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One Gay Couples Battle to Keep Their Twin Sons American

When Andrew and Elad Dvash-Banks won their lawsuit against the State Department in February, they thought that the yearlong legal battle over their Canadian-born sons American citizenship was finally over. This is over, this is behind us, Andrew Dvash-Banks, a U.S. citizen who was born in California, recalled thinking when U.S. District Judge John F. Walter appeal the federal judges ruling has drawn national attention to a little-known policy that the Defense of Marriage Act, a federal law that forbade the U.S. government from recognizing same-sex marriages. We were discriminated…

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Recognition at last for Gentleman Jack, Britains first modern lesbian

Anne Lister has been honoured in the church where she wed, and her tales of passionate affairs are now the subject of a TV drama She was a 19th-century pioneer in many fields: business, travel, mountaineering. But 178 years after her death, Anne Lister is best known for her string of female lovers, with their erotic encounters explicitly chronicled in a coded diary stretching to 27 volumes. Last week, the woman often referred to as the first modern lesbian was honoured with a blue plaque at Holy Trinity church in…

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Marriage equality: UN criticises Australia for refusing same-sex divorce

United Nations says Australian laws stopping same-sex couples who marry legally overseas from getting divorced violates human rights Australian laws stopping same-sex couples who married overseas from getting divorced violate international human rights obligations, the United Nations has found. The UN human rights committee (UNHRC) ruled an Australian woman, Dr Fiona Kumari Campbell, has been denied equal protection of the law because Australia does not allow her to end her legal, Canadian same-sex marriage. The UNHRC ruling determined that: In the absence of more convincing explanations from the state party,…

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