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Swiss approve same-sex marriage by wide margin in referendum

Sep. 26, 2021 15:12 PM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — Cheers rang out, hugs were exchanged and rainbow-colored flags waved overhead across Switzerland as the Swiss resoundingly voted to allow same-sex couples to marry, final results of a nationwide referendum showed Sunday. Official results showed the...

'Marriage for all'? Swiss voters to decide same-sex marriage

Sep. 25, 2021 09:02 AM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — Voters in Switzerland will decide Sunday whether to allow same-sex marriages in the rich Alpine country, one of the few in Western Europe where gay and lesbian couples do not already have the right to wed. Switzerland has authorized same-sex civil...

Draft of Cuba's new family code opens door for gay marriage

Sep. 15, 2021 20:49 PM EDT

HAVANA, Cuba (AP) — The draft of a new family code for Cuba released Wednesday proposes allowing same-sex couples to marry and adopt as well as giving children greater participation in decisions that affect them. The preliminary draft, which must be approved by Cuba’s...

Tens of thousands protest for gay marriage in Switzerland

Sep. 04, 2021 12:43 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Tens of thousands protested in Switzerland on Saturday for the legalization of same-sex marriage in the Alpine country. The protests came ahead of a national referendum on Sept. 26 on the legalization of gay marriage, which has already been introduced in...

JoJo Siwa to join same-sex couple on 'Dancing With Stars'

Aug. 26, 2021 17:46 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Pop star JoJo Siwa will compete as part of the first same-sex pairing on “Dancing With the Stars” for the show’s upcoming 30th season. Olympic gymnastics champion Suni Lee also is joining the cast, the rest of which will be announced on Sept. 8....

Romania's LGBT community sees gains, ongoing rights struggle

Aug. 22, 2021 03:33 AM EDT

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — The last person jailed for being gay in Romania walked free in 1998. The country decriminalized homosexuality three years after that, in 2001, while reforming its laws to qualify for membership in the European Union. The...

German minister criticizes Vatican stance on gay couples

Aug. 18, 2021 03:53 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Germany's health minister has criticized the Roman Catholic Church for its refusal to bless same-sex unions but says his religious faith remains strong. Health Minister Jens Spahn, 40, married his husband, Daniel Funke, also 40, in 2017. Spahn described...

European court urges Russia to acknowledge same-sex unions

Jul. 13, 2021 16:15 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — A top European human rights court issued a ruling Tuesday urging Russia to recognize same-sex unions, but the Kremlin was quick to respond that same-sex marriage was “not allowed” in Russia in accordance with constitutional amendments adopted last year. ...

Nebraska judge who nixed same-sex adoption target of filing

Jul. 13, 2021 16:08 PM EDT

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Former state Rep. Ernie Chambers is known for seeking the censure of Nebraska judges he believes have acted outside the bounds of fairness. Now, Chambers is targeting a judge in the state’s northeastern corner who saw the Nebraska Supreme Court overturn his denial of...

Israeli court annuls parts of surrogacy law excluding gays

Jul. 11, 2021 09:08 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel’s Supreme Court on Sunday cleared the way for same-sex couples to have children through surrogate mothers, a move hailed by lawmakers and activists as a victory for LGBTQ rights. The court ruled in 2020 that a surrogacy law, which had expanded...