40 million people worldwide are victims of modern slavery – ILO

Sep 20, 2017 - 9:15 AM

7 in 10 victims are women and girls, while 25% are children

Controversial Australia vote on same-sex marriage begins

Sep 12, 2017 - 3:52 PM

If most Australians vote yes to same sex marriage the government will move to hold a parliamentary free vote on changing the marriage laws

FOR MARRIAGE EQUALITY. This picture taken on September 10, 2017 shows demonstrators taking part in a same-sex marriage rally in Sydney. Saeed Khan/AFP

Australia gay marriage debate highlights church divisions

Sep 11, 2017 - 2:36 PM

Although attitudes to same sex marriage vary across denominations and congregations many Australians view the church as the greatest source of resistance to such unions

OPPOSED. This picture taken on September 9, 2017 shows protesters holding up banners at an anti same-sex marriage rally in Sydney. Peter Parks/AFP

Thousands rally in support of Australia gay marriage as polls narrow

Sep 10, 2017 - 6:46 PM

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull says if a majority votes yes they will ensure a bill legalizing same sex marriage is presented to the parliament

Hate law plan in Australia ahead of gay marriage vote

Sep 08, 2017 - 4:08 PM

Same sex marriage advocates have opposed the voluntary postal ballot that opens next week arguing it could turn ugly and expose gay people and their families to abuse

Australia court dismisses challenge to gay marriage postal vote

Sep 07, 2017 - 2:16 PM

The decision means ballot papers will be sent out as scheduled next week with results known in November

'VOTE YES.'A woman looks at a Vote Yes sign in a shop window supporting same-sex marriage in Sydney on September 7, 2017. William West/AFP

Australia same-sex marriage vote faces legal challenge

Sep 05, 2017 - 9:01 AM

UPDATED Same sex marriage advocates launch legal action in Australia s highest court against a controversial government plan for a postal vote on the issue calling it divisive and harmful

Supporters of same sex marriage carry banners and shout slogans as they march in Sydney on August 6, 2017. Peter Parks/AFP

[Two Pronged] Should I leave my wife or my girlfriend?

Aug 24, 2017 - 9:57 AM

After marrying his girlfriend because she was pregnant Anon asks if he should leave his wife and unsatisfying marriage for another woman

Australian PM slams gay slurs as marriage vote looms

Aug 22, 2017 - 11:24 AM

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull calls for respectful debate on an upcoming same sex marriage vote

Supporters of same sex marriage carry banners and shout slogans as they march in Sydney on August 6, 2017. Peter Parks/AFP

Gay marriage postal vote sparks fury, debate in Australia

Aug 09, 2017 - 1:37 PM

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

Supporters of same sex marriage carry banners and shout slogans as they march in Sydney on August 6, 2017. Peter Parks/AFP

Australia plans postal vote on gay marriage

Aug 08, 2017 - 3:07 PM

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

EQUAL RIGHTS. Supporters of same sex marriage carry banners and shout slogans as they march in Sydney on August 6, 2017. Peter Parks/AFP

Bill on dissolution of marriage filed in Congress

Aug 07, 2017 - 9:28 PM

House Bill 6027 however does not define what constitutes severe and chronic unhappiness one of the grounds for seeking to end a marriage

DISSOLUTION OF MARRIAGE. Under House Bill 6027, a marriage may be dissolved based on irreconcilable differences or severe and chronic unhappiness.

Yes to divorce

Jul 31, 2017 - 10:41 AM

However divorce laws must look into inequalities to ensure that women are protected and their stronger emotional ties to their children are recognized

[Two Pronged] Getting over jealousy after emotional infidelity

Jul 25, 2017 - 2:05 PM

A wife asks if she should still trust her husband after discovering his history of emotional infidelity

Illustration by Ernest Fiestan/Rappler

Alvarez says option for dissolution 'makes marriage stronger'

Jul 24, 2017 - 2:26 PM

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

BETTER MARRIAGES? House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez, himself split from his wife, says allowing couples the option for the 'dissolution of marriage' makes for happier unions. Rappler photo

FULL TEXT: Let us legislate for the future generation – Alvarez

Jul 24, 2017 - 12:33 PM

Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez admits that the previous House session was marked with unprecedented challenges

HOUSE PRIORITIES. Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez delivers his speech as he opened the 2nd regular session of the 17th Congress. Photo by Rappler

House prioritizes BBL, bills on same-sex civil unions, gov’t reorganization

Jul 24, 2017 - 11:22 AM

UPDATED Speaker Alvarez presents this year s House agenda

HOUSE PRIORITIES. Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez reopens the session on July 24. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

