England and Wales announce date same-sex couples can begin marrying

Today, the British government announced the date that same-sex couples will be able to marry in England and Wales. Earlier this year, the United Kingdom passed a freedom to marry bill, which applies to both countries.

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Same-sex couples will begin marrying in Australia on Saturday

Today, the High Court in Australia announced that it will reserve judgment on a freedom to marry law, meaning that couples will be able to legally marry this Saturday, when the legislation officially takes effect.

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Same-sex couples in New Zealand begin marrying as marriage law takes effect

One of the same-sex couples couples who married today in New Zealand was Lynley Bendall and Ally Wanikau, who said "I Do" on an airplane in a beautiful ceremony sponsored by Air New Zealand.

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Victory in England and Wales! The Queen grants final approval of marriage bill

Today, the Queen of England granted royal assent to a bill that will extend the freedom to marry to same-sex couples in England and Wales. Her royal assent is the final approval necessary to pass the bill.

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Judge in Colombia clears the way for gay couple to marry

On Thursday, July 11, Judge Carmen Lucía Rodríguez Díaz, a civil judge in Bogotá, the capital city of Colombia, issued a 5-page ruling where she declared that a gay couple can legally marry in the South American country.

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United Kingdom House of Lords moves marriage forward in overwhelming vote

Today, the movement to win marriage abroad took another step closer when the United Kingdom's House of Lords overwhelmingly - by a vote of 390-148 - voted in favor of the marriage bill in its second reading. They also rejected a proposed 'fatal motion,' which would have effectively removed the bill from consideration.

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Brazil’s high court rules that notaries must register marriages for same-sex couples

Today, the National Council of Justice in Brazil - the panel responsible for overseeing the Brazilian judicial system - ruled that government offices that issue marriage licenses have no standing to reject same-sex couples from marriage.

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With final vote, France finalizes passage of the freedom to marry!

Today, the French National Assembly finalized the passage of the freedom to marry! By a final vote of 331-225, the French General Assembly passed legislation to extend the freedom to marry and the ability to adopt to same-sex couples.

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Rio de Janeiro becomes the latest state in Brazil to pass the freedom to marry

This week, marriage moved forward in Brazil when the Corregedor Geral de Justiça of Rio de Janeiro authorized marriages between same-sex couples. Rio de Janeiro is now the tenth state to pass the freedom to marry in Brazil.

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WATCH: With final vote, New Zealand passes the freedom to marry!

Today, the Parliament in New Zealand read and voted to approve, in the final of three readings, a bill that will extend the freedom to marry to same-sex couples. The bill was sponsored by Labour MP Louisa Wall and passed its second, most critical reading on March 13, with nearly all party leaders standing in stark support.

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