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David Coburn: “equality Nazis stopped a referendum on gay marriage”

David Coburn

David Coburn, the leader of UKIP in Scotland blamed “equality nazis” for stopping a referendum on “gay marriage” “like in Ireland”. UKIP Scotland’s leader and Member of the European Parliament (MEP) tweeted at Nicola Sturgeon saying: ”I wanted a referendum on gay marriage like Ireland the equality nazis stopped that.” @mjkeatings @SoarAlba59 @theSNP @NicolaSturgeon I wanted a referendum on gay ...

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Guernsey votes to introduce same-sex marriage

Flag of Guernsey

Marriage equality is set to be introduced in Guernsey after a vote by the island’s government today. The motion to introduce same-sex marriage was approved by an overwhelming majority of the Policy Council, with 37 for and 7 against. Two alternative options for introducing same-sex civil partnerships or bringing in a single legal form for all – Union Civile – ...

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Congratulations Ireland: From today same-sex couples can marry

Yes Ireland

Ireland’s same-sex couples can now marry after marriage equality has been signed into law last week. Existing same-sex marriages registered abroad will be immediately recognised in Ireland, while other couples can now register their intention to marry. A referendum in May this year saw 62% of voters say ‘Yes’ to marriage equality, which lead to the legislation of the Marriage ...

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Northern Ireland MLAs vote for same-sex marriage – but motion vetoed by DUP

Stormont

Northern Ireland’s Stormont voted today for marriage equality but the move was blocked by The Democratic Unionist Party (DUP). For the first time in five over the last three years the bill received a majority of MLAs vote: 53 voted for and 52 voted against marriage equality. However the motion was blocked because the DUP tabled a ‘petition of concern’ ...

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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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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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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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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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