Malta same-sex marriage law takes effect

By : MICHAEL K. LAVERS of the Washington Blade, courtesy of the National LGBT Media Association
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A law that allows same-sex couples to legally marry in Malta took effect on Friday.

Gabi Calleja, coordinator of the Malta LGBTIQ Rights Movement, a local advocacy group, told the Washington Blade on Friday during a telephone interview that same-sex couples can now fill out a marriage application with local officials. Calleja noted there is a 6-week waiting period under Maltese law before they — and any other couple — can legally tie the knot.

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Anti-gay lawmaker quits UK Labor Party

By : Bunmi Johnson OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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A British Nigerian lawmaker who called Toronto Pride marchers “pedophiles” has quit the UK Labor Party.

Chika Amadi, who has been a member of the Harrow Council in London’s Harrow Borough since 2014, has made headlines for her anti-gay messages on her social media accounts.

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Australian opposition decides to sink same-sex marriage vote

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CANBERRA, Australia (AP) – The Australian opposition on Oct. 10 decided to block government plans for a public but non-binding vote on recognizing same-sex marriage, arguing it would better if the issue was decided in Parliament.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s conservative coalition government needs center-left Labor Party’s support to get enabling legislation through the Senate to hold a national vote on same-sex marriage on Feb. 11.

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Australia plan for vote on same-sex marriage hits stumbling block

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CANBERRA, Australia (AP) – The government’s plan to hold a popular vote on whether Australia should allow same-sex marriage suffered a setback Aug. 29 when a political party announced it would not support the proposed plebiscite.

The Nick Xenophon Team, which supports marriage equality, said its three senators would not support legislation to authorize the plebiscite, which would effectively become a 160 million Australian dollar ($120 million) opinion poll without legal weight. Even if most Australians voted for same-sex marriage, conservative government lawmakers could still block the reform in Parliament, the party said.

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