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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Same-sex couples could be allowed to marry in U.K. under Tory election plans

The Conservatives have become the first of the three main political parties in Britain to set out an explicit commitment to considering allowing same-sex couples to marry, should they take power after Thursday’s general election.

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Australian LGBT rights activist: “Anything is possible”

Rodney Croome is an Australian human rights hero, with a new book out on May 3rd outlining the arguments for marriage equality.

He writes here for "The Gay Marriage Blog," to explain just how quickly a state or country can go from jail for gays to relationship recognition. If you are in Africa, Kansas, Poland or China, or anywhere without equality – this story is an inspiration.

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Immigration plan includes LGBT families

An outline of a comprehensive immigration reform package circulating on Capitol Hill includes a provision that would allow U.S. citizens and legal residents to sponsor their same-sex partners for residency.

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Do gay couples give up their U.S. citizenship?

American expatriates are having a more difficult time living and working abroad, a recent "New York Times" article found, causing a small but growing number of them to renounce their United States citizenship.

But there’s another group of Americans who could be adding to that tally: same-sex couples.

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From a crime to the freedom to marry on high?

It was only as recently as 2007, that homosexuality was still a crime in Nepal, with a prison sentence of up to two years.

Yet fast forward three short years to now, and this tiny Himalayan nation is so different it quite takes your breath away. For it is not only set to become the first in Asia to honor the freedom to marry, it’s also promoting weddings for same-sex couples on Everest in an attempt to become the continent’s top gay tourist destination!

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Our story: A gay couple, torn apart by DOMA

The federal government helps keep binational families together by letting U.S. citizens sponsor non-citizen spouses for a marriage-based “green card,” which gives immigrant spouses permanent resident status. Green card holders aren’t U.S. citizens, but can get a Social Security number, can work, and can get a driver’s license.

As this Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (GLAD) DOMA story shows, however, the federal government doesn't recognize married same-sex couples - it sees them as strangers. A green card simply isn’t an option for them.

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