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BREAKING: Justice Kennedy announces retirement from the Supreme Court

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Justice Anthony Kennedy has sent a letter to President Trump announcing that he’s retiring from the Supreme Court:

This is going to affect LGBT rights likely for decades. Kennedy was the fifth vote in several LGBT rights cases including Romer v. Evans, Lawrence v. Texas, US v. Windsor, and Obergefell v. Hodges, decisions ranging from striking down a Colorado constitutional amendment that would have banned anti-discrimination laws in the state and its cities to a decision in favor of marriage equality.

Trump’s other nominee, Neil Gorsuch, voted against LGBT people in every decision related to LGBT rights this term, sometimes going out of his way to write justifications for his votes.

This is potentially the worst possible news for LGBT people, especially considering an announcement now could give the Senate a chance to confirm a new nominee before the November election.

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  • 1. guitaristbl  |  June 27, 2018 at 11:51 am

    I dont think there is much to say. They won, we lost – and now this cannot change. I am 27, I will be quite old when then and if SCOTUS becomes at least moderate again – if I am alive at all.

    My heart goes out to all my american LGBT friends. I honestly have no words of comfort to try and put a hopeful spin on such news. I would say start planning ballot initiatives to repeal marriage amendments now at the very least. There isnt much else you can do.

    Be strong.

  • 2. LK2013  |  June 27, 2018 at 12:54 pm

    Horrible news. Just heartbreaking.

  • 3. Elihu_Bystander  |  June 27, 2018 at 1:13 pm

    Here are two of Trump's replacement lists for Kennedy.

    http://time.com/5323869/anthony-kennedy-supreme-c

  • 4. guitaristbl  |  June 27, 2018 at 1:23 pm

    My bets are on Colloton or Gruender unless he wants ti nominate a woman…It doesnt matter anyway. Whoever it is they will be approved. The first anti-LGBT decision will come in Arlene's Flowers with either a repeal or major gutting of anti-discrimination laws and then in about a year a repeal of Obergefell possibly provoked by a red state stopping the issuance of marriage licenses triggering a legal challenge. The only pro-LGBT decision that will probably stand is Lawrence.

  • 5. LK2013  |  June 27, 2018 at 1:25 pm

    What the heck would it look like if they overturn Obergefell?

  • 6. josejoram  |  June 27, 2018 at 1:34 pm

    It is incredible and profoundly sad that Human Rights in America depend that way on the political changes. Sad.

  • 7. guitaristbl  |  June 27, 2018 at 1:42 pm

    The sad thing is that a major party and its voters are ao fringe and dangerous in their utter disregard for human rights.

  • 8. guitaristbl  |  June 27, 2018 at 1:44 pm

    Its not that difficult. They will probably try to mitigate the backlash by "grandfathering" already performed marriages and saying they stand and then simply allow states to re-enact their bans – they are all in the books anyway both statuatory laws and constitutional amendments. A repeal is likely in Oregon maybe but that's about it.

  • 9. scream4ever  |  June 27, 2018 at 2:15 pm

    Obergefell is safe, but we can kiss any new gains goodbye for the forseeable future.

    Even if Obergefell would be overturned, we have supermajority support for same-sex marriage, which is only continuing to grow. I'd be more worried about Roe v Wade honestly.

  • 10. guitaristbl  |  June 27, 2018 at 2:25 pm

    Obergefell is far from safe and supermajorities dont matter when state legislatures are controlled by the GOP in states e.g. like Wisconsin and Michigan.

    The only slightly bright side to that is that democrats are likely to be highly boosted in midterms by playing on McConell's double standards when it came to this nomination and Garland's. Most likely by the time of the election it wont matter though although people on social media are already trying to mobilize people to smash the phones and e-mails of Murkowski, Collins and McCaine (if he is in a state to vote) to ask them to hold McConnell to his 2016 standards.

  • 11. scream4ever  |  June 27, 2018 at 2:28 pm

    Supermajority support very much matters because if God forbid we need to return to the ballot in some states we have strong chances of winning.

  • 12. ianbirmingham  |  June 27, 2018 at 2:34 pm

    Kennedy's resignation is a potent reminder of the importance of wresting Senate control away from the Republican party in November.

    Start making those Democratic Senate campaign contributions NOW, and become a campaign volunteer as well. If there's no Senate contest in your state, you can still phone-bank for out-of-state campaigns.

    This is a historic moment… will we rise up and win?

  • 13. guitaristbl  |  June 27, 2018 at 2:35 pm

    Returning to the ballot in states with hostile legislatures wont be easy and even if it happens actually implementing marriage equality will be challenging and will probably involve loads of legislating tricks and loopholes.
    At least one thing they wont be able to use as a weapon are possible anti-discrimination laws. Arlene's Flowers is going back to SCOTUS possibly in the upcoming term and that should settle that in what is likely to be the firsy major anti-LGBT decision of the new court.

  • 14. JayJonson  |  June 27, 2018 at 2:44 pm

    We will miss Kennedy. This article for June 7, 2016, by Claude Summers, sums up Kennedy's gay rights decisions and his "Jurisprudence of Dignity." https://www.thenewcivilrightsmovement.com/2016/06

  • 15. guitaristbl  |  June 27, 2018 at 2:45 pm

    Thats all good and should be done but how does it matter at all if the candidate is confirmed before November ?

    The only option after that is for democrats to expand the bench.

  • 16. scream4ever  |  June 27, 2018 at 3:22 pm

    It's a different world now. This is a non-issue except for one relatively small section of the population. Our voices will be heard and there will be consequences if it happens.

    Keep in mind too that Roberts has indicated that he will not undermine Obergefell, as he joined onto the summary judgement last year in Pavin (the birth certificate case from Arkansas).

    Another issue is standing. To challenge Obergefell outright, plaintiffs would need to address how they've been negatively affected by the ruling, which will be nigh on impossible at this point.

  • 17. Zack12  |  June 27, 2018 at 3:39 pm

    The question now isn't if our rights will be rolled back but how much?

  • 18. VIRick  |  June 27, 2018 at 4:10 pm

    "Another issue is standing. To challenge Obergefell outright, plaintiffs would need to address how they've been negatively affected by the ruling, which will be nigh on impossible at this point."

    Yes.

  • 19. guitaristbl  |  June 27, 2018 at 5:22 pm

    It is a different world indeed – one dominated by Trump, the heritage foundation and federalist society. Consequences ? Why should supreme court justices care ? They have lifelong appointments. Roberts made it clear by reading his dissent from bench which decision he considers the worst in his tenure. With Pavin he knew that opposing it would be pointless. Now he will have a majority to overturn Obergefell.

    Well I did describe a pathway to challenging Obergefell. Texas claims it suffera injury from not being able to enforce its constitutional provisions. They order clerks to stop issuing licenses to same sex couples. They get a quick beating at lower courts SCOTUS grants certiorari holds arguments and reverses. The easiest thing is to trigger a legal challenge in such a case. All it takes is a willing SCOTUS and now this is happening.

  • 20. guitaristbl  |  June 27, 2018 at 5:24 pm

    As I said probably the only pro-LGBT decision to stand will be Lawrence. I dont see anything else surviving. Anti-discrimination laws and marriage equality will be gone relatively quickly.

  • 21. allan120102  |  June 27, 2018 at 5:46 pm

    I want to thank all lgbt people who vote for trump. You voted for a person who was probable in making your life harder and not just yours but every minority. Many thought he was just mouth but now he will nominate the 5 th vote needed that could overturn roe vs wade as obergefell and other decisions that made minorities feel safe or at least survivable. Also you may not know but many courts in other countries take a look at the courts in the Usa. Many courts might take a look at how the us supreme court take to the right. An example was the colombian supreme court when it rule in favor of ssm and mention every court of other countries that have rule for ssm mentioning of course obergefell.

  • 22. allan120102  |  June 27, 2018 at 5:54 pm

    Even if they are put on the ballot box it will take years before people decide and aside from that couples from Alabama Mississippi and I think Puerto Rico would not be able to marry as majorities are against ssm and would vote against ssm. Other states might go middle ground and approve civil unions instead. They are states were initiatives from the people are ban and only legislatures might act.

  • 23. scream4ever  |  June 27, 2018 at 6:13 pm

    Many clerks would still issue licenses, and they would be backed by judges over the state I guarantee it.

  • 24. allan120102  |  June 27, 2018 at 7:14 pm

    At little bit of good news coming today. http://www.wbur.org/news/2018/06/27/mass-house-to

  • 25. Mechatron12  |  June 27, 2018 at 7:22 pm

    I'm sorry, and I know that this is a really stressful day, but some of you REALLY need to take a f*cking Valium and chill out. We're not going to be rounded up by death squads tomorrow. Roberts opposed Obergefell, but he is also not a huge fan of wrecking the status quo. Overturning Obergefell would create an absolute mess of some couples being married and some not being able to get married which would be a legal nightmare that he wouldn't want to create. In addition, if God forbid it was overturned (which will take years btw), it will simply go back to the states and a heavy majority of them will enact gay marriage. In my state (AZ) we currently have a hostile legislature but even if they won't budge we'll simply go the referendum route and win in a rout.

    Now supporters of abortion, or affirmative action? They are infinitely more screwed than we are. But women and minorities especially chose to sit on their asses during the last election. We need to worry about our own community first.

    Not to mention that the replacement hasn't even been nominated yet. The GOP only has a 1 seat majority in the Senate, and both Collins and Murkowski have stated (and Collins reiterated it today) that they are pro-choice and don't support overturning Roe. Portman of Ohio has a gay son – you don't think that will affect his thinking? Replacing Scalia (an old asshole) with Gorsuch (a young asshole) was one thing – replacing the main swing vote on the court is a completely different thing.

    Downrate me for this if you must – but make sure you spend at least some of your angry energy mobilizing and making sure EVERYBODY YOU KNOW votes in November. This clearly is the most important election (and certainly the most important midterm) of our lifetimes. Lining up to commit suicide or plotting to flee to another country doesn't help anyone.

  • 26. allan120102  |  June 27, 2018 at 7:34 pm

    Angola moving on the right direction. https://m.news24.com/Africa/News/angola-legalises

  • 27. Zack12  |  June 27, 2018 at 7:50 pm

    They have $$$ and also think that they are sooo special that they'll be immune from a rollback of our rights.

  • 28. VIRick  |  June 27, 2018 at 7:55 pm

    Massachusetts: House Approves Ban On Gay "Conversion Therapy"

    On Wednesday, 27 June 2018, the Massachusetts House overwhelmingly approved a bill that would ban so-called gay "conversion therapy" for minors. The bill passed on a 137-14 vote.

    Supporters of the ban say the therapy, which aims to alter a person's sexual orientation, is widely discredited by medical and mental health associations. They say the therapy is premised on the mistaken belief that being LGBTQ is an illness that needs to be cured.

    The bill now goes to the Massachusetts Senate.
    http://www.wbur.org/news/2018/06/27/mass-house-to

  • 29. VIRick  |  June 27, 2018 at 8:12 pm

    Allan, please …

    Never place Puerto Rico in the same category with Alabama and Mississippi, as one is dealing with an entirely different set of people from a whole other cultural/ethnic standpoint.

