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China's LGBT couples 'wed' online as gay marriage push stalls

Jun 29, 2020 - 1:28 PM

Despite a shake-up of China's marriage law last month – and a groundswell of support for same-sex unions in the socially conservative country – demands to make gay marriage legal have not been met

PUSHING FOR GAY MARRIAGE. This photo taken on June 14, 2017 shows Ren Weilian (L) and Zhu Tiantian trying on their Chinese imperial-themed wedding outfits in preparation for an informal wedding ceremony on a 5-day ship cruise, in a hotel in Shanghai. File photo by AFP

200,000 march in Taiwan's first pride parade since legalizing gay marriage

Oct 27, 2019 - 8:41 AM

The island has long hosted the region's largest pride marches but this year Taiwan's LGBT community and their supporters had an extra reason to celebrate

PRIDE. Participants jump in a pose while taking part in the annual gay pride parade in Taipei on October 26, 2019. Thousands including members of the LGBT community on October 26 took part in the first gay pride parade held after Taiwan earlier this year legalized same-sex marriages, the culmination of a three-decade fight for equality. Photo by Sam Yeh/AFP

Hong Kong government defends gay marriage ban in court

May 29, 2019 - 5:05 PM

Despite growing public support for gay marriage in Hong Kong, campaigners make little headway against staunch opposition from the city's successive pro-Beijing governments and religious conservatives

FIGHTING FOR LOVE. Same-sex couples attend an event to raise awareness of gay rights in Hong Kong on May 25, 2019, one day after Taiwan made history with Asia's first legal gay weddings. Photo by Philip Fong/AFP

Taiwan holds first gay marriages in historic day for Asia

May 24, 2019 - 8:24 AM

The weddings place Taiwan at the vanguard of the burgeoning gay rights movement in Asia

FIRST COUPLE. Taiwan's first gay couple Shane Lin (L) and Marc Yuan kiss outside the Household Registration Office in Shinyi district in Taipei on May 24, 2019. Taiwan's first official same-sex weddings kicked off in a landmark moment for LGBT rights in Asia. Photo by Sam Yeh/AFP

Taiwan's parliament approves same-sex marriages in first for Asia

May 17, 2019 - 12:46 PM

(4th UPDATE) The island's lawmakers comfortably passed a law allowing same-sex couples to form 'exclusive permanent unions' and a second clause that would let them apply for a 'marriage registration' with government agencies

TAIWAN'S GAY RIGHTS FIGHT. Gay right supporters watch television outside Parliament while law makers discusses the same sex marriage bill in Taipei on May 17, 2019. Photo by Sam Yeh/AFP

Taiwan gay couples plan weddings even as opponents fight back

May 15, 2019 - 6:13 PM

Shane Lin and Marc Yuan are among hundreds of same-sex couples who have made reservations to register with government agencies on May 24 for what they hope will be a marriage

IN LOVE. This picture taken on May 7, 2019 shows cake maker Shane Lin (L) and his lover Marc Yuan posing for a photo during an interview at their workshop Cake Play in Taipei. Photo by Sam Yeh/AFP

Taiwan unveils long-awaited gay marriage bill

May 11, 2019 - 5:25 PM

Taiwan's ruling Democratic Progressive Party unveils a bill offering same-sex couples 'permanent unions' as well as limited adoption rights, despite stiff opposition from conservatives

Anti gay marriage protesters display placards reading “violated the referendum, lawmakers should step down“ during a demonstration outside Parliament in Taipei on May 8, 2019.  Sam YEH / AFP

Anti-gay marriage groups win Taiwan referendum battle

Nov 25, 2018 - 12:36 AM

A referendum on whether marriage should only be recognized as between a man and a woman won more than 7 million votes, while another calling for same-sex unions to be regulated under a separate law gained over 6 million

GAY MARRIAGE. People take part in a rally in support of same-sex marriage near the Presidential Office in Taipei on November 18, 2018, ahead of a landmark vote on LGBT rights on November 24. Photo by AFP.

Taiwan gay marriage faces new hurdle with referendum proposal

Aug 28, 2018 - 5:28 PM

The anti-gay marriage Happiness of the Next Generation Alliance submits a referendum petition to election authorities to try to prevent the civil code from being amended to recognize same-sex partnerships

AGAINST GAY MARRIAGE Anti-gay marriage protesters display the number of anti-gay marriage petition signatures outside Taiwan's Central Election Commission in Taipei on August 28, 2018. Photo by Sam Yeh/AFP

Hong Kong's behind-closed-doors gay weddings

May 17, 2018 - 6:07 PM

Same-sex marriage is not legally recognized in Hong Kong and often those who have a ceremony say they prefer to do it privately, away from the public gaze

