Switzerland Approves a Marriage Equality Bill

Switzerland Approves a Marriage Equality Bill

Author: Jade MacEwan Photo source Unsplash After working on a marriage equality bill for the past seven years, Switzerland has finally brought the legalisation of marriage for same-sex couples to the vote. Registered partnerships have been legal for same-sex couples in Switzerland since 2007, but it has taken the Swiss parliament until now to work out…

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The Hungarian Government Proposes a Ban on Adoption by Same-Sex Couples

The Hungarian Government Proposes a Ban on Adoption by Same-Sex Couples

Author: Jade MacEwan Photo by Andrew Kondrakov on Unsplash The government of Hungary has recently proposed an amendment to the constitution to ban adoption by same-sex couples. If the amendment is passed, it will mean that only married couples will now be able to adopt children, and it specifically states that “the mother is a…

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Protests Against the New Anti-Abortion Ruling in Poland

Protests Against the New Anti-Abortion Ruling in Poland

Author: Jade MacEwan Photo by Zuza Gałczyńska on Unsplash On 22 October, Poland’s Constitutional Court ruled that abortion would be banned in the case of foetal defects, meaning that abortion would now only take place if a woman has become pregnant through rape or if her life is threatened by the pregnancy. In Poland, which…

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Situation of LGBT+ people in Poland, October 2020

Situation of LGBT+ people in Poland, October 2020

Author: Jade MacEwan Fifty ambassadors from various countries around the globe, as well as representatives of international organisations, recently signed a letter expressing their support for LGBT+ people in Poland. It was published as an open letter on 27 September and presented by the Belgian, Danish and UK ambassadors to the organisers of the Polish…

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Could Thailand Become The Second Country in South-East Asia to Legalise Same-Sex Unions?

Could Thailand Become The Second Country in South-East Asia to Legalise Same-Sex Unions?

Author: Jade MacEwan On the 8th of July, the Thai Cabinet approved a bill which would allow same-sex couples in Thailand to enter into civil partnerships. While the word “marriage” is not explicitly used in the bill, the civil partnerships would include many of the same rights for same-sex couples as heterosexual marriages. Same-sex partners…

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Montenegro Votes to Approve Civil Partnerships

Montenegro Votes to Approve Civil Partnerships

Autor: Jade MacEwan Montenegro passed a bill on the 2nd of July to legalise civil partnerships, becoming both the first country in the Balkans to do so. Forty-two out of eighty-one MPs voted to approve it, with only five MPs voting against the bill (EuroNews, 2020). Montenegro’s leaders welcomed the new law, with Prime Minister…

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Putin aims to constitutionally ban same-sex marriage in Russia

Putin aims to constitutionally ban same-sex marriage in Russia

Autor: Jade MacEwan Photo: Queer Geography archive Vladimir Putin, President of the Russian Federation, intends to ask the Russian people to vote for same-sex marriage to be constitutionally banned in a referendum which is planned for next month. The ban on same-sex marriage is part of a wider package of amendments to the Russian constitution…

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Could Same-Sex Marriage Become a Reality in China?

Could Same-Sex Marriage Become a Reality in China?

Autor: Jade MacEwan Photo: Jay on Unsplash In only August of last year, after facing pressure to follow Taiwan’s lead in introducing marriage equality, Chinese government spokesman Zang Tiewei confirmed that same-sex marriage would not be legalised in China (PinkNews, 2019). But could there now be hope for same-sex couples in China who want to marry?…

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The EU Parliament Adopts a Motion to Protect LGBTI Rights

The EU Parliament Adopts a Motion to Protect LGBTI Rights

by Jade MacEwan On 18 December, the European Parliament passed its first motion on public discrimination and hate speech against LGBTI people, including notoriously known Polish LGBTI free zones. The adopted text includes measures to combat discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation or gender identity and the recognition that hate crimes against LGBTI people…

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Zuzana Čaputová has become the first female president of Slovakia

Zuzana Čaputová has become the first female president of Slovakia

A liberal candidate with a strong anti-corruption programme Zuzana Čaputová has won Slovakia’s presidential election, becoming the country’s first woman president of Slovakia. Zuzana Čaputová entered the final presidential voting after winning the first round with 40,57% of all votes. In the morning of 31st of March 2019, when the last votes were counted it…

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