    In fact, the surest way to make Puerto Ricans recoil is to attempt to draw any such comparison, as they will instinctively go in the opposite direction at the least hint of it. (They're much like Mexicans in that regard, but they will never admit to that, either.)

    Also, except for the referenda on the status issue, Puerto Rico does not have ballot initiatives, so how the majority of voters might think on any particular issue will not be a factor,– ever. Besides, as long as Ada Conde Vidal is alive, marriage equality, and all of its associated rights, is safe.

    Puerto Rico also has codified law, much like the rest of Latin America, not statutory law, like most of the USA. Legislatively speaking, Puerto Rico is currently in the process of up-dating its entire family code to account for multiple recent court-mandated changes. That is their direction, and that direction will not be altered.

    Still, you did brighten my otherwise miserable day, as it caused me to come charging out in defense of Puerto Rico.

  • 30. VIRick  |  June 27, 2018 at 8:32 pm

    "… you REALLY need to take a f*cking Valium and chill out."

    Yes, I will definitely second that point of view.

  • 31. Fortguy  |  June 27, 2018 at 10:05 pm

    Several posters have called this the most important midterm election of our lifetimes. As someone in my mid-50s, I can say the "most important election in my lifetime" has occurred with as much astonishing frequency as 500-year floods in Houston.

    My life has coincided with the assassination of a president and his replacement who would have been chiseled onto Mt. Rushmore for his civil rights legislation, creation of Medicare, and Great Society anti-poverty programs that improved the lives of millions had he not led the nation astray prosecuting an unpopular war in one of the most underdeveloped countries on earth while deeply dividing his party and the nation in the process.

    I've lived through watching the candidate who was the one true hope of unifying the Democratic Party in the aftermath himself gunned down followed by the brutal suppression of the party's young and idealistic base to let the leadership select a dishrag to run against the GOP's Tricky Dick.

    I then witnessed Tricky Dick campaign on a "secret plan" to end the war while promising an administration based upon law and order in a Southern Strategy that dog-whistled to racists. I then saw him expand the war from Vietnam into Cambodia and Laos while overseeing and directing the most corrupt and lawless administration since the Harding years when my grandparents were young. I then watched him be forced out of office and replaced by a successor whose short presidency was only notable for his extremely unpopular pardon of his predecessor and his wife's televised drunken gaffes before finally becoming clean and setting up a network of rehab clinics for the opulently wealthy.

    Following this was Carter who is perhaps, along with Obama, one of the few truly decent and honorable men to hold the presidency during my lifetime. His administration was ultimately brought down by the Iranian hostage crisis and the resulting oil embargo, the second time of the decade Americans faced long gasoline lines, the "misery index" of high inflation and unemployment building since the Tricky Dick years, and a general willingness of much of the country to give up on high principles and ideals for a tougher approach that promised more immediate results regardless of who got hurt in the process.

    I don't need to go into detail for younger readers the disaster of the "Reagan Revolution" with its refusal to acknowledge the AIDS crisis, the ramping up of the wars on crime and drugs destroying the lives of so many, or his administration's derision of poor inner city women as Cadillac-driving welfare queens. Nor do I need to mention the feckless domestic policies of the first Bush, the progressive sellout of Clinton who passed DADT and DOMA and, yet, actually held back even more regressive policies of Gingrich's GOP, or Shrub who responded to 9/11 by invading the wrong country yet won reelection by placing anti-ME state amendments on ballots everywhere he could in order to energize his base.

    Trump is truly the most aberrant person to hold the presidency in over a century, and the GOP he crafted is so far to the right that the light from the political center would take millions of years to illuminate it. We used to think the same about Reagan. This midterm is not the most important one of my lifetime, but the first of the three most important elections. We must take back the House and flip as many statehouses and legislatures as we can while at least holding our own in the Senate. We then must defeat Trump and increase our gains in Congress and the states. Then we have to somehow keep up the enthusiasm in the 2020 midterm. It takes three elections to cycle through every Senate and many state seats, and 2020 is a Census year. Unlike 2010, we must be strong enough to battle the GOP in the states for redistricting. Even before today's news, we knew we would have no help from the Roberts Court, so we have to make it happen ourselves.

  • 32. Fortguy  |  June 27, 2018 at 11:53 pm

    Here's another matter to consider as Trump decides Kennedy's replacement. Does he choose:

    1. A candidate who checks off all the conservative boxes by demonstrating a willingness to overturn Obergefell and Roe while upholding Hobby Lobby and Citizens United or,

    2. A candidate who doesn't check off all the boxes but has expressed a deep skepticism of the statutes allowing for special counsels and has an expansive view of presidential pardon authority even before investigations into administrations are concluded and their determinations released?

    I have a feeling that Trump is dumb enough to take the short view on this one. He demands loyalty more than ideology and lacks the reason to understand the other eight justices, even Gorsuch, are bound by none.

  • 33. VIRick  |  June 28, 2018 at 12:26 am

    Fortguy, check your dates near the end of your longer post, as you might wish to make some corrections. At one point, I think you want 2020 for the census year.

    And I quite thoroughly enjoyed your analysis in the second post. He will be sniffing their crotches to see if he can smell "pardon" somewhere down in their nether regions. He is cluelessly hateful about the courts, but I, too, expect him to be groveling about, thinking his "pet" Justice to be able to provide him with one.

    Oh, and on the age thing, I have promised myself that I will out-live the Assh-Ole-in-Charge by many, many years so as to have the continuing, repeated pleasure of pissing on his grave multiple times.

  • 34. Fortguy  |  June 28, 2018 at 12:52 am

    Good catch! I've corrected the dates. Decades become inevitably indistinguishable when you live in interesting times not to mention after a long, busy day.

    I have a feeling that wherever he is buried that families will be exhuming and transplanting their loved ones to cemeteries elsewhere away from the stench of urine from thousands of "well-wishers" watering his grave site bouquets.

  • 35. VIRick  |  June 28, 2018 at 1:09 am

    Scalia had to be buried in a private, unmarked, undisclosed location, known only to immediate family, somewhere in a remote corner of northern Virginia, well away from the DC metro area, for that very same reason.

  • 36. guitaristbl  |  June 28, 2018 at 2:18 am

    He will nominate the person federalist society tells him to nominate.

  • 37. JayJonson  |  June 28, 2018 at 4:16 am

    Thank you. We must make the Supreme Court as important in the November elections for Democrats as it has been for Republicans. We also must remember that a majority of Americans now support same-sex marriage, and that is true for all but a very few states. The 2012 election for President was largely a referendum on same-sex marriage and Obama won. Hillary got 3,000,000 more votes than Trump. There is a Democratic majority in this country if we can only get out the votes. Admittedly, we have barriers such as gerrymandering and voting suppression to surmount. But now is not a time to despair.

  • 38. VIRick  |  June 28, 2018 at 1:59 pm

    Bingo! Thank you!

    Now, the next time I am visiting in DC, I will be certain to run out to the Fairfax Memorial Park, Garden of the Crucifixion, Lot 870, Site A, and leave an "appropriate donation." According to the photo accompanying the article, there's even a marked headstone now in place, thus assuring that we target the correct grave.

    Fairfax VA — Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia’s funeral was attended by thousands and carried on live television, but when the hearse pulled away from the church and headed to his burial site, his family asked for privacy and Supreme Court officials declined to say where Scalia was being laid to rest (although we always knew it was in a private, presumably Catholic, cemetery somewhere in northern Virginia).

    But few things stay private in the internet age, and Scalia’s grave has become public with the help of a website. Within months of his death in February (2016), the location of Scalia’s grave — at Fairfax Memorial Park in Virginia — was recorded on the cemetery website Findagrave.com with precision: Garden of the Crucifixion, Lot 870, Site A. A contributor to the site added photos, too. Recently Wikipedia added the location and a photo to Scalia’s page.

  • 39. VIRick  |  June 28, 2018 at 2:40 pm

    Northern Ireland: "Gay Pardons" Law Comes into Force

    Per LGBT Marriage News:

    On 28 June 2018, the law to expunge historical anti-gay convictions finally came into force. This new law, which was passed by the Northern Ireland Assembly back in November 2016, allows for the expungement and removal of convictions under old laws which had once criminalized homosexuality. This enactment now brings Northern Ireland into line with England and Wales, where pardons have been available since 2012 under what’s been dubbed "Turing’s Law" after the famous World War II codebreaker and computer scientist.
    https://www.newsletter.co.uk/news/gay-pardons-com

  • 40. VIRick  |  June 28, 2018 at 2:48 pm

    Tasmania to End Transgender "Forced Divorce"

    Per LGBT Marriage News:

    Tasmanian LGBTIQ advocates have welcomed the state government’s commitment to removing the requirement that transgender people be unmarried before their gender can be officially recognized on their birth certificates, but they say the reform should go further, and also remove the requirement that transgender people must have surgery before their gender is officially recognized on said birth certificate.

    The state’s Attorney-General Elise Archer on Thursday, 28 June 2018, confirmed that the Government will move to scrap the “forced divorce” law affecting trans people in response to a question from the Greens. Last year’s federal marriage equality legislation placed an obligation on the states to remove the forced divorce provision by early December this year.

    In recent months, Queensland, Victoria, and New South Wales have removed the requirement. South Australia and the ACT scrapped their respective laws prior to the legalization of same-sex marriage last year.
    https://www.qnews.com.au/tasmania-to-end-trans-fo

  • 41. VIRick  |  June 28, 2018 at 4:39 pm

    Ecuador: Pro-LGBT Beer Ad Campaign

    Per Pilsener Ecuador:‏

    Destapemos unas Pilsener bien heladas y brindemos porque somos Ecuatorianamente Diversos.

    Let's untap some very cold Pilsener and toast because we are Ecuadorian Diverse (or alternatively, from literal Spanish, indicating extreme "hotness," equatorially diverse).

    And just to be certain, the words, "Ecuatorianamente Diversos," are colored in the colors of the Pride flag.

    To date, there have not been an over-abundance of overtly pro-LGBT Spanish-language ads from Latin America. In the past, there have been a few in Colombia, plus Aeroméxico's recent well-done campaign, but this is the very first I have encountered from Ecuador, complete with its catchy double-entendre.
    https://twitter.com/PilsenerEcuador

    Yet here's another, from a major Mexican auto production corporation:

    Chevrolet México‏, purposefully showing off its car selection in every color of the rainbow:

    El amor es capaz de hacernos uno mismo, dejemos que el mundo lo celebre.
    https://twitter.com/ChevroletMexico

    Love has the capacity of making us one, let the world celebrate it.

  • 42. VIRick  |  June 28, 2018 at 5:04 pm

    Perú: Up-Coming LGBT Pride Events

    Beginning today, 28 June 2018, there are to be Pride Marches in Ica, Callao, Iquitos, and Tarapoto.

    On Saturday, 30 June, more will take place in Lima, Arequipa, Cuzco, Ayacucho, Moquegua, Tacna, Chiclayo, Trujillo, and Piura, followed by those on 1 July in Huacho and Lima Provincias.
    https://twitter.com/NoticiasLGBT

    That makes for a total of 15 different localities holding Pride Marches throughout Perú, from the Amazon to the Pacific shore, and from near Ecuador's border to that of Chile, a new record number of LGBT events for that country.

