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Italy Is Finally On Its Way To Legalizing Civil Unions

Stefano Baldolini | Posted 01.19.2016 | World
Stefano Baldolini

After 20 years of negotiations, a solution seems to be within reach. Italy should be able to avoid further condemnation by the European Court of Human Rights, which has asked the country to legally recognize same-sex couples.

Great News For Chile's LGBT Community

Associated Press | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

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After Ireland, The Pressure Is On Italy To Legalize Same-Sex Unions

The Huffington Post | Nick Robins-Early | Posted 05.30.2015 | World

Every week, we bring you one overlooked aspect of the stories that made news in recent days. You noticed the media forgot all about another story's ba...

Are The US Territories Still Too Conservative For Same-Sex Marriage?

AP | DAVID CRARY | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

While more than 70 percent of U.S. states now allow same-sex marriage, the waves of change have yet to reach America's far-flung and socially conserva...

The Catholic Church: Debate Makes It Stronger

Stephen Seufert | Posted 03.30.2015 | Religion
Stephen Seufert

It's no secret many view Pope Francis as liberal and Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia as conservative. While Archbishop Chaput said such political labels are not useful and flawed, there's certainly a difference between the two men.

Boy Was I Right About Gay Marriage!

Jeremy Helligar | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Jeremy Helligar

Marriage is an outdated institution whose symbolic significance has been cheapened by the sheer number of people who casually enter and exit it. But why single out gay marriage as the problem when it's straight people who have been abusing it all along?

Kate Sheppard

Cardinal Dolan Says Pope's Remarks On Civil Unions Aren't Necessarily An Endorsement | Kate Sheppard | Posted 03.09.2014 | Religion

WASHINGTON -- Cardinal Timothy Dolan of the Archdiocese of New York said Sunday that Pope Francis' recent remarks on same-sex civil unions should not ...

Gay Couples Sue To Overturn Colorado's Same-Sex Marriage Ban

The Huffington Post | Matt Ferner | Posted 02.19.2014 | Politics

Nine gay couples living in Colorado filed a lawsuit in Denver District Court Wednesday seeking to overturn the state's ban on same-sex marriage. Th...

Both Liberals and Conservatives Are Wrong on Marriage

Noah Baron | Posted 03.02.2014 | College
Noah Baron

As the debate over marriage equality continues, two significant questions have consistently reared their heads: First, is marriage?; and second, who should regulate it?

A Big Step Forward For Gays In Greece?

Agence France Presse | | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

Civil unions should not be reserved for heterosexual couples, the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) ruled Thursday, condemning Greece for creating...

State Judge Reaffirms Call For Gay Marriage In New Jersey

AP | GEOFF MULVIHILL | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

TRENTON, N.J. — TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey judge has reaffirmed her call for the state to start issuing same-sex marriage licenses on O...

Gay Marriage Advocates Plead With Judge: Don't Delay Approval

AP | GEOFF MULVIHILL | Posted 10.04.2013 | Politics

-- Gay-rights advocates on Friday asked a New Jersey judge to proceed with implementation of her order that the state start allowing same-sex marriag...

The Colorado Recall Elections vs. Common Sense

Michael Sargeant | Posted 11.02.2013 | Politics
Michael Sargeant

On September 10, 2013, Colorado voters in two state Senate districts will go to the polls for a special election. The central question on the ballot i...

The New Jersey Litigants Are Both Right

Jackie Gardina | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Jackie Gardina

If a state is willing to provide marital benefits to a couple, shouldn't the federal government be prepared to do the same? It's not a bad question.

A Marriage By Any Other Name

Jackie Gardina | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Jackie Gardina

This month a Kentucky judge will decide whether Geneva Case must testify against her spouse Bobbie Jo Clary despite a Kentucky law that exempts spouses from testifying against one another. If they were a legally married opposite-sex couple this would be an easy decision. But they're not. They're two women who obtained a civil union.

Hearings Press State To Legalize Gay Marriage

AP | GEOFF MULVIHILL | Posted 10.15.2013 | Politics

TRENTON, N.J. — Lawyers for gay couples and New Jersey's government laid out their cases to a judge Thursday on whether she should order the sta...

County Official Defies State's Contentious Gay Marriage Ban

The Huffington Post | Chris Gentilviso | Posted 09.23.2013 | Politics

A Pennsylvania county official is standing up in the face of state's same-sex marriage ban. The Philadelphia Inquirer reported Tuesday that D. Bruc...

Legislative Democrats in Strong Position Heading Into 2014

Michael Sargeant | Posted 09.21.2013 | Politics
Michael Sargeant

From fighting for working families to ensuring that Americans have access to equal rights, Democrats are on the right side of voters and the right side of history, and we are in a solid position moving into the elections later this year, in 2014, and for elections to come.

Civil Unions in Tucson

A.J. Walkley | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
A.J. Walkley

On Tuesday, June 18, 2013, the City Council of Tucson, Ariz., approved an ordinance allowing same-sex couples to register for civil unions in a unanimous 6-0 vote, making the city the second in the state to pass this historic decision.

State Sees First Same-Sex Marriage Ceremony

AP | RANDALL CHASE | Posted 07.01.2013 | Politics

WILMINGTON, Del. -- A state senator and her partner have become the first same-sex couple to be legally wed in Delaware. Sen. Karen Peterson and her ...

The End of DOMA Means the End of Civil Unions

Paul Gorrell, Ph.D. | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Paul Gorrell, Ph.D.

While many want the gay marriage fight to be state by state, we need to remember that there are federal benefits for married couples that elude gay couples who are legally married all because of DOMA. If DOMA is struck down, there is one sure of victim of this victory: Civil Unions.

Marriage Equality Stalls in Illinois: An In-Depth Look

Waymon Hudson | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Waymon Hudson

It seems the long road to full equality in "The Prairie State" will continue to wind on, at least for now, as marriage equality supporters look ahead to both the veto session in the house and the current marriage lawsuit making its way through the Illinois court system brought by Lambda Legal and the ACLU.

Social Inclusion and Marriage Rights: Two Cheers for Marriage Equality

American Anthropological Association | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
American Anthropological Association

The times call for a more expansive social imagination: some legal recognition of and material support for the true existent variety of ways that people live and love in the 21st century. So why not return to our radical roots and question the centrality of marriage as the model for how to live?

Why the Argument Against Marriage Fails

Daniel Davidson | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Daniel Davidson

Neither my cousin nor my friend's father supports gay marriage. But they are not homophobes. They believe that the government has no business intruding into marriage at all and should do away with the entire institution in favor of civil unions for both straight and gay couples.

The Top 10 Arguments Against Gay Marriage: All Receive Failing Grades!

Murray Lipp | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Murray Lipp

There is no logical or reasonable basis for denying same-sex couples access to secular marriage laws. Opposing the inevitable (marriage equality) is a waste of time, money and energy.