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Open thread 5/14

Community/Meta Transgender Rights

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– The Trump administration has rolled back protections for prisoners who are transgender.

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  • 1. VIRick  |  May 14, 2018 at 7:45 pm

    Costa Rica: TSE Will Permit Citizens to Change Names According to Self-Perceived Gender

    Per Larissa Arroyo, David Zuiga, y Paola Vega:

    Costa Rica: TSE Permitirá a Ciudadanos Cambiarse el Nombre Según el Género Auto-Percibido

    El Tribunal Supremo de Elecciones (TSE) informó este lunes, 14 de mayo 2018, de que las personas podrán cambiar su nombre ante el Estado, y en la cédula de identidad, según el género auto-percibido, es decir, el que cada quien considere. Esta decisión regirá una vez que se publique en el diario oficial, La Gaceta, la reforma introducida hoy al Reglamento del Estado Civil.

    Este lunes, el TSE también anunció que eliminará la anotación del sexo de nacimiento en la cédula de identidad, con el objetivo de evitar estigmatizaciones de las personas.

    Sobre la posibilidad de matrimonio igualitario, el TSE la dejó en manos de la Sala Constitucional o de la Asamblea Legislativa, bajo el argumento que el Registro Civil lo que hace es registrar las uniones y no así dictar lineamientos para las personas habilitadas por el ordenamiento jurídico para casar. El Código de Familia todavía tiene un artículo que expresamente prohíbe el matrimonio entre personas del mismo sexo, el cual es objeto de una acción de inconstitucionalidad ante la Sala IV. Sin embargo, el TSE informó que seguirá recibiendo las solicitudes de inscripción de matrimonios entre personas del mismo sexo. De estas solicitudes, ha recibido ocho. https://www.nacion.com/el-pais/politica/tse-permi….

    The Supreme Electoral Tribunal (TSE) reported on Monday, 14 May 2018, that people may change their name before the State, and on their identity card, according to their self-perceived gender, that is, the one that everyone considers appropriate. This decision will apply once it is published in the official journal, La Gaceta, containing the amendment introduced today to the Civil Status Regulations.

    Today, 14 May 2018, the TSE also announced that it will eliminate the annotation of one's birth sex on the identity card, with the aim to avoid stigmatizing people.

    On the possibility of marriage equality, the TSE left it in the hands of the Constitutional Chamber or the Legislative Assembly, under the argument that what the Civil Registry does is to register the unions, and not dictate guidelines for persons authorized by the legal system to marry. The Family Code still contains an article that expressly prohibits marriage between persons of the same sex, one which is the subject of an action of unconstitutionality before Sala IV. However, the TSE reported that it will continue to receive applications for registration of marriages between people of the same sex. Of these requests, it has already received eight.

  • 2. VIRick  |  May 14, 2018 at 7:46 pm

    Costa Rica: More on TSE Transgender Ruling

    Per LGBT Marriage News:

    Court (TSE) orders IACHR (CIDH) ruling on transgender ID law to be implemented immediately; marriage equality decision should follow soon.

    As for same-sex marriage, here's what is being reported in the English-language news in Costa Rica:

    Regarding same sex marriage, the TSE is waiting on the ruling of the Constitutional Chamber or the Legislative Assembly, since the Civil Registry only registers the unions and is not in the capacity of reforming the existing laws. Last week, Costa Rica’s Attorney-General confirmed that the ruling of the Inter-American Court (CIDH) in regard to this topic is binding and therefore the rights of same-sex couples should be recognized and guaranteed by the Costa Rican judiciary system.
    https://news.co.cr/transgender-population-in-cost….

    As an up-dated count, within the jurisdiction of the CIDH, Argentina, Bolivia, Brasil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Mexico, Panamá, Perú, and Uruguay have already passed laws (or have had court rulings) to allow trans people to change their name/gender without surgery.
    https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/court-just-or

  • 3. VIRick  |  May 14, 2018 at 8:06 pm

    Italy: Supreme Court of Cassation Rules on Same-Sex Marriages Performed Abroad

    Per LGBT Marriage News:

    On Monday, 14 May 2018, in its first such ruling on the matter, Italy's Supreme Court of Cassation said that same-sex marriage between an Italian and a foreigner celebrated abroad can not be registered in Italy, but instead, stated that said marriage can be "converted" into a civil union. Thus, although same-sex marriages abroad are still not deemed valid in Italy, the fact that they can now be converted into civil unions is a newly-expanded interpretation.

    In making its ruling, the court upheld an appeals court's 2015 sentence on the case, but also ruled that same-sex unions can now be registered in Italy, even if such were celebrated abroad before civil unions between same-sex partners became legal in Italy in 2016.

    Specifically, in its first sentence on a same-sex marriage celebrated abroad between an Italian and a foreign citizen, the court ruled against a Brazilian citizen and an Italian who had gotten married in Brasil in 2012, and a year later in Portugal, and who had requested that Milan's civil registration office recognize their marriage. The couple had appealed the appeals court's 2015 ruling (issued prior to the 2016 legalization of same-sex civil unions in Italy), calling it discriminatory and "downgrading," but the Court of Cassation said that the ruling was based on a State's "legislative discretion."
    http://www.ansa.it/english/news/politics/2018/05/

  • 4. VIRick  |  May 14, 2018 at 8:29 pm

    Venezuela: Comment on Costa Rica's TSE Ruling on Gender Identity

    Per Tamara Adrián, transgender member of Venezuela's National Congress:

    Costa Rica: Supremo Tribunal Electoral aprueba reconocimiento legal de la identidad de las personas trans sin operaciones ni requisitos médicos, siguiendo los lineamientos de la sentencia de la Corte Interamericana de DDHH de enero de este año.
    https://twitter.com/TamaraAdrian/status/996154129

    Costa Rica: The Supreme Electoral Tribunal approves legal recognition of transgender self-identity without operations or medical requirements, following the guidelines of the judgment of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights (CIDH) of January of this year.

  • 5. VIRick  |  May 15, 2018 at 2:09 pm

    Maryland Officially Bans Gay "Conversion Therapy" for Minors, State #11

    Today, 15 May 2018, Governor Larry Hogan signed legislation into law, The Youth Mental Health Protection Act, banning the practice of discredited gay “conversion therapy” for minors, which is meant to turn gay people straight, along with another bill meant to help LGBTQ youth. The other law will expand housing and support services to youth experiencing homelessness, a disproportionate number of whom are members of the LGBTQ community.

