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UPDATED: Gloucester County School Board asks Supreme Court for more time to file petition in transgender teen’s case

Transgender Rights

Chief Justice John Roberts. Attribution: Wikipedia
Chief Justice John Roberts. Attribution: Wikipedia
UPDATE: The Chief Justice has denied the request.

The Supreme Court recently put on hold the “mandate”, or final order, in Gloucester County School Board v. GG, a case involving a transgender teenager who is barred from using the correct restroom in school.

The school board lost the case in the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, and quickly said they would ask the Supreme Court to hear the case.

In their request for a stay, the school board had said they would petition the Court for review by the end of August, and five members of the Court agreed to temporarily stay the mandate pending the filing of the petition. Justice Breyer provided the fifth vote as a “courtesy”, given the timing of the case.

Now, the school board is asking for thirty extra days to file. They note that the lawyers involved in their case are also working on defending North Carolina’s HB2, and claim that those cases are taking time from this one.

In response, GG’s lawyers note that GG faces irreparable harm each day he’s barred from using the bathroom in school, harm that includes health issues. The filing points out the school board’s representation that they would file the request for full review by the end of August.

There’s no time limit for acting on the request for extension of time to file. It went, like the request for a stay, to Chief Justice John Roberts in his capacity as Circuit Justice for the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals. He can act on the application on his own or refer it to the full Court, which still currently only has eight Justices.

Thanks to Equality Case Files for these filings

50 Comments

  • 1. VIRick  |  August 16, 2016 at 11:01 am

    Omaha School Board Advances New Policy on Trans Students

    Omaha NE — The Omaha school board has advanced a measure updating the district's anti-discrimination policy to include gender identity or gender expression, weathering a stormy debate.

    The district’s policy was written in 2014 and bans discrimination on the basis of race, gender, religion, disability, and age. The proposal, approved on the board’s first vote on Monday,15 August 2016, would add gender expression and identity to the policy. A final vote is scheduled for next month.
    http://www.lgbtqnation.com/2016/08/omaha-school-b

  • 2. VIRick  |  August 16, 2016 at 6:17 pm

    The Latest Maneuverings in the Virginia Transgender Appeal

    Continuing from Scottie's main post, up above:

    Per Equality Case Files:

    In "Gloucester County School Board v. G.G.," the School Board's Supreme Court application for an extension of time to file their certiorari petition, Chief Justice Roberts denied the application for an extension of time.

    On 16 August 2016, Application (16A166) was denied by The Chief Justice.

    See docket entry here:
    https://www.supremecourt.gov/search.aspx?filename

    Then, within hours, also today:

    The Parties asked the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals to put this appeal on hold until the Supreme Court has decided the certiorari petition.

    Joint Motion to Hold Appeal in Abeyance Pending Disposition of Certiorari Petition is here:
    http://files.eqcf.org/cases/16-1733-24/

    a point which I am not understanding, given that the Supreme Court's Order, quoted in the very filing, has already placed the 4th Circuit Court of Appeal's Mandate on "hold."

    This case's appeal is beginning to feel like one wherein which the old adage applies:

    "If one can not convince them, then baffle them with bullshit."

  • 3. VIRick  |  August 16, 2016 at 7:28 pm

    Mexico: Guanajuato: Another Same-Sex Marriage, First in Salamanca, Amparo #10

    Salamanca, Guanajuato, 16 de agosto 2016:

    Luego de 14 años de relación, se casaron por el civil Fátima del Carmen García González y Abigail Gómez Camacho, convirtiéndose en la primera pareja del mismo sexo en contraer matrimonio en Salamanca.

    Apoyados por sus familiares y amigos llegaron al registro civil de la colonia Buganvilias, donde la juez del registro civil Silvia Oidor Razo, recabó la firma de los contrayentes, sus familiares y testigos, para después entregarles el acta de matrimonio.

