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First Same-Sex Marriage Takes Place in Ireland

Sharni Edwards, from Brighton and Robyn Peoples, from Belfast, will be the first same-sex, lesbian couple in Northern Ireland to get married next week.

A senior care worker and waiter will make history next week when they become the first same-sex couple to be married in Northern Ireland.

Robyn Peoples from Belfast and Sharni Edwards, who is originally from Brighton, will tie the knot on Tuesday.

The wedding will take place in Carrickfergus, one day after same-sex marriages become legal in Northern Ireland for the first time.

Next week is the first week that same-sex couples in Northern Ireland can legally get married.

Robyn, 26, and Sharni, 27, met five years ago at a gay bar in Belfast.


She Changed Her Mind About Marriage Equality

CDU President and Federal Defense Minister Annegret Crump Carrenbauer, who announced in 2015 that she was against marriage equality, has changed his mind.

Carrenbauer said at an event organized by the Gay Association initiative as part of the CDU: “Getting married is not a problem for me and everyone. Everyone was married and legally accepted. Now it’s done. In this case, a bath joke against homosexuals made by Carrenbauer in the past months was also mentioned.

Carrenbauer spoke about the toilets that men and women had used at a festival that had previously taken place in Berlin. “For men who don’t know whether to sit or stand with them,” these words were considered offensive to homosexuals. Karrenbauer has been sharply criticized on social networks.

Gay changed his mind about marriage

Carrenbauer spoke at an initiative event that his joke had been misunderstood and distorted. Carrenbauer said that he was not gay: “I am known to the public as a good Catholic. But I’m not blindly tied to Papa. If it were, I would not advocate women being priestesses. Carrenbauer also took many photos with members and managers who are known as homosexuals in the CDU.

Annegret Kramp Carrenbauer, who previously stated that he was against a gay marriage, was elected “Queen of Homophobia” in an investigation by the Enough, Enough Gay Rights Group.


13.09.2019 – HRT

Taiwan is The First Asian Country to Legalize Gay Marriage

The Taiwanese parliament has accepted the legalization of same-sex marriages, and Taiwan was the first Asian country to take this step.

In 2017, the country’s constitutional court ruled that gay couples had the right to marry and gave Parliament two years to make this decision.

After discussing three different bills to legalize gay associations in Parliament before the end of May 24, the government’s most advanced bill has been submitted for approval.

During the vote, hundreds of gay rights supporters gathered outside Parliament in the capital, Taipei.

Human rights defenders hugged each other happily when the result was announced.

But conservative opponents of the law are angry with the outcome.

What does the invoice contain?

In the other two projects, prepared by conservative parliamentarians, homosexual associations are called “homosexual family relationships” or “homosexual relationships” and not “marriage”.

However, the government’s bill, which to some extent includes the right to adopt a child, was approved by 66 votes to 27.

The bill will be approved after the signing of President Tsai Ing-wen.

Some gay rights advocates have said that the only text they can accept is the accepted bill.

How was this point reached?

In 2017, the Taiwan Constitutional Court ruled that gay couples have the right to legally marry.

He then gave two years to make the necessary changes.

However, this decision has been publicly implemented and the government has organized a series of referendums on the subject.

The results of the referendum showed that the majority of Taiwanese are against gay marriages and, in the public vote, marriage was defined as a “union between men and women”.

As a result, Taiwan announced that it would not change the definition of marriage in civil law and that a special law for same-sex marriages would be enacted.

What is the situation compared to other countries in the region?
Taiwan is one of the main Asian countries in the field of gay rights and LGBTI groups from regional countries participate in the honor march in Taipei.

The celebration of gay marriages in Vietnam in 2015 was legalized, but these marriages did not give it legal status.

Gay marriages are illegal in China, but the country removed homosexuality from the crime in 1997 and removed it from the list of mental illnesses three years later.

In other Asian countries, a more tolerant attitude towards LGBT is advocated.

In India, the Supreme Court removed homosexual relationships from crime in September 2018.

However, in April of last year, Brunei introduced sharia law to predict homosexual relationships and punish adultery.

