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Colombia legalizes same-sex marriage

Estanzuela - Colombia became the fourth South American country to allow same-sex marriage when the constitutional court definitively legalized it.

Ultra-Orthodox Jew convicted over Jerusalem Gay Pride stabbings

Jerusalem - An Israeli court on Tuesday convicted an ultra-Orthodox man of murder and six counts of attempted murder over stabbings at a Jerusalem Gay Pride parade last year that killed a 16-year-old girl.

Colombia violated gay man's rights after partner's death: Court

San Jos - Colombia violated a gay citizen's rights to non-discrimination and equality by refusing him the pension from his partner who died in 2001, the Inter-American Court of Human Rights ruled.

Russians protest over 'homophobic' murder of journalist

Sanktpeterburg - Russian gay rights activists on Friday held a protest over the murder of a journalist in the northwestern city of Saint Petersburg, accusing the authorities of hushing up a homophobic hate crime.

U.S. governor rejects Georgia bill deemed anti-gay

New York - The Republican governor of Georgia has rejected a "religious freedoms" bill that giant corporations, Hollywood and activists bitterly complained would infringe gay rights in the southeastern US state.

Same-sex plebiscite by year-end: Australian minister

Sydney - Australia's attorney-general said on Sunday the government would hold a plebiscite on legalising same-sex marriage this year if re-elected, a day after the prime minister became the first sitting leader to attend the Mardi Gras parade.

Italian Senate approves gay civil unions bill

Rome - Italy's Senate on Thursday approved a landmark bill recognising same-sex civil unions but only after removing a provision that would have allowed gay adoption, much to the disappointment of gay rights activists.

Italian PM stakes government confidence on gay union bill

Rome - Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi will put his government on the line Thursday by resorting to a confidence vote in the Senate to push through a watered-down draft law on same-sex unions which has angered gay groups.

Renzi falters as Catholics squeeze Italy's gay unions bill

Rome - Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi admitted Monday he may have to surrender key parts of the gay civil unions bill if he has any chance of overcoming Catholic dissent to get it through parliament.

Russian MPs debate bill to jail people for coming out as gay

Moscow - Russia's parliament on Friday debated a controversial homophobic bill to fine and jail people for up to 15 days for coming out in public as gay.Lawmakers expressed support while rejecting the bill in its current wording as not legally valid.

Portugal's parliament overturns veto on gay adoption

Lisbon - Portugal's parliament on Wednesday upheld a bill giving adoption rights to gay couples by overriding a veto handed down in one of the last political moves by the country's outgoing conservative president.

India's top court to review ban on gay sex

New Delhi - India's top court agreed Tuesday to review a decision which criminalises gay sex, sparking hope among campaigners that the colonial-era law will eventually be overturned in the world's biggest democracy.

Germany opens first shelter for gay refugees

Berlin - Germany opened Monday its first shelter for gay and lesbian refugees, as fears grew over threats to sexual minorities in overcrowded accommodations.

MI5 named Britain's best gay-friendly employer

London - Britain's MI5 spy agency was on Tuesday named the country's best employer for promoting lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender diversity.

As bisexual alien, David Bowie broke barriers

New York - When David Bowie sang on British television in 1972, the newly famous rock star stretched out his arm and wrapped it around guitarist Mick Ronson.Yet this was not a macho display of male bonding of the sort seen among sports teams.

Fact file: Same-sex marriage around the world

Paris - Slovenians on Sunday shut down efforts by their national parliament to extend marriage rights to same-sex couples -- the second time they have voted in a referendum against changing the law.

Bolivian president apologizes for 'lesbian' jibe

La Paz - Bolivian President Evo Morales apologized to his health minister Tuesday after suggesting she was a lesbian for talking with another woman as he gave a speech.

Ireland gay marriage law comes into force

Dublin - Ireland's new same-sex marriage law comes into force from Monday, six months after the country voted to allow gay unions in a historic referendum.

Colombia court allows gay couples to register children

Estanzuela - Colombia's Constitutional Court ruled Thursday that gay couples must be allowed to register newborn children in both parents' names, with birth certificates listing two mothers or two fathers.

'I do, I do, I do:' Brazilian female trio get hitched

Rio De Janeiro - Three's a crowd? Not in Brazil, where three women have defied deeply conservative trends in Congress and wider traditional mores by celebrating a polyamorous civil union.

Norwegian bishops back gay marriage

Oslo - Church of Norway bishops said Friday that they were unanimously in favour of allowing gay couples to marry in religious ceremonies, a hot-button issue to be decided on next year.

Gay marriage signed into law in Ireland

Dublin - Same-sex marriage was signed into law in Ireland, five months after a historic referendum saw the traditionally Catholic nation become the world's first country to vote for gay unions.

Russian Communists call for 15 days in jail for coming out as gay

Moscow - Two senior Russian Communist MPs on Friday presented a draft bill calling for people who come out as gay to serve up to 15 days behind bars.

Gays celebrate as civil unions become legal in Chile

Santiago - Gay couples kissed and danced in the streets of Chile's capital Santiago Thursday as the South American country's civil-union law recognizing same-sex couples took effect.

Prominent Argentine transgender woman murdered

Buenos Aires - A prominent leader for the struggle of Argentina's transgender community has been found murdered in her home, triggering demands for justice -- including from the president.

First global Catholic LGBT network hopes to build bridges

Rome - The first global Catholic LGBT network attempted Monday to reach out to bishops meeting to debate the Church's approach to the family, as liberals hope for an opening up towards sexual minorities."Dear sisters and brothers at the synod...

Belgrade Gay Pride march expresses solidarity with migrants

Belgrade - Belgrade's Gay Pride parade, only the second since a ban was lifted, took place under tight security but without major incident Sunday, with participants urging European solidarity with the wave of migrants crossing the Balkans to reach the European Un...

Anti-gay marriage U.S. clerk appeals jail ruling

Washington - The US clerk who was sent to jail this week for refusing to issue same-sex marriage licenses is appealing the ruling that landed her in prison, her lawyer said.

Conservative Bangladesh launches first lesbian comic strip

Dhaka - Bangladesh's first comic strip featuring a young lesbian discovering her sexuality has been launched in the capital to raise awareness of the plight of gays in the conservative Muslim-majority nation.

Rebel U.S. county issues first marriage licenses to gay couples

Washington - A US county at the center of a firestorm for refusing to issue marriage licenses to gays handed out its first certificate to a same-sex couple Friday, local television reported.
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