    Raúl Ruiz Valtierra y Ulises Colunga Muñiz, primer matrimonio igualitario en el municipio de Irapuato y el cuarto en el estado de Guanajuato, quienes impulsan la AC, Comunidad Irapuato Gay, y hoy fueron testigos de este primer matrimonio igualitario en este municipio de Salamanca.
    http://www.boy4me.com/news/municipio-de-guanajuat

    After a 14-year relationship, Fátima del Carmen García González and Abigail Gómez Camacho were married in a civil ceremony, becoming the first same-sex couple to marry in Salamanca.

    Supported by family and friends, they came to the civil registry of Colonia Buganvilias, where the civil registry judge, Silvia Oidor Razo, sought the signature of the contracting parties, their families and witnesses, then gave them the marriage certificate.

    Raúl Ruiz Valtierra and Ulises Colunga Muñiz, who had the first equal marriage in the city of Irapuato and the fourth in the state of Guanajuato, and who are the driving force of AC, Comunidad Irapuato Gay, were the witnesses today to the first equal marriage in Salamanca.

    As per comment further down in the article, amparos are still required in Guanajuato state, despite the fact that the state is now in double digits for amparos granted to same-sex couples to marry, twice the required number of 5 needed to place said marriage ban in abeyance.

  • 4. VIRick  |  August 16, 2016 at 7:57 pm

    Salt Lake City's Out Mayor Marries Partner in Mormon Church's Backyard

    On Sunday, 14 August 2016, NCLR executive director Kate Kendell officiated at the wedding of Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski and Betty Iverson. Biskupski wed Iverson at an intimate ceremony in Millcreek Canyon in Salt Lake City.

    Kate Kendell, the influential executive director of the National Center for Lesbian Rights and a longtime friend of the couple, performed the ceremony. Biskupski and Iverson's sons, 11-year-old Jack and 6-year-old Archie, were part of the ceremony.
    http://www.advocate.com/marriage-equality/2016/8/

  • 5. allan120102  |  August 16, 2016 at 10:06 pm

    Belize Attorney General to make an statement tomorrow saying that the government will not appeal the judgement issue by the chief justice that decriminalize gay sex. If this is the case I am happy for all lgbt in Belize. We still need to fight the 10 remaining bans on America this is not done. http://www.7newsbelize.com/sstory.php?nid=37340

  • 6. scream4ever  |  August 17, 2016 at 12:09 am

    I'm hoping that this ruling bodes well for India.

  • 7. theperchybird  |  August 17, 2016 at 7:34 am

    Hey guys, two British Overseas Territories have introduced marriage bills: Gibraltar and so random but the British Antarctic Territory :)

    Gibraltar's can't be discussed until six weeks after its publication (constitution's rules) but the Government is keen on getting it done as soon as possible after that.
    http://elpais.com/elpais/2016/08/15/inenglish/147

    British Antartic Territory has no native population, just scientists, but I assume this is for tourism? https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/review

  • 8. VIRick  |  August 17, 2016 at 10:44 am

    Belize Sodomy Ruling of Unconstitutionality to Have Sweeping Impact in Caribbean

    Activists across the English-speaking Caribbean say last week’s Belize Supreme Court ruling that found the country’s sodomy law unconstitutional could have major implications throughout the region.

    Donnya Piggott, director of Barbados Gays and Lesbians Against Discrimination, described the ruling to the Washington Blade as “groundbreaking and extremely promising.” Barbados is among the countries in the English-speaking Caribbean in which consensual same-sex sexual conduct remains criminalized.

    Piggott told the Blade that authorities earlier this year used the island’s sodomy law to charge a man who allegedly had sex with a 15-year-old. The colonial-era statute is rarely enforced, but the man could face life in prison if he is convicted. “No change comes without initial backlash,” Piggott told the Blade, referring to the impact that the Belize Supreme Court ruling could have in Barbados. “So we have to brace ourselves for a stronger right-wing opposition, but apart from that, I see sodomy laws tumbling like dominoes in the Caribbean.”

    Besides Barbados, consensual same-sex sexual relations also remains criminalized in Jamaica, Antigua/Barbuda, St. Kitts-Nevis, Dominica, St. Vincent/Grenadines, St. Lucia, Grenada, Trinidad and Tobago, Guyana, and in more than 60 other countries around the world.