    And to be certain, both the Ministerio de Cultura and the Ministerio de Justicia y de Derechos Humanos sent out official notifications in support of "El Día Internacional del Orgullo LGBTI."

  • 43. VIRick  |  June 28, 2018 at 5:37 pm

    More Up-Coming Pride Marches throughout Latin America

    On Saturday, 30 June, Pride Marches will take place in Asunción, Paraguay, as well as in Montevideo and Quito.
    http://somosgay.org/infonoticias/infodetalle/por-

    In Colombia, also on Saturday, more Pride Marches will occur in Santa Marta and Cartagena. Then, on Sunday, 1 July, Barranquilla's city government plays host to their big Carnaval-flavored Pride March, with lead-up events actually beginning there today, 28 June. Bogotá and Medellín have their big Pride Marches scheduled for Sunday, as well.
    https://twitter.com/alcaldiabquilla

    On Saturday, 30 June, the annual Pride March in San Salvador, El Salvador, will occur. Last week-end, combined Guatemala-El Salvador LGBT groups marched together in Guatemala City. This week-end, the joint groups are reciprocating by doing the same in San Salvador.

    And on Sunday, 1 July, it will be San José, Costa Rica's turn to host its annual Pride March, with the national administration there giving it their official stamp of approval, as this extended, official notification from Espy Campbell, La Vicepresidenta de la República, indicates:
    https://twitter.com/epsycampbell/status/101244640

    Today, 28 June 2018, in Rosario, Argentina, the LGBT community marched (all in winter gear) in Orgullo 2018, protesting against trans murders and other violence directed against the LGBT community.

  • 44. VIRick  |  June 28, 2018 at 6:39 pm

    Nicaragua: Anti-Government LGBT March/Demonstration in Managua

    According to a video just posted by NicaraguaLGBTI, some sort of massive LGBT public demonstration/gathering/event/march took place there in Managua this afternoon, 28 June 2018:

    Per "La Prensa" de Nicaragua:

    March to Demand Justice for the Victims of Repression in Nicaragua

    Marchan para Exigir Justicia para las Víctimas de la Represión en Nicaragua

    Miembros de la (comunidad de) diversidad sexual exigieron el cese inmediato de los ataques de paramilitares y antimotines a los tranques que se mantienen en todo el país, la entrega de los secuestrados, y la renuncia de todo el gabinete del gobierno.
    https://www.laprensa.com.ni/2018/06/28/nacionales

    Members of the sexual diversity (community) demanded the immediate cessation of paramilitary and riot attacks upon the barriers (referring to the civil standards) that are maintained throughout the country, the handover of the hostages, and the resignation of the entire government cabinet.

    Per Uriel Velásquez‏:

    Francisca Ramírez, lideresa campesina, participa en la Marcha Nacional LGBTI por la Justicia y la Democracia. "Estamos aquí porque todas las personas deben ser respetadas como son, y esta lucha es de todos," dice.
    https://twitter.com/urielvelasquezz/status/101237

    Francisca Ramírez, peasant leader, participates in the National LGBTI March for Justice and Democracy. "We are here because all people must be respected as they are, and this fight belongs to everyone," she said.

  • 45. TheVirginian722  |  June 28, 2018 at 7:22 pm

    If only that were so. Unfortunately, Tony's bloated corpse has been polluting the soil of my community since 2016. If you would like to visit him and water his grave, you'll find him at the Fairfax Memorial Park in Fairfax, Virginia … in the Garden of the Crucifix section, Lot 870, Site A.

  • 46. VIRick  |  June 28, 2018 at 7:39 pm

    Venezuela: LGBT Demonstrations Outside Supreme Court

    Per Andrés Duque:

    Venezuelan LGBT advocates demonstrated outside the country's Supreme Court in Caracas on 28 June 2018, in honor of LGBT Pride Month. They demanded the resolution of a gender identity case presently before the court as well as that of marriage equality.
    https://twitter.com/Blabbeando

  • 47. VIRick  |  June 28, 2018 at 7:55 pm

    Chile: Supreme Court Accepts Case Requesting Recognition of Double Maternity

    Per Movilh Chile:‏

    Hito: Corte Suprema admite a trámite apelación para el reconocimiento de la doble maternidad lésbica.

    La apelación tuvo lugar luego de que la Quinta Sala de la Corte de Apelaciones de Valparaíso rechazara por dos votos contra uno el reconocimiento de la doble maternidad, sosteniendo que legalmente solo una de las convivientes civiles podía ser reconocida como madre.
    http://www.movilh.cl/hito-corte-suprema-admite-a-

    Milestone: Supreme Court accepts a case on appeal for the recognition of double lesbian maternity.

    The appeal took place after the Fifth Chamber of the Court of Appeals of Valparaíso rejected, in a two-to-one ruling, the recognition of double motherhood, maintaining that legally only one of the civil cohabitants could be recognized as the mother.

  • 48. VIRick  |  June 28, 2018 at 8:07 pm

    Thank you again! Apparently this information on the whereabouts of Scalia's bloated corpse is more widely-known than I had understood, as this is the second time someone has posted that very specific gravesite location, right down to the exact lot # and site letter.

    However, the first time around, those details must have been deleted after I responded and gave too much information as to what I intended to do once I had found it. So, this time around, I will refrain from mentioning anything. We will let it all be a big (splashy) surprise!

    By the way, my heartfelt condolences to you and your community over this unfortunate situation. I had thought that they had to bury him all the way out next to the West Virginia state line,– like in the last apple orchard on the other side of Winchester.

  • 49. Fortguy  |  June 28, 2018 at 10:18 pm

    While you're there when that day should come, don't be surprised to find that Vladimir Putin will have sent some Russian women who are into waterworks to similarly honor him as Trump would seem to appreciate such a graveside "memorial" from his mentor.

    Once you're home, don't forget to remove your shoes before stepping inside the house.

  • 50. josejoram  |  June 28, 2018 at 11:15 pm

    It`s not time to ask about Kennedy`s `timing? Why now when he knew all the mess he was about to create?

  • 51. josejoram  |  June 28, 2018 at 11:18 pm

    I would start right now to declare "defensive war" to Trump and any of his identified anti-LGBTI allies. I would call and reinforce my strategic alliances.

  • 52. josejoram  |  June 28, 2018 at 11:25 pm

    You can start here: http://tnep.nationbuilder.com/urge_senators_alexa

  • 53. josejoram  |  June 28, 2018 at 11:26 pm

    Yo can start here: http://tnep.nationbuilder.com/urge_senators_alexa

  • 54. guitaristbl  |  June 28, 2018 at 11:50 pm

    Koch brothers said to be spending millions already to pressure senators (republicans and vulnerable democrats) to vote for trump's SCOTUS nominee. So yeah all the people talking about "valliums" and other such things because simply some of us recognize the magnitude of this I would call you to a reality check. This nomination will go through.

    I am afraid the only way forward for the next administration is expansion of the bench regardless of reactions that may occur. It does not need any constitutional change in order to be done. There is no other way really. Whatever the political cost and backlash the bench needs to be expanded to 11.

  • 55. Mechatron12  |  June 29, 2018 at 2:28 am

    V-A-L-I-U-M. But in all seriousness, I'm not trying to fight with you. I don't understand how in one breath you say the sky is falling and in the next breath we need to pack the courts. If we've all killed ourselves or fled to Canada, how exactly are we supposed to do that?

    I absolutely recognize the magnitude of this. It fucking sucks. But I stand by what I said, that the GOP only has 51 votes. It would be even worse if they had 55 or so, the nominee would be even worse. And more than likely it will go through, but we have a chance, if not blocking it, then maybe not getting a completely horrible nominee.

  • 56. guitaristbl  |  June 29, 2018 at 4:00 am

    The sky IS falling – and currently the only way to prevent it from crushing over people is extreme measures aka SCOTUS expansion. Also the GOP effectively has 50 votes – I do not know if McCain's condition allows him to be present even for such a circumstance.

    Do you think there is a SINGLE chance republicans won't go all in in terms of pressure on senators to get this nomination through ? Especially given how close it will be to midterms do you think there is a realistic possibility senators like Tester, Heitkamp, McCaskill, Donelly, Manchin and Jones won't vote for the nominee in order to not hurt their re-election chances ? They have absolute leeway to nominate anyone they want and get them approved. Even if we went with the "least worse" scenario what does that exactly mean when it comes to the lists composed by federalist society ? Is any of those people really better than Gorsuch who is not just ready but enthusiastic about overturning Obergefell ?

    This is why I am saying democrats must start building a grassroots campaign and strategy to get the party to add to their agenda an expansion of the bench – there is literally no other way to survive – for minorities or for the democrats themselves who won't be able to legislate for the life of them with the extremist 5 ready to shut down anything republicans challenge in court.

  • 57. VIRick  |  June 29, 2018 at 2:00 pm

    Ohio: Transgender Name-Change/Rights Case Brewing

    A judge in southwestern Ohio has ruled that an (unnamed) transgender teen can’t legally change his name, saying the teen youth is not mature enough to take that step. The teen’s parents and his medical team support the name change, but Warren County Probate Judge Joseph Kirby ruled on 22 June 2018 that he is too young to have the "maturity, knowledge and stability" needed to make the move, according to court documents obtained by the "Cincinnati Enquirer." The teen has been diagnosed with gender dysphoria and is receiving treatment at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center.

    "Whether [the teen] is experiencing Gender Dysphoria or is just not comfortable with her body is something that only time will reveal," Kirby wrote. "Is [the teen's] distress brought about by confusion, peer pressure, or other non-transgender issues – or is it truly a mismatch between her gender identity and her body." He said he meant “no disrespect” with his pronoun use, but added that using gender-neutral pronouns, such as “they,” would make the document hard to read.

    Attorney Josh Langdon, who specializes in LGBT rights cases told "The Enquirer" that the ruling disregards the advice of the teen’s doctors and fails to recognize the parents’ right under the US Constitution to make decisions for their child. In a press release sent to "The Enquirer," he said, “We will not let this stand.” Kirby’s ruling can be appealed to a higher court.

    Warren County is the same county that was the home of Leelah Alcorn, a transgender teen who took her own life in 2014 (by running in front of an 18-wheeler on I-71) after being forced to undergo faith-based conversion therapy.
    https://www.advocate.com/transgender/2018/6/29/oh

    Following the recent federal court rulings against both Idaho and Puerto Rico, which now both allow amended gender markers, Ohio, Tennessee, and Kansas are the last three remaining states where one can not legally change the gender marker on one's birth certificate. In Ohio, a challenge now appears imminent.

  • 58. VIRick  |  June 29, 2018 at 3:00 pm

    Costa Rica: President Decrees Across-the-Board, Self-Determining Gender Identity/ Transgender Rights

    Per LGBT Marriage News:

    Hoy, el 28 de junio 2018, el presidente Carlos Alvarado Quesada firma decreto que le permite a personas transgénero cambiar su foto, nombre, y género en los documentos de identidad, incluindo cédula, licencia y permiso de conducir, y pasaporte.

