Shifting attitudes on gay rights extend around globe, experts say

"Often courts will make decisions that are predictors of what public opinion is going to be a few years from now," says Brian Powell, an Indiana University sociology professor.

"Public attitudes don't change really quickly, but this [the freedom to marry] is one that's changing really, really quickly," Powell said.

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Germany considering income tax parity for same-sex couples

Germany's justice minister says she is considering changes to income tax laws to iron out disadvantages for gay couples.

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Denver council backs federal law to allow gay and lesbians to seek legal residency for partners

The Denver City Council went on record Monday as supporting proposed federal legislation that would allow gay people to seek legal residency in the United States for their partners living in other countries.

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Mexican law supporting adoption for same-sex couples upheld by Supreme Court

Mexico's Supreme Court voted Monday to uphold a Mexico City law allowing adoptions by same-sex couples, drawing jubilant cheers from gay advocacy groups and angry protests from Roman Catholic Church representatives.

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Latin America ahead of U.S. on the freedom to marry

Los Angeles Times editorial board: Countries such as Mexico and Argentina have shown recognition that religion and civil law have different roles to perform in marriage, something absent in the debate in the U.S.

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Costa Rica court blocks referendum on civil unions for same-sex couples

Costa Rica's top court has blocked the electoral tribunal from holding a referendum that would have let voters decide if civil unions for same-sex couples should be allowed in the Central American country.

The Constitutional Court said civil unions for same-sex couples are a legislative issue and not an electoral one.

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All Mexican states must recognize marriages of same-sex couples performed in Mexico City

Mexico's Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that all 31 states must recognize same-sex marriages performed in the capital, though its decision does not force those states to begin marrying gay couples in their territory.

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Mexican Supreme Court upholds capital’s freedom to marry law

The Mexican Supreme Court ruled Thursday that a fledgling law honoring the freedom to marry in Mexico City is constitutional, rejecting an appeal by federal prosecutors who argued that it violated the charter's guarantees to protect the family.

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Chilean senator to introduce freedom to marry bill

Chilean Senator Fulvio Rossi announced Sunday he'll introduce a marriage equality bill shortly, the Spanish news agency EFE reported.

The announcement follows quick on the heels of Latin America's first freedom to marry law taking effect over the weekend in Argentina.

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Buenos Aires couple becomes first to marry under new freedom to marry law

After the approval of a freedom to marry law, Buenos Aires City residents Alejandro Vanelli and Ernesto Larrese got married at a Palermo registry office, officially becoming the first same-sex couple to marry in the City.

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