    “The Belize Supreme Court judgment positively and powerfully impacts efforts to decriminalize consensual same-sex intimacy not only in Grenada, but worldwide,” Richie Maitland, co-founder of Groundation Grenada, a Grenadian human rights organization, told the Blade on Wednesday, 17 August 2016.

    Caleb Orozco, a prominent LGBT rights advocate in Belize, filed a lawsuit against his country’s sodomy law in 2010. Lawyers with the University of the West Indies Rights Advocacy Project and AIDS Free World represented Orozco in the case. Belizean first lady Kim Simplis Barrow is among those who applauded the ruling.“It’s a great day for Belize,” she said. “It’s a great day for human rights." Continued ….

  • 9. VIRick  |  August 17, 2016 at 10:49 am

    Belize Sodomy Ruling Impact Continued:

    Dane Lewis, executive director of J-FLAG, a Jamaican LGBT advocacy group, also applauded the landmark ruling. “We congratulate our brothers and sisters in Belize in this milestone,” he said. “Criminalizing consensual intimacy between adults, whether heterosexual or homosexual, is an unwarranted breach of rights,” added Lewis. “It is truly heartening that a court within our region can recognize this.”

    In November 2015, Maurice Tomlinson, a prominent LGBT rights advocate and lawyer who lives in Montego Bay and Toronto, filed a lawsuit against the island’s sodomy law with the Jamaican Supreme Court. Javed Jaghai withdrew his lawsuit against the same statute in 2014, citing concerns for his personal safety and that of his family.

    Tomlinson told the Blade on Monday, 15 August 2016, during a telephone interview from Toronto that the Belize ruling is not legally binding in Jamaica or in any other Caribbean country. He nevertheless said the decision would be “highly persuasive.” “It will be very hard for any Caribbean court or legislature to ignore this ruling,” said Tomlinson. Tomlinson also echoed Piggott’s concerns about a potential backlash from religious fundamentalists.

    Colin Robinson, director of CAISO, an LGBT advocacy group in Trinidad and Tobago, applauded the University of the West Indies, which has a campus in Trinidad and Tobago, for the role it played in the case. He nevertheless told the Blade that the country’s sodomy law “ought not be our principle target” because it is not enforced.

    “There are easier litigation targets,” said Robinson, noting that he and other activists are currently pushing the government to add sexual orientation to an anti-discrimination law and repeal a 2012 statute that criminalized sexual touching among children of the same sex with life in prison. http://www.washingtonblade.com/2016/08/17/belize-

  • 10. Sagesse  |  August 17, 2016 at 3:22 pm

    This is just funny.

    Anti-Gay Hate Group Leader Tony Perkins Unsure Why God Destroyed His Home [NCRM}

    FRC President Escapes in Canoe as 'Flood of Biblical Proportions' Strikes Louisiana
    http://www.thenewcivilrightsmovement.com/johnwrig

  • 11. davepCA  |  August 17, 2016 at 6:00 pm

    Aw, poor Tony Perkins can't think of a reason for why God destroyed his home?

    Think harder, Tony. It ain't rocket science.

    (Not that I believe in that sort of vengeful God stuff, shit just happens. But I still enjoy the story about Tony being disillusioned and confused).

  • 12. allan120102  |  August 17, 2016 at 11:06 pm

    A SLP deputy is saying that now that the European court decide against ssm, then they have more liberty in deciding this issue. Saying that not even liberal Europe consider ssm a human right then its not something they should. I need to remind him though that the mexican supreme court have already decide in our favor and that jurisprudence have been establish even in his state. Supposedly the propose is to be vote soon. http://planoinformativo.com/nota/id/475839/notici

  • 13. davepCA  |  August 18, 2016 at 2:36 am

    Except that the European court did not "decide against SSM" and did not say that 'SSM is not a human right". It simply recognized that it cannot impose it on all member nations, and determined that member nations must address the issue themselves.

  • 14. theperchybird  |  August 18, 2016 at 5:48 am

    Marriage Lawsuit in El Salvador. A lawyers wants the Supreme Court to nullify an article of the Family Code that states marriage is man-woman.
    http://elmundo.sv/piden-declarar-inconstitucional

    El Salvador experiences forces trying to add a constitutional barrier every few years, but the lead party always denies them the 2/3 majority to ratify the marriage ban. Let's hope they keep holding off the ban while the court deliberates and hopefully strikes down the Family Code.

