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Gay marriage, abortion laws liberalized in Northern Ireland

Oct 22, 2019 - 8:30 AM

Grainne Teggart of Amnesty International says the change 'is a hugely significant moment and the beginning of a new era for Northern Ireland – one in which we're free from oppressive laws that have policed our bodies and healthcare'

DECRIMINALIZED. Pro-choice supporters pose as they gather at Parliament buildings on the Stormont Estate in Belfast on October 21, 2019. Photo by Paul Faith/AFP

Fight for same-sex marriage in PH still alive despite Supreme Court ruling

Sep 04, 2019 - 2:18 PM

'(The ruling) did not resolve anything about same sex marriage, the opinions expressed there will not be controlling,' says Chief Justice Lucas Bersamin

MARRIAGE EQUALITY. LGBTQ+ members light candles as they gather outside the Supreme Court in Manila on June 19, 2018 for the oral arguments on a petition for same sex marriage. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Supreme Court junks same-sex marriage case on technicalities

Sep 03, 2019 - 2:37 PM

The dismissal is based on the lack of legal standing by petitioner Jesus Falcis. Falcis and his co-counsels are held liable for indirect contempt.

SAME-SEX MARRIAGE. LGBTQ members light candles as they gather outside the Supreme Court in Manila on June 19, 2018 for the oral arguments regarding the petition for same sex marriage. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

[OPINION] A prayerful Congress

Jul 27, 2019 - 11:00 AM

Podiums will become pulpits

[ANALYSIS] Sodom, Gomorrah, and the fate of gender equality

Jun 25, 2019 - 8:04 PM

At the heart of the resistance is the moral conviction that to be queer is not only strange, it is evil

CA Justice Bato supports same-sex marriage in SC application

Jun 25, 2019 - 5:20 PM

Two other Court of Appeals justices vying for a position at the Supreme Court express openness to the concept of same-sex marriage

SAME-SEX MARRIAGE. Court of Appeals Justice Ramon Bato Jr expresses support for same-sex marriage, citing equal protection clause in his interview with the Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) on June 25, 2019, for a justice position at the Supreme Court. Screenshot from JBC

SC applicant rejects same-sex marriage, says LGBTQIA ‘not minority’

Jun 21, 2019 - 2:55 PM

‘Why should the recognition and rights be given to them over and above what is given to other people?’ says law professor Jeremy Benigno Gatdula

JBC INTERVIEWS. Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) member former justice Jose Mendoza (left) interviews law professor Jeremy Benigno Gatdula for a position on the Supreme Court bench. Photo courtesy of the JBC

Ecuador's highest court approves same-sex marriage

Jun 13, 2019 - 2:06 PM

LGBT and human rights activists erupt in celebration in Quito and the port city of Guayaquil, waving rainbow flags that symbolize the gay rights movement

APPROVED! People celebrate after the Ecuador's Constitutional Court approved equal civil marriage, in Quito, on June 12, 2019. Photo by Rodrigo Buendia/AFP)

Hong Kong court issues landmark ruling on benefits for gay couples

Jun 06, 2019 - 1:12 PM

The judgment is the latest instance where the judiciary has found against the government and in favor of gay rights groups seeking greater equality

SAME-SEX RIGHTS. Same-sex couples attend an event to raise awareness of gay rights in Hong Kong on May 25, 2019, one day after Taiwan made history with Asia's first legal gay weddings. Photo by Philip Fong/AFP

Taiwan holds first gay marriages in historic day for Asia

May 24, 2019 - 8:24 AM

The weddings place Taiwan at the vanguard of the burgeoning gay rights movement in Asia

FIRST COUPLE. Taiwan's first gay couple Shane Lin (L) and Marc Yuan kiss outside the Household Registration Office in Shinyi district in Taipei on May 24, 2019. Taiwan's first official same-sex weddings kicked off in a landmark moment for LGBT rights in Asia. Photo by Sam Yeh/AFP

As #LoveWins in Taiwan, Filipinos weigh in on same-sex marriage in PH

May 18, 2019 - 3:46 PM

Is predominantly Catholic Philippines ready for same-sex marriage?

Filipino pastor takes new gay marriage fight to Hong Kong court

May 07, 2019 - 10:41 AM

An unprecedented legal challenge filed by the Filipino Reverend Marrz Balaoro turns the more commonly heard religious argument opposing gay marriage in Hong Kong on its head

PASTOR BALAORO. In this picture taken on May 5, 2019 Filipino Christian pastor Marrz Balaoro poses for a photo after an interview with AFP in Hong Kong. Photo by Philip Fong/AFP

Taiwan unveils long-awaited gay marriage bill

Feb 21, 2019 - 2:26 PM

(UPDATED) The bill by the cabinet is the Tsai administration's attempt to meet the court's demands for amendments while trying to respect the referendum result by not altering the Civil Code defining marriage as between a man and a woman

TAIWAN'S SAME-SEX MARRIAGE STRUGGLE. People take part in a rally in support of same-sex marriage near the Presidential Office in Taipei on November 18, 2018, ahead of a landmark vote on LGBT rights on November 24. File photo by Chris Stowers/AFP

Gay couples in Japan seek marriage rights in Valentine's lawsuit

Feb 13, 2019 - 1:50 PM

The 5 lesbian and 8 gay couples involved will file lawsuits across the country seeking damages of one million yen ($9000) a person for being denied the same legal rights as heterosexual couples

GAY RIGHTS IN JAPAN. This picture taken on January 17, 2019 shows same sex couple Yoko Ogawa (L) and Chizuka Oe (R) displaying their marriage registration form to journalists in front of a town hall in Tokyo. Photo by Toshifumi Kitamura/AFP

Cuba decides to scrap same-sex marriage law in new constitution – official

Dec 19, 2018 - 9:22 AM

(UPDATED) It is a surprising twist given public popular support shown nationwide – and earlier remarks from lawmakers in the Americas' only one-party Communist regime

Hilbay: Same-sex marriage should be fought in Congress, not Supreme Court

Dec 10, 2018 - 1:08 PM

‘There’s also a tactical perspective to it, if you think you’re not gonna get that decision from the Supreme Court then why file before the Supreme Court?’ says senatorial aspirant Florin Hilbay

SAME-SEX MARRIAGE. Opposition Koalisyon Senate bet Florin Hilbay says he would support same-sex marriage in Congress. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

JBC tackles drug war, divorce, same-sex marriage in panel interview

Dec 05, 2018 - 3:27 PM

Applicants for a Supreme Court vacancy are asked for their opinions on polarizing legal issues. Privacy issues are also discussed.

PUBLIC INTERVIEWS. (L-R) CA Justices Ricardo Rosario, Ramon Cruz and Eduardo Peralta undergo the Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) public interviews on December 5, 2018, for a vacancy on the Supreme Court. Photos from the JBC

Taiwan's progressive image takes hit after divisive polls

Nov 25, 2018 - 1:19 PM

'Pro-family' groups defeat pro-gay campaigners in what Amnesty International calls a "bitter blow and a step backwards for human rights in Taiwan

GAY MARRIAGE. People take part in a rally in support of same-sex marriage near the Presidential Office in Taipei on November 18, 2018, ahead of a landmark vote on LGBT rights on November 24. Photo by Chris Stowers/AFP

Catholic Church urges Cubans to reject same-sex marriage

Sep 01, 2018 - 10:50 AM

Santiago de Cuba archbishop Dionisio Garcia calls on Cubans not to 'ignore what nature has given', amid legislators' plans to legalize same-sex marriage under the proposed new constitution

CONSTITUTIONAL? Cuban lawmakers are set to debate on the Caribbean country's draft charter.

Taiwan gay marriage faces new hurdle with referendum proposal

Aug 28, 2018 - 5:28 PM

The anti-gay marriage Happiness of the Next Generation Alliance submits a referendum petition to election authorities to try to prevent the civil code from being amended to recognize same-sex partnerships

AGAINST GAY MARRIAGE Anti-gay marriage protesters display the number of anti-gay marriage petition signatures outside Taiwan's Central Election Commission in Taipei on August 28, 2018. Photo by Sam Yeh/AFP

Missed SC deadline another misstep for same-sex marriage petition

Aug 07, 2018 - 1:48 PM

The High Court asks lawyer Jesus Falcis to show cause why he should not be disciplined for failing to submit his memorandum on time

Attorney Jesus Falcis III prior to the start of the Supreme Court oral arguments on same sex marriage on June 19, 2018. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Same-sex marriages allowed in Cuba's draft constitution