    Esta decisión se da en el marco de la opinión consultiva de la CIDH favorable al matrimonio gay, a la identidad de género, y a la garantizar los derechos familiares a las parejas del mismo sexo.
    http://www.laprensalibre.cr/Noticias/detalle/1357

    Today, 28 June 2018, President Carlos Alvarado Quesada signed a decree (as an executive order) that allows transgender people to change their photo, name, and gender on their identity documents, including national ID, driver's license, and passport.

    This decision is made within the framework of the advisory opinion of the IACHR in favor of same-sex marriage, gender identity, and the guaranteeing of family rights to same-sex couples.

    First, we had the presidential decree from the Dominican Republic, granting the name-change petitions for 35 specific individuals. And now this, from the President of Costa Rica, a nationwide across-the-board decree allowing all transgender individuals to self-determine their own name and gender marker on all official government-issued documents, a sweeping decree which now thrusts Costa Rica to the absolute forefront on gender identity.

  • 59. FredDorner  |  June 29, 2018 at 5:28 pm

    I'm getting the sense that the rest of the world is moving forward while the US regresses into reactionary dimwit mode.

  • 60. FredDorner  |  June 29, 2018 at 5:33 pm

    That Ohio ruling is just as DOA on appeal as the ruling by a local judge in CA against public accommodations laws.

  • 61. FredDorner  |  June 29, 2018 at 5:34 pm

    Costa Rica is now officially more enlightened than Ohio.

  • 62. VIRick  |  June 29, 2018 at 8:09 pm

    Yes, it certainly is, although, on appeal, the present policy in Ohio is quite likely doomed.

    On the other side of the comparison, the Costa Rican presidential decree in favor of transgender rights even moves Costa Rica ahead of most of the other countries in Latin America, even Bolivia, one of the more surprising nations of the world to have guaranteed transgender rights by law.

    The previous administration in Costa Rica angled quite diligently to be the new host of the CIDH headquarters, and then angled even more diligently to obtain a ruling from the same CIDH in favor of both marriage equality and gender identity. And they got exactly what they wanted, even if they pretended afterward to be surprised by it. It is difficult to explain how and why a small Central American nation steadfastly sees itself as being the leading liberal, progressive nation of the Americas, but they do. Not only that, but they then insist upon dragging the rest of the Americas along behind them (even if a few do get out ahead of them at times). As proof, this CIDH ruling, although requested by Costa Rica, is to be applied not only to Costa Rica itself, but rather, to all 20 nations which have signed the CIDH accord, 15 of whom are behind, with only Argentina, Brasil, Colombia, and Uruguay being in compliance.

    Obviously, it will take a while for the CIDH ruling to be fully implemented (perhaps, even quite a while in certain specific instances), but in the meantime, it further obligates Costa Rica to take the lead and show these other nations what can be done, exactly the role that Costa Rica wants to play.

    I fully realize that the USA is presently on "overload" with gloom and doom. However, Latin America is unbent and unbowed, and is on a totally different trajectory, with or without the assistance of the USA. It is also difficult to explain how deeply offended Latins have been over the ridiculous remarks emanating from the White House referring to Mexicans and Central Americans as "animals," or worse. Comments of that nature only steel the resolve to prove that "we're better than … " If anything, this should speed up the whole marriage equality/gender identity matter throughout Latin America.

    However, what does surprise me is that we now have gender identity moving ahead of marriage equality in a number of Latin nations,– Bolivia, Perú, Dominican Republic, and now Costa Rica, with it also likely to occur in Suriname.

  • 63. ianbirmingham  |  June 29, 2018 at 10:43 pm

    Ah, but one can simply click on VIRick's name and follow his comment trail back to that very response, which frankly seems rather vanilla to me, and yet also reminds me of the "Queer Eye For The Straight Guy" television series. I'm glad that VIRick will soon bring his bright, sun-shiny touch to the gloomiest parts of the DC area, and I certainly do look forward to reading all about it!

  • 64. allan120102  |  June 30, 2018 at 1:54 am

    For some reason I have trouble loggin in. Hopefully It can fix itself

  • 65. ianbirmingham  |  June 30, 2018 at 12:49 pm

    List Of Anti-LGBT Stuff Trump Has Done As President

    1. Saying it’s legal to fire workers for being transgender.
    2. Arguing that it’s legal to fire workers for being gay.
    3. Making transgender female prisoners live with male prisoners.
    4. Telling the Supreme Court that shopkeepers can turn away LGBT customers.
    5. Withdrawing protections for transgender students.
    6. Refusing to investigate anti-transgender discrimination complaints in public schools.
    7. Trying to kick transgender people out of the military.
    8. Issuing a religious liberty policy.
    9. Starting to rescind protections for transgender patients.
    10. Declining to appoint an LGBT liaison for the White House.

    https://www.buzzfeed.com/dominicholden/trump-lgbt

    Click here for an illustration of monumental gullibility:

    https://img.buzzfeed.com/buzzfeed-static/static/2

  • 66. VIRick  |  June 30, 2018 at 1:22 pm

    Montana: Voters Reject Anti-LGBT Ballot Initiative

    Per Equality Case Files and ACLU of Montana of 30 June 2018:

    Montana voters stood shoulder to shoulder with the LGBTQ community and rejected a (public accommodations "bathroom") ballot initiative intended to intimidate and harm transgender and non-binary Montanans, as I-183 failed to gather the necessary 25,468 signatures within the deadline in order to make it onto the November ballot.
    https://www.aclumontana.org/en/press-releases/mon

  • 67. allan120102  |  June 30, 2018 at 4:18 pm

    As expected majority in the Phillipines are against ssm. Just 22% are in favor and 61 against. We need to remember PhIllippines is a really religious nation. In contrast My country Honduras another religious country has 17% support and 75% against. http://news.abs-cbn.com/news/06/30/18/61-pct-of-p

  • 68. TheVirginian722  |  June 30, 2018 at 4:31 pm

    Rick, the community sincerely appreciates the heartfelt condolences. But remember that we had El Salvador's Johnny Wright working in our Fairfax Fire Department during his firefighter training, and I think a live Johnny far more than makes up for a dead Antonin. As to knowing the exact location where Tony is interred, let's just say we've seen "Night of the Living Dead," and we're keeping an eye on him just in case.

  • 69. VIRick  |  June 30, 2018 at 5:21 pm

    Colombia: Small Steps toward Acceptance Do Matter

    Per Caribe Afirmtivo;

    La Alcaldía de Caucasia, en Antioquia, uno de los municipios más violentos hacia las personas LGBT (4 asesinatos en lo que va de 2018 ), hoy día, 30 de junio 2018, izó la bandera del Orgullo LGBT.
    https://twitter.com/Caribeafirmativ/status/101315

    The Mayor of Caucasia, in Antioquia, one of the most violent municipalities towards LGBT people (4 murdered so far in 2018), today, 30 June 2018, hoisted the LGBT Pride flag.

    Caucasia is a city of 100,000 inhabitants located in the northernmost area of Antioquia department, directly on the border with Córdoba department, 270 km. north of Medellín.

    The alcaldía in Pasto, Nariño, also flew the Pride colors.

  • 70. Mechatron12  |  June 30, 2018 at 5:36 pm

    Damn. Not that I was expecting a majority, but those numbers are brutal. Maybe going for civil unions first would have been a better idea than going to their Supreme Court for marriage. Although I think Pinoys would grudgingly accept it if the court says yes. I don't think the numbers in Colombia were that great either before their court ruled (not that I think they are that great now.)

    I'm just itching for good news from Asia because I am becoming more and more afraid that Taiwan is slipping away. Despite what she said the president refuses to do anything to legalize it now, and the bigots are gathering signatures for a referendum. As conservative as Asian countries are, it will be a lot easier for the haters to scare people until they see it happen and realize it doesn't affect their lives. And if their little hate law passes, no one seems to know what the court there will do. It feels like if we just got a foothold, it might start a domino effect, at least in SE Asia.

  • 71. VIRick  |  June 30, 2018 at 7:13 pm

    Pride Marches on Both Sides of Pacific

    As both the Philippines and Perú simultaneously anticipate favorable same-sex marriage rulings from their respective Supreme Courts, the Pride Marches in both Manila and Lima were particularly well-attended.

    Per LGBT Marriage News:

    Manila Pride

    Thousands of Manila Pride marchers demand equal rights as the Philippines Supreme Court reviews gay marriage ban

    Huge crowds of gay pride marchers braved heavy rain in Manila to push for same-sex marriage as the Philippines’ top court faces a legal challenge to the current ban. Despite anti-gay protesters and heavy rain, on Saturday, 30 June 2018, the Manila Pride March went ahead with thousands of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender marchers flying rainbow flags in support of LGBTQ rights. As part of the parade, marchers called for the legalization of same-sex marriage while acknowledging they faced an uphill struggle in a nation where even divorce is still illegal.
    https://www.news.com.au/world/asia/thousands-of-m

    Lima Pride

    Per Movimiento Nuevo Perú‏:

    Nuestra congresista Indira Huilca, con Alberto de Belaunde, abrió la Marcha Orgullo 2018 en Lima. Por un país sin discriminación, seguimos marchando.
    https://twitter.com/Mov_NuevoPeru

    Our congresswoman, Indira Huilca, along with Alberto de Belaunde, opened Pride March 2018 in Lima. For a country without discrimination, we continue marching.

    One of the more surprising notices of support came from:

    Policía Peruana:

    Tu derecho a la manifestación pacífica no debe ser manchado.
    https://twitter.com/NoticiasLGBT

    Your right to peaceful demonstration should not be tainted.

    They go on to explain that if anyone is causing homophobic disturbances, that such should be immediately brought to police attention.

    However, even more extraordinary was this, with photos as proof:

    Marcha del Orgullo: Comunidad cristiana se movilizó a favor de la igualdad.
    https://twitter.com/larepublica_pe/status/1013216

    Pride March: Christian community is mobilized in favor of equality.

    Aunque las comunidades de iglesias y creyentes son usualmente asociadas a posturas conservadoras, ese no es el caso de la Comunidad Cristiana Ecuménica Inclusiva “El Camino”, que se pronunció en contra de la discriminación por género.

    Durante la movilización, los miembros de dicha comunidad vistieron unos vistosos polos amarillos, cuyo mensaje a favor de la igualdad era contundente: “Si Dios está conmigo, ¿quién estará contra mí?”
    https://larepublica.pe/sociedad/1270205-marcha-or

    Although communities of churches and believers are usually associated with conservative positions, this is not the case with the Inclusive Ecumenical Christian Community, "El Camino," which spoke out against gender discrimination.

    During the march, members of that community wore bright yellow vests, whose message in favor of equality was overwhelming: "If God is with me, who would be against me?"

    Previously unreported LGBT Pride Marches also took place today in Temuco, Chile, and in Guayaquil and Cuenca, Ecuador.

