Amsterdam sends a marriage equality message to America


Crosscut
August 3, 2009
Sunday afternoon aboard a boat sailing the canals of Amsterdam, Mayor Job Cohen performed five marriages in a row, each between a Dutch and an American citizen. The nuptials were timed to celebrate the 400-year-long cultural connection between Old Amsterdam and Nieuw Amsterdam (New York). [Link]

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Divided court narrowly upholds marriage ban in portugal

The Associated Press
July 31, 2009
The court's five judges narrowly ruled 3-2 against an appeal lodged by a lesbian couple two years ago. One of the women, Helena Paixao, said, "It shows there's a change coming. Bit by bit people will come around" and support the freedom to marry. [Link]

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UK Quakers ready to honor freedom to marry

BBC News
July 30, 2009
One of the UK's oldest Christian denominations - the Quakers - appears ready to extend marriage services to same-sex couples at their yearly meeting today. Many British Quakers feel it is wrong to exclude a religious commitment from civil partnerships and want to honor the right to marriage for same-sex couples. [Link]

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Brazil attorney-general asks supreme court to recognize the freedom to marry

Vancouverite
July 31, 2009
Brazil Attorney-General Deborah Duprat asked the Federal Supreme Court (STF) Thursday to honor marriages between same-sex couples, with the same rights as all other marriages. Duprat argued that denying marriage equality is a breach of constitutional rights. [Link]

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Albania to Legalize Freedom to Marry

Balkan Insight
July 29, 2009
Albanian Prime Minister Sali Berisha announced in a cabinet meeting on Wednesday that the government would push for a law that honors the marriages of same-sex couples. “This is an important law against discrimination,” said Berisha, who often stresses the importance of family values. [Link]

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Anglican Priests in Canadian Diocese to Bless Marriages between Same-Sex Couples

The Niagara Falls Review - Canada
July 29, 2009
Gay and lesbian couples in Niagara will soon have the option to have their marriages blessed by Anglican priests, under a new rite introduced by Bishop Michael Bird, head of the Niagara diocese. “The short answer is we believe God is calling us to move in this direction. There’s a strong sense of that across the diocese,” Bird said. [Link]

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“We Only Want Equal Rights”: How the Netherlands Achieved Marriage Equality

Carnal Nation
July 27, 2009
“Gay people must open up their windows, open up their doors and show everyone who they are and how they’re living,” says Henk Krol, a Dutch journalist who led the fight for marriage equality in The Netherlands. “You need to invite local leaders over. Show them that you don’t want something strange, you just want the same thing that other people have." [Link]

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Marriage Equality on Agenda of New Luxembourg Government

The Station - Luxembourg
July 22, 2009
A marriage equality bill will be presented to the House by the Ministry of Justice, "as soon as possible," says François Biltgen, Minister of Justice in the new government. "We thought it could be, but didn’t believe it would be on the agenda," said François Diderrich, president of the Rosa Lëtzebuerg ASBL. "Luxembourg has changed since discussions on partnerships began six years ago," he added. [Link]

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Marriage Equality Gaining Momentum in Australia

Sydney Star Observer
July 21, 2009
With a push underway by the Labor Party to change the Government's position on marriage equality in Australia, The Sydney Morning Herald, The Telegraph, and opinion hub, The Punch, all recently ran pro-marriage equality stories. The Punch conservative commentator David Penberthy wrote, "there are plenty of gay people who are more together, more balanced and more loving than a lot of heterosexual parents and … a law based on outdated notions can only serve to entrench unhappiness..." [Link]

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Same-sex couples seek immigration benefit

The Associated Press
July 18, 2009
"If you're going to have a system that's designed to keep families together, it should focus on keeping families together," says Judy Rickard of San Jose, CA. That could soon be the case, as more than 100 lawmakers in the House and about 20 in the Senate have signed onto bills that would add the United States to the 19 countries that already recognize same-sex couples for immigration purposes. [Link]

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