  • 15. allan120102  |  August 18, 2016 at 9:13 am

    I know, this is just what conservative forces are using to stop the spread of ssm in LA. I am really angry that they are lying but many people are believing this. More so with newspapers also spreading the false news.

  • 16. guitaristbl  |  August 18, 2016 at 10:51 am

    I am afraid given that El Salvador is the most conservative central american country this may prove to be dangerous. It could lead to a constitutional amendment adopted. I hope I am wrong.

  • 17. theperchybird  |  August 18, 2016 at 12:35 pm

    It's always a risk, but knock on wood.

    I hope for a Georgia situation where a ban is stopped even if most of the public is in favor of one.

    Nice to see Latin American countries bringing up cases to secure their rights. Chile already signed a mutual agreement so that case will be moot. With pending cases that's ES, Ecuador, Costa Rica, Venezuela, Mexico (state level) – am I missing anyone?

  • 18. allan120102  |  August 18, 2016 at 4:24 pm

    El Salvador is the most conservative nation in terms of abortion but not on sexual orientation. It was the first to completely ban crimes against people because of their sexual orientation. Was the first I think to elect an openly gay mayor. in terms of Sexual orientation the most conservative is Belize. In Belize they are a lot of people who have a lot of hatred against lgbt people, similar to Jamaica. At least the other 6 countries that make central america a big segment of the population can tolerate to be with lgbt people.

    The problem I see with this, is that conservative groups are going to push for an amendment to ban ssm like it was done in Honduras after countries start legalizing ssm. Honduras did it after the supreme court of Massachussetts overturn the ban there.

    El Salvador is not the most conservative but do not think by any moment they are not conservatives. I would had hope that CR or Panama were the ones to get marriage equality first so the other northern neighbors could get to the idea that nothing happen to those countries that legalize it. Changes are occuring and in small paces. In Honduras its almost illegal to talk about sexual education in high school especially in conservatives departments.

    El Salvador though its my third choice because they are more open to this topic than neighboring Honduras, Guatemala or Nicaragua. If and is a big if the ban is overturn. El Salvador will probably appeal to the Central American court justice and if they rule in our favor it would bring marriage equality to Guatemala, El Salvador , Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama.Dominican Republic is also in our court system so there ban would probably fall too. Belize is not as they are in the Caribbean court system so there ban would stand.

  • 19. VIRick  |  August 18, 2016 at 7:33 pm

    Tennessee Students Win Right to Wear "Some People Are Gay" T-shirts

    Students in a Tennessee school district can no longer be prohibited from wearing clothing with a pro-LGBTQ message, following a legal victory by the ACLU of Tennessee. In what the ACLU called “a victory for free speech,” on 18 August 2016, in "Rebecca Young v. Giles County Board of Education," a federal district court ordered the Giles County school system to lift its ban on pro-LGBT clothing, writing that “student expression on LGBT issues is speech on a purely political topic, which falls clearly within the ambit of the First Amendment’s protection.”

    According to the lawsuit, Richland High principal Micah Landers prohibited a senior from wearing a shirt that read, “Some People Are Gay, Get Over It,” because it might provoke other students. The school’s dress code policy prohibited clothing and accessories that reference “drugs, alcohol, sex, obscenities, or prove to be a disturbing influence.”

    The ACLU successfully argued that schools can only censor student speech when it disrupts the learning process, and that other students’ disruptive reactions to that speech don’t count. Since the suit was filed, the Giles County Board of Education has removed the discriminatory policy from its dress code, as part of an update unrelated to the lawsuit (or so they've claimed it to be unrelated).
    http://www.lgbtqnation.com/2016/08/tennessee-stud

  • 20. VIRick  |  August 18, 2016 at 8:22 pm

    Official: Belize Government Will Not Appeal Sodomy Law Ruling

    On Wednesday, 17 August 2016, the government of Belize announced that it will not appeal a landmark court ruling that found the country’s sodomy law unconstitutional. Local media reported Prime Minister Dean Barrow and Attorney-General Vanessa Retreage made the announcement at a press conference in Belize City.

