Same-sex marriage

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Judge who made landmark same-sex marriage ruling says someone thanks her every single week

The judge who legalised equal marriage in Massachusetts in 2003, the first US state to do so, has said that she is thanked by strangers at least once a week. Margaret Marshall, originally from South Africa, was the first woman and first immigrant to become chief justice of the Massachusetts supreme judicial court in its 328-year history. In 2003 she wrote the 4 – 3 majority opinion in the Goodridge v. Deptartment of Public Health, which legalised same-sex marriage in the state. The landmark case was brought by GLBTQ Legal...
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Church of England emphatically declares that sex is only for married, heterosexual couples

The Church of England has declared that opposite-sex married couples are the only people who should be having sex in a newly released document. Bishops from the institution have doubled down on their stance on same-sex marriage and sex outside of marriage following the Supreme Court’s 2018 ruling that heterosexual couples should have access to civil partnerships. The pastoral statement from the House of Bishops claims that sex outside of marriage falls “short of God’s purposes for human beings”. Furthermore, they write that people in civil partnerships – whether same-sex...
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Arlene Foster moans that same-sex marriage was ‘imposed’ upon Northern Ireland while missing an obvious point

DUP leader Arlene Foster has been moaning – yet again – about how same-sex marriage and abortion were “imposed” on Northern Ireland by Westminster. Same-sex marriage finally became legal in Northern Ireland on January 12 2020, with the first same-sex weddings expected to take place in the territory on Valentine’s Day. Needless to say, Foster is unhappy about this development. Arlene Foster wants Northern Ireland to have its ‘own voice heard’ – but this conflicts with her desire for full alignment with rest of UK. Speaking on Peston on ITV,...
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Film festival bosses blasted for choosing Jeremy Irons as jury head despite controversial views on same-sex marriage

The Berlin Film Festival has been slammed for selecting British actor Jeremy Irons as president of its international jury despite his past comments on same-sex marriage and sexual harassment. Irons, who is bet known for Brideshead Revisited and for voicing Scar in The Lion King, has become a controversial figure in recent years for his bizarre comments about same-sex marriage. But this didn’t stop bosses of the Berlin Film Festival selecting him as president of the international jury. “With his distinctive style Jeremy Irons has embodied some iconic characters that...
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Guatemala swears in homophobic new president who’s staunchly against marriage equality and LGBT rights

Alejandro Giammattei, who is against same-sex marriage and abortion, has been sworn in as president of Guatemala. Giammattei was sworn in yesterday (January 14) following his surprise win in the presidential election of August 2019, the Washington Post reports. He replaced outgoing president Jimmy Morales and will hold office or a four-year term. His election will likely not be welcomed by the country’s LGBT+ population, as Giammattei has spoken out against same-sex marriage in the past. When asked in 2015 about same-sex marriage, he replied: “There is so much to...
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