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Equality news round-up: News from Alabama, North Carolina, and more

Adoption Marriage equality Transgender Rights

Alabama state seal– Equality Case Files has a great resource for those following the five lawsuits involving North Carolina’s HB2. EQCF links relevant documents, lists the judges’ names, and more.

– Back in March, the US Supreme Court issued a per curiam opinion overturning the Alabama supreme court’s decision that had refused to recognize a valid same-sex adoption from Georgia. Now, the Alabama supreme court has issued its order pursuant to the US Supreme Court decision. The order affirms the lower court’s acceptance of the legal adoption.

– Texas and several states are suing the Obama administration over its guidance suggesting that sex discrimination includes gender identity discrimination.

– Conservative politicians in Canada are now supporting marriage equality, more than ten years after it became law.

Thanks to Equality Case Files for these filings

19 Comments

  • 1. Sagesse  |  May 31, 2016 at 11:01 am

    Continuing progress in Ontario. Next step forward in Canada is federal transgender rights bill (in process).

    Both same-sex parents’ names to go on birth certificates [Toronto Star]
    https://www.thestar.com/news/queenspark/2016/05/3

  • 2. Randolph_Finder  |  May 31, 2016 at 12:17 pm

    What is the situation in terms of Marriage Equality in Guerrero? Wikipedia seems contradictory on it…

  • 3. allan120102  |  May 31, 2016 at 12:42 pm

    Some municipalities are issuing others dont. That depends on the civil registry of each municipality. Example Acapulco its one of the most populous and its still denying marriage licences. The head of registry have critize the action but she cant force them to do it unless the civil code change. I put a link a while back where she says that the couples who want to marry should go to a municipality that is issuing unless they want an amparo. She have state that marriages will be recognized in the state but I find it weird that couples in April obtained an amparo where the state was to recognized those marriages. I will also mention that Guerrero havent had its 5amparo limit surpass only like 2 or 3 have been granted.
    This is why I hated when a governor or civil registry make ssm legal without a change in its civil code because problems like this arise. Example Sonora when marriage became legal like 1 week thanks to the civil registry until the bigot governor and head of state stop marriages saying that the civil code havent been change and still in effect. That is why I mention Guerrero should have been stripe in wiki or a change of color for the state.

  • 4. allan120102  |  May 31, 2016 at 2:23 pm

    And the church did it. They convince PAN and other fractions to stop marriage equality in Mexico state. Now ssm will be approve until the next session if at all. So disappoint. http://www.hoyestado.com/2016/05/saldra-adelante-

  • 5. davepCA  |  May 31, 2016 at 5:02 pm

    I do not understand exactly what this means. Can you clarify? Does the term "Mexico State" refer to only one state within the country of Mexico, or is it referring to the entire nation?

    And I thought previous rulings had established that couples could no longer be denied legal marriage in ANY state in Mexico, and that, although they may have to go to court to get permission (for now) this permission was guaranteed?

  • 6. allan120102  |  May 31, 2016 at 5:43 pm

    Mexico state is the most populous state in Mexico. It is called Edomex by most people even though its name Its Estado de Mexico or in other words Mexico State. Amparos can still be granted but today a bill legalizing ssm was to be approve but thanks to the church and PAN it didnt occur. People still need amparos to be married in the state because of it.

  • 7. theperched  |  May 31, 2016 at 5:46 pm

    What a mess in Mexico State, but according to the Edomex's Secretary of State, the marriage bill will be discussed at the next extraordinary session:
    http://www.hoyestado.com/2016/05/saldra-adelante-

  • 8. VIRick  |  May 31, 2016 at 5:52 pm

    Mexico City (Mexico DF) is located in a non-state jurisdiction called the Federal District (Distrito Federal), just like Washington DC is located in a non-state called the District of Columbia.

    In Mexico, their Federal District is surrounded on about 3 sides by the pre-existing state (just like DC is surrounded on 3 sides by Maryland) from which it was carved, Estado de Mexico, or State of Mexico, often abbreviated to Edomex in Spanish to add distinctness to the difference. The city of Toluca, west of Mexico City, is the state capital for State of Mexico. The State of Mexico is one of 31 states, which together with the Federal District, comprise the 32 jurisdictions within the Federal Republic of Mexico (Estados Unidos Mexicanos).

