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El Salvador approves measures banning same-sex marriage, gay couple adoption

Friday, April 17, 2015
El-Salvador
A package of constitutional reforms approved Thursday night would ban same-sex marriage in El Salvador and also bar same-sex couples from adopting children. [...]

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Mexico’s Supreme Court says laws prohibiting same-sex marriage are ‘discriminatory’

Friday, April 17, 2015
Mexico's Supreme Court in Mexico City
A strongly-worded statement the court posted to its website said the majority of the judges who considered a case that challenged portions of the state of Sinaloa’s family code defining marriage between a man and a woman found them to be unconstitutional. [...]

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Chilean president signs same‑sex civil union law

Monday, April 13, 2015
Michelle Bachelet
Chilean President Michelle Bachelet on Monday signed a law that recognizes civil unions between same-sex couples, a sign of change in a country long regarded as one South America's most socially conservative nations. [...]

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Vatican mum on why France’s appointment of a gay diplomat has stalled

Friday, April 10, 2015
St. Peter's Basilica in Vatican City
The Vatican has yet to approve the appointment of an openly gay French ambassador to the Holy See, prompting observers to interpret the silence as a rebuke of the man’s sexual orientation. [...]

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Tokyo ward 1st in Japan to recognize same-sex marriage

Tuesday, March 31, 2015
Koyuki Higashi, right, and her partner, Hiroko Masuhara, left, holding a banner reading: "Congratulations: the same sex partnership ordinance" speak to the media in front of Shibuya ward office in Tokyo Tuesday, March 31, 2015 after Shibuya ward became the first locale in Japan to recognize same sex partnerships as the "equivalent of a marriage," guaranteeing the identical rights of married couples with a landmark vote by the ward assembly.
With a landmark vote by the assembly of Tokyo's Shibuya ward, the district famous as a mecca for trendy youngsters became the first locale in Japan to recognize same sex partnerships as the "equivalent of a marriage," [...]

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United Nations rebuffs Russia resolution, approves benefits for spouses of gay staffers

Tuesday, March 24, 2015
United-Nations
The U.N. budget committee has approved Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's plan to give benefits to all spouses of gay U.N. staffers who are legally wed in a defeat for Russia and opponents of same-sex marriage. [...]

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Russia moves to stop United Nations staff benefits for married, same-sex couples

Monday, March 23, 2015
United Nations headquarters in New York.
Russia has asked a United Nations General Assembly committee to vote on its proposal to stop the world body extending staff benefits to all married same-sex couples. [...]

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Trial begins in Philippines of U.S. Marine charged with trans woman’s murder

Monday, March 23, 2015
Pfc. Joseph Scott Pemberton
Marine Pfc. Joseph Scott Pemberton is charged with murder, which carries a maximum penalty of life in prison. The court registered a not guilty plea for him last month after he refused to enter a plea. [...]

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Costa Rica government plans legislation to allow same-sex civil unions

Thursday, March 19, 2015
Costa-Rica
Costa Rica will put forth a plan this week to allow civil unions between same-sex couples in the Central American nation. [...]

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Caribbean court hears challenge to two nations’ anti-gay laws

Wednesday, March 18, 2015
Maurice Tomlinson
The lawsuit against Belize and Trinidad and Tobago is being heard by the Trinidad and Tobago-based court on Wednesday. It was not clear when the court might rule. [...]

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