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Senate approves historicThe Senate on Tuesday approved the Respect for Marriage Act to codify protections for lawful same-sex and interracial marriages
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Singapore lifts gay sex banLGBTQ+ advocates welcome repeal of British colonial-era law while expressing dismay as parliament backs existing definition of marriage Singapore's parliament has decriminalised sex between men, but... has amended the constitution to effectively block full marriage equality. The British colonial-era law penalised sex between men with up to two years in jail, although the statute was not actively enforced.
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Same-Sex Marriage Rights Bill Passes Crucial Senate Test

The New York Times - 17 Nov 2022 02:02
Same-Sex Marriage Rights BillDemocrats made the same-sex marriage bill one of their first major agenda items in the postelection session, moving quickly to enact it while their party still controls both chambers.
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When Singapore announced this week it would end a colonial-era law that criminalized sex between men, it looked like a big victory for gay rights advocates in the Southeast Asian country.
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Sexual Minorities Uganda (Smug) decried the move as a 'witch hunt' targeting the LGBT community.
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Same-Sex Marriage Bill,The larger-than-expected G.O.P. vote in the House in support of legislation to codify marriage equality caught both parties off guard, suggesting there could be a narrow path to enactment.
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House votes to reaffirmForty-seven Republicans, including New York Reps. Elise Stefanik, Nicole Malliotakis, Andrew Garbarino and Lee Zeldin, joined all Democrats in the 267-157 vote.
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Sen. Ted Cruz says SCOTUS"Obergefell, like Roe v. Wade, ignored two centuries of our nation's history," the Texas Republican said in an interview with conservative commentator Liz Wheeler.
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Supreme Court makes historicThe Supreme Court issued its opinion on Bostock v Clayton County, about LGBT employment discrimination.
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German parliament bansGermany has become the fifth country to ban gay conversion therapy for minors under 18 years old -- joining Brazil, Ecuador, Malta and Taiwan. The widely-discredited therapy, which claims to be able... to change a person's sexuality, has been condemned by medical experts; LGBT people who have reported being threatened and forced into receiving the...
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Botswana becomes latestThe southern African nation of Botswana became the latest country to decriminalize gay sex when a high court on Tuesday rejected as unconstitutional sections of the penal code with roots in colonial... times. Ecstatic activists in the packed courtroom cheered the unanimous decision, which came less than a month after Kenya’s High Court had upheld...
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Global outcry grows as BruneiAustralia, Germany and France add to condemnation of sultan's decision to implement sharia law Nations around the world have expressed their dismay over Brunei's plan to bring in the punishment of... death by stoning for adultery and gay sex. The laws were scheduled to be introduced on Wednesday in the tiny south-east Asian kingdom ruled by the all-powerful Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah.
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Gay people should not joinNo room for 'fashionable' homosexuality and gay priests should be 'impeccably responsible' or leave Pope Francis is "concerned" about what he describes as the "serious issue" of homosexuality, saying... in an interview published on Saturday that being gay is a "fashion" to which the clergy is susceptible. "The issue of homosexuality is a very serious issue that must be adequately discerned from the beginning with the candidates," the pontiff said with regards to would-be priests.
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El Salvador's Supreme Court is putting the brakes on a constitutional change that would bar same-sex marriage.
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Two female couples tied the knot in Australia's first same-sex weddings under new legislation allowing gay marriages. January 9 had been expected to be the first possible date for same-sex …
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Austria's top court has ruled that same-sex couples can get married from 2019, declaring a previous law discriminatory.
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LGBT wedding cake case goesA Supreme Court case has profound implications for LGBT rights and religion's place in public life. The case pits a Denver-area gay couple against a baker who cited his Christian faith in... refusing to make a cake for their wedding celebration. (Dec. 1)        
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How Australia's slow marchTORSTEN BLACKWOOD/AFP/Getty Images This week, Australians overwhelmingly voted in favor of changing the law to allow same-sex marriage. Despite Australia's role as host of one of the world's largest... LGBTQI pride parades, Sydney's Gay and Lesbian Mardis Gras, it has lagged behind other Western countries on LGBTQI rights, including same-sex marriage. While campaigning for LGBTQI rights has been an uphill battle in Australia and also the US, in 2015 same-sex marriage was legalized by the US Supreme Court in a landmark 5-4 decision. And now, more than two years later, Australia's federal government has pledged to pass legislation before the end of 2017. Here's how Australia's march toward legalizing same-sex marriage compares to the US: The US began moving toward legalizing same-sex marriage...
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Gay men to receive ScottishNicola Sturgeon will say sorry on behalf of the Scottish government to those convicted under now abolished laws.
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Australia's ruling party will attempt to resolve bitter internal differences over gay marriage at a special meeting on Monday aimed at containing a rift that threatens the prime minister's leadership.
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Gay relationships are still50 years after Britain's partial decriminalisation of homosexuality, in eight countries it can still result in death penalty Fifty years after homosexuality was decriminalised in England and Wales, 72... other countries and territories worldwide continue to criminalise same-sex relationships, including 45 in which sexual relationships between women are outlawed. There are eight countries in which homosexuality can result in a death penalty, and dozens more in which homosexual acts can result in a prison sentence, according to an annual report by the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association (ILGA).
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Canada's Senate Just Passed aThe bill adds "gender identity and gender expression" to the list of federally prohibited grounds for discrimination
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In less than 18 months, being gay in Indonesia has gone from widely tolerated to just plain dangerous.
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Taiwan becomes first countryIn a first for Asia, Taiwan's Constitutional Court ruled in favor of same-sex marriage on Wednesday, punctuating a yearslong campaign by advocates for gay rights in one of the continent's most liberal... democracies. In its majority opinion, the court said a provision in the current civil code barring...
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Indonesian men to face caningThe men were found in bed together by vigilantes in a part of Indonesia which practises Islamic law.
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