Gay marriage bill introduced to Australian Parliament

 A bill to legalise same-sex marriage in Australia was introduced in Parliament on Monday.

Australian PM Tony Abbott stymies gay marriage push, for now

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott said Wednesday his government would remain opposed to gay marriage during the current parliament, but suggested the issue could be put to a popular vote after the next election.

Couples apply for first same-sex marriage licenses in Philippines

 Two same-sex Philippine couples applied for marriage licences Monday in a first for the conservative Catholic nation, but were promptly rejected by the government.

Tokyo`s largest district OKs same-sex partner certificates

Tokyo`s largest district has said it will start issuing "partnership" certificates to same-sex couples from November, becoming the second in Japan to recognise such unions following a pioneering move by the capital`s bustling Shibuya ward.

Cara Delevingne lauds changing attitude towards same-sex marriages
Cara Delevingne lauds changing attitude towards same-sex marriages

Model-actress Cara Delevingne says it's "wonderful" that the world is becoming more accepting of same-sex marriages.

"Conscience vote" may help Australia decide on same-sex marriage

 Australia will soon decide whether to legalise same-sex marriage under a cross-party bill which may allow parliament members to vote according to their conscience, rather than along party lines, media reported on Wednesday.

Ian McKellen happy about Supreme Court's same-sex marriage verdict
Ian McKellen happy about Supreme Court's same-sex marriage verdict

Hollywood star Ian McKellen has supported the Supreme Court's decision that same-sex couples have the right to marry anywhere in the US.

Shooting at gay pride event at San Francisco in US
Shooting at gay pride event at San Francisco in US

Just a couple of days after the US Supreme Court in a remarkable decision allowed same-sex marriages across all US states, things went wrong at a gay pride event in San Francisco on Sunday with an argument culminating into someone getting shot at.

Gay pride events in Latin America seek more rights

Marchers in several Latin American nations including Chile and Mexico pressed for more gay rights Saturday, with many celebrating the US Supreme Court`s historic decision allowing same-sex couples to wed.

Thousands celebrate Dublin Pride after marriage vote

Tens of thousands of revellers created a carnival atmosphere on the streets of Dublin on Saturday in the first gay Pride parade since Ireland became the first country in the world to vote for same-sex marriage.

US celebrities praise gay marriage ruling

Pop stars, Hollywood celebrities and even a few sporting figures were quick to join the chorus of praise Friday after the US Supreme Court legalized gay marriage across the country.

New York celebrates Supreme Court same-sex ruling

With streamers whizzing through the air and rainbow flags fluttering from City Hall, New Yorkers gave a joyous welcome to Friday`s Supreme Court decision legalizing same-sex marriage nationwide.

Pacific`s tiny Pitcairn Island legalises same-sex marriage
Pacific`s tiny Pitcairn Island legalises same-sex marriage

Tiny Pitcairn Island, a one-time hideout for mutineers with a population of just 50, has legalised same-sex marriage, official documents show.

No difference in kids with same-sex, opposite-sex parents: Study

Scientists agree that children raised by same-sex couples are no worse off than children raised by parents of the opposite sex, according to a new study co-authored by a University of Oregon professor.  

No negative impact on children of same sex couples

This is sure a thought out of the closet. A recent study finds that children of same-sex parents experience 'no difference' on a range of social and behavioural outcomes compared to children of heterosexual or single parents.

Australia faces gay marriage pressure

Australia`s opposition Labor party introduced a bill into parliament Monday aimed at legalising same-sex marriage, stepping up pressure on Prime Minister Tony Abbott to allow a conscience vote on the issue.

Mormon leader L. Tom Perry dies at 92, opposed same-sex marriage

Mormon leader L. Tom Perry, the oldest member of the faith`s highest governing body and who spoke against same-sex marriage, died from cancer on Saturday at age 92, the church said.

Ireland turns out for historic vote on gay marriage

Turnout was reported to be high in Ireland's referendum today on whether same-sex marriage should become legal, a vote which has exposed deep divisions in the traditionally Catholic nation.

Baker found guilty in North Ireland `gay cake` case

A Christian bakery in Northern Ireland was on Tuesday found guilty of discrimination for refusing to bake a cake advocating gay marriage in a landmark legal case brought by local authorities.

Ireland prepares historic referendum on gay marriage

Ireland could become the first country in the world to vote for same-sex marriage in a historic referendum this week in this traditionally Catholic nation.