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Greenland Unanimously Approves Marriage Equality, Gay Adoption

Wednesday, May 27th, 2015

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Greenland’s parliament Tuesday voted unanimously to adopt Danish laws legalizing gay marriage and gay adoption.

Greenland is an autonomous country within the Kingdom of Denmark and has been self-governing since 2009.

The Arctic nation adopted Denmark’s civil union law in 1996. But it did not do the same when Denmark legalized gay marriage in 2012.

The law will take effect on 10/1.

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Estonia Approves Civil Unions

Thursday, October 9th, 2014

Estonia - Google MapsSome good news out of Europe this morning – the Parliament passed a civil unions bill there.

LGBTQ Nation reports:

Estonia’s Parliament on Thursday narrowly passed legislation to legalize gay partnerships, the first such decision by a former Soviet republic. In a 40-38 vote, lawmakers approved a partnership act that recognizes the civil unions of all couples regardless of gender. Twenty-three lawmakers were absent or abstained in the third and final reading of the bill. The new law will give those in civil unions — heterosexual or gay — almost the same rights as married couples, including financial, social and health benefits provided by the government and legal protection for children. It does not give full adoption rights for couples in such unions but does allow one partner to adopt the biological child of the other.

It’s a big step forward for Estonia, especially in light of a well funded opposition by the World Congress of Families, an anti-gay group.

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Croatia Civil Partnerships Bill Passed 89-16

Wednesday, July 16th, 2014

CroatiaParliament passed the new Croatia civil partnerships bill by a lopsided majority Tuesday.

LGBTQ Nation reports:

The Eastern European country of Croatia on Tuesday approved a law granting civil partnerships for same-sex couples. Croatia-flagThe Life Partnership Act, approved in the Croatian parliament by a vote of 89-16, grants same-sex couples many of the same rights as marriage, with the exception of adoption. Prime Minister Zoran Milanovic proposed the legislation, saying he was determined to establish legal rights for same-sex couples.

It’s a great step forward for the country’s LGBT community, but it’s not marriage, and once again adoption proves to be a sticking point…

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Finland Marriage Equality Bill Rejected – Again

Thursday, June 26th, 2014

Finland – Google MapsA Finland marriage equality bill was once again rejected in parliament.

Gay Star News reports:

Finland once again has proven to be the hold out among the Nordic countries, voting against same-sex marriage for the second time. The parliament’s legal affairs committee has rejected a bid to legislate for equal marriage. The vote was 10 against and six in support. This means the bill will now go to be discussed by the whole legislature… A full sitting parliament will now consider the bill at some point after September. After the previous attempt to introduce same-sex marriage in Finland, a petition gathered more than 166,000 signatures to force parliament to discuss the motion.

It’s amazing to me that countries with huge majorities in favor of marriage equality – Finland, Ireland, Australia – so far seem unable to bring themselves to pass it. What are they afraid of?

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Croatia Civil Partnerships Bill to Get Vote in July

Wednesday, June 25th, 2014

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The long-awaited Croatia civil partnerships bill will finally get a vote next month.

Pink News reports:

Yesterday the government finally greenlit the final draft of the Life Partnership Act, which was first announced by Prime Minister Zoran Milanovi\0x0107 over two years ago. The bill will grant more legal rights to same-sex couples than they currently have, recognising their unions, but not granting adoption rights, or marriage status. According to Balkan Insight, Milanovi\0x0107 said legislation “is not offensive to anyone”, adding: “It’s a humane law, an inclusive and not an exclusive law.” It is reportedly set to go before Parliament in July, before the summer break.

It’s a big step in the right direction. But marriage equality would be better.

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Italy’s Government Will Debate Italian Civil Unions in September

Tuesday, June 17th, 2014

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The Parliament will begin debate on a proposed Italian civil unions law in September.

