Some of the better country I’ve heard recently!
With so much happening, and at such an awesome pace lately, marriage equality advances one more step across the world, and it’s a thrill to watch.
France’s president has signed into law a controversial bill making the country the ninth in Europe, and 14th globally, to legalize gay marriage. On Friday, the Constitutional Council rejected a challenge by the right-wing opposition, clearing the way for Francois Hollande to sign the bill. He said: “I have taken [the decision]; now it is time to respect the law of the Republic.” The first gay wedding could be held 10 days after the bill’s signing. But Parliamentary Relations Minister Alain Vidalies told French TV he expected the first ceremonies to take place “before 1 July”.
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In honor of IDAHO, we have some more international news. ILGA Europe launched it’s Rainbow Europe package, assessing how well our Queer brothers and sisters are treated. In America, we typically view Europe as very progressive, free-loving people. Well if you’d seen the news recently you’d know that’s not really the case. From death threats, to riots, to vicious beatings, Europe isn’t as safe as what many of us think it is.
The map ILGA Europe released goes from dark green, representing full equality and respect, to dark red, gross violations of human rights, discrimination.
Our recent wins in Minnesota, Delaware and Rhode Island, is a pretty big deal. When 12 out of 50 states allows for same-sex couples to have the same rights and heterosexual couples, it’s a pretty big deal. The fact that Fox News spends as little amount of time as possible covering Marriage Equality success stories isn’t surprising. What is appalling however is the fact they completely ignored Delaware. Check out the graphic after the jump.
Minnesota is on the verge of joining the future with Delaware and becoming the 12th state in the U.S. to pass marriage equality. Thursday the Minnesota House of Representatives passed the marriage equality bill, so next stop is the Senate on Monday! Best part is, it’s expected to pass with bipartisan support.
They’re falling like dominoes!
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