One of the 14 Marriages in Germany was Gay Marriage

Since October 2017, when gay marriage was legalized, 33,000 gay couples were married in Germany at the end of 2018. One in every 14 marriages in the country took place between gay couples.
The German statistical authority announced that in the 15 months from October 1, 2017 until the end of 2018, when marriage between homosexual couples was legalized in Germany, approximately 33,000 homosexual couples were married. One of the 14 pirated weddings in Germany took place between gay couples.

According to the Bureau of Statistics, 32,000 904 of the 449,000 466 weddings took place between gay couples, who were hacked between dates.

One in 14 marriages took place between homosexuals

Merkel was against everyone

21,000 477 of these marriages can be attributed to the conversion of the state recognized by the state of “registered friendship” into a marital status if homosexual marriages are not legal.
Prime Minister Angela Merkel stepped back at an event she attended about two years ago regarding her gay marriage, stating that each member of parliament could decide on this issue at her own discretion. The Bundestag then passed the bill that had been under discussion for many years in the summer of 2017.

Australia votes in favor of marriage equality

Australia has voted to bring marriage equality Down Under with 61.6% of the vote. While the survey itself is not legally binding, Australia’s prime minister, Malcolm Turnbull, has vowed the momentum of a YES vote would cause a bill to legalize marriage equality to “sail through” parliament, with a goal of passing marriage equality by the end of the year.

Speaking after the result, Turnbull said it had been an “overwhelming” response in favor of “yes” and called for same-sex marriage to be legalized before Christmas.
“They voted ‘yes’ for fairness, they voted ‘yes’ for commitment, they voted ‘yes’ for love. And now it is up to us here in the Parliament of Australia to get on with it,” he told reporters in Canberra.
The voluntary postal survey was held between September 12 and November 7, with the results announced today. The postal survey came after years of stalled efforts to bring marriage equality to Australia. After the country’s governing party refused to allow a conscience vote on the issue in parliament, it took the controversial step to introduce this expensive, voluntary postal survey in an attempt to settle the issue. The survey was widely criticized for once again delaying the arrival of marriage equality, but today’s results are clear proof that the majority of Australians want marriage equality to become the law of the land.

“We congratulate Australia’s LGBTQ advocates and allies who worked so hard to ensure a victory in this postal survey,” said Ty Cobb, director of HRC Global. “It’s crucial that loving, committed same-sex couples in Australia have the same rights and protections that come with marriage. We urge the Australian Parliament to take swift action ensuring marriage equality becomes the law of the land.”

Anti-equality politicians and activists in Australia have already launched a plan to distort these results by rallying behind a marriage bill that would override non-discrimination protections for LGBTQ Australians through religious exemptions.

“With the rising tide of anti-LGBTQ laws and crackdowns around the world, citizens of Australia stood up for fairness and equality by supporting the right for everyone to marry the person they love,” said Sarah Kate Ellis, GLAAD President & CEO. “Now it is on the Australian government to heed the will of its people and pass fully equal marriage without exemptions.”

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Gay Marriage in Malta becomes law of land next Friday

MALTA — Last month, Malta’s parliament voted overwhelmingly to advance a marriage equality bill after the third and final debate on the issue. Malta will become the 23rd country with marriage equality and gay couples can start marrying as of next Friday, when all provisions of the amended Marriage law come into force.

The Times of Malta reported that Parliament approved by an overwhelming majority the changes proposed by the government to the Marriage Act, which replaced references to a mother or father with ‘parent’ and a husband or wife with ‘spouse’.

Nationalist MP Edwin Vassallo was the only dissenting voice, voting against the law and ignoring the party whip.

The government had rejected amendments put forward by the PN to include the gender-neutral terminology alongside references to a mother, father, husband or wife. But the PN parliamentary group still voted in favor of the gender-neutral law to fulfill its own electoral pledge.

