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Tag Archives: Equal Marriage

Congratulations! Scotland allows conversion of overseas same-sex civil partnerships into marriages

Rainbow lights on Edinburgh Castle

Same-sex civil partnerships from outside Scotland can now be converted into equal marriage, from this morning. Couples who have a civil partnership registered abroad or elsewhere in the UK can from today marry in Scotland, thanks to an extension to existing legislation. From Monday 2 November, civil partners registered outside Scotland will be able to change their relationship to a ...

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Irish president signs marriage equality into law

Yes Ireland

Five months after the widely celebrated referendum, marriage equality has become a reality for same-sex couples in Ireland. The Presidential Commission, in place of President Michael D Higgins who currently visiting the US, signed the Marriage Act 2015 into law yesterday. Ireland became the first nation to introduce same-sex marriage by popular vote in May with the overwhelming Yes vote from ...

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Maggie Chapman: civil partnerships should be available to all couples

Yesterday, the Scottish Government published its consultation on the future of Civil Partnerships in Scotland. I was just as surprised as many equality and human rights campaigners were that it appears the Government seems to be ruling out the introduction of opposite sex civil partnerships in Scotland. For many years, Scottish Greens and others campaigned for marriage equality, and we were delighted ...

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Scottish Government launch biased consultation on civil partnership

Scottish Government

The Scottish Government have today published their consultation on the future of civil partnership, outlining three options but stating they are not in favour of full equality. Equality and human rights campaigners have expressed their surprise and disappointment with the government’s bias against full equality in its consultation. The Scottish government outlined three options: 1) civil partnership would remain available for ...

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Nicola Sturgeon helps Highlands gay couple say I do

Nicola Sturgeon, Pawel Najda and Ian Johnstone

During a public meeting in Oban Pawel Najda asked the help of First Minister to propose to his boyfriend, Ian Johstone. Pawel, who kneeled down and with Nicola’s help proposed to Ian, who delighted them both by answering “I do.” She later took to tweeter stating: Fave moment of #Oban public meeting tonight captured in this pic 1/2… pic.twitter.com/RIVzibyawa — ...

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Amnesty: Marriage equality is coming to Northern Ireland

Amnesty

Marriage equality is coming to Northern Ireland – that’s the message that a Belfast audience will hear this evening from Colm O’Gorman, Executive Director of Amnesty International Ireland and one of the leading voices in the successful campaign for a Yes vote in the recent Irish referendum. O’Gorman is set to deliver Amnesty International’s annual Belfast Pride lecture, with the ...

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Women and Equalities Committee launch transgender equality inquiry

Inquiry into equality for transgender people

The Women and Equalities Committee of the House of Commons has announced it is undertaking an inquiry into equality for transgender people. The inquiry will consider how far, and in what ways, trans people still have yet to achieve full equality; and how the outstanding issues can most effectively be addressed. The deadline for written evidence is 21 August and ...

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Does LibDem leader Tim Farron think gay sex is sinful?

Tim Farron

The new Liberal Democrat leader, Tim Farron, has created controversy by refusing to answer a question on whether he believed gay sex is sinful, yesterday on TV. KaleidoScot takes a closer look at his statements and his past views hearing some critical assessment of Farron’s position. Farron, who defeated former health minister Norman Lamb in the race to replace outgoing leader ...

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EU Vice President: marriage equality should be legal across Europe

Frans Timmermans

The Vice President of the European Commission, Frans Timmermans, has called for marriage equality to be legalised across Europe. He said that this could be achieved by a legislation that would force member states, who have not legalised marriage equality, to recognise same-sex marriages or unions conducted in other member states. Timmermans made made this statement during an Equality Gala in ...

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US Supreme court rules marriage equality nationwide

US Supreme Court

The United Sates Supreme Court has made a historic ruling instituting marriage equality nationwide annulling any local state-bans. In essence the court ruled that same-sex couples have the constitutional right to marry nationwide, and that individual states cannot oppose this right. The US Supreme Court ruled by 5-4 votes requiring all 50 states and all U.S. territories to recognise all legally-performed marriages ...

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