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Same-Sex Weddings Start Early in Australia

Couples got permission to wed this week, two weeks before the new law goes into effect

(Newser) - Two female couples tied the knot in Australia's first same-sex weddings under new legislation allowing gay marriages, the AP reports. Jan. 9 had been expected to be the first possible date for same-sex weddings due to a four-week waiting period since the landmark law was passed, but the two... More »

Couple Shirk Their Extreme Pledge Against Gay Marriage

Nick Jensen says original plan to divorce wife upon legalization is 'untenable'

(Newser) - Amid a flurry of weddings expected to follow Australia's legalization of same-sex marriage Wednesday, there was also to be one divorce: Back in June 2015, Nick Jensen wrote an editorial explaining he and his wife of 10 years would dissolve their marriage as a "matter of conscience" if... More »

She Denied Gay Man a Marriage License. Now He Wants Her Seat

David Ermold is taking on Kentucky clerk Kim Davis in next year's election

(Newser) - The Kentucky county clerk who made headlines two years ago for refusing to issue marriage licenses to gay couples is up for re-election next year—and one of the men she denied a license to has announced plans to run against her. Reuters reports that David Ermold of Morehead will... More »

Australians Party as Country Legalizes Same-Sex Marriage

'About bloody time,' senator says

(Newser) - The Australian Parliament voted on Thursday to allow same-sex marriage across the nation, following a bitter and divisive debate settled by the government polling voters in a much-criticized ballot survey that strongly endorsed change . The public gallery of the House of Representatives erupted with applause when the bill passed to... More »

During Debate on Gay Marriage, a Proposal

Australian lawmaker pops the question on House floor

(Newser) - It's not every marriage proposal that gets recorded in an official parliamentary record, but such is the case with one in Australia. During a speech on the floor of the House of Representatives Monday in support of gay marriage, lawmaker Tim Wilson turned to his partner in the public... More »

2 Marriage Equality Bills at Odds in Australia

Critics say one would roll back protections for LGBT

(Newser) - Some 62% of registered voters supported gay marriage in an Australian postal survey that ensures Parliament will consider legalizing same-sex weddings this year, although the form any law would take and its allowances for religious objections sparked immediate debate, reports the AP . The conservative government promised to allow a bill... More »

Results of Australia's Survey on Same-Sex Marriage Are In

The country is overwhelmingly in favor of legalizing same-sex marriage

(Newser) - Australians have overwhelmingly voted in favor of same-sex marriage, the New Zealand Herald reports. The results of a two-month-long, $93 million survey were released Wednesday morning: 61.6% in favor of legalization, 38.4% opposed. According to CNN , the "yes" side won every state and territory in the country.... More »

Here's the Lineup of Big Cases Headed to SCOTUS

Justices to take on worker rights, religious freedom, redistricting, sports betting cases

(Newser) - The Supreme Court term that, by law, begins on the first Monday in October includes several high-profile cases dealing with controversial social issues or with the potential to affect millions of Americans. The justices probably won't hear the dispute over President Trump's travel ban, originally scheduled for October,... More »

Germany Rolls Out 'Marriage for All'

After legal change, nation celebrates first gay marriages

(Newser) - Germany celebrated its first same-sex weddings Sunday, after a new law came into force putting gay and lesbian couples on equal legal footing with heterosexual couples. Town halls in Berlin, Hamburg, and elsewhere opened their doors to mark the event, made possible by a surprise vote in Parliament three months... More »

Edith Windsor, Who Paved Way for Gay Marriage, Dies

She ended Defense of Marriage Act with 2013 Supreme Court case

(Newser) - Edith Windsor, the woman behind the legal case that struck down the Defense of Marriage Act and paved the way for the legalization of same-sex marriage, died Tuesday at 88, the New York Daily News reports. The longtime New Yorker and gay-rights activist was the plaintiff in United States v.... More »

