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  • 1. allan120102  |  May 13, 2016 at 12:47 pm

    Jalisco will train all of its civil registries to marry ss couples as they are some municipalities that are marrying ss couples. They have also ask their governor to force all civil registries to abide by the ruling of the sc .http://movil.informador.com.mx/jalisco/2016/66096

  • 2. VIRick  |  May 13, 2016 at 12:48 pm

    New Hampshire Senate Passes Ban on Ex-Gay Therapy for Kids

    Concord NH — Republican and Democratic lawmakers in the New Hampshire Senate reached agreement late Thursday, 12 May 2016, on a bill to ban gay conversion therapy on minors after a debate over religious freedom nearly derailed the effort. “Who among us would want to be converted from the essence of who we are? I don’t think any of us would,” Republican Senate Majority Leader Jeb Bradley said during debate.

    Gay conversion therapy is the practice of trying to change someone’s sexuality or gender identity. Both the Senate and House have now approved a bill barring licensed counselors from engaging in the practice with anyone under age 18. The chambers passed bills including slightly different language, which means they’ll need to reach agreement before sending the legislation to Gov. Maggie Hassan’s desk.

    Hassan, a Democrat, praised the Senate’s passage of the bill, saying it sends an important message to young people that they can be who they are.

    California, New Jersey, Oregon, Illinois, and Washington DC ban the practice for minors and Vermont is likely to join them. But efforts in Hawaii and Colorado failed this year. http://www.lgbtqnation.com/2016/05/new-hampshire-

  • 3. allan120102  |  May 13, 2016 at 12:50 pm

    Ex supreme court justice Marcela Cordero its tired with Michoacan and told them they should legalize ssm next week or they can see their articles limiting ss couples invalidated. https://www.quadratin.com.mx/sucesos/Resoluciones

  • 4. allan120102  |  May 13, 2016 at 1:13 pm

    Sonora legislators are in favor of modifying the civil code after ss couples were allow to marry. http://www.critica.com.mx/vernoticias.php?artid=6

  • 5. VIRick  |  May 13, 2016 at 1:21 pm

    Bermuda Referendum on Marriage Equality Scheduled for 23 June

    Per Rex Wockner:

    Campaigners Prepare for Same-Sex Referendum

    The referendum on same-sex marriage and civil unions will be held on 23 June 2016, giving campaigners on either side six weeks to get their message across to voters. A formal notice was published in the Official Gazette yesterday, 11 May 2016, confirming the two questions that will appear on the ballot paper:

    • Are you in favour of same-sex marriage in Bermuda?
    • Are you in favour of same-sex civil unions in Bermuda?

    It is expected that groups including the Rainbow Alliance, Marriage Equality Bermuda, Same Love Bermuda and the newly registered charity OUTBermuda will be involved in pushing the “Yes” message in the run-up to the referendum.

    Among those leading the effort will be members of the Bermuda Bred Company, a group of binational couples who won a landmark ruling in the Supreme Court in November 2015, giving same-sex partners of Bermudians the same rights to reside and seek employment as spouses of Bermudians.

    Tony Brannon, meanwhile, has been promoting the hashtag #lovewins and the slogan “Yes Yes Love Must Win” on social media, as well as inviting supporters to submit photographs of themselves to the website <a href="http://www.samelovebermuda.com” target=”_blank”>www.samelovebermuda.com for a rainbow filter to be added, the rainbow being a symbol of LGBTQ pride. Those featured include singer/songwriter Heather Nova, record producer and composer Felix Tod, and lawyer Mark Pettingill, the former Attorney-General.

    The Premier, Michael Dunkley, confirmed at a press conference yesterday, 11 May 2016, that the referendum results would be “non-binding”. He said the vote was “an opportunity for Government and for the people of Bermuda to express their opinions on a very important subject”.

    – See more at: http://mobile.royalgazette.com/article/20160512/N

  • 6. VIRick  |  May 13, 2016 at 1:55 pm

    México: Baja California: Mexicali: Primer Matrimonio Gay en BC se Interesa por el Tema de las Adopciones

    Mexico: Baja California: Mexicali: First Married Same-Sex Couple in Baja California Launches Gay-Adoption Campaign

    Per Rex Wockner:

    In summary, the hideously traumatic, drawn-out process to which this couple, Victor Aguirre Espinoza and Fernando Urías Amparo, were subjected during their multiple attempts to be married in Mexicali, before they were finally successful on 17 January 2015, per the amparo which they had duly obtained beforehand, has transformed them, together with their lawyer, José Luis Márquez Saavedra, into a vociferous team which have become extremely vocal advocates for human rights and equality.

    They are now taking on the issue of adoption for same-sex couples in Baja California.
    http://www.uniradionoticias.com/noticias/mexicali

  • 7. VIRick  |  May 13, 2016 at 2:40 pm

    Mexico: Sonora: Accepta Registro Civil del Estado Matrimonio entre Parejas del Mismo Sexo

    Mexico: Sonora: State Civil Registry Accepts Marriage Between Same-Sex Couples

    Per Rex Wockner:

    Hermosillo, 12 de mayo 2016 – Desde hace 10 dias (despues de 2 de mayo 2016), el Registro Civil en Sonora acepta matrimonios del mismo sexo sin necesidad de un amparo, aseguró Martha Julisa Bojórquez Castillo.

    Bojórquez Castillo recalcó que las personas del mismo sexo que quieren casarse pueden pasar a cualquier Oficialía de Registro Civil en el estado de Sonora.

    Hermosillo, 12 May 2016 – Ten days ago (from Monday, 2 May 2016), the Civil Registry in Sonora began to accept same-sex marriages without requiring an injunction, assured Martha Julisa Bojórquez Castillo.

    Bojórquez Castillo emphasized that same sex couples who wish to marry can do so at any Civil Registry Office in Sonora state. http://www.elimparcial.com/EdicionEnLinea/Notas/S

  • 8. theperched  |  May 13, 2016 at 2:57 pm

    Just like Australia's government, wasting money on a non-binding question instead of just doing their job…

  • 9. VIRick  |  May 13, 2016 at 3:29 pm

    Pushback Against Same-Sex Marriage in Sonora from Navojoa

    Needless to say, as soon as this statewide decision was made public in Hemosillo by the State Director, there was pushback against it on the part of at least one recalcitrant lower-level individual, as the civil registrar for the municipality of Navojoa immediately announced on 12 May 2016 that same-sex couples would still need an amparo before marrying in his office. And never mind that no same-sex couple had yet presented themselves there for that purpose. http://tribuna.com.mx/nota.php?n=16424

    The Civil Registrar for the municipality of Navojoa, in southern Sonora, Manuel Raymundo Valdez Domínguez, is simply presenting an out-of-date argument that same-sex couples still need to obtain an amparo in order to be married. He incorrectly claims that because the Sonora state congress has not yet changed the law, such an amparo must still be necessary. However, he is totally ignoring the 5-amparo judicial rule put in place by the Judicial Reforms of 2011, which, in the interim, has placed the marriage ban in abeyance in Sonora, statewide, as per the directive publicly issued on 11 May 2016, (and in effect since 2 May 2016) by the Director of the State Civil Registry in Sonora, Martha Julisa Bojórquez Castillo.

  • 10. VIRick  |  May 13, 2016 at 4:34 pm

    Oklahoma Rep. Sally Kern's Farewell Address

    Term-limited right out of office, she leaves our notice the same way she came into it: Sally Kern, the Oklahoma Republican lawmaker best known for repeatedly declaring that gay people pose a greater threat than terrorists, said farewell to the Oklahoma House of Representatives this week the only way she knew how … by comparing gay people to terrorists. http://www.joemygod.com/2016/05/13/oklahoma-rep-s

    In retort, one could say, "Bye, bye, bitch," but that would be far too polite.

  • 11. davepCA  |  May 13, 2016 at 4:44 pm

    Of course there's the standard "don't let the door hit you in the ass on your way out". Except I would actually prefer it if the door did, in fact, hit her in the ass on her way out.

  • 12. VIRick  |  May 13, 2016 at 9:00 pm

    Mexico: Querétaro: Up-Date on the Same-Sex Marriage Situation

    Last night, while reviewing the changed situation regarding the legality of same-sex marriages in Sonora, I took a "refresher" course by re-reading Rex Wockner's blog http://wockner.blogspot.com/ detailing the progress of same-sex marriage, state by state, in Mexico. I suddenly recalled an earlier instance which mirrors what just occurred in Sonora, something which Rex Wockner properly recorded, and which I remember posting here at EoT at the time, but which has not been noted or recorded elsewhere.