House priorities: Bills on same-sex civil unions, charter change

Jul 17, 2017 - 3:03 PM

Lawmakers are also expected to approve the proposed supplemental budget for the rehabilitation of Marawi City

HOUSE PRIORITIES. Deputy Speaker Gwen Garcia (center) details the House of Representatives' legislative agenda in the next months. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Marawi death toll, De Lima, Pacquiao | Evening wRap

Jun 30, 2017 - 8:24 PM

Watch the evening newscast with Mara Cepeda

Germany legalizes same-sex marriage, Merkel votes against

Jun 30, 2017 - 3:48 PM

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

MARRIAGE RIGHTS. This file photo taken on April 30, 2017 shows activists stretching a giant rainbow banner in front of the Chancellery in Berlin, during a demonstration calling on the Russian President to put an end to the persecution of gay men in Chechnya.  File photo by John Macdougall/AFP

Same-sex marriage push divides Merkel's ruling coalition

Jun 28, 2017 - 9:40 PM

The reform would grant full marital rights including child adoption to gay and lesbian couples who in Germany are now only able to enter so called civil unions

MARRIAGE RIGHTS. This file photo taken on April 30, 2017 shows activists stretching a giant rainbow banner in front of the Chancellery in Berlin, during a demonstration calling on the Russian President to put an end to the persecution of gay men in Chechnya.  File photo by John Macdougall/AFP

British gay woman launches rights appeal in Hong Kong

Jun 15, 2017 - 3:35 PM

The woman known to the court only as QT was refused a spousal visa because she is in a same sex partnership

(FILES) This file photo taken on November 26, 2016 shows participants of Hong Kong's annual pride parade walking through the streets with a large rainbow flag.  Major international finance institutions in Hong Kong made a landmark intervention on June 7, 2017 in the case of a gay couple struggling to get their rights recognised by the city's courts. / AFP PHOTO / Aaron TAM

Ireland set for first openly gay prime minister

Jun 03, 2017 - 11:16 AM

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

FIRST. Fine Gael TD for Dublin West and Minister for Social Protection, Leo Varadkar listens to a speech after his victory in the party leadership election, at the National Count Centre in Mansion House, Dublin on June 2, 2017. Photo by Paulo Nunes dos Santos/AFP

INFOGRAPHIC: How childhood is stolen from kids around the world

Jun 02, 2017 - 10:00 AM

There are 700 million kids whose childhood ended early says a report by by international child’s rights group Save the Children

LOST CHILDHOOD. Over 700 million kids around the world have ended their childhood early due to young child mortality, malnutrition, poor education, child labor, early marriage, teenage pregnancy and war. Photo by Noel Celis / AFP

Taiwan top court rules in favor of gay marriage

May 24, 2017 - 5:15 PM

Taiwan s constitutional court gives the government two years to implement the ruling

A LANDMARK DECISION. Same-sex activists hug outside the parliament in Taipei on May 24, 2017 as they celebrate the landmark decision paving the way for the island to become the first place in Asia to legalise gay marriage. Photo by Sam Yeh/AFP

Hope in Taiwan ahead of landmark gay marriage ruling

May 22, 2017 - 1:17 PM

Taiwan is seen as one of the most progressive societies in the region when it comes to gay rights Momentum is gathering since President Tsai Ing wen – who has openly supported marriage equality – came to power last May

FOR GAY RIGHTS. This picture taken on May 19, 2017 shows Taiwanese gay rights campaigner Chi Chia-wei, 59, posing for a photograph with a flag during an exhibition in Taipei. Photo by Sam Yeh/AFP

Japan's Princess Mako to marry commoner, lose royal status

May 18, 2017 - 3:10 PM

UPDATED Under a controversial law all female imperial family members lose their royal status upon marriage to a commoner This law doesn t apply to male royals

Japanese Princess Mako leaves her home in Tokyo on May 18, 2017.  The upcoming engagement of Emperor Akihito's granddaughter to her college sweetheart has brought joy to Japan but is highlighting the vulnerability of the male-dominated imperial family at a sensitive time for the ancient institution. / AFP PHOTO / JIJI PRESS / STR / Japan OUT

'The Big Bang Theory' star Jim Parsons marries Todd Spiewak

May 15, 2017 - 9:53 AM

Jim and Todd marry after being together for 14 years

[Two Pronged] Is it worth it to stay in this relationship?

May 07, 2017 - 3:29 PM

Bel a reader asks our Two Pronged duo if she should stay in her unhappy sexless second marriage

[Two Pronged] Asking the wrong questions

Apr 24, 2017 - 12:08 PM

Roseanne asks Should I feel guilty all throughout my life and believe that I was all alone to blame for why I became a wayward spouse?

