The battle for marriage equality rages on — and in one of the most frustrating bits of news, the Australian Prime Minister has announced that the public vote for same-sex marriage has been delayed until next year. What’s worse? Whatever the results, politicians aren’t bound by the vote. Besides — allowing the majority to vote on the rights of the minority population? Historically not the best idea. SO MUCH UGH.
All that and more in our monthly look at same-sex marriage and marriage equality from around the world!
The Bermuda Senate rejected an amendment to the Human Rights Act passed by the House of Assembly that would have defined marriage as an act between a man and a woman.
Australia Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull admitted that a public vote on marriage equality—first proposed in 2015— will likely be delayed until 2017. The vote, or plebiscite, is expected to cost over $100million AUD and would not bind politicians to support the results.
The Constitutional Court of Romania approved an initiative led by the conservative group Coalition for Family to amend the constitution and define ‘family’ as a union between a man and a woman.
A court has ruled that international dating company Spark Networks must change its four dating sites to accommodate same-sex couples.
The Anglican Church of Canada narrowly voted in favor of authorising same-sex marriage.
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