  • 72. VIRick  |  June 30, 2018 at 8:48 pm

    Ecuador: National Government Presents Public Policy for Guaranteeing the Rights of LGBTI Persons

    Ecuador: Gobierno Nacional Presenta la Política Pública para la Garantía de Derechos de las Personas LGBTI

    El 30 de junio 2018, el Gobierno Nacional a través de la Vicepresidencia de la República y el Ministerio de Justicia, Derechos Humanos y Cultos presentaron la política pública para la garantía de los derechos de las personas con orientación sexual, identidad de género, expresión de género y cuerpos diversos, un hito histórico en beneficio de la comunidad LGBTI. El acto que fue presidido por la Ministra de Justicia, Liliana Guzmán, se llevó a cabo en el salón Simón Bolívar de la Gobernación del Guayas.

    La presentación del proyecto contó con la participación de la vicepresidenta de la República, Alejandra Vicuña; varias autoridades de la provincia del Guayas y colectivos LGBTI que han demandado la existencia de una política pública integral. Tras haber mantenido diálogos periódicos que permitan identificar las principales demandas de este sector, esta Cartera de Estado creó una propuesta de política pública que apunta a fortalecer la promoción de los derechos en relación a la salud, educación, trabajo, seguridad, protección social, y justicia. Las reuniones se efectuaron en Guayaquil, Cuenca, e Ibarra.

    En su intervención, la ministra Justicia, Liliana Guzmán, resaltó la responsabilidad de todas y todos, en contribuir a la construcción de sociedades más justas, inclusivas, y tolerantes. “Hoy, el Ministerio de Justicia cumple con el compromiso adquirido con la población LGBTI. Es momento de que nos reconozcamos en la diversidad, como una sola comunidad con diferentes rostros.”
    https://www.justicia.gob.ec/gobierno-nacional-pre

    On 30 June 2018, the National Government through the Vice Presidency of the Republic and the Ministry of Justice, Human Rights, and Worship presented the public policy for the guarantee of the rights of people according to sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression and diverse bodies, an historic milestone for the benefit of the LGBTI community. The meeting which was chaired by the Minister of Justice, Liliana Guzmán, took place in the Simón Bolívar room of the Governorate of Guayas.

    The presentation of the project was attended by the Vice President of the Republic, Alejandra Vicuña; Several authorities from the province of Guayas, as well as LGBTI collectives, had demanded the existence of a comprehensive public policy. After having held regular dialogue to identify the main demands of this sector, this State Portfolio created a public policy proposal aimed to strengthen the promotion of rights in relation to health, education, work, security, social protection, and justice . Meetings were held in Guayaquil, Cuenca, and Ibarra.

    In her speech, the Minister of Justice, Liliana Guzmán, highlighted the responsibility of everyone in contributing to the construction of a more just, inclusive, and tolerant society. "Today, the Ministry of Justice fulfills its commitment with the LGBTI population. It is time for us to recognize ourselves in diversity, as a single community with different faces. "

  • 73. ianbirmingham  |  July 1, 2018 at 8:35 am

    Senator Collins (R-ME) says she won't support anti-abortion Supreme Court nominee

    In addition to Collins, another key vote in the Senate on the abortion issue would be fellow Republican Senator Lisa Murkowski, who also favors abortion rights.

    https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-court-abor

  • 74. VIRick  |  July 1, 2018 at 1:16 pm

    Happy Birthday, Canada!

    Today, 1 July, is Canada Day, the date on which Canadians celebrate the birth of their nation, as that is the date on which the British North American Act originally took effect, uniting the remaining British colonies of North America into one confederation, which at the time were: Nova Scotia, Prince Edward island, New Brunswick, Quebec, and Ontario.

    Today, 1 July, also happens to be the date upon which $12.6 billion dollars worth of retaliatory Canadian tariffs against US-made goods goes into effect.
    http://www.msn.com/en-us/money/markets/trudeau�

  • 75. VIRick  |  July 1, 2018 at 1:51 pm

    Turkey: Istanbul Pride Goes Ahead, Despite Ban

    Despite being banned by the authorities and threats to arrest anyone “looking gay,” Istanbul Pride went ahead with a party of love and celebration before being broken up by police. “We are here this year, as we are every year.”

    Istanbul’s Pride parade has been banned for four consecutive years, despite homosexuality not being illegal in Turkey. Each year, organizers and participants have proceeded anyway, despite the threats and arrests.

    Today, 1 July 2018, as before, the event went ahead, with the parade taking to the streets of Istanbul, despite reports that police were threatening to arrest “anyone that “looks gay, wears rainbows or bright feminine colors, or has on too short of shorts.”
    https://www.pinknews.co.uk/2018/07/01/istanbul-pr

  • 76. VIRick  |  July 1, 2018 at 2:22 pm

    Costa Rica: President Carlos Alvarado Apologizes to LGBTI Persons for Persecution by the Costa Rican State

    WOW. ¡WAO! Just WOW.

    Costa Rica: Presidente Carlos Alvarado Pide Perdón a Personas LGBTI por Persecución del Estado Costarricense

    "En nombre del Gobierno de la República les pido perdón y renuevo mi compromiso de luchar porque no se repita ese vergonzoso capítulo de nuestra historia."

    El presidente de la República, Carlos Alvarado, hizo ese mea culpa frente a la comunidad LGBTI, este domingo, 1 de julio 2018, al reconocer que el Estado costarricense "promovió y ejecutó persecuciones, redadas, detenciones arbitrarias, y golpes" en el pasado hacia ese sector de la población. Las palabras de arrepentimiento constan en un artículo escrito por Alvarado que Casa Presidencial distribuyó este domingo y que se titula, "Stonewall Inn: Orgullo, Amor e Igualdad."

    Según Alvarado, en Costa Rica la historia no ha sido distinta a la represión que han vivido los gais en Estados Unidos. El mandatario rememoró que en 1969 la homosexualidad (en Costa Rica) era un delito penal y era perseguida. "Dos años después, en 1971, la homosexualidad fue eliminada del Código Penal, pero eso no evitó que durante las siguientes décadas las personas LGBTI fueran objeto de discriminación y violencia", lamentó el gobernante. Y, de inmediato reconoció: "Fue el Estado costarricense el que promovió y ejecutó persecuciones, redadas, detenciones arbitrarias y golpes. Fue el Estado costarricense el que sistemáticamente ha negado derechos fundamentales a las personas LGBTI y ha desprotegido a miles de sus ciudadanos y ciudadanas por amar a quien aman o por ser quienes son."
    https://www.nacion.com/el-pais/politica/president

    "On behalf of the Government of the Republic, I ask your forgiveness and I renew my commitment to fight so that this shameful chapter of our history will not be repeated."

    The president of the Republic, Carlos Alvarado, made that mea culpa in front of the LGBTI community, this Sunday, 1 July 2018, recognizing that the Costa Rican state "promoted and executed persecution, raids, arbitrary arrests, and beatings" in the past towards that sector of the population. The words of repentance are included in an article written by Alvarado that Presidential House distributed this Sunday and that is entitled, "Stonewall Inn: Pride, Love and Equality."

    According to Alvarado, in Costa Rica the story has not been different from the repression that the gays have lived with in the United States. The president recalled that in 1969 homosexuality (in Costa Rica) was a criminal offense and was persecuted. "Two years later, in 1971, homosexuality was eliminated from the Criminal Code, but that did not prevent LGBTI persons from being discriminated against and violated during the following decades," the president lamented. And immediately recognized: "It was the Costa Rican State that promoted and executed persecution, raids, arbitrary arrests, and beatings; it was the Costa Rican State that has systematically denied fundamental rights to LGBTI persons and has unprotected thousands of its citizens for loving who they love or for being who they are."

  • 77. VIRick  |  July 1, 2018 at 3:06 pm

    President of Colombia Addresses LGBTI Rights

    Per Juan Manuel Santos:

    La protección de los derechos de todos los ciudadanos ha sido uno de nuestros pilares. En este gobierno, no ha habido ni habrá lugar para la discriminación. Que la diversidad nos una siempre. Ni Un Paso Atrás.
    https://twitter.com/JuanManSantos/status/10134743

    The protection of the rights of all citizens has been one of our pillars. In this government, there has not been nor will there be any place for discrimination. Let diversity always unite us. Not One Step Back.

    Today, 1 July 2018, the big Pride Marches are taking place in Bogotá, Barranquilla, Medellín, Pereira, and Cali, as well as in Cúcuta. Yesterday, the Pride Marches occurred in Cartagena and Santa Marta.

    Also, as part of Pride, two women married in Barrancabermeja, Colombia's "oil capital" in Santander department, in what is widely believed to be the first same-sex marriage to occur in that city.
    https://twitter.com/RosabelRincon

    Note: "Ni Un Paso Atrás" is the signature slogan of all the LGBTI groups and organizations in Colombia.

  • 78. VIRick  |  July 1, 2018 at 4:03 pm

    Bear Pride Costa Rica Plus LGBTI Refugees at San José Pride

    This is too cute for words:

    Per Ticosos:

    Ven con tus banderas, con tus identificativos de los osos, camisetas, gorras, pulseras, etc. Invitamos a todos los osos, cachorros, cazadores, gorditos, y papis, a nuestros amigas y amigos, familiares, vecinos a marchar juntos.
    https://twitter.com/TICOSOS

    Come with your flags, with your identifying bear gear, t-shirts, caps, bracelets, etc. We invite all bears, puppies, hunters, chubbies, and daddies, as our friends, family, and neighbors to march together.

    I am too much of an ex-twink to comfortably participate with these dudes, but I truly love their name, "ticosos." Tico is the affectionate, familiar name for someone from Costa Rica, while "oso" is the Spanish word for "bear." "Oso," as an extension on the end of a noun, also carries the double-meaning of taking said noun to the superlative.

    Today, San José Pride was an absolute sea of people, as well over 200,000 marched down the Paseo Colón, in their biggest March ever, in part because of this:

    LGBTI Refugees: Building a New Life in Costa Rica

    Refugiados LGBTI: Construir una Vida Nueva en Costa Rica

    Desde mayo, el hondureño Juan Alba Mejía es uno de los 50 que han recibido refugio en Costa Rica por razón de su orientación sexual o identidad de género en cuatro años. Del total de 520 casos de refugiados que fueron aceptados entre el 2015 y el 2018 en Costa Rica, casi un 10% son personas LGBTI.
    https://www.nacion.com/revista-dominical/refugiad

    Since May, the Honduran Juan Alba Mejía is one of 50 in four years who have received refuge in Costa Rica because of their sexual orientation or gender identity. Of the total of 520 refugee cases that were accepted between 2015 and 2018 in Costa Rica, almost 10% are LGBTI people.

  • 79. VIRick  |  July 1, 2018 at 4:33 pm

    Brasil: Pride March in Brasília

    Acontece agora, em 1 de julho 2018, em Brasília, a 21ª Parada do Orgulho LGBTS, onde a diversidade ocupa o entorno do Congresso Nacional com muita luta e glamour!
    https://twitter.com/MidiaNINJA/status/10135615813

    Occurring right now, on 1 July 2018, in Brasilia, is the 21st LGBTS Pride Parade, where diversity occupies the surroundings of the National Congress with lots of splash and glamor!

