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Obama asks Supreme Court to overturn gay marriage ban
Obama asks Supreme Court to overturn gay marriage ban

The Barack Obama administration on Friday formally asked the US Supreme Court to strike down a 1996 law defining marriage exclusively as a union between a man and a woman.

Obama asks Supreme Court to overturn gay marriage ban
Pentagon extends some benefits to same-sex partners
Pentagon extends some benefits to same-sex partners

The Pentagon officially extended some military benefits to same-sex partners Monday, but said provisions like medical coverage would not be offered to gay troops' spouses due to legal barriers.

Pentagon extends some benefits to same-sex partners
Gay rights mostly out of reach in central, eastern Europe
Gay rights mostly out of reach in central, eastern Europe

Ania and Yga have been inseparable for the last 17 years, living together as a couple in the Polish capital Warsaw but their love is seen as second class in this deeply Roman Catholic country.

Gay rights mostly out of reach in central, eastern Europe
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Gay and lesbian adoptions the new norm in Quebec

"I would like to have a mother, but I wouldn't want to lose my two dads," says Frida, a radiant six-year-old Canadian girl unaware of the international controversy raging over gay parenting rights.

Gay and lesbian adoptions the new norm in Quebec
British lawmakers approve gay marriage in historic vote
British lawmakers approve gay marriage in historic vote

British lawmakers voted in favour of controversial legislation allowing gay marriage on Tuesday despite fierce opposition from members of Prime Minister David Cameron's own party.

British lawmakers approve gay marriage in historic vote
British PM facing revolt on gay marriage
British PM facing revolt on gay marriage

British Prime Minister David Cameron is facing a serious revolt in his Conservative Party over plans to introduce gay marriage.

British PM facing revolt on gay marriage
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Lesbian country music star Chely Wright expecting twins

Chely Wright, the first major American country music star to come out publicly as gay, said Wednesday she and her same-sex spouse are expecting twins this summer.

Lesbian country music star Chely Wright expecting twins
US National Cathedral opens doors to same-sex weddings
US National Cathedral opens doors to same-sex weddings

The Washington National Cathedral, a focal point of Christian worship in the United States, said Wednesday that, effective immediately, it will officiate same-sex weddings.

US National Cathedral opens doors to same-sex weddings
Passions rise in France ahead of anti gay marriage protest
Passions rise in France ahead of anti gay marriage protest

Passions and tensions are rising in France ahead of an expected giant weekend rally against the government's plan to legalise same-sex marriage and adoption that has angered influential Catholic and Muslim groups.

Passions rise in France ahead of anti gay marriage protest
Weddings abound as Washington's gay marriage law kicks in
Weddings abound as Washington's gay marriage law kicks in

Hundreds of same-sex couples flocked to get married in the northwest state of Washington on Sunday, the first day possible after the state approved gay marriage in a referendum in November.

Weddings abound as Washington's gay marriage law kicks in
Supreme Court to take up issue of gay marriage
Supreme Court to take up issue of gay marriage

The US Supreme Court on Friday decided to take up the sensitive issue of gay marriage, hearing challenges to a federal law denying benefits to same-sex couples and California's ban on such unions.

Supreme Court to take up issue of gay marriage
Mexico gay rights groups cheer court's marriage ruling
Mexico gay rights groups cheer court's marriage ruling

Mexican gay rights groups voiced hope Thursday that a Supreme Court ruling against an Oaxaca state law that banned same-sex marriages will lead to similar decisions across the nation.

Mexico gay rights groups cheer court's marriage ruling
Poll finds growing US support for same-sex marriage
Poll finds growing US support for same-sex marriage

Support is growing in the United States for marriage equality, two polls showed on Wednesday.

Poll finds growing US support for same-sex marriage
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Anger as Australian senator links gay marriage to bestiality

A conservative Australian senator was forced to resign from his parliamentary role on Wednesday after he linked same-sex marriage to bestiality and polygamy during a debate.

Anger as Australian senator links gay marriage to bestiality