Our Latest Updates – Archive

Northern Ireland Legalizes Gay Marriage
10/23/2019 -

Same-sex couples will be able to be married starting around Valentine’s Day 2020.

NEW ProCon.org Website! – 2020 Presidential Election: The Candidates and Where They Stand on the Issues
8/29/2019 -

Learn about the presidential candidates’ views on important issues, compare them with a side-by-side chart, find your best match with a fun quiz, track their finances, and so much more on our 2020 Presidential Election website. The New York Times called our previous presidential election site “The most comprehensive tool for researching the candidate’s stance on issues.” Check back monthly for expanded issue coverage.

British Lawmakers Vote to Legalize Gay Marriage in Northern Ireland
7/10/2019 -

Lawmakers clarified that the vote would not make gay marriage legal immediately, but could by late October if Northern Ireland had not yet formed a government.

Ecuador Legalizes Gay Marriage
6/13/2019 -

Ecuador became the 32nd country to legalize gay marriage on June 12, 2019 when the country’s top court ruled in favor of two same-sex couples who requested permission to marry.

Taiwan Becomes First in Asia to Legalize Gay Marriage
5/17/2019 -

The law will go into effect on May 24, 2019 and follows a 2017 Supreme Court ruling declaring a gay marriage ban unconstitutional.

New ProCon.org Website! – Should Birth Control Pills Be Available Over-the-Counter?
2/21/2019 -

Our new topic explores the pros and cons in the debate over making birth control pills available over-the-counter (OTC). 9.1 million women (12.6% of contraceptive users) use birth control pills, which are the second-most commonly used method of contraception in the United States. Proponents say making the birth control pill available over-the-counter would lower teen pregnancy rates, provide contraceptive access to medically underserved women, and ease access to a health-improving drug with decades of safe use. Opponents say making the Pill over-the-counter would raise the cost of contraception for women, pose a danger to teens’ and women’s health by removing the doctor’s visit requirement, and limit what options are made available.

Our new website presents the top pro & con arguments and quotes, a history of the debate, a video gallery, the prescription status of birth control pills around the world, and a list of drugs switched from prescription to OTC status.

Researcher Wanted at Educational Nonprofit ProCon.org
1/17/2019 -

ProCon.org, a Los Angeles-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit public charity,
seeks an in-house Researcher (full-time with benefits or part-time
without benefits) to develop content for websites devoted to a
nonpartisan in-depth presentation of 70+ controversial issues. Three
items are required for application, as specified in the job notice.

Gay Marriage around the World
10/1/2018 -

The Netherlands was the first country to legalize gay marriage in 2001. Discover which 28 countries have since legalized the practice.

50 Lesson Plan Ideas Using ProCon.org
7/16/2018 -

We’re excited to announce 50 free lesson plan ideas for educators! Visit our Teachers’ Corner for inspiration, including lessons plans about distinguishing fact from opinion, how to write a “call-to-action” letter, and content from our partner Credo Reference.

Top European Union Court Rules EU Countries Must Recognize Foreign Gay Marriages
6/5/2018 -

The ruling stated that, although EU countries may set their own same-sex marriage laws, they must recognize marriages performed in other countries.

Inter-American Court of Human Rights Rules Gay Marriages Should Be Recognized
1/11/2018 -

The ruling applies to twenty-three Latin American countries and those without legal gay marriage will be expected to change their laws.

Australia Legalizes Same-Sex Marriage
12/7/2017 -

Three weeks after the results of a national non-binding vote showed public support for gay marriage, the House of Representatives legalized gay marriage.

Austria’s High Court Legalizes Gay Marriage
12/5/2017 -

The ruling will allow gay couples to marry beginning on Jan. 1, 2019 and will also allow heterosexual couples to enter into civil unions that fall short of marriage.

Germany Legalizes Gay Marriage
7/24/2017 -

President Frank-Walter Steinmeier signed the legislation on July 20, 2017 after a June 30 parliament vote.

Malta Legalizes Gay Marriage
7/14/2017 -

66 of 67 lawmakers in the Maltese parliament voted to legalize gay marriage in the Western European nation on July 12, 2017.