From The Forum
February 3rd, 2013
MPs have approved same-sex marriage in England and Wales in a key Commons vote, despite the opposition of dozens of Conservative MPs.
The Commons voted in favour of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill, by 400 to 175, a majority of 225, at the end of a full day's debate on the bill.
Prime Minister David Cameron has described the move as "an important step forward" that strengthens society.Read more...
December 7th, 2012
The United States Supreme Court will review the decision by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that struck down Proposition 8, a 2008 law which banned gay marriage in California.
The appeals court's ruling was issued in February and found the law unconstitutional.
The court will also hear a challenge to the Defense of Marriage Act.
According to SCOTUS Blog, the court is expected to hear arguments in late March and make a decision in late June:
Arguments in gay marriage cases around Mar 25-27, decision around June 27.
— SCOTUSblog (@SCOTUSblog) December 7, 2012Read more...
By MAÏA de la BAUME and STEVEN ERLANGER
November 7, 2012
The New York Times
PARIS — The French cabinet approved a draft bill legalizing same-sex marriage on Wednesday after weeks of loud opposition, especially from religious figures and the political right.
During his successful campaign for president, François Hollande promised to legalize same-sex marriage. On Wednesday, he said the measure represented “progress for all of society.” Mr. Hollande and his Socialist Party have a majority in both houses of Parliament, and the bill is expected to pass sometime early next year.
The draft law redefines marriage to stipulate that it is “contracted between two persons of different sex or of the same sex,” and the words “father” and “mother” in existing legislation are replaced by “parents.” The bill would also allow married gay couples to adopt children.Read more...