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Gay marriage around the world

Paris - The Maltese parliament has approved gay marriage, which now is authorised in more than 20 nations worldwide, 15 of which are in Europe.

Clashes in Chile as right-wing Catholic group protests LGBT rights

Santiago - Police in Chile on Monday used tear gas and water cannon to separate rival protests sparked by a Spanish right-wing Catholic group that opposes gay and transgender rights.

Marchers call for same-sex marriage at Chile Gay Pride rally

Santiago - Tens of thousands of people packed the streets of Chile's capital Saturday for the city's Gay Pride march, calling for passage of a same-sex marriage bill that has been promised by President Michelle Bachelet.

Rainbow flags, bubbly to cheer German gay marriage vote

Berlin - Gay and lesbian activists waving rainbow flags cheered in joyful celebration Friday as Germany's parliament legalised same-sex marriage, a victory in a decades-old rights struggle.

Gay marriage around the world

Paris - Germany legalised gay marriage on Friday, which now is authorised in about 20 nations around the world, the majority of which are in Europe.

Germany legalises same-sex marriage despite Merkel's objections

Berlin - Germany legalised same-sex marriage Friday despite the personal objections of Chancellor Angela Merkel, as the nation joined many other western democracies in granting gay and lesbian couples full rights including adoption.

Germany to pass same-sex marriage law

Berlin - Germany is expected to legalise same-sex marriage on Friday, joining many other western democracies in granting gay and lesbian couples full rights, including adoption.

WorldPride festivities kicks off in Madrid

Madrid - Thousands of revellers, many draped in rainbow flags, packed a Madrid square on Wednesday for the official launch of WorldPride festivities, one of the biggest celebrations of lesbian, gay and transgender rights.

Same-sex marriage push divides Merkel's ruling coalition

Berlin - Germany is set to legalise same-sex marriage Friday after a heated coalition spat sealed an election-year divorce between Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives and her centre-left governing partners.

German parliament paves way for gay marriage vote Friday

Berlin - Germany's parliament is set to vote on a bill to legalise same-sex marriage Friday after the lower house legislative committee put it on the agenda, its chairwoman said.

French ethics body urges end to fertility treatment bans

Paris - French President Emmanuel Macron's proposal to let single women and lesbian couples receive fertility treatment received a boost Tuesday with an ethics body recommending they be given the same access as heterosexual couples.

Gay marriage around the world

Paris - German Chancellor Angela Merkel has softened her opposition to gay marriage, which is legal in about 20 countries around the world, 13 of which are in Europe.

Germany set to legalise same-sex marriage

Berlin - Germany is set to legalise same-sex marriage as early as this week, it emerged Tuesday, after an election-year shift on the issue by Chancellor Angela Merkel sparked a rapid push for a parliamentary vote.

Merkel softens her opposition to gay marriage

Berlin - German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Monday softened for the first time her opposition to gay marriage, as her conservative party comes under growing pressure on the issue ahead of elections in September.

Top US court to tackle religion, gay rights in wedding cake case

Washington - The US Supreme Court agreed Monday to review whether a Colorado baker discriminated against a gay couple by refusing to make their wedding cake on religious grounds.

New York's gay pride march: anti-Trump but also pro-fun

New York - Tens of thousands of marchers paraded through New York streets Sunday in a huge Gay Pride parade, with many proudly carrying rainbow flags or waving virulently anti-Trump signs.

Turkey police break up Gay Pride protest in Istanbul

Istanbul - Turkish police on Sunday prevented an attempt by Gay Pride activists to hold a parade in Istanbul, the country's largest city, in defiance of an official ban by the local authorities.

Madrid bolsters security as WorldPride kicks off

Madrid - Madrid increased security Friday for the start of WorldPride 2017, one of the biggest celebrations of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights which hundreds of thousands of people are expected to attend.

Germany clears gays convicted under Nazi-era law

Berlin - Germany's parliament voted Thursday to quash the convictions of 50,000 gay men sentenced for homosexuality under a Nazi-era law which remained in force after the war and offer compensation.

Taiwan's gay marriage ruling raises hopes across Asia

Bejing - Taiwan's giant step towards allowing same-sex marriage has reverberated across Asia, but activists warn the fight for equality isn't over in a region where gay sex remains illegal in some countries.

Putin backs check into Chechen gay attacks after Merkel plea

Moscow - Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday backed an official check into reported brutal attacks on gay men in Chechnya in his first public comment after German Chancellor Angela Merkel confronted him on the issue.

Russia detains protesters against Chechnya anti-gay violence

Sanktpeterburg - Russian police on Monday detained young activists protesting against the persecution of gay men in Chechnya at a May Day parade in Saint Petersburg, an AFP photographer witnessed.

Facing death for being gay, men flee Russia's Chechnya

Moscow - Ilya looks tired and drawn. After being beaten and tortured by men in military uniform in Russia's Chechnya region, he fled to Moscow but still fears for his life -- because he is gay.

Facing death for being gay, men flee Russia's Chechnya

Moscow - Ilya looks tired and drawn. After being beaten and tortured by men in military uniform in Russia's Chechnya region, he fled to Moscow but still fears for his life -- because he is gay.

Chechen leader denies arrest of gays

Moscow - Chechen strongman leader Ramzan Kadyrov denied Wednesday that any homosexuals have been arrested in his Russian Caucasus republic, dismissing media reports about alleged abuse of gays.

Rainbow flag creator Gilbert Baker dead at 65

Los Angeles - American artist Gilbert Baker, who created the rainbow flag recognized around the world as a symbol of gay pride, has died, close friend and rights activist Cleve Jones announced.

Taiwan court hears landmark gay marriage case

Taipei - Taiwan's constitutional court heard a landmark case Friday that could make the island the first place in Asia to allow same-sex marriage.

Germany to clear gays convicted under Nazi-era law

Berlin - The German government Wednesday approved plans to quash the convictions of 50,000 men sentenced for homosexuality under a Nazi-era law which remained in force after the war, and offer compensation.

German gays loved with 'one foot in prison'

Berlin - Fritz Schmehling was just a teenager when he was convicted in 1957 under a Nazi-era law against gays that remained on the books for decades after the war.

Germany to clear gays convicted under Nazi-era law

Berlin - Germany is expected Wednesday to approve quashing the convictions of 50,000 men sentenced for homosexuality under a Nazi-era law which remained in force after the war, and offer compensation.
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