West Australian MP Stephen Dawson and his partner Dennis Liddelow have become the first same-sex couple
to legally marry in Australia. But the High Court of Australia may declare the legislation that allowed them to get married — and thus their marriage itself — invalid next week. [more inside]
Gay marriage: Religious 'opt-in' offered, but not to CofE -
"The Church of England and Church in Wales will be banned in law from offering same-sex marriages, the government has announced.
Other religious organisations 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."
Included in the legisation is "Amending the 2010 Equality Act to ensure no discrimination claim can be brought against religious organisations or individual ministers for refusing to marry a same-sex couple."
Australian Labor Party's 46th National Conference
starts today in Sydney. Key agenda items - Gay marriage
, and Uranium sale to India
. Follow it live
Early this morning, the law
that legalized Same-Sex Marriage in New York State went into effect
, with many couples choosing to tie the knot at the stroke of midnight
. In New York City, the city clerk will be working overtime to process marriage licenses for the 823 same-sex couples expected to wed there today, having adding extra capacity to ensure that all couples who signed up in advance would not be turned away. LGBT weddings are expected to bring
an additional $155 million in tourism revenues into the state over the next 12 months, and governor Andrew Cuomo's approval ratings
are currently the highest of any US state governor following the passage of the bill.
With a ruling scheduled
today on Prop 8 — the California ballot measure that took away the right to marry from same-sex couples — Dave Fleischer has an in-depth analysis
of all of the polling data
on Prop 8, and his findings include some counter-intuitive numbers, like that the confusing wording actually ended up helping the No vote more than the Yes.
The Australian Capital Territory
, the home of the Australian capital of Canberra
, has passed a bill allowing same-sex civil unions
. As marriage is a federal matter in Australia, this is the highest recognition of same sex unions that is constitutionally allowed in a state or territory of Australia. However, it does give political momentum to the movement looking towards the repeal of the "one man and one woman" Marriage Amendment Act of 2004.
The Massachusetts House of Representatives voted to repeal a ban on out of state marriages that has been on the books since 1913. The up-shot? Out of state gay and lesbian couples may soon wed in Massachusetts
. The vote goes next to governor Deval Patrick, who has already indicate that he is in favor of repealing the law. [more inside]