    The answer to your two-part question in your second paragraph is: "Yes, correct," in both instances. Same-sex couples can no longer be denied legal civil marriage in any state in Mexico, although in some, a court permission (an injunction called an amparo) is still required to be obtained beforehand. This injunctive amparo must be granted, although there's still a discretionary time element involved. The travelling judge from Colima could knock out the entire process in one day (and is why she alone is responsible for having issued nearly 300 of them). Other judges take months and months, even up to a year, to finalize the processing on a single application.

  • 9. theperched  |  May 31, 2016 at 5:59 pm

    Norway will officially strip sterilization and other unnecessary requirements to change one's legal gender. Many of even the most liberal countries with marriage, adoption, protections still have outdated sterilization requirements for the trans community on their books:

    While in Norway, a new law, which gives trans people access to quick, accessible and transparent legal gender recognition will go through a final vote on Monday 6th June, after being presented in Parliament yesterday.

    TGEU’s Steering Committee member Stein Wolff Frydenlund comments on the situation in Norway;

    “This is a huge step forward and leads to great improvements for transgender persons in Norway. While some things in the law could be better, including the removal of age limits, and considerations for non-binary gender markers, it is important to recognise the strong political support for our rights.”
    http://tgeu.org/trans-rights-continue-to-develop-

  • 10. davepCA  |  May 31, 2016 at 6:20 pm

    thanks Allan & Rick. That makes sense.

  • 11. Randolph_Finder  |  June 1, 2016 at 10:48 am

    The best comparison that I can make to USAians is if we'd named our country Columbia, renamed Maryland to Columbia and still had Washington DC. :)

  • 12. VIRick  |  June 1, 2016 at 11:54 am

    Excellently accurate comparison. I like that.

    So, we would have the District of Columbia bordered on 3 sides by the state named Columbia from which it was carved, and all of it located in a Federal Republic also named Columbia. Perfect! That's exactly what Mexico did!

    And everyone has suffered from the resulting confusion ever since, although it is probably a bit less so in Spanish, given that they invented the widely-used abbreviation, Edomex, for State of Mexico, and even refer to residents of that state (and other items specific to the state) as Mexiquense (like Congreso Mexiquense Local for that state's congress), as opposed to Mexicano, which can refer to anyone (and anything) from anywhere in Mexico (like Congreso Federal Mexicano for the federal congress). In English, I can't make that distinction, Mexiquense/Mexicano, without presenting the long-story version of it.

  • 13. VIRick  |  June 1, 2016 at 2:53 pm

    Defeated in USA, LDS Cult Takes Fight Against Same-Sex Marriage to Mexico

    Officials with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints have issued a declaration to church members in Mexico instructing them to oppose a new initiative that would legalize same-sex marriage in the country. Similar to the Church's efforts in the United States, Mormon leaders said their opposition to same-sex marriage is rooted in 'religious liberty' and 'free thought'.

    "We encourage members of the Church to unite our voices with those of other citizens in exercising our rights, as they are listed in the Political Constitution of the United Mexican States, which establish and honor religious liberty, expression of beliefs and thoughts, both in public and private," LDS Mexican area authority Elder Benjamin DeHoyos said.

    DeHoyos was speaking before a cult congregation in Puebla, Mexico, weeks after Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto announced an initiative to change federal law that would expand same-sex marriage, which is already legal in some states and in Mexico City.

    Peña Nieto proposed amending federal law to ban marriage discrimination on the basis of ethnicity, nationality, disability, social condition, religion, gender, or sexual preference. "The Mexican State should impede discrimination in any form and assure equal rights for everyone," Peña Nieto said at his announcement in mid-May.

    The LDS Church asked local bishops of the Church's more than 2,000 Mexican congregations to read DeHoyos' remarks in the form of a statement before upcoming meetings. "Due to the Federal Government's recent announcement of the initiative to legalize marriage between people of the same sex in the entire country, we emphasize the Church's position on this topic as it is described in 'The Family: A Proclamation to the World," the statement reads. "We reaffirm that 'The family is ordained of God', and 'marriage between a man and a woman is essential for [God's] eternal plan'." The statement was posted in its entirety to the LDS Church's Mexican Newsroom website.

    Much like the LDS Church's attempts to influence California's proposition 8 and federal same-sex marriage laws in the United States, DeHoyos encouraged members of the church to join family and religious advocacy groups who oppose same-sex marriage.