Pengakuan Barry Manilow soal pernikahannya dengan sang manajer

Apr 06, 2017 - 9:56 AM

Manilow berbagi detail cerita soal pernikahannya dengan Garry Kief di tahun 2014

Barry Manilow mengungkapkan pernikahannya dnegan sang manajer sejak tahun 2014. Foto dari akun Instagram barrymanilowofficial.

Barry Manilow on coming out, secret marriage to manager

Apr 06, 2017 - 2:29 AM

The singer shares details about being with Garry Kief whom he married in 2014

Taiwan court hears landmark gay marriage case

Mar 24, 2017 - 3:02 PM

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

SAME-SEX MARRIAGE. The hearing comes after the first draft of a bill to legalize gay marriage was passed by Taiwan's parliament in December. File photo from Shutterstock

DASH of SAS: 6 things I wish mother told me about love, men, and sex

Mar 20, 2017 - 6:47 PM

Check out these tips about love and sex that mothers can discuss with their daughters

Duterte rejects same-sex marriage for PH

Mar 20, 2017 - 1:20 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte says he has nothing against gays but marriage is only for man and woman under the law

[Two Pronged] Should I mind my own business?

Mar 12, 2017 - 4:33 PM

When your friend asks you to interfere directly in her problems with her husband should you do so or leave it between them?

Adele confirms she and Simon Konecki are married

Mar 06, 2017 - 11:08 AM

Adele confirms at a concert in Australia that she is married to Simon Konecki the father of her 4 year old old son Angelo

[Clinical Notes] Are first marriages really better?

Feb 25, 2017 - 3:06 PM

Margarita Holmes talks about the impact of second marriages on kids and the effects of the non legalization of divorce on a family

[Two Pronged] Am I selfish if I want to postpone my wedding?

Feb 19, 2017 - 5:17 PM

I want to explore the world Travel meet friends and do silly things He is now looking forward to start a family have kids and settle But what about me?

[Two Pronged] My boyfriend has commitment issues

Jan 09, 2017 - 2:31 PM

After two weddings that didn t push through Adriana asks: Is 7 years too soon for him? Should I stay and wait or go?

Taiwan moves a step closer to legalizing same-sex marriage

Dec 26, 2016 - 7:46 PM

The amendments require further vetting before they can take effect a process lawmakers estimate would take around 6 months

SAME-SEX. This photo by Taiwan agency CNA Photo taken in Taipei on December 26, 2016 shows gay rights supporters displaying a rainbow flag outside the parliament to show their support as a parliamentary committee reviewed a bill to include same-sex marriage in the civil law. Photo by CNA/AFP

Sex and marriage with robots: science fiction or new reality?

Dec 22, 2016 - 1:49 PM

Some specialists believe the first animated lovers made of metal rubber and plastic programmed to provide sexual bliss will take a step into reality just months from now

[Clinical Notes] More on 'Peeping on my sister-in-law'

Dec 20, 2016 - 9:53 PM

Should a guy tell his wife that he s sexually attracted to his sister in law? Can a marriage survive this kind of secrecy – and can it thrive?

Why women in Indonesia divorce their husbands

Dec 06, 2016 - 3:43 PM

Between 2012 and 2013 there were 350 000 divorce cases averaging 40 divorces every hour – 70 of the divorce cases were filed by women

Of marriage, morality and misogyny

Nov 28, 2016 - 3:00 PM

Why a double standard exists in Philippine politics and society

Trump firm on agenda but says Americans have nothing to fear

Nov 14, 2016 - 10:59 AM

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

US President-elect Donald Trump during an interview with CBS News' '60 Minutes', taped November 11, 2016 and aired November 13, 2016. Photo courtesy CBS News

Australia gay marriage lobby to push for vote by MPs

Nov 08, 2016 - 3:24 PM

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

In this file photo, pro-gay marriage supporters carry a rainbow banner and flags during a rally in Sydney on June 25, 2016. Saeed Khan/AFP

[Two Pronged] My husband and his erectile dysfunction

Nov 06, 2016 - 3:02 PM

A woman who says she married her husband to get rid of a guy stalker is now worried that he hasn t been performing in bed

Michael Phelps took the plunge with secret marriage - reports

Oct 28, 2016 - 9:32 AM

Olympic swimming star Michael Phelps and long time girlfriend Nicole Johnson were quietly married in June

PLUNGE. Michael Phelps has reportedly married the mother of his child shortly after the birth of their son, Boomer. Photo by Esteban Biba/EPA

[Two Pronged] Husband ignores me though I'm beautiful, sexy

Oct 16, 2016 - 1:44 PM

Very often when we have sex he doesn’t seem that interested or aroused