    Maryland now joins California, Oregon, New Jersey, Illinois, DC, Vermont, Nevada, New Mexico, Connecticut, Rhode Island, and Washington as states that have banned fraudulent “conversion therapy” for minors. Lawmakers in New Hampshire and Hawaii recently passed similar protections which currently await their governors’ signatures, while yet another measure is in legislative process in New York State. (In February 2016, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced regulations restricting the practice, but conversion therapy is not fully banned in the state.)
    https://www.lgbtqnation.com/2018/05/maryland-bans

    See also:
    http://www.washingtonblade.com/2018/05/15/hogan-s
    https://www.nbcnews.com/feature/nbc-out/maryland-

  • 6. VIRick  |  May 15, 2018 at 2:38 pm

    New York: Senate Committee Kills Trans Rights Bill

    Any hopes that New York would join other states this year and enact a law explicitly prohibiting discrimination on the basis of gender identity were dashed today, 15 May 2018, when a Republican-controlled Senate committee voted down a transgender rights measure. The Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act, or GENDA, was defeated in the New York Senate Investigations & Government Operations Committee by a 5-4 party-line vote. The measure would have amended the state human rights law to bar discrimination on the basis of gender identity or expression and would have added transgender people to the state human rights law.

    New York is one of three states — including New Hampshire and Wisconsin — with a state law barring anti-gay discrimination, but not anti-trans discrimination.

    The committee killed the measure in the same year the New Hampshire state legislature, which is controlled in both chambers by Republicans, sent to the desk of Gov. Chris Sununu a similar transgender non-discrimination measure. Sununu is expected to sign the bill.

    Earlier this month, the Democratic-controlled Assembly approved GENDA by a vote of 100-43. Had the Senate agreed to the measure, it would have headed to the desk of Gov. Andrew Cuomo for his signature. The vote marked the 11th consecutive year the Assembly approved GENDA. The full Senate, which remains in Republican control, has never taken up the measure.

    In New York, although the measure has died in committee, transgender people in that state still have recourse if they feel they’ve experienced discrimination on the basis of gender identity. In 2015, Cuomo signed an executive order interpreting state law barring gender discrimination to apply to transgender people.
    http://www.washingtonblade.com/2018/05/15/n-y-tra

  • 7. VIRick  |  May 15, 2018 at 6:49 pm

    Honduras: New Suit to Enforce CIDH Marriage Equality Ruling

    Per LGBT Marriage News:

    Honduras: LGBT activists are filing suit at the Supreme Court to have the IACHR (CIDH) marriage equality ruling applied in the county. The activists are seeking amicus curiae briefs by 16 June from international organizations, academic institutions, etc.

    Contact amicuslgttbihn@gmail.com
    https://twitter.com/LGBTMarriage/status/996536975

  • 8. VIRick  |  May 15, 2018 at 7:48 pm

    Suriname: Government Appeals Transgender Court Ruling

    Paramaribo, 6 February 2017 – The state of Suriname has formally filed its appeal against the court ruling that ordered the Civil Registrar to register transgender Yvanna Hilton as a woman. In its filings, the state argues that Suriname does not have legislation that governs transgender matters. “Therefore there is no violation of Hilton’s human rights,” it stated.

    Hilton claimed what could be considered a victory for transgender people on 11 January 2017, when a judge in Paramaribo sided with her in her quest to have the Registrar change her sex from man to woman. The transgender woman had initiated the court proceedings about a year ago (in 2016), after she underwent a sex change operation, but the Civil Registrar refused to formally change her gender. She hired Audrey Tjong A Sie to take the office to court; the judge agreed that it was her right, and ordered the office to make a note in its registers about her amended sex, the same way a note would be made to any other change in her life. A few days later however, the Registrar announced that it would appeal the sentence. The appeal was filed last week (in very late January 2017).

    The stance of the Civil Registry had already drawn the ire of Justice and Police Minister Jennifer van Dijk-Silos. When the Registrar's Office announced that it would be appealing the ruling, this Minister also stressed that Suriname was stepping on several international human rights agreements that it is bound to respect. “My Ministry is actively promoting human rights, but then people at Home Affairs are appealing those same rights,” she said.
    https://www.thedailyherald.sx/regional/63426-suri

    Note the dates. We missed this court ruling and its appeal when it was first issued.

    Also note that since this 2017 court ruling in Suriname was issued and its appeal filed, that Suriname, as a signatory to the CIDH, is bound by the 2018 CIDH ruling in favor of marriage equality and gender identity.

  • 9. allan120102  |  May 15, 2018 at 8:06 pm

    With Honduras that means that the only countries without a lawsuit for marriage equality are, Nicaragua, Haiti, Suriname, Bolivia and Dominican Republic. I am not sure if the lawsuit in Guatemala for recognition has been file. All the other countries have marriage equality lawsuits pending. Those are El Salvador, Honduras, Costa Rica, Panama , Ecuador, Paraguay, and Peru. there is also a lawsuit pending before the Venezuelan supreme court even though they are not subject to the ICH advisory opinion.

  • 10. allan120102  |  May 15, 2018 at 8:11 pm

    Breaking
    Mexican supreme court has notified Sinaloa that it has 90 days to modify the articles of its civil code as marriage between a man and a women. It looks like the 5 resolution was send to congress this week. Sinaloa looks poise to become state number 13 really soon. Aguascalientes has one more resolution pending before its articles are struck down.
    SCJN mandate to the State Congress to modify article 40 of the Family Code
    Despite the fact that the State Congress was notified by the Supreme Court of Justice of the Nation to reform article 40 of the Family Code, in the legislature there must be consensus and determine the need to establish equal marriage in Sinaloa.

    The deputy president of the Board of Political Coordination, Víctor Godoy Angulo clarified that the issue requires dialogue and agreements between the parliamentary factions.
    It was the eleventh magistrate of the Fourth Family Chamber, Claudio Gámez Perea who revealed that the Supreme Court of Justice of the Nation notified the Sinaloa congress on the unconstitutionality of Article 40 of the Family Code since in its wording it qualifies the sex of the contracting parties when it must be modified and establish that it can be established between people.
    Godoy Angulo admitted that the issue is in the document but did not set a date or position for discussion despite the fact that the court mandated 9'0 days to change the wording. https://tvpacifico.mx/noticias/208916-se-debe-con

  • 11. Randolph_Finder  |  May 16, 2018 at 10:01 am

    Just because of more discussion of Mexico, its time for the irregularly occuring "Does Mexico's map need to be updated?" https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Same-sex_marriage_i

  • 12. VIRick  |  May 16, 2018 at 11:31 am

    No, not yet. The map is currently correct, as shown. However, about 5 or 6 states are on the very verge of being flipped into the marriage equality column, mostly through measures already underway by Mexico's Supreme Court:

    Sinaloa: Via "5 Resolutions"
    Aguascalientes: Via "5 Resolutions" or "Action of Unconstitutionality"
    Tamaulipas: Via "5 Resolutions"
    Nuevo León: Via "Action of Unconstitutionality"
    Veracruz: Possible change in law by state legislature
    Sonora: Via "5 Resolutions"

    Sinaloa will be the first state to be forced to change its law via "5 Resolutions." Previously, both Chihuahua and Baja California had been on this track, as well, but both gave up and began complying before the final processing had been completed. Sinaloa may well hold out until the bitter end. We will know more within the next 90 days as to what happens.

