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December 2010

Nice Day for a Green Wedding. Ireland Okays Same-Sex Unions.
On December 23, Irish Justice Minister Dermot Ahern signed the Civil Partnership and Certain Rights and Obligations of Cohabitants Act 2010, legislation recognizing gay couples and allowing civil unions in the Irish Republic. Read more

Happy Anniversary : Civil Partnerships

The team at PinkWeddings, PinkApproved and the Gay Wedding Show would like to wish every couple that had a Civil Partnership on the first day (Today), marking the start of history and the chance to celebrate our united love, under the eyes of law”- 21st December 2005


August 2010

Court blocks California gay marriage
LOS ANGELES — A US court has blocked same-sex marriages in California until at least December while an appeal of a landmark decision to overturn a state ban is considered.

The decision by the federal court of appeals came hours after gay marriage opponents urged the ban on the unions to be maintained in the West Coast state.

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals granted the motion for a stay and scheduled further proceedings on the appeal to take place the week of December 6 in San Francisco. Read more

Same-sex marriages are to resume next week in California after a federal judge lifted the ban.
Judge Vaughn Walker ruled last week that banning gay marriage in the state is unconstitutional but ruled on Thursday that his verdict should apply now, rather than staying the order while gay marriage opponents appeal. Read more

Prop 8 ruling adds meaning to my marriage
Washington (CNN) -- Two federal judges have made an important difference in my life recently. I am a lawyer, and judges' rulings frequently have a professional effect. But this time, it's personal.
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Chile senator says he will sponsor gay marriage bill
A Chilean senator who is the head of the country's Socialist party has announced he will sponsor a bill to introduce same-sex marriage. Fulvio Rossi's bill will not give gay couples the right to adopt children but he said he hoped this issue could be debated at a later stage. Read more

July 2010

Argentina becomes first country in Latin America to legalise gay marriage

Argentina's Senate has voted 33-27 to support a bill to legalise gay marriage. As President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner supports the legislation, she is expected to sign it into law, making Argentina the first Latin American country to allow same-sex marriage. Read the full story

Irish parliament approves civil partnerships bill
Irish politicians have passed a bill granting gay and lesbians couples the right to civil partnerships.

The bill passed in the Dail yesterday without a vote and justice minister Dermot Ahern said the move reflected change in Irish society. Read the full story

June 2010

Iceland's PM marries female partner
Iceland's prime minister has tied the knot with her partner under a new law legalising same-sex marriage in the country Read more

BERLIN — A Berlin court declined to set a precedent by recognizing a gay marriage performed in Canada, ruling Tuesday that the union would only be considered a civil partnership in Germany. Read more

(Reuters) - Iceland, the only country in the world to have an openly gay head of state, passed a law on Friday allowing same-sex partners to get married in a vote which met with no political resistance.
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April 2010

Nepal to host gay weddings on Everest
The Asian country of Nepal aims to hold gay weddings on Everest as part of its plans to reinvent itself as a gay-friendly tourism destination.

The country, which criminalised homosexuality until 2007, has undergone profound changes in the last few years and its only out gay MP Sunil Babu Pant is spearheading new equality laws. Read More

Mar 2010

When the Civil Partnership Bill becomes law, with it will come a whole new wedding market — Irish same sex couples, says Suzanne Harrington
Speaking to Gino Meriano he comments “Fighting for the word ‘marriage' is missing the point. What we need is the same legal rights as opposite sex couples. That would be a giant leap.” Read the full story

Lords back religious civil partnerships for gay couples
The House of Lords has approved an amendment to the Equality Bill giving gay couples the right to have civil partnerships in church, Read the full story now

Feb 2010

Gay civil partnerships approved for parliament
The Houses of Parliament will be opened for civil partnerships and marriages for both MPs and members of the public.

Westminster council has approved two rooms for use for the non-religious ceremonies after Speaker John Bercow began looking into the possibility of holding ceremonies for gay MPs on parliament's grounds last year. Read the full story

Jan 2010

Portugal's Parliament Approves Gay Marriage
LISBON, Portugal — Portugal's parliament passed a bill Friday that would make the predominantly Catholic nation the sixth in Europe to permit gay marriage.

Conservative President Anibal Cavaco Silva is thought unlikely to veto the Socialist government's bill, which won the support of all left-of-center parties. His ratification would allow the first gay marriage ceremonies to take place in April. Read the full story

New Jersey Senate defeats same-sex marriage bill
(CNN) -- A bill that would have legalized same-sex marriage in New Jersey was defeated in the state Senate Thursday by a vote 14-20.

New Jersey would have been the sixth state to legalize gay marriage, but advocates of the bill were seven votes shy of what was needed to move the measure on to the other state chamber, the Assembly. Read the full story now

Catholic Portugal, traditionally one of Europe's most socially conservative countries, is expected to approve the legalization of gay marriage on Friday with a minimum of fuss.

With the governing Socialists and other left-wing parties enjoying a strong majority, the new law is likely to sail through the first reading debate and gain final approval before a visit by Pope Benedict XVI, due in Portugal in May.

In contrast to Spain, where the lead-up to the legalization of gay marriage in 2005 brought hundreds of thousands of demonstrators onto the streets, the bill in Portugal has provoked only muted opposition even from the right. Read the full story

NJ Marriage Equality Vote on Thursday?
OK, this has been back and forth so many times, it's like watching a tennis tournament. However, according to the latest post on a vote may be happening on Thursday of this week:

Legislation that would legalize gay marriage in New Jersey will go up for a vote in the full Senate on Thursday, Senate President Richard Codey announced today.

“Given the intensely personal nature of this issue, I think the people of this state deserve the right to a formal debate on the Senate floor,” Codey (D-Essex) said in a statement.

The Assembly was expected to take up the measure before a full Senate vote, but Assembly Speaker Joseph Roberts (D-Camden) last week said his house would not vote on it until the upper chamber approved the bill.

Many legislators have refused to say publicly where they stand on the matter and how they would vote. Legislators who are in favor of the measure have said support for the bill won't be known until the votes are tallied.

The Senate Judiciary Committee advanced the bill during a long, often emotional, seven-hour hearing in December. Shortly after the committee vetted the measure, though, a scheduled vote on the Senate floor was delayed. The bill's sponsors, Sen. Ray Lesniak (D-Union) and Sen. Loretta Weinberg (D-Bergen), announced that the Assembly would take up the proposal first.

The senators said they hoped to ride that momentum and have it pass the full Assembly before sending it back to the Senate. Opponents of the measure said this signalled there were not enough votes to have it pass.


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