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Same-Sex Marriage

Same-sex couples queue to say ‘I do’ in New Zealand

New Zealand's gay community geared up to celebrate the country becoming the first in the Asia-Pacific to legalise same-sex marriage. Photo: AFP

More than 30 same-sex couples will say “I do” Monday when New Zealand becomes the first Asia-Pacific country and only the 14th in the world to legalise gay marriage.

Sunday, 18 August, 2013, 1:03pm

Same-sex marriage to be legalised in England and Wales

Gay campaigners rally outside the Houses of Parliament in London. Photo: AFP

MPs in the House of Commons decided not to oppose a number of minor amendments to the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill proposed by the House of Lords, the upper parliamentary chamber.

18 Jul 2013 - 4:07am

Millions march in US to hail Supreme Court's decisions on gay marriage

New Yorkers watch the pride parade pass. Photo: NYT

Dancing, cheering and toting placards, gay rights supporters took to the streets in huge numbers at annual gay pride parades across the United States, with attendance boosted by recent Supreme Court rulings in support of same-sex marriage.

2 Jul 2013 - 3:34am

South Korean filmmaker Kim Jho Gwang-soo announces symbolic gay 'wedding'

Movie director Kim Jho Gwang-soo, left kisses his partner, Dave Kim, at a news conference announcing their 'marriage' in Seoul. Photo: AP

The first time a South Korean celebrity announced he was gay, in 2000, the reaction was quick and without empathy. Actor and entertainer Hong Suk-chon was banished from television and radio programmes for three years, and he said in a talk-show interview this year that he regretted coming out.

2 Jun 2013 - 7:36am

Vincent and Bruno become first gay couple to tie the knot in France

Vincent Autin and Bruno Boileau smile as they sign a document during their marriage ceremony at the city hall in Montpellier. Photo: AFP

Two men married each other in the southern French city of Montpellier on Wednesday, in the first same-sex wedding in a country rocked by protests against and for the reform.

30 May 2013 - 9:15am 1 comment

France's gay marriage law draws thousands of protesters to Paris

A demonstrator holds a placard with a portrait of French President Francois Hollande during the protest march in Paris. Photo: AFP

One of President Francois Hollande's campaign pledges, the bill allowing same-sex marriage and adoption was voted into law last Saturday after months of protests across a country that has been bitterly divided over the issue.

27 May 2013 - 5:59am

What's being said on

A BYD e6 electric taxi. Photo: AP

On HK Catholics' concerns over same-sex marriage, new electric taxis on Hong Kong roads, and pollution in Guangdong's coastal waters getting worse.

22 May 2013 - 2:53am

It's time for Hong Kong to talk about fairness to sexual minorities

New Zealand's Marriage Amendment Bill sponsor and Labour MP Louisa Wall (right) and her partner Prue Katea. Photo: AP

New Zealand gained a reputation as a social laboratory by giving women the right to vote 120 years ago, and by introducing cradle-to-grave social welfare in the 1930s and 40s. The latter has been undermined by free-market economics and remains anathema to many societies including Hong Kong. The country's latest reform is not quite so pioneering but, as with the other two in their time, millions around the world have mixed feelings about it.

26 Apr 2013 - 2:27am 1 comment

France adopts gay marriage law after strong debate

Hundreds of people opposed to same-sex marriage protest on Monday in Nantes, western France, as anti-riot policemen stand to prevent incidents with some same-sex marriage supporters. Photo: AFP

France’s lower house National Assembly on Tuesday adopted a bill legalising same-sex marriages and adoptions for gay couples, defying months of opposition protests.

24 Apr 2013 - 2:45am

Transsexual woman in last bid to wed boyfriend

Hong Kong’s highest court on Monday began hearing the final appeal of a transsexual woman who is seeking to wed her boyfriend, in a potentially groundbreaking case.

15 Apr 2013 - 11:51pm 1 comment

Letters to the Editor, April 15, 2013

Green features at the HKU campus. Photo: SCMP

I am a regular visitor from the UK, although I lived in Hong Kong for many years before going back. I am delighted to see more attention given to environmental issues such as energy conservation, reduction of noise, air and water pollution, and the design and construction of sustainable and green buildings.

15 Apr 2013 - 2:33am

Street party rages as US high court debates gay marriage

Protesters face off in front of the Supreme Court. Photo: AFP

As the justices and lawyers laid out the arguments for and against same-sex marriage inside the US Supreme Court, the atmosphere outside was more celebratory. With music pumping from a makeshift stage and warm spring sunshine beating down, supporters of marriage equality, who had been gathered in the US capital since before 8am, were determined to make the day a party.

28 Mar 2013 - 4:59am

Fight for gay marriage goes to US Supreme Court

Justin Kenny of Akron Ohio holds a modified Stars and Stripes flag in front of the US Supreme Court, on Tuesday in Washington, DC. Photo: AFP

Same-sex marriage takes centre stage at the US Supreme Court on Tuesday as the justices begin hearing arguments on the emotionally-charged issue that has split the nation.

27 Mar 2013 - 1:21am

Activist's plan to legalise gay marriage submitted to NPC

Li Yinhe has said legalising same-sex marriage requires only minor changes to the current marriage law. Photo: Mark Ralston

“A [National People's Congress] member has brought the proposal to the parliament meeting, but only as a ‘suggestion’,” Li Yinhe said. On multiple occassions since 2003, she has entrusted NPC members to submit her proposal on gay marriage on her behalf. 

6 Mar 2013 - 1:45pm

One-day girlfriend of my best friend's boyfriend

Demonstrators walk under a giant rainbow flag and chant slogans during a gay pride parade in Hong Kong on November 10, 2012. Photo: EPA

One day a few years ago, I received a call from my best friend Ping. He told me he had a long-term boyfriend, Lin, and they needed my help. 

6 Mar 2013 - 10:45am