Lesbian couple weds in Portugal’s first marriage of a same-sex couple

A lesbian couple wed Monday in Portugal's first ceremony for a same-sex couple since the predominantly Catholic country introduced a law honoring the freedom to marry last month.

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Gay couple get a boost in winning bid to reunite

Married couple Tim Coco and Genesio Oliveira were reunited on Wednesday after federal immigration officials granted Oliveira permission to stay in the U.S. for one year on humanitarian grounds.

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Voice for Equality: Portuguese soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo

Portuguese soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo responded to a pre-FIFA World Cup interview question about his native country's new freedom to marry law by saying, "...we must respect the choices made by anyone, because, after all, all citizens should have the exact same rights and responsibilities."

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White House applauds Malawi pardon for gay couple

The White House on Saturday released a statement applauding a Malawi pardon of two men sentenced to 14 years in prison after being arrested for holding a symbolic engagement ceremony.

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Gutierrez wants same-sex partner rights in immigration reform bill

Hopes that foreign-born partners of gay and lesbian Americans could follow the same path to citizenship as heterosexual spouses got a boost Thursday when U.S. Rep. Luis Gutierrez of Chicago said he would fight to include such a proposal in the campaign for comprehensive immigration reform.

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Malawi gay conviction is alarming precedent: UN

The UN human rights chief on Friday slammed the "blatantly discriminatory" jailing of a gay couple in Malawi, saying that it sets an alarming precedent for the treatment of homosexuals in the region.

"I am shocked and dismayed by the sentence and reports of the treatment of Steven Monjeza and Tiwonge Chimbalanga while in detention," said Navi Pillay, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights.

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Conservative Portugal beats ‘liberal’ U.S. on gay rights

As Portugal's president welcomes the freedom to marry, Anna Clark takes stock of the United States' progress on the freedom to marry and other LGBT issues.

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Portugal becomes 6th European country to adopt the freedom to marry after president’s OK

Portugal's conservative president says he has decided to ratify a law honoring the freedom to marry in the predominantly Catholic country.

The head of state's decision to permit the enactment of a bill passed by Parliament in January makes Portugal the sixth European country allowing same-sex couples to wed.

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Denmark Parliament grants equal protections to adoptions by same-sex couples

The Danish parliament on Thursday passed legislation giving equal adoption protections to gay and lesbian couples in registered partnerships.

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Argentinian congress passes freedom to marry bill

With 125 votes in favor, 109 against, 6 abstentions and 16 absent lawmakers, the Argentinean House of Deputies approved a historic marriage equality bill on Wednesday.

Speaking live on CN5, Maria Rachid, Director of The Argentinian LGBT Federation (FALGBT), noted that it was the first time that the body of a legislative branch of a government had voted in favor of the freedom to marry in all of Latin America.

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