Poll: DUP’s Foster vows to continue blocking gay marriage reform in Northern Ireland – do you agree with her?

Oct 28, 2016 by

from Belfast Telegraph: Attempts to introduce same-sex marriage in Northern Ireland are set to be thwarted for at least another five years after the Democratic Unionists insisted they would continue to block a law change. First Minister and DUP leader Arlene Foster said she would deploy the contentious vetoing mechanism – the petition of concern – in response to future legislative bids in the Stormont Assembly. Mrs Foster insisted her party was not anti-gay, but said the torrent of...

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Australia: Same-sex marriage plebiscite passes Lower House

Oct 21, 2016 by

from News.com.au: THE Federal government’s doomed plan for a plebiscite on same-sex marriage has passed parliament’s Lower House. Debate on the enabling Bill was cut short today, denying about 20 Labor MPs a chance to speak, and sent to a vote 10 days after it was introduced. With Labor and the Greens both voicing their opposition to the proposal, however, it is unlikely to clear the Senate. The bill just scraped through the lower house after a tight vote: 76-77. Prime Minister Malcolm...

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The prospect of defeat

Oct 20, 2016 by

by Michael Sukkar Spectator: Hypocrisy and political game-playing aren’t the only reasons (Australia’s) Labor and the Greens oppose a plebiscite (on gay marriage). The biggest recent shock for the West’s metropolitan elites, and for the pundits that help form their worldview, was the Brexit vote in the United Kingdom. Almost all the great and the good in the UK wanted to Remain. Abroad, President Obama found common ground with China’s President Xi in supporting Remain (perhaps only...

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Presbyterian church elder ousted from post over gay marriage stance

Oct 19, 2016 by

by Claire Williamson, Belfast Telegraph: Former Alliance leader David Ford has said it is a “matter of great sadness” that he has been removed from his role as an elder in his Presbyterian church after supporting gay marriage. In 2013 Mr Ford told of the difficulty he faced in balancing his party’s support for same sex marriage with his Presbyterian beliefs. The MLA compared the debate over gay marriage to the civil rights campaign in Northern Ireland 50 years ago. At the...

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Sunday’s March for Marriage in Paris was so huge it shocked the organizers

Oct 19, 2016 by

by Jeanne Smits, LifeSite: The “Manif pour tous” has done it again. On Sunday, the French capital was once again the meeting place for tens of thousands of peaceful but determined demonstrators demanding laws that respect true marriage and ban artificial procreation, especially surrogate motherhood and in vitro fertilization for same-sex couples. To be honest, in the absence of legislative deadlines, four and a half years into François Hollande’s presidential mandate, no one was expecting an...

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Tens of thousands protest against gay marriage in Paris

Oct 17, 2016 by

from DW.com: Despite France legalizing same-sex marriage in 2013, more than 20,000 people have protested against the law in Paris. The demo comes just weeks before the conservative primary ahead of the 2017 presidential election. After two years out of the spotlight, anti-gay marriage movement “Manif Pour Tous” (Protest for Everyone) was reactivated on Sunday. According to police figures, between 23,000 and 24,000 people gathered at the Trocadero Plaza in western Paris to protest...

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