UK considers religious ceremonies for same-sex couples

Britain's government is considering letting same-sex couples include religious elements in civil partnership ceremonies.

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Gay U.S. citizens seek to claim residency for foreign spouses

An immigration reform measure proposed by an Illinois congressman would give the foreign partners of gay U.S. citizens a route to citizenship.

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Spain celebrates 5 years of the freedom to marry

Spain's marriage equality law turned five on July 3. Passage of the law in the Roman Catholic nation turned Spain into a gay rights leader.

Since then, 10,317 male couples and 5,063 female couples have married, 1.55% of the nation's total marriages, Madrid-based daily 'El Pais' reported.

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Voice for Equality: Kylie Minogue

Kylie Minogue is an Australian pop singer, songwriter, and actress. After beginning her career as a child actress on Australian television, she achieved recognition through her role in the television soap opera "Neighbours" before commencing her career as a recording artist in 1987. Her first single, "Locomotion", spent seven weeks at number one on the Australian singles chart and became the highest selling single of the decade. Minogue returned to prominence in 2000 with the single "Spinning Around" and the dance-oriented album "Light Years", and she performed during the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2000 Sydney Olympics. Her music videos showed a more sexually provocative and flirtatious personality and several hit singles followed. "Can't Get You Out of My Head" reached number one in more than 40 countries, and the album Fever (2001) was a hit throughout the world, including the United States, a market in which Minogue had previously received little recognition.

In June of 2010, Ms. Minogue told a million-strong crowd at Madrid Pride what she thought about the freedom to marry: "Well, I think it should be allowed! I mean, how many countries have caught up with it by now? The earth didn’t cave in. If it’s love, it’s love. And that’s it. That’s all that matters."

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Partnership bill breaks substantial new ground

Ireland's Civil Partnership Bill will give lesbian and gay couples access to a range of protections in fields such as property, social welfare, pensions, power of attorney, pensions, and taxes.

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Argentina’s Senate rejects call for referendum on the freedom to marry

Members of the Argentine Senate have rejected a call by the Roman Catholic Church to put a marriage equality bill up for a vote, La Nacion reported.

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The European court’s hidden but hopeful message on the freedom to marry

The right to marry remains subject primarily to national and not European law, but an Austrian couple have nudged the Council of Europe's 47 states closer to a consensus.

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Iceland prime minister weds as freedom to marry legalized

Johanna Sigurdardottir, Iceland prime minister, married her long-time partner on Sunday as a new law legalizing marriage equality came into force.

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The freedom to marry is a generational issue

The freedom to marry is a generational issue for several reasons, as the Newsweek correspondent and blogger Katie Connolly points out.

Obviously being from one generation or another does not prevent someone from supporting equality, but the trend is worth noting.

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Gays in China speak up

Four centuries after China pioneered female same sex unions (there were occasionally male ones also) and less than a decade after homosexuality was declassified as a mental illness by the ruling Communist Party, campaigners for the freedom to marry for China’s 60 million gays and lesbians are finding a large audience for their views.

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