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Five things to know about Ireland’s same-sex marriage referendum

Friday, May 22, 2015
YES posters cover a shop's windows in the center of Dublin, Ireland, Thursday May 21, 2015. People from across the Republic of Ireland will vote Friday in a referendum on the legalization of same-sex marriage, a vote that pits the power of the Catholic Church against the secular-minded Irish government of Enda Kenny.
Ireland's voters decide Friday whether to legalize same-sex marriage. While 19 other nations and most U.S. states have already done so, Ireland is the first to hold a national vote. ...

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Ireland goes to the polls to vote on marriage equality

Friday, May 22, 2015
Members of the Yes Equality campaign begin canvassing in the center of Dublin, Ireland, Thursday May 21, 2015. People from across the Republic of Ireland will vote Friday in a referendum on the legalization of same-sex marriage, a vote that pits the power of the Catholic Church against the secular-minded Irish government of Enda Kenny.
Opinion polls throughout the two-month campaign suggest the government-backed amendment favoring same-sex marriage should be approved by a majority of voters when results are announced Saturday. ...

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Irish premier: ‘Create history’ by voting yes for same-sex marriage

Thursday, May 21, 2015
Yes campaign posters are seen in Dublin, Ireland, Tuesday, May 19, 2015. Barely a generation ago, Ireland listed homosexual acts as a crime and made gays lead secret lives or emigrate to more liberal lands. But on Friday, May 22, 2015, in the world’s first national referendum on the matter, the Irish could vote to legalize same-sex marriage.
Prime Minister Enda Kenny is urging Ireland's voters to support the legalization of same-sex marriage in a referendum that pits the power of the Catholic Church against his secular-minded government. ...

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Argentinian judges reduce rapist’s sentence ‘because six-year-old victim was gay’

Tuesday, May 19, 2015
Argentina judges Horacio Piombo and Benjamín Sal Llargués.
The child had a "homosexual orientation," Argentinian appeal court judges said in their ruling as they reduced the prison sentence for Mario Tolosa from six years to 38 months ...

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Vienna’s gay-themed traffic lights to remain, says local official

Tuesday, May 19, 2015
Street lights with same gender pairs, on display in downtown Vienna, Austria. The lights were set up by city officials until June, to coincide with a number of gay-friendly events.
The lights show couples — a man and a woman, two women or two men. Set up recently at 47 crossings, they were to be taken down in June, after the conclusion of several gay-friendly events. ...

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Northern Ireland baker guilty of discrimination for refusing ‘support gay marriage’ cake

Tuesday, May 19, 2015
The requested cake, as provided by another bakery.
The judge said the bakery was a business, not a religious organization, and therefore had no legal basis to reject an order based on a customer's sexual orientation or beliefs. ...

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Irish voters expected to approve of marriage equality in upcoming referendum

Saturday, May 16, 2015
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Long considered one of the most socially conservative countries in Western Europe, support for gay rights has surged in Ireland in recent decades. ...

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Gay Prime Minister of staunchly Catholic Luxembourg marries partner

Friday, May 15, 2015
Luxembourg's Prime Minister Xavier Bettel, right, embraces his husband Gauthier Destenay after their marriage at the town hall in Luxembourg, on Friday, May 15, 2015.
The prime minister of Luxembourg has married his partner a year after the tiny, staunchly Roman Catholic nation's parliament approved a law allowing same-sex marriage. ...

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‘This way if you are gay’ – Swedish peace group launches gay sonar against Russian subs

Wednesday, May 13, 2015
Swedish Peace and Arbitration Society via AP
In a publicity stunt dubbed “Operation The Singing Sailor,” the Swedish Peace and Arbitration Society placed a sonar device in the Stockholm archipelago sending out a Morse code message saying “This way if you are gay.” ...

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Gambia’s president threatens to slit the throats of gay men

Tuesday, May 12, 2015
Yahya Jammeh
Jammeh is one of Africa’s most vocal anti-gay leaders and has previously threatened to behead sexual minorities found in his country. ...

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