Gay Marriage


High turnout seen favoring Yes in Irish gay marriage vote

DUBLIN - Irish voters turned out in droves to cast ballots in a gay marriage referendum on Friday, with the high turnout likely to favor the Yes side seeking equality just two decades after the country decriminalized homosexuality. | Video


Belfast bakery discriminated by refusing gay cake order, court rules

BELFAST - A Northern Ireland bakery owned by devout Christians who refused to bake a cake with a pro-gay marriage slogan was found guilty of discrimination in Belfast on Tuesday and fined.

19 May 2015

Chastened Church leaders take back seat in Irish gay marriage vote

DUBLIN - Its word was once law in Ireland on everything from contraception to divorce. Now, shorn of much of its influence, the Catholic Church has limited campaigning on Friday's gay marriage referendum to sermons to its remaining flock.

18 May 2015

French Protestant church allows gay marriage blessing

PARIS - France's United Protestant Church (EPUdF) voted on Sunday to allow pastors to bless same-sex marriages, two years after Paris legalized gay nuptials amid protests backed by the majority Roman Catholic Church.

France, 17 May 2015

Irish PM says country must seize opportunity to approve gay marriage

DUBLIN - Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny said on Sunday that Ireland must seize its opportunity to become the first country to approve same-sex marriage in a popular vote when it holds a referendum on the issue on Friday.

Ireland, 17 May 2015

Texas bill to hinder gay marriage dies in statehouse

AUSTIN, Texas - Republican-backed legislation to put new blockades on same-sex marriage in Texas died in the statehouse on Friday after failing to win approval by a midnight deadline amid stalling tactics by the Democratic minority.

Politics, U.S., 15 May 2015