    If Sinaloa finally complies, given that it has been the most obfuscating for the longest interval, the others in the "5 Resolutions" category may well begin complying. If not, then Nuevo León will be next, just like Chiapas and Puebla before it, doomed by the "Action of Unconstitutionality" currently pending against it.

  • 13. VIRick  |  May 16, 2018 at 12:49 pm

    El Salvador: New Political Party Favors Marriage Equality, Abortion

    Per LGBT Marriage News:

    Johnny Wright afirma que su partido retomará temas como el aborto y el matrimonio igualitario. El ex-diputado por el partido ARENA, Johnny Wright, quien está en proceso de formación del nuevo partido, “Nuestro Tiempo,” habló un poco acerca del proyecto, dejando claros varios puntos de cara a las elecciones del 2021, que es cuando entrarán a participar para lograr entrar a la Asamblea Legislativa. Según Wright, el partido tendrá la apertura para dialogar sobre temas tabú, como el aborto y el matrimonio igualitario. “Creo que el tema del aborto es un tema que no hay que dejar de discutir, hay que continuar legislando sobre eso,” indicó.

    Wright también dijo que buscan eliminar la polarización en el país y tratarán de cambiar la forma de cómo se hace política: “Queremos romper con las ideas de izquierdas y de derechas, y nosotros nos ubicamos en un centro humanista, y estamos trabajando en los principios de un partido político,” agregó. El ex-diputado aclaró que el proyecto político está conformado, en su mayoría, por gente joven. “Estamos cuidando un ambiente sano, la mayoría de las personas que formamos la Junta Directiva somos gente joven, profesionales, la mayoría no viene de la política,” recalcó.
    https://elsalvadorgram.com/2018/05/johnny-wright-

    Johnny Wright says his party will take up issues such as abortion and marriage equality. The ex-deputy for the ARENA party, Johnny Wright, who is in the process of forming a new party, "Nuestro Tiempo," spoke a bit about the project, making clear several points in the face of the elections of 2021, which is when they will participate to gain entry into the Legislative Assembly. According to Wright, the party will have the openness to discuss taboo issues, such as abortion and marriage equality. "I think the issue of abortion is a subject that should not be left from discussion, we must continue to legislate on that," he said.

    Wright also said that they will seek to eliminate polarization in the country and will try to change the way politics is done: "We want to break with the ideas of the left and the right, and we are located in a humanist center, working on the principles of a political party," he added. The ex-deputy clarified that the political project is composed, for the most part, of young people. "We are taking care of a healthy environment, most of the people who form our Board of Directors are young people, professionals, most do not come from politics," he said.

    For El Salvador, this development holds good long-range portent of fracturing the right-wing ARENA, a party which continues to be vociferously against both marriage equality and abortion.

    As a total side-note, Johnny Wright is also incredibly handsome. If nothing else, this extra factor will assure him of the "to die for" vote. (See article for photo.)

  • 14. Randolph_Finder  |  May 16, 2018 at 1:34 pm

    Good.

    Also, has anyone noticed that we are 4.5 months into 2018 and the Marriage Equality map is the same as it was on January 1?

  • 15. VIRick  |  May 16, 2018 at 1:40 pm

    Sinaloa: State Congress Must Abide by the Order of the Supreme Court

    Sinaloa: Congreso del Estado Debe Acatar la Orden de la SCJN

    El 15 de mayo 2018, SCJN mandató al Congreso del Estado de Sinaloa a modificar el Artículo 40 del Código Familiar, y mandata 90 días para cambiar la redacción. Se debe consensuar el matrimonio igualitario. Se debe reformar el Artículo 40 del Código Familiar para dar paso a los matrimonios igualitarios en el estado de Sinaloa.
    https://tvpacifico.mx/noticias/208971-congreso-de

    On 15 May 2018, the Supreme Court mandated that the Sinaloa State Congress modify Article 40 of the Family Code, and mandates 90 days to change the wording. Marriage equality must be agreed upon. Article 40 of the Family Code must be reformed to make way for marriage equality in the state of Sinaloa.

  • 16. allan120102  |  May 16, 2018 at 3:50 pm

    Guanajuato, 43 marriages have ocurred in the state.
    Guanajuato After five months of legal proceedings and litigation, Artette Rodríguez and Karla Viridiana starred in the first equal marriage between two women in Cortazar, according to Raúl Ruiz Valtierra, president of the civil organization Círculo Diverso de México.

    In general data, this civil process is the third among people of the same sex in that municipality, and in Guanajuato it would be number 43 achieved through direct amparos in federal courts.
    A few minutes after 11:00 in the morning of yesterday, Karla and Iris made the formal ceremony to collect the signatures of the witnesses, who gave faith to declare them in legitimate marriage.

    The act will give legal certainty to the couple who can do their social security procedures before the IMSS and administrative in the Infonavit.

    Raúl Ruiz Valtierra commented that Iris and Karla have a relationship of more than five years, and now they are given legal certainty to their union. He added that the civil organization Circulo Diverso supports equal marriage in the state of Guanajuato.
    The president of the organization Círculo Diverso explained that the sentence was given in favor of the complainants Karla and Iris, after a federal judge based in Celaya issued the executory notice indicating the judicial provision to the Civil Registry in the city of Cortazar. http://zonafranca.mx/pareja-de-cortazar-logra-ter

  • 17. VIRick  |  May 16, 2018 at 3:54 pm

    Gay Army Chaplain Struggles to Save Husband from Deportation

    US Army Captain Tim Brown, who was awarded two Bronze Star Medals for two tours of duty in Afghanistan, currently serves as an Army chaplain at the Fort Bragg Army base in North Carolina. Brown, 46, says he and his husband, Honduran immigrant Sergio Avila-Rodriguez, 24, were hopeful last Thursday, 10 May 2018, that a scheduled visit to the US Citizenship and Immigration Services office in Charlotte NC would bring his husband one step closer to obtaining a marriage waiver.

    Avila-Rodriguez had applied for the waiver last year in an effort to obtain permanent US residence and to end his status as an illegal immigrant since the time his uncle first escorted him across the US border from Mexico into Texas in 2002 when he was eight years old. But according to Brown, the couple’s hopes were shattered, at least temporarily, during their 10 May visit to the Charlotte CIS office when agents with the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement, known as ICE, took Avila-Rodriguez into custody.

    While Brown was waiting in a nearby restaurant for what he thought would be a routine visit by his husband to assess the status of his marriage waiver application, the ICE agents told Avila-Rodriguez he was being taken to a detainment center in Georgia with plans in motion to deport him to Honduras, where he had not been since the age of 8.

