Nelson Mandela, human rights hero, dies aged 95

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South African human rights campaigner Nelson Mandela died earlier this month surrounded by his family. The announcement was made by South African President Jacob Zuma this evening. He said that in the last few hours of his life.

The legendary human rights campaigner helped push for equality for gay South Africans, and helped to make South Africa the continent of Africa’s first and so far only country with same-sex marriage.

Protesters on both sides of the equal marriage debate strip off to demonstrate their causes

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A campaign group formed to protest against equal marriage legislation in France, staged a D-Day landing recreation, topless, to show their continued opposition to equal marriage in the country. Hommen also staged protests against equal marriage in the streets of Saint-Lazare.

They formed in response to Ukranian human rights group Femen, an all-female group who protest about equality for all, and always with their tops off.

Femen staged topless demonstrations for equality in front of Russian President Vladimir PutinPope emeritus Benedict XVI, in Notre Dame Cathedral, and soaked the Belgian Catholic Archbishop with water.

Two members of Femen were last week charged after protesting topless at the Stockholm Russian embassy in August during the city’s gay pride festival.

France: Far right activist commits suicide in Notre Dame following legalisation of equal marriage

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Drawing a poignant line under the often violent debate around equal marriage in France, Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris was evacuated, after former far-right activist Dominique Venner committed suicide by shooting himself in the head, shortly after writing a blog post slamming France’s recently passed equal marriage bill.

Following months of, sometimes violent, protests, and a substantial rise in homophobic attacks, in May French President Hollande signed the law, making France the fourteenth country in the world to allow equal marriage.

Luxembourg became the first country to have gay prime minister and gay deputy PM

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Xavier Bettel, the gay mayor of Luxembourg City and leader of the country’s Democratic Party, was in November officially appointed prime minister designate of Luxembourg by Grand Duke Henri, the country’s head of state.

Mr Bettel also announced that Etienne Schneider, the gay leader of Luxembourg’s Socialist Workers’ Party (LSDP), was his choice as deputy prime minister.

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