Iceland preparing to legalize freedom to marry

The tiny island nation of Iceland is preparing to legalize the freedom to marry. The government introduced its gender-neutral marriage bill on March 23.

The bill has the backing of Prime Minister Johanna Siguroardottir, the world's first openly lesbian politician to be elected to helm a country.

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Voice for Equality: Anthony LaPaglia

Freedom to Marry salutes Anthony LaPaglia as a Voice for Equality. Mr. LaPaglia is an Australian actor best known for his Golden Globe Award-winning role as FBI agent Jack Malone on the American TV series "Without a Trace", and for his Emmy Award-winning portrayal of Simon Moon on the TV show "Frasier".

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Portugal’s Constitutional Court OKs the freedom to marry

Portugal's Constitutional Court has OK'd a freedom to marry bill approved by lawmakers.

Portugal's Socialist-controlled Parliament, led by Prime Minister Jose Socrates, approved the bill on February 11. The president still has the option of vetoing the legislation, but Socrates has said he is prepared to overturn the veto.

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88 same-sex couples have married in Mexico City

Mexico City's officials say 88 same-sex couples have gotten married in Mexico's capital since a law legalizing the freedom to marry took effect last month.

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Rufus Wainwright wants to marry his partner

Singer Rufus Wainwright is supporting the fight to legalize the freedom to marry in the U.S. - because he'd love to marry his long-term German partner Jorn Weisbrodt.

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Voice for Equality: Rufus Wainwright

Freedom to Marry salutes Rufus Wainwright as a Voice for Equality. Mr. Wainwright is a Canadian-American singer-songwriter. He has recorded six albums of original music, EPs, and tracks on compilations and film soundtracks, including the soundtrack for the film Moulin Rouge.

On April 2, 2010, it was reported by starpulse.com that Wainwright, out since his teens, supported the legalization of the freedom to marry in the United States.

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Soldier from U.K’s Household Cavalry weds boyfriend

The Household Cavalry is the U.K.’s most elite branch of service. Its members provide security for visiting heads of state, as well as for top-ranking national officials. 23-year-old Lance Corporal James Wharton made military history when he became the first member of the Household Cavalry to marry his same-sex life partner.

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Why Ricky Martin Coming Out Now Matters

In a special guest post on Pop Eater, Jarrett Barrios, the President of the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD), writes about why Ricky Martin outing himself (partly he said because of his two sons) is important. Barrios discusses Martin's decision and how it's a "game changer."

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National Center for Lesbian Rights: Why LGBT People Must Demand Immigration Reform

There is a large battle looming in Washington over legislation to reform our nation’s immigration laws. This coming Sunday, March 21, many LGBT immigrants, their families, and allies will march in support of immigration reform. Now is the time for us, as LGBT individuals, families, and communities, to understand why immigration reform is so critical.

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Join the Petition in support of the Freedom to Marry in Italy

On March 23rd, the Italian Constitutional Court will decide whether several articles of the Civil Code (art. 93, 96, 98, 107, 108, 143, 143-bis, and 156-bis) restricting civil marriage to “husband and wife” rather than “spouses” discriminate against same-sex couples, and infringe upon the principles of equality and non-discrimination protected by the Constitution.

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