    Immigration officials released Avila-Rodriguez on Monday, 14 May, pending a ruling on a motion his lawyer introduced on 11 May appealing a deportation order that the motion placed on hold but that could be reactivated if the motion were denied.
    http://www.washingtonblade.com/2018/05/16/gay-arm

  • 18. allan120102  |  May 16, 2018 at 4:07 pm

    Good news from Chile but for some reason I cant copy paste the article. http://www.thetimes.cl/es/noticias/sociedad/gobie

  • 19. VIRick  |  May 16, 2018 at 4:25 pm

    Brasil: Trans Models in Miss Bumbum Brasil Pageant

    A transgender beauty queen participating in the annual Miss Bumbum pageant in Brasil is facing backlash from her rival contestants because she was born a man. Oliveira, along with fellow competitor Giovanna Spinella, are the first-ever trans women to partake in the pageant since its creation. In total, 27 women – including Oliveira and Spinella – are representing the different Brazilian states in Miss Bumbum Brasil, with the curvaceous Oliveira representing Amazonas state. Oliveira, who underwent gender reassignment surgery when she was 21, said she grew up thinking she was in the “wrong" body.
    https://www.pinknews.co.uk/2018/05/16/miss-bumbum

    To anyone who has never lived in Brasil, it is impossible to explain the wild popularity within Brasil itself for the unique, somewhat vulgar, ridiculously sexist, locally-created Miss Bumbum Brasil pageant. But given that wild popularity, and the rest of it, the fact that trans models are now participating makes that fact somewhat significant. I am quite certain that the pageant will contain a lot of rather explicit sexual innuendo. It always does.

    Still, if this helps, Miss Bumbum Brasil is their answer to the Super Bowl.

  • 20. VIRick  |  May 16, 2018 at 5:22 pm

    Chile: New Administration to Sign CIDH Accord

    El 17 de mayo 2018, a las 15:00 horas, el Gobierno de Sebastián Piñera firmará acuerdo internacional sobre matrimonio igualitario con el Movilh e iluminará La Moneda con los colores de la diversidad.

    On 17 May 2018, at 3:00 PM, the Government of Sebastián Piñera will sign the international agreement on marriage equality with Movilh and will illuminate La Moneda with the rainbow colors.

  • 21. VIRick  |  May 16, 2018 at 6:24 pm

    Honduras: CSJ Accepts Marriage Equality Lawsuit

    Honduras: CSJ Admitió un Recurso para Matrimonio Igualitario

    Per Rex Wockner:

    Hoy día, el 16 de mayo 2018, la Corte Suprema de Justicia de Honduras admitió un recurso presentado por activistas que buscan hacer cumplir la opinión de la CIDH instruyendo a 20 naciones de las Américas para que aprueben el matrimonio igualitario y las leyes contemporarías de la identidad de género.
    https://www.facebook.com/unetvhn/videos/159814383

    Today, 16 May 2018, the Supreme Court of Justice of Honduras has accepted a lawsuit filed by activists seeking to enforce the January Inter-American Court of Human Rights ruling instructing 20 nations of the Americas to approve marriage equality and modern, up-dated gender-identity laws.

  • 22. VIRick  |  May 16, 2018 at 7:06 pm

    Baja California: CDH-DF Instructs BC Civil Registry Officials on Marriage Equality

    Per Hilda Téllez Lino, Primera Visitadora-General CDH-DF:

    Esta mañana, 16 de mayo 2018, en Tijuana con las y los Oficiales del Registro Civil de Baja California, hablando sobre la Recomendación 15/2017 de la CEDH-BC sobre el matrimonio igualitario y las obligaciones del Estado en los DDHH de LGBTTTIQ.
    https://twitter.com/HildaTellezL

    Per Hilda Téllez Lino, First Inspector-General CDH-DF

    This morning, 16 May 2018, in Tijuana with the Civil Registry Officials of Baja California, speaking about Recommendation 15/2017 of the CEDH-BC on marriage equality and the obligations of the State on LGBTTTIQ Human Rights.

  • 23. VIRick  |  May 16, 2018 at 7:28 pm

    Jalisco: Mayoral Candidate Confuses LGBT Community in a FAF Video

    Per Desastre.mx:

    El candidato a la presidencia municipal de Lagos de Moreno, Jalisco, confundió a la comunidad LGBT con una comunidad rural. En un video, se puede escuchar al político prometer reparar los caminos de dicha comunidad.
    https://twitter.com/quierodesastre/status/9965384

    The candidate for the municipal presidency of Lagos de Moreno, Jalisco, confused the LGBT community with a rural community. In the video, the politician can be heard promising to repair the roads of said community.

    The FAF video (in Spanish) is here:
    http://desastre.mx/mexico/candidato-de-movimiento

    So, now you know. Everyone in la comunidad Elehaybaytay will have their ruts fixed and their holes filled.

  • 24. VIRick  |  May 16, 2018 at 7:57 pm

    Ecuador: Insanely Expensive Constitutional Court Filing Fees

    Per La Historia EC:

    Felipe Rodríguez, abogado en ejercicio y defensor de Carlos Baca y Fernando Balda, entre otros casos, acusa a Corte Constitucional de poner tarifas para admitir recursos de USD 6000 a USD 12.000.
    https://twitter.com/lahistoriaec/status/996854810

    Felipe Rodríguez, practicing lawyer and defender of Carlos Baca and Fernando Balda, among other cases, accuses the Constitutional Court of putting fees to admit cases from USD 6000 to USD 12,000.

    Per Pamela Troya:‏

    Mierda, ya sé porqué mi causa de matrimonio igualitario va más de 3 años empolvándose en la Corte Constitucional de Ecuador. No tengo plata.
    https://twitter.com/pametroya

    Shit, now I know why my case for marriage equality has gone on for more than 3 years being debated (but, literally, "gathering dust") in the Constitutional Court of Ecuador. I do not have the money.

    Note: Ecuador uses the US Dollar as its official currency. Pamela Troya and Gabriela Correa are the plaintiffs in the first suit for marriage equality, filed in Quito on 13 August 2013. Santiago Vinces y Fernando Saltos are the plaintiffs in the second suit for marriage equality, filed in Guayaquil, some weeks later. The third case filed for marriage equality, from Cuenca, has the official backing and support of the Azuay Provincial Council.

  • 25. guitaristbl  |  May 17, 2018 at 3:41 am

    I suppose we are getting closer to the publication of the ruling in the Colorado bakery case right ? Although it could be in the last ones, end of june or so.

  • 26. Elihu_Bystander  |  May 17, 2018 at 6:41 am

    The projection at the time of the oral arguments was that the opinion would come in late June.

  • 27. VIRick  |  May 17, 2018 at 11:39 am

    Malaysia: Opposition Figure Pardoned, Released from Prison

    Former Malaysian Deputy Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim was pardoned and released from prison yesterday, 16 May 2018. He had been serving a five-year prison sentence after authorities in 2008 accused him of sodomizing an aide who worked for his political party.

