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    Feb 9, 2013

      Austin church will offer Episcopal same-sex blessing

      By Juan Castillo

      American-Statesman Staff


      St. David’s Episcopal Church in Austin will bless a same-sex couple next month, possibly becoming the first Episcopal church in Texas to perform the groundbreaking liturgical rite.


      Located downtown on East Eighth Street, St. David’s is the largest Episcopal church in Austin, and gays and lesbians make up what its rector, the Rev. David Boyd, called a significant number of the church’s roughly 2,500 parishioners.





      Same-Sex Military Couples Struggle for Recognition

      by Michael Biesecker

      Associated Press

      Sunday Jan 20, 2013


      Sgt. Karen Alexander fought for her country in Iraq, but back home she often feels the U.S. Army is fighting against her.

      Married to another female soldier with a 4-year-old son, Alexander is denied the same housing allowance and other family-friendly benefits she would be entitled to if married to a man. As far as Uncle Sam is concerned, she’s still single.





      Same-sex couples seek Va. marriage licenses

      January 17, 2013 | icon-comment5 Comments


      More than a dozen same-sex couples from across the South gathered outside the Arlington County Courthouse on Thursday to apply for marriage licenses.


      Gays and lesbians from Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, Tennessee and North and South Carolina submitted applications to Arlington Circuit Court Clerk Paul Ferguson in the complex’s plaza. A constitutional amendment that Virginia voters approved in 2006 defines marriage as between a man and a woman in the commonwealth, but those who participated in the action described their decision to take part as symbolic.





      Taiwan: Gay couple withdraw lawsuit against the state for ban on equal marriage

      by Joseph Patrick McCormick
      23 January 2013, 2:13am


      A gay couple in Taiwan who filed a lawsuit last year after being rejected in their application for marriage, have said they will withdraw their case tomorrow. 





      US: Gay civil unions bill passes first vote in Colorado

      by Joseph Patrick McCormick
      24 January 2013, 1:57am


      On Wednesday, a bill to legalise civil unions in the US state of Colorado passed its first vote, bring the state one step closer to allowing same-sex unions.





      Same-sex marriage bill introduced in House of Commons

      by Scott Roberts
      24 January 2013, 11:37am


      The government’s Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill for England and Wales has officially been introduced in the House of Commons by Culture Secretary Maria Miller.





      Poland Rejects Draft Laws for Unmarried Couples

      Associated Press

      Friday Jan 25, 2013


      Poland’s lawmakers have rejected three separate draft laws that were intended to give legal rights to unmarried couples, including same-sex ones.





      Britain Introduces Same-Sex Marriage Bill

      Associated Press

      Friday Jan 25, 2013


      The British government published a bill to legalize same-sex marriage Friday, and said lawmakers will get their first vote on it in Parliament next month.


      The Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill extends marriage to gay couples but excludes clergy in the Church of England - the country’s official faith - from having to carry out the ceremonies.





      New Mexico Legislature to Vote on Gay Marriage Bill

      by Sergio N. Candido

      South Florida Gay News

      Saturday Jan 26, 2013


      The New Mexico state legislature is set to hear a bill that could make it legal for gay couples to marry in the state.





      Peter Tatchell: The equal marriage bill is commendable, but flawed

      by Peter Tatchell
      26 January 2013, 11:42am


      While legalising marriage equality is welcome and commendable, the government’s refusal to end discrimination against straight couples in civil partnership law is flawed and wrong. Opposite-sex couples are legally prohibited from having a civil partnership and for no rational reason David Cameron intends to keep it that way.




      Passage of Marriage Bill in Rhode Island Hinges on Religious Exemptions

      by Michelle Smith

      Associated Press

      Saturday Jan 26, 2013


      The fate of gay marriage legislation in Rhode Island could hinge on the exemptions it affords religious groups that oppose it, the State Senate president said Friday, a day after the House overwhelmingly passed the bill.


      Teresa Paiva Weed said she remains opposed to the bill and has heard that the sticking point for many senators is on how broad of a religious exemption is included in the only New England state that doesn’t allow same-sex marriage.





      French Gay Marriage Bill Presented to Parliament

      Associated Press

      Tuesday Jan 29, 2013


      The French government has presented a divisive plan to legalize gay marriage and adoption to Parliament for debate.





      HRC-Led Business Coalition Supports DOMA Repeal

      by Sergio N. Candido

      South Florida Gay News

      Tuesday Jan 29, 2013


      The Human Rights Campaign now counts with a new group of allies: a business coalition made up of companies like Marriott, eBay, and Armani Exchange.


      The group, comprised of Fortune 500 and brand name companies, has vowed to stand behind the Respect for Marriage Act, a bill which repeals the Defense of Marriage Act and recognizes all marriages for legal purposes, according to the HRC.





      Sweden: Married Ugandan men victims of ‘lottery’ asylum system

      by Corinne Pinfold
      29 January 2013, 6:05pm


      Two Ugandan men living in Sweden, who claim they are the first gay couple from their country to get married, may be separated once again after a lucky reunion following a decision by the Swedish Migration Board.





      Zimbabwe: New draft constitution includes equal marriage ban

      by Joseph Patrick McCormick
      29 January 2013, 5:12pm


      A new Zimbabwean draft constitution includes a clause banning equal marriage for gay couples, reports suggest.





