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.

'Irish vote for gay marriage a defeat for humanity'

Last weekend`s referendum vote in Ireland to approve same-sex marriage was "a defeat for humanity," the Vatican secretary of state, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, said.

Tide turning in Italy over gay marriage

Italian public opinion has moved decisively in favour of legally recognising same sex couples after Ireland`s "Yes" to gay marriage, the first poll issued since the landmark referendum revealed Wednesday.

U2 dedicate pride song to gay marriage voters in Ireland
U2 dedicate pride song to gay marriage voters in Ireland

 U2 marked history in their native Ireland at a gig in Arizona by dedicating their anthem "Pride" (In The Name Of Love) to those who voted in favour of gay marriage hours before the band hit the stage.

Colin Farrell praises Ireland voters for legalising gay marriage
Colin Farrell praises Ireland voters for legalising gay marriage

 Actor Colin Farrell is all praise for Ireland after it became the world's first country to legalise same-sex marriage by a popular vote.

Church unnerved by Ireland`s huge `Yes` to gay marriage

The once-dominant Catholic Church in Ireland was trying to come to terms Sunday with an overwhelming vote in favour of gay marriage, saying it needed a "new language" to connect to people.

Church reels after Ireland's huge 'Yes' to gay marriage

The once all-powerful Catholic Church in Ireland was trying to come to terms today with the country's overwhelming vote to allow gay marriage and confront the "social revolution" behind it.

Australian PM resists gay marriage referendum push
Australian PM resists gay marriage referendum push

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott Sunday said his country would not follow Ireland`s lead and hold a referendum on gay marriage, adding that any decisions would be made by parliament.

Ireland celebrates after huge `Yes` to gay marriage
Ireland celebrates after huge `Yes` to gay marriage

Ireland on Sunday celebrated a historic referendum approving gay marriage, as the once all-powerful Catholic Church reflected on the need for a "reality check" to keep in touch with changing times.

Irish Catholic leader says Church needs `reality check`
Irish Catholic leader says Church needs `reality check`

A top Irish Catholic leader said that the Church needed a "reality check" as preliminary results on Saturday showed a referendum for gay marriage had been approved in what he called a "social revolution".

Irish Catholic leader says Church needs 'reality check'

Ireland`s top Catholic leader said that the Church needed a "reality check" as preliminary results on Saturday showed a referendum for gay marriage had been approved in what he called a "social revolution".

Couple plan big day as Ireland set to back gay marriage

As hundreds of cheering Irish people waving rainbow flags celebrated Ireland's apparent vote to allow gay marriage on Saturday, one lesbian couple had particular cause to celebrate as they finalise their wedding plans.

Leading `No` figure concedes in Irish gay marriage vote

 A leading campaigner against gay marriage conceded defeat in Ireland`s historic referendum on the issue Saturday as the official count took place.

Ireland becomes first country to vote in favour of gay marriage
Ireland becomes first country to vote in favour of gay marriage

Gay couples flocked to central Dublin to celebrate a "historic watershed" on Saturday as a large majority in the traditionally Catholic country voted to allow same-sex marriage, the culmination of a four-decade struggle for gay rights.

Irish vote on gay marriage in landmark referendum

The Irish voted on Friday on whether to allow gay marriage, just two decades after Ireland became the last country in Western Europe to decriminalise homosexuality.

Polls open for Irish referendum on gay marriage

Ireland goes to the polls on Friday to vote on whether same-sex marriage should be legal, in a referendum that has exposed sharp divisions between communities in this 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.

U.S. top court divided on gay marriage, Kennedy appears pivotal

The U.S. Supreme Court appeared sharply divided on Tuesday on whether the Constitution guarantees a right to same-sex marriage, but pivotal Justice Anthony Kennedy seemed to inch cautiously towards legalizing gay nuptials nationwide.

Timeline: Key events in the history of U.S. gay rights

The Supreme Court case that will decide whether states can ban gay marriage marks another milestone in the history of the American gay rights movement.