    Let's review several recent events in Querétaro:

    On 23 April 2015, an injunction (an amparo colectivo) filed in August 2014 involving 55 couples, the all-important amparo #5 for the state of Querétaro, was successful, after articles 137 and 273 of the state's Civil Code were duly declared unconstitutional.

    Then, on 3 June 2015, a ruling by the First Chamber of Mexico's Supreme Court cemented the jurisprudence nationwide, henceforth requiring judges to grant the injunctions of same-sex couples seeking to marry, whether it be to individual couples or groups of couples who sue together. At the same time, this jurisprudence also eliminated the ability on the part of any official to appeal such judicial decision.

    Querétaro was safe, with 5 successful amparos, none of which could any longer be appealed. Shortly thereafter, but certainly just prior to 21 July 2015, we encounter this major news headline:

    En Querétaro Parejas Homosexuales Ya No Necesitan Amparo para Casarse

    In Querétaro, Same-Sex Couples Now Do Not Need an Amparo to Marry https://rotativo.com.mx/noticias/metropoli/queret

    The news article, datelined "Querétaro, 21 Julio 15," goes on to point out that the civil registrar for the municipality of Santiago de Querétaro, Leonel Rojo Montes, would no longer require same-sex couples wishing to marry to first obtain a judicial amparo.

    Santiago de Querétaro is the capital and, without question, the largest city of Querétaro de Arteaga state, and is frequently referred to as simply Querétaro or Ciudad Querétaro. The city contains 804,000 of the state's total population of 2,038,000. Thus, this one municipality (of only 18 statewide) has 40% of the state's population.

    As best as I can determine, same-sex marriages have continued to be performed, without amparo, and without interruption, at the civil registry in the municipality of Santiago de Querétaro for these past 10 months, based strictly on the initiative of the municipal civil registrar adhering precisely to the Judicial Reforms of 2011, whereby 5 amparos granted on the same matter in the same state places the offending law in abeyance, rendering it null and void, and thus no longer enforceable.

    The only distinction I see between Querétaro and Sonora is that in Querétaro this decision was reached at the municipal level (with no apparent objection from anyone in a higher position), while that in Sonora was reached by the state-level director.

  • 13. ianbirmingham  |  May 13, 2016 at 9:46 pm

    NC Lawmakers Bully Bizs, Lobbyists To STFU Re: HB2

    RALEIGH, N.C. — While Republican state leaders have complained about being "bullied" by the federal government over House Bill 2, lobbyists in Raleigh tell WRAL News they and the businesses they represent are being bullied by state lawmakers seeking to silence business opposition to the new law.

    Lobbyists say they've been told – either directly by legislative leaders or by lawmakers' staff – that, if they or the businesses they represent speak out publicly against House Bill 2, they can expect retribution from House and Senate leaders. Legislation they want won't move, and other bills could actually target them.

    WRAL News spoke with 11 lobbyists who have experienced or are aware of such actions, but none would speak on the record for fear they would lose business or be targeted for retribution. One has already lost business. One long-time lobbyist called the pressure a "gross abuse of power." Another veteran lobbyist labeled it "vicious," adding, "I've never seen anything like it." …

    Read more: http://www.wral.com/lobbyists-lawmakers-seek-to-q

  • 14. FredDorner  |  May 13, 2016 at 9:50 pm

    Sounds like he's the Kim Davis of Sonora.

  • 15. VIRick  |  May 13, 2016 at 10:46 pm

    Fred, despite the fact that he's also gotten his panties in a terrible twist while vainly grasping at straws, he's much better-looking.

  • 16. ianbirmingham  |  May 14, 2016 at 11:48 am

    Crazy Conservatives Vow To Spend Billions Fighting Bathroom Equality

    Politicians in Texas, Arkansas and elsewhere have vowed defiance after the Obama administration asked them to let students use the bathrooms and locker rooms they prefer. A directive from the US Justice and Education Departments told public schools across the US on Friday to let transgender students use the facilities that match their gender identity. …

    Texas Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick said the state is prepared to forfeit billions rather than let the Obama administration dictate restroom policy for its 5.2 million students. … Similarly, GOP Governor Asa Hutchinson of Arkansas said schools should disregard the directive, which he derided as 'social engineering'. …

    Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3589239/O

  • 17. allan120102  |  May 14, 2016 at 12:13 pm

    Colombia closer to have a referendum in overturning ss adoption. I know the senate will pass the referendum the only thing that might stop it is the constitutional court and if theu recuse then there will be a big chance of seeing this referendum pass. http://www.elespectador.com/noticias/politica/ava

  • 18. F_Young  |  May 14, 2016 at 1:59 pm

    Ukraine: Human rights festival carries on despite anti-gay threats

    The Equality Festival, an event focused on the rights of the minorities, took place in Kyiv on May 14 despite the anti-gay activists' attempts to disrupt the event.

    The event was organized in support of the disrupted Equality Festival in Lviv. The Lviv festival was planned for March 19 but was stopped when some 150 radical anti-gay activists tried to attack the participants. Several participants were beaten but police made no arrests.

    …..Some 20 radical anti-gay protesters gathered near the festival place, but no violence has erupted. Police surrounded the place to keep the protesters out.

    …..The festival participants included Norwegian Ambassador to Ukraine and Belarus Jon Elvedal Fredriksen and Ambassador of the United Kingdom in Ukraine Judith Gough, and activists of LGBT organizations, representatives of Ukraine's feminist movement, groups for ethnic minorities’ rights and the rights of the people with disabilities.

    The festival program featured lectures, discussions, film screenings and music performances that were originally supposed to take place at the Lviv festival.

    “We speak out not only for the rights of the LGBT people, but for human rights in general,” said Olena Shevchenko, the head of Insight, the LGBT rights group behind the festival.

    The Kyiv authorities supported the festival, saying that "there is no place for any kind of discrimination in a developed democratic society," according to the website of Kyiv City Administration.

    Read more: http://www.kyivpost.com/photo/?id=413729

  • 19. Christian0811  |  May 14, 2016 at 2:27 pm

    In re Ukraine being wayyyy ahead of Russia and the rest of Eastern Europe on LGBT equality.

    At this rate we can expect to see the anti-gay marriage amendment repealed in say, 20 or 30 years? Considering that Ukraine is about in the early 70s relative to the US on gay rights.

  • 20. Christian0811  |  May 14, 2016 at 2:30 pm

    If the CC makes a ruling of the validity of the referndum on human rights there's no way it passes. If they make only a technical ruling or excuse themselves it'll pass by a landslide.

  • 21. allan120102  |  May 14, 2016 at 3:22 pm

    I just hope I can see most countries embrace marriage equality before I die even though that might be wishful thinking. My priority right now is to see the bans that prohibit homosexuality being thrown away in all countries before I pass.

  • 22. Christian0811  |  May 14, 2016 at 4:23 pm

    Ehhhh it'll be a hundred or more years before most of the Islamic countries so much as decriminalize homosexuality between males 21 and older.

  • 23. VIRick  |  May 14, 2016 at 5:17 pm

    This is an important case from Nuevo León which we all missed when Mexico's Supreme Court issued its decision on it in February 2016:

    Nuevo León: Ordena la Suprema Corte al Gobernador Reconocer Concubinato Gay

    Nuevo León: Supreme Court Orders Governor to Recognize Same-Sex Cohabitation

    Ciudad de Mexico, 17 febrero 2016 – La Primera Sala de la Suprema Corte de Justicia de la Nación (SCJN) ordenó al gobernador de Nuevo León, Jaime Rodríguez Calderón, reconocer el concubinato entre parejas del mismo sexo. Lo anterior luego de que su antecesor Rodrigo Medina de la Cruz y el Congreso local impugnaran el fallo de un juez que amparó a una pareja homosexual que deseaba casarse.

    La resolución declaró inconstitucional el artículo 291 bis del Código Civil de Nuevo León, porque “limita la institución del concubinato a parejas de distinto sexo”.

    Además el quejoso argumentó que dicho precepto transgredía los artículos primero y cuarto constitucionales, respecto de los derechos de igualdad y no discriminación en razón de la preferencia sexual, la identidad, el libre desarrollo de la personalidad y la protección de la organización y desarrollo de la familia.

    El juez federal que conoció del caso en primera instancia concedió el amparo al demandante pero el entonces gobernador Rodrigo Medina y el Congreso estatal impugnaron el fallo y el asunto debió ser turnado a un tribunal colegiado. Así, la Primera Sala de la Corte ratificó la sentencia del juez federal porque la definición de concubinato, al igual que la del matrimonio, condiciona su existencia a la unión de un hombre y una mujer. http://www.proceso.com.mx/430465/ordena-la-corte-

    Mexico City, 17 February 2016 – The First Chamber of the Supreme Court ordered the governor of Nuevo León, Jaime Rodríguez Calderón, to recognize cohabitation between same-sex couples. This, after his predecessor, Rodrigo Medina de la Cruz and the local Congress, both filed appeals challenging the ruling of a judge who upheld a same-sex couple who wanted to marry.

