“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gay people who are more together, more balanced and more loving than a lot of heterosexual parents and … a law based on outdated notions can only serve to entrench unhappiness..."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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South African Rites

The New York Times
July 16, 2009
A self-described "middle-class white man" from South Africa tells of his experiences in applying for and receiving a marriage ceremony for he and his black partner of nearly two decades through a government-run Home Affairs office in Edenvale, near Johannesburg. [Link]

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Video: Marriage Equality Heating Up in Australia

Equal Love 09 - Australia
July 19, 2009
A series of internet-based ads has been launched in Australia by Equal Love 09 to inform the public about gay discrimination issues in the lead up to August 1st rallies to end the exclusion of same-sex couples from marriage. See all the ads at: http://www.youtube.com/user/EqualLove09



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Australian Green Senator Sarah Hanson-Young introduces marriage equality bill

Independent Political Report
July 9, 2009
Australian Greens senator Sarah Hanson-Young introduced a private member’s Bill, proposing the freedom to marry, into the Upper House on Wednesday. The Bill seeks to remove all discrimination based on sexuality and gender from the Marriage Act. It will also allow marriages of same-sex couples legalized abroad to be honored in Australia. [Link]

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Letter from mother of gay son tells Irish minister civil partnerships are not good enough

Pinknews
July 8, 2009

Helen Doody’s letter to Irish justice minister Dermot Ahern on behalf of her son is fast becoming a hit on the internet. “Your Civil Partnership Bill is not good enough for my family, and hundreds, thousands of other families in this country. Revise this bill so everyone can be equal." [Link]

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Life partnerships for same-sex couples begin today in Hungary, but gap in rights persists

Hungary Around the Clock
July 7, 2009
Same-sex couples can forge life partnerships before public notaries starting this Wednesday. These life partnerships will be guaranteed the same tax, employment, social and immigration benefits as heterosexual marriages. Gay couples will be barred from adopting children and taking their spouse's name, however. [Link]

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Partnership rights in place for gay couples in Ireland by end of year

Irish Times
June 26, 2009
The Civil Partnership Bill giving statutory rights to gay and lesbian couples will be enacted and operational by the end of the year, the Government said yesterday. It will allow same-sex couples to register their civil partnership and allow them to enjoy the same statutory protection as married couples across a wide range of areas. The rights and obligations include the protection of a shared home, pension rights, the right to succession and equality with married couples of treatment under the tax and social welfare codes. [Link]

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