Pope's US visit a chance to mend fences with conservatives

Pope Francis has electrified Roman Catholics in the United States with the open, accepting tone he has brought to the role, and his first visit later this year is expected to draw more than a million followers eager to set eyes on him.

Slovakia plans referendum on same-sex marriage, adoption

Slovakia will hold a referendum in February on whether to maintain a ban on same-sex marriage in the largely Roman Catholic EU member, President Andrej Kiska said on Thursday.

 

US high court gives green light to same-sex marriage in Kansas

The US Supreme Court on Wednesday authorized same-sex marriages to be held in Kansas, the 33rd state of 50 where it is legal, in addition to the federal capital Washington.

US to recognise same-sex marriage in 6 more states

The federal government is recognising gay marriage in six more states and extending federal benefits to those couples, Attorney General Eric Holder has announced.

SC ruling gives big boost to gay marriages in US

The United States Supreme Court has rejected appeals against gay marriages in five states including, Indiana, Utah, Oklahoma, Virginia and Wisconsin.

Gay couples rush to courthouses in five U.S. states after Supreme Court decision

When Jim Crowder saw a news headline on his cellphone on Monday morning that a Supreme Court decision had made gay marriage legal again in Indiana, he immediately called his partner of 31 years. 

Gay couples cheer U.S. Supreme Court move, make wedding, family plans

Marina Gomberg was in bed on Monday morning when she heard the news that the U.S. Supreme Court had effectively made gay marriage legal again in Utah and she immediately started dreaming that she and her wife could become mothers.

US Supreme Court declines to take up gay marriage cases

The US Supreme Court declined on Monday to hear gay marriage cases from five states, opening the door to more same-sex weddings while putting off a nationwide decision on the hot-button issue.

Australian same-sex marriage support hits record-high: Poll

Support for same-sex marriage has reached a record high in Australia, a poll showed Tuesday, as pressure mounts on Prime Minister Tony Abbott to allow a conscience vote on the issue.

US federal judge strikes down Pennsylvania law barring gay marriage

A federal judge on Tuesday struck down Pennsylvania`s ban on same-sex marriage, the latest in a series of court decisions across the country confirming gay couples` rights to wed.

Arkansas issues same-sex marriage licenses

Gay marriage has arrived in the Bible Belt in the US South, beginning with two women who had travelled overnight to ensure they`d be first in line.

UN rights chief slams Nigeria ban on gay marriage

The UN rights chief, Navi Pillay, has said Nigeria`s recent ban on same-sex marriage violated human rights and the nation`s constitution.

Myanmar couple in `first public gay wedding ceremony

While the law is not strictly enforced, activists have long complained of harassment and discrimination.

Couple sues US state over same-sex marriage

A Kentucky couple Friday sued the state, seeking to force it to issue same-sex marriage licenses after a federal judge ruled earlier this week that the state must recognize the unions if they are performed in other states or countries.

Virginia gay-marriage ban unconstitutional: US judge

A federal judge in Virginia ruled Thursday that the state`s ban on same-sex marriage was unconstitutional, on the heels of two similar rulings in other US states.

Nigeria outlaws same-sex marriage and civil unions

Nigeria`s President Goodluck Jonathan has approved a bill banning gay marriage and same-sex partnerships that sparked international condemnation, his spokesman said on Monday.

Lily Tomlin marries longtime partner, collaborator Jane Wagner

Actress Lily Tomlin has married her longtime partner and comedy collaborator Jane Wagner, Tomlin`s publicist said on Tuesday.

US Supreme Court temporarily blocks gay marriage in Utah

The US Supreme Court on Monday temporarily blocked gay marriages in Utah pending the western state`s appeal of a federal judge`s ruling allowing same-sex marriage.

Religious groups hail SC verdict on homosexuality

Hailing the Supreme Court verdict against homosexuality, thirteen heads of religious groups and NGOs in Rajasthan warned the UPA government against favouring gay or lesbian freedom.

Utah`s same-sex marriage ban returns to court

Hundreds of gay couples were expected to hurry for marriage licenses in Utah on Monday before the state`s same-sex marriage ban returned to court.