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Virginia to fight same-sex marriage ban

Washington Post: In a dramatic turnaround Virginia’s new Attorney General will say that he believes the state’s ban on same-sex marriages is unconstitutional and will join forces with gay couples to ask a federal court to strike it down.

Photo: Rainbow flag (Getty Images)

New Zealand holds its first same-sex weddings
BBC: New Zealand’s first gay weddings are taking place after the country became first in the Asia-Pacific region to legalize same-sex marriage. Thirty-one same-sex couples plan to marry Monday, according to the Department of Internal Affairs.
The weddings are being held after New Zealand’s parliament passed a bill in April amending the country’s 1955 marriage act.
Photo: Auckland couple Tash Vitali and Melissa Ray were among the first to marry. (Getty Images)

New Zealand holds its first same-sex weddings

BBC: New Zealand’s first gay weddings are taking place after the country became first in the Asia-Pacific region to legalize same-sex marriage. Thirty-one same-sex couples plan to marry Monday, according to the Department of Internal Affairs.

The weddings are being held after New Zealand’s parliament passed a bill in April amending the country’s 1955 marriage act.

Photo: Auckland couple Tash Vitali and Melissa Ray were among the first to marry. (Getty Images)

U.S. says visas from gay spouses will get equal treatment

Reuters: The United States will immediately begin considering visa applications of gay and lesbian spouses in the same manner as heterosexual couples, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Friday.

Kerry made the announcement at the U.S. Embassy in London.

"When same-sex couples apply for a visa, the Department of State will consider that application in the same manner that it considers the application of opposite sex spouses," Kerry said shortly after his arrival in London.

Gay rights campaigners drive a bus past Britain’s Houses of Parliament (Andrew Cowie / AFP - Getty Images)

Gay marriage legal in England and Wales

BBC News: Same-sex couples will be able to get married in England and Wales after new measures became law.

The government’s controversial legislation on the issue received Royal Assent on Wednesday.

The Conservative, Labour and Liberal Democrat leaderships all backed the proposals, which were finally approved by MPs and peers earlier this week.

Photo: Gay campaigners drive a bus past the Houses of Parliament in central London on July 15, 2013 (AFP/File, Andrew Cowie)

Nigeria lawmakers pass anti-gay marriage bill

APNigeria lawmakers have passed a bill banning gay marriage, setting prison terms of up to 14 years. The country’s House of Representatives passed the bill Thursday in a voice vote. The Senate previously passed the bill in November 2011.

If there are no differences between the House and Senate versions, the bill goes immediately to President Goodluck Jonathan to potentially be signed into law.

Minnesota Senate approves same-sex marriage bill

Star Tribune: The Minnesota Senate has voted 37-30 to legalize same-sex marriage. The vote took place on the heels of a vote last week in the House. The measure now moves to Gov. Mark Dayton, who sign it in a ceremony at 5 p.m. Tuesday. Once it is signed, Minnesota will become the twelfth state to legalize same sex-marriage.

Rhode Island on way to becoming 10th state to allow gay marriage

AP:

Rhode Island senators put the state on the path Wednesday to becoming the 10th state to allow same-sex couples to marry.

The gay marriage legislation easily passed the Rhode Island House in January, and the Senate vote was seen as the true test. The bill passed 26-12, and now returns to the House for a largely procedural vote, likely next week, before going to Gov. Lincoln Chafee, who supports the legislation.

Clashes, riot police at French anti-gay marriage protest

AP:

Paris riot police fought back crowds who pushed their way onto Paris’ landmark Champs-Elysees avenue as part of a huge protest against a draft law allowing same-sex couples to marry and adopt children.

Hundreds of thousands of people — conservative activists, children, retirees, priests — converged on the capital Sunday in a last-ditch bid to stop the bill, many bused in from the French provinces.

Photo: Demonstrators sing around a fire during a protest on the Champs-Elysees avenue in Paris on March 24, 2013 against France’s gay marriage law in an attempt to block legislation that will allow homosexual couples to marry and adopt children. (Thomas Samson / AFP - Getty Images)

Hillary Clinton announces support for gay marriage

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has just announced her support for gay marriage in an online video released today.

WSJ/NBC News poll: Majority of Americans support gay marriage
In a new Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll, 51% of Americans said they favor allowing same-sex marriages, up from 30% in 2004 and 41% just three years ago.
The Wall Street Journal reports that some of the sharpest swings in acceptance come among African-Americans and suburbanites.

In 2009, less than a third of blacks and 37% of Americans living in the suburbs said they approved of gay marriage. A majority of both of those groups now favor the unions.

WSJ/NBC News poll: Majority of Americans support gay marriage

In a new Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll, 51% of Americans said they favor allowing same-sex marriages, up from 30% in 2004 and 41% just three years ago.

The Wall Street Journal reports that some of the sharpest swings in acceptance come among African-Americans and suburbanites.

In 2009, less than a third of blacks and 37% of Americans living in the suburbs said they approved of gay marriage. A majority of both of those groups now favor the unions.

UK bans Church of England and Church of Wales from offering gay marriages

BBC News: Britain’s Church of England and Church in Wales will be banned by law from offering same-sex marriages, the government has announced.

Other religious organizations will be able to “opt in” to holding ceremonies, Culture Secretary Maria Miller said. But she added that the Church of England and Church in Wales had “explicitly” stated strong opposition and would not be included.

BREAKING: US Supreme Court will hear gay marriage casesThe US Supreme Court has agreed to take up two gay marriage cases in their first serious look at the issue.The court today granted review of the Defense of Marriage act, a federal law which says marriage can exist only between a man and a woman, and Proposition 8, the voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage in California, NBC News reports.More updates on BreakingNews.com.Photo: Gay marriage advocates cheer during a rally outside a federal courthouse in San Francisco moments before hearing that judges had struck down Proposition 8, which bans same-sex marriage, on Feb. 7, 2012. (Beck Diefenbach / Reuters file)

BREAKING: US Supreme Court will hear gay marriage cases

The US Supreme Court has agreed to take up two gay marriage cases in their first serious look at the issue.

The court today granted review of the Defense of Marriage act, a federal law which says marriage can exist only between a man and a woman, and Proposition 8, the voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage in California, NBC News reports.

More updates on BreakingNews.com.

Photo: Gay marriage advocates cheer during a rally outside a federal courthouse in San Francisco moments before hearing that judges had struck down Proposition 8, which bans same-sex marriage, on Feb. 7, 2012. (Beck Diefenbach / Reuters file)

Pro- and anti-gay protesters clash in Paris
AP: Controversial Ukrainian group Femen taunted a march in Paris Sunday by Catholics who oppose France’s draft law to legalize gay marriage. Several Femen activists turned up topless, chanted ‘‘in gay we trust’’ and sprayed white powder from bottles.


That prompted several anti-gay marriage protesters to hit the Femen members and push them to the ground.

Several thousand people also took to the streets on Saturday in cities across France to protest the draft law, which could see marriage and adoption legalized for homosexual couples early next year.
Photo credit: Thomas Samson / AFP - Getty Images

Pro- and anti-gay protesters clash in Paris

AP: Controversial Ukrainian group Femen taunted a march in Paris Sunday by Catholics who oppose France’s draft law to legalize gay marriage. Several Femen activists turned up topless, chanted ‘‘in gay we trust’’ and sprayed white powder from bottles.

That prompted several anti-gay marriage protesters to hit the Femen members and push them to the ground.

Several thousand people also took to the streets on Saturday in cities across France to protest the draft law, which could see marriage and adoption legalized for homosexual couples early next year.

Photo credit: AFP - Getty Images