    This decision declared unconstitutional Article 291 bis of the Civil Code of Nuevo León, because "it limited the institution of concubinage to opposite-sex couples."

    Moreover, the plaintiffs argued that the provision contravened Articles I and IV of the (Mexican) Constitution, with respect to the rights of equality and non-discrimination on grounds of sexual preference, identity, free personality development, and protection of the organization and development of the family.

    The federal judge who heard the case in the first instance granted the plaintiffs' amparo, but the then governor, Rodrigo Medina de la Cruz, and state Congress both challenged the ruling, resulting in the matter being turned over to a collegial tribunal. Thus, the First Chamber of the Court upheld the ruling of the lower federal court because the definition of concubinage, like that of marriage, was conditioned, in its very existence, upon the union of one man and one woman.

  • 24. RobW303  |  May 14, 2016 at 5:58 pm

    Fortunately, your estimate ignores several important factors: the influence of the European Union (particularly the court's rulings on civil rights) and the success of SSM in closer, competitive neighbors. Do they want to see people and businesses migrating elsewhere because of the more hostile environment in the Ukraine and other former-Soviet satellites? Then there are the conclusions from psychologists and social scientists, and (we hope) disaffectation with restrictive religious institutions, and the largely egalitarian influence of the Internet on younger people. So I think change will accelerate from this point in most regions, particularly those which view themselves as relatively modern and progressive. And I'm hardly an optimistic type.

  • 25. FredDorner  |  May 14, 2016 at 6:12 pm

    Actually the Ottoman empire decriminalized homosexuality over 100 years before the US did……and then some time later recriminalized it.

  • 26. RobW303  |  May 14, 2016 at 6:13 pm

    You wrote:
    >> Then, on 3 June 2015, a ruling by the First Chamber of Mexico's Supreme Court cemented the jurisprudence nationwide, henceforth requiring judges to grant the injunctions of same-sex couples seeking to marry, whether it be to individual couples or groups of couples who sue together. At the same time, this jurisprudence also eliminated the ability on the part of any official to appeal such judicial decision.

    What am I missing here? Wouldn't this render moot the current appeals (as in Baja California and Yucatán), as well as the appeals threatened by other states? Or was the elimination of the right to appeal limited to just Querétaro (or whichever state that ruling applied to)?

  • 27. VIRick  |  May 14, 2016 at 6:30 pm

    The next cases coming before Mexico's Supreme Court should be those on appeal from Yucatán, Hidalgo, Durango, Michoacán (Action of Unconstitutionality, full court), and Chiapas (Action of Unconstitutionality, full court), plus all remaining appeals still unresolved from both Baja California and Sinaloa.

  • 28. VIRick  |  May 14, 2016 at 6:45 pm

    It eliminated the ability of all state officials nationwide to file any NEW appeals challenging the granting of any/all judicial amparos from that date onward. See below for a whole list of pending cases still on appeal before Mexico's Supreme Court which had originally been challenged before that cut-off date (minus the "Actions of Unconstitutionality" which are plaintiff challenges, and which can be filed within 30 days whenever the state congresses alter the marriage code, but still do not bring it up to the required constitutional standard).

    In Querétaro's case, no government official had ever appealed any of the 5 judicially-granted amparos in that state allowing same-sex couples to marry. From 3 June 2015, it suddenly became too late for them to change their minds and attempt to appeal any of these rulings. It is with that knowledge in hand that the civil registrar in Santiago de Querétaro began to allow same-sex couples to be married there without the need for them to obtain an amparo.

    I wish that that ruling of 3 June 2015 would have rendered all the remaining appeals (from other states) instantly moot, but such is not the way the Mexican system operates.

  • 29. allan120102  |  May 14, 2016 at 7:33 pm

    Hidalgo will have its resolution at the end of May or June base on lgbt groups from Hidalgo. I am more interested in Yucatan though as its two neighbors now have marriage equality and with the ruling from the supreme court coming I can see them abiding and legalizing ssm.

  • 30. allan120102  |  May 14, 2016 at 7:34 pm

    The problem with Queretaro that only that municipality is issuing. We need the whole state to abide and comply.

  • 31. VIRick  |  May 14, 2016 at 10:07 pm

    Allan, agreed.

    But that is the limitation of a decision made by the municipal civil registrar, albeit the one in the state capital comprising 40% of the state's entire population.

    It would be nice to obtain a blanket directive from the Director of the State Civil Registry in Querétaro with statewide application, just like what was obtained in Sonora. I have no idea why such has apparently not been issued, as the matter of same-sex marriage in Querétaro is closed and final,– and was closed and finalized 10 months ago, in favor of the legalization of same-sex marriage, the moment new appeals of their 5 successful amparo decisions were no longer allowed.

  • 32. theperched  |  May 14, 2016 at 11:33 pm

    According to this, Puebla can get an action of unconstitutionality as well: http://www2.scjn.gob.mx/IndicesCCAI/Controversias

    Item 4.

  • 33. allan120102  |  May 14, 2016 at 11:43 pm

    Oh my it looks like, and it looks like Puebla will see their ban struck down before Chiapas.

  • 34. theperched  |  May 15, 2016 at 9:19 am

    Still angry everyone's getting an accion except my neighbor Baja California who managed to slime away somehow :(

  • 35. theperched  |  May 15, 2016 at 9:24 am

    This site says the Michoacan Government will make May 17 "Day Against Homophobia" and that they'll approve the marriage bill on that day.
    https://www.contramuro.com/la-creacion-del-sistem

    For Mexico, like with Italy, we always have to wait and see on the actual day to know if anything actually happens :)

  • 36. GregInTN  |  May 15, 2016 at 11:47 am

    Somewhat off-topic…

    Larry Daughtrey, a longtime political reporter and columnist for The Tennessean newspaper in Nashville has passed away.

    The tie-in for this board is that he was married to Senior Circuit Judge Martha Craig Daughtrey of the U.S. Sixth Circuit–who wrote the dissent to the Sutton/Cook Obergefell decision in that circuit.
    http://www.tennessean.com/story/news/2016/05/12/l

  • 37. VIRick  |  May 15, 2016 at 2:31 pm

    Mariela Castro Leads Cuba LGBT March

    Havana – On Saturday, 14 May 2016, the daughter of Cuban President Raúl Castro led in a march in Havana that commemorated the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia. Mariela Castro, director of Cuba’s National Center for Sexual Education that is known by the Spanish acronym CENESEX, joined transgender actress Candis Cayne and hundreds of others who marched from the oceanfront promenade at the base of the Hotel Nacional to a nearby pavilion under a scorching sun. Evan Wolfson, founder of Freedom to Marry and Freedom to Work President Tico Almeida were among those who gathered along the march route that went through Havana’s Vedado neighborhood.

    (The "Washington Blade" was also present in Havana for the march, so as to be in a position to have filed this report.)

    Their report goes on to detail other recent changes and initiatives which have taken place in Cuba in pursuit of LGBT rights, with or without Mariela Castro's input, but the crux of the issue still remains:

    The Cuban constitution defines marriage as between a man and a woman.

    – See more at: http://www.washingtonblade.com/2016/05/14/mariela

    In an interview with the "Miami Herald" in Havana, Evan Wolfson added this succinctly accurate observation:

    “Nearly 70% of the people of Latin America now live in a freedom to marry country. The Cuban people deserve no less.” http://www.joemygod.com/2016/05/15/cuba-sees-larg

  • 38. JayJonson  |  May 15, 2016 at 4:14 pm

    Speaking of Sixth Circuit Judges, I noticed this morning in the wedding section of the NYTimes that gay activist (and debating partner of Maggie Gallagher) John Corvino, who is chair of the philosophy department at Wayne State University, married his partner Mark Lock on Friday. The ceremony was performed by Judge Helene N. White, who sits on the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals. The wedding announcement may be found here: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/05/15/fashion/wedding

    Intrigued by the fact that White, who serves on the Appellate Court that ruled against us and whose decision was reversed in the Obergefell SCOTUS decision, performed the ceremony, I looked up the Wikipedia article on her.

    She had originally been nominated by Clinton, but was blocked by the Republican Senator Abraham. But in a deal several years later, she was appointed by George W. Bush as a means of breaking a Democratic filibuster on his nominations. Interesting read on the deal-making in the Senate Judiciary Committee regarding judges. The Wikipedia article says little about her rulings, but a lot about how she finally got confirmed to the Court: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Helene_White

  • 39. allan120102  |  May 15, 2016 at 5:16 pm

    Hey Baja California have a lot of appeals in the supreme court chamber you will see amparos given to the state soon. At least its not Zacatecas.

