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  • 1. VIRick  |  October 4, 2016 at 3:02 pm

    Florida Finally Done Fighting Teen's Efforts to Change F to M on Birth Record

    Per Equality Case Files and the "Miami Herald:"

    Today, 4 October 2016, Florida health administrators say they will finally comply with a judge’s order to amend the birth certificate of a transgender teen from Broward County, after having duly lost a succession of court rulings.

    Last week, Leon Circuit Judge Karen Gievers ordered the state Department of Health to change the gender marker on a 15-year-old’s birth certificate from “female” to “male.” A judge in Broward County had originally issued the same order in 2015, but health administrators then asked Gievers to affirm that the agency has the authority to make such a change.

    Gievers’ order, and the health department’s decision to comply with it, settles a year-long dispute between the teen’s family and the DOH, which had refused to issue the amended certificate despite a Broward court order. The "Miami Herald" has not named the family, as both Gievers and the Broward judge, Renee Goldenberg, ordered that the teen’s identity remain confidential.

  • 2. VIRick  |  October 4, 2016 at 3:16 pm

    Massachusetts High Court Establishes Parental Rights for Non-Marital Parents

    Per Equality Case Files and GLAD:

    Today, 4 October 2016, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (SJC) overturned a lower court ruling and issued a decision in "Partanen v. Gallagher," declaring that Karen Partanen, a non-birth mother, can be a legal parent to the two children she raised with her former partner, Julie Gallagher.

    With this decision, Massachusetts said "Yes" to treating all children equally, regardless of their parents’ marital status or whether their parents are a same-sex or different-sex couple.

    Mary Bonauto, GLAD’s civil rights project director, called the ruling “a major victory for contemporary families. It is especially a victory for the children in those families who should not be deprived of their parents because those parents are not married or used assisted reproduction,” Bonauto added.

    More than 35 states confer parentage on spouses who consent to assisted reproductive technology, as Partanen did. Seven of those states and the District of Columbia give legal parentage to the person who consents to the procedure with the intent to parent the resulting child, without regard to marital status, according to fertility associations and attorneys who submitted written arguments supporting Partanen.

    The key word in the first sentence, immediately above, is "spouse," whereas the key phrase in the second is "without regard to marital status." Massachusetts is now in this latter category.

  • 3. VIRick  |  October 4, 2016 at 3:44 pm

    Oregon Bakers Who Refused to Make Wedding Cake Post Closure Notice

    The bitterly hateful, but so-called Christian-owned bakery that refused to make a cake for a same-sex wedding in Oregon posted a closure notice to their Facebook page on Thursday, 29 September 2016. Sweet Cakes by Melissa, owned by Aaron and Melissa Klein, turned away Laurel and Rachel Bowman-Cryer in 2013 and found themselves at the center of a legal battle that resulted in an administrative judge declaring in April 2015 that the bakers should pay $135,000 in damages, in large part because the Kleins spitefully released private, personal information concerning the Bowman-Cryers to the general public (like their home address and phone numbers). The Oregon Bureau of Labor agreed to the sum in July 2015.

    The Kleins paid the fine in December 2015, but the money is being held in escrow while they appeal. Sweet Cakes by Melissa closed the doors of their brick-and-mortar business in 2013, but had been continuing to sell goods online until a few months ago, according to attorney Hiram Sasser.

    Hyping their pseudo-martyr status as "victims," despite being the bold-faced perpetrators, they raised a record amount from supporters on fundraising platform, Continue to Give, bringing in over $350,000,– and are still just as spitefully hateful as ever.

    One sincerely hopes they will ultimately throw away the remaining $215,000 of their loot in their losing court appeal.

  • 4. bayareajohn  |  October 4, 2016 at 6:01 pm

    Clearly, they have noticed that public bigotry is more profitable than making cake. Of course they will continue the appeals, else the bigot support money will stop coming in.

  • 5. 1grod  |  October 4, 2016 at 6:10 pm

    Not Fair COJ gave AL sexting-with-client probate judge only six month suspension says Roy Moore's appeal

  • 6. VIRick  |  October 4, 2016 at 7:03 pm

    Donald Trump is Bottom on Grindr

    Without question, that was the catchiest title-of-the-day. I'll let you all check it out to see what in the world they're discussing. But, yes, having read it, he's definitely bottoming,– and Clinton is topping.

