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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fierce divisions have emerged within the church, with many Christians disregarding traditional religious views as outdated.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.

Australia's Catholic church warns employees on gay marriage

Sydney - One of Australia's top Catholics has warned the church's thousands of employees it will only tolerate traditional views on marriage, as the country prepares for a vote on whether gay couples can wed.

Court action against Australia gay marriage postal vote

Sydney - Same-sex marriage advocates on Thursday launched legal action in Australia's highest court against a controversial government plan for a postal vote on the issue, as debate raged over whether the ballot should be boycotted.

Gay marriage postal vote sparks fury, debate in Australia

Sydney - Australia's bitter political battle over legalising gay marriage came to a head Wednesday, with the government pushing ahead with a postal vote after parliament rejected a referendum -- both options bitterly opposed by activists.

Australia plans postal vote on gay marriage

Sydney - Australia will hold a voluntary postal vote on whether to legalise gay marriage if parliament rejects plans for a plebiscite on the contentious issue, the prime minister said Tuesday.

Mexico's top court allows same-sex marriage in Puebla state

Puebla - Mexico's south-central Puebla state became the country's latest jurisdiction to approve same-sex marriages Tuesday, after the Supreme Court gave the green light.

Turkey defends plan to allow religious marriages amid controversy

Istanbul - The Turkish government on Sunday strongly defended a plan to let state-approved clerics conduct marriage ceremonies, rejecting fierce criticism that this would undermine the modern republic's secular foundations.

Turkey defends plan to allow religious marriages amid controversy

Istanbul - The Turkish government on Sunday strongly defended a plan to let state-approved clerics conduct marriage ceremonies, rejecting fierce criticism that this would undermine the modern republic's secular foundations.

Turkey defends plan to allow religious marriages amid controversy

Istanbul - The Turkish government on Sunday strongly defended a plan to let state-approved clerics conduct marriage ceremonies, rejecting fierce criticism that this would undermine the modern republic's secular foundations.

Germany's Gay Pride march celebrates same-sex marriage law

Berlin - Tens of thousands of people marched through Berlin for the annual Gay Pride parade on Saturday, just weeks after Germany's parliament legalised same-sex marriage.This year's march had as its official theme the fight against the far right.

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.

Malta says yes to same-sex marriage

Valletta - Malta's parliament voted Wednesday to allow same-sex couples to marry, three years after passing a law permitting civil partnerships in the overwhelmingly Catholic country.

Indonesian teenage boy weds 73-year-old bride

Indonesia - A teenage boy has married his 73-year-old lover in a remote village on Indonesia's Sumatra, officials said, after the unconventional couple threatened a double suicide if their match was thwarted.

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.
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