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Portugal defeats draft law to allow same‑sex couple adoptions

Sunday, January 25, 2015
Portugal
Portugal's parliament has rejected draft laws to allow same-sex couples to adopt children, despite a strong vote in favor by the left-wing Socialists which left the margin smaller than ever. [...]

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Ireland health minister comes out as gay, is country’s first out government figure

Sunday, January 18, 2015
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The announcement by Leo Varadkar received widespread praise for its straightforward honesty. Analysts said his decision was likely to be viewed with hindsight as a landmark of social change in a country that, until 1993, outlawed homosexual acts. [...]

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Thousands protest lesbian couple’s ejection from Vienna cafe for kissing

Friday, January 16, 2015
Protestors hold a poster reading " Kiss me I'm cute" during an protest in support of gay kissing, in Vienna, Austria, on Friday, Jan. 16, 2015.
Police estimated around 2,000 people participated in the protest Friday, forcing the closure of one downtown street. Some of the demonstrators exchanged long kisses. [...]

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Austria court lifts adoption restrictions for same-sex couples

Wednesday, January 14, 2015
Austria's Constitutional Court in Vienna.
Prior to the decision Wednesday, same-sex partners could adopt a child only if one of them was the child's biological parent. [...]

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Court in Italy grants legal status to child born to same-sex couple

Thursday, January 8, 2015
Italy
A court in Italy has, for the first time, recognized the legal status of a child born to a same-sex couple. [...]

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Newsweek profiles Conchita Wurst: ‘Europe’s game-changing bearded lady’

Sunday, December 28, 2014
Austrian singer and Eurovision Song Contest winner Conchita Wurst performs on stage during the opening ceremony of the Life Ball in front of City Hall in Vienna, Austria, Saturday, May 31, 2014.
Europe is changing, and Conchita Wurst is both beneficiary and agent of that change. Her stardom is proof that Austria is willing to love someone different. Now’s she’s been elevated to a global stage. [...]

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Finland’s parliament approves marriage equality proposal at second reading

Monday, December 15, 2014
Finland
The initiative to legalize same-sex marriage was approved 101–90 by the full session of Parliament at its second reading on December 12. [...]

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Albania gay rights groups open first LGBTI shelter in Balkan region

Thursday, December 11, 2014
Tirana, Albania
Streha, “the Shelter” in Albanian, is the first shelter of its kind for LGBTI individuals in the Balkan region and one of the first in Eastern Europe. [...]

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Poland’s first openly gay lawmaker elected country’s first openly gay mayor

Monday, December 1, 2014
Robert Biedron was elected Sunday Nov. 30, 2014 to be the mayor of the northern Polish city of Slupsk, making him also the first openly gay mayor in Poland.
WARSAW, Poland -- Robert Biedron already made history once in Poland by becoming the first openly gay lawmaker in parliament in 2011. On Monday, he became the country's first openly gay mayor. The 38-year-old's political successes are a marker of how quickly this deeply conservative and Catholic country has changed [...]

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Finland’s parliament supports measure aimed at legalizing same-sex marriage

Friday, November 28, 2014
Finland
HELSINKI -- Finland's parliament on Friday narrowly approved a measure granting marriage equality for gay and lesbian couples. [...]

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