    In 2012, the Malaysian High Court acquitted Anwar, but prosecutors charged him again. An appeals court in 2014 overturned his acquittal and sentenced him to five years in prison. Malaysia’s highest court in 2015 upheld his conviction.

    Malaysia is among the countries in which consensual same-sex sexual acts remain criminalized.
    http://www.washingtonblade.com/2018/05/17/malaysi

  • 28. TheVirginian722  |  May 17, 2018 at 11:58 am

    "Incredibly handsome" indeed. Johnny could be anyone's "Mr. Wright." A review of his Google Images is truly swoonworthy, especially (scroll down) https://twitter.com/johnnywsol/status/54504403086….

    His name and flawless English suggest his U. S. connections, and he says he has proven one can love two countries. He has studied at George Washington University and trained as a professional firefighter right in my local fire department. (I would have set the neighborhood ablaze had I known that Johnny would come running to save us.)

    Some would note the difficulty of forming a new political alliance and competing with long-established political parties. Tell that to Emmanuel Macron!

  • 29. VIRick  |  May 17, 2018 at 2:31 pm

    Johnny Wright Sol, Diputado de la Asamblea Legislativa de la República de El Salvador, 2015-2018, y ahora el Presidente de Nuestro Tiempo SV.

    That wonderful, swoonworthy photo of "Johnny Sunshine" was taken in 2014, even before he was first elected. Still, it's quite reassuring to know that my platinum-coated gaydar is in perfect working order and that it has not gotten the least bit rusty.

    Que diga Johnny W Sol si es gay, que hará por su comunidad discriminada en El Salvador?
    https://twitter.com/johnnywsol/status/54504403086

    What does Johnny W Sol say if he is gay, what will he do for his discriminated community in El Salvador?

    However, by leaving that rather revealing photo there all this time, he's making his own very low-key statement of fact, one which has already secured my vote for making him the next President of El Salvador.

  • 30. allan120102  |  May 17, 2018 at 3:19 pm

    Honduras.
    Support for same sex marriage has increasd from 13 to 17%
    Opposition has decrease from 81 to 75% and 10% dont care if gays marry or not.
    This comes from the lastest poll and the one took in 2014.
    That means there was only a 4% increase of support in that time. http://www.laprensa.hn/honduras/1178836-410/hondu

  • 31. VIRick  |  May 17, 2018 at 4:15 pm

    IDAHOT 2018

    The day, today, 17 May 2018, throughout most of Latin America and beyond, is being celebrated as El Día Internacional Contra la Homofobia y Transfobia (International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia or IDAHOT). Parades, marches, and other forms of celebration are occurring in Mexico (DF, Morelos, Puebla), El Salvador, Honduras, Puerto Rico, Colombia (Medellín, Cartagena, Bucaramanga), Ecuador, Bolivia, Chile (Santiago, Providencia, Coquimbo, Ñuble), Paraguay, Uruguay, and Spain, among others.

    See the link for a plethora of events and happenings:
    https://twitter.com/NoticiasLGBT

    Cuba did their own thing for IDAHOT, separately, on 12 May 2018.

  • 32. VIRick  |  May 17, 2018 at 5:36 pm

    Puerto Rico: Senate Bill Introduced to Ban Gay "Conversion Therapy"

    Per Pedro Julio Serrano:

    En el Día Contra Homofobia,17 de mayo 2018, aplaudo a senadores Bhatia, Laboy, Dalmau, y Pereira por presentar el PS1000 para prohibir "la terapia de conversión" a menores. Le toca al gobierno demostrar que su compromiso contra la homofobia es más que iluminar La Fortaleza, es actuar para erradicarla.
    https://twitter.com/PedroJulio/status/99725867685

    On this Day Against Homophobia, 17 May 2018, I applaud Senators Bhatia, Laboy, Dalmau, and Pereira for introducing bill PS1000 to prohibit "conversion therapy" for minors. It is up to the government to demonstrate that its commitment against homophobia is more than to illuminate La Fortaleza, it is to act to eradicate it.

  • 33. VIRick  |  May 17, 2018 at 6:07 pm

    Just one day later —

    Tijuana: Today, Eight Same-Sex Couples Marry

    Síntesis TV y José Ibarra:

    Parejas homosexuales luchan por su derecho al matrimonio en Tijuana. Hoy día, 17 de mayo 2018, entregaron actas de matrimonio a ocho parejas del mismo sexo, incluindo Víctor Manuel Floriano y Omar Brandon Chávez, bajo el apoyo de la asociación civil COCUT que actualmente está asesorando a otras 35 parejas con el trámite.
    http://sintesistv.com.mx/entregan-acta-de-matrimo

    Homosexual couples fight for their right to marriage in Tijuana. Today, 17 May 2018, marriage certificates were given to eight same-sex couples, including Víctor Manuel Floriano and Omar Brandon Chávez, with the assistance of the civil association COCUT which is currently advising 35 other couples about the process.

  • 34. VIRick  |  May 17, 2018 at 8:11 pm

    Puebla: 14 Same-Sex Couples Marry in Mass Ceremony

    Per La Opinión de Puebla:

    El 17 de mayo 2018, 14 parejas LGBTTTI contrajeron nupcias en el Mesón del Cristo, edificio del Congreso Estatal de Puebla. Se convirtieron en los primeros matrimonios que se unieron de manera legal en Puebla en el marco del Día Mundial Contra La Homofobia.
    https://twitter.com/laopinionpuebla/status/997225

    On 17 May 2018, 14 LGBTTTI couples contracted marriage in the Mesón del Cristo, the Puebla State Congress building. They became the first marriages to be legally united in Puebla as part of the World Day Against Homophobia.

    Mexico's Supreme Court ruled against Puebla on 1 August 2017, declaring that its "one man, one woman" definition of marriage was unconstitutional. Note how many months have elapsed since then, as continuing obfuscation on the part of a recalcitrant state government and its assorted officials can drag out the actual implementation of a court ruling for what can appear to be an interminable length of time. This Puebla case is a perfect example, as they persisted even much longer than did Chiapas, before finally giving in and making a big splash out of yesterday's event. (See below for even more dragged-out obfuscation in Tlaxcala.)

  • 35. SethInMaryland  |  May 17, 2018 at 8:37 pm

    So marriage will become legal in Chile?

  • 36. allan120102  |  May 17, 2018 at 9:16 pm

    A strong possibility my friend. The right goverment of Chile has said that its compromise its binding so they have no other option.

  • 37. SethInMaryland  |  May 17, 2018 at 11:26 pm

    When will this happen ? Was it signed today?