  • 40. theperched  |  May 15, 2016 at 11:19 pm

    Supposedly, it's definitely next week according to this page.

    This article also says that the Archbishop and co. have been bothering Congress nonstop to not pass the bill, but members from all parties have said in interviews that the law is unstoppable and that they will vote in favor.
    http://www.capitalmichoacan.com.mx/michoacan/subi

  • 41. VIRick  |  May 16, 2016 at 1:11 am

    "According to this, Puebla can get an Action of Unconstitutionality as well:" http://www2.scjn.gob.mx/IndicesCCAI/Controversias

    Excellent find. Thank you.

    From the website of Mexico's Supreme Court, we have a complete list of 95 challenges, filed as Actions of Unconstitutionality, waiting to be heard. They are listed in reverse order of their filing date, with #1 being the most-recent, and #95 the most-ancient. Normally, cases are heard in sequence, oldest first. For our purposes, re same-sex marriages, there are 4 cases of particular interest. The new challenges from Puebla and Chiapas have just been accepted, and are now listed, while the older challenge from Michoacán has been steadily making its way down the list, and is now half-way there. Watch for the key phrase, "'El hombre y la mujer,' del Código Civil:"

    Índice de Acciones de Inconstitucionalidad Pendientes de Resolver al 16 de mayo de 2016

    List of Actions of Unconstitutionality Pending Resolution as of Today's Date

    #1 – Chiapas 32/2016

    ARTÍCULO 145 EN LA PORCIÓN NORMATIVA “EL HOMBRE Y LA MUJER," DEL CÓDIGO CIVIL PARA EL ESTADO DE CHIAPAS, PUBLICADO EN DECRETO NÚMERO 188, EL PERIÓDICO OFICIAL DEL ESTADO LIBRE Y SOBERANO DE CHIAPAS, EL DÍA 6 DE ABRIL DE 2016, Y EN VÍA DE CONSECUENCIA LA INVALIDEZ DEL ARTÍCULO 144 DEL MISMO CÓDIGO CIVIL PARA EL ESTADO DE CHIAPAS.

    #4 – Puebla 29/2016

    ARTÍCULO 300 DEL CÓDIGO CIVIL PARA EL ESTADO LIBRE Y SOBERANO DE PUEBLA, EN LA PORCIÓN NORMATIVA "EL HOMBRE Y LA MUJER," PUBLICADO EN EL PERIÓDICO OFICIAL DEL ESTADO LIBRE Y SOBERANO DE PUEBLA, PUBLICADO EL DÍA 28 DE MARZO DE 2016.

    #46 – Michoacán de Ocampo 114/2015

    LOS ARTÍCULOS 15, 127, 142, FRACCIÓN V, 295, 305, 307, 673, 674 Y 675 DEL CÓDIGO FAMILIAR PARA EL ESTADO DE MICHOACÁN DE OCAMPO, EXPEDIDO MEDIANTE DECRETO NÚMERO 554, PUBLICADO EN EL PERIÓDICO OFICIAL DEL GOBIERNO CONSTITUCIONAL DEL ESTADO DE MICHOACÁN DE OCAMPO, EL DÍA MIÉRCOLES 30 DE SEPTIEMBRE DE 2015.”

    #89 – Jalisco 36/2013

    ARTÍCULOS 18 Y 22 DE LA LEY DE LIBRE CONVIVENCIA DEL ESTADO DE JALISCO, PUBLICADA EN EL PERIÓDICO OFICIAL DE LA ENTIDAD EL 1 DE NOVIEMBRE DE 2013.

    This latter, concerning "La Ley de Libre Convivencia" from Jalisco, pertains to the unconstitutionality of the separate "Law of Free Cohabitation" available only for same-sex couples (as a substitute for marriage, and now, since January 2016, out-of-date).

  • 42. F_Young  |  May 16, 2016 at 1:28 am

    Arizona: Phoenix Is The Latest LGBT Battleground No One Is Talking About

    …..Lawyers for Brush & Nib, a calligraphy studio run by two Christian women who sell hand paintings and calligraphy for weddings and events, filed a lawsuit Thursday challenging the Phoenix LGBT non-discrimination ordinance.

    …..Violations can lead to $2,500 in fines and six months of jail time for every day they violate the ordinance.

    “We fully expect to have a hearing in the next few weeks on our motion for preliminary injunction and to have the Arizona superior court grant our motion and vindicate the free speech and religious liberty rights of our clients,” Jon Scruggs, an attorney working on the case with Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) — the Christian legal group representing the studio — told The Daily Caller News Foundation. “In reality, the case is pretty simple when you boil it down: no American, including artists, should have the government force them to create art against their artistic and religious beliefs.”

    The lawsuit is a “pre-enforcement challenge,” which means the studio is challenging the ordinance in court even though it has not yet been directly affected by it. No one has filed a complaint against the studio — it is just getting ahead of the game.

    But the city is not backing down.

    “The Phoenix non-discrimination ordinance protects fundamental civil rights for everyone, and we will defend it aggressively,” Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton said in a statement.

    Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2016/05/15/phoenix-is-the-

  • 43. VIRick  |  May 16, 2016 at 2:00 am

    The Michoacán Congress had better hurry and pass this marriage equality proposal, as time is quickly running out on their very last chance to do so. Otherwise, Mexico's Supreme court is poised to do it for them.

    Originally, the Michoacán state congress had a court-imposed deadline of 15 September 2015 to revise their Civil Code to legalize same-sex marriage and allow for marriage equality. Instead, they blissfully passed a set of new provisions establishing a separate "Law of Cohabitation" to apply only to same-sex couples, and to go into effect from October 2015. And this, despite the fact that this concept, in the Colima case, had already been ruled unconstitutional some months prior.

    As a direct result, on 30 September 2015, the state was immediately slammed with an Action of Unconstitutionality (114/2015) (see #46 in list above) for not bringing the Michoacán state code up to the non-discriminatory standard required of Mexico's Federal Constitution. The clock continues to tick on this matter, as this challenge moves ever-closer to being the next case on the Supreme Court's list of pending cases awaiting resolution.

  • 44. Sagesse  |  May 16, 2016 at 4:56 am

    So pleased to see the end of Stephen Harper's Conservative government in Canada.

    Liberal bill seeks to safeguard Canadian transgender community [Globe and Mail]
    http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/libe

  • 45. Randolph_Finder  |  May 16, 2016 at 5:36 am

    I don't think that there is any doubt that a Liberal Controlled government in Canada will always be on the forefront rights, go Canada!

  • 46. Elihu_Bystander  |  May 16, 2016 at 5:58 am

    Man arrested in hacking deaths of 2 LGBT activists 02:26
    "(CNN)A member of a homegrown Islamist militant group in Bangladesh has been arrested in connection with the hacking deaths of two LGBT-rights activists, police in Dhaka, the nation's capital, said Sunday.

    "Shariful Islam Shihab, 37, a member of the Ansarullah Bangla Team, was arrested in a western district of Kushtia, said police media relations officer Maruf Hossain Sorder. Members of the group have been arrested in other hacking deaths in Bangladesh.
    Xulhaz Mannan and Tanay Mojumdar were inside an apartment April 25 when five or six young men posing as couriers arrived under the guise of delivering a package and hacked them to death with machetes, said police in Dhaka. Mannan's mother and a maid were inside the apartment at the time but were not killed."

    Read more: http://www.cnn.com/2016/05/15/asia/bangladesh-lgb

  • 47. scream4ever  |  May 16, 2016 at 9:08 am

    This will get tossed out quickly due to lack of standing.

  • 48. bayareajohn  |  May 16, 2016 at 11:57 am

    Not necessarily. A pre-enforcement challenge may be properly brought when the allegation is that the challenged law is unconstitutional or improper "on its face". Being in a class that the law clearly intends to target is likely sufficient for standing.

  • 49. scream4ever  |  May 16, 2016 at 12:02 pm

    But they must prove they are being harmed by the law.

  • 50. bayareajohn  |  May 16, 2016 at 12:14 pm

    No, you do not need to wait for actual harm from a law that is clearly intended to or will obviously harm you. The proofs do need to be more convincing in a pre-inforcement action.

  • 51. F_Young  |  May 16, 2016 at 12:51 pm

    SCOTUS won't review precedent key to transgender ruling

    The Supreme Court announced Monday, over the dissent of one conservative justice, that it will not review a legal precedent key to an appeals court ruling last month requiring public schools to allow transgender students to use bathrooms corresponding to their gender identity.