Supreme Court to hold oral arguments on same-sex marriage

Mar 06, 2018 - 6:10 PM

The oral arguments will give marriage equality advocates their most-awaited day in court

ORAL ARGUMENTS. Openly gay lawyer Jesus Falcis has a once in a lifetime opportunity to defend in oral arguments at the Supreme Court his stance for same-sex marriage. Photo by Rappler

Midnight vows after historic Australia gay marriage reforms

Jan 09, 2018 - 3:15 PM

Two Australian athletes tied the knot just after midnight Tuesday in one of the first gay unions in the country following historic marriage equality laws

GAY WEDDING. Australian Commonwealth Games sprinter Craig Burns (left) and fiance Luke Sullivan pose ahead of their marriage ceremony at Summergrove Estate, New South Wales on January 8, 2018. Photo by Patrick Hamilton/ AFP

Duterte on same-sex marriage: 'We can change the law'

Dec 17, 2017 - 10:00 PM

'Ako gusto ko, same-sex marriage,' President Rodrigo Duterte says in his speech during a gathering of the LGBT community in Davao City

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte interacts with the members of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Davao during the 7th LGBT Davao Year-End Gathering at the Azuela Cove in Lanang, Davao City on December 17, 2017. Also in the photo is Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio. RICHARD MADELO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Gay couples register weddings on day one of marriage equality

Dec 09, 2017 - 1:49 PM

The first weddings are expected on January 9

JUST LOVE. Supporters of the same-sex marriage 'Yes' vote gather to celebrate the announcement in a Sydney park on November 15, 2017. Photo by William West/AFP

Australia lawmakers approve same-sex marriage

Dec 07, 2017 - 3:06 PM

(UPDATED) All but 4 MPs in the 150-seat House of Representatives vote in support of marriage equality, after the Senate passed the bill 43-12 last week

THEY SAID YES. Equality ambassadors and volunteers from the The Equality Campaign gather in front of Parliament House in Canberra on December 7, 2017, ahead of the parliamentary vote on Same Sex Marriage. Sean Davey/AFP

Australian Senate passes gay marriage bill in key step

Nov 29, 2017 - 10:41 AM

(UPDATED) The law is expected to pass through the lower house of parliament comfortably in coming weeks after most lawmakers agree to honor 'the will of Australians'

MARRIAGE EQUALITY. Protesters at a pro same-sex marriage rally hold up banners at a protest in Sydney on September 23, 2017.  Peter Parks/AFP

Celebrations as Australians back same-sex marriage

Nov 15, 2017 - 2:54 PM

Thousands of marriage equality supporters take to parks and squares across the vast continent, hugging, dancing and singing under clouds of glitter when the results of the two-month-long postal survey are announced

JUST LOVE. Supporters of the same-sex marriage 'Yes' vote gather to celebrate the announcement in a Sydney park on November 15, 2017. William West/AFP

Australians say 'yes' to gay marriage

Nov 15, 2017 - 7:28 AM

(UPDATED) Same-sex couples could be able to marry by Christmas, but first parliament must adopt legislation giving the non-binding vote result the force of law

FOR EQUALITY. Protesters at a pro same-sex marriage rally hold up banners at a protest in Sydney on September 23, 2017. Peter Parks/AFP

Big early response in Australia gay marriage vote

Oct 03, 2017 - 3:14 PM

The result will not be published until November 15, a week after the poll closes, but campaigners from both the 'yes' and 'no' camps welcome the high response

YES OR NO. A photo taken in Sydney on September 20, 2017, shows the voting form in the contentious postal survey on same-sex marriage. William West/AFP

Germany celebrates first gay marriages

Oct 01, 2017 - 6:51 PM

(UPDATED) Germany is the 15th European nation to legalize gay marriage, but advocates say the battle for equal rights continues

EQUALITY. Germany is the 15th European country to legalize same sex marriage.

Controversial Australia vote on same-sex marriage begins

Sep 12, 2017 - 3:52 PM

If most Australians vote yes to same sex marriage the government will move to hold a parliamentary free vote on changing the marriage laws

FOR MARRIAGE EQUALITY. This picture taken on September 10, 2017 shows demonstrators taking part in a same-sex marriage rally in Sydney. Saeed Khan/AFP

Australia gay marriage debate highlights church divisions

Sep 11, 2017 - 2:36 PM

Although attitudes to same sex marriage vary across denominations and congregations many Australians view the church as the greatest source of resistance to such unions

OPPOSED. This picture taken on September 9, 2017 shows protesters holding up banners at an anti same-sex marriage rally in Sydney. Peter Parks/AFP

Hate law plan in Australia ahead of gay marriage vote

Sep 08, 2017 - 4:08 PM

Same sex marriage advocates have opposed the voluntary postal ballot that opens next week arguing it could turn ugly and expose gay people and their families to abuse

