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'Pink dollar' boost to Australia economy after gay marriage vote

Sydney - Australia's historic move toward legalising same-sex marriage could bring businesses a massive windfall of "pink dollars" as tens of thousands of gay couples tie the knot, economists said Wednesday.

Celebrations spread after Australia backs same-sex marriage

Sydney - Celebrations swept across Australia Wednesday as voters emphatically endorsed same-sex marriage after more than a decade of divisive debate, and political leaders immediately began moves to enshrine the historic shift in law by Christmas.

Australians vote in favour of gay marriage

Sydney - Australians voted in favour of allowing same-sex couples to marry, official results showed Wednesday, sending the task of legalising marriage equality to a deeply divided parliament.Almost 62 percent of the 12.

Aussie millennial fans back sports' pro-gay marriage stance: survey

Sydney - Millennial fans strongly back the pro-gay marriage stance taken by major Australian sporting bodies, saying it will help keep sports relevant for younger people, according to a survey released Tuesday.

Erdogan signs contentious religious marriages law

Istanbul - President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has signed into law controversial legislation to let state-approved clerics conduct marriage ceremonies, a move critics claim risks undermining Turkey's secular foundations.

Lipstick, mixed dancing at first Raqa wedding since IS

Ak - At a house in Syria's Raqa, women and men danced together in celebration at a wedding that would have been unimaginable just months ago, when the Islamic State group ruled the city.

Taiwan holds Asia's largest pride parade as it waits for gay marriage

Taipei - A sea of rainbow flags and glitzy costumes filled downtown Taipei Saturday as tens of thousands marched in Asia's largest gay pride parade, the first since Taiwan's top court ruled in favour of gay marriage.

India's top court says sex with child is always rape

New Delhi - Sex with a minor amounts to rape even if the couple are married, India's top court ruled on Wednesday, closing a legal loophole that had allowed some perpetrators to escape punishment.

Couple in Nepal's 'first transgender marriage' finds acceptance

Pithoragarh - Born and raised as a boy in rural Nepal, Monika Shahi Nath never dreamed that one day she would be a bride, adored and accepted as a wife and daughter-in-law.

Bangladesh police hunt man who married Rohingya refugee

Cox's Bazar - Bangladesh police were Sunday searching for a man who defied a ban and married a Rohingya refugee, hundreds of thousands of whom have fled across the border to escape violence in Myanmar.

Big early response in Australia gay marriage vote

Sydney - Nearly 60 percent of Australian voters have already cast their ballots in a controversial postal survey on whether to legalise same-sex marriage, officials said Tuesday.

Vietnamese brides say 'I do' to South Korea

Can Tho - When baby-faced Huynh Thi Thai Muoi left her home in rural Vietnam to begin a life in South Korea with a man she barely knew, she feared it was a gamble.

Germany celebrates first gay marriages

Berlin - Two German men made history Sunday by saying "I do" and becoming the first same-sex couple to marry after decades of struggle, but campaigners say the battle for equal rights isn't over.

Germany celebrates first gay marriages

Berlin - Germany celebrates its first gay marriages Sunday as same-sex unions become legal after decades of struggle, but campaigners say the battle for equal rights isn't over yet.

German gay couples tie knot after decades of struggle

Frankfurt Am Main - Germany's first gay couples to be married will tie the knot Sunday, after decades of struggle that campaigners say still has ground to make up.

Australia church 'cancels wedding after Facebook gay marriage post'

Sydney - Australia's prime minister Friday defended a church's right not to marry some couples following reports a woman's wedding was cancelled after she posted support for same-sex marriage on Facebook ahead of a national vote.

Controversial Australia vote on same-sex marriage begins

Sydney - A contentious postal survey on same-sex marriage began in Australia Tuesday, with ballots delivered across the vast continent ahead of an expected fractious campaign between the "yes" and "no" sides.

Australia gay marriage debate highlights church divisions

Sydney - As Australia prepares for a contentious postal vote on legalising gay marriage, fierce divisions have emerged within the church, with many Christians disregarding traditional religious views as outdated.

Thousands rally in support of Australia gay marriage as polls narrow

Sydney - Thousands of Australians dressed in rainbow colours rallied Sunday in support of same-sex marriage ahead of a postal ballot, as polls showed the "yes" campaign's lead shrinking despite backing from the nation's top political leaders.

Australia court dismisses challenge to gay marriage postal vote

Sydney - Australia's High Court on Thursday threw out two challenges to a planned same-sex marriage postal vote, paving the way for a national survey on whether such unions should be legalised.

Australia same-sex marriage vote faces legal challenge

Sydney - Same-sex marriage advocates launched legal action in Australia's highest court Tuesday against a controversial government plan for a postal vote on the issue, calling it divisive and harmful.

As pope looks on, Venezuelan asks girlfriend to marry

Rome - A young Venezuelan lawmaker saw a meeting with Pope Francis as an auspicious time to pop the question, getting down on one knee to propose to his girlfriend while the pontiff looked on.

Chile president launches gay marriage bill

Santiago - Chile's socialist President Michelle Bachelet on Monday sent to congress a bill to legalize marriages and adoptions by same-sex couples.It is the latest in a wave of liberal reforms that she was determined to launch before ending her term next year.

Back same-sex marriage, Qantas boss urges Australia firms

Sydney - Corporate Australia should speak out in support of same-sex marriage, Qantas chief Alan Joyce said Friday as he pledged to donate a "significant amount" of money to boosting the 'Yes' campaign in an upcoming national vote.

India ruling highlights disputed Muslim 'instant divorce'

Cairo - An Indian court's decision on Tuesday to ban Islamic instant divorces highlighted a controversial practice that is disputed in Muslim countries and already banned in some.

Indian transgender couple announce plan to marry, adopt

Mumbai - An Indian couple who fell in love after meeting at a gender-reassignment clinic in Mumbai announced Tuesday they were engaged and planning a traditional wedding.

India's top court bans Islamic instant divorce

New Delhi - India's top court on Tuesday banned a controversial Islamic practice that allows men to divorce their wives instantly, ending a long tradition that many Muslim women had fiercely opposed.

India's top court bans Islamic instant divorce

New Delhi - India's top court on Tuesday banned a controversial Islamic practice that allows men to divorce their wives instantly, saying it was unconstitutional.

In Chinese community, one-night stands are getting old

- Nimble after years of practice, Trinley Norbu is used to hoisting himself three stories up the side of a stone house and through the window for a one-night stand in his southwest China community.

Australian PM slams gay slurs as marriage vote looms

Sydney - Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull on Tuesday called for respectful debate on an upcoming same-sex marriage vote, saying he "deplores" the homophobic slurs aired by anonymous opponents of the reform.
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