    The justices declined to take up a student debt-collection case that asked the court to overrule a 1997 precedent, Auer v. Robbins, that said the judicial branch should defer to a federal agency's interpretation of its own regulations.

    That case is the main one a 4th Circuit Court of Appeals panel relied on when it upheld the right of a transgender boy to use the boys' bathrooms at a Virginia high school. There is no federal regulation specifically on the point, but the Education Department has issued guidance indicating that such treatment is required by the sex-discrimination prohibition in Title IX on schools receiving federal funds.

    The case turned down Monday was United Student Aid Funds v. Bryana Bible.

    Justice Clarence Thomas said in his dissent that the court should have taken the case and considered overturning Auer, as well as a related 1945 precedent.

    "Any reader of this Court’s opinions should think that the doctrine is on its last gasp. Members of this Court have repeatedly called for its reconsideration in an appropriate case," Thomas wrote. He noted that Chief Justice John Roberts, Justice Samuel Alito and late Justice Antonin Scalia all called in various cases for the doctrine to be reconsidered.

    Despite the positions Roberts and Alito took in those earlier cases, they did not join Thomas in his dissent Monday.

    Read more: http://www.politico.com/blogs/under-the-radar/201

  • 52. F_Young  |  May 16, 2016 at 1:45 pm

    Off-topic: Gay Pastor Apologizes After Accusing Whole Foods of Writing Slur on Chocolate Cake

    The case of the chocolate cake slur, it seems, was simply a hoax.

    An openly gay Texas pastor who had accused Whole Foods of defacing his cake with an anti-gay slur dropped his lawsuit against the grocery chain on Monday, issuing an apology that said he was wrong to “perpetuate this story.”

    …..He also apologized to the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community “for diverting attention from real issues.”.

    …..But a day after Mr. Brown’s legal salvo, Whole Foods denounced the pastor as a fraud, vowing to press a countersuit that sought $100,000. At the same time, the grocery chain released surveillance footage of Mr. Brown’s purchase that it said proved that the cake had not been tampered with.

    …..In his statement, Mr. Brown also apologized to the bakery associate who came under scrutiny, his partner, his lawyer and the Church of Open Doors, where he is the pastor.

    Read more: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/05/17/us/gay-pastor-a

  • 53. allan120102  |  May 16, 2016 at 2:40 pm

    Nuevo Leon will legalize ssm before the year ends.Possibly in the last trimester of the year. http://www.periodicoabc.mx/articulo/alistan-discu

  • 54. allan120102  |  May 16, 2016 at 2:43 pm

    Mexicali, Baja California a couple of women have won an amparo and are to marry this saturday. The civil registry also said that two more amparos are about to be issue by the supreme court. That will make 5 amparos just to the city of Mexicali alone. The perched here is the action you were waiting for BC. http://www.uniradioinforma.com/noticias/mexicali/

  • 55. JayJonson  |  May 16, 2016 at 2:59 pm

    Roberts and Alito did not join Thomas in dissent, but I suspect that they voted in favor of hearing the case. Without Scalia, the RATS did not have the 4 votes to grant cert.

  • 56. allan120102  |  May 16, 2016 at 3:11 pm

    4 amparos have been file against the state of Veracruz. I have been amazed at veracruz being the 2 most populous state its one that have seen less action compare to other less populous. http://e-veracruz.mx/nota/2016-05-16/salud/tramit

  • 57. F_Young  |  May 16, 2016 at 3:51 pm

    USA: Meet the Terrifying Right-Wing Legal Group Behind Anti-LGBT Laws in the U.S. – WATCH

    …..In a new video from Media Matters For America, Carlos Maza delves into the terrifying and homophobic group which likes to masquerade as a run-of-the-mill Christian legal group but in fact is a virulently anti-LGBT extremist organization that has been working for decades to subvert gay rights.

    If you look closely at any number of recent anti-LGBT laws passed throughout the U.S., you can see ADF’s hand at work. Maza explains:

    “Arizona’s ‘Don’t Serve The Gays’ law? ADF. Indiana’s ‘Religious Freedom’ law? ADF. North Carolina’s creepy bathroom law? You guessed it: ADF.

    ADF often ghost writes these laws, and hands them over to state lawmakers, testifies on their behalf, and then defends them in state and national media.”

    And ADF isn’t just creating laws that would suppress LGBT rights; they are actively fomenting anti-LGBT hate…

    …..ADF also fought to uphold Texas’ ban on gay sex in the Supreme Court case Lawrence v. Texas, and, after losing that battle, have sought to uphold bans on gay sex in countries around the world.

    And yet, representatives from ADF are invited on news shows and treated like anything but the radicals they are. As Maza puts its,

    “[ADF are] extremists who have spent years trying to put gay people behind bars and deny women access to basic reproductive healthcare. That’s who ADF is. And that’s how news networks should identify them if they’re going to give the group air time.”

    Read more and watch video: http://www.towleroad.com/2016/05/meet-terrifying-

  • 58. montezuma58  |  May 16, 2016 at 4:25 pm

    http://www.towleroad.com/2016/05/meet-terrifying-

    Looks like some formatting tags got mixed in with the link in the OP.

  • 59. VIRick  |  May 16, 2016 at 4:50 pm

    North Carolina: Up-Date on Legal Challenge to HB2

    Per Equality Case Files:

    Today, 16 May 2016, in "Carcaño v. McCrory," the ACLU/Lambda Legal challenge to North Carolina's HB2, and the earliest of at least 5 federal suits now filed on the matter, the Plaintiffs have filed a motion for a Preliminary Injunction.

    Motion for Preliminary Injunction (with supporting exhibits/declarations) is here: http://bit.ly/1VYFdeZ

  • 60. Sagesse  |  May 16, 2016 at 5:21 pm

    I read a detailed write up a few years ago that laid out the obscene amounts of money that ADF has to work with,the legislation drafting mill, the size of its legal organization, and the names of the wealthy Evangelical Christians who are behind it. Scary stuff. Don't know where to locate the link now.

  • 61. allan120102  |  May 16, 2016 at 6:00 pm

    Things are escalating quickly in Jalisco. Some deputies might go to jail if they dont abide with the supreme court ruling http://udgtv.com/senal-informativa/jalisco/activi

  • 62. allan120102  |  May 16, 2016 at 7:04 pm

    Morelos will not legalize ssm says deputy. That means that the supreme court should invalidated the ban when they can, http://www.moreloshabla.com/si-a-diversidad-no-a-

  • 63. scream4ever  |  May 16, 2016 at 7:49 pm

    The state should be begging for this outcome since it would be an easy way out and cause the boycotts to stop.

  • 64. VIRick  |  May 16, 2016 at 8:05 pm

    Allan, in counterpoint, for Morelos, there's always this:

    Llama Graco Ramírez a un Gran Acuerdo Nacional

    Graco Ramirez Calls for a Grand National Accord

    Con motivo de erradicar la desigualdad en México el gobernador de Morelos llama a realizar un acuerdo nacional.

    In order to eradicate inequality in Mexico, the governor of Morelos calls for a national agreement. http://www.moreloshabla.com/llama-graco-ramirez-a

    Graco Ramirez, Governor of Morelos, is the person who submitted the complete proposal for marriage equality to the Morelos Congress, and did so months ago. He has also threatened to simply sign this proposal of his into law as an executive order if the Morelos Congress can not agree. He's been patient with them,– but it sounds as if his patience is really wearing quite thin.

  • 65. allan120102  |  May 16, 2016 at 8:10 pm

    Well he better do it now because we know the legislature is pretty homophobic and will not act. I have been wating since last year for Morelos to have marriage equality and I receive nothing. This is getting tiresome.

  • 66. 1grod  |  May 16, 2016 at 8:21 pm

    Randolph: perhaps you are being too generous of the federal Liberals: Consider the right to an assisted death currently before the House of Commons in Ottawa. Lawyer Josh Paterson of the B.C. Civil Liberties Association, who argued the case before the Supreme Court of Canada, says the current bill "is worse" than what the Carter family had achieved in Carter v. Canada! 7 of the 9 current Canadian Supremes are former PM S. Harper's appointments. G http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/doctor-assisted-s

  • 67. VIRick  |  May 16, 2016 at 8:42 pm

    Rare LGBT Protest Held in Lebanon

    Yesterday, 15 May 2016, a rare protest, demanding a repeal of laws criminalizing homosexuality as “against nature," has taken place in Lebanon. Around 50 activists gathered outside the Hbeish Gendarmerie in Beirut, a place where morality police often take suspects, in the first protest of its kind for four years. The group also wanted four trans women released.

    The event was organized by the Helem association, a prominent LGBT rights group based in the country, which handed out placards that read, “Homosexuality is not a disease” and “Sex is not illegal – your law is archaic.”