    “The government of Belize will not tolerate hate speech or actions against other people due to differences,” said Retreage. The press conference took place a week after Belize Supreme Court Chief Justice Kenneth Benjamin ruled Section 53 of the Central American country’s legal code is unconstitutional. http://www.washingtonblade.com/2016/08/18/belize-

  • 21. Randolph_Finder  |  August 19, 2016 at 7:59 am

    Salt Lake City is actually *that* conservative a city (inside city limits)… Note, the flip side of this is that the state outside city limits is even redder than you'd expect….

  • 22. Randolph_Finder  |  August 19, 2016 at 8:09 am

    In many ways, wish the case wasn't one where one of the parties is less than 18. I'm finding conflicting results in regards to whether an adult with a 15 year old regardless of genders would count as statutory rape in Belize.

    In at least one US State (Montana) sex between an adult and a 15 year old can lead to the adult being sentenced to life in prison (regardless of gender)

  • 23. Randolph_Finder  |  August 19, 2016 at 8:10 am

    How does a bill get introduced for an area which has no native population (and thus no government?)

  • 24. theperchybird  |  August 19, 2016 at 8:29 am

    The Atlantic Territory already has a marriage ordinance in place, probably copy/paste from UK legislation. This proposal will repeal that one and replace it with gender-neutral rules.

    I believe they're only notifying people back home in UK so it can be stamped/noted.

  • 25. slcprof  |  August 19, 2016 at 9:55 am

    Slate on using hobby lobby to find for a funeral home firing a transitioning employee: http://www.slate.com/blogs/outward/2016/08/18/fed

  • 26. Sagesse  |  August 19, 2016 at 4:07 pm

    I found this article a little confusing. After some digging, I think the following may help others follow what is going on.

    First of all, the case was brought in the state of Michigan, where the state anti-discrimination laws do not protect LBGT rights. Michigan is in the 6th Circuit, hence the conclusion that the decision violates binding precedent, should not have been issued in the first place, and would be overturned on appeal.

    Cox, the district court judge, seems to conclude that RFRA supersedes Title VI. Have I got that right?

  • 27. scream4ever  |  August 19, 2016 at 4:36 pm

    You got it.

  • 28. VIRick  |  August 19, 2016 at 8:00 pm

    But the case cited by Donnya Piggott is not currently pending in Belize, but rather, in Barbados.

    As I understand current Barbados practice, if both parties were consenting adults (regardless of the written law), any charges for violating said law would not be enforced.

  • 29. VIRick  |  August 19, 2016 at 8:15 pm

    Allan, thank you for the timely reminder that the Dominican Republic (despite being located in the Caribbean), at the highest court level, is tied in and bound by the Central American Court of Justice, along with Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and Panama. On the other hand, Belize (despite being located in Central America), at the highest court level, is tied in and bound by the Caribbean Court of Justice, along with all the other English-speaking British and ex-British Caribbean islands/countries/territories.

  • 30. VIRick  |  August 19, 2016 at 8:52 pm

    Kim Davis Saga Officially Over as Judge Dismisses Cases as Moot

    On Friday, 19 August 2016, Judge David Bunning, in the District Court for Eastern Kentucky, dismissed three lawsuits against anti-gay Kentucky clerk Kim Davis, including "Miller v. Davis," saying that changes in the law since their filing in 2015, and the continued ability of same-sex couples to obtain marriage licenses, make the cases essentially irrelevant. “In light of these proceedings, and in view of the fact that the marriage licenses continue to the issued without incident,” the court wrote, “there no longer remains a case or controversy before the Court.”

