Malawi gay conviction is alarming precedent: UN

The UN human rights chief on Friday slammed the "blatantly discriminatory" jailing of a gay couple in Malawi, saying that it sets an alarming precedent for the treatment of homosexuals in the region.

"I am shocked and dismayed by the sentence and reports of the treatment of Steven Monjeza and Tiwonge Chimbalanga while in detention," said Navi Pillay, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights.

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2,020 marriages of same-sex couples recorded in Iowa since last April

Out-of-staters made up 60 percent of same-sex couples married in Iowa since the freedom to marry became legal in April 2009, state officials reported Tuesday.

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Serious legal hurdles for divorce of same-sex couples

It's only been two months since the District of Columbia legalized the freedom to marry, but local attorney Lawrence Jacobs is already cautioning his clients: Marriage may be allowed, but divorce will be much harder to do.

While the District and five states have legalized marriage equality and consequently allow divorces, granting divorces to same-sex couples elsewhere is often murky. As married same-sex couples cross into states that explicitly ban or don't recognize the freedom to marry, they face a dilemma.

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‘My Big Gay Italian Wedding’ joins forces with Broadway Impact

"My Big Gay Italian Wedding," which begins performances Off-Broadway at St. Luke's Theatre May 5, has joined forces with Broadway Impact in the fight for marriage equality.

A portion of the proceeds of every ticket sold for Gay Italian Wedding will benefit Broadway Impact, the grassroots organization of the theatre community mobilizing in support of marriage equality.

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Iowa’s nice, but Illinois representative wants to marry partner in Illinois

State Rep. Deb Mell said she wants nothing more than to marry her partner of nearly six years in her home state of Illinois. Mell — who six years ago turned to her father, Ald. Richard Mell, 33rd, to help her put a public face on families where a member is gay — plans to announce her engagement to Christin Baker on the House floor Wednesday.

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The freedom to marry promises opportunity for many D.C. businesses

The debate over the freedom to marry has always focused on issues of religion, justice and morality, but voters in states that have rejected marriage equality may start rethinking their position in the years ahead because of a less lofty consideration — profit.

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Black, white, and wed

As the curtain lifted on the freedom to marry in the nation’s capital in early March, the country witnessed the most diverse showing yet of gay couples entering into matrimony.

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Marc Jacobs president to marry: Here come the grooms

On Tuesday evening, Marc Jacobs president Robert Duffy will marry Alex Cespedes in Provincetown, MA, where Duffy has a house and the company, a store. And where the freedom to marry is legal.

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Terrence McNally’s gay drama takes stage in DC, with his own marriage as a bonus

On Tuesday, Terrence McNally, the 71-year-old playwright, and his partner, Tom Kirdahy, 46, exchanged vows on the banks of the Potomac River under the new freedom to marry law in the U.S. capital.

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88 same-sex couples have married in Mexico City

Mexico City's officials say 88 same-sex couples have gotten married in Mexico's capital since a law legalizing the freedom to marry took effect last month.

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