British Prime Minister David Cameron is increasingly enthusiastic about making marriage equality a reality in England in the very near future.
The Telegraph reports that Conservative Party member Cameron and Liberal Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg reassured religious groups last night that there would be a "double-lock" exempting them from having to recognize same-sex marriages, which the men say they will introduce next year, earlier than expected:
Downing Street said originally that same sex civil marriage would be introduced at some stage before the next General Election and there was no mention of the proposed legislation in the last Queen’s Speech.
Mr Cameron has promised to legislate to allow gay couples to marry in civil ceremonies, while not forcing the changes on the Church.
George Osborne, the Chancellor, this month said allowing marriage for homosexual couples is crucial to help the Conservatives stay in “in step with people and how they want to live their lives”.
His call came in an analysis of why Barack Obama defeated Mitt Romney in the US presidential election, despite polls showing the Republican candidate was trusted more to turn the economy around.
Mr Osborne said that the Republicans had lost “swathes of voters” because of their traditionalist positions on social issues.
But not all Brits are on board: a ComRes poll showed that two-thirds of all voters believe Cameron and his Conservative Party allies' shift on marriage equality is just them trying to be "trendy and modern."
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1010 WCSI reports that Turner plans on moving forward with a proposed amendment that would amend the state's constitution to define marriage as being between one man and one woman, even though same-sex marriage is already illegal in Indiana and that state's GOP made a show of moving away from homophobic politicking.
Same-sex marriage is already illegal in Indiana, but legislators overwhelmingly voted last year to put that ban in the constitution. It has to pass the House and Senate again in 2013 or 2014 -- but this month‘s election brought the first suggestion public opinion on the issue could be shifting.
Minnesota voted this month to reject a constitutional ban, while Maine and Maryland became the first states to legalize same-sex marriage by referendum. Representative Eric Turner (R-Marion), who authored the amendment, says Hoosiers have more in common with the 30 states which have approved constitutional bans. But Turner says a House leadership meeting next month will discuss when and whether to resubmit the amendment.
Rick Sutton, executive director of Indiana Equality Action told WCSI they're going to let the vote go through as is expected and instead concentrate efforts on fighting conservative forces during the proposed amendment's final test: a public vote in 2014.
Here's an extra thing to be thankful for this year, Madonna fans: a Russian court threw out an anti-gay group's $10 million lawsuit against the singer, whom they accused of "corrupting" Russian youth and threatening the nation's birthrate by celebrating LGBT equality at a St. Petersburg concert in August.
And the AP reports that the one-day hearing "bordered on the farcical:"
The ruling came after a one-day hearing that bordered on the farcical. During it, plaintiffs claimed that Madonna's so-called "propaganda of perversion" would negatively affect Russia's birthrate and erode the nation's defense capability by depriving the country of future soldiers. At one point, the judge threatened to expel journalists from the courtroom if they laughed too much.
Despite the ruling, the anti-gay activists who brought the suit still think Madonna deserves to be punished. "We believe there was a case of the breach of law, namely gay propaganda among minors," said Darya Dedova.
Madonna, one has to guess, couldn't care less.