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Updates On Marriage Equality From Around The World

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.

  • The Colombian Constitutional Court officially legalized same-sex marriage. The court had previously declared that Congress must create legislation to extend equal rights to same-sex couples, however a lack of action over two years prompted the court to issue the landmark ruling itself.  

  • The Isle of Man amended its Marriage and Civil Partnership Bill to include same-sex marriage. Meanwhile the Parliament of the Faroe Islands voted in favor of same-sex civil marriages, giving couples equal rights under the law with the exception that they may not be married in the church. The Islands are the last Nordic country to approve same-sex unions.

  • Cyprus representatives from the office of the Commissioner for Administration and Human Rights (Ombudsman) spoke on the progress made in the 5 months since Cyprus legalized same-sex civil unions and criminalized hate speech against LGBT people. 

  • Several Australian CEOs of major organizations revealed that the Catholic Archdiocese of Sydney has lobbied them to ‘back away’ from public support of marriage equality. 

  • In Norway after the Lutheran Church voted to permit same-sex marriages, Catholic Bishop Bernt Eidsvig announced Norway’s Catholic clergy will no longer allow civil weddings in order to ‘distinguish our own church marriages from others.’

  • Canadian Christian radio and talk show host Michael Coren described the vitriol and conservative backlash that led him to leave the Catholic Church and change his views on gay marriage.

  • In China, a social media campaign emerged urging LGBT people to pledge not to participate in xinghun—a ‘cooperative marriage’ between gays and lesbians arranged to uphold heteronormative societal expectations and tradition. 

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