European marriage equality legal challenge launched today

Eight couples in the U.K. fighting to overturn the twin ban on civil marriages for same-sex couples and civil partnerships for heterosexual couples today launched their joint legal challenge despite a minor setback.

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Campaigners take fight against ban on the freedom to marry to European court

Eight British couples will take their case to overturn the bans on marriages of same-sex couples and heterosexual civil partnerships to the European Court of Human Rights next week.

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Brazil extends pension benefits to surviving partners in same-sex couples

The Brazilian government announced Friday that committed same-sex couples will now be eligible for the social security pension benefits currently offered to heterosexual married couples.

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Voice for Equality: Nelly Furtado

Nelly Furtado is a Canadian singer-songwriter, record producer and actress of Portuguese descent. She has sold 20 million albums worldwide.

As reported on in December of 2010, Ms. Furtado said she's proud to live in a country [Canada] that supports the freedom to marry. The 32-year-old entertainer and mother said there is nothing wrong with gay couples marrying.

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A very civil defense

Given that homosexuality was decriminalized in Ireland only in 1993, it might sound surprising to hear a leading US human rights lawyer state that Ireland is showing international leadership in the public acceptance of gay rights. However, according to Evan Wolfson, the fact that civil partnership is set to be enacted into law here next year means that is exactly what is happening.

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Evan Wolfson named Marriage Equality’s December Advocate of the Month

Following his whirlwind visit to Ireland from the 12-15 of November, Marriage Equality are delighted to name Evan Wolfson as December's Advocate of the Month.

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Thanksgiving Apart: LGBT families face separation and exile

Thousands of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender citizens in relationships with partners from abroad will be forced to spend Thanksgiving alone... or packing their bags so they can keep their families together.

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EU-wide recognition of marriages, civil partnerships of same-sex couples a step closer

Gay couples with civil marriages or civil partnerships must retain their rights in all European Union countries, the European Parliament reaffirmed this morning.

Currently, same-sex couples are not guaranteed to retain the rights given by their existing marriage or civil partnership when traveling in the European Union.

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Poll: Australians in favor of the freedom to marry

Most Australians support the freedom to marry, the latest Nielsen poll shows. br/>
The poll, published on Monday in Fairfax newspapers, found nearly 60 per cent of people support equal marriage rights for same-sex couples, with 37 per cent against.

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Thousands rally in Australia to support the freedom to marry

Australia's Education, Skills and Workforce Participation Minister: "I support the freedom to marry, there are lots of people within the Labor Party who support the freedom to marry, many of them are standing with me today."

"I think this is a journey that's unstoppable and I think we will see full marriage equality in this country in the not too distant future."

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