Miller to Consider Straight Civil partnerships

Civil partnerships could be expanded to included heterosexual couples under government plans revealed last night, after culture secretary Maria Miller conceded a “review” into the future of the unions. However some MPs fear the amendment tabled at the last minute to the same sex marriage bill is actually designed to kick the issue into the long grass. On Monday the Marriage (Same …

France Votes for Same Sex Marriage and Adoption Rights

France is set to become the 14th nation in the world to legalise same-sex marriage, after the National Assembly passed it in a final vote after months of debate and heated protests. The ruling Socialist party and their allies in the lower house of the National Assembly passed the bill 331 in favour – 225 against, giving same-sex couples the legal right to …

Mormons Separate 'Is' from 'Does'

The Church of Latter Day Saints, aka the Mormons or LDS have recognised that homosexuality is not a sin but acting upon it is. This position, as laid out on the website Mormons and Gays, is an update on the Church’s previous total intolerance position. It also brings the Church into line with Anglican church’s approach to LGB people who enter …

Social change will take time, Olympian says

Gay New Zealand Olympian Blake Skjellerup has welcomed the passage of the marriage equality law, saying it reflects the fact that New Zealand stands resolutely against discrimination, but points out there is still progress to be made.   The speedskater is a GLBT youth advocate and patron of the QSA (Queer-Straight Alliance) Network Aotearoa. The group says the Bill’s passage …

Hollande Denounces Homophobia

French President Francois Hollande hit out at “homophobic” acts by opponents of a same-sex marriage bill following violent protests that included an attack on a gay bar. The interior minister asked protest organisers to throw out members of far-right organisations who have been involved in the violence, as opposition intensifies ahead of the bill’s expected final approval. “Homophobic acts, violent …

New Zealand Passes Same Sex Marriage Bill

New Zealand’s same-sex marriage legislation has gone through its final stage and the forward thinking nation will now be the 13th state in the world to recognise same sex marriage and the first in the pacific Asia region. Sadly, Australian PM Julia Gillard wasted no time in asserting that NZ’s nextdoor neighbour would not be following suit. This is no …

Same Sex Marriage One Step Closer in France

The French Senate has given its approval to a bill that would allow same-sex couples the right to marry and adopt. “This law will allow gay people to no longer be clandestine in their families and in the Republic,” Family Minister Dominique Bertinotti said in the Senate on Friday. AP reports the bill will formally become law in the coming months, once …

Archbishop Opens Out on Same Sex Couples and Women

The head of the Church of England has said some gay couples have loving and monogamous relationships of “stunning quality” – and he believes a woman will one day be made an archbishop. The Most Rev Justin Welby said he backed traditional Church teaching on homosexuality but told BBC News: “You see gay relationships that are just stunning in the …

Marriage? Yes but not for Me

Author Narvel Annable writes about his feelings re-same-sex marriage: I’ll never get married but I’ll fight for the rights of other gay people to be wed Responding to the Derby Telegraph Soapbox, December 31st, Let’s hope for same-sex marriage progress in 2013, I received a letter from John.  It was challenging, thoughtful and a well constructed argument around speeches in the House of …

Richard Adams Dies

One of the world’s longest campaigners for same sex marriage has died. Richard Adams married his partner Tony Sullivan in Colorado in 1975. His marriage was legal within the state but when he sought to have his partner – who is Australian – recognised as his spouse a legal battle that has never ended was set-off. The couple were once …