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Same-sex marriage in Australia legalised on the 9th December 2017. The Marriage Amendment (Definition and Religious Freedoms) Act 2017. Australian Parliament passed this on the  7th December 2017 and received royal assent from the Governor-General the following day. It was the law on the 9th of December. This immediately recognising overseas same-sex marriages. The first same-sex wedding under Australian law was held on 15 December 2017. a voluntary postal survey of all Australians 61.6% of respondents voted yes for the legalisation of same-sex marriage. Other types of recognition for same-sex couples are also available. Under federal law, same-sex couples are recognised as de facto relationships. This provides most of the same rights and responsibilities afforded to married couples. Those rights may be difficult to assert and not always recognised in practice. There is no national civil union or relationships register scheme in Australia. Most states and territories legislated for civil unions or domestic partnership registries. Such unions are recognised as de facto relationships under federal law.

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A lesbian couple has married in Ecuador’s first same-sex wedding after a landmark court ruling last month. Michelle Avilés and Alexandra Chávez tied the knot on Thursday (local time) at the civil registry office in the Ecuadorean city of Guayaquil. The couple have been together for four years and told local media they plan to …

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British MPs have passed legislation that may finally bring marriage equality to Northern Ireland. Northern Ireland is the only part of the UK and Ireland where same-sex marriage is still illegal. The UK government passed marriage equality in 2013. Ireland legalised same-sex marriage in a 2015 referendum, becoming the first country in the world to …

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Police charged John Martin, an anti LGBTIQ clergyman from Alabama, with four counts of sexual abuse of a child after he admitted “an affair” to his congregation. According to news reports, the Baptist pastor admitted to ‘inappropriate relationships with young men’. In fact, he molested at least one boy from the church on multiple occasions. …

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Firstly this week, the National Assembly of Bhutan voted to decriminalise homosexuality. Then the High Court in Botswana ruled to do the same. Lastly, in Ecuador the Constitutional Court yesterday ruled to allow same-sex marriage in the Andean country.  Judges ruled 5-4 to approve same-sex marriage as they also  granted two gay couples the right …

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Matthew Mitcham has announced he has gotten engaged to his partner Luke Rutherford. The Olympic gold medalist announced the happy news on his Instagram after Luke proposed over the weekend. “He got down on both knees, I said yes, and now we’re engaged,” Mitcham wrote, showing off his engagement ring. Luke added on his own …

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Gold Coast champion ironwoman Hayley Bateup has married her longtime partner April at a surprise wedding ceremony. Hayley told the Gold Coast Bulletin she kept the wedding plans a secret from April. Instead, she told her they were attending her “40ish” birthday party and both wore suits. The couple have been engaged for seven years. …

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A Hong Kong government lawyer has told the country’s top court marriage would “no longer be special” if same-sex marriage is legalised. Taiwan became the first place in Asia to legalise same-sex marriages earlier this month. More than 300 couples tied the knot in jubilant scenes in the country last Friday. Meanwhile, a Hong Kong …

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Li Huanwu, the nephew of Singapore’s Prime Minister, has tied the knot with his partner in South Africa. Same-sex marriage is not legal in Singapore, and gay sex is still illegal under the country’s Colonial-era Penal Code. Huanwu and his partner Heng Yirui shared the news of their marriage late last week. Yirui shared photos …

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Around 300 same-sex couples in Taiwan tied the knot on the first day of the country’s same-sex marriage legislation coming into effect. Taiwan made history last week when it became the first Asian nation to legalise same-sex marriage. More than 150 same-sex couples were scheduled to register marriages in capital city Taipei alone on Friday, …

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Taiwan’s parliament has passed same-sex marriage legislation in a historic first for Asia. The country’s government passed legislation on Friday allowing same-sex couples legal marriage rights, including in areas such as taxes, insurance and adoption. Ahead of the vote, Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen said, “Today, we have a chance to make history and show the …

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