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Could Orthodoxy Be Having its Vatican II Moment?

…Patriarch, and asked him to shed some light on the issues surrounding the council. The council’s prospects have been beset by strife among particular Orthodox churches, with a total of four—prominently including the Russian Orthodox Church, Moscow Patriarchate—pulling out of participation at the last minute. This strife itself speaks to a need for greater understanding of Orthodoxy in the West. However, since Russia’s return to the world stage an…

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Indonesian Court Rejects Religious Conservatives’ Bid To Criminalize Gay Sex; More in Global LGBT Recap

…ich “effectively prohibits any positive depiction of LGBT individuals that could counter the prevailing negative attitudes in Singapore toward them.” An excerpt: The Media Development Authority effectively prohibits all positive depictions of LGBT lives. The MDA Free to Air Television Program Code states that “music associated with drugs, alternative lifestyles (e.g. homosexuality) or the worship of the occult or the devil should not be broadcast….

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Mexico moves toward national marriage equality; Greek govt announces civil partnership legislation; Pope warns against ‘secularism and relativism’; Global LGBT recap

…n Guam, where the governor had been stonewalling efforts to allow same-sex couples to marry, couples Kathleen Aguero and Loretta Pangelinan and Deasia Johnson and Nikki Dismuke were married by Public Health Director James Gillan. Pangelinana and Aguero had filed the lawsuit which brought an end to the territory’s ban on marrying same-sex couples. Ukraine: Pride March attacked in spite of police protection Last weekend’s “March for Equality” in Kie…

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Swiss Priest Sacked for Blessing Lesbian Couple; Mormon Equality Advocate Excommunicated; Pope-Backed Anti-Gay Referendum Fails; Global LGBT Recap

…ren born to surrogates in other countries can get Spanish passports if the country confirms a couple’s parenthood. Nepal: Government committee recommends marriage equality The Washington Blade reports, “Nepal could become the first Asian country to extend marriage rights to same-sex couples if its government accepts the recommendations of a committee that studied the issue.” A translated copy of the recommendations the Washington Blade obtained fr…

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Who is Mat Staver, Counsel for Anti-Gay Activist Against Suit from Uganda?

…ear attempt to assist their client in ducking service by withdrawing.” The court denied Liberty Counsel’s motion. After Miller had been in contempt of court for disregarding both the multiple visitation orders and the judge’s order that she turn over custody of Isabella to Jenkins, the Vermont family court issued an arrest warrant for her. At the time, Staver told a reporter, “We don’t know where she is and we don’t know anybody who does know her…

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Catholic Cardinal Slams Jesuit’s Bridge-Building Book; and More in Global LGBT Recap

…marriage in the country, the appeal is wrong in its basis because the High Court is a civil court, not a rabbinical one. “Essentially, the petitioners are asking from the court to recognize same-sex marriage via legislation, despite the fact that they are not recognized by Israeli law,” the verdict read. “On the matter of recognizing marriage that was not conducted in accordance to the religious law – including same-sex marriage – it was ruled [by…

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Trump Order A ‘Death Sentence’ For Some LGBT Refugees? Global LGBT Recap

…ple to be legally married in Estonia,” according to Gay Star News. Mexico: Court rules same-sex couples entitled to assisted reproduction Mexico’s Supreme Court has ruled that same-sex couples are entitled to assisted reproduction. Under the country’s legal system, the ruling does not immediately change state laws, but means that couples who challenge local restrictions will be able to obtain a federal injunction, or amparo, allowing them to exerc…

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Marriage Vote ‘Transforms’ Not-So-Catholic Ireland; Activist to Malaysian PM – ‘Love Is Not Terrorism’; LGBTs Find Growing Acceptance in Colombia, Not At World Meeting of Families; Global LGBT Recap

…tory remarks about one of Colombia’s two lesbian government ministers. The country’s highest court is expected to decide this year on the constitutionality of marriage equality, a prospect that has generated religious opposition: Though some leaders of the Catholic order Opus Dei have publicly opposed efforts to legalize same-sex marriage, Colombia’s Catholic hierarchy has been quieter on the matter. Opposition has been more vocal and robust among…

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Australia’s Harsh Refugee Policies Stirring Backlash; Malawi Court Sides With Pastors To Lift Moratorium on Sodomy Prosecutions; Uzbek President Says God Has Taken Gays’ Reason Away; Global LGBT Recap

…bill. Opponents, including some Catholic members of the PD, fear it will encourage gay couples to seek to have children with surrogate mothers abroad – a practice that is illegal in Italy. Proponents say that in Italy, children of gay parents risk ending up in the foster system if their biological parent dies, because the other parent has no legal custody of them. Italy is the only western European country not to have either legalised gay marriage…

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Catholic Bishops End Family Synod With Little To Say To Gays; World Congress of Families Has Plenty To Say, None of it Good; How Same-Sex Marriage Came to a Buddhist Temple in Japan; Global LGBT Recap

…ear became the first city to allow same-sex partners to be listed in household registration records. Italy: Court Rules Against Mayors Recognizing Gay Couples’ Marriages The country’s highest administrative court, the Council of State, this week backed Interior Minister Angelino Alfano, ruling that several local mayors who registered marriages contracted in other countries had broken the law….

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