A lesbian couple hold a wedding ceremony in Tokyo on June 17 although same-sex marriages have not been legally approved in Japan. Asahi Shimbun file photo. Liberal Democratic Party candidates for the Upper House election easily had the lowest support rate for legalizing same-sex marriages, but signs of acceptance are rising within the ruling party, a survey showed.
This article analyzes the evolution of gay and lesbian rights and same-sex marriage in American public opinion. It describes how Obergefell v. Hodges, state-level decisions and the public opinion trends can be considered as the outcome of a grassroots coordinated campaign which began more than a decade ago and was able to conquer the majority of Americans.
As Japanese lawmakers grapple with a landmark same-sex marriage bill, campaigners fear it may die at the first legislative hurdle as lawmakers pander to aging voters and old traditions. While surveys show overwhelming support for gay rights, most people who identify as LGBT say they keep their sexuality a secret in a nod to the reverence for harmony that pervades the country. The same-sex marriage bill — a first for Japan — was introduced earlier this month, and LGBT campaigners have already raised fears that right-wingers could stymie its passage, despite growing acceptance of gay, bisexual and transgender people.
Prague, Czech Republic — When news broke last year that Czech lawmakers were about to vote on a bill legalising same-sex marriage, hopes were high among civil rights and LGBT activists: the Czech Republic was poised to become the first post-communist state in Europe to allow same-sex couples to get married. But since then, nothing has happened, and the prospects look bleak. As local media reportedCzech President Milos Zeman has vowed to veto the bill on same-sex marriage, arguing that the purpose of marriage was for a family to bring up children.
Far from it. California Democrats led the fight for marriage equality, and it is now the law of the land. But LGBT families and students still have a long way to go to achieve full equality.
When same-sex marriage was legalized in Massachusetts inMark LeMiere came to Provincetown, a storied gay mecca at the tip of Cape Cod, to tie the knot with his partner of 20 years. The pair were there again Friday, amazed to be attending a rally for the first serious gay presidential candidate. Buttigieg does not put his sexual orientation at the center of his campaign, but he is not hiding it either.
Although the countrywide legalization of same-sex marriage remains a far-off reality in Japan, local governments are taking the lead in working toward greater equality for LGBT people, despite the lack of action at the national level. Today marked a new milestone in the progress of LGBT rights in Japan, as Ibaraki prefecture said that next month it will start issuing partnership certificates for gay and transgender couples, the first prefectural-level government in Japan to do so. It follows similar moves by 22 other municipal governments, beginning with the wards of Shibuya and Setagaya in Tokyo in
Same-sex marriage in Sweden has been legal since 1 Mayfollowing the adoption of a new gender-neutral law on marriage by the Swedish Parliament on 1 April making Sweden the seventh country in the world to open marriage to same-sex couples nationwide. Existing registered partnerships remain in force and can be converted to a marriage if the parties so desire, either through a written application or through a formal ceremony. New registered partnerships are no longer able to be entered into and marriage is now the only legally recognized form of union for couples regardless of sex. On 22 Octoberthe governing board of the Church of Swedenvoted —62 in favour of allowing its priests to wed same-sex couples in new gender-neutral church ceremonies,  including the use of the term marriage.
Major opposition parties have submitted a bill that would permit same-sex marriage, a move that comes weeks after Taiwan became the first place in Asia to legalize gay marriage. The bill, submitted Monday, is unlikely to go far in the Diet, where the ruling Liberal Democratic Party has barely budged to advance civil rights for LGBT people, even though business leaders have demanded change, saying current policies are hurting their ability to attract top global talent. The bill by the Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan, Japanese Communist Party and others states that marriage would be established on the basis of marriage equality.
Broadcast in English Broadcast Archive. Efforts by the Social Democratic party leadership to convince party deputies to vote in favour of a bill which would legalize gay marriage in the Czech Republic have not been entirely successful. Prime Minister Jiri Paroubek, who has been pushing hard for the bill's approval, said on Tuesday that several of his party deputies remained adamantly against it and that they would be left to vote according to their conscience.