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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AUSTRALIA:  New senator calls for marriage equality

The Australian
August 28, 2008
Labor's new senator Louise Pratt, who makes history as the first member of parliament with a transgendered partner, has used her maiden speech to break from ALP policy and call for marriage equality. [Link]

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Brazil congress rejects adoption for gay couples

International Herald-Tribune
August 21, 2008
Brazil's lower house of Congress has rejected part of a pending adoption law that would have allowed gay couples to adopt children. A Wednesday statement from the Chamber of Deputies says a measure giving gay couples the right to adopt was withdrawn because federal law doesn't recognize same-sex unions. [Link]

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The Economics of ‘Gay Marriage’

The Becker-Posner Blog
August 10, 2008
Conservative judge Richard Posner drops opposition to gay people's freedom to marry. [Link]

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Rowan Williams: Gay couples reflect the love of God

The Guardian
August 7, 2008
In the correspondence, an exchange with an evangelical Christian, the Archbishop of Canterbury argued that passages criticising homosexual activity were not aimed at people who were gay by nature. "An active sexual relationship between two people of the same sex might therefore reflect the love of God in a way comparable to marriage, if and only if it had about it the same character of absolute covenanted faithfulness."[Link]

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Non-gay couples add statement of support for gays to weddings

The Canadian Press
August 5, 2008
When Marisa Miller married David Wolfson last year, the couple added a statement to their vows that they both passionately believe in the right of all people to marry regardless of sexual orientation. [Link]

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