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    UruguayÆs Same-Sex Marriage Law Takes Effect Monday Aug 5, 2013 As reported in BBC News , today
    Message 1 of 22 , Aug 18, 2013
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      Uruguay’s Same-Sex Marriage Law Takes Effect

      Monday Aug 5, 2013


      As reported in BBC News, today Rodrigo Borda and Sergio Miranda became the first same-sex couple to register to marry in Uruguay, just hours after the law legalizing gay took effect in the country. The couple plans to marry in September.


      The marriage equality bill, which passed by overwhelming majorities in both houses of the legislature last April and was signed into law by President José Mujica in May, makes Uruguay the second country in Latin America to offer full marriage rights to all of its citizens.




      Ill. Governor Says Wis. Should Legalize Gay Marriage

      Associated Press

      Monday Aug 5, 2013


      Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn says Wisconsin should follow the lead of other Midwest states and legalize gay marriage.

      Quinn said Saturday during a break at the National Governors Association meeting in Milwaukee that gay people should not have more rights in some states in the region and less in others.




      Marriage Equality Not Coming to Wisconsin Anytime Soon

      by Jason St. Amand

      National News Editor

      Monday Aug 5, 2013


      Same-sex couples hoping to tie the knot in Wisconsin may have to put any wedding plans on hold for awhile, after Gov. Scott Walker (R) made some discouraging comments at a weekend conference in Milwaukee, the Huffington Post reports.




      Lawsuit Challenges Illinois Gay Marriage Ban

      Associated Press

      Tuesday Aug 6, 2013


      CHICAGO - A Cook County judge is scheduled to hear arguments on whether to dismiss a case challenging Illinois’ ban on same-sex marriage.

      Circuit Judge Sophia Hall will hear arguments Tuesday.




      West PA Mayor Marries Gay Men with E. PA License

      Associated Press

      Tuesday Aug 6, 2013


      BRADDOCK, Pa.-A Pittsburgh-area mayor has married two men who obtained a license from an eastern Pennsylvania county official who has issued more than 60 licenses to same-sex couples despite a state law that defines marriage as a contract between one man and one woman.




      Decision on Same-Sex Marriage Lawsuit Next Month

      Associated Press

      Wednesday Aug 7, 2013


      CHICAGO After hearing nearly two hours of arguments, a Cook County judge said Tuesday she’ll decide whether to dismiss a lawsuit challenging Illinois’ gay marriage ban late next month.




      Demand For Gay-Marriage Licenses in Pa. is Rising

      Associated Press

      Wednesday Aug 7, 2013


      Demand among same-sex couples for marriage licenses from an eastern Pennsylvania county official flouting state law shows no sign of slacking.




      Pentagon May Revise Same-Sex Benefits

      Associated Press

      Wednesday Aug 7, 2013


      WASHINGTON -- The Pentagon is poised to extend health care, housing and other benefits to the same-sex spouses of military members by the end of August, but may reverse earlier plans to provide benefits to gay partners who are not married.




      Taiwan: Authorities uphold first same-sex transgender marriage

      by Aaron Day
      8 August 2013, 3:21pm


      Authorities in Taiwan have agreed not to revoke the marriage status of a local transgender couple, in a move activists have called a “benchmark” ruling.




      Exclusive: Alex Salmond says ‘It’s Time’ for equal marriage in Scotland because it’s the ‘right thing to do’

      by Scott Roberts
      8 August 2013, 10:59am


      Scotland’s First Minister Alex Salmond has spoken out about why he supports equal marriage in a video recorded as part of the Equality Network’s It’s Time campaign.




      US: Pentagon to extend some benefits to same-sex military spouses by end of August

      by Joseph Patrick McCormick
      8 August 2013, 1:32am


      Reports suggest that the Pentagon is to extend health care, housing and other benefits to the same-sex spouses of military members by the end of this month.




      Brazil Army Must Recognize Same-Sex Civil Union

      Associated Press

      Friday Aug 9, 2013


      A court has ordered Brazil’s Army for the first time to recognize a same-sex civil union between a sergeant and his companion.




      Pa. County Grants 100th Same-Sex Marriage License

      by Maryclaire Dale

      Associated Press

      Friday Aug 9, 2013


      A suburban Philadelphia county defying Pennsylvania’s marriage law issued its 100th same-sex license Friday, just weeks after opening the courthouse door to gay men and women.




      Brazil: Court orders army to recognise same-sex civil union

      by Joseph Patrick McCormick
      9 August 2013, 6:10pm


      The judge ruled that the army must recognise the civil union of the same-sex couple

      For the first time in Brazil, a court has ordered the Brazilian Army to reconise a same-sex civil union.




      Gay Rights Group: Don’t Delay Marriage in N.J.

      Associated Press

      Sunday Aug 11, 2013


      TRENTON - Lawyers for a group of gay couples said in a court filing Friday that New Jersey’s key argument against allowing same-sex marriage immediately is "contrary to established law."




      US: Pennsylvania Health Department says issue of same-sex marriage licences ‘risks causing serious harm’

      by Joseph Patrick McCormick
      12 August 2013, 11:49pm


      The decision by a Pennsylvania county clerk to issue marriage licences to same-sex couples could result in a separation of powers violation which ”risks causing serious and limitless harm”, a filing by lawyers for the state Health Department said on Monday.




      Nigerian bishops: We’re against equal marriage but empathise with people who live with ‘homosexual tendencies’

      by Scott Roberts
      12 August 2013, 5:26pm


      A group of bishops in Nigeria have warned against equal marriage but say they “empathise with people who live with homosexual and gay tendencies”.




      Source: Former Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard considered reversing equal marriage opposition

      by Daniel Carter
      12 August 2013, 12:25pm


      It’s being reported by an Australian broadcaster that former Prime Minister Julia Gillard was tempted to drop her opposition to equal marriage during her time in office.




      US: New Jersey judge to hear potentially groundbreaking case on implications of DOMA strike-down

      by Joseph Patrick McCormick
      11 August 2013, 4:15pm


      A New Jersey court case will this week hear oral arguments in a test of the implications of the Supreme Court ruling which struck down key sections of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), to find out what it means for that states.




      Same-Sex Couples Seeking Insurance Wait For IRS Rules

      by Michelle Andrews

      August 13, 201310:49 AM


      Now that the Supreme Court has ruled that the federal ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional, federal agencies have to figure out the regulations that govern everything from to income taxes.




      Gay Ohio Couple Win Extension Recognizing Marriage

      Associated Press

      Tuesday Aug 13, 2013


      CINCINNATI: A federal judge on Tuesday extended a temporary restraining order preventing state authorities from enforcing their ban on gay marriage against two men who got married in another state as one of them nears death.



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    • Affirmation: United Methodists
      Religious leaders in Hawaii call for passage of marriage equality bill Governor says special session to consider marriage bill is very likely OSKAR GARCIA
      Message 2 of 22 , Sep 5, 2013
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