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Marriage equality moves forward in Germany

BERLIN — Today, the Bundestag, the lower house of Germany’s parliament, voted to make marriage equality the law of the land. Once the legislation is approved by Bundesrat, the upper house, – which is expected to be a formality – and signed into law by the president, Germany will become the 22nd country to secure full marriage equality for same-sex couples.

The vote came days after Chancellor Angela Merkel signaled that she was open to changing Germany’s marriage laws to include same-sex couples, prompting a hurried push from opposition lawmakers to pass the so-called marriage-for-all legislation, reported the Huffington Post.

According to the report Merkel’s shift came after she visited a lesbian couple raising eight foster children. She called her dinner with the family “a life-changing experience” and said she realized her party’s arguments against same-sex marriage were no longer valid.

“We welcome the German people into the growing family of nations that ensure loving and committed same-sex couples have the right to marry,” said Ty Cobb, Director of HRC Global. “With the very serious challenges the LGBTQ community continues to face around the world, this is welcome news and an important victory in working to ensure LGBTQ people are embraced as full members of society. We congratulate the German advocates who made this historic day possible through their tireless advocacy.”

Although German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s party, the conservative Christian Democrats, has been historically opposed to marriage equality, many individual legislators within the party do support it. Merkel indicated a possible shift in her viewpoint by opening a path forward for the vote. Her decision to allow the vote followed a move by her coalition partner, the Social Democrats, who announced their continued support for Merkel’s government would be contingent on her backing marriage equality.

Recent polling shows that 66 percent of Germans support full marriage equality. Germany has had same-sex civil unions since 2001, although those unions lacked the full dignity, legal protections and rights that come with marriage, including on adoption rights.

In Malta, another European Union nation, members of parliament are also expected to vote soon in favor of marriage equality. This progress in Europe comes on the heels of a recent victory in Asia, where Taiwan’s Constitutional Court ruled in favor of marriage equality in May.

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Northern Ireland Marriage Equality launches large scale social media campaign

NORTHERN IRELAND — The YesEquality Northern Ireland Marriage Equality campaign launched a large scale social media campaign action today.
The campaign is primarily supported by Northern Ireland based The Gay Say, LGBT Rights NI and the international anti-homophobia and suicide prevention group
The campaign has amassed huge amounts of support from individuals, celebrities, activist groups, charities, campaigners and businesses located across NI and throughout the world.
The social media project is operating through the popular “crowdspeaking” service Thunderclap, which was first used by The White House under the Obama administration to campaign against gun violence in the US.
Thunderclap enables the organizers to coordinate a massive social media campaign that will simultaneously post over 2,300 messages and reach over 7.4 million people.
The message going out is as follows:
“Northern Ireland; it’s time for equality! #MarriageEqualityNI”.
By bringing attention to the MarriageEqualityNI campaign hashtag, organizers hope to highlight the issue of marriage equality to voters across Northern Ireland and to an international audience in order to further strengthen campaign efforts.
Danny Toner speaking on behalf of the The Gay Say said: “The #MarriageEqualityNI Thunderclap Project is currently set to reach over 7.4 million people and support has increased beyond our expectations, with hundreds of supporters joining every day. Social reach for the campaign is now higher than the population of Ireland, North and South.
“We are calling on as many people as possible to join this campaign and use social media for the common good. Together we can show voters how important this issue is by reaching out to the vast numbers of people online.
“There are many people in Northern Ireland from all sections of our community who support Marriage Equality and we feel that the upcoming Assembly elections offer an unmissable opportunity to stand up for LGBT rights.
“We have been asking people to use their vote wisely, vote for candidates who support equality for everyone and make a stand against homophobia.”

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Facebook 2015 Year In Review, The 10 Events of The Year In A Video

The refugee crisis. The massacre of Charlie Hebdo and the attacks of a month ago in Paris. The earthquake in Nepal and the crisis in Greece. But also the victory of gay marriage in various parts of the world, including Ireland and the United States. 2015 is ending and Facebook draws conclusions in a video with a high rate of emotion, with the most commented and shared events of the year, and among these there is the new awareness of LGBT rights that has pervaded social networks, starting with 26 million people who put the profile photo with the rainbow filter.