Australia same-sex marriage vote faces legal challenge

Sep 05, 2017 - 9:01 AM

UPDATED Same sex marriage advocates launch legal action in Australia s highest court against a controversial government plan for a postal vote on the issue calling it divisive and harmful

Supporters of same sex marriage carry banners and shout slogans as they march in Sydney on August 6, 2017. Peter Parks/AFP

Australian PM slams gay slurs as marriage vote looms

Aug 22, 2017 - 11:24 AM

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull calls for respectful debate on an upcoming same sex marriage vote

Supporters of same sex marriage carry banners and shout slogans as they march in Sydney on August 6, 2017. Peter Parks/AFP

Gay marriage postal vote sparks fury, debate in Australia

Aug 09, 2017 - 1:37 PM

Polls indicate popular support in Australia for marriage equality but the issue has dragged on for more than a decade amid political wrangling over the best way to vote on the issue

Supporters of same sex marriage carry banners and shout slogans as they march in Sydney on August 6, 2017. Peter Parks/AFP

British gay woman launches rights appeal in Hong Kong

Jun 15, 2017 - 3:35 PM

The woman known to the court only as QT was refused a spousal visa because she is in a same sex partnership

(FILES) This file photo taken on November 26, 2016 shows participants of Hong Kong's annual pride parade walking through the streets with a large rainbow flag.  Major international finance institutions in Hong Kong made a landmark intervention on June 7, 2017 in the case of a gay couple struggling to get their rights recognised by the city's courts. / AFP PHOTO / Aaron TAM

Taiwan top court rules in favor of gay marriage

May 24, 2017 - 5:15 PM

Taiwan s constitutional court gives the government two years to implement the ruling

A LANDMARK DECISION. Same-sex activists hug outside the parliament in Taipei on May 24, 2017 as they celebrate the landmark decision paving the way for the island to become the first place in Asia to legalise gay marriage. Photo by Sam Yeh/AFP

Pengakuan Barry Manilow soal pernikahannya dengan sang manajer

Apr 06, 2017 - 9:56 AM

Manilow berbagi detail cerita soal pernikahannya dengan Garry Kief di tahun 2014

Barry Manilow mengungkapkan pernikahannya dnegan sang manajer sejak tahun 2014. Foto dari akun Instagram barrymanilowofficial.

Barry Manilow on coming out, secret marriage to manager

Apr 06, 2017 - 2:29 AM

The singer shares details about being with Garry Kief whom he married in 2014

Taiwan court hears landmark gay marriage case

Mar 24, 2017 - 3:02 PM

Taiwan is considered progressive on many issues including gay rights but its roots in Confucianism translate into a strong sense of adherence to traditional mores

SAME-SEX MARRIAGE. The hearing comes after the first draft of a bill to legalize gay marriage was passed by Taiwan's parliament in December. File photo from Shutterstock

Duterte rejects same-sex marriage for PH

Mar 20, 2017 - 1:20 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte says he has nothing against gays but marriage is only for man and woman under the law

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Alvarez wants same-sex civil marriage in PH

Oct 03, 2016 - 1:36 PM

Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez says the LGBT community should not be deprived of happiness Bakit naman di natin suportahan?

Singapore tells foreign firms not to back gay rights rally

Jun 09, 2016 - 10:50 PM

The statement comes after companies such as Google Facebook and Goldman Sachs backed the annual Pink Dot rally

epa04286844 An aerial handout photo provided by Pink Dot Sg shows participants forming a giant pink dot during the Pink Dot event at the Speakers' Corner in Hong Lim Park in Singapore, 28 June 2014. The annual Pink Dot Sg event is the closest thing Singapore has to a gay pride parade which promotes an acceptance of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community in Singapore. About 26,000 people filled Hong Lim Park, the only place where public assemblies can take place without a permit, dressed in pink in support of Pink Dot's message: 'freedom to love'. EPA/PINK DOT SG / HANDOUT EDITORIAL USE ONLY

South Korea court rejects same-sex marriage

May 25, 2016 - 8:15 PM

Kim Jho Gwang Soo and Kim Seung Hwan the most high profile gay couple in South Korea fail to get legal status for their marriage

epa03659071 A South Korean worker with South Korean flag on a high flag pole in Seoul, South Korea 27 March 2013. The South Korean flag design represents balance, as in yin and yang, with the varied black markings symbols representing earth, sun, sky and moon. EPA/BARBARA WALTON

India gets 'first' gay marriage bureau

Mar 21, 2016 - 9:48 PM

An Indian entrepreneur sets up what is claimed to be the country s first gay marriage bureau seeking to arrange matches for homosexual couples

