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 ...

Miami judge approves early start to Florida's gay weddings

Jan 6, 2015

Miami judge approves early start to Florida's gay weddings

A local judge provided a jump-start Monday to Florida’s entry as the 36th state where gays and lesbians can legally marry, saying she saw no reason why same-sex couples couldn’t immediately get their licenses in Miami ahead of a midnight launch statewide. The addition ...

Oct 10, 2014

U.S. Supreme Court's halting of gay marriages in Nevada laid to mistake

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy mistakenly blocked the start of same-sex marriage in Nevada in an order that spawned confusion among state officials and disappointment in couples hoping to be wed. Court spokeswoman Kathy Arberg confirmed this mix-up Thursday, saying Kennedy’s order issued ...

Mar 18, 2014

52.4% of Japanese say they oppose same-sex marriage

Three in four Japanese adults think society is unkind to sexual minorities, while just more than half oppose same-sex marriage, a recent nationwide poll found. A total of 74.6 percent said they think society is either unkind or somewhat unkind to sexual minorities, including ...

Jul 7, 2013

Step toward equality under the law

The U.S. Supreme Court walked a fine line in ruling that same-sex couples are entitled to federal benefits. It washed its hands of the most polarizing point.

Apr 19, 2013

Aussie leader unswayed by Kiwi vote

Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard vowed not to alter her stance on same-sex marriage despite New Zealand giving it the go-ahead, with hundreds of couples expected to make the journey to tie the knot. Last September, Australia’s Parliament voted overwhelmingly to reject the move, ...