  • 80. VIRick  |  July 1, 2018 at 6:48 pm

    Dominican Republic: Pride Caravan in Santo Domingo

    Per Luciana Mermet:

    Gracias Azuara Araceli por unirse a la 11va Caravana Orgullo 2018, el 1 de julio 2018.. Un honor compartir con OEA oficial en un espacio de celebración de los derechos humanos y la diversidad en República Dominicana.
    https://twitter.com/lucianamermet/status/10135825

    Thank you Azuara Araceli for joining the 11th Pride Caravan 2018 on 1 July 2018. An honor to share with the official OAS in a space for celebration of human rights and diversity in the Dominican Republic.

  • 81. VIRick  |  July 1, 2018 at 7:24 pm

    Mexico: Preliminary Election Results

    Per Geraldina González de la Vega:

    In a 4-way race for President of the Republic, the winner has already been declared with somewhere between 43% and 49% of the vote, as being the leftist Morena candidate, AMLO (Andrés Manuel López Obrador). Trailing badly, and conceding, with between 23% and 27% of the vote, is the PRD candidate, Ricardo Anaya, while doing even worse, and also conceding, with between 22% and 26%, is the government PRI candidate, José Antonio Meade. Perhaps 3-5% voted for "El Bronco," the blustery, Trump-like, know-it-all-but knows-nothing independent.

    In the 3-way race for Chief Executive of the DF ("mayor" of Mexico City, if one likes), the apparent winner, with between 47-55% of the vote, is the ultra-leftist candidate of the PT (Labor Party), Claudia Sheinbaum. The PRD/PAN candidate, Alejandra Barrales, received between 27% and 33% of the vote, while the government PRI candidate, Mikel Arriola, had 10-16% of the vote.

    As a general rule, the farther to the left a candidate would go, the more likely he/she would be the winner. Mexicans are just that pissed off,– with corruption at home, with "El Norte" on the border, and on and on.

    So, with bleeding-heart Liberals on one border, slamming back with retaliatory tariffs, and a bunch of wild-eyed radicals on the other, whose current timid government has already imposed retaliatory tariffs (so who knows what the radicals will do to top that), good luck, USA, you did it to yourself. In Mexico, the old revolutionary PRI is history. The right-wing, pro-business, pro-NAFTA PAN is history. The leftist, pro-marriage equality PRD, by default, is now "right-wing," as Morena and PT sweep in.

  • 82. Mechatron12  |  July 1, 2018 at 9:34 pm

    I'm a little bit confused about this. Although every news site is broadcasting this as a huge win for the left, doesn't AMLO oppose gay marriage? I heard somebody say that he wanted (at least at one point) a national referendum on gay marriage. And isn't part of the new ruling coalition a Christian social-conservative party?

    Do any Mexicans/Spanish speakers here have any insight into what this will mean for marriage equality in Mexico? Is there a chance for nationwide legalization or are we still going court case by court case? Thanks for any information you can provide.

  • 83. Fortguy  |  July 1, 2018 at 10:20 pm

    The results so far in the election for Congress are astounding. Currently, candidates from the parties within AMLO's coalition are leading in 207 of the 287 districts of the House of Deputies with the PRI-led coalition holding a measly 12 seats.

    In the Senate, AMLO's coalition is getting first-place votes in 25 of the 32 federal entities (the states plus DF). The PRI-led coalition isn't getting first-place votes anywhere. Mexico also gives a Senate seat to the second-place candidate, which gives AMLO's coalition an additional four states. Even then, the PRI-led coalition is trailing behind the PAN/PRD-led coalition.

    Mexico also awards seats in both chambers based on proportional representation, but it looks like AMLO will be working with electoral majorities in both chambers. I believe this is the first time since the demise of the PRI's one-party rule that this has happened. Of course, the Morena/PT/Encuentro Social coalition could break down at some point, but this gives AMLO tremendous power in the meantime.

    Elecciones Federales 2018 from Mexico's Instituto Nacional Electoral

    Also, in the presidential vote, Anaya is winning Guanajuato and Nuevo León while AMLO is winning everywhere else. Oh, and Rick, Anaya is a PANista rather than PRD even though they are both strange bedfellows in coalition.

  • 84. Fortguy  |  July 1, 2018 at 10:33 pm

    Despite running for president three times, AMLO is hard to pin down. He's made many contradictory statements during the campaign including taking hard lines on NAFTA and foreign investment in PEMEX that his surrogates have had to rush to walk back. His current party Morena, AMLO used to be PRD and PRI before that, is solidly for ME as I believe is the PT. Encuentro Social is the right-wing party led by a Pentecostal nut that is the odd member of AMLO's coalition.

  • 85. VIRick  |  July 1, 2018 at 11:30 pm

    Mechatron, do not worry, as everyone is confused by the strange, nonsensical "coalitions" that were formed in the current election cycle in Mexico.

    Marriage equality in Mexico is safe because Mexico's Supreme Court has already ruled upon it, and set the jurisprudence in place. In addition, AMLO has already said he will be tapping Olga Cordero (Olga María del Carmen Sánchez Cordero Dávila de García Villegas) to serve in his cabinet as Secretaria de Gobernación (Government Secretary, Internal Affairs). She was a member of Mexico's Supreme Court at the time when they issued their unanimous decision against Jalisco's ban on same-sex marriage (so we know she voted in favor of striking the ban).

    As far as national legislation is concerned, it is too early to tell if that will happen, but the possibility has increased remarkably.

  • 86. Fortguy  |  July 2, 2018 at 1:27 am

    Here's how the political parties are faring in the election with 28% of the vote recorded in the presidential race. Candidates in ballot coalitions may appear multiple times on voter ballots, but, obviously, voters can only vote for them once while expressing which party label they prefer. Parties must receive 2% of the vote to continue obtaining federal election funding and have automatic ballot access in the future.

    *Morena (AMLO): 44.9%
    *PAN (Anaya): 19.4%
    *PRI (Meade): 12.7%
    *PT (AMLO): 5.6%
    *PES (AMLO): 2.6%
    *PRD (Anaya): 2.5%
    —–
    *MC (Anaya): 1.7%
    *Green (Meade): 1.3%
    *PANAL (Meade): 0.8%

    My, how the mighty have fallen. The PRI would have been better off if they didn't enter into a coalition with two highly unpopular parties forcing them to share seats with them, while the PRD needs to merge with their coalition partner, the Citizens' Movement, and then kiss and make up with AMLO if they have any political future. The only far-right party that saw any real benefit from this election is Encuentro Social (PES), but their coalition with left-wing partners looks tenuous at best going forward.

    The huge winner is Morena, formerly an also-ran party, that slayed both the PRD and the PRI to become the champions of the left. The PAN posted nowhere near their historical strength, but it still came in a respectable second place remaining the leading party on the right and is well positioned to pounce when AMLO's popularity will inevitably falter. The PRI's performance was an embarrassment, especially as the incumbent party, and many Mexican voters will think twice for years to come before ever giving them their vote again. Nevertheless, the PRI's institutional strength, namely its historical association with the nation's leading labor and farmworker federations, guarantee that the party will lurk around on the political scene far into the future.

  • 87. VIRick  |  July 2, 2018 at 2:45 pm

    Openly Gay Morena Candidate Wins in Mexico City

    Per Desastre MX:

    Temístocles Villanueva R. compitió por una diputación por Morena en la Ciudad de México. Los resultados lo favorecen, por lo que será un diputado abiertamente gay con una agenda pro-derechos LGBT en sus prioridades.
    https://twitter.com/quierodesastre/status/1013822

    Temístocles Villanueva R. competed for a deputy seat for Morena in Mexico City. The results favored him, so he will become an openly gay deputy with an LGBT rights agenda as his priority.

    Temístocles Villanueva, el joven candidato gay que quiere ser diputado en la CDMX

    Con tan solo 28 años de edad, Temístocles Villanueva se ha convertido en un militante político de gran reconocimiento dentro Morena y en el ámbito del activismo a favor de las personas LGBT. Su carrera política inició hace más de 10 años cuando era un adolescente que se involucraba en movimientos de resistencia pacífica.

    Tras colaborar en la creación de Morena como una organización civil, Movimiento Regeneración Nacional, y posteriormente en su consolidación como partido político, y de dirigir en dicho instituto político, la Secretaría de Diversidad Sexual Estatal de la CDMX y la Secretaría Nacional de Diversidad Sexual, hoy, este joven abiertamente homosexual busca convertirse en diputado local en la Ciudad de México por el Distrito IX.
    http://desastre.mx/mexico/temistocles-villanueva-

    Temístocles Villanueva, the young gay candidate who wants to become a deputy in the CDMX

    Only 28 years of age, Temístocles Villanueva has become a political militant of great recognition within Morena and in the field of activism in favor of LGBT people. His political career began more than 10 years ago when he was a teenager who became involved in movements of peaceful resistance.

    After collaborating in the creation of Morena as a civil organization, National Regeneration Movement, and later in its consolidation as a political party, and directing within that political institute, the State Secretariat for Sexual Diversity in CDMX and the National Secretariat for Sexual Diversity, today, this openly gay young man seeks to become a local deputy in Mexico City for District IX.

  • 88. VIRick  |  July 2, 2018 at 5:43 pm

    Cuenca, Ecuador: Constitutional Judges Order Same-Sex Marriages Be Registered

    On 29 June 2018, in the city of Cuenca, the family court judges in Cuenca, Iliana Vallejo and Ruth Alvarez, accepted two requests for "actions of protection" from two same-sex couples, declared violations of equality and non-discrimination (on the part of the Civil Registry for their refusal to register said couples), and ordered the Civil Registry of Cuenca to immediately register the marriages of the couples.

    The Civil Registry appealed the decision of the judges in both instances, is awaiting the written judgment, and the process (now) proceeds upward to the Provincial Court of Justice of Azuay.

    Fuller details on this matter have been posted by one of the plaintiffs' lawyers, Sylvia Bonilla, and can be found (in Spanish) here:
    https://twitter.com/hashtag/MatrimonioIgualitario

    This is the third (and fourth) case for marriage equality in Ecuador. The first was filed in Quito in August 2013 by Pamela Troya and partner, Gabriela, while the second was filed in Guayaquil shortly thereafter. Both, under appeal, remain pending, but so far, at each court level, have always received negative rulings. These from Cuenca, now in the process of being appealed by the defendants, were filed more recently, but have been resolved favorably for the plaintiffs at the lowest constitutional court level.

    Thus, these are the first instances of favorable rulings for marriage equality in Ecuador at any court level. These cases have the backing and support of the Azuay Provincial Government which itself has independently established an unofficial national marriage registry for same-sex couples.

    Ecuador already allows same-sex couples to register their same-sex civil unions. At the moment, it is still unclear whether the unnamed plaintiffs have already married abroad and then attempted to register said marriages with the Civil Registry of Cuenca, or whether the couples already have Ecuadorian civil unions which they were attempting to "up-grade" to marriage.

    Note: In Ecuador, there are two LGBT rights activists with very similar names. Sylvia Buendía spearheads the movement in Guayaquil, while Sylvia Bonilla is one of the lawyers handling the Cuenca marriage cases.

