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Romeo and Juliet Balcony Now Open to Same-Sex Couples

Italian landmark can now be used for same-sex civil unions

(Newser) - One of Italy's most popular spots for lovers—the balcony in Verona where Romeo supposedly pitched woo at Juliet—will soon be available to all couples, the Guardian reports. The Verona city council announced this week that all municipal venues used for heterosexual wedding ceremonies must also be available... More »

Straight Couple Loses Court Fight for Civil Union

They think marriage is 'patriarchal,' but UK judge rejects challenge

(Newser) - A heterosexual couple in the UK has lost the first legal battle in an unusual equality fight. Rebecca Steinfeld, 34, and Charles Keidan, 39—who've been together since 2010 and have an 8-month-old baby—petitioned the High Court to grant them a civil partnership because they see marriage as... More »

Here's a Better Way to Define Marriage, Civil Union

Essay: Government should get out of the romance department

(Newser) - It didn't take long after the Supreme Court's decision in favor of gay marriage for the next potential legal challenge to surface: Should polygamists be allowed to marry? The debate over what "marriage" means will begin anew, but Froma Harrop thinks there's a more fundamental question... More »

Costa Rica May Have Just Legalized Gay Marriage ... Accidentally

Some are interpreting new bill as legalizing same-sex unions

(Newser) - Um ... whoops? Costa Rica's Legislative Assembly passed a bill Monday, and conservative lawmakers didn't realize until Tuesday that the bill could very well have just legalized same-sex civil unions, Tico Times reports, citing La Nación . Seems the lawmakers failed to recognize language that one leftist lawmaker inserted... More »

Arizona City Flaunts State, OKs Same-Sex Civil Unions

Bisbee threatened with legal action

(Newser) - Local bumper stickers hail Bisbee, Arizona, as a "liberal oasis in a conservative desert," and the small city made good on that reputation last night: Despite warnings from the state's attorney general, it became the first in the state to legalize same-sex civil unions. After three hours... More »

Civil Unions Now Legal in Colorado

It's a long-awaited moment, Gov. Hickenlooper tells crowd

(Newser) - It's official: Civil unions are legal in Colorado. Governor John Hickenlooper signed the bill into law yesterday before a big and emotional crowd. "Dearly beloved," said bill sponsor state Sen. Pat Steadman, to cheers. "We're going to make history." The bill marks a major... More »

Bergoglio Backed Gay Civil Unions

Compromise offer shocked Argentine bishops

(Newser) - Pope Francis has made some uncompromising statements on issues like gay marriage but he also has a strong pragmatic streak that could hint at changes to come for the Catholic church, the New York Times finds. As the church in Argentina fought to prevent the legalization of gay marriage in... More »

Colorado OKs Civil Unions

Backers vow to push for same-sex marriage next

(Newser) - Add Colorado to the list of states that will recognize same-sex partnerships, although lawmakers today approved civil unions, not full marriages, reports the Denver Post . Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper will sign the measure into law in May, and activists promised to keep pushing for recognition of marriage itself. The vote... More »

Brazil Accepts 3-Person Civil Union

Man and two women have lived together 3 years

(Newser) - A new frontier in civil unions: A notary public in Brazil has sanctioned a three-person union among a man and two women, reports the BBC . The three don't appear to be publicity seekers out to take a stand—in fact, this happened months ago and just came to light... More »

Colorado GOP Kills Civil Unions Bill—Again

Second time in a week measure has been defeated

(Newser) - Colorado’s civil unions measure died for the second time in less than a week yesterday, this time during a special session of the Colorado Legislature. The bill—which had already passed the state Senate and had enough Republican support in the House to pass—was first killed after a... More »

62% of US Backs Same-Sex Unions

And younger generation is much more likely to support gay marriage: poll

(Newser) - Nearly two-thirds of Americans support same-sex unions, though not necessarily marriage, a new CBS News /New York Times poll finds. While 38% of respondents said gay couples should be allowed to marry, another 24% said they should be granted legal rights via civil unions, for a grand total of 62%... More »

Obama: Gay Marriage Should Be Legal

Says it's clear to him now after his own evolution on the issue

(Newser) - President Obama stepped into the fray over gay marriage in a big way today, telling ABC News flatly that he thinks it should be legal. Here's the big quote from the interview with Robin Roberts, which will air on the evening news:
  • "I have to tell you that
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In Bizarre Session, Colo. House Kills Civil Unions Bill

Republicans, Democrats at an impasse

(Newser) - An intense game of political chicken regarding civil union legislation took place last night in the Colorado House of Representatives, and when neither side backed down, the session ended in an impasse. The legislation to allow civil unions will not get a vote because the Legislature adjourns today, and a... More »

North Carolina Approves Ban on Gay Marriage

Amendment to state's constitution passes

(Newser) - North Carolina will make a ban on gay marriage part of its state constitution. Voters tonight approved a measure that defines marriage as a union between a man and a woman, reports AP . The state already has a law against gay marriage, but legislators wanted to make sure it couldn'... More »

North Carolina Gay Marriage Ban Likely to Pass Today

Amendment would also ban other types of unions

(Newser) - North Carolina heads to the polls today, and the ballot issue getting the most attention is the state’s proposed ban on gay marriage . Though same-sex marriage has gotten some high-level support in the past few days, supporters of the amendment have been marching and running ads of their own... More »

Rhode Island OKs Same-Sex Civil Unions

Joins growing list of states legalizing gay partnerships

(Newser) - Just days after New York legalized gay marriage, Rhode Island has passed its own law approving civil unions among same-sex couples. "From hospital visitation rights, medical decision-making powers, equal state tax treatment, we have moved one step in the right direction to ensuring that individuals receive equal rights and... More »

Civil Unions Now Legal in Delaware

Governor Jack Markell signs bill in party-like ceremony

(Newser) - Governor Jack Markell signed a law granting same-sex couples the right to form civil unions in Delaware last night, in a packed and celebratory event at the Queen Theatre in Wilmington. “Tonight, we say to loving and committed couples across the state … ‘Your love is equally valid... More »

Holder Bars Deportation of Gay Man in Civil Union

With DOMA in question, Eric Holder wants case reviewed

(Newser) - The attorney general made the surprising move of suspending the deportation of a gay man in a civil union with a US citizen yesterday. The AP reports that Holder has asked the Board of Immigration Appeals to reconsider its decision. The board had called for the deportation of Paul Wilson... More »

Hawaii Governor Signs Civil Unions Into Law

Becomes 7th state to recognize legal status

(Newser) - Hawaii governor Neil Abercrombie signed same-sex civil unions into law yesterday, calling it "a triumph for everyone" that gay and lesbian couples will have the same state rights as married partners. Civil unions in the Rainbow State will start Jan. 1, 2012, making Hawaii the seventh state to permit... More »

Facebook Recognizes Civil Unions

Move wins praise from rights groups

(Newser) - Facebook has won lots of "likes" from gay rights groups for expanding its list of relationship status options. The social networking giant has added "in a civil union" and "in a domestic partnership" to the list of choices, which also includes options like "single" and "... More »

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