    Helem chief Genwa Samhat told Agence France Presse that most people were detained under a 94-year-old law. “Most people arrested under this law aren’t detained in the act but in the street because of their appearance,” she said. http://www.pinknews.co.uk/2016/05/16/rare-lgbt-pr

    Although not specifically mentioned in the article, from the photos accompanying it, one would also have to conclude that this event marked the first time pro-LGBT signage was publicly observed written in Arabic, itself a monumental accomplishment for the region.

  • 68. VIRick  |  May 16, 2016 at 11:26 pm

    Baja California: Programan Tercer Matrimonio Gay en Mexicali

    Baja California: Third Same-Sex Marriage Planned in Mexicali

    On Saturday, 14 May 2016, the Civil Registry in Mexicali recorded its third civil marriage of a same-sex couple. According to the municipal secretary, Francisco Iribe Paniagua, each of the three couples had successfully obtained their own separate amparo.

    In addition, according to the Mexicali-based rights lawyer, José Luis Márquez Saavedra, two more same-sex couples are at the point of receiving favorable decisions from Mexico's Supreme Court. (These decisions would pertain to earlier cases which had been appealed by officials in Baja California, back at a time when officials could still appeal a judicial decision which allowed for a same-sex couple to marry). http://www.uniradioinforma.com/noticias/mexicali/

    So, combining all those cases, Baja California will have 5 favorable amparo rulings just from Mexicali alone. And that's not counting the multiple favorable decisions reached in both Tijuana and Ensenada (both have a successful amparo for a single couple, as well as an amparo colectivo for a whole collection of couples, for a total of at least 4 more). The grand total for the state is now at least at 9, but more likely is somewhere above 10.

    I'm also not counting the maneuverings of the travelling judge from Colima, as all the same-sex couples she married in the mass civil marriage ceremony she held in Tijuana had actually obtained their amparos from her beforehand in Colima (a point which was not announced until after she had successfully recorded all those marriages from the mass ceremony with the Civil Registrar in Tijuana).

    Also, just for the record, tiny Colima has recorded several hundred marriages of same-sex couples since 2013, (and an even larger number of amparos granted), by far, the most of any state in Mexico, thanks in large part to this same travelling judge who will quickly issue an amparo to any same-sex couple from anywhere in Mexico who seeks it. On occasion, she will even travel with them back to their home city and perform the ceremony there, if that's what the couple prefers (so family and friends can participate).

  • 69. VIRick  |  May 17, 2016 at 1:25 am

    Veracruz: Tramitan Amparos Cuatro Parejas del Mismo Sexo para Celebrar Matrimonio

    Veracruz: Amparos Filed for Four Same-Sex Couples to Marry

    Veracruz, 16 de mayo 2016 – Hoy dia el presidente de la Comunidad Jarochos, Guillermo Izacur Maldonado, anunció que se tramitaron cuatro amparos ante los juzgados federales con la finalidad de obligar al Registro Civil del estado de Veracruz a celebrar cuatro matrimonios igualitarios. El representante de la comunidad lésbico-gay dijo que las cuatro parejas del mismo sexo recurrieron a las instancias federales ante la falta de voluntad de los diputados locales por reformar el artículo 75 del Código Civil del estado de Veracruz para reconocer los matrimonios igualitarios.
    http://e-veracruz.mx/nota/2016-05-16/salud/tramit

    Veracruz, 16 May 2016 – Today, the President of the Comunidad Jarochos, Izacur Guillermo Maldonado, announced that four injunctions have been filed in federal courts in order to force the Civil Registry of Veracruz state to hold four (more) egalitarian marriages. The representative of the gay and lesbian community said the four same-sex couples turned to the federal courts due to the unwillingness of the local congress to reform Article 75 of the Civil Code of Veracruz state to permit same-sex marriage.

    Four same-sex marriages have previously taken place within Veracruz state, each with their own separate amparo. Thus, with these four new requests, Veracruz state would be up to 8 amparos having been granted.

  • 70. Sagesse  |  May 17, 2016 at 4:57 am

    The Liberal bill is more narrow, and more cautious than some would like, but the Harper government had done nothing to introduce legislation, because they didn't want to comply with the Supreme Court's decision. That's why the Liberals had to ask the Supreme Court for an extension to June. That's my read, anyway.

  • 71. Randolph_Finder  |  May 17, 2016 at 5:09 am

    Given that Arabic is also an official language of Israel, I'd would expect that at least one of the signs in the various LGBT marches that Israel has had were in Arabic.

  • 72. allan120102  |  May 17, 2016 at 12:15 pm

    Breaking news. Enrique Peña Nieto the president of Mexico send an initiave or proposal to the legislative chamber to legalize ssm. This is the same tactic that the governor of Campeche use to legalize ssm. http://m.milenio.com/politica/gobierno_homofobia-

  • 73. theperched  |  May 17, 2016 at 12:59 pm

    Last week Switzerland approved their stepchild adoption bill 113-64. Looks like Italy is now completely surrounded by partial or full adoption laws on all sides.

    There's still a chance the Swiss opponents could force a referendum. They have 100 days to collect 50,000 signatures. If they fail to do so then the bill will become law.

  • 74. SethInMaryland  |  May 17, 2016 at 1:22 pm

    So this would legalize marriage equality throughout Mexico?

  • 75. theperched  |  May 17, 2016 at 1:47 pm

    An ex-Supreme Court secretary says no. It would ensure more rights like social security and immigration benefits, but couples wouldn't automatically be able to marry. It's still a state issue that's why injunctions are necessary.

  • 76. allan120102  |  May 17, 2016 at 3:16 pm

    The perched actually it would legalize ssm throught all mexico if the congress of Mexico legalize ssm. This propose is at federal level is binding to all states and territories of Mexico. This is like the US congress when it approves a law. Its binding to all 50. more news in here. https://www.buzzfeed.com/hayesbrown/mexicos-presi

  • 77. VIRick  |  May 17, 2016 at 3:58 pm

    Texas: Up-Date on the State Appeal of the Award for Attorney Fees in Marriage Case

    Per Equality Case Files:

    As of 16 May 2016, in "DeLeon v. Abbott," the state appeal of the award for attorney fees in the Texas marriage case presently at the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals, said appeal has now been fully briefed.

    From the state defendants' (appellants') brief:
    "[T]he district court abused its discretion in awarding attorney’s fees in the amount of $585,470.30, and $20,202.90 in costs. This Court should correct the fees and costs provided the Plaintiffs and reduce the award of fees and costs to no more than $377,674.20 in attorney’s fees, and $5,369.56 in costs. The Court should either modify the award, or remand to the district court to further evaluate the billing records in light of the corresponding case law to determine whether the hours billed were reasonably expended."

    Defendants’ (Appellants') Opening Brief is here: http://files.eqcf.org/cases/15-51241-appellants-b
    • Plaintiffs’ (Appellees') Response Brief is here: http://bit.ly/1W0raFN
    • Defendants’ (Appellants') Reply Brief is here: http://bit.ly/22fbMFu

  • 78. VIRick  |  May 17, 2016 at 4:15 pm

    Alaska: Up-Date Regarding Award for Attorney Fees in Marriage Case

    Per Caitlin Shortell and Equality Case Files:

    We (the plaintiffs' attorneys in the Alaska marriage suit, "Hamby v. Parnell"), really suffered in the judge's order on our motion for fees when it was cut 53%. Additionally, the state has not paid us now for over a year, post-judgment. This has a definite deterrent effect on our bringing future civil rights work.

    We've heard that the money is appropriated, but in general, our right-wing Alaska legislature doesn't get much done. Theoretically, we could expect payment in June or July. If not, I guess we'll spend more uncompensated time moving to enforce the judgment. https://www.facebook.com/EqualityCaseFiles

  • 79. VIRick  |  May 17, 2016 at 4:54 pm

    US Senate Approves First Openly Gay Army Secretary

    Washington — The US Senate confirmed the long-stalled nomination of Eric Fanning to be Army secretary, making him the first openly gay leader of a US military service.

    The voice vote approval on Tuesday, 17 May 2016, came after Sen. Pat Roberts, R-KS, dropped his opposition to Fanning after a senior Pentagon official told him that no detainees held at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, would be sent to the Army prison at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, or to other facilities in the United States.

    Congress has included prohibitions on moving Guantanamo detainees to the US mainland in annual defense policy bills, thwarting President Barack Obama‘s campaign promise to close the prison. http://www.lgbtqnation.com/2016/05/senate-approve

  • 80. VIRick  |  May 17, 2016 at 5:13 pm

    Mexico’s President Wants Marriage Equality Included In The Federal Constitution

    Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto on Tuesday, 17 May 2016, announced that he would be sending legislation to Congress to amend the Constitution to allow marriage equality nationwide.