  • 7. VIRick  |  October 4, 2016 at 9:15 pm

    Here's an example of what the Spanish-language press is stating about Scottie's lead article to the previous thread, even injecting one of our favorite Spanish legalisms into the headline, dictámenes:

    Suspendido a Perpetuidad el Presidente de la Corte Suprema de Alabama, Roy Moore, por Sus Dictámenes en Contra del Matrimonio Igualitario

    Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court, Roy Moore, Suspended in Perpetuity for His Directives/Orders Against Marriage Equality….

    From a legislative perspective, "dictamen" means "final draft" (of the legislation), but from a court perspective, it refers to a "court-ordered directive."

  • 8. Fortguy  |  October 5, 2016 at 1:22 am

    Make sure you tweet him the link so he can spend the next week off-message sidetracked explaining to America that he's soooo not a bottom.

  • 9. theperchybird  |  October 5, 2016 at 4:49 am

    Argentina has regional anti-discrimination laws and is lacking a Federal one. For some reason it always makes it to one chamber (at best) then stalls and a new government is sworn in so everything starts again.

    This week, the draft of the Federal anti-discrimination law which includes protection of sexual orientation and gender identity made it out of the Chamber of Deputies committee:

  • 10. theperchybird  |  October 5, 2016 at 4:53 am

    Nothing's 100% certain until tomorrow, which is the deadline, but the way things look now it seems that the Swiss referendum initiative on stepchild adoption being promoted by conservatives failed because of a lack of signatures. German-language LGBT sites report that a preview of the conservative committee's numbers don't look good for them. If the initiative indeed fails, Switzerland's new adoption law will be promulgated then come into effect probably sometime next year:

  • 11. allan120102  |  October 5, 2016 at 12:11 pm

    Good news coming from Peru. Small paces occuring in most nations in SA. in resume this is what occur. You might read more info about this in the link.
    The Registry Tribunal of the National Superintendency of Public Registries has admitted the validity of the registration of transfer of ownership in favor of same-sex married abroad, considering that the act does not contravene international law and order.

  • 12. VIRick  |  October 5, 2016 at 4:18 pm

    Argentina, like Brasil, Colombia, Mexico, the USA, etc., as you alluded, is a FEDERAL republic, thus explaining, at least in part, why there would be provincial anti-discrimination laws, but not (yet) a federal one. The constant change of government, fairly well inherent in current Argentinian politics, thus creating the need to "start over," explains the rest. As a result, La Provincia de Buenos Aires, in addition to El Distrito Federal, are the two most advanced, and combined, are home to well over half of Argentina's population.

    Still, despite this one specific shortcoming, Argentina, in general, is waaaaay ahead of the pack in providing for LGBT rights. For example, the first legal marriage between a same-sex couple in Argentina occurred in 2009 (by court order), the first anywhere in Latin America. In addition, Argentina was also the first Latin nation to fully legalize same-sex marriage at the national level (in July 2010), about 5 years prior to the USA. Adoption by same-sex couples has long been a non-issue, and trans-genders have had full rights for quite a while. Gay men can donate blood without restriction, and 3 parents are now even being listed on birth certificates (2 gay men and the actual birth mother or a lesbian couple and the biological father), a world-wide first. And in 2012, Argentina, in another world-wide first, issued a birth certificate merely listing 2 fathers (the surrogate mother chose not to be shown).

    Argentina (along with Uruguay) has also been pushing reciprocal agreements onto the other Latin nations to force these others to fully recognize the very advanced Argentine (and Uruguayan) law within their own boundaries when it comes to marriage, parental rights, adoption, birth certificates, etc. On average, and in a steady stream, 7 same-sex couples per day are marrying in Argentina, setting up a potential pool of thousands of couples whose marriages need recognition in their home countries, a matter which will eventually cause Peru, Venezuela, Paraguay, etc., to be obligated to recognize them.

    OMG! Two posts below, Allan posted that, on 16 September 2016, a court in Peru has recognized a same-sex marriage performed in Belgium for the purposes of the transfer of the ownership of property. This is definitely a start on the very point toward which I have been hinting.

  • 13. theperchybird  |  October 6, 2016 at 9:57 am

    Swiss LGBT sites just reported it, the referendum petition fails. Stepchild adoption will become available to all couples in the coming months :)

  • 14. SethInMaryland  |  October 6, 2016 at 1:38 pm

    Now time for the Swiss to legalize marriage

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