The Local reports:

Italy’s government will begin debating a law on civil unions in September, a move that could give gay couples the same rights as heterosexual married ones, Italy’s Prime Minister Matteo Renzi has announced. Renzi was quoted in La Repubblica on Tuesday saying “gay rights will be the same as those for married heterosexual couples.” In a move the newspaper described as the “rainbow revolution”, gay couples could be entitled to benefits including inheritance guarantees, welfare assistance and be able to claim a deceased partner’s pension.

Will the Pope and the Vatican stand in the way? Pope Francis has seemed to indicate on several occasions that the church could accept civil unions.

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Malta: Final Vote on Civil Unions Bill Today

Monday, April 14th, 2014

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Malta’s Parliament is expected to give final approval to the pending civil unions bill.

Towleroad.com reports:

Malta’s parliament is expected to pass civil union legislation today, Europe Online reports: Efforts to pass the legislation, which has stirred a controversy in recent weeks, see Malta’s Labour government delivering on a key electoral pledge. The opposition Nationalist Party is expected to abstain from the vote, primarily because the legislation gives gay couples the right to adopt.

The bill was delayed because the outgoing President said he would not sign it.

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Romania: Parliament Committee Blocks Civil Unions Bill

Tuesday, March 18th, 2014

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The Judicial Committee in Romania blocked a civil unions bill that would have applied to gay and straight couples.

Gay Star News reports:

Non-married heterosexual couples and same-sex couples in Romania will not be allowed to enter into civil unions after the Juridicial Commission of the country’s Chamber of Deputies rejected a bill unanimously on 5 March. The bill had previously failed in the Senate where only two senators out of 176 were prepared to vote for the bill – 105 voted against the bill while the remaining senators abstained. The bill had been put forward by Green Party MP Remus Cernea and aimed to ensure all couples ‘enjoy rights like the right to inheritance, the right to become a co-beneficiary on the other’s health insurance, the right to apply for [housing] loans as joint debtors,’ but was opposed by religious and social conservative MPs – but even MPs from politically left wing parties opposed it.

One MP called the bill “cultural marxism”. What does that even mean?

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Taiwan: As Legislature Considers Marriage Equality, Protesters Rally for Both Sides

Monday, March 17th, 2014

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Protesters for both sides in the marriage equality debate scuffled in Taipei’s Freedom Square on Sunday.

Gay Star News reports:

Both sides of the debate held protest rallies in Taipei’s Freedom Square with some scuffles occurring between the two groups. Supporters of marriage equality were decked out in the rainbow gay pride colors while opponents wore cardboard hats depicting a mother and father panda and two panda cubs. The pro-heterosexual marriage rally was organized by the Taiwan Happy Family Alliance – a coalition of Christian churches – and they claim 20,000 people attended their rally. Taiwanese media did not give estimates for the number of people protesting for same-sex marriage. However supporters of marriage equality were joined by two Taiwanese Tibetan Buddhist nuns who had come to show their support.

Ironically, the anti gay marriage rally was called “Happy Family”, but apparently the familes there were anything but, as they pushed and tried to force out marriage equality supporters.

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Lithuania: “Gay Propaganda” Bill Fails, for Now

Friday, March 14th, 2014

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A “gay propaganda” bill similar to Russia’s law failed to get enough votes to pass in Parliament.

Pink News reports:

A bill that would have introduced Russia-style gay propaganda laws to Lithuania has failed to get the votes today (13 March). Lawmakers made their decision on a bill that would have outlawed gay pride parades, pubic speeches in support of LGBTI rights, gay rights campaign materials and audio-visual materials in support of the rights of LGBTI people. Fines for the ‘contempt of moral values’ would have gone up to 6000 litas ($2500, [euro]1800) for ‘repeat offenses’. While a majority of members of parliament voted to bring the proposal to a vote – 39 in favor, 34 opposed, and 20 abstentions – this was not enough.

One lawmaker who supported the bill accused opponents of going gay. Another shot back: ‘Why are you talking about family values? As I recall, Mr Gra\0x017Eulis, you just broke up with your wife.’

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