. MPs in the House of Commons decided not to oppose a number of minor amendments to the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill proposed by the House of Lords, the upper parliamentary chamber. The legislation is now expected to receive official assent from Queen Elizabeth II later this week after MPs agreed to changes such as ensuring protections for transgender couples.

British lawmakers set to pass gay marriage bill

British lawmakers were set on Tuesday to pass a bill legalising same-sex marriage in England and Wales, paving the way for the first gay weddings in 2014. Members of parliament's lower House of Commons were due to hold final debates on Tuesday evening, but they were expected to be little more than a formality. Jubilant gay rights activists had danced outside parliament on Monday night as the government-backed bill passed unopposed through the upper House of Lords, where some members wore pink carnations.
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