Lawmakers in Thailand Overwhelmingly Approve a Bill to Legalize Same-sex Marriage

Thailand has a reputation for acceptance and inclusivity but has struggled for decades to pass a marriage equality law. (Image: AFP/File) The bill amends the Civil and Commercial Code to change the words “men and women” and “husband and wife” to “individuals” and “marriage partners” Lawmakers in Thailand’s lower house of Parliament overwhelmingly approved a … Read more

Pope Francis allows priests to bless same-sex couples in landmark ruling

The Vatican said on Monday in a landmark ruling approved by Pope Francis that Roman Catholic priests can administer blessings to same-sex couples as long as they are not part of regular Church rituals or liturgies. A document from the Vatican’s doctrinal office said such blessings would not legitimise irregular situations but be a sign … Read more

Pope Francis Approves Blessings For Same-Sex Couples Vatican Doctorine Same-Sex Marriage

In a significant move, Pope Francis has officially endorsed the blessing of same-sex couples, marking a radical shift in Vatican policy. A new document from the Vatican’s doctrine office, released on Monday, elucidates on the Pope’s earlier communication to two conservative cardinals, underscoring that individuals seeking God’s love and mercy should not undergo an “exhaustive … Read more

Hong Kong court says same-sex couples hold equal inheritance rights

A Hong Kong court on Tuesday upheld a ruling that favored the granting of equal inheritance rights to same-sex couples, in the latest victory for the city’s LGBTQ+ community. The decision by the Court of Appeal rejected the government’s motion against the ruling that said the differential treatment facing same-sex married couples under two inheritance … Read more

Hong Kong court rejects govt motion, says same-sex couples hold equal inheritance rights

A Hong Kong court has rejected a government motion that would have seen same sex-couples face differential treatment under two inheritance laws. The Court of Appeal said the move would constitute as unlawful discrimination – a verdict that is likely to impact many such couples from Hong Kong who married overseas. The development comes mere … Read more

Marriage equality verdict: Yet another ‘burial by committee’?

On 17 October 2023, the Supreme Court of India gave its verdict on the marriage equality petition that sought the inclusion of gay, lesbian and transgender unions under the Special Marriage Act. The five-judge constitution bench—consisting of Chief Justice D.Y. Chandrachud and justices Sanjay Kishan Kaul, S. Ravindra Bhat, Hima Kohli and P.S. Narasimha—had heard … Read more

Marriage equality will be a reality in my lifetime: Queer activist Harish Iyer

IANS: The Supreme Court had pushed the ball to the court of Parliament over same sex marriage, your views? Iyer: First, I am deeply disappointed by the Supreme Court’s verdict. The Supreme Court’s verdict is that there is no verdict. I wonder if it knew that Parliament is the one which needs to take the … Read more

United States After Supreme Court Declines To Legalise Same Sex Marriage In India

New Delhi: Voicing its support for marriage equality, the United States on Thursday encouraged India to offer equal legal protection to same-sex couples and said it was “closely monitoring follow-up steps” taken by the country. The development comes a few days after the Supreme Court declined to legalise same-sex marriage and left it on the … Read more

SC should have given Parliament timelines, says Celina Jaitly

However, Jaitly has not lost hope. “In Tuesday’s decision also, there is a light at the end of the tunnel the court accepted the government’s offer to set up a special panel that will explore granting social and legal benefits to same-sex couples. I think that is a step definitely in the positive direction.” Jaitly is … Read more