EU-wide recognition of marriages, civil partnerships of same-sex couples a step closer

Gay couples with civil marriages or civil partnerships must retain their rights in all European Union countries, the European Parliament reaffirmed this morning.

Currently, same-sex couples are not guaranteed to retain the rights given by their existing marriage or civil partnership when traveling in the European Union.

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Poll: Australians in favor of the freedom to marry

Most Australians support the freedom to marry, the latest Nielsen poll shows. br/>
The poll, published on Monday in Fairfax newspapers, found nearly 60 per cent of people support equal marriage rights for same-sex couples, with 37 per cent against.

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Thousands rally in Australia to support the freedom to marry

Australia's Education, Skills and Workforce Participation Minister: "I support the freedom to marry, there are lots of people within the Labor Party who support the freedom to marry, many of them are standing with me today."

"I think this is a journey that's unstoppable and I think we will see full marriage equality in this country in the not too distant future."

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French court to examine legality of marriage equality ban

France's highest court of appeal, the Court of Cassation, on Tuesday asked the Constitutional Council to rule on whether the freedom to marry should remain illegal.

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Gay couple refused right to marry in UK as royal engagement announced

As news of a royal engagement was announced this morning (16 November), a gay couple from the UK was refused permission to marry at Northampton Register Office.

They declined the option of a civil partnership, insisting that marriage should be open to all.

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Finnish state church creates a ‘prayer moment’ for marriages of same-sex couples

After years of debate, Finland's state church took a step towards accepting gay relationships with an announcement Friday it would create a "prayer moment" for registered partnerships.

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Poll: 53% of Australians support the freedom to marry

A poll has revealed that a majority of Australians supports marriage for same-sex couples.

Fifty-three per cent of people said they see no reason why unions of same-sex couples should not be legal, according to tomorrow’s Essential Report.

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Mexico House votes for benefits for same-sex couples

Mexico's House of Representatives has voted to amend social security rules to include medical and social benefits for same-sex couples.

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Video: Ricky Martin on the freedom to marry in the U.S.

Ricky Martin appeared on Larry King last night and asked, "Why do I have to go somewhere else?... Why can't I get married in my own country?"

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Gay Brazilian married in US may face deportation

A Brazilian man who was recently reunited with his Massachusetts husband when federal officials temporarily allowed him into the U.S. said he could face deportation because the attorney general won't reverse the immigration ruling that initially separated the couple.

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