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How San Diego mayor shifted on gay marriage

from SFGate.com:

SAN FRANCISCO — San Diego’s Republican mayor testified emotionally Tuesday about his transformation from a foe to a friend of same-sex marriage and spotlighted a central issue in the Proposition 8 case – whether the law can be based on prejudice against lesbians and gays if many supporters harbor no anti-gay bias.

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from: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB126334233397826947.html?mod=WSJ_latestheadlines

SAN FRANCISCO — The judge presiding over the first serious challenge in federal court of a state gay-marriage ban has defined his career with an unconventional approach.

[Quirky Judge Presides in Gay-Marriage Case] (more…)

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Mexico City has become the first city in Latin America to legalise same-sex marriage.

The city authorities voted 39-20 in favour of the legislation, with five abstentions.

While civil unions exist in a handful of cities and states throughout South America, this is the first time equal marriage has been realised.

Mexico City has had civil unions since 2007, but same-sex couples were barred from certain marital rights such as adoption of children, joint bank loans, inheritance rights and inclusion in insurance policies.

Mexico City’s left wing mayor Marcelo Ebrard is expected to sign the bill into law. The bill will change the definition of marriage in the city’s civic code from “the union of a man and a woman” to “the free uniting of two people”.

Elsewhere in Mexico, same-sex marriage remains illegal.

Certain districts in Colombia, Ecuador and Argentina recognise same sex unions, with Uruguay being the only Latin American country to have civil unions nationwide.

In October, a bill was introduced in Argentina to legalise same-sex marriage nationwide, but the bill was blocked in court. It has since been referred to Argentina’s Supreme Court which has yet to hand down a ruling.

The Roman Catholic church in Mexico is strongly opposed to same-sex marriage, but Mexico City legislators have hailed the new law as “historic”.

Victor Romo, a member of Mayor Ebrard’s Democratic Revolution Party told the Associated Press, “For centuries unjust laws banned marriage between blacks and whites or Indians and Europeans. Today all barriers have disappeared.”

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Archbishop of York attacks Uganda’s anti-gay bill

From http://seattletimes.nwsource.com:

A top Anglican cleric who was born in Uganda spoke out Thursday against a proposed law in his native country that would impose the death penalty on some gays. (more…)

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from http://www.csmonitor.com/World/2009/1222/Mexico-City-move-to-allow-gay-marriage-irks-some-residents:

Lawmakers approved a bill Monday to allow gay marriage, making Mexico City the vanguard of Latin America’s coalescing gay rights movement. But the move angers many in the socially conservative Catholic country. (more…)

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NATION SHIFTS GAZE TO NEW JERSEY ON MARRIAGE EQUALITY

http://www.towleroad.com/2009/12/marriage-equality-now-new-jersey-and-the-future.html

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New Jersey Nears Vote on Letting Gays Marry

From: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/12/05/nyregion/05marriage.html

petition in New Jersey signed by more than 2,300 Democratic officials, advocates and residents has helped sway members of the State Senate Judiciary Committee to call for a vote on a bill to legalizesame-sex marriage. (more…)

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