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Now more than ever, it's time for same-sex couples in Ukraine to be afforded basic, fundamental protections they need to...
01/05/2024

Now more than ever, it's time for same-sex couples in Ukraine to be afforded basic, fundamental protections they need to be able to care for their families. ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ฆ

Russiaโ€™s invasion prompted the LGBTQ+ community to urgently discuss their lack of legal rights

Congratulations to the same-sex couples in Estonia who โ€“ as of Jan 1st โ€“ can officially share in the freedom to marry!  ...
01/04/2024

Congratulations to the same-sex couples in Estonia who โ€“ as of Jan 1st โ€“ can officially share in the freedom to marry! ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ช

Registrations open after country became first former Soviet-ruled nation to legalise gay marriage

"Evan Wolfson, a civil rights lawyer and founder and president of non-profit Freedom to Marry, flew from the United Stat...
12/22/2023

"Evan Wolfson, a civil rights lawyer and founder and president of non-profit Freedom to Marry, flew from the United States to Thailand in early December to help activists campaign to push the legislation forward. 'The Thailand government should know that the eyes of the world are on them with expectation and hope they are going to finish the job, do the right thing, and help Asia move forward,' he said, adding that there would also be economic advantages through increased tourism and business."

It's time for the Freedom to Marry in . ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ญ

With a bill to legalise same-sex marriage expected to return to the Thai parliament this month, gay couples are beginning to hope

๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ต Congratulations to Maya and Surenda โ€“ the first LGBTQ couple to register their marriage in Nepal. A historic moment f...
11/29/2023

๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ต Congratulations to Maya and Surenda โ€“ the first LGBTQ couple to register their marriage in Nepal. A historic moment for the marriage movement in Asia!

A gay couple in Nepal on Wednesday became the first in the nation to receive official same-sex marriage status.

As we mark 20 years since the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court ruling granting same-sex couples โ€“ and confront the s...
11/18/2023

As we mark 20 years since the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court ruling granting same-sex couples โ€“ and confront the significant challenge of a new wave of anti-LGBTQ+ laws that especially, outrageously target transgender youth โ€“ Mary Bonauto, lead counsel in the 'Goodridge' case, brought by GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders - GLAD, reflects on the anniversary in The Advocate.

"In these 20 years since that momentous court ruling heard round the world," Bonauto writes, "Iโ€™ve learned that no matter the outcome in a particular case or legislative effort, what keeps us moving forward is staying engaged, standing up for our commitment to a world where equality, freedom, and belonging are real for everyone, and holding onto the belief that we can make that world a reality." Read her reflection: https://bit.ly/3sI7fnO

Today, November 18, marks the 20th anniversary of the landmark court ruling in Massachusetts that required the freedom t...
11/18/2023

Today, November 18, marks the 20th anniversary of the landmark court ruling in Massachusetts that required the freedom to marry for same-sex couples for the first time.

Don't miss this new commentary in USA TODAY from Rodrigo Heng-Lehtinen of the National Center for Transgender Equality and Marc Solomon, a leader in the Massachusetts fight who went on to serve at Freedom to Marry, about the parallels between the marriage fight and the movement for transgender equality.

"Winning is neither impossible nor inevitable," Rodrigo and Marc write. "We must push through this painful period, remember the victories that weโ€™ve been racking up and keep our heads up, forever staying focused on our goals of freedom and equality for all." Read the full piece: https://bit.ly/46oKKBU

The momentum building for the freedom to marry in Hong Kong is real.Today, a Hong Kong court upheld inheritance protecti...
10/24/2023

The momentum building for the freedom to marry in Hong Kong is real.

Today, a Hong Kong court upheld inheritance protections for same-sex couples โ€“ ruling in favor of Henry Li and his late husband Edgar Ng.

This is the third ruling in favor of same-sex couples in Hong Kong since September! Hong Kong's highest court has mandated the city's government to create a legal framework within 2 years or sooner to ensure same-sex couples are afforded protection and respect.

As Hong Kong comes under Beijingโ€™s increasing control and protest is banned, the courts are one of the last avenues citizens have to push for change in the city.

๐Ÿ™Œ Momentum for the freedom to marry in Hong Kong!On Tuesday, Hong Kong's Court of Appeals ruled that same-sex couples sh...
10/19/2023

๐Ÿ™Œ Momentum for the freedom to marry in Hong Kong!

On Tuesday, Hong Kong's Court of Appeals ruled that same-sex couples should have equal access to public housing.

This landmark ruling comes just one month after the city's highest court ruled that the government must create a legal framework to ensure same-sex couples are afforded protection and respect.