Justice Dept. Sides With Baker Who Refused Gay Couple

Administration files brief supporting Jack Phillips

(Newser) - The Trump administration has picked a side in a controversial upcoming Supreme Court case —and it isn't the side of gay rights. The Department of Justice filed a brief Thursday supporting Jack Phillips, a Colorado baker who refused to bake a wedding cake for gay couple Charlie Craig... More »

'Nashville Statement' on Gays, Transgenders Earns Mayor's Ire

And the ire of many others after evangelicals issue their 'Christian manifesto'

(Newser) - The mayor of Nashville has lashed out after a group of evangelical leaders put out a "Christian manifesto" named after her city to offer church guidance on sexuality issues. Per the Washington Post , the so-called "Nashville Statement," a 14-point cheat sheet from the Council on Biblical Manhood... More »

Kentucky Taxpayers Must Pay $225K in Kim Davis Case

Judge orders the state to pay legal fees for those who sued the clerk

(Newser) - A federal judge has ordered Kentucky taxpayers to pay more than $220,000 in legal fees because a county clerk refused to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples in 2015, the AP reports. US District Judge David Bunning on Friday ordered the state to pay $222,695 in fees to... More »

Colombia OKs What May Be World's First Legal 'Throuple'

'We wanted to validate our household,' says one of the 3 men in relationship

(Newser) - "We want to make what's intimate, public." So says 23-year-old Victor Hugo Prada, who is gearing up to marry the two loves of his life after Colombia agreed to legalize a three-way union between Prada and his two boyfriends—perhaps the first such legalized "throuples" union... More »

Vote Marks 'Joyous Turning Point' in Germany

Same-sex marriage legalized despite 'no' vote from Merkel

(Newser) - Germany's lower house of Parliament agreed Friday to tweak its civil code to legalize same-sex marriage, with one gay-rights advocate calling the moment a "joyous turning point," the Washington Post reports. The New York Times notes this places Germany, which legalized civil partnerships in 2001, among more... More »

Church Scores Big Victory at Supreme Court

Justices say Missouri was wrong to deny state funds for playground

(Newser) - The Supreme Court's big headline on Monday involved partially instating President Trump's travel ban, but it was far from the only consequential development on the last day of the court's term . In a big church-state ruling, the court sided with the church. Justices ruled 7-2 that the... More »

Gay Couple's Lawsuit Against Kentucky Clerk Resurrected

David Ermold and David Moore can sue Kim Davis, appeals court rules

(Newser) - A same-sex couple denied a marriage license for months by Kentucky county clerk Kim Davis can sue her for damages, a federal appeals court ruled Tuesday. The damages lawsuit from David Ermold and David Moore was declared moot by a lower court due to the fact that a new state... More »

9 Faculty Quitting After College Mandates Abortion Opposition

The private college is also mandating opposition to gay marriage

(Newser) - A private North Carolina Christian college is insisting that its faculty and staff sign a document that opposes same-sex marriage and abortion, the AP reports. One faculty member says she and eight of her colleagues have refused to sign it and are leaving the school. News media outlets report that... More »

NC Lawmaker: Lincoln Was 'Same Sort of Tyrant' as Hitler

Rep. Larry Pittman lashed out after failure to restore gay marriage ban

(Newser) - A Republican lawmaker in North Carolina is taking a lot of flak for comparing the first Republican president to Adolf Hitler. State Rep. Larry Pittman of Cabarrus likened Abraham Lincoln to Hitler on Wednesday after a commenter on Facebook criticized a bill he'd introduced to ignore federal rulings and... More »

Boss Walks Woman Down Aisle When Dad Refuses

He was 'very supportive' of gay wedding ceremony

(Newser) - Jennifer and Sam share the same blood type and birth date, down to the year, but that's not what makes them a perfect match. In a video posted to YouTube by Jennifer's employer, HSBC Bank—pointed out by Mashable —the Taiwanese couple explain they make each other... More »

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