  • 89. VIRick  |  July 2, 2018 at 9:48 pm

    More Pride March Details from Past Weekend

    Various individuals are still posting photos of the many Pride Marches which took place in multiple cities throughout Latin America over this past weekend. Photos from Guayaquil show a veritable sea of people, as do those from Bogotá.

    In Colombia, we even have a new city reporting its first-ever Pride March:

    Soledad, Atlántico; un municipio caracterizado por un buen Liderazgo LGBT, realizó su primera Marcha por los derechos de la diversidad sexual y las identidades y expresiones de género.

    Soledad, Atlántico; a municipality characterized by good LGBT Leadership, made its first March for the rights of sexual diversity, gender identity and expression.

    Fast-growing Soledad is within the wider metro area of Barranquilla, and is situated adjacent to, and directly south of it.

    Folks in San Salvador, El Salvador, estimate that the crowd there was well over 12,000, an absolute outpouring of LGBT people for that city, with record-breaking attendance, as people came in from all over the republic.

    On the negative side, in Venezuela, Caracas Pride only attracted a crowd of 1,000 people, despite having had as many as 80,000 in past years. Many factors were blamed, from the economic crisis, to the heavy rain, to the recent exodus of many LGBT people out of Venezuela.
    https://twitter.com/NoticiasLGBT

  • 90. josejoram  |  July 3, 2018 at 5:09 am

    In other news…:Research in Italy confirms that children in same-sex households do better off than those in traditional arrangements : https://www.gay.it/attualita/news/genitori-gay-fi

  • 91. Elihu_Bystander  |  July 3, 2018 at 6:12 am

    Here is the link to the original article in English
    https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Roberto_Baio

    While the article did mention some incidental differences in the children, the summary of the of the study was that: "Data from the present study demonstrated that children
    raised by LG parents showed similar levels of psychological
    well-being than children raised by heterosexual parents.
    According to the hypothesis, no differences were found regarding
    emotional regulation and the SDQ dimensions
    (Hypothesis 3.1). However, contrary to our expectations
    (Baiocco et al. 2013b; Lingiardi et al. 2012, 2005), no differences
    were found concerning the level of peer problems reported
    by parents (Hypothesis 3.2). Same-sex parents did not
    report higher levels of peer problems in their children’s lives.
    This unexpected result may be the consequence of the unique
    strength shown by LG parents, which could be due to belonging
    to the Italian Rainbow Family Association (the majority of
    the LG parents, 32 out of 40, were members of the Italian
    Rainbow Family Association). They found creative ways of
    being a Bdifferent^ family, exhibiting flexibility in managing
    everyday life problems, which may help all members in family
    life transitions (D’Amore and Baiocco 2014)"

    Contrary to what was published in the popular science news articles, the study found no significant differences in children raised by LG parents vs. heterosexual parents. All three sets of families gay, lesbian and heterosexual had similar results. There was no claim that children in same-sex households did better.

  • 92. davepCA  |  July 3, 2018 at 1:05 pm

    UK will ban 'conversion therapy'!
    https://www.cbsnews.com/news/britain-ban-gay-conv

  • 93. Fortguy  |  July 3, 2018 at 2:03 pm

    Here's what the new political landscape in Mexico looks like now that well over 90% of the vote is tallied.

    AMLO wins with a decisive 53.0% of the vote. His closest rival is Anaya with a mere 22.5% while Meade from the PRI's coalition was only able to muster 16.4%. Despite early returns showing Anaya winning Nuevo León, AMLO was ultimately able to climb back there meaning he won everywhere nationwide except Guanajuato where Anaya won.

    Parties in AMLO's coalition will hold 70 of 128 Senate seats. Most importantly, if you don't count the 5 seats the PES will have, Morena and the PT will have 65 seats, a pro-LGBT majority within AMLO's coalition. The two progressive parties in Anaya's coalition, the PRD and the MC, could provide an additional 16 votes.

    In the Chamber of Deputies, AMLO's coalition will take 312 out of 500 seats. More importantly, the two pro-LGBT progressive parties in the coalition will hold a majority of their own of 254 seats. The PRD and MC combine for 49 seats for the progressive left.

    Of the federal entities that held elections, Morena won the governorships in DF, Chiapas, Tabasco, and Veracruz while the MC will hold Jalisco for the left. From the right, PAN will hold Guanajuato, Puebla, and Yucatán, while PES won in Morelos.

    This is an unprecedented election since the end of one-party rule. Not since has a candidate won a solid majority in the popular vote and majorities in both houses of Congress. The PRI should feel humiliated. Their presidential candidate didn't win a single state nor did they win a single governorship. Their only consolation is that their party will be the leading, if weak, opposition party in the Senate as they will have more seats there than the parties in Anaya's coalition.

  • 94. ianbirmingham  |  July 3, 2018 at 2:49 pm

    Why the Supreme Court Opening Could Affect Gay Marriage as Much as Abortion

    https://www.nytimes.com/2018/07/03/us/politics/ga

  • 95. VIRick  |  July 3, 2018 at 3:47 pm

    Ecuador: More on the Positive Cuenca Marriage Equality Rulings

    Desde la Red LGBTI del Azuay: Aplaudimos la voluntad de las Juezas Ileana Vallejo y Ruth Alvarez, quienes el viernes, 29 de junio 2018, resolvieron que el Registro Civil de Cuenca inscriba el matrimonio de dos parejas (del mismo sexo) a quienes el Estado negó el derecho a contraer matrimonio.
    https://twitter.com/REDLGBTIAZUAY1/status/1013920

    From the LGBTI Network of Azuay: We applaud the will of Judges Ileana Vallejo and Ruth Alvarez, who on Friday, 29 June 2018, ordered the Civil Registry of Cuenca to register the marriages of two (same-sex) couples to whom the State denied the right to marry.

  • 96. VIRick  |  July 3, 2018 at 5:20 pm

    Costa Rica: Opposition Party to Introduce Civil Unions Bill for Same-Sex Couples

    PUSC (Partido Unidad Socialcristiana) anuncia proyecto de ley que crea uniones civiles para parejas homosexuales.
    https://twitter.com/nacion/status/101427461117161

    PUSC (Social Christian Unity Party) announces bill that creates civil unions for same-sex couples.

    The PUSC, a center-right party, was once the main ruling political party in Costa Rica, until rocked by scandal. They last ruled between 1998-2006, and currently hold 8 of the 57 seats in the Assembly. In 2016, the PUSC declared themselves in favor of equal rights for same-sex couples in terms of marital property, insurance with the Costa Rican Social Security Fund (CCSS) and death inheritance, while still not supporting same-sex marriage.

    The PAC, the more progressively pro-LGBTcenter-left party, has been and continues to be the current ruling party. In the recent presidential run-off, the two parties did work together to successfully defeat the right-wing evangelical nut-job of the upstart RN.

  • 97. ianbirmingham  |  July 3, 2018 at 9:03 pm

    Hong Kong’s top court orders Immigration to grant spousal visas to lifelong same-sex couples

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/hong-kong-law-

  • 98. ianbirmingham  |  July 3, 2018 at 11:44 pm

    Christian group goes viral after stunning Pride march with message of love

    Congregants from the church, which calls itself “inclusive, LGBT affirming and welcoming,” caused people to burst into tears with signs carrying messages like “Jesus didn’t turn people away. Neither do we.” Other well-wishers from the church used placards to tell those marching: “God loves you. So do we,” “I used to be a bible-banging homophobe. Sorry!” and, in one case, to ask: “Can we hug you?”

    https://www.pinknews.co.uk/2018/07/03/christian-g

  • 99. ianbirmingham  |  July 3, 2018 at 11:57 pm

    Swaziland’s LGBTQ Community Celebrates Its First Pride Parade

    Male homosexuality is outlawed in the small African country.

    Matt Beard, All Out’s executive director, praised activists like Simelane for their courage and their ambition to hold the pride parade despite the risks and threats they’ve faced. “The community and their allies painted the streets of this country rainbow, with a beautiful, colorful parade that was literally exploding with joy,” Beard wrote of the historic event in a Medium blog post. “At certain moments… the infectious joy of this community was so intense, it was difficult to hold back the tears. We were loud, proud and dignified. Nobody came to hurl hate, abuse (or worse) at us, as had been feared. Instead, this was a moment of community and personal empowerment.”

    Beard said the success of the Swazi parade would serve to inspire other LGBTQ communities across Africa. “It will empower other African movements to defy those who wish to silence LGBT+ people and embolden them to come out on the streets in pride and courage,” he said.

    https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/swaziland-es

  • 100. ianbirmingham  |  July 4, 2018 at 7:44 am

    Tony Perkins: We Can Do For Gay Rights What We’ve Done To Abortion Rights

    Almost immediately after the Supreme Court’s 2015 marriage equality ruling, the Heritage Foundation’s Ryan Anderson pushed out a book offering opponents of marriage equality a road map to overturning it. Speaking about the book at Heritage, he said, “The central thesis of my new book…is that the pro-marriage movement is in the same exact situation culturally that the pro-life movement found itself in 42 and a half years ago after Roe v. Wade.”

    Of course, anti-LGBTQ activists may not have to wait or work nearly as long to overturn marriage equality as they have to “eradicate” a woman’s right to an abortion. The dissents in Obergefell were unusually vehement, and with Trump planning to choose from his pre-vetted far-right list of potential justices, Obergefell could be at risk in the near future. Anti-equality activist Brian Brown said that if Trump and the Republican Senate put another Gorsuch on the Supreme Court, “we will go from a 5-4 split that redefined marriage to a 5-4 pro-marriage majority. It will give us a legitimate opportunity to remove the lie of same-sex ‘marriage’ that was illegitimately imposed on the nation.”

    http://www.rightwingwatch.org/post/tony-perkins-w

  • 101. arturo547  |  July 4, 2018 at 12:30 pm

    Bulgarian Court has Recognized the Rights of a Same-sex Couple

    The administrative court in Sofia-city has allowed the residence of married homosexual couple in Bulgaria with the resulting rights, bTV announced.

    Australian Kristina and French Mariama have married in June 2016, signed in France. Later that year, Kristina was granted a residence permit in Bulgaria on the basis of Directive 2004/38 / EC on the right of free movement and residence in the EU. This directive states that every citizen of the European Union has freedom of movement for himself and for his family within the Union, even if his spouse is not a national of an EU Member State, as is the case with Kristina.

    However, the Migration Directorate of the Ministry of Interior refuses in 2017 the Australian to reside in BUlgaria on the grounds that same-sex marriages are not allowed under the Bulgarian Constitution. The Administrative Court has accepted that EU law precludes a Member State from refusing a third-country national married to a Union citizen the right to reside in the territory of that Member State even on the grounds that the law of that country does not provide for marriage between persons of the same sex.
    https://www.novinite.com/articles/190902/Bulgaria

  • 102. DevilWearsZrada  |  July 4, 2018 at 1:13 pm

    It seems that this is the first court ruling in the EU based on the recent judgement of the European Court of Justice. Even the Romanian Constitutional Court that referred the Coman case to ECJ still hasn't issued the final ruling.

