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Kim Jho Gwang-soo (left) and Kim Seung-Hwan via Facebook

Filmmaker plans campaign to legalize same-sex marriage in South Korea

Wednesday, May 15, 2013
SEOUL, South Korea -- An openly gay filmmaker in South Korea on Wednesday said he plans to campaign to legalize same-sex marriage in the conservative nation, while announcing plans to marry his partner of nine years. [ Read more → ]

Anti-LGBT violence in Russia escalating rapidly and with more frequency

Tuesday, May 14, 2013
MOSCOW -- As news spread over the weekend of the horrific torture and murder of a young gay man in southern Russia, LGBTQ activists in the country are warning that such violence is escalating rapidly and with more frequency. [ Read more → ]

Ruling: Brazilian states must register same-sex civil unions as marriages

Tuesday, May 14, 2013
BRASILIA, Brazil -- Brazil's National Council of Justice on Tuesday said that notary publics throughout the country must register same-sex civil unions as marriages if the couple requests it. [ Read more → ]
Hong Kong's top court granted the transgender woman, identified only as W, the right to marry her boyfriend Monday in a watershed ruling that falls short of allowing same-sex marriage. Photo: Vincent Yu, AP

Hong Kong transgender woman wins legal battle to marry boyfriend

Monday, May 13, 2013
HONG KONG -- Hong Kong's top court granted a transgender woman the right to marry her boyfriend Monday in a watershed ruling that falls short of allowing same-sex marriage. [ Read more → ]
Vladislav Tornovoy

Russian police confirm man was tortured to death because he was gay

Sunday, May 12, 2013
VOLGOGRAD, Russia -- Two men have been arrested for torturing a 23-year-old man to death in Russia in an apparent homophobic attack, investigators said Sunday. [ Read more → ]

Brazil to allow in-vitro fertilization for same-sex couples

Friday, May 10, 2013
BRASILIA, Brazil — Brazil is guaranteeing homosexual couples' right to access assisted fertilization. [ Read more → ]

Uruguay’s president signs marriage equality bill into law

Tuesday, May 7, 2013
MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay — Uruguay's President Jose Mujica’s has signed the country's marriage equality bill into law, making the South American country the 12th nation in the world and third in the Americas to legalize same-sex marriage. [ Read more → ]
Rohit Singh (left) and Colin Peace outside Jenny's Bridal Boutique in Saskatoon.Photo: Liam Richards via The Canadian Press

Protesters rally outside bridal shop for denying service to transgender woman

Sunday, May 5, 2013
SASKATOON, Saskatchewan -- Dozens of transgender activists and allies gathered outside a Canadian bridal shop on Saturday to show support for a woman who said she was refused service at the store because she is transgender. [ Read more → ]
Nigel EvansAP

Gay British lawmaker denies allegations of sexual assault, rape

Saturday, May 4, 2013
LONDON – British media are reporting that a senior Conservative Party politician has been arrested on suspicion of raping one man and sexually assaulting another. [ Read more → ]
Andrew Ciastek

Realtor fired after distributing anti-gay flyer promoting ‘traditional’ families

Saturday, May 4, 2013
MISSISSAUGA, Ontario — A Canadian real estate agent who distributed anti-gay marketing flyers promoting “traditional” families as "best for the future of the kids” has been terminated, according to his employer. [ Read more → ]

Italy’s PM yanks post from deputy minister following anti-gay remarks

Saturday, May 4, 2013
MILAN -- Italy's premier has removed the equal opportunities deputy minister from her post after she said gays invited discrimination by "ghettoizing" themselves. [ Read more → ]
Local resident Jon McDonald holding the anti-gay Re/Max flyer.Photo: Rob Beintema, via The Toronto Star

Canadian real estate agent under fire for distributing anti-gay flyer

Thursday, May 2, 2013
MISSISSAUGA, Ontario -- A Canadian real estate agent has come came under fire for distributing a flyer that promotes "traditional" families and cited a controversial study by a University of Texas researcher that criticizes same-sex parents. [ Read more → ]

Three more Brazilian states rule in favor of allowing same-sex marriage

Wednesday, May 1, 2013
Justices in the Brazilian states of Rondônia, Paraíba and Santa Catarina have ruled to authorize marriage equality for same-sex couples, bringing the total to 14 of the country's 27 states to legalize same-sex marriage. [ Read more → ]
Parliament Buildings, Stormont, Belfast Source