  • 38. allan120102  |  May 17, 2018 at 11:51 pm

    I am not sure the marriage equality proposal made by Michelle Bachelet its travelling congress, we know how much time it took to legalize abortion, I believe it was three years, same sex marriage might not be as hot topic as the former issue but there are still homophobes in the Chilean congress who may try to slow down the bill. We should see how much time it takes but I believe next year will be the year Chile legalize it. Unless congress moves quickly the bill but we should see.

  • 39. allan120102  |  May 18, 2018 at 9:01 am

    Third recognition case against Panama has been file. https://www.tvn-2.com/videos/noticias/Pareja-lesb

  • 40. VIRick  |  May 18, 2018 at 11:54 am

    Panamá: Lawsuit #3, Lesbian Couple Expects CSJ to Recognize their Union

    Tercer Caso, Pareja de Lesbianas Espera que CSJ Reconozca su Unión en Panamá

    El 17 de mayo 2018, se reporta en Panamá el tercer caso que espera que la Corte Suprema de Justicia reconozca su matrimonio. La diferencia de las dos ocasiones anteriores, esta vez se trata de una pareja de lesbianas.
    https://www.tvn-2.com/videos/noticias/Pareja-lesb

    On 17 May 2018, in Panamá, the third case has been reported that expects the Supreme Court of Justice to recognize their marriage. The difference from the two previous instances is that this time it is about a lesbian couple. One of the petitioners is Yamileth Garcés who has been interviewed on TVN in regard to this matter.

    Additional observation: The first and second legal challenges for marriage equality filed in Panamá came from well-to-do, internationally-oriented parties who comprise a distinct ethnic/cultural minority within the country. By sharp contrast, from the interview, Yamileth is very much "one of the people."

  • 41. VIRick  |  May 18, 2018 at 1:06 pm

    Jersey: Same-Sex Marriage Law Should Be in Place by 1 July 2018

    Per LGBT Marriage News

    The amended law that allows for same-sex and open-air marriages to take place in Jersey could come into force as early as 1 July this year. Once the law has been considered by the Privy Council, it can be registered in the Royal Court. If adopted, the legislation would then come into force at the beginning of July.
    http://www.itv.com/news/channel/2018-05-18/law-fo

  • 42. VIRick  |  May 18, 2018 at 2:46 pm

    Tlaxcala: Law of Co-Existence for Same-Sex Couples Not Yet Implemented

    Per Eréndira Jiménez Montiel, PRD, ex-diputada del Congreso de Tlaxcala:

    La omisión del Ejecutivo para expedir el Reglamento de la Ley de Sociedades de Convivencia Solidaria ha impedido que haya sustento legal para que la comunidad LGBTI pueda respaldar la defensa de sus derechos, de por sí consagrados en el constitucional política, pero aún no reconocidos en los hechos.
    http://www.urbanotlaxcala.mx/sociedad/noticia/683

    The omission of the Executive to issue the Regulations of the Law of Societies of Co-Existence has impeded the legal means by which the LGBTI community can support the defense of their own rights, in themselves enshrined in the constitutional policy, but not yet recognized in the facts.

    Note: Eréndira Jiménez Montiel is the Tlaxcala congressional deputy who spearheaded the successful passage of the Ley de Sociedades de Convivencia Solidaria, allowing for same-sex civil unions in Tlaxcala, through the state congress on the very last day of the previous legislative session (on 29 December 2016, and signed into law by the Governor on 11 January 2017). As explained, it has yet to be implemented.

  • 43. VIRick  |  May 18, 2018 at 4:29 pm

    Connecticut: Statewide LGBT Adoption Initiative

    Connecticut has launched an initiative to get more LGBT people to foster and adopt, in contrast to other states’ efforts to restrict LGBT adoption rights. The state’s Governor, Dannel P. Malloy, D, said yesterday, 17 May 2018, that he wanted Connecticut to welcome and embrace LGBT couples adopting or fostering. 

    "We just have to get this word out,” Malloy told the AP, adding: “We have to get more of our children placed with our families in our state.” Connecticut’s Department of Children and Families aims to have 250 LGBT couples fostering or adopting by January. Currently, there are around 100 LGBT adoptive families in the state.
    https://www.pinknews.co.uk/2018/05/18/connecticut

  • 44. VIRick  |  May 18, 2018 at 7:31 pm

    Cambodia: LGBT Community Pleads for Reforms in Laws on Marriage, Adoption

    Per LGBT Marriage News:

    Representatives of the LGBT community have renewed their plea for the government to reform the law on marriages and adoptions. Rainbow Community Kampuchea urged the government to give full legal backing for the changes and to provide legal documents to LGBT people, including marriage certificates, family books, the provision of national ID cards following their sex preference, and adoption.

    According to the government, the country has more than 33,000 LGBT people, including about 5,000 couples who live together. However, the law still has not yet recognized the legitimacy of their marriages.
    https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50491047/lgbt-commun

  • 45. VIRick  |  May 18, 2018 at 8:05 pm

    Bolivia: Trans Group to File Suit with CIDH Against Bolivian Constitutional Court Ruling

    Per Rex Wockner:

    The Bolivian trans group OTRAF says that it will go to Costa Rica in June to file a case before the Inter-American Court of Human Rights (CIDH) against the Bolivian Constitutional Court ruling prohibiting trans marriage and adoption, reports Agencia Boliviana de Información:

    Colectivo LGBTI de Bolivia Destaca Ley de Identidad de Género; y Evo Garantiza el Libre Ejercicio de sus Derechos

    La Paz, 17 de mayo 2018 – La representante de la Organización de Travestis, Transgéneros, y Transexuales Femeninas de Bolivia (Otraf), Luna Humérez, destacó la aprobación de la Ley de Identidad de Género, porque permite cambiar de nombre y fotografía en sus documentos personales. En mayo de 2016, el Gobierno promulgó la Ley 807 de Identidad de Género que permite el reconocimiento a los ciudadanos tránsgenero y transexuales, quienes podrán cambiar de nombre y género en su documento de identidad.

    Humérez anunció que en junio algunos representantes de Otraf Bolivia viajarán a Costa Rica para presentar una demanda ante la Corte Interamericana de Derechos Humanos (CIDH) contra el fallo de noviembre 2017, que emitió en abril 2018 el Tribunal Constitucional Plurinacional en Sucre sobre el matrimonio entre transexuales.

    El presidente Evo Morales garantizó el jueves el libre ejercicio de los derechos del colectivo LGBTI y condenó cualquier tipo de discriminación en su contra, en el Día Internacional contra la Homofobia y Transfobia.
    http://eju.tv/2018/05/colectivo-lgbti-de-bolivia-

    LGBTI Collective of Bolivia Highlights Gender Identity Law; and Evo Guarantees the Free Exercise of their Rights

    La Paz, 17 May 2018 – The representative of the Organization of Transvestite, Transgender, and Trans-Sexual Women of Bolivia (Otraf), Luna Humérez, highlighted the approval of the Gender Identity Law, because it allows one to change names and photographs on personal documents. In May 2016, the Government promulgated Law 807 on Gender Identity that allows the recognition of transgender and transsexual citizens, who may thus change their name and gender on their identity document.

