Norway Parliament votes for marriage equality

Pink News
June 11, 2008
Members of Parliament in Norway today approved a bill that will end the exclusion of same-sex couples from marriage by 84 votes to 41. Family Issues minister Anniken Huitfeldt noted, "The new law won't weaken marriage as an institution. Rather, it will strengthen it. Marriage won't be worth less because more can take part in it." (Link)

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Equality lives happily ever after

Toronto Globe and Mail
June 9, 2008
On the anniversary of Canada's gaining marriage equality, Martha McCarthy writes, "Today, five years later, as the judgment continues to change lives here and internationally, I simply say: Indeed. How proud we all should be that the Canadian vision of equality and freedom has life and meaning."[Link]

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Nordic Myths

Box Turtle Bulletin
May 28, 2008
If there were a cause and effect between Norway’s birth rate outside of marriage and providing civil unions for same-sex couples, the data suggests that civil unions actually had a dramatic affect in slowing the rate of births outside of marriage. (Link)

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Canadian gay couple struggles with U.S. red tape

Washington Blade
May 2, 2008

A gay Canadian couple regret their move to the U.S. last year because they face visa and border-crossing problems that wouldn’t exist if they were able to marry in the U.S. (Link)

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Gay Marriage Costs Him Citizenship

Time Magazine
May 2, 2008

A Frenchman married in Netherlands loses his French citizenship because his spouse is a man. (Link)

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Australia to remove gay discrimination from 100 laws

Associated Press
April 30, 2008
Australia's new government plans to eliminate discrimination against gay couples in more than 100 laws, but even those in favor said it should go further and end the exclusion of same-sex couples from marriage. (Link)

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Gay Civil Unions or Partnerships Not Full Equality, Says Bishop

UK Gay News
April 29, 2008

Freedom to Marry Voice of Equality Gene Robinson launches his book in the UK. (Link)

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Israel recognizes overseas adoption by gay couple, grants child citizenship

April 25, 2008

For the first time, Israel recognizes adoption by gay couple and grants child Israeli citizenship following court’s recommendation. (Link)

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Norway: Poll Shows Majority Support for Full Marriage Equality

April 25, 2008

58 percent of Norwegians surveyed said they supported legislation for marriage equality, and 31 percent were against it. (Link)

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Uruguay Holds Latin America’s First Wedding for a Same-Sex Couple

Agence France-Presse
April 17, 2008
Uruguay on Thursday became the first nation in Latin America to marry a gay couple, after a law allowing couples living together to formalize their union went into effect at the start of the year. [Link]

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