With polls showing that 60% of Hong Kongers support marriage for same-sex couples โ€“ it's becoming clear that Hong Kong is ready for the freedom to marry!

A Hong Kong court on Tuesday dismissed a government bid to deny same-sex married couples the right to rent and own public housing saying that it was "discriminatory in nature" and a complete denial of such couples' rights.

๐Ÿคž๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ณ Fingers crossed for a historic victory in India this week, where the Supreme Court is set to decide on marriage case...
10/16/2023

๐Ÿคž๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ณ Fingers crossed for a historic victory in India this week, where the Supreme Court is set to decide on marriage cases as soon as tomorrow (Tuesday).

It's time for the freedom to marry in India!

In a landmark case watched by tens of thousands every day, Indiaโ€™s Supreme Court has been hearing submissions from activists challenging the same-sex marriage law.

In a historic, landmark victory for human rights in Africa, the Supreme Court of Mauritius ruled today to strike down th...
10/04/2023

In a historic, landmark victory for human rights in Africa, the Supreme Court of Mauritius ruled today to strike down the country's colonial-era, anti-gay law.

Congratulations, Mauritius on this enormous step forward! ๐Ÿณ๏ธโ€๐ŸŒˆ ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡บ

In a landmark ruling, the Supreme Court of Mauritius has declared the country's ban on same-sex intimacy un-African and unconstitutional.

"The obvious answer to the task imposed on the government is to embrace marriage equality... Only marriage equality can ...
09/15/2023

"The obvious answer to the task imposed on the government is to embrace marriage equality... Only marriage equality can provide full security, clarity and dignity to same-sex couples."

It's time for the freedom to marry in Hong Kong! ๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡ฐ

Readers discuss why the city must recognise same-sex marriage, how this would send the right message about Hong Kong to the world, and shrinking student numbers in schools.

โฌ†๏ธ Support for legally protecting same-sex couples is surging in Panama! ๐Ÿณ๏ธโ€๐ŸŒˆ7 out of 10 Panamanians agree that the gove...
09/08/2023

โฌ†๏ธ Support for legally protecting same-sex couples is surging in Panama! ๐Ÿณ๏ธโ€๐ŸŒˆ

7 out of 10 Panamanians agree that the government should be protecting same-sex couples and their families. ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฆ

(More from the new polling released this week in Panama this week below) โคต๏ธ

09/07/2023

Thanks to the business community in Czechia for doing the right thing!

Yesterday, 66 major companies โ€“ including Vodafone, Skoda, Microsoft and IBM โ€“ sent an open letter to Prime Minister
calling on the government to introduce and pass legislation extending marriage to same-sex couples โ€“ without delay.

It's time for the freedom to marry in Czechia! ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฟ

A monumental ruling for Bulgaria! The European Court of Human Rights rules unanimously to order the Bulgarian government...
09/06/2023

A monumental ruling for Bulgaria! The European Court of Human Rights rules unanimously to order the Bulgarian government to legally protect and respect same-sex couples. ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ฌ

ECHR persuaded Bulgaria to recognise same-sex relationships even if it's not in favour of same-sex marriage.

"Hong Kongโ€™s top court ruled on Tuesday that the cityโ€™s government must establish a framework to legally recognize same-...
09/05/2023

"Hong Kongโ€™s top court ruled on Tuesday that the cityโ€™s government must establish a framework to legally recognize same-sex partnerships... The ruling underscores how Asiaโ€™s conservative landscape is evolving when it comes to gay rights."

The ruling by the cityโ€™s Court of Final Appeal stops short of recognizing same-sex marriage, but some experts see the outcome as a small step forward.

A major victory today in Hong Kong โ€“ where the city's highest court has ordered the government to create legal recogniti...
09/05/2023

A major victory today in Hong Kong โ€“ where the city's highest court has ordered the government to create legal recognition for same-sex couples.

Hong Kongโ€™s top court has ordered the cityโ€™s government to set up a new framework to legally recognize the rights of same-sex couples in a partial victory for LGBTQ activists that stopped short of their demands for full marriage equality.

On Friday, a Peruvian high court ruled in favor of the freedom to marry โ€“ ordering the records office to register the ma...
07/24/2023

On Friday, a Peruvian high court ruled in favor of the freedom to marry โ€“ ordering the records office to register the marriage of a le***an couple who married abroad.

It's time for the freedom to marry in Peru! ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ช

Peru is one of the few countries in Latin America that has not recognized same-sex marriage, though it is not illegal to be gay.

