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Netherlands: Two Thousand Protest Russia’s “Gay Propaganda” Law In Amsterdam

Monday, August 26th, 2013

NetherlandsGay-rights activists held a large protest in Amsterdam yesterday against Russia’s gay propaganda law and Pres. Vladimir Putin.

Edge Boston reports:

More than 2,000 gay rights supporters protested in Amsterdam’s largest square Sunday, carrying signs, singing songs and chanting slogans to condemn the Russian government’s homosexuality policies. Demonstrators especially criticized Russian President Vladimir Putin, with performers leading the crowd in cheering “Putin Out!” An enormous blow-up doll caricaturing the president flanked one side of the stage – flexing his muscles, bare-chested, and draped in a rainbow flag. Protesters said Sunday their main concern is the law adopted by Russia’s parliament in June making “propaganda of nontraditional sexual relations among minors” illegal.

In spite of all the protests and worldwide pressure, nothing seems be changing. The Olympics are still going to be held in Russia, the Olympic Committee is still supporting Russia, and corporate sponsors are still sponsoring this Olympics. It’s disheartening.

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Netherlands: Website Helps Dutch Catholics Leave Church Over Anti Marriage Equality Stance

Thursday, December 27th, 2012

Netherlands: Website Helps Dutch Catholics Leave Church Over Anti Marriage Equality StanceThousands of Dutch Catholics are researching how they can leave the church in protest at its opposition to gay marriage, according to the creator of a website aimed at helping them find the information.

Tom Roes, whose website allows people to download the documents needed to leave the church, said traffic on ontdopen.nl – “de-baptise.nl” – had soared from about 10 visits a day to more than 10,000 after Pope Benedict’s latest denunciation of gay marriage this month.

“Of course it’s not possible to be ‘de-baptized’ because a baptism is an event, but this way people can unsubscribe or de-register themselves as Catholics,” Roes told Reuters.

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Netherlands: Foreign Minister Chastises Pope For Anti Marriage Equality Stance

Wednesday, December 26th, 2012

Netherlands Foreign Minister Chastises Pope For Anti Marriage Equality StanceThe Dutch foreign minister has criticised Pope Benedict XVI for his opposition to equal marriage and warns the Catholic leader that everyone “is unique”.

Irish Times reports Frans Timmermans, a former diplomat, responded in unusually strong terms to the Pope’s Christmas speech in which he denounced equal marriage as destroying the very “essence of the human creature”.

The Pope also quoted the chief rabbi of France in saying the global campaign for marriage equality was an “attack” on the traditional family made up of a father, mother and children.

Authored By Scott Roberts – See the Full Story at Pink News

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Netherlands: How Marriage Equality Came to the Country

Saturday, December 8th, 2012

How Marriage Equality Came to the NetherlandsFrom where the two rights advocates sit, having tea in an old-fashioned high-ceilinged restaurant in Amsterdam’s central train station, the political drama surrounding gay marriage in countries like France, Britain and the United States seems far away.

Eunice den Hoedt, 38, an official with the Ministry of Education, is a lesbian, and Rene van Soeren, 54, a consultant, is gay. Neither has married, although as Dutch citizens, they’ve had that right for more than 11 years.

As board members of COC Netherlands, the world’s oldest gay rights organization, they still relish the political victory won in 2001 when marriage became an option for everyone here, gay as well as straight. The Netherlands was the first country to adopt such a law; since then, 10 others have followed.

Authored By Celestine Bohlen – See the Full Story at The New York Times

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Netherlands: Government to Extend Parental Rights to Gay and Lesbian Couples

Wednesday, October 24th, 2012

Netherlands: Government to extend Parental Rights to Gay and Lesbian CouplesThe Government in the Netherlands is looking to change the law to take into account its 25,000 LGBT families, and issues faced by step-parents or sperm donors.

The extension would mean that children could have three or more parents, taking into account the biological parents of children of same-sex couples.

Wiebe Alkema, a spokesperson for the justice ministry said it “is going to investigate and see what the possibilities are for recognising three parents or more per family,” AFP reported.

Authored By Joseph Patrick McCormick – See the Full Story at Pink News

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Netherlands: Gay Immigrants Can Get Temporary Residency to Stay With Partner

Friday, November 18th, 2011

Netherlands Gay Couples - Residency permitThe Netherlands is to introduce a temporary residency permit for gay would-be immigrants who want to move to be with a Dutch partner but cannot do so because they are not married.

At the moment, foreign partners can only move to the Netherlands under family reunion rules if they are married or have a legally-binding relationship.

But gay couples cannot either marry or register their relationship in many countries, so the government is introducing the short-term marriage permit to help them get married and live together in the Netherlands. Once the couple has tied the knot, the permit can be swapped for an ordinary residency permit.

Full Story from SDGLN

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Netherlands: Town of Urk Supports Anti Gay Officiants

Thursday, November 17th, 2011

NetherlandsThe Dutch town of Urk, known for its many churches and fishing traditions, says it will not dismiss public servants refusing to officiate at gay weddings, despite an adopted law proposal by parliament.

In a statement seen by BosNewsLife Thursday, November 17, Urk’s local government said it has employed seven registrars. “Four of them refuse to marry gays and lesbians. If the government decides they must be dismissed, Urk refuses to do so. Homosexuals can still be married by the other three officials.”

Urk’s announcement came after Dutch parliament on Tuesday, November 15, supported a motion to crackdown on at least 104 known civil servants refusing to oversee same-sex marriages.

Full Story from BosNewsLife

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Netherlands: Registrar Who Refused to Marry Gay Couples is Fired

Thursday, November 10th, 2011

The registrar in question is Wim Pijl, a former councillor for the Christian Union. In a recent interview with national newspaper Trouw he said he had strong moral objections against marrying gay and a lesbian couples.

The interview prompted a meeting with council officials in which Mr Pijl refused to retract his statements. As a result, the council informed him that his services were no longer required. Mr Pijl says he intends to fight his dismissal in court.

The council recently presented an emancipation policy document in which it rejects the cabinet viewpoint that registrars should be allowed to refuse marrying same-sex couples on religious grounds. The cabinet recently postponed further debate on the issue indefinitely.

Full Story from Radio Netherlands Worldwide

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Amsterdam: No More Anti Marriage Equality Registrars

Thursday, September 1st, 2011

Amsterdam no longer has any marriage registrars with moral objections to same-sex marriages. News broke a few months ago that two civil servants on the municipal payroll in the Dutch capital were not willing to to marry same-sex couples.

One of the two has been re-assigned to other duties at city hall. The other has been banned from performing marriages until her contract expires at the end of October. On Thursday, a spokesperson for the district where the two worked as marriage registrars confirmed an earlier report published by the COC LGBT rights organisation.

Since 2007, Amsterdam has carried out a policy of only appointing marriage registrars who have no moral objections to marrying gay and lesbian couples. One of the two former registrars was hired prior to 2007. The other stated that she had no objection to performing same-sex marriages when she applied for the job last year.

Full Story from RNW

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Netherlands: Grogingen City Council Fires Registrars Who Refuse to Marry Gays

Thursday, August 4th, 2011

Groningen city council said on Thursday it would not renew the contracts of three civil servants who have refused to officiate at same sex weddings.

The contracts are due to expire in 2014. The three cannot be sacked because their action is not against the law.

Gay rights lobby group COC is using this weekend’s Gay Pride celebrations to urge the government to get tough on registrars who refuse to perform gay weddings.

Full Story from ActUp

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