    When the suits first came before the court in 2015, the plaintiffs were granted a preliminary injunction and Davis was ordered to issue marriage licenses to anyone qualified to marry in the state of Kentucky. While Davis sought to appeal the rulings, by the time arguments were scheduled to begin, the state had passed a law removing clerk’s names from marriage licenses. Davis asked that the appeals be dismissed. The ACLU agreed and the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals said the issues raised were now moot and ordered the court to vacate the injunctions. The court lays out in its order how life just carried on while Davis held out hope for a reversal:

    "While these appeals were pending, marriage licenses were issued without incident. Matt Bevin also won the Kentucky gubernatorial election. Upon taking office, Governor Bevin signed an executive order removing the names of County Clerks from marriage licenses. This executive order eventually led to the proposal of Kentucky Senate Bill 216 (“SB 216”), which creates a new marriage license form that does not require the County Clerk’s signature. On April 1, 2016, the Kentucky Senate passed SB 216. Governor Bevin signed it into law less than two weeks later."

    Friday, the court finally struck the cases from its docket, effectively washing its hands of Davis.
    http://www.lgbtqnation.com/2016/08/kim-davis-figh

  • 31. VIRick  |  August 19, 2016 at 9:52 pm

    El Salvador: Piden Declarar Inconstitucional Exclusión de Matrimonio a Personas del Mismo Sexo

    El Salvador: Request to Declare Unconstitutional the Exclusion of Marriage to Persons of the Same Sex

    El abogado Herbert Danilo Vega Cruz presentó hoy, 17 de agosto 2016, una demanda ante la Sala Constitucional de la Corte Suprema de Justicia (CSJ) de El Salvador, para que se declare inconstitucional el artículo 11 del Código de Familia y el 32 de la Constitución de la República, por no permitirle a las personas del mismo sexo contraer matrimonio, formar una familia, y el derecho a la libertad sexual.

    De acuerdo con Vega Cruz, el artículo 11 en el que se establece que “el matrimonio es la unión legal de un hombre y una mujer,” viola tanto los artículos 1 y 2 del mismo Código de Familia en los que se determinan los derechos de los ciudadanos a seguridad jurídica y libertad sexual, así como el 32 de la Constitución que reza que el fundamento legal de la familia es el matrimonio.

    “La disposición impugnada de inconstitucionalidad limita, margina, excluye, discrimina, priva el acceso de estas personas humanas, con sentimientos y atracciones sexuales diferentes, a una legalización de sus relaciones sexuales con personas del mismo sexo, al Matrimonio”, argumenta el abogado. Asimismo, el demandante señala que en el artículo 32 no se determina que el matrimonio es única y exclusivamente entre un hombre y una mujer.

    Por ello, el abogado pide a los magistrados de la Sala, que declaren ilegal la distinción realizada en el artículo 11 del código de familia, que establece que la unión legal del matrimonio solo es para un hombre y una mujer.
    http://elmundo.sv/piden-declarar-inconstitucional

    Today, 17 August 2016, the lawyer Herbert Danilo Vega Cruz filed a complaint with the Constitutional Chamber of the Supreme Court of Justice (CSJ) of El Salvador, in order that Article 11 of the Family Code and Article 32 of the Constitution of the Republic be declared unconstitutional, as not allowing couples of the same sex to marry nor raise a family, as well as for the right to sexual freedom.

    According to Vega Cruz, Article 11 which states that "marriage is the legal union of a man and a woman" violates both Article 1 and Article 2 of the Family Code in which citizens' rights to legal certainty and sexual freedom are determined, as well as Article 32 of the Constitution which states that the legal foundation of the family is marriage.

    "The contested constitutional provision limits, marginalizes, excludes, discriminates, and denies access for these human beings with feelings for different sexual attractions, from a legalization of their sexual relations with persons of the same sex, from marriage," the lawyer argued. In addition, the applicant states that Article 32 has not determined that marriage is exclusively between a man and a woman.

    Therefore, the lawyer asked the judges of the Chamber, to declare illegal the distinction made in Article 11 of the Family Code, which states that the legal union of marriage is only for a man and a woman.

  • 32. Fortguy  |  August 19, 2016 at 11:57 pm

    Erasing 76 Crimes: 38 Commonwealth nations still have anti-LGBTI laws

    Their list, although updated to reflect Belize, forgets Nauru which also recently repealed its criminal statutes against homosexuality, so the number is truly 37 out of 53. The list also mentions former Commonwealth members The Gambia and Zimbabwe which remain horribly homophobic.

