Archive for the ‘International News’ Category

Elsewhere in the World

December 4, 2010

While this blog has focused lately on the passage of the civil unions bill in Illinois, it has actually been a huge week in for LGBT news elsewhere. A brief week-in-review roundup:

Desmond Tutu Speaks Out Upon Retirement

November 6, 2010

As he prepares to retire, Archbishop recently published a letter calling on political and faith leaders to stop persecuting people on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. Read it here.

Marriage Equality Week in Review

August 13, 2010

Celebrations of marriage equality in Mexico City

There were several newsworthy items regarding the freedom to marry this week:

Freedom to Marry Comes to South America

July 15, 2010

Argentina today became the first South American nation to grant same-sex couples the right to marry. The decision followed a marathon senate debate and giant public demonstrations from both supporters and opponents of the bill.

Although the opposition was led by Catholic and Evangelical Christians, at least one Catholic priest has vowed to defy church policy and marry same-sex couples.

South America is now the fourth continent on which at least one nation now grants marriage equality. The other three are North America (Canada), Africa (South Africa), and Europe (seven nations). Dare I say this feels like momentum?

The Global Perspective: Iceland Legalizes It

June 11, 2010

Iceland today became the seventh European nation to legalize marriage for same-sex couples. This comes just a month after Portugal became number six.

The most remarkable piece of the story is that Iceland’s Parliament voted unanimously on the issue. Iceland is also notable for being the only nation in the world headed by an openly gay or lesbian head of state, Prime Minister Johanna Sigurdardottir. Hooray for Iceland!

The other European nations allowing for marriage equality are Belgium, Netherlands, Norway, Spain, and Sweden. Canada and South Africa also offer the freedom to marry for all.

Many other nations allow for civil unions or domestic partnerships, allowing for many of the rights associated with marriage.