Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull calls for respectful debate on an upcoming same-sex marriage vote
Polls indicate popular support in Australia for marriage equality, but the issue has dragged on for more than a decade amid political wrangling over the best way to vote on the issue
Australia will hold a voluntary postal vote on whether to legalize gay marriage if parliament rejects plans for a plebiscite on the contentious issue, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull says
Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez, among President Rodrigo Duterte’s key allies in Congress, also makes good on his promise to push for civil unions for both same-sex and heterosexual couples
Lawmakers are also expected to approve the proposed supplemental budget for the rehabilitation of Marawi City
(UPDATED) The reform grants full marital rights, including child adoption, to gay and lesbian couples, who in Germany have been allowed since 2001 to enter so-called civil unions
His victory marks a watershed moment in Ireland, a once overwhelmingly Catholic and socially conservative country, with the Irish Times calling it a 'new dawn'
Taiwan is considered progressive on many issues including gay rights, but its roots in Confucianism translate into a strong sense of adherence to traditional mores
President Rodrigo Duterte says he has nothing against gays, but marriage is only for man and woman under the law
The amendments require further vetting before they can take effect, a process lawmakers estimate would take around 6 months
US President-elect Donald Trump vows to move aggressively on a conservative agenda, but also sought to reassure worried Americans they have nothing to fear from his presidency
Advocates of gay marriage in Australia vow to keep fighting for a parliamentary decision on legalizing same-sex unions after a planned referendum is blocked
Opposition leader Shorten: 'We could make marriage equality a reality today by having a free vote in the parliament and that is what should be done'
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Minority Leader Danilo Suarez says a same-sex couple locked in a kiss in a wedding ceremony 'is not pleasant to look at'
Bataan 1st District Representative Geraldine Roman, a transwoman, says it's about time for the Philippines to recognize the rights of same-sex couples
Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez says the LGBT community should not be deprived of happiness. 'Bakit naman 'di natin suportahan?'
Australia plans to hold a national vote on February 11 on whether to allow same-sex marriage, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull says
The marchers pay tribute to the 49 people killed in the attack at the Pulse gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida
US District Judge Carlton Reeves says the law violated the Constitution's equal protection guarantee: 'The state has put its thumb on the scale to favor some religious beliefs over others'
Australia's prime minister insists a referendum on legalizing same-sex marriage will be held this year if his government is re-elected despite the Labor opposition calling it 'a taxpayer-funded platform for homophobia'
The statement comes after companies such as Google, Facebook, and Goldman Sachs backed the annual Pink Dot rally
Kim Jho Gwang-Soo and Kim Seung-Hwan, the most high-profile gay couple in South Korea, fail to get legal status for their marriage
Six of the court's 9 judges approve the ruling that 'all people are free to choose independently to start a family in keeping with their sexual orientation... receiving equal treatment under the constitution and the law'
The Philippines is the only country in the world without divorce. Will this change come 2016?
The announcement comes after the prime minister became the first sitting leader to attend the Mardi Gras parade
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It is unclear why the recent furor has gained such momentum, but it follows a push by religious leaders and conservative politicians to bolster public morality in Indonesia, with crackdowns on prostitution and the availability of drugs and alcohol
Hindi ko pwedeng bigyan ng respeto ang mga taong ginagamit ang relihiyon upang apihin ang kapwa, para bigyan ng katuwiran ang mga maling kaisipan
'Kayo naman. Humingi na nga ng tawad e!' says Vice President Jejomar Binay, as he again defends the embattled boxing icon
The LP vice presidential bet on same-sex relationships: '[I'm] a devout Catholic who lives by the dictates of my religion...pero naniniwala ako na 'yung gobyerno, dapat bukas sa lahat ng usapin'
Former representative Walden Bello says his fellow senatorial candidate faces disqualification from the Senate race if he does not move his April 9 bout until after the elections
Senator Juan Ponce Enrile backs Manny Pacquiao's stand on same-sex marriage, and says the boxing champ will win a Senate seat without the votes of gay people
While she's against same-sex marriage, Parañaque Councilor Alma Moreno says fellow UNA bet Manny Pacquiao is wrong in saying that gay couples are 'worse than animals'
Asked about his position on same-sex marriage, Vice President Jejomar Binay says, 'I take the position of the Catholic Church'
Despite his apology, Pacquiao clarifies he will not compromise his faith just to get votes
'Alam mo kung ano ang mas masahol sa hayop? Ang magnakaw sa taumbayan katulad ng hindi mo pagtupad sa tungkulin mo bilang hinalal na opisyal'
(UPDATED) Vice Ganda, Perez Hilton, Aiza Seguerra, and more express their thoughts on Manny's recent comments about same-sex unions
'The LGBTQI community isn't a single-issue population. An educated citizen wouldn't vote for a candidate simply because of their stance on same-sex marriage'
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Should government adopt 'same-sex' unions as a policy?
Asked about same-sex marriages, one of the candidates says the issue is human rights and not religious rights
Filipinos weigh in on the senatorial candidates' views on thorny marriage issues
The presidential aspirant also says, 'I am for family planning, but I will never tolerate abortion because there’s already a human being inside a womb'
'Senatoriables' Lorna Kapunan, Neri Colmenares, and Martin Romualdez also say it's time to at least debate same-sex marriage
More than 60 percent of Slovenians vote against legalizing gay marriage in a referendum marked by low turnout
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