  • 33. theperchybird  |  August 20, 2016 at 5:37 am

    They forgot to take Seychelles off the list as well.

  • 34. theperchybird  |  August 20, 2016 at 5:41 am

    Guernsey approved their marriage law in principle last September and this September 21st they will vote on the final legislation. After that, it gets promulgated by the UK Privy Council and some time later weddings will start :)
    https://gov.gg/article/154983/States-Meeting-on-2

    Jersey also voted in principle first and will have their final vote in the coming months.

  • 35. guitaristbl  |  August 20, 2016 at 6:07 am

    Northern Ireland becomes increasingly lonely on the british isles in its resistance to marriage equality. And if Gibraltar also approves it, they will become even lonelier in the commonwealth. But the DUP does not seem willing to budge so its up to the courts.

  • 36. theperchybird  |  August 20, 2016 at 6:29 am

    The NI court case just went silent. The judge said "a ruling after Christmas" but nothing so far. Plus, in case of a positive verdict, DUP will only keep appealing to each higher level of the judicial system. Northern Ireland's future regarding marriage rights is looking like Germany (marriage equality won't happen for a while…)

  • 37. allan120102  |  August 20, 2016 at 10:56 am

    If they appeal I hope they dont stay the ruling. With the time its taking I am hoping for a positive ruling.

  • 38. allan120102  |  August 20, 2016 at 6:26 pm

    A total of 180 amparos have been granted just in BCS says a lawyer who had been fighting to get marriage equality in the state. She also state that of the 180 amparos only 6 of the couples have marry. That means 172 might marry later on. This is similar to Tamaulipas where there was an amparo I believe to 60 or 66 couples and only 5 or 6 have marry. https://quintopoderbcs.com/2016/08/20/existen-180

  • 39. Dexi22  |  August 20, 2016 at 7:58 pm

    Australia: Plebiscite looking increasingly likely for February 2017 https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2016/a

    Govt appears set to announce intention to hold vote in Feb 17 next month, but would need legislation creating the plebiscite to pass the parliament (it doesn't have a majority in the Senate). Labor & Greens could pass a bill legalising SSM in the Senate but would need support of pro-equality Liberal/Nationals MPs in lower house, which I remain very pessimistic about. Things still very much up in the air…

  • 40. scream4ever  |  August 20, 2016 at 8:39 pm

    There's a clear majority for support in the House assuming the Coalition is granted a free vote.

  • 41. Dexi22  |  August 20, 2016 at 8:55 pm

    There's no reason to think they'll just be granted a free vote if the plebiscite legislation doesn't pass. Don't underestimate the power of the conservatives in the Coalition, my view is they would welcome parliament rejecting plebiscite legislation, which they would use to say "we've dealt with the issue, our policy has been rejected and that's the end of that." The only way it succeeds in the parliament is if Turnbull and the progressive liberals actually show some courage. This is why I remain cautiously pessimistic about the prospects of equality in Australia. I hope to be proven wrong.

  • 42. VIRick  |  August 20, 2016 at 9:18 pm

    180 Amparos Granted in Baja California Sur

    Per news article dated 20 August 2016:

    La Paz, Baja California Sur – Existen 180 amparos otorgados para unir a personas mediante el Matrimonio Igualitario en BCS. En chala en conocido café de esta ciudad capital, la representante legal e integrante de la comunidad Lésbico, Gay, Bisexuales y Transexuales, Rosa Nolzuly Almodovar Gracia, impartió charla sobre el Matrimonio Igualitario y Adopción, en la que dijo, “A la fecha, yo llevo realizados 180 amparos ya con sentencia a favor y cuántas bodas hay, sólo 6," mencionó. https://quintopoderbcs.com/2016/08/20/existen-180

    La Paz, Baja California Sur – There are 180 amparos granted to unite couples through Equal Marriage in BCS. In conversation in a well-known cafe in this capital city, the legal representative and member of the LGBT community, Rosa Nolzuly Almodovar Gracia, in discussing Equal Marriage and Adoption, stated, "To date, I have carried to fruition 180 amparos now with favorable judgments, and how many weddings have there been, only 6," she said.

