Colombia Rules Gay Couples Must Be Granted Same Rights as Straight Unmarried Couples

Advocate.com
January 29, 2009
In a historic decision handed down Wednesday, Colombia's Constitutional Court ruled same-sex couples must be granted the same rights as heterosexuals in common-law marriages. The court's decision means Colombia's gay couples will be awarded dozens of rights that straight, unmarried couples have enjoyed for years and follows other recent rulings that have won the nation's same-sex couples inheritance, pension, health, and social security rights. [Link]

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Foreign Policy Workers Ask U.S. To Back Benefits for Gay Partners

The Washington Post
January 27, 2009
Almost 2,200 government employees involved in foreign policy issues signed a letter delivered to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton yesterday urging the government to extend equal benefits to partners of gay employees. [Link]

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Love for All

YouTube
December 2008

A Swedish ad shows a touching wedding scene of two men getting married. [Link]

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Australian Legislators Back Gay Rights

The New York Times
November 25, 2008
Australian lawmakers have approved legislation giving gay and lesbian couples virtually the same rights as non-gay couples, but have ruled out legalizing their marriages. [Link]

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New Ecuador constitution includes gay rights guarantees

365Gay.com
September 29, 2008
The new constitution guarantees civil rights for gays and lesbians, including civil unions. It also guarantees free education through college and pensions for stay-at-home mothers and informal-sector workers. Such measures build on already popular Correa programs that provide low-interest micro-loans, building material for first-time homeowners and free seeds for growing crops. [Link]

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Brazil president defends equality for same-sex couples

Associated Press
September 18, 2008

President Silva said in an interview aired late Wednesday night by the government-run TV Brasil that politicians who oppose same-sex unions and yet seek the votes of gay men and women during elections are ''hypocrites.'' (Link)

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Brazilian President In Favor Of Civil Unions

Made in Brazil
September 18, 2008

Brazilian president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva stepped up to defend gay rights yesterday in an interview to TV Brasil. For the first time ever, Lula said loud and clear that he is in favor of civil unions, and that it is time to stop being hypocritical about the subject. (Link)

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Discriminatory marriage ban moves forward

Cayman Free Press
September 7, 2008
Cayman Islands lawmakers voted to ban gay and lesbian couples' marriages following a debate Friday in the Legislative Assembly. The bill still requires the legal formality of a third vote before passing, but lawmakers unanimously approved a key second vote on the measure Friday afternoon. The formal third vote is expected sometime this week. [Link]

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French Tax Authorities Recognize Dutch Gay Couple’s Marriage

Conflict of Laws .Net
September 8, 2008
Le Monde has reported this week that the French Ministry of Finance has accepted to recognize a Dutch same-sex couple's marriage for tax purposes. [Link]

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Senegal jails Belgian man and his husband

IC Publications
August 28, 2008
Richard Lambot, 61, and Moustapha Gueye, 63, who wedded in Belgium -- where marriage is legal for gay and lesbian couples -- last month, were sentenced by the Dakar regional court on Augusut 21, said lawyer Seyni Ndione. [Link]

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