    Humérez announced that in June some representatives of Otraf Bolivia will travel to Costa Rica to present a claim before the Inter-American Court of Human Rights (CIDH) against the November 2017 ruling, finalized and issued in April 2018 by the Plurinational Constitutional Court in Sucre against marriage between transsexuals.

    President Evo Morales on Thursday, 17 May 2018, guaranteed the free exercise of LGBTI rights and condemned any type of discrimination against them, on this, the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia.

    A word to the wise: Do not mess with the transgender women of Bolivia. This is one part of the world, dating back to the height of the Inca Empire, where transgender women have long been accepted as an integral part of the traditional Indigenous culture. There are reasons Bolivia refers to itself as "plurinational," and this is one of them.

  • 46. VIRick  |  May 18, 2018 at 9:26 pm

    Chile: New Government Signs CIDH Accord

    Per Rex Wockner:

    Yesterday, 17 May 2018, Chile's new government officially agreed to move forward with marriage equality and same-sex couple adoption, in accordance with the Inter-American Commission (CIDH) agreement which the former government had signed.
    https://www.publimetro.cl/cl/noticias/2018/05/17/

    There are enough votes for passage of the marriage equality legislation in the new Congress, so traffic signals are green, but the bill still must be passed by both houses of Congress and then signed into law by the new President before it can take effect.

    Under the previous government, we had a president who was in favor of the measures, but who was saddled with a congress where we could not be assured we had enough votes. With the new government, we are stuck with the opposite situation. We definitely have the votes in Congress, but are now saddled with an iffy president. In yesterday's ceremony, they just made the new president sign the CIDH accord.

  • 47. VIRick  |  May 19, 2018 at 12:13 pm

    Fiji: First-Ever Gay Pride March

    Per LGBT Marriage News and Tamani Rarama:

    Fiji and the Pacific’s first-ever Gay Pride march, commemorating IDAHOT day, was held on 17 May 2018.
    https://twitter.com/Tamani_Rarama/status/99763900

  • 48. VIRick  |  May 19, 2018 at 12:21 pm

    Kansas: Governor Signs Anti-LGBTQ Adoption Bill

    Kansas Governor Jeff Colyer has signed anti-LGBT adoption legislation making his state the latest to enact a “religious freedom” law enabling taxpayer-funded agencies to deny adoption placement into LGBT homes. Colyer signed the legislation, Senate Bill 284, into law on Friday, 18 May 2018, according to a local media report.

    SB 284 enables religious-based adoption agencies in Kansas, which receive taxpayer funds, to deny placement into homes with LGBT parents over the “religious objections” of the placement agency.
    http://www.washingtonblade.com/2018/05/18/kansas-

    Per LGBT Marriage News:

    Today, 18 May 2018, HRC immediately blasted Kansas Governor Jeff Colyer for having signed a patently discriminatory bill, SB 284, which is a license to discriminate with taxpayer funds against prospective LGBTQ foster or adoptive parents, single parents, or other qualified families. Kansas and Oklahoma are the only two states this year to allow anti-LGBTQ legislation to become law.

    SB 284 will have a sweeping, harmful impact in child welfare services by enabling discrimination against LGBTQ people, same-sex couples, interfaith couples, single parents, married couples in which one prospective parent has previously been divorced, or other qualified parents to whom an agency has an objection. The biggest barrier to placing children with families is a lack of qualified prospective parents; having the state give contractors and subcontractors a license to discriminate, thereby limiting the pool of prospective parents for no legitimate reason, is unconscionable and an unacceptable use of taxpayer dollars.
    https://www.hrc.org/blog/discrimination-in-kansas

  • 49. davepCA  |  May 19, 2018 at 4:06 pm

    These are all a clear violation of the Establishment Clause. They won't survive scrutiny in court. The state has no argument.

  • 50. scream4ever  |  May 19, 2018 at 6:28 pm

    And thankfully Kansas and Oklahoma are both in the 10th Circuit so they'll likely be struck down before even reaching the Supreme Court.

  • 51. VIRick  |  May 19, 2018 at 7:11 pm

    Besatones LGBT (LGBT Kiss-athons) in Paraguay, Ecuador

    Per SOMOSGAY de Paraguay:

    Festival Besatón, 17 de mayo 2018, en Asunción, frente al Congreso Nacional, celebrando el amor y la igualdad en Paraguay para todas las familias. Agradecemos a todas las personas que se sumaron en conmemoración del Día Internacional contra la LGBTfobia, IDAHOT.
    https://twitter.com/NoticiasLGBT

    Besatón Festival, May 17, 2018, in Asunción, in front of the National Congress, celebrating love and equality in Paraguay for all families. We thank all the people who joined in commemoration on the International Day against LGBTfobia, IDAHOT.

    Federación LGBTI del Ecuador‏:

    Ven al Beso Diverso, Guayaquil, 19 de mayo 2018, 18H30, Plaza San Francisco.
    https://twitter.com/FedeLGBTI

    Come to the Diversity Kiss, Guayaquil,19 May 2018, 6:30 PM, Plaza San Francisco.

    Note: The kissing model on the right-hand side of the Ecuadorean publicity notice,"Nos besamos contra el odio," (We kiss against hate) is particularly hot.

  • 52. VIRick  |  May 19, 2018 at 7:44 pm

    Thailand: Several Political Parties Broaden Policy Offerings to Include LGBT Issues

    Per LGBT Marriage News:

    Heading into the up-coming elections, several opposition political parties support LGBT goals, especially the progressive Chartthaipattana Party, headed by Varawut Silpa-archa, which supports the idea of legalizing marriages of same-sex couples, and to a somewhat lesser extent, the Bhumjaithai party, which is ready to welcome LGBT people with open arms and has no objections if they want to stand as MPs. However, this party has not yet discussed whether to support marriage of same-sex couples, though it does not oppose same-sex civil partnerships, if allowed by law, deputy secretary-general Supachai Jaisamut said.
    https://www.bangkokpost.com/news/politics/1469229

  • 53. Elihu_Bystander  |  May 20, 2018 at 5:52 am

    Trump Plan Would Cut Back Health Care Protections for Transgender People

    Per New Ways Ministry:

    "U.S. President Donald Trump is considering rolling back an Obama-era directive that prevented doctors, hospitals and health insurance companies from discriminating against transgender people, reported The New York Times. The Department of Health and Human Services is drafting a proposal for White House approval. In a suit against the directive brought by a coalition of groups, including a network of Catholic hospitals, a Texas federal district court judge temporarily stopped enforcement of the protections for transgender patients, saying that Congress had outlawed discrimination based on sex — ‘the biological differences between males and females’ — but not transgender status.” The judge also said that the Obama-era rule probably violates the Religious Freedom Restoration Act because it does not offer exemptions for faith-based groups."
    https://www.nytimes.com/2018/04/21/us/politics/tr

    Does anyone have more information on this Texas Case? Name, complaint, briefs???

