Same Sex Marriage

  • UN to recognise all same-sex marriages of staffers July 8, 2014

    United Nations: The UN will now recognise all same-sex marriages of its staffers across the world as it put in place a new policy aimed at ensuring "greater equality" with Secretary General Ban Ki-moon calling for rejection of homophobia. Previously, a staff member's personal status was determined by the laws applicable...
  • Does Mozilla CEO's resignation expose Silicon Valley's intolerance? April 5, 2014

    San Francisco: Tech workers in Silicon Valley debated on Friday whether Mozilla CEO Brendan Eich got the comeuppance he deserved or was himself a victim of intolerance when he resigned under pressure this week amid outrage over his opposition to same-sex marriage. Some, especially a dating website that had urged its...
  • 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 same-sex newlyweds whose marriages will now be annulled less than a week after their weddings. The federal government had challenged the validity of...
  • Patna girls elope, marry each other at a Sasaram temple October 21, 2013

    Patna: In probably the first case of same sex marriage in Bihar, two girls ran away from their homes in Patna to get married to each other, a police official said on Monday. The father of one of the girl's had lodged a case of kidnapping against the other girl's family. Reema...
  • 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 same-sex 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...
  • US: Supreme Court strikes federal marriage provision June 26, 2013

    Washington: In a significant but incomplete victory for gay rights, the Supreme Court on Wednesday struck down a provision of a federal law denying federal benefits to married gay couples and cleared the way for the resumption of same-sex marriage in California. The justices issued two 5-4 rulings in their final...
  • UK's House of Lords backs gay marriage bill June 5, 2013

    Britain's House of Lords has voted by a majority to defeat a motion that blocks a same-sex marriage bill, moving the initiative a step closer to becoming law. The upper house of Parliament voted 390 to 148 to back the bill, which will enable gay couples to get married in both...
  • Pak couple in Britain's first Muslim lesbian tie-up May 27, 2013

    London: Two former students from Pakistan have defied death threats to tie the knot in Britain's first Muslim lesbian civil partnership. Rehana Kausar, 34, and Sobia Kamar, 29, took their vows at a registry office in Leeds and instantly applied for political asylum in the UK, according to local media...
  • British lawmakers vote in favour of gay marriage February 6, 2013

    London: A bill to legalise same-sex marriage in Britain cleared a major hurdle on Tuesday, as lawmakers voted overwhelmingly in favour of the proposals championed by Prime Minister David Cameron. The vote in the House of Commons - 400 to 175 in support of the proposed legislation - will be...
  • British government to legalize same-sex marriage December 11, 2012

    London: The British government has said it will introduce a bill next year legalising gay marriage but banning the Church of England from conducting same-sex ceremonies. Equalities minister Maria Miller said on Tuesday the bill will authorize same sex civil unions, as well as religious marriages if religions decide to...
  • US Supreme Court to review same-sex marriage cases December 8, 2012

    Washington: The US Supreme Court seized center stage in a historic social policy debate over same-sex marriage on Friday by agreeing to review the validity under the US Constitution of a federal law defining marriage as a union between a man and a woman. In an order, the court also announced...
  • New York's first same sex marriage July 25, 2011

    The first same sex marriage in New York has taken place and 764 others grabbed their marriage licences in a lottery. ...
  • Iceland's gay PM marries her partner June 29, 2010

    Reykjavik, Iceland: Icelandic Prime Minister Johanna Sigurdardottir, has married her long-term partner, her office said on Monday, making her the world's first national leader with a same-sex spouse. Sigurdardottir, 67, married writer Jonina Leosdottir on Sunday, the day a new law took effect defining marriage as a union between two consenting...
  • Manipur's first gay marriage ends in 'divorce' March 28, 2010

    Imphal: The first-ever same-sex marriage in Manipur between two men in their 20s ended in a 'divorce' two days into their wedding following stiff opposition from their families. Sandip, the 25-year-old 'groom', and Nikhil, the 28-year-old 'bride', who exchanged marriage vows on Thursday in the presence of a modest gathering...
  • Obama for all gay rights but not marriage June 2, 2009

    Washington: President Barack Obama has promised to continue to "support measures to bring the full spectrum of equal rights to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender" (LGBT) Americans", but stopped short of backing same-sex marriage. Saying he's "proud to be the first President to appoint openly LGBT candidates to Senate-confirmed positions in...
  • Gays no criminals, but no marriage allowed: Vatican December 12, 2008

    Vatican city: The Vatican's chief spokesman said Thursday that the Roman Catholic Church believes homosexuality must not be considered a crime, but added that initiatives aimed at "putting all forms of sexual orientation on the same level" are wrong. Father Federico Lombardi was commenting on controversy triggered by the Holy See's...
  • I am gay, not a pervert; life of a gay man in India November 25, 2008

    Profile's of real people who are different, or have made a difference in other people's lives. We speak to 24-year old marketing professional Sandeep Rane* from Mumbai, who tells us about his life as a gay man in India. "A gay man's life in this country is predominated by confusion. Make...
  • Same-sex marriage gets court nod in Nepal November 18, 2008

    Kathmandu: Close on the heels of an international furore over the state of California's decision to ban same-sex marriages, the apex court of nascent Himalayan republic Nepal has given its nod to such unions. “My eyes were filled with tears when I read the Supreme Court decision,” said Sunil Babu Pant,...
  • California legalises same sex marriages June 18, 2008

    Some five countries in the world, starting with the Netherlands have legalised same sex marriages and joining that list on Tuesday was the state of California, where hundreds of gay couples got married. That's after a state Supreme Court order went into effect. Massachusetts became the first state in the US,...
  • Lesbian marriage falls apart in Punjab, one booked July 5, 2007

    Batala (Punjab): A 'marriage' between two girls near this Punjab town went terribly wrong on Thursday with the 'boy' in the relationship slitting her wrists in an attempted suicide bid, but ending up being booked by the police. The 'drama' of this lesbian marriage — the second one to be highlighted...