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Joint letter addressed to EU High Commissioner Baroness Catherine Ashton, US Secretary of State John Kerry and UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon

Joint letter addressed to EU High Commissioner Baroness Catherine Ashton, US Secretary of State John Kerry and UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon

To: Baroness Catherine Ashton, High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, European Union

Cc: The Honorable John Kerry, Secretary of State, United States of America
Cc: The Honorable Ban Ki-Moon, Secretary-General, United Nations

Baroness Ashton

We are writing to you in coordination with other Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) staff associations (EGALITE, GLIFAA, and UN-GLOBE). We are proud to have been able to work alongside your management teams to advance equality and non-discrimination across our workforces. We appreciate the progress that has been made, especially in recent years.

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Legalisation of same-sex marriage in France

Legalisation of same-sex marriage in France

France’s President, François Hollande, has signed on Saturday 18 May 2013 a law making the country the ninth in Europe, and 14th globally, to legalise marriage for same-sex couples. 67059021_gay_marriage_624-02
The day before, the Constitutional Council rejected a challenge by the right-wing opposition, clearing the way for Hollande to sign the bill.
The first ceremonies are expected to take place before the summer.

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New Zealand legalises same-sex marriage

New Zealand legalises same-sex marriage

17 April 2013, New Zealand’s parliament has legalised same-sex marriage, the first country in the Asia-Pacific region to do so.(Same-sex civil unions have been legal in New Zealand since 2005.)67059021_gay_marriage_624-02

New Zealand becomes the 13th country to legalise same-sex marriage. Other countries include the Netherlands, Belgium, Spain, Canada, South Africa, Argentina and Uruguay. French and British lawmakers have also voted in favour of legislation allowing gay marriage, although the bills have not yet been passed into law. No other country in the Asia-Pacific region allows gay marriage.

Australian members of parliament overwhelmingly voted against a bill that would have legalised same-sex marriages in September. However, some states allow civil unions for same-sex couples. China does not allow gay marriage. However, transsexuals who have undergone surgery are able to marry someone of the opposite sex, provided their new gender is verified by the local public security authorities.

from: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-22184232

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