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Greece just legalized same-sex marriage. Will other Orthodox countries join them any time soon?

Feb. 16, 2024 08:44 AM EST

Greece has become the first majority-Orthodox Christian nation to legalize same-sex marriage under civil law. At least for the near future, it will almost certainly be the only one. Eastern Orthodox leadership, despite lacking a single doctrinal authority like a pope, has been united...

Proposing on Valentine's Day, Albanese becomes Australia's first leader to get engaged in office

Feb. 15, 2024 04:46 AM EST

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Anthony Albanese has become the first Australian prime minister to get engaged while in office, revealing Thursday that his partner accepted his marriage proposal on Valentine's Day. He and Jodie Haydon, a financial services professional, have been...

Greek lawmakers are debating a landmark bill to legalize same-sex marriage. Here's what it means

Feb. 14, 2024 10:18 AM EST

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Lawmakers in Greece opened a two-day debate Wednesday on a landmark bill to legalize same-sex marriage. It would be the first Orthodox Christian country to do so. The Valentine’s Day session in parliament follows vocal opposition and protests from the church...

For rights campaigner in Greece, same-sex marriage recognition follows decades of struggle

Feb. 13, 2024 09:53 AM EST

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Years before starting a family of her own, Stella Belia was already waging a tireless campaign for legal recognition. Her fight may finally be over this week — a few months shy of her twin boys’ 17th birthday. Greek lawmakers are expected to legalize...

Hundreds of protesters opposed to bill allowing same-sex marriage rally in Greek capital

Feb. 11, 2024 11:49 AM EST

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — More than 1,500 protesters gathered in central Athens on Sunday to oppose legislation that would legalize same-sex marriage in Greece. The bill is set for a vote in parliament in days. Greece’s conservative government is sponsoring the bill but it will...

Mama Antula, the Jesuit who didn't want to marry or be a nun, will be Argentina's first female saint

Feb. 10, 2024 00:08 AM EST

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — A Catholic laywoman who lived in 18th-century Argentina and joined the Jesuits in their evangelical mission throughout the South American country will become the first female saint from the home country of Pope Francis on Sunday. María Antonia de Paz...

Indian state passes uniform marriage legislation opposed by Muslims as a Hindu code applied to all

Feb. 08, 2024 00:18 AM EST

LUCKNOW, India (AP) — An Indian state has approved an unprecedented uniform code for marriage, divorce, adoption and inheritance for Hindus, Muslims and other religious communities under new legislation that also requires couples that live together to register with the government or face...

A blaze in a fireworks factory in central India kills 11 people and injures scores of others

Feb. 06, 2024 09:52 AM EST

NEW DELHI (AP) — A fire raced through a fireworks factory in central India on Tuesday, killing 11 people and injuring about 150 others as it sparked other explosions, officials said. Videos on social media showed smoke and flames billowing from the factory as people fled the area...

Kate Ashford: 5 financial steps to take before marrying later in life

Feb. 05, 2024 09:06 AM EST

Getting married when you’re an older adult comes with complications: You and your spouse may have assets from years of working, and you may have children from previous relationships. Tying the knot could affect your Social Security benefits if you’re widowed or divorced. You will need to update...

Brides, biryani and marriage multiplexes: Pakistan's wedding season heats up in cool weather

Feb. 04, 2024 00:09 AM EST

KARACHI, Pakistan (AP) — There’s a scrum of people trying to get photos with the married couple at the Radiance banquet hall, and you can barely hear someone talk above the din of 400 guests tucking into biryani and chicken tikka, music and the drone whirring around the room. The bejeweled...