BETTER TIMES. Eunuch Laksmi (R) prepares to kiss another member of the transgender, gay and lesbian communities as they celebrate an Indian court's ruling decriminalizing gay sex between consenting adults, in Mumbai on July 2, 2009. Photo by Indranil Mukherjee / AFP

HBO denounces Pacquiao’s comments on gay marriage

Mar 03, 2016 - 3:12 PM

HBO calls Manny Pacquiao s comments insensitive offensive and deplorable but says it will still carry his pay per view fight with Timothy Bradley Jr on April 9

NETWORK SPEAKS UP. HBO distances itself from Manny Pacquiao's comments but will still air his fight with Timothy Bradley Jr on April 9. File photo by Wendell Alinea/Rappler

Manny Pacquiao, once conflicted, says he has a 'pure heart'

Feb 24, 2016 - 1:37 PM

Manny Pacquiao has come under fire for his recent LGBT comments but the boxer turned politician insists his aspirations come from a good place

POLITICAL PACMAN. Manny Pacquiao's political rhetoric has spurned some, but the Filipino boxer-turned-politician insists he wants to help the poor. Photo by Ted Aljibe/AFP

Philippine Catholic church defends Pacquiao on gay marriage stance

Feb 21, 2016 - 2:50 PM

Father Jerome Secillano defends Pacquiao s opposition to gay marriage but says Pacquiao should respect homosexuals and not condemn them

BUSINESS AS USUAL. Manny Pacquiao continues training despite the backlash over his comments on same-sex marriage. Photo by Wendell Alinea

Enrile to gays: Go to another planet

Feb 17, 2016 - 11:55 PM

Senator Juan Ponce Enrile backs Manny Pacquiao s stand on same sex marriage and says the boxing champ will win a Senate seat without the votes of gay people

Photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

Mayweather on Pacquiao's gay comments: 'Let people live their lives'

Feb 17, 2016 - 5:22 PM

Floyd Mayweather Jr tells TMZ We should let people live their lives the way they want to live their lives as Manny Pacquiao deals with the backlash of his comments

COUNTER PUNCH. Floyd Mayweather Jr (L) spoke out against the controversial statements of his rival Manny Pacquiao (R). File photo by Jonathan Alcorn/EPA

Alma Moreno to Pacquiao: Religious beliefs not basis to insult others

Feb 17, 2016 - 12:35 PM

While she s against same sex marriage Parañaque Councilor Alma Moreno says fellow UNA bet Manny Pacquiao is wrong in saying that gay couples are worse than animals

SAME-SEX MARRIAGE VIEWS. UNA's official candidates are dominated by those against legalizing same-sex marriage in the country

Boy Abunda to Manny Pacquiao: 'You do not own my humanity'

Feb 17, 2016 - 11:22 AM

I am not begging Manny Pacquiao for dignity I am not begging you for respect I am not begging you for my humanity because you do not own my humanity that s my birthright

BOY ABUNDA. The talk show host airs his views on Manny Pacquiao's comments on same-sex unions. File photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

WATCH: Pacquiao apologizes for calling gay couples more disgusting than animals

Feb 16, 2016 - 8:57 PM

Despite his apology Pacquiao clarifies he will not compromise his faith just to get votes

BACKTRACK? Manny Pacquiao says he remains steadfast in his belief that same-sex unions should not be allowed. Screengrab from Rappler interview

Stars react to Manny Pacquiao's comments on same-sex unions

Feb 16, 2016 - 1:42 PM

UPDATED Vice Ganda Perez Hilton Aiza Seguerra and more express their thoughts on Manny s recent comments about same sex unions

Pacquiao cites scripture to clarify same-sex couple remark

Feb 16, 2016 - 12:31 PM

I m not condemning anyone but I m just telling the truth Pacquiao says in an Instagram post

Pacquiao: Couples in same-sex unions ‘worse than animals’

Feb 16, 2016 - 11:03 AM

UPDATED Several senatorial bets of the Poe Escudero slate took a swipe at Pacquiao for his negative comments

BACKLASH. Manny Pacquiao's controversial comment on same-sex marriage draws flack from the LGBT community. File photo by Andrew Gombert/EPA

On same-sex unions, LP bets Roxas, Robredo differ

Feb 01, 2016 - 2:20 PM

Should government adopt same sex unions as a policy?

SAME-SEX MARRIAGE, DIVORCE. The LP's presidential and vice presidential bets weigh in on the controversial issues of same-sex unions and divorce in the Philippines. File photo by Rey Baniquet/Malacanang Photo Bureau

Slovenians vote in gay marriage referendum

Dec 20, 2015 - 7:20 PM

3rd UPDATE More than 1 7 million people are registered to cast their ballots on the issue which has stoked heated debate in this former Yugoslav republic