Same-sex marriage referendum approved by wide margin in Switzerland

Switzerland has become one of the last Western European countries to make same-sex marriage legal, Reuters reported. A nearly two-thirds majority, or 64 percent of the country, approved the measure in a referendum, which was conducted under the nation’s direct democracy, Reuters reported. The new legislation would legalize same-sex marriage and gives same-sex couples the rightContinue reading “Same-sex marriage referendum approved by wide margin in Switzerland”

Switzerland to hold referendum on same-sex marriage – BBC News

Voters in Switzerland go to the polls on Sunday 26 September to decide whether to allow same-sex marriage. Switzerland is one of the last countries in western Europe not to recognise same-sex marriage, and supporters say the change in the law is long overdue. But there is opposition from some church groups and right wingContinue reading “Switzerland to hold referendum on same-sex marriage – BBC News”

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott signs bill limiting abortion-inducing pills

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) last week signed into law a bill that adds more restrictions and increases criminal penalties for the use of abortion-inducing medication, the Dallas Morning News reports. Why it matters: The bill, which comes after Texas implemented one of the most restrictive abortion bans in the U.S., is being decried by abortion-rights groups as a “back-door ban,”Continue reading “Texas Gov. Greg Abbott signs bill limiting abortion-inducing pills”

Thousands march in Ukraine for LGBT rights, safety

Some 7,000 people gathered in Ukrainian capital on Sunday for the annual March for Equality to support the rights of the country’s LGBT community. Equipped with colorful costumes and rainbow flags, the crowd marched down the central streets of Kyiv, some carrying banners reading “Fight for right!” Participants announced eight demands for Ukrainian authorities, includingContinue reading “Thousands march in Ukraine for LGBT rights, safety”

Women’s Suffrage: Crash Course US History #31

In which John Green teaches you about American women in the Progressive Era and, well, the progress they made. So the big deal is, of course, the right to vote women gained when the 19th amendment was passed and ratified. But women made a lot of other gains in the 30 years between 1890 andContinue reading “Women’s Suffrage: Crash Course US History #31”

Israel looks to renew law that keeps out Palestinian spouses

Israel’s parliament is set to vote Monday on whether to renew a temporary law first enacted in 2003 that bars Arab citizens of Israel from extending citizenship or even residency to spouses from the occupied West Bank and Gaza. Critics, including many left-wing and Arab lawmakers, say it’s a racist measure aimed at restricting theContinue reading “Israel looks to renew law that keeps out Palestinian spouses”

Gay Marriage Support SKYROCKETS To Record High – Secular Talk

U.S. support for legal same-sex marriage continues to trend upward, now at 70% — a new high in Gallup’s trend since 1996. This latest figure marks an increase of 10 percentage points since 2015, when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that all states must recognize same-sex marriages.

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