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Church unnerved by Ireland's huge 'Yes' to gay marriage

Dublin - The once-dominant Catholic Church in Ireland was trying to come to terms Sunday with an overwhelming vote in favour of gay marriage, saying it needed a "new language" to connect to people.

Ireland 'changed utterly' by gay marriage vote

Dublin - Ireland's newspapers said Sunday that the country had dramatically changed and confirmed its emergence from the shadow of the traditionally powerful Catholic Church by voting in favour of gay marriage.

Ireland celebrates after huge 'Yes' to gay marriage

Dublin - Ireland on Sunday celebrated a historic referendum approving gay marriage, as the once all-powerful Catholic Church reflected on the need for a "reality check" to keep in touch with changing times.

Gay marriage around the world

Paris - Ireland has voted to legalise same-sex marriage, official results showed on Saturday, joining 18 countries which have made, or are in the process of making the change, 13 of them in Europe.

Cheers and tears as Ireland approves gay marriage

Dublin - Cheers rolled around Dublin Castle on Saturday as jubilant "Yes" supporters jumped for joy and waved rainbow flags to celebrate Ireland's vote to allow gay marriage.

Ireland says big 'Yes' to gay marriage in world first

Dublin - Ireland on Saturday became the first country in the world to approve gay marriage by referendum with an overwhelming 62 percent "Yes" vote, further denting the once all-powerful Irish Catholic Church.

Ireland expected to allow gay marriage in historic vote

Dublin - Ireland looked to have voted in favour of gay marriage Saturday in a historic referendum which would see the largely Catholic country become the world's first to make the change after a popular vote.

In Wilde's shadow, shyness and pride in Irish gay marriage vote

Dublin - While many voters in Ireland's referendum on introducing same-sex marriage were strolling around Dublin wearing "Yes" badges Friday, many "No" voters were keeping it to themselves.

Eurovision to install anti-booing technology for Russian act

The organisers of the Eurovision Song Contest are installing "anti-booing" technology for the final this year. It comes after Russia's performance was met with heavy crowd protests last year, something that organisers have called "embarrassing."

Ireland votes in historic referendum on gay marriage

Dublin - Ireland took to the polls on Friday to vote on whether same-sex marriage should be legal, in a referendum that has exposed sharp divisions between communities in this traditionally Catholic nation.

Moscow bans Gay Pride march, again

Moscow - Moscow's town hall announced Thursday that it would not allow a Gay Pride march in the Russian capital that activists wanted to hold later this month -- a ban that it repeats every year.

Church of Scotland decision on married gay clergy delayed

London - A Church of Scotland decision on whether to allow the ordination of married gay ministers was delayed on Thursday to allow wider consultation.The Church's presbyteries, or local areas, will now be asked to vote on the issue before it can be approved.

Thousands in Chile's 'March for Equality' to support gay rights

Santiago - Thousands of people, many waving rainbow-colored flags, gathered in Santiago for a "March for Equality," pushing for Chile to acknowledge more gay rights.

'Gay sailor' to deter Russian subs from Swedish waters

Stockholm - A Swedish peace group said Tuesday it has lowered a sonar device into the Baltic Sea off Stockholm to deter Russian submarines, emitting the message "This Way if You Are Gay".

Cuban leader's daughter organizes symbolic gay weddings

Havana - Cuban President Raul Castro's daughter Mariela, a lawmaker and gay-rights activist, said Tuesday her organization would hold symbolic gay weddings this weekend in a call for equal rights.

US Supreme Court appears split on gay marriage

Washington - The US Supreme Court appeared divided Tuesday on whether same-sex couples have a constitutional right to wed, as it weighs a potentially historic decision that could see gay marriage legalized nationwide.

Gay marriage in the U.S.: Facts

Washington - Gay marriage is now legal in 37 U.S. states and the capital Washington, but it cannot be officiated and is not recognized in 13 other states.

Tennessee gay couple's date with history

Memphis - Thom Kostura and Ijpe DeKoe are married in New York, but not in Memphis, where they now live. Next week they are going to try to fix this -- for themselves and all gay Americans.

Russian court upholds firing of teacher for being gay

Saint Petersburg - A Russian court has thrown out a complaint from a gay teacher in the northwestern city of Saint Petersburg against her dismissal for "immoral" behaviour, a gay rights advocacy group said Thursday.

U.S. states pass amended religious freedom laws after outcry

Washington - The U.S. states of Arkansas and Indiana passed amended versions of religious freedom laws on Thursday following a nationwide outcry that the original legislation effectively legalized discrimination against homosexuals.

Anti-gay law prompts Angie's List to halt $40 million expansion

Indianapolis - Citing a controversial law recently signed into legislation, Angie's List announced on Saturday that it has suspended the planned expansion of its Indianapolis headquarters.

Russia fails in benefits challenge for gay UN workers

New York - Russia failed Tuesday to block a United Nations decision to extend full spousal benefits to legally married gay UN employees.

Ikea drops lifestyle website in Russia over 'gay propaganda' fears

Moscow - Ikea said Friday it was closing its lifestyle website in Russia over fears it could flout a controversial law banning promotion of gay values to minors.

Utah gays, Mormons agree on LGBT anti-discrimination law

Salt Lake City - New legislation to protect gays went into effect in Utah, after approval of a compromise bill backed by the state's homosexual community and religious advocates, including its powerful Mormon bloc.

Writer/Director Emily Schooley talks about her new film, Reset Special

An interview with Writer/Director Emily Schooley on her latest project Reset. Reset follows the lives of three women, and how they each approach difficult choices in their lives.

Op-Ed: Is anti-gay segregation promoted by 'religious liberty'?

The Internet is bloated with inflammable headlines of anti-gay segregation in the United States. A few of the states involved are Arizona, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Mississippi, Tennessee, and Washington; with fanatical momentum as each day slides by.

Russian MP says homosexuals 'mentally ill' after lesbian selfie

Saint Petersburg - A Russian lawmaker who has strongly backed anti-gay legislation said on Tuesday all homosexuals were "mentally ill" after two lesbians snapped themselves kissing on a plane with him sitting in the background.

Russia bans transvestites and transsexuals from driving

Moscow - Russia has passed a controversial law banning transvestites, transsexuals and people with other "disorders" from driving, prompting sharp criticism from rights activists, including a prominent Kremlin advisor.

'A Reason' — indie sleeper film of the year Special

A Reason is an independent film written and directed by Dominique Schilling and produced by Caroline Risberg (Risberg Schilling Productions).

Same-sex couples wed in Florida as gay marriage ban ends

Miami - Scores of same-sex Florida couples tied the knot early Tuesday after the state's ban on gay marriage ended.
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