  • 103. VIRick  |  July 4, 2018 at 3:19 pm

    Venezuela: Congress to Debate Marriage Equality

    La Asamblea Nacional Constituyente (ANC) planea debatir la despenalización del aborto y el matrimonio igualitario para buscar la igualdad de derechos. Estos han de ser incluidos en la nueva Constitución que está realizando este organismo, integrado exclusivamente por simpatizantes del chavismo.

    Según reporto el medio Globovisión, el debate podría iniciar este año. Para lograr esto, la ANC tendría que reformar en el texto fundamental los Artículos 76° de la Constitución y el 44° del Código Civil.
    http://elestimulo.com/blog/anc-podria-discutir-la

    The National Constituent Assembly (ANC) plans to discuss the decriminalization of abortion and marriage equality in their search for equal rights. These must be included in the new Constitution that is being drafted by this body, composed exclusively of Chavismo sympathizers.

    According to the Globovisión media, the debate could begin this year. To achieve this, the ANC would have to reform the fundamental text of Article 76 of the Constitution and of Article 44 of the Civil Code.

    Personally, it is probably not necessary to amend Article 76 of the Constitution. It simply needs a broader interpretation applied. But if they are planning to change the wording to make it read broader, then so be it.

  • 104. Elihu_Bystander  |  July 4, 2018 at 3:55 pm

    Public Religion Research Institute

    A new report from the Public Religion Research Institute weighs religious support for LGBT issues. The reality of U.S. Catholic support for LGBT equality may surprise you.

    You can read the entire report here.
    https://www.prri.org/research/emerging-consensus-

  • 105. theperchybird  |  July 5, 2018 at 1:16 am

    Let's hope with Mexico's elections, we get more states done…or even the nation. Como que ya tardaron demasiado, no?

    Sinaloa has MORENA as the majority party and with the Supreme Court breathing down their neck, the chances of it joining the club have risen. One state deputy said Morena will try to get marriage equality in the Sinaloa after the new Congress is seated in December (if it hasn't already arrived by then):
    https://riodoce.mx/gob-politica/dip-locales/busca

  • 106. allan120102  |  July 5, 2018 at 1:29 am

    Sinaloa supposedly had 90 days to modify there civil code as the resolution establish three months if not the ban cease to function. By my count Sinaloa has until mid August if not there ban will cease to work even the deputies do nothing about it.

  • 107. theperchybird  |  July 5, 2018 at 1:58 am

    Great!

    I'm looking for the preliminary results of Yucatan's Congressional elections because of their annoying constitutional ban. I really hope they were not the exception to the leftist party wave. If they are that means we've lost in Court and will continue to lose in Congress, sigh.

  • 108. Fortguy  |  July 5, 2018 at 2:23 am

    In Yucatán, the PANista won the governorship while the PRI and its non-progressive coalition partners won 9 of 15 legislative districts. The PAN and its partners won 5 seats, while the Morena coalition only won a single district.

    It looks like the state will remain very hostile to the LGBT community for the foreseeable future.

    Elecciones Estatales de Yucatán

  • 109. josejoram  |  July 5, 2018 at 3:07 am

    But is Democratic Party ready and capable of turning the wave?

  • 110. Randolph_Finder  |  July 5, 2018 at 5:41 am

    According to Wikipedia the states of Mexico that will perform SSM without the need of an Amparo is at 40.8% of the Mexican population unchanged since November of 2017 (when Baja California allowed it), are we going to get to a majority of the population?

  • 111. allan120102  |  July 5, 2018 at 10:18 am

    Yucatan is a really conservative state. It was just the only state to vote for Pan in the southern part of the country in the 2006 elections so no surprise they have a conservstive legislature.

  • 112. scream4ever  |  July 5, 2018 at 10:51 am

    I don't remember if this was already posted on here, but this is huge and long overdue:
    https://www.lgbtqnation.com/2018/07/ecuador-court

  • 113. JayJonson  |  July 5, 2018 at 11:32 am

    But have the wedding started yet?

  • 114. allan120102  |  July 5, 2018 at 11:50 am

    Bermuda has officially appeal the same sex marriage ruling. Not sure if this make the ban to continue to be in effect or if it will fall when the 6 week stay expires. Hopefully someone can clarify me that. http://mobile.royalgazette.com/news/article/20180

  • 115. allan120102  |  July 5, 2018 at 11:52 am

    They will occur when the written ruling is issue. This was more of a preliminary injunction. Once the written part is issue marriage will occur for those couples. Academic lawyers in Ecuador are saying that Ecuador ban is doom.

  • 116. Randolph_Finder  |  July 5, 2018 at 1:02 pm

    And the civil registry has already said that they plan to appeal. Still better to have won at the first level and let the civil registry be the one to appeal.

  • 117. Fortguy  |  July 5, 2018 at 2:24 pm

    The article has a quote stating that the Supreme Court decision will be taken to the Court of Appeal. Where is this court?

  • 118. VIRick  |  July 5, 2018 at 5:40 pm

    The Court of Appeal will sit in Bermuda, and sits three times per year, usually for three weeks per session, but will consist of "foreign" Judges, that is, senior judges who are British-based and British-trained, but who could be from anywhere within the British Commonwealth. Chances are good one will actually be British and that another will be Canadian. Thus, the Government's chances of obtaining a favorable ruling on appeal (and they must already know this) will be greatly diminished, as judges at this level will not be taking a narrow, insular view.
    https://www.gov.bm/court-appeal

    At the highest court level, the Privy Council, the judges actually sit in England, and are all British. The Bermuda Government's chances of winning their case at the Privy Council are almost nil.

    For comparison, notice that two "foreign" senior judges, one British, one Canadian, were recently appointed to sit on the Hong Kong Court of Final Appeal.

    There will not be any more same-sex marriages in Bermuda until after the last appeal has been finalized. The Bermuda Government must already know this, as well. Thus, by appealing the latest ruling, they are simply delaying the inevitable, but which, for them, serves its own immediate political purpose, pandering as is their wont, to their own doctrinaire "church-lady" constituencies.

    Bermuda's court system is more fully explained here:
    https://www.gov.bm/bermudas-court-system

  • 119. VIRick  |  July 5, 2018 at 7:50 pm

    New Jersey Legalizes Self-Declared Gender Marker on Birth/Death Certificates

    On 3 July 2018, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy signed two landmark bills facilitating trans people’s expression of their preferred gender identity on official documents. The new laws simplify the process of selecting the gender marker on birth and death certificates.

    Specifically, Bill S478 removes the requirement of the often-expensive gender-affirmation surgery to change the gender marker on a person’s birth certificate. Instead, people will be required to sign a form affirming under penalty of perjury that the modification is needed to accurately reflect their gender identity. The form reads: “I, (petitioner’s full name), hereby attest under penalty of perjury that the request for a change in gender to (female, male, or undesignated/non-binary) is to conform my legal gender to my gender identity and is not for any fraudulent purpose.”

    Bill S493 tackled the gender marker on death certificates, which will be required to accurately reflect the deceased’s preferred gender identity. The bill also designated a process to resolve a conflict of information regarding this matter.
    https://www.pinknews.co.uk/2018/07/04/new-jersey-

    As soon as New jersey got rid of Christie as Governor, the legislature wasted no time in also getting rid of the state's very antiquated anti-transgender laws, ones which were already being challenged in pending court litigation which was likely to have succeeded.

  • 120. VIRick  |  July 5, 2018 at 8:21 pm

    Ecuador: Court Rules in Favor of Marriage Equality

    Technically, since there were two same-sex couples each requesting separate "actions of protection" to exercise their right to register their marriages with the Civil Registry of Cuenca, there were two favorable rulings on 29 June 2018 by the Family Court of Cuenca, acting constitutionally, one for each couple, ordering said registry to immediately register said marriages.

    Desde la Red LGBTI del Azuay: Aplaudimos la voluntad de las Juezas Ileana Vallejo y Ruth Alvarez, quienes el viernes, 29 de junio 2018, resolvieron que el Registro Civil de Cuenca inscriba el matrimonio de dos parejas (del mismo sexo) a quienes el Estado negó el derecho a contraer matrimonio. https://twitter.com/REDLGBTIAZUAY1/status/1013920….

    From the LGBTI Network of Azuay: We applaud the will of Judges Ileana Vallejo and Ruth Alvarez, who on Friday, 29 June 2018, ordered the Civil Registry of Cuenca to register the marriages of two (same-sex) couples to whom the State denied the right to marry.

    These were the first two court rulings at any level in favor of same-sex marriage in Ecuador,– ever, and the first court rulings on this subject since the CIDH ruling. In the past, like in Pamela Troya's case, the plaintiffs have always had to appeal negative rulings. Now, as the defendant, if the Civil Registry chooses to appeal, the onus will be on it to do the appealing. These two rulings were "from the bench" (which shows how strong the plaintiffs' cases were), with the full written opinions to follow. Again, technically, the Civil Registry cannot legally appeal the rulings until after it has the full written opinions in hand. But if it does appeal, it will have an uphill battle fighting both the judgments themselves and the CIDH advisory.
    https://www.advocate.com/marriage-equality/2018/7

    Cuenca, the third-largest city in Ecuador and the capital of Azuay province, has always been a center of liberal, progressive thinking within the country. Essentially, these two rulings, given their wording and in light of the CIDH advisory, (will ultimately) doom the prohibition on same-sex marriage in Ecuador.

    And overall, Ecuador is a more liberal country than what opinion polls on same-sex marriage might indicate. It is one of those countries (like Bolivia) which has had to radically re-invent itself (multiple times) in order to remain viable. As a result, it has a fairly liberal, forward-thinking elite, a ruling class who have had to move quickly to keep pace with the many economic/social equality demands from both the black and the Indigenous populations, with the Indigenous people (and mixed Indigenous) being in the majority. As a result, Ecuador (like Bolivia) tends to lean quite far to the left.

    According to Ecuador's current Constitution of 2008 (its 20th), adopted in 2009, Article 68 allows for same-sex couples to enter civil unions with the same rights and obligations as married couples, a point which was considered to be quite forward-thinking only 10 years ago. Plus according to Article 11, paragraph II, one has a fundamental right to one's sexual orientation and gender identity. At the time, no other constitution, worldwide, recognized gender identity.

  • 121. VIRick  |  July 5, 2018 at 9:34 pm

    Hong Kong: Court of Final Appeal Rules in Favor of Same-Sex Spousal Visas

    Hong Kong’s top court handed down a landmark ruling in favor of a lesbian expatriate on Wednesday, 4 July 2018, requiring immigration authorities to grant same-sex partners spousal visas previously available only to heterosexual couples. In its unanimous decision that recruiters say will give the city an edge in hiring foreign talent, the Court of Final Appeal sided with the British citizen, known in court as QT, putting an end to her three-year legal battle against the immigration policy.

    The finding against the Immigration Department means the marriage status and civil union partnerships of same-sex couples will be recognized in Hong Kong for the specific purpose of a dependent spousal visa. However, the city’s definition of marriage, between a man and a woman, remains unchanged.
    https://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/hong-kong-law

  • 122. VIRick  |  July 5, 2018 at 10:51 pm

    Ecuador: Same-Sex Couple Marries in Quito

    Per Silvia Buendía:

    Anoche, el 4 de julio 2018, dos queridas amigas se casaron en Quito. