City of Iga to recognize same-sex partnerships from April

Dec 26, 2015

City of Iga to recognize same-sex partnerships from April

The city of Iga in Mie Prefecture is set to start issuing certificates recognizing same-sex partnerships as being equivalent to marriage from next April to address discrimination against sexual minorities, Iga Mayor Sakae Okamoto said Friday. The city will follow Shibuya and Setagaya wards ...

Dec 23, 2015

Greek Parliament legalizes same-sex civil partnerships

Greece’s parliament has approved legislation legalizing civil partnerships for gay couples, two years after the country was condemned by a European Court for discrimination. In a result announced early Wednesday, lawmakers voted 193-56 in favor of the bill to extend civil partnerships to same-sex ...

Islamic State conflict voted AP's top news story of 2015

Dec 22, 2015

Islamic State conflict voted AP's top news story of 2015

The far-flung attacks claimed by Islamic State militants and the intensifying global effort to crush them added up to a grim, gripping yearlong saga that was voted the top news story of 2015, according to The Associated Press’ annual poll of U.S. editors and ...

Dec 21, 2015

Mainly-Catholic Slovenia rejects gay marriage in referendum

More than 60 percent of Slovenian voters opposed legalizing gay marriage in a referendum Sunday marked by low turnout, according to near-complete results from the electoral commission. The outcome marked a setback for gay rights activists who had hoped to see the largely Catholic ...

Dec 11, 2015

Gifu assemblyman retracts jeer against gays

As the nation gradually addresses human rights issues involving sexual minorities, including whether to recognize same-sex unions as legitimate marriages, the changes are stirring a sense of crisis in some politicians. A member of the Gifu Prefectural Assembly held a news conference Friday to ...