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Italy breaches human rights by blocking gay marriage: European court

Strasbourg - A European court ruled Tuesday that Italy breached the human rights of three gay couples by refusing them marriage or any other recognised form of union. "The legal protection currently available to same-sex couples in Italy ...

Thwarted Indian couple in Taj Mahal 'suicide pact'

Agra - An Indian couple forbidden to marry because of their different backgrounds are in hospital after slitting their own throats in an apparent suicide pact at India's famed monument to love, the Taj Mahal.

Acapulco holds mass gay wedding on beach

Acapulco - Twenty gay and lesbian couples got married in a mass wedding on an Acapulco beach on Friday, one month after Mexico's top court all but legalized same-sex marriage nationwide.

Gay couples in Chile sign up for first civil unions

Santiago - Gay couples flocked to civil registries in Chile on Thursday to pick a time to celebrate the first same-sex civil unions since their historic approval earlier this year.

Italy minister on hunger strike for gay civil unions

Rome - A junior minister in the Italian government has gone on hunger strike in a protest aimed at speeding up moves to introduce civil unions for gay couples.

U.S. Episcopal Church approves same-sex marriages

Washington - The US Episcopal Church announces that it approved ceremonies for same-sex marriages, shortly after the Supreme Court legalized the practice across country.

Supreme Court makes gay marriage legal throughout US

Washington - The US Supreme Court made same-sex marriage legal throughout the nation in a much-awaited landmark decision that triggered wild jubilation and tears of joy across the country.

Gays hail Mexico court's marriage ruling

- Mexico's gay and lesbian community is celebrating a key ruling by the Supreme Court that opens the door to same-sex marriage throughout the country.

Slovenia gay pride warns same-sex marriage still in jeopardy

Ljubljana - Over a thousand people marched Saturday at Slovenia's 15th Gay Pride festival warning their fight was not over since a recently adopted bill legalising same-sex marriages could still be revoked in a referendum.

British couple become world's oldest newlyweds

Eastbourne - A 103-year-old man and a 91-year-old woman held their wedding in Britain on Saturday, becoming the oldest couple to get married in the world.

Former Guantanamo inmate marries in Uruguay

Montevideo - A former Guantanamo inmate who resettled late last year in Uruguay tied the knot on Friday with a woman he met in his adopted homeland, local media reported.

Ireland's gay marriage vote was 'a defeat': Vatican daily

- The Irish vote in favour of gay marriage constitutes "a defeat" that highlights a gap between the Church and modern society, the Vatican newspaper said Monday.

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.

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.

Rural Ireland wary of same-sex marriage vote

Knock - In the village of Knock in the west of Ireland, support for a "No" vote in Friday's same-sex marriage referendum is strong, as it is in many rural areas where the Catholic Church still holds sway.

Irish gay marriage vote reflects Church in decline

Dublin - Friday's vote on legalising same-sex marriage in Ireland is a further sign of the waning influence of the once-dominant Catholic Church, experts said.

Review: Strindberg’s marital drama comes alive in new Toronto revival Special

Toronto - How often does independent theatre get as good as this? Coal Mine Theatre’s new production of “Creditors,” one of August Strindberg’s lesser-performed plays, is so alive with tension and piercing wit that it rarely feels like an antique.

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.

Canada wedding next for Italy's groundbreaking gay politician

Rome - Italy's most prominent gay politician has announced he wants to marry his Canadian partner: a step the couple will have to take in Canada as Italy does not allow same-sex marriages.

3,800 Unification Church couples wed in mass ceremony

Gapyeong - Thousands of couples took part in a mass wedding on Tuesday at the South Korean headquarters of the Unification Church -- the third such event since the death of their "messiah" and church founder Sun Myung Moon.

Top French court OKs Franco-Moroccan same-sex marriage

Paris - France's highest appeals court on Wednesday gave the go-ahead for a French-Moroccan gay couple to marry, going against a ruling that homosexuals from Morocco and 10 other nations cannot tie the knot in the country.
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