Northern Ireland rejects bid to legalize same-sex marriage

Monday, April 29, 2013
BELFAST -- A bid to legalize same-sex marriage in Northern Ireland was defeated in the Assembly on Monday by a vote of 53 to 42. [ Read more → ]
Johanna Sigurdardottir

World’s first openly gay government leader retires from politics

Sunday, April 28, 2013
REYKJAVIK, Iceland -- The world's first elected openly gay head of government has retired. Johanna Sigurdardottir, 70, ended her political career on Saturday, capping 35 years of public service in Iceland, where she served as Prime Minister since 2009. [ Read more → ]
Vladimir Putin

Putin threatens to ban adoptions for nations that legalize same-sex marriage

Friday, April 26, 2013
NOVO-OGAREVO, Russia -- Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday warned that agreements with other countries on the matter of adoption of Russian children may be changed to ban such adoptions if those countries legalize same-sex marriage. [ Read more → ]
Anti-gay marriage activists hold smoke flares with the color of the logo of the movement during a rally to protest the new law after French lawmakers legalized same-sex marriage on Tuesday, April 23, 2013, in Paris.Photo: Michel Euler, AP

French protest against passage of gay marriage bill turns violent

Tuesday, April 23, 2013
PARIS -- France legalized gay marriage on Tuesday after a wrenching national debate that exposed deep conservatism in the nation's heartland and triggered huge demonstrations that tapped into intense discontent with the Socialist government. Within hours, fiery clashes broke out between protesters and riot police. [ Read more → ]

BREAKING: France becomes 14th country to legalize same-sex marriage

Tuesday, April 23, 2013
PARIS -- French lawmakers have legalized same-sex marriage after months of bruising debate and street protests that brought hundreds of thousands to Paris. [ Read more → ]

‘Extraordinary security’ in place as French lawmakers prepare for marriage vote

Tuesday, April 23, 2013
PARIS -- Police say legions of officers and a small battery of water cannon are at France's National Assembly as lawmakers prepare for a final vote to legalize gay marriage. [ Read more → ]
From left: Xheni Karaj, Prime Minister Dr. Sale Berisha, and Kristi Pinderi.Photo courtesy

In historic first, LGBT activists meet with Albania’s Prime Minister

Monday, April 22, 2013
TIRANA, Albania -- The Albanian Prime Minister, in a historic first for this tiny Balkan nation, met Monday with two LGBT activists to express his full support for LGBT rights and same-sex marriage. [ Read more → ]
Horacio Cartes

Paraguay president-elect apologizes for anti-gay remarks: ‘Time to mend fences’

Monday, April 22, 2013
ASUNCION, Paraguay — Paraguay’s president-elect, Horacio Cartes, said Monday that he’ll urge Congress to approve Venezuela’s entry into Mercosur, and he apologized for making anti-gay comments during the campaign. [ Read more → ]
Claude BartoloneSource

Gunpowder, threatening letter sent to lawmaker on day before marriage vote

Monday, April 22, 2013
PARIS -- The speaker of France’s National Assembly on Monday received an envelope filled with gunpowder and a threatening letter calling on him to delay Tuesday’s planned vote on a bill to legalize same-sex marriage. [ Read more → ]
Raphaël Leclerc

Another gay man attacked in France amid tensions over marriage equality bill

Monday, April 22, 2013
NICE, France -- A gay man was attacked and beaten unconscious over the weekend in the latest anti-gay attack in France amid increasing tensions and daily protests leading up to a crucial government vote that would legalize same-sex marriage in France. [ Read more → ]
Horacio Cartes

Anti-gay tobacco magnate elected president of Paraguay

Monday, April 22, 2013
ASUNCION, Paraguay – An anti-gay tobacco magnate, who recently compared gay people to "monkeys" and threatened to remove his genitals if his son married another man, was elected president of Paraguay on Sunday. [ Read more → ]
Maurice Williamson

New Zealand ‘poster boy for gay rights’ cleared for appearance on ‘Ellen’ show

Sunday, April 21, 2013
WELLINGTON, N.Z. -- New Zealand's Prime Minister has granted permission to Parliament member Maurice Williamson to appear on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" after Williamson became the unexpected face of gay rights for his "big gay rainbow" speech last week in favor of marriage equality. [ Read more → ]
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