Gibraltar, the British Overseas Territory off the coast of Spain, just unanimously passed a bill giving same-sex couples the ability to get married! Taiwan’s likely next, given that two parties have pledged to work for it — and their president is a LGBTQ activist! That and more in our look at marriage equality around the world!
- The Parliament of Gibraltar unanimously passed the Civil Marriage Amendment Bill 2016 that gives same-sex couples marriage rights.
- The Australian Senate blocked the bill to hold a national vote on marriage equality. The plebiscite was expected to cost $170 million and was opposed by many who feared the campaign would hurt the LGBTI community.
- The Romanian Parliament delayed debate on a referendum to hold a public vote on redefining marriage. A petition signed by nearly 3 million people asked for the constitution to be amended to define marriage as a union between a man and a woman. Social Democratic Party senators had hoped to hold the referendum in December, but the chairman of the party has asked senators to wait until after the upcoming election.
- A committee in Mexico’s Congress rejected President Enrique Peña Nieto’s proposal to expand marriage equality nationally despite previous rulings from Mexico’s Supreme Court that it is unconstitutional to ban same-sex marriage. Same-sex marriage remains legal in some jurisdictions and couples retain the ability to sue for their individual right to marry.
- In Taiwan, parents of LGBT children rallied outside the Legislative Yuan where the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) and the New Power Party (NPP) have pledged to work for marriage equality.
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