Last week's historic ruling in Nepal is now the third clear decision from the Supreme Court affirming the freedom to mar...
07/06/2023

Last week's historic ruling in Nepal is now the third clear decision from the Supreme Court affirming the freedom to marry. And as couples prepare to register their marriages in the coming weeks, we're hopeful that Nepal will soon be country #36 to finally secure marriage for all. ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ต

Same-sex couples in Nepal said on Friday they were preparing to register their marriages after the Supreme Court issued a temporary order clearing the way for gay marriage for the first time in the largely conservative country.

Greece's Prime Minister says he plans to pass the freedom to marry โ€“ explaining that "Greek society is much more ready a...
07/05/2023

Greece's Prime Minister says he plans to pass the freedom to marry โ€“ explaining that "Greek society is much more ready and mature.โ€ ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ท

It's time for the freedom to marry in Greece!

It's a huge step forward for LGBTQ rights in a region where some conservative governments are cracking down on the community.

Following the Civil Rights Act of 1964, some opponents -- including even a barbecue joint --  tried to persuade the Supr...
06/30/2023

Following the Civil Rights Act of 1964, some opponents -- including even a barbecue joint -- tried to persuade the Supreme Court to grant them special licenses to discriminate in defiance of the law. The Court then said no. Sadly, today's Trump-packed Court allowed a carve-out that will injure and insult too many until it is fixed. The cure is political engagement and structural reform. This decision will not stand.

The high court ruled that a Christian web designer has a right to offer design services for opposite-sex weddings while refusing those services for same-sex weddings.

Cheering on this huge step forward in Czechia today โ€“  where lawmakers gave initial approval to freedom to marry legisla...
06/29/2023

Cheering on this huge step forward in Czechia today โ€“ where lawmakers gave initial approval to freedom to marry legislation! ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฟ

A strong majority of the Czech public supports marriage for all. Lawmakers should get the job done and pass this bill now!

The Czech parliament's lower house gave initial approval on Thursday to a bill to allow same-sex marriages, though conservative lawmakers signalled it could still face opposition and possible changes in further debates.

The Nepal Supreme Court โ€“ once again โ€“ calling on the government to stop discriminating and allow same-sex couples to ma...
06/28/2023

The Nepal Supreme Court โ€“ once again โ€“ calling on the government to stop discriminating and allow same-sex couples to marry.

It's time for the freedom to marry in Nepal! https://bit.ly/3NP4BV0 ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ต

The Supreme Court has issued an interim order directing the government to register temporary marriages of same-sex couples.

โœ… Signed and delivered!Today, Estonia's president officially signed legislation into law extending the freedom to marry ...
06/27/2023

โœ… Signed and delivered!

Today, Estonia's president officially signed legislation into law extending the freedom to marry to same-sex couples โ€“ the first ex-Soviet country to end marriage discrimination. ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ช

Estonian President Alar Karis said he ratified the countryโ€™s same-sex marriage law as well as several controversial tax hikes while also criticizing the government for the methods used to pass the bills.

With this week's victory in Estonia ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ช, 35 countries worldwide have now secured the freedom to marry for same-sex couple...
06/22/2023

With this week's victory in Estonia ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ช, 35 countries worldwide have now secured the freedom to marry for same-sex couples across all 7 continents โ€“ representing nearly 17% of the global population! ๐ŸŒŽ

See the updated map here, tracking the landscape for the freedom to marry around the world: https://bit.ly/3JrrZFx

Congratulations to Estonia, which today became the 35th country worldwide โ€“ and the first former Soviet country + first ...
06/20/2023

Congratulations to Estonia, which today became the 35th country worldwide โ€“ and the first former Soviet country + first in the Baltics โ€“ to secure the freedom to marry for same-sex couples! ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ช https://bit.ly/449HycJ

Love wins in Estonia โ€“ where lawmakers today passed legislation making the country the 35th in the world, and the 1st in...
06/20/2023

Love wins in Estonia โ€“ where lawmakers today passed legislation making the country the 35th in the world, and the 1st in the Baltics, to secure the freedom to marry for same-sex couples! ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ช

Prime Minister Kaja Kallas says the new legislation will take effect next year.

It's time for love to win in Estonia!  ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ช
06/14/2023

It's time for love to win in Estonia! ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ช

Lauri Hussar, the newly elected president of Estonia, has suggested a change in law could be introduced within weeks.

Another step forward in Japan, where a court ruled today that the denial of marriage to same-sex couples is in a "state ...
06/08/2023

Another step forward in Japan, where a court ruled today that the denial of marriage to same-sex couples is in a "state of unconstitutionality."

This is now the fourth court in Japan to rule in favor of same-sex couples who are seeking the freedom to marry! ๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ต

The ruling was the fifth among six lawsuits filed to date nationwide. Decisions have been split over the question of the banโ€™s constitutionality.

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