same-sex marriage

Big early response in Australia gay marriage vote

Oct 03, 2017 - 3:14 PM

The result will not be published until November 15, a week after the poll closes, but campaigners from both the 'yes' and 'no' camps welcome the high response

YES OR NO. A photo taken in Sydney on September 20, 2017, shows the voting form in the contentious postal survey on same-sex marriage. William West/AFP

Germany celebrates first gay marriages

Oct 01, 2017 - 6:51 PM

(UPDATED) Germany is the 15th European nation to legalize gay marriage, but advocates say the battle for equal rights continues

EQUALITY. Germany is the 15th European country to legalize same sex marriage.

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

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

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

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

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

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Jun 30, 2017 - 8:24 PM

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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

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

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

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

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

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

Australia's same-sex marriage vote in doubt

Oct 11, 2016 - 12:24 PM

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

SUPPORT. This file photo taken on June 25, 2016 shows pro-gay marriage supporters attending a rally in Sydney. Saeed Khan/AFP

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Oct 05, 2016 - 11:48 PM

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Minority lawmakers oppose same-sex unions in PH

Oct 05, 2016 - 5:32 PM

Minority Leader Danilo Suarez says a same sex couple locked in a kiss in a wedding ceremony is not pleasant to look at

AGAINST. Minority Leader Danilo Suarez (left), Senior Deputy Minority Leader Lito Atienza (2nd from right), and AKO Bicol Representative Alfredo Garbin Jr (right) explain why their bloc opposes same-sex unions. Only Kabayan Representative Harry Roque (2nd from left) support it. File photos by Rappler

Roman: 'Sky will not fall' if same-sex civil union bill is passed

Oct 04, 2016 - 5:00 PM

Bataan 1st District Representative Geraldine Roman a transwoman says it s about time for the Philippines to recognize the rights of same sex couples

LGBT RIGHTS ADVOCATE. Bataan 1st District Representative Geraldine Roman is also a co-author of the anti-discrimination bill. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

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Oct 03, 2016 - 9:03 PM

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Alvarez wants same-sex civil marriage in PH

Oct 03, 2016 - 1:36 PM

Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez says the LGBT community should not be deprived of happiness Bakit naman di natin suportahan?

Australia looks to February vote on same-sex marriage

Sep 13, 2016 - 2:33 PM

Australia plans to hold a national vote on February 11 on whether to allow same sex marriage Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull says

A file photo taken on June 25, 2016, shows pro-gay marriage supporters carrying a rainbow banner and flags during a rally in Sydney. Saeed Khan/AFP

Gay Pride parade in Germany remembers Orlando victims

Jul 04, 2016 - 12:40 AM

The marchers pay tribute to the 49 people killed in the attack at the Pulse gay nightclub in Orlando Florida

People celebrate the Christopher-Street-Day parade on July 3, 2016 in Cologne, Germany.   / AFP PHOTO / dpa / Maja Hitij / Germany OUT

US district judge blocks Mississippi religious freedom law

Jul 01, 2016 - 4:00 PM

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

CARLTON REEVES. Photo from Roger Williams University, School of Law

Australia PM vows gay marriage vote despite homophobia fears

Jun 20, 2016 - 10:05 AM

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

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull speaks at a press conference calling the next federal election at Parliament House in Canberra, Sunday May 8, 2016. Mark Graham/AFP

Singapore tells foreign firms not to back gay rights rally

Jun 09, 2016 - 10:50 PM

The statement comes after companies such as Google Facebook and Goldman Sachs backed the annual Pink Dot rally

epa04286844 An aerial handout photo provided by Pink Dot Sg shows participants forming a giant pink dot during the Pink Dot event at the Speakers' Corner in Hong Lim Park in Singapore, 28 June 2014. The annual Pink Dot Sg event is the closest thing Singapore has to a gay pride parade which promotes an acceptance of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community in Singapore. About 26,000 people filled Hong Lim Park, the only place where public assemblies can take place without a permit, dressed in pink in support of Pink Dot's message: 'freedom to love'. EPA/PINK DOT SG / HANDOUT EDITORIAL USE ONLY

South Korea court rejects same-sex marriage

May 25, 2016 - 8:15 PM

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

epa03659071 A South Korean worker with South Korean flag on a high flag pole in Seoul, South Korea 27 March 2013. The South Korean flag design represents balance, as in yin and yang, with the varied black markings symbols representing earth, sun, sky and moon. EPA/BARBARA WALTON

Colombia legalizes same-sex marriage

Apr 29, 2016 - 12:00 PM

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

SAME-SEX MARRIAGE. In this file photo, members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community participate in the 'Gay Pride Day' parade in the streets of Bogota, Colombia, on June 26, 2011. File photo by Leonardo Munoz/EPA

Who among the VP bets will support divorce?

Apr 07, 2016 - 7:37 PM

The Philippines is the only country in the world without divorce Will this change come 2016?

Same-sex plebiscite by year-end – Australian minister

Mar 06, 2016 - 4:00 PM

The announcement comes after the prime minister became the first sitting leader to attend the Mardi Gras parade

LGBT PRIDE. Participants take part in the Sydney gay and lesbian Mardi Gras Parade in Sydney on March 5, 2016. Peter Parks/AFP

Indonesian officials on LGBT: ‘Kill them', contagious

Feb 27, 2016 - 1:03 PM

Here s what anti LGBT officials have said about homosexuality

Indonesia's gay community under attack

Feb 25, 2016 - 4:48 PM

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

Ang kalupitan ng tropang Pacquiao

Feb 22, 2016 - 11:00 AM

Hindi ko pwedeng bigyan ng respeto ang mga taong ginagamit ang relihiyon upang apihin ang kapwa para bigyan ng katuwiran ang mga maling kaisipan

April 14, 2015, Los Angeles,Calif. Superstar Manny Pacquiao trains with Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach and strength coach Justin Fortune for his upcoming 12-round welterweight world championship unification mega-fight against Floyd Mayweather.   Promoted by Mayweather Promotions and Top Rank Inc. , this pay-per-view telecast will be co-produced and co-distributed by HBO Pay-Per-View® and SHOWTIME PPV® Saturday, May 2 beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET/ 6:00 p.m. PT from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Chris Farina/ Top Rank

#PugadBaboy: Masahol sa hayop

Feb 20, 2016 - 5:00 AM

UNA won’t drop Pacquiao from Senate slate

Feb 19, 2016 - 7:29 PM

Kayo naman Humingi na nga ng tawad e says Vice President Jejomar Binay as he again defends the embattled boxing icon

UNA CANDIDATE. Boxing icon and Sarangani Representative Manny Pacquiao addresses the crowd at the UNA launch on February 9, 2016. Photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

Robredo on Pacquiao remark: 'Healthy respect lang'

Feb 18, 2016 - 4:59 PM

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

RESPECT. Liberal Party vice presidential bet Leni Robredo comments on the controversial remark of her fellow lawmaker Manny Pacquiao regarding same-sex marriage. Photo by Jee Geronimo/Rappler

Walden Bello to Pacquiao: Postpone fight vs Bradley or lose Senate bid

Feb 18, 2016 - 10:29 AM

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

POSTPONE FIGHT. Former Akbayan party list representative Walden Bello (right) says Manny Pacquiao's April 9 fight against Timothy Bradley Jr is against election rules

Enrile to gays: Go to another planet

Feb 17, 2016 - 11:55 PM

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

Photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

Alma Moreno to Pacquiao: Religious beliefs not basis to insult others

Feb 17, 2016 - 12:35 PM

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

SAME-SEX MARRIAGE VIEWS. UNA's official candidates are dominated by those against legalizing same-sex marriage in the country

Binay defends Pacquiao: 'He's very God-fearing'

Feb 17, 2016 - 12:31 AM

Asked about his position on same sex marriage Vice President Jejomar Binay says I take the position of the Catholic Church

PEOPLE'S CHAMP. Boxing champ and Sarangani Representative Manny Pacquiao addresses UNA supporters at the campaign launch of the opposition party led by Vice President Jejomar Binay on February 9, 2016. Photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

WATCH: Pacquiao apologizes for calling gay couples more disgusting than animals

Feb 16, 2016 - 8:57 PM

Despite his apology Pacquiao clarifies he will not compromise his faith just to get votes

BACKTRACK? Manny Pacquiao says he remains steadfast in his belief that same-sex unions should not be allowed. Screengrab from Rappler interview

The 'sub-humanity' of Manny Pacquiao

Feb 16, 2016 - 7:26 PM

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

SUBHUMAN. Does Manny Pacquiao's comment comparing people in same-sex unions to animals create a hierarchy of who deserves or does not deserve basic rights? Image courtesy of Emil Mercado

Stars react to Manny Pacquiao's comments on same-sex unions

Feb 16, 2016 - 1:42 PM

UPDATED Vice Ganda Perez Hilton Aiza Seguerra and more express their thoughts on Manny s recent comments about same sex unions

After National Gay Congress, politics as usual

Feb 04, 2016 - 2:16 PM

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

PAWNS? Have LGBT issues become tools for the candidates to win elections? Image courtesy of Alyssa Arizabal