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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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IKEA stops online Russian magazine due to gay propaganda law

Saturday, March 14, 2015
An Ikea store in Russia
The Swedish retailer says its magazine IKEA Family Live "demonstrates various aspects of home life regardless of age, gender, sexual orientation." [...]

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Transgender woman posts men’s room selfies to protest restroom restrictions

Thursday, March 12, 2015
Brae Carnes began posting the images on social media to highlight how "out of place" she looks in a men's restroom, claiming that it’s "awkward for everyone."
Brae Carnes began posting the images on social media to highlight how "out of place" she looks in a men's restroom, claiming that it’s "awkward for everyone." [...]

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Berlin court fines three men for trying to force boy into marriage because he’s gay

Thursday, March 12, 2015
Berlin
The boy, now 18, told a Berlin newspaper he had come out as gay and his father decided to force him into marriage at age 15. [...]

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Peru rejects civil unions bill after Catholic bishop calls gay lawmaker a ‘faggot’

Wednesday, March 11, 2015
Monsignor Luis Bambarén
Lawmaker Carlos Bruce said he was disappointed a representative of the Catholic Church, "apparently lacking arguments, now resorts to insults.” [...]

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