  • 54. Randolph_Finder  |  May 20, 2018 at 9:53 am

    Is it just me or at this point does Jersey have about the same amount of Drama on marriage Equality as increasing parking fines.

  • 55. VIRick  |  May 20, 2018 at 11:34 am

    Per my archives of 24 August 2016:

    A new lawsuit, "Franciscan Alliance v. Burwell," filed by religious-affiliated health care providers and five states, seeks to overturn a regulation under Obamacare prohibiting discrimination against transgender people in transition-related care, including gender reassignment surgery. The 79-page complaint, filed Tuesday, 23 August 2016, in federal court in Texas, alleges the regulation improperly redefines the definition of "sex" under federal law, forces healthcare professionals to disregard their medical judgment and religious beliefs, and undermines state authority to regulate health care.
    https://www.measurection.com/forum/index.php?/top

    Then, on 31 December 2016, further down on the same page, one notes:

    The same federal judge, District Court Judge Reed O'Connor of Wichita Falls, who stopped enforcement of the Obama administration's transgender guidance for schools stopped enforcement of a similar healthcare rule one day before it was due to go into effect (on 1 January 2017). The lawsuit, brought by Texas, seven other states, and some religiously-affiliated non-profit medical groups, challenges a regulation implementing the sex non-discrimination requirement found in the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

    The Health and Human Services (HHS) regulation "forbids discriminating on the basis of 'gender identity' and 'termination of pregnancy'" under Obamacare, as US District Court Judge Reed O'Connor wrote in his opinion halting enforcement of those provisions in the rule. Explaining the lawsuit, O'Connor wrote, "Plaintiffs claim the Rule's interpretation of sex discrimination pressures doctors to deliver healthcare in a manner that violates their religious freedom and thwarts their independent medical judgment and will require burdensome changes to their health insurance plans on 1 January 2017." The states and nonprofits in the healthcare lawsuit allege that the regulation violates the Administrative Procedure Act (APA), which sets the rules for federal government rule-making, and the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA).

  • 56. VIRick  |  May 20, 2018 at 2:59 pm

    Mi Lucha Desde Mi Clóset (My Fight From My Closet)

    Columna de Paúl Ibarra Collazo
    http://laorquesta.mx/mi-lucha-columna-de-paul-iba

    For anyone who can read Spanish, this "coming out" account is well worth the read.

  • 57. VIRick  |  May 20, 2018 at 8:23 pm

    Canada to Add Third Gender Option in Next Government Census

    In Canada, in all future data collection, most notably the 2021 census, questions about gender will allow respondents to answer either male, female, or a third option, which will request them to indicate how they identify. The intention is to allow people who identify outside the gender binary – such as agender or gender fluid – to give an appropriate answer.
    http://www.gaytimes.co.uk/news/106413/canada-to-a

  • 58. FredDorner  |  May 20, 2018 at 9:29 pm

    I think these will be interesting legal cases because they don't specifically target LGBT couples or LGBT kids for harm despite that being the obvious intent based on the legislative record. I'd contrast these new laws with the one in Mississippi which specifically targets same-sex couples for discrimination.

  • 59. Rick55845  |  May 21, 2018 at 5:36 am

    Why do you say that?

    The 10th is a conservative circuit, so I wouldn't expect them to strike down these religious discrimination laws. Or have they already decided a similar case?

  • 60. scream4ever  |  May 21, 2018 at 6:17 am

    They struck down marriage bans in several states, so they can't be that conservative, at least not until now perhaps.

  • 61. davepCA  |  May 21, 2018 at 9:24 am

    Well, as we know from some of the marriage cases, the intent based on the evidence in the judicial record means a lot, and that evidence will work against a law that tries to squeak by on a technicality of broad application. You can't make anti-gay statements (or anti-some-other-group statements) during judicial debate to enact a law and then try to argue in court that the intent was something else. That just annoys the court.

    And besides, the Establishment clause argument is that the state has no business enacting a law that favors ANY religious belief over ANY other religious belief, so even if the record shows no specific anti-gay agenda, these laws are still blatantly unconstitutional.

  • 62. allan120102  |  May 21, 2018 at 12:02 pm

    No, the 10th circuit became more moderate or even liberal when Obama took office. The majority right now in the circuit are democrats, but its not going to take much to change it to conservative.

  • 63. ianbirmingham  |  May 21, 2018 at 12:28 pm

    Belarus' interior ministry says LGBT rights and relationships are 'fake'

    In a statement on Sunday, the Interior Ministry of Belarus said it 'regretted' the British Embassy in Minsk had flown the rainbow gay pride flag on International Day against Homophobia the previous week.

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5754347/B

  • 64. allan120102  |  May 21, 2018 at 5:04 pm

    Veracruz.
    In spite of the obstacles promoted by supposed groups that defend the family, equal marriages continue and even foreign citizens have participated, said Guillermo Izacur Maldonado, president of the Jarochos LGBTI community.

    He clarified that they continue to resort to federal injunctions because the state authorities refuse to marry couples formed by people of the same sex, because they still weigh the pressure of those who say they defend good morals.

    He recalled that this year there have been about 12 equal marriages, but in total there are about 40 over the years.

    The next will be from June, on weekends, as there are already couples from Boca del Rio, La Antigua, Orizaba, Cordoba and other municipalities waiting.

    He stressed that there is growing interest, even from foreigners.

    "We are marrying even foreigners, it is the first time this is done: a girl from Peru has already married one from here; a trans girl is going to marry an American; in Xalapa the wedding of a Colombian guy with a Xalapeño will take place, "said Izacur Maldonado. http://sociedadtrespuntocero.com/2018/05/extranje

  • 65. VIRick  |  May 21, 2018 at 6:49 pm

    "… in Xalapa, the wedding of a Colombian guy with a Xalapeño …"

    This does not mean that he will be marrying an ultra-hot "hottie," although it could very well prove to be true.

    Xalapa, the capital city of Veracruz state, in a slight spelling variation (given that "x" and "j" in Mexican pronunciation produce the same guttural sound), has given its name to the ultra-hot jalapeño pepper. Alternatively, a Xalapeño is a native of Xalapa.

  • 66. FredDorner  |  May 21, 2018 at 9:24 pm

    I agree entirely with your Establishment argument, I'm just not confident that SCOTUS will. In my view the states and the feds need to be entirely silent on religious matters and should not be enacting laws which privilege the superstitious. But based on the history of the court in this area I'm not convinced they'll rule wisely.

    I also think the political context and legislative history should be closely scrutinized even though the targeted class isn't named in the bill. But I have zero confidence that will happen. That's why I think these will be interesting cases.

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