    Enrique Peña Nieto:
    Hoy, en el Día Nacional de la Lucha contra la Homofobia, me reuní con representantes de colectivos LGBTI. Escuché sus ideas y propuestas.

    The proposed change would amend Article 4 of Mexico’s Constitution to “incorporate clearly the judgment of the Supreme Court so that people can marry without discrimination on ethnic, national, disability, social status, religion, gender, or sexual preference reasons,” Peña Nieto said in a speech at a International Day Against Homophobia event.

    Currently, several Mexican states explicitly allow same-sex marriages, following a string of lawsuits from couples suing for their right to marry. In June 2015, the Mexican Supreme Court decided that laws banning such marriages are “unconstitutional,” but the ruling was only binding on judges. Registrars in states where marriage equality isn’t in place are allowed to deny issuing marriage certificates, forcing couples to sue for the ability to marry in cases they will invariably win. Despite the Supreme Court urging the recalcitrant states to change their own laws, the majority of Mexico’s 31 states have not complied (the Federal District and 8 states have marriage equality; 23 do not).

    Peña Nieto also proposed changes to Mexico’s Federal Civil Code to allow marriage equality and to allow members of the Civil Registry to issue birth certificates that reflect the owner’s preferred gender identity. https://www.buzzfeed.com/hayesbrown/mexicos-presi

  • 81. allan120102  |  May 17, 2016 at 5:33 pm

    Michoacan to become the 9th state to legalize ssm tomorrow as congress is expected to pass the law tomorrow in the state. http://www.sistemamichoacano.tv/noticias/19-micho

  • 82. davepCA  |  May 17, 2016 at 7:18 pm

    Good riddance.

  • 83. VIRick  |  May 17, 2016 at 7:32 pm

    In a tweet to Matrimonio Igualitario, from Carlos Sánchez Tapia, Diputado de la LVIII Legislatura del Estado de Querétaro:

    El pasado mes de Febrero presentamos la iniciativa de matrimonio igualitario en Querétaro la cual pronto sera Ley.

    This past February, we presented the initiative for marriage equality in Querétaro which will soon be law. https://twitter.com/CL_SanchezTapia

  • 84. VIRick  |  May 17, 2016 at 8:23 pm

    And in another tweet, here's a major tip from Geraldina González de la Vega:

    State-of-the-art Marriage Equality in Mexico by Rex Wockner at http://wockner.com

    So, despite the fact that I had just done my little "refresher" course over there a few days ago, I took another look and discovered that Rex has completely re-done the page on same-sex marriage in Mexico, expanding it about ten-fold, and explaining in depth every twist and turn in the seemingly endless Mexico marriage saga in easy-to-understand language (in English), but with brilliant detail.

    Previously, I was impressed. Now, I am extremely impressed.

  • 85. ebohlman  |  May 17, 2016 at 8:34 pm

    What do you have against doors?

  • 86. allan120102  |  May 17, 2016 at 8:34 pm

    Omg I finally find it. Here is why Puebla was sued to see their ban struck down like Jalisco. You can also see here is the document where they ask the full court to invalidate the articles that say marriage is between a man and a women. http://periodicocentral.mx/2015/gobierno/cndh-imp

  • 87. VIRick  |  May 17, 2016 at 8:42 pm

    Actually, from the pathetically sad look of things, given that toothless, long down-turned mouth of hers, I suspect that the door slammed her in the face far more times than she was able to count.

  • 88. allan120102  |  May 17, 2016 at 9:09 pm

    Excuses coming from Guerrero but it looks like the initiative will move in the coming months. http://bajopalabra.com.mx/congreso-mantiene-estan

  • 89. allan120102  |  May 17, 2016 at 9:16 pm

    BCS to legalize ssm before June 30 things are almost ready and a PAN deputy says that the fraction will vote in favor of marriage equality.I thought BCS was not doing anything in terms of ssm but I was way wrong. I am quite surprise the movement I have seen in several states in Mexico. With all the movement I am seeing ssm will become law through all of western Mexico before the year ends, with the exception of slower states like Baja California and Oaxaca. http://peninsulardigital.com/extra/este-ano-queda

  • 90. allan120102  |  May 17, 2016 at 9:19 pm

    Sonora Governor say ssm is not legal in the state. She says that only with amparos ss couples might get married. I am not sure if she have the power to stop the civil regist.ry though but I imagine she being the governor she can. I am not sure why she continues to fight. She already lost. http://www.uniradionoticias.com/noticias/reportaj

  • 91. TheVirginian722  |  May 17, 2016 at 9:39 pm

    Rowan County Election Results Forecast Dismal Re-election Prospects for Kim Davis

    Tuesday's Kentucky primary gave Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis nothing but bad news as she contemplates a possible re-election bid for a second term in 2018. Rowan County Democrats and Republicans both indicated their distaste for Davis's brand of bigotry and intolerance.

    Rowan County Democrats, who constitute a large majority of registered voters in every one of the county's 18 precincts, cast 69% of their votes for Jim Gray, the out-gay Mayor of Lexington who is challenging U. S. Sen. Rand Paul. Mayor Gray won his 7-candidate primary with 59% of the statewide vote.

    Those who followed the Davis drama will remember the big-mouthed preacher who regularly delivered anti-marriage rants at the Rowan County Courthouse. Rev. Randy Smith also organized all the rallies supporting Davis's lawlessness and protesting her incarceration. Confident of capitalizing on his notoriety, Smith this year sought the Republican nomination for State Representative in the 99th District, which is currently represented by Rep. Rocky Adkins (D).

    Republican primary voters wisely rejected Randy Smith's ignorance, nominating nurse practitioner Wendy Fletcher by a 55% to 45% margin. Rowan County Republicans were even more emphatic in their rejection of Smith and Davis by giving Fletcher 61% of their votes.

    If Kim Davis can read the tea leaves, she should abandon any thought of running for re-election. Considering that she only won her primary by 23 votes and the general election by 465 votes in 2014, all long before she became the poster girl for hate, her prospects for 2018 look pretty bleak.

  • 92. davepCA  |  May 17, 2016 at 10:01 pm

    Lots of good news these days!

  • 93. VIRick  |  May 17, 2016 at 11:44 pm

    Kentucky: Openly Gay Lexington Mayor Wins Democratic US Senate Primary

    From the "Lexington Herald Leader:"

    Republican US Sen. Rand Paul will face the Democratic primary winner, Lexington Mayor Jim Gray, in the November general election. Both won easily on Tuesday, 17 May 2016. Paul, a first-term senator and former presidential hopeful, beat two little-known challengers in the Republican primary in a landslide victory. Gray, a two-term mayor, was able to turn back six challengers in a crowded field of Democratic candidates.

    Gray, 62, faces an uphill battle to unseat the well-known incumbent in a state that has not sent a Democrat to the US Senate since Wendell Ford in 1998. http://www.joemygod.com/2016/05/17/kentucky-openl

  • 94. F_Young  |  May 18, 2016 at 1:41 am

    Off-topic: Muslim states block 11 LGBT groups from attending UN Aids meeting

    …..A group of 51 Muslim states has blocked 11 gay and transgender organizations from attending a high-level meeting at the United Nations next month on ending Aids, sparking a protest by the US, Canada and the EU.

    Read more; http://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/may/17/musl

  • 95. Sagesse  |  May 18, 2016 at 6:08 am

    This is getting virtually no press, presumably because it doesn't affect the outcome… both the majority Liberals and the NDP support the transgender rights bill. Still it's gratifying to see the Conservatives coming to their senses.

    Some Conservatives now ready to support bill on transgender rights [CBC]
    http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/transgender-conse

    Talk about burying the lede. Interim Conservative leader Rona Ambrose is among those who now support the bill, and she is allowing a free vote among conservatives.

  • 96. gay_avenger  |  May 18, 2016 at 12:05 pm

    Donald Trump Releases List of Supreme Court Picks… “According to a list obtained by The Associated Press, Mr. Trump’s potential nominees include: Steven M. Colloton of Iowa; Allison Eid of Colorado; Raymond W. Gruender of Missouri; Thomas Hardiman of Pennsylvania; Raymond Kethledge of Michigan; Joan Larsen of Michigan; Thomas Lee of Utah; William H. Pryor Jr. of Alabama; David Stras of Minnesota; Diane Sykes of Wisconsin; and Don Willett of Texas.” http://www.nytimes.com/2016/05/19/us/politics/don

  • 97. theperched  |  May 18, 2016 at 12:24 pm

    I knew Baja Sur would beat Baja California :) Now my neighbor's an island :( They need to get with it already! *sigh*

  • 98. theperched  |  May 18, 2016 at 12:28 pm

    Seychelles axes their old sodomy law. They stopped enforcing it years ago and have anti-discrimination laws, but it still needed to be erased from their books. They repealed it yesterday :)

    Seychelles' National Assembly has passed an amendment to the penal code that decriminalizes the act of sodomy.

