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Huge Republic of Ireland vote for gay marriage
BBC News
The Republic of Ireland has voted overwhelmingly to legalize same-sex marriage in a historic referendum. More than 62 percent voted in favor of amending the country's constitution to allow gay and lesbian couples to marry. It is the first country in the world to legalise same-sex marriage through a popular vote.
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Israelis are ready to follow Ireland's lead and legalize gay marriage
HAARETZ
The citizens of Ireland, considered one of the most conservative and most religious countries in Europe, voted overwhelmingly to legalize same-sex marriages. Thus Ireland joins at least 16 countries including Spain, France, and Denmark and 36 U.S. states where gay and lesbian couples can marry.
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Moscow Gay Pride March banned for 10th straight year, but organizers plan to 'hold some kind of action'
Internationl Business Times
Authorities in Moscow have banned a planned Gay Pride march through the city for a 10th straight year, a report said. Activists had originally scheduled the event for May 30. "We have warned the organizers that the demonstration will not be authorized," Moscow mayoral representative Alexey Mayorov told Russian news outlet RIA Novosti, as quoted by Agence France-Presse. Authorities did not provide a specific reason as to why the event was banned but reportedly warned its organizers of the "risks" of proceeding without authorization.
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Turkey elections: Gay, transsexual candidates spotlight LGBT rights
NBC News
Turkey appears poised to elect its first openly gay member of parliament in next month's elections, despite a rising tide of social conservativism in the Muslim-majority country. The four LGBT activists running include 37-year-old Baris Sulu, who made history once already when he and his same-sex partner applied — unsuccessfully — for a marriage license in a test case that is still going through the courts.
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Boy Scouts president: Ban on gay leaders 'unsustainable'
The Washington Post
The president of the Boy Scouts of America urged the organization to reconsider its blanket ban on gay leaders, suggesting that the organization must keep up with the times on the issue or face "the end of us as a national movement." During remarks at the group's National Annual Meeting in Atlanta, Robert M. Gates, the former defense secretary who was elected president of the organization last year, warned that the longstanding policy could provoke legal challenges and suggested proactive action to allow sponsors to change the policy if they so choose.
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Gay rights group says Kaohsiung decision 'makes fun of' them
The China Post
A gay rights group criticized a Kaohsiung City Government plan to accept lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgenders (LGBT) by marking their partners in city records, saying it is merely a measure to "make fun of" the community without having any substantive effect. The city government, in a bid to show respect and good will toward a pluralistic culture, announced recently that it will start accepting the "sunshine marking" in its household registration and conscription information system.
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US LGBT envoy plans trip to Uganda in July
BuzzFeed
The U.S. State Department's newly-appointed special envoy for LGBT rights, Randy Berry, is planning a visit to Uganda in July, a State Department spokesperson confirmed to BuzzFeed News. The State Department could not immediately provide further details of the trip or what Berry hoped to accomplish in a visit to the country at the center of one of the longest running international confrontations over LGBT rights.
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LGBT travel presses for LGBT rights
TravelPulse
The 22 May Irish vote, which legalized gay marriage in the country, directs the attention of the entire world to the struggle of LGBT people to achieve full status as citizens in their home countries. With every new state and country that legalizes gay marriage, the pressure grows stronger on those who resist.
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Indian newspapers balk at mom's ad seeking groom for gay son
The Wall Street Journal
Like many parents in India, Padma Iyer decided to place an ad in the matrimonial sections of some national Indian newspapers to look for a spouse for her son, Harish Iyer. But three of the four papers refused to run the advertisement, according to Iyer. The ad read: "Seeking 25-40, well-placed, animal-loving, vegetarian groom for my son (36, 5'11) who works with an NGO. Caste no bar (Though Iyer Preferred)."
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4 Chinese travel trends you need to know
eHotelier
The world's biggest spenders dish out $3,252 on average, per person, during trips. In total, these spenders spent a record $165 billion abroad last year (a 28 percent increase from the previous year). The number is growing annually. Who are these big spenders? They're Chinese tourists who should be the number one demographic to keep your eye on this year.
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