      British Catholics Send One Million Anti-Gay Marriage Postcards to Parliament

      by Sergio N. Candido

      South Florida Gay News

      Wednesday Jan 30, 2013


      British Archbishop Peter Smith said he has distributed one million anti-gay postcards for churchgoers to mail to parliament as part of last resource effort to gain momentum against the bill.





      Young gay New Zealanders say equal marriage would reduce youth suicides

      by Joseph Patrick McCormick
      30 January 2013, 4:30pm


      Young gay men have made submissions to the New Zealand select committee dealing with the equal marriage bill, to say that legalising equal marriage would reduce the number of youth suicides.





      French Gay Marriage Plans Stir Parenthood Debate

      by Lori Hinnant

      Associated Press

      Thursday Jan 31, 2013


      The French are all for sex and all for family - so long as you’re having sex to create one. Anything dealing with assisted reproduction makes a sizable portion of them uncomfortable, as the president’s plans to legalize gay marriage have unexpectedly exposed.

      The debate over whether society and science are overreaching when it comes to parenthood has sent thousands into the streets, turned the bridges over the Seine into billboards and prompted charges that women’s bodies will soon be for rent in a society that still has surprisingly deep conservative roots.





      Reuters: Major Anti-Gay Marriage Group in Financial Straits

      by Jason St. Amand

      Web Producer / Staff Writer

      Friday Feb 1, 2013


      A recent Reuters article exposes the financial cracks in ProtectMarriage.com, an anti-marriage equality group that is defending Proposition 8 before the Supreme Court. According to the news agency, the organization is in deep debt and is struggling to raise money to fight that case and to pay off other debts it has accumulated.

      ProtectMarriage.com "showed a $2 million deficit in its legal fund at the end of 2011, the third year in a row that expenses exceeded donations, federal tax records show," the article says. ProjectMarriage.com has been spearheading the court fight to overturn a federal appeals court judge who ruled that the referendum, passed by California voters in 2008 to ban same-sex marriages in California, was not valid.





      Polish MP opposes equal marriage because ‘gays are no use whatsoever to society’

      by Joseph Patrick McCormick
      1 February 2013, 1:40pm


      An Member of Parliament for the right-wing Polish opposition party has made homophobic remarks in a speech at a recent debate around the legalisation of equal marriage in the country.





      Wyoming fails to pass domestic partnership rights for gay couples

      by Scott Roberts
      31 January 2013, 3:59pm


      A bill to extend domestic partnership rights to gay couples in the US state of Wyoming has been defeated.

      The Republican-controlled house in Cheyenne voted down a bill on Wednesday night that would have given same-sex couples the same legal rights as heterosexuals.





      LGBT people in French Polynesia follow French equal marriage and adoption debates

      by Joseph Patrick McCormick
      30 January 2013, 11:30pm


      Now that the debate on France’s equal marriage and adoption law has gone before parliament, French Polynesia has begun watching the early stages closely.





      French General Assembly votes to make same-sex marriage legal

      by PinkNews.co.uk Staff Writer
      2 February 2013, 12:14pm


      The French National Assembly, the lower house of France’s Parliament has voted in favour of making same-sex marriage legal.





      US: Mayor holds ‘wedding’ for 13 gay couples to protest against proposed equal marriage ban

      by Joseph Patrick McCormick
      1 February 2013, 2:23pm


      The mayor of a city in the US state of Indiana has conducted a symbolic wedding for over a dozen gay and lesbian couples in protest to a proposed ban on civil unions and equal marriage.





      Illinois: Gay Marriage Vote Very Likely

      Associated Press

      Tuesday Feb 5, 2013


      Legislation legalizing same-sex marriage in Illinois is expected to come up in a Senate committee meeting Tuesday and could see a floor vote on Valentine’s Day.





      British Lawmakers Vote in Favor of Gay Marriage

      by Sylvia Hui

      Associated Press

      Tuesday Feb 5, 2013


      British lawmakers on Tuesday voted overwhelmingly in favor of a bill to legalize same-sex marriage championed by Prime Minister David Cameron, despite stronger-than-expected opposition from within his Conservative Party.


      In a first House of Commons vote, lawmakers voted 400 to 175 in support of the legislation. There was strong support from the left-leaning Labour Party and Liberal Democrats party, but many Conservatives rejected the proposals.





      Families First to Grant Domestic Partnerships to Florida Citizens

      by Steffany Skelley Gilmer

      EDGE Contributor

      Wednesday Feb 6, 2013


      LGBT citizens may soon find Florida to be a friendlier state, thanks to State Senator Eleanor Sobel (D). On January 9, Sobel filed a statewide bill appropriately nicknamed the "Families First" bill that would allow Florida citizens to enter into domestic partnerships.





      British House of Commons Approves Gay Marriage

      Luke Macgregor/Reuters

      Published: February 5, 2013


      LONDON — The House of Commons voted overwhelmingly on Tuesday to approve a bill legalizing same-sex marriage in Britain, indicating that the bill is assured of passage as it moves through further legislative stages.





      Alice Arnold: I will marry Clare Balding rather than ‘marrying’ her only in inverted commas

      by Corinne Pinfold
      6 February 2013, 11:21pm


      Former Radio 4 presenter Alice Arnold has spoken of her plans to marry her civil partner, TV presenter and journalist Clare Balding, in the wake of the House of Commons vote on equal marriage.


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