Why we’re covering this: Even though the United States now has marriage equality, many countries still ban the practice. Thankfully, however, activists all over the world are fighting to show that love is love, no matter what, and should be celebrated.
Costa Rica was the first country in Central America to recognize same-sex common law marriages, however legalization of marriage equality has stalled under pressure from ‘evangelical lawmakers.’
Australian political leaders and activists participated in a forum on marriage equality hosted by Guardian Australia and live streamed for the public.
A new book Engines of Liberty: The Power of Citizen Activists to Make Constitutional Law was published that explores how the efforts of early gay rights advocacy led to marriage equality in the US.
The Constitutional Court of Columbia ruled in favor of marriage equality in a decision that prevents the issue from being decided by congress or public vote.
In Puerto Rico a same-sex marriage ban had been upheld twice despite the US Supreme Court ruling with Judge Juan Pérez-Giménez stating that the Supreme Court does not apply to territories. A federal appeals court has now reversed the decision noting: ‘The district court’s ruling errs in so many respects that it is hard to know where to begin.’
A district court in China rejected the country’s first same-sex marriage case, disappointing the hundreds of supporters who had rallied outside the courthouse.
In Austria where same-sex couples are allowed to adopt but do not have marriage rights, families have sued the government for infringing on the rights of the child and forcing them to grow up ‘illegitimately’ to unmarried parents.
In Italy the Court of Appeals of Naples ruled in favor of a lesbian couple seeking adoption rights for both mothers after civil status registrars refused to update the children’s birth certificates because the mothers’ marriage is not recognized in Italy.
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