    Last year, the Mexican Supreme Court urged states to legalize same-sex marriage, but many states did not adopt (actually, have not yet adopted) the court's recommendation. Currently, same-sex couples who live in states that do not recognize gay marriage must sue to obtain a marriage license. (Not exactly. All states in Mexico must recognize all same-sex marriages performed in Mexico, but some do not yet allow its performance within their own boundaries without the couple first obtaining a court-issued amparo.)

    Peña Nieto's proposal to legalize same-sex marriage nationwide will require a two-thirds majority vote from the Mexican (federal) congress.
    http://kutv.com/news/local/defeated-in-the-us-lds

    The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, in Mexico, in Spanish, is correctly known as "El Culto de Jesucristo de los Santos de los Últimos Días." They themselves would prefer that their organization be known as an "Iglesia," but in Mexico, the word "Iglesia" is strictly reserved for La Iglesia Católica, and can not be used by other denominations, all of which must instead be known as "Cultos."

    Mexico's Separation of Church and State is even more extreme than in the USA. The State only recognizes Civil Marriage, and as such, only ceremonies approved, arranged, and performed by and in front of Civil Registrars. Church weddings are meaningless, totally unnecessary, and play absolutely no part in the secular state. Mexico's secular state does not take kindly to religious meddling, meddling which most often backfires on the perpetrators, particularly if advocated by foreign "missionaries," as Mexico has a long history of throwing such out of the country as persona non grata.

    So far, the other nut-group, the Jehovah's Witnesses, with the ultimate name in Spanish, "El Culto de los Testigos de Jehová," are keeping quiet, apparently content at being wrapped in Jehovah's balls. (Actually, those are "testículos," but the similarity has always amused me.)

  • 14. FredDorner  |  June 1, 2016 at 3:56 pm

    That's disgusting. It doesn't sound like the LDS cult has learned anything at all from the blowback to their sponsorship of Prop h8 and all the other anti-gay bills throughout the nation.

    I hope people in Salt Lake City are aware that the cult leadership is still trying to harm gays.

  • 15. VIRick  |  June 1, 2016 at 4:09 pm

    Wait, Fred, I almost forgot to post a short attribution to that article.

    Dated 1 June 2016, it is from Channel 2, KUTV.com, located in Salt Lake City UT, so if they weren't aware there before, they certainly are now. http://kutv.com/news/local/defeated-in-the-us-lds

  • 16. VIRick  |  June 1, 2016 at 5:57 pm

    Up-Date on Illinois Federal Transgender Suit

    Per Equality Case Files:

    In the case, "Students and Parents for Privacy v. US Dept. of Education," in which the ADF, as plaintiff, under the guise of Illinois parents and students, is suing the Feds and the local Palatine IL school district over decisions that accommodate transgender students, there were two hearings held on 31 May 2016, one before District Judge Jorge Alonso on several motions, notably the ACLU's motion to intervene as a defendant, and another before Magistrate Judge Jeffrey Gilbert on the Plaintiffs' Motion for Preliminary Injunction. No ruling was made at the hearings on either of these substantive motions.

    On the ACLU's motion to intervene, Judge Alonso took the motion under advisement and set a briefing schedule for responses and reply. The entry from the hearing is here: http://bit.ly/1RKZEVc

    On the Plaintiffs' Motion for a Preliminary Injunction, Judge Gilbert set a schedule for briefing and discovery and set a hearing for 3 August 2016 at 9:30 AM. Entry from the hearing is linked here: http://files.eqcf.org/cases/116-cv-04945-43/

  • 17. FredDorner  |  June 2, 2016 at 12:21 pm

    This is the case I'm following most closely because the district administrator has gotten it wrong every step of the way. Each time he's picked an option which stigmatizes and isolates the transgender girl. This is also the case where the DoEd and DoJ first really put their foot down and said "no more mistreatment."

  • 18. Umrah Travel Agents  |  September 6, 2016 at 8:29 pm

    The chances of being killed by an abuser if the woman leaves him is exponentially greater than if she stays. They make terroristic threats and are scaring the daylights out of them. No body talks about Women Empowerment Usually abusers find women they can isolate to themselves so that there is nobody who can help the woman.

  • 19. Junaid Raza  |  September 7, 2016 at 7:38 am

    Men are stronger than women, (usually) correct.This does not mean that women have the right to hit a man and expect to not be hit back. I find that hypocritcal and unjust.Why should a Women Empowerment be allowed to hit a man and not be hit back? Whether it is with the help of a weapon, an instrument, a fist or any other type of body part. Men are not all stronger than women, and some women are scary as hell!

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