Jul 22, 2018 - 9:05 AM

It defines marriage as the 'voluntary and consensual union between two people' without specifying their biological sex

CONSTITUTIONAL? Cuban lawmakers are set to debate on the Caribbean country's draft charter. Shutterstock photo

Duterte supports same-sex civil union, says Malacañang

Jul 02, 2018 - 3:40 PM

Allowing civil unions, which would provide legal rights for same-sex couples, is acceptable to President Rodrigo Duterte while same-sex marriage is not, says his spokesman Harry Roque

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and Sec. Bong Go of the Office of the Special Assistant to the President interact with their supporters upon their arrival at the ASEAN Convention Center in Clark Freeport Zone, Pampanga for the oath-taking ceremony of the newly-elected Punong Barangays of Central Luzon on June 12, 2018. ARCEL VALDERRAMA/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Only 2 in 10 Filipinos favor same-sex marriage – SWS

Jun 30, 2018 - 4:19 PM

The results of a Social Weather Stations survey held in March 2018 also show that opposition to same-sex civil unions is strongest in the Visayas and 'among single men who are widowed/separated/divorced'

LOVE FOR ALL. Same-sex civil unions is still widely rejected in predominantly Catholic Philippines. Photo from Shutterstock

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President Rodrigo Roa Duterte administers the oath of office of around 1,900 newly-elected barangay chairpersons in the Zamboanga Peninsula. The ceremony was held at the Municipal Gymnasium in Molave, Zamboanga del Sur on June 26, 2018. SIMEON CELI JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Leonen grills Calida: Can you prove Constitution bans same-sex marriage?

Jun 26, 2018 - 10:47 PM

'We choose only portions of the past that we like and call it tradition that we must preserve,' says Associate Justice Marvic Leonen

CONSTITUTION. Supreme Court Associate Justice Marvic Leonen and Solicitor General Jose Calida argued on June 26, 2018, on whether the Constitution contemplated same-sex marriage.

Justice Carpio: Same-sex civil union is constitutional

Jun 26, 2018 - 7:25 PM

Petitioner Jesus Falcis III says civil union can be a middleground, 'but it doesn’t mean we will stop fighting for marriage equality'

Justices of the Supreme Court led by acting Chief Justice Antonio Carpio starts the oral arguments on the same sex marriage on June 18, 2018. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Supreme Court tackles: Are same-sex couples family too?

Jun 26, 2018 - 5:24 PM

‘Is there a statistical study that shows that heterosexual couples make better families?’ Associate Justice Marvic Leonen asks Solicitor General Jose Calida

Justices of the Supreme Court led by acting Chief Justice Antonio Carpio starts the oral arguments on the same sex marriage on June 18, 2018. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

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Justices of the Supreme Court led by acting Chief Justice Antonio Carpio starts the oral arguments on the same sex marriage on June 18, 2018. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Same-sex marriage: Flawed petition or unready Court?

Jun 26, 2018 - 10:49 AM

‘The Supreme Court was trying to find a reason not to decide the case,’ says constitutional law professor Dan Gatmaytan

The week in photos: June 16-22, 2018

Jun 23, 2018 - 12:53 PM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

A 4-year-old Honduran girl carries a doll while walking with her immigrant mother, both released from detention through the "catch and release" policy, from a Catholic Charities relief center to a nearby bus station on June 17, 2018 in McAllen, Texas."Catch and release" is a pro Photo by Loren Elliott/AFP

Falcis legal team: Same-sex marriage petition will help LGBT movement

Jun 21, 2018 - 12:06 PM

'Para sakin ang importante ay naumpisahan na ang paguusap. The conversation has now begun inside the Supreme Court,' says TV personality Boy Abunda, who was present at the opening of the oral arguments at the SC

Justices of the Supreme Court led by acting Chief Justice Antonio Carpio starts the oral arguments on the same sex marriage on June 18, 2018. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

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Justices of the Supreme Court led by acting Chief Justice Antonio Carpio starts the oral arguments on the same sex marriage on June 18, 2018. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

#WeAreFamilyToo: LGBT groups push for marriage equality outside SC

Jun 20, 2018 - 11:40 AM

Despite challenges faced by various LGBT groups, they are hopeful that it is the most opportune time to fight for marriage equality

Supporters for gender equality rally in front of the Supreme Court hearing the petition on sane sex marriage. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Jardeleza: Why not take same-sex marriage battle elsewhere?

Jun 20, 2018 - 7:09 AM

Supreme Court Associate Justice Francis Jardeleza advises young lawyer Jesus Falcis to instead look at Congress and the Constitutional Consultative Committee

PROPER VENUE? Associate Justice Francis Jardeleza quizzes newbie lawyer Jesus Falcis. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

SC's De Castro: Same-sex marriage will complicate gender specific laws

Jun 19, 2018 - 11:56 PM

'There is a law that would guide judges and justices, and that is the Constitution,' says petitioner Jesus Falcis III

SERENO IMPEACHMENT. Justice Teresita De Castro testifies before the House Committee on Justice during Chief Justice Ma. Lourdes Serenoo during the Impeachment proceedings on Wednesday. File by Darren Langit/Rappler

‘Mistakes’ of young lawyer overshadow historic marriage equality hearing

Jun 19, 2018 - 11:13 PM

Jesus Falcis III makes an impassioned plea at the end and tells the Court, ‘I made mistakes, but LGBT couples will be harmed if their rights are not recognized’

Nick Falcis with the rest of the petitioners at the Supreme Court for the oral arguments on same sex marriage on June 19, 2018. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

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Is timing right for same-sex marriage petition? Leonen warns of risks

Jun 19, 2018 - 6:47 PM

‘We may commit a mistake and such a mistake might be permanent,’ says Associate Justice Marvic Leonen

Nick Falcis prior to the start of the Supreme Court oral arguments on same sex marriage on June 19, 2018. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

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President Rodrigo Roa Duterte is accompanied by Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano upon his arrival at the Department Foreign Affairs (DFA) Building in Pasay City for the 120TH Anniversary celebration of DFA on June 18, 2018. VALERIE ESCALERA/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

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Your guide to the Supreme Court oral arguments on same-sex marriage

Jun 17, 2018 - 10:00 AM

The Falcis petition seeks to declare as unconstitutional the provisions in the Family Code that limit a marriage to a man and woman only, supposedly because they violate the constitutional right to equal protection of laws

HISTORIC. Intervenors Ceejay Agbayani and Marlon Felipe, and petitioner lawyer Jesus Falcis III (L-R) get the Supreme Court to tackle in oral arguments same-sex marriage in the Philippines.

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Jun 14, 2018 - 8:35 PM

The petition is expected to attract strong reactions as the Philippines is a predominantly Catholic country

Hong Kong's behind-closed-doors gay weddings

May 17, 2018 - 6:07 PM

Same-sex marriage is not legally recognized in Hong Kong and often those who have a ceremony say they prefer to do it privately, away from the public gaze

Singapore couple challenge annulment of marriage after sex change

Apr 02, 2018 - 6:12 PM

The Singapore government voids the marriage of a couple after the husband underwent a sex change because the operation made their partnership a same-sex union that is illegal in the city-state

CAKES. Same-sex marriage cake toppers are displayed on a shelf at Fantastico on December 5, 2017 in San Francisco, California. Photo Justin Sullivan/Getty Images/AFP

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From left to right: LTC. Rodolfo Farinas, JAGS (Res), LTC Emmanuel Paquiao, PA (Res), LTC Lorna Regina Legarda, PAF (Res) and LTC. Pantaleon Alvarez, PN-M (Res), during the deliberation on the ad interim appointments and nominations of Senior Officers of the Armed Forces of the Philippines at the Senate on March 7, 2018. Photo by Joseph Vidal/PRIB

Supreme Court to hold oral arguments on same-sex marriage

Mar 06, 2018 - 6:10 PM

The oral arguments will give marriage equality advocates their most-awaited day in court

ORAL ARGUMENTS. Openly gay lawyer Jesus Falcis has a once in a lifetime opportunity to defend in oral arguments at the Supreme Court his stance for same-sex marriage. Photo by Rappler

Midnight vows after historic Australia gay marriage reforms

Jan 09, 2018 - 3:15 PM

Two Australian athletes tied the knot just after midnight Tuesday in one of the first gay unions in the country following historic marriage equality laws

GAY WEDDING. Australian Commonwealth Games sprinter Craig Burns (left) and fiance Luke Sullivan pose ahead of their marriage ceremony at Summergrove Estate, New South Wales on January 8, 2018. Photo by Patrick Hamilton/ AFP