    Several notes: Once granted, a favorable amparo judgment never expires, and thus, can be utilized at any such time well into the future that one desires. Many/most same-sex couples do not even begin to make marriage/wedding plans until after their judgment has been finalized. And many, like most newly-weds in Mexico, favor splashy ceremonies, well over-planned far in advance. So, they take their time organizing for the "perfect" marriage/wedding.

    Summary of earlier amparos granted in BCS, noting the quantity of amparos colectivos:

    Amparo #1 – La Paz, on 21 October 2014, amparo colectivo for 9 couples.
    Amparo #2 – La Paz, on 10 April 2015, amparo colectivo for 36 couples.
    Amparo #3 – Los Cabos, announced on 12 December 2015, married on 9 January 2016, one couple.
    Amparo #4 – On 9 March 2016, amparo colectivo for 9 couples granted by Mexico's Supreme Court (102/2015), with reparations, forcing the state to pay full legal costs.

    Those first 4 amparos alone cover 55 couples. Apparently, a whole slew of new amparos have been granted in BCS within the past 5 months.

  • 43. VIRick  |  August 20, 2016 at 9:29 pm

    If someone wishes to busy themselves on the Wikipedia map, all of the following Mexican states need to be up-graded and re-colored from tan to gold in order to reflect their new status of having hit or exceeded 5 amparos granted for same-sex couples to marry:

    Baja California Sur
    Aguascalientes
    Oaxaca
    Veracruz

    Of Mexico's 32 jurisdictions, 11 have legalized marriage equality, 11 more have hit or exceeded the allowable amparo count (of 5 or more) and are thus legally required to legalize marriage equality, while the remaining 10 only have partial precedent (1-4 amparos granted), but still need to legalize it due to the jurisprudence already handed down by Mexico's Supreme Court.

  • 44. scream4ever  |  August 20, 2016 at 11:08 pm

    I think they'll go with a plebiscite if a free vote is not granted though. I get the impression that Australians are growing sick of this issue.

  • 45. allan120102  |  August 21, 2016 at 1:11 pm

    Agree. I want the vote so conservatives can shut the hell off. If the majority wants it then parliament have no other way than vote as how people decide. I know a super majority of Australians support ssm so I am not worried. This is not Slovenia or other Eastern European countries.

  • 46. VIRick  |  August 21, 2016 at 1:22 pm

    Same-Sex Couples Can Officially Get Married in Antarctica

    Same-sex couples will now be able to marry officially in the British Antarctic Territory. The Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) has announced plans to launch a consultation in order to review same-sex marriage legislation in the British Antarctic Territory (BAT). Although same-sex marriage became legal in the BAT at the same time as the law was changed in England and Wales, the FCO say the aim of the review is to ensure the legislation is up-to-date and in line with UK law.

    “These proposed changes relate to the Marriage and Registration Ordinances and look to bring them into line with domestic UK changes such as same-sex marriage,” a description of the review explains. “The new legislation will allow both for the purchase of licences to conduct marriages and the purchase of a marriage licence in order for a marriage to take place.”
    http://www.pinknews.co.uk/2016/08/19/now-same-sex

  • 47. Sagesse  |  August 21, 2016 at 1:43 pm

    Sigh.

    REPORT: Trump Gave $100K to Baptist Church Pastored by Anti-Gay Hate Group Leader Tony Perkins [NCRM]

    Head of Family Research Council Tells GOP Nominee that 'Religious Freedom' is Key to Flood Relief Efforts
    http://www.thenewcivilrightsmovement.com/johnwrig

  • 48. allan120102  |  August 21, 2016 at 8:16 pm

    Venezuela supreme court suspend the decrete which declare May 17 the day against homophobia. I hope this is not a premonition of how they are going to rule. If not we are in trouble. http://venezueladiversaac.blogspot.com/2016/08/de

  • 49. Randolph_Finder  |  August 22, 2016 at 7:52 am

    Updated. Let me know if you have any issues.

  • 50. VIRick  |  August 22, 2016 at 4:07 pm

    Thank you, seeing so much more golden area on the Mexico map should encourage everyone to realize that we are gaining on it, slowly but surely.

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