Gay Marriage

  • 90yearold lesbian couple marries after 72 years of relationship September 10, 2014

    Imagine the stories they must have after 72 years together. A gay couple has tied the knot after 72 years of relationship and said "it is never too late for people to write new chapters in their lives", according to a report in the Quad City Times. Vivian Boyack, 91, and...
  • Churches urge high court to act on gay marriage September 7, 2014

    Salt Lake City: The Mormon Church and four religious organizations are asking the US Supreme Court to intervene and settle once and for all the question of whether states can outlaw gay marriage. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latterday Saints, in a statement on Friday, said that it joined a...
  • Egypt arrests seven over 'gay marriage' video September 7, 2014

    Cairo: Egypt has arrested seven men accused of debauchery for taking part in a "gay marriage" video that spread on social media networks, state media reported. Homosexuality is not included in a list of sexual offences explicitly outlawed by Egyptian law, but it can be punished under several different statutes...
  • Grammy Awardwinning singersongwriter Melissa Etheridge marries partner Linda Wallem June 1, 2014

    New York: Grammy Awardwinning singersongwriter and gay rights activist Melissa Etheridge has gotten married. People magazine says the 53yearold Etheridge married partner Linda Wallem at the San Ysidro Ranch in Montecito, California, on Saturday. Etheridge and the 53yearold Wallem, a cocreator of the television series "Nurse Jackie," began dating in 2010. They...
  • Mozilla CEO Brendan Eich resigns; opposition to gay marriage drew fire April 4, 2014

    San Francisco: Mozilla Chief Executive Brendan Eich has stepped down, the company said on Thursday, after an online dating service urged a boycott of the company's web browser because of a donation Eich made to opponents of gay marriage. The software company came under fire for appointing Eich as CEO last...
  • Elton John to get married to partner David Furnish in May March 30, 2014

    London: Singer Elton John and his partner David Furnish will get married in the summer of 2014. They will marry in an English registry office in May, Furnish told the Las Vegas Review Journal at John's birthday party Friday at Fizz, Las Vegas, reports eonline.com. The two entered into a British civil...
  • Outed! Some surprisingly homophobic reactions on Twitter to Supreme Court judgment on homosexuality December 13, 2013

    The Supreme Court on December 11, 2013 set aside the landmark judgment of the Delhi High Court holding Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) unconstitutional for criminalizing consensual sexual acts between two adults of the same gender. The news was received with a flurry of tweets, mostly expressing outrage...
  • Australian court rejects law allowing gay marriage December 13, 2013

    Sydney: Australia's highest court struck down a landmark law on Thursday that had begun allowing the country's first gay marriages, shattering the dreams of more than two dozen samesex newlyweds whose marriages will now be annulled less than a week after their weddings. The federal government had challenged the validity of...
  • NZ legalises same sex marriage, spectators burst into song, tears, applause: what Indians can learn December 12, 2013

    A day after the Supreme Court set aside the Delhi High Court ruling that decriminalised homosexuality and had struck down Section 377, here is something that will reinforce your faith in human goodness. It is sad that a nation that in many ways is on the cusp of being the...
  • Gay sex illegal again: The strongest reactions from Twitter December 11, 2013

    The Supreme Court has set aside the Delhi High Court ruling that decriminalised homosexuality and had struck down Section 377. While setting aside the 2009 Delhi High Court order, the apex court observed that Section 377 is a valid constitutional provision. However, the court said that the appropriate changes in Section...
  • Berlusconi would not have faced trial 'if he was gay', says Vladimir Putin September 20, 2013

    President Vladimir Putin denied on Thursday that gays face discrimination in Russia, saying that a new law that has drawn protests worldwide does not infringe on their rights. Putin on Thursday maintained that the law bans only "propaganda of nontraditional sexual relations among minors." He argued that it is "no infringement...
  • US: Gay marriage opponents ask Supreme Court to intervene June 30, 2013

    San Francisco: Less than 24 hours after California started issuing marriage licenses to same sex couples, lawyers for the sponsors of the state's gay marriage ban have filed an emergency motion asking the US Supreme Court to stop the weddings being performed in San Francisco. Attorneys with the Arizonabased Alliance Defending...
  • Gay marriages resume in California after 5year hiatus June 29, 2013

    San Francisco: Samesex couples rushed to San Francisco's City Hall on Friday to be legally married after an appeals court officially ended California's ban on gay marriage following a landmark ruling at the Supreme Court this week. On a balcony overlooking the grand staircase at City Hall, an ornate space that...
  • US Supreme Court delivers wins for gay marriage movement June 27, 2013

    Washington: The US Supreme Court delivered a landmark victory for gay rights on Wednesday by forcing the federal government to recognise samesex marriage in states where it is legal and paving the way for it in California, the most populous state. As expected, however, the court fell short of a...
  • Nigerian parliament passes antigay marriage bill June 3, 2013

    Abuja: Nigeria's parliament has passed a bill criminalising gay marriage, making it punishable with a 14year prison term with speculation whether President Goodluck Jonathan would sign the bill into law. The country's lower house, House of Representatives, followed the action of the Senate and endorsed the bill. In November 2011,...
  • France: Thousands protest against gay marriage law May 27, 2013

    Paris: Tens of thousands of people protested against France's new gay marriage law in central Paris on Sunday, and police clashed with rightwing demonstrators. The law came into force over a week ago, but organizers decided to go ahead with the longplanned demonstration to show their continued opposition as well...
  • France legalises gay marriage, says law is constitutional May 18, 2013

    Paris: France's constitutional council has rejected a challenge by conservative lawmakers to the country's new gay marriage law, saying the law was constitutional. That means France could see its first gay marriages by the end of May. France's Parliament passed the law legalizing gay marriage in April after a wrenching national...
  • Pope presses opposition against gay marriage December 22, 2012

    Vatican City: The pope pressed his opposition to gay marriage Friday, denouncing what he described as people eschewing their Godgiven gender identities to suit their sexual choices and destroying the very "essence of the human creature" in the process. Benedict XVI made the comments in his annual Christmas address...
  • Samesex couples take wedding vows in Washington December 9, 2012

    Washington: Samesex couples in Washington state started saying wedding vows early Sunday morning, just minutes into the first day they could marry after the state's gay marriage law took effect. Hundreds of gay and lesbian couples picked up their marriage licenses as early as 12:01 am Thursday, but because of...
  • US: Gaymarriage backers end losing streak November 8, 2012

    New York: For years, foes of samesex marriage had a potent talking point: They'd won every time the issue went to a popular vote. That winning streak has now been shattered in a multistate electoral sweep by gay marriage supporters a historic tipping point likely to influence other states...
  • US: Maine, Maryland vote to legalise gay marriage November 7, 2012

    Voters a continent apart made history on Tuesday on two divisive social issues, with Maine and Maryland becoming the first states to approve samesex marriage by popular vote while Washington state and Colorado legalised recreational use of marijuana. The outcomes in Maine and Maryland broke a 32state streak, dating back...
  • US: Gay marriage, marijuana highlight ballot measures November 7, 2012

    New York: While the general election might not break partisan gridlock in Congress, it could result in historic changes for US social policy: Several states had a chance to be the first to approve samesex marriage by popular vote and to legalize recreational use of marijuana. Dating back to 1998, samesex...
  • US elections: Gay marriage, marijuana highlight ballot measures November 7, 2012

    Washington: While the general election might not break partisan gridlock in Congress, it could result in historic changes for US social policy: Several states had a chance to be the first to approve samesex marriage by popular vote and to legalize recreational use of marijuana. Dating back to 1998, samesex marriage...
  • Marvel Comics plan first samesex marriage in the superhero world May 23, 2012

    Marvel comic book crime fighters 'The XMen' are getting ready for the first samesex marriage in the superhero world. ...
  • Marvel Comics plans wedding for gay hero Northstar May 23, 2012

    Philadelphia: Wedding bells will ring this summer for Marvel Comics' first openly gay hero, super speedster Northstar, and his longtime boyfriend. The New Yorkbased publisher said on Tuesday that Canadian character JeanPaul Beaubier will marry his beau, Kyle Jinadu, in the pages of "Astonishing XMen" No. 51. That's due out June...
  • Indian society struggling with gay rights: Activist May 11, 2012

    New Delhi: Legalising homosexuality has had little impact on the deeply entrenched homophobia in India, where thousands of gays still face discrimination and a lack of basic rights, the country's most prominent gay rights activist told Reuters. Hours after US President Barack Obama turned the global spotlight on gay rights by...
  • Gay marriage a distant dream around the world May 10, 2012

    Bangkok: China's government considered homosexuality a mental disorder until 2001. In Egypt's conservative, Muslimdominated society, laws prohibiting "shameless public acts" have been used to imprison gay men in recent years. Even some gay rights activists in the Philippines are opposed to samesex marriage. And in Malaysia, the government has twice prosecuted...
  • British schools to teach kids about gay marriage February 27, 2012

    London: Schools in Britain will be 'forced' to teach children the importance of gay marriage, in a bid to redefine the institution of marriage, and teachers who refuse could face disciplinary action, a media report said. According to the Daily Express, ministers are pushing ahead with a legal overhaul of the...
  • US: Court strikes down California gay marriage ban February 8, 2012

    San Francisc: A US appeals court on Tuesday found California's gay marriage ban unconstitutional in a case that is likely to lead to a showdown on the issue in the US Supreme Court. The 21 decision from the 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals featured two judges appointed by Democrats ruling...
  • Two grandmothers in first legal gay marriage July 24, 2011

    (Reuters) Two women, both grandmothers, became New York state's first legally wed samesex couple early on Sunday, with traditional honeymoon capital Niagara Falls as the backdrop for the historic event. Kitty Lambert, 54, and Cheryle Rudd, 53, from Buffalo, New York, were married just after midnight Saturday at Niagara Falls'...