    Out of 28 members present for the vote, 14 voted in favour while the other half abstained. Four members were not present for the vote.

    The proposal was first made by President James Michel in his State of the Nation address. Island church leaders were against the proposal but said God's love applies to everyone. A leader from the gay and lesbian community said she appreciated the fact that no members of parliament voted against it.

    A representative from the ruling Parti Lepep – which holds 31 seats in parliament — said that politicians need to fight for equality, including that of sexual preference.

    “While we appreciate the diversity of races, politics and religion, on the other hand as a country we are treating sexual orientation and diversity seperately,” said Chantal Ghislain, who represents the nation's inner islands.

    The newly appointed Leader of the Opposition in the assembly, who attended her first sitting on Tuesday, also voted in favour.

    Francesca Monnaie of the Popular Democratic Movement told SNA on Wednesday that her vote represents her party's position and is based on human rights.

    “Our Constitution clearly states that all persons are equal and this is what our party believes in. So I do not see why we should discriminate against a specific group based on their sexual orientation,” said Monnaie.

    “I also stated that in a democratic society like ours, this should be automatic. People should know that it has nothing to do with morality, religion or culture,” she added.

    …The amendment will come into force on the day it is gazette as an act by the Attorney General’s Office. For this to happen the bill needs to be assented by the president and sent back to the National Assembly.
    http://www.seychellesnewsagency.com/articles/5198

  • 99. guitaristbl  |  May 18, 2016 at 12:31 pm

    As scary as I thought it could be.

  • 100. F_Young  |  May 18, 2016 at 12:32 pm

    Off-topic: ow the world feels about LGBT people

    …..The results from 96,331 respondents in 65 countries provide a broad — if not necessarily complete, because the surveys were conducted online — look at how the world feels about LGBT people.

    …..Thirty-five percent of respondents worldwide said that their attitudes about gay, lesbian, transgender and intersex people had become much more favorable or somewhat more favorable over the past five years. Fifteen percent said their feelings had become less favorable, and 50 percent reported no change. Sixty-seven percent agreed with the statement that “human rights should be applied to everyone, regardless of whom they feel attracted to or the gender they identify with.” Just 16 percent disagreed.

    In no region of the world do a clear majority of respondents agree that “being gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, or intersex should be a crime,” though 42 percent of respondents in the Middle East and North Africa, and 43 percent of respondents in other African countries, said that being a sexual minority, transgender or intersex should be illegal. And 68 percent of respondents around the world said that they would be very or somewhat upset if their child said they were in love with someone of the same gender, though it’s hard to determine whether that response comes from opposition to homosexuality or concern for a child’s safety and acceptance.

    …..while there was no region where a majority of respondents rejected the idea that bullying was a problem, there is less consensus on the issue in other regions than in the United States. Just 40 percent of respondents in Latin America and the Caribbean said that bullying was a significant issue, and 49 percent of Middle Eastern and North African respondents agreed.

    …..50 percent of North American respondents said that same-sex marriage should be legal; only in Europe is support higher, at 52 percent of respondents. Elsewhere, the numbers are much lower: 36 percent of Asian respondents supported marriage equality, as did 34 percent of Latin American respondents, 21 percent of Middle Eastern, North African and Central and Eastern European respondents, and 20 percent of African respondents.

    …..Fifty-six percent of respondents worldwide said an employer should not be able to fire workers because of their sexual orientation or gender identity. Support for employment non-discrimination is weaker in some regions than others; 41 percent respondents from Middle Eastern and North African countries and 35 percent of respondents from other African countries agreed that companies should be allowed to fire LGBT employees simply on the grounds of their sexuality or gender expression.

    …..Forty-seven percent of African respondents said that homosexuality was a “Western world phenomenon,” as did 42 percent of Asian respondents. And, as the report’s authors’ noted, 48 percent of Russian respondents agreed with that statement, too.

    Read more; https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/act-four/wp/2

  • 101. theperched  |  May 18, 2016 at 12:46 pm

    Annnd, it happened. Despite protests outside, Michoacan approved their marriage bill. PAN abstained and it was 27 in favor with 8 abstentions and lgbt rights group inside the building were celebrating.
    http://www.provincia.com.mx/web/Diputados_aprueba

  • 102. theperched  |  May 18, 2016 at 1:33 pm

    Guerrero had a PRD majority before and didn't want to do it and now they have to negotiate with PRI in this new Congress. This shows that even leftists bow to pressure, unfortunately. Hope they get to it soon and end this municipality madness.

  • 103. theperched  |  May 18, 2016 at 2:03 pm

    Morelos is holding a live broadcast on their session today. They're debating the marriage bill and will vote on it soon! For Spanish speakers, you can follow along here:

    [youtube mpk15XJn20g http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mpk15XJn20g youtube]

  • 104. theperched  |  May 18, 2016 at 2:14 pm

    Morelos is the 10th state, 20-6 :)

  • 105. allan120102  |  May 18, 2016 at 2:29 pm

    Jalisco statewide, Morelos, Michoacan, Sonora, and Campeche that means 5 states of Mexico have legalized ssm this month alone, with Colima to do it this month it will be 6. Amazing just in one month alone. The number of marriage equality should grow to 13 in the upcoming weeks with BCS and the cases the supreme court have of Puebla and Chiapas.

  • 106. FredDorner  |  May 18, 2016 at 4:25 pm

    This was one of the early rulings after Windsor and it was well argued. Hopefully the court will recognize the amount of effort that took in courts in the 5th circuit.

  • 107. Christian0811  |  May 25, 2016 at 2:33 pm

    The Islamic world never went through an enlightenment, even with places like Tunisia having the only successful pro-western revolt they are extremely reluctant to change from hardline Islamism and from what I've read on the matter the revolutions have only made things worse in those countries. That's partly why ISIS has taken root there and elsewhere. Even now they are loathe to repeal the sodomy law which they implemented immediately after the French left.

    They definitely have no interest in retaining business at the expense of their ideology, we can look at Iran for that. But the cruel nature of their beliefs about women and homosexuality doesn't stop foreign investors from enriching them hugely (eg Dubai).

    To go further, though Iran was modernizing under the Shah and reforms were coming into place bringing a lot of business the locals revolted because they feared Islam was under threat in the country. Even now, with the failure of the Green revolution there is really no interest in becoming dissatisfied with the religious structure of their governments and societies though some may want more democratic reforms this mindset almost certainly doesn't extend to homosexuals.

    We can see in Syria where the ultra-minority rebels are secular and about a third are so-called moderates. And even they have failed in combat despite support from the West.

    In places like Tunis and Cairo, yes there is a desire among younger people to adopt secularism but that sentiment doesn't really travel outside of the city or into the lower classes. Much how there's a disparity in the social liberalism in Austin, San Antonio. and the rest of Texas. Or New Orleans and rural Louisiana.

    Hell the only reason Europe evolved was because of Napoleon invading and spreading secular and liberal (for the time) ideals! Without that the enlightenment would have either stayed to France and England alone or would've taken much much longer to spread.

    However in the age of guerilla warfare, I hardly think that a secularist and liberal Egypt (for example) taking that approach and invading it's neighbors to spread its newfound ideals would be anymore successful than the US was in Iraq or Afghanistan.

    I simply don't see a trend towards social enlightenment in the Middle East, at least not for many decades even centuries to come with very very gradual measures being accomplished as we've seen in Saudi Arabia and women (gay people's rights I have no doubt will come dead last).

    As for Turkey, yes it legalized homosexuality in 1858 but, for want of a legislative record, one can make the safe assumption that this was more of an oversight than a pang of sympathy for homosexuals. In fact that was the last (major) pro-GLB victory since so it's not much to celebratenespecially since freedom of expression and association is severely repressed there.

    As for court rulings on human rights, they have terrible records for abiding by the international covenants and even wrote their own version of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (despite some Islamic leaders giving significant input into the original 1948 document) which they also struggle to abide by. So I don't think that changes in the West, which is already wildly unpopular among the general populace (between Sikes-Picot, the CIA in Iran, and the occupation of Iraq they have kinda good reason to feel animosity towards), will have any influence at all in most Islamic countries.

    Turkey, Jordan, and Lebanon at least decriminalized homosexuality (Lebanon only sort of), but that's the last bit of progress we can expect for an extremely long time unless there is a miraculous change of heart.

    That all said, I honestly hope to be proven wrong!

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