Ireland gives resounding 'yes' to gay marriage

May 24, 2015

Ireland gives resounding 'yes' to gay marriage

Irish voters have resoundingly backed amending the constitution to legalize gay marriage, leaders on both sides of the Irish referendum declared Saturday after the world’s first national vote on the issue. As the official ballot counting continued, the only question appeared to be how ...

Both sides say Ireland has voted to legalize gay marriage

May 23, 2015

Both sides say Ireland has voted to legalize gay marriage

Leaders on both sides of Ireland’s gay marriage campaign say advocates of legalization have won a resounding victory with the ballot count still under way. Senior figures from the “no” campaign, who sought to prevent Ireland’s constitution from being amended to permit gay marriage, ...

Lesbian couple 'wed' amid calls to legalize same-sex marriage

Apr 19, 2015

Lesbian couple 'wed' amid calls to legalize same-sex marriage

A lesbian couple held a symbolic wedding ceremony Sunday as calls grow to legalize same-sex marriage. While their marriage will not be recognized under law, actresses Ayaka Ichinose, 34, and Akane Sugimori, 28 — both dressed in white — reportedly tied the knot anyway ...

Shibuya's same-sex move kicks off debate

| Feb 28, 2015

Shibuya's same-sex move kicks off debate

by Philip Brasor

On Feb. 13, Asahi Shimbun’s daily Vox Populi, Vox Dei column mentioned Morizo and Kiccoro, the official mascots of the 2005 World Expo held in Aichi Prefecture. These two “woodland fairies” supposedly hailed from Seto, which issued them the same resident cards (jūminhyō) held ...

Feb 27, 2015

Bunkyo plans measures to aid sexual minorities

by Mami Maruko

Tokyo’s Bunkyo Ward will consider measures relating to sexual minorities by March 2016, a ward official said, following a recent proposal by Shibuya Ward to issue certificates recognizing same-sex unions. The measures have yet to be decided, and while it remains to be seen ...