While the Church of England finally recognizes the unjustified rejection and hostility experienced by LGBTQ+ people, it remains divided on marriage equality.
Recently, the Slovak parliament voted against a bill that would have given same-sex couples some of the same rights as married opposite-sex couples. This is a major setback for LGBTQ+ rights in Slovakia.
The Slovenian National Assembly has just voted in favor of changes to laws that give same-sex couples the right to marry and adopt, making it the first country in Eastern Europe to do so. This is a historic victory for the LGBTQ+ community in Slovenia; it sends a powerful message of inclusion and acceptance to LGBTQ+ people across the region.
In a move that human rights groups have widely condemned, Russia has announced plans to double fines for “LGBTQ propaganda” directed at children. The new law will also extend the definition of “propaganda” to include any content that is shared with adults.
It’s been 174 days since the war in Ukraine started, and in that time, there’s been a growing awareness of the inequality that exists between same-sex and straight couples in the country. This awareness has given rise to a movement calling for the legalization of marriage equality, to which President Volodymyr Zelensky has responded.
The Church of Scotland has made history by voting to allow same-sex marriages.
The recent decision by a St. Petersburg court to dissolve the Charitable Foundation Sphere, one of Russia’s leading LGBTQ charities, has caused a great deal of consternation among the country’s LGBTQ community.
The court’s decision comes when LGBTQ activists in the country are already facing increased scrutiny and harassment from the authorities. In recent months, several LGBTQ activists have been listed as foreign agents and forced to leave the country.
The dissolution of the Charitable Foundation Sphere is likely to further embolden those who seek to persecute and marginalize the LGBTQ community in Russia.
The members of the Church of England are evolving their position on same-sex marriage, as reflected in a new survey commissioned by the Ozanne Foundation and conducted last year by YouGov.
Kosovars will vote on a new civil code that would allow same-sex civil unions in a few weeks. The proposal has been praised by LGBTQ+ activists as a major step forward for equality in Kosovo, but it has also drawn criticism from many religious groups. Opponents of the measure argue that it goes against the values of traditional families, and they fear that it could lead to wider acceptance of homosexuality in the country. However, supporters of the proposal argue that it is a necessary step to protect the rights of all citizens, regardless of their sexual orientation and gender identity. With public opinion sharply divided, it remains to be seen whether the measure will pass.
On January 25, France became the latest country in Europe to ban "conversion therapy," joining a growing number of countries that have outlawed the practice.
The Spanish government has reinstated free assisted reproduction for single and queer women and extended it to transgender people.
France could soon become the next country to outlaw “conversion therapies,” which aim to change a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity.
A long and difficult battle ended with a referendum on same-sex marriage and equal adoption in Switzerland. The “yes” camp won by a majority vote that now extends full legal rights for same-sex couples across the country.
The Anglican Church in Wales has approved the blessing of same-sex couples in a civil marriage. This decision is a significant moment that will have a lasting impact on church members.
The idea of marriage equality has been the subject of much debate in recent years in Switzerland. Recently, there was an interesting poll that shows broad support for same-sex marriage ahead of the referendum on the issue.
Poland is in a tough spot. The European Union has threatened to cut its budget over discriminatory laws.
The Methodist Church has finally voted in favor of same-sex marriages. This is a huge step forward for the LGBTQ+ community and an important victory for marriage equality.
The Hungarian Parliament voted on a bill that prohibits the discussion of gender identity and sexual orientation.
Lithuania is a country where neither equal marriage nor civil unions are open to same-sex couples. As a result, a bill called the “Partnership Law” was introduced in parliament to open civil unions to same-sex couples.
Since 2006, only civil unions have been open to same-sex couples in the Czech Republic. Thus, a bill was recently introduced in the House to legalize marriage equality in the country.
I’ve been telling you a lot lately about what’s happening in Poland, about the anti-LGBTQ stances, about the so-called “free of LGBTQ” zones, about the sanctions taken by the European Union, and about the so-called “LGBTQ Freedom Zone”, but today I’d like to show you the concrete consequences of the resolution of the so-called “LGBTQ-free zones” because you’d think that nothing would happen to those municipalities who signed this resolution.
Well, think again, it hits home, and it hurts, as the mayor of Krasnik, Wojciech Wilk, found out.
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French senators had to consider the revision of the bioethics law and its amendment opening insemination to all women, whether they are single and straight or LGBTQ.
Vera Bergkamp, the former president of the Dutch LGBTQ rights organization, COC Netherland, who became a member of the Democrats 66 (D66) elected in the House of Representatives in 2012, introduced a motion to ban “conversion therapies” in the country.
The Constitutional Court of Romania canceled the ban on gender identity studies, to everyone’s surprise, considering it unconstitutional.
Before the holidays, we had seen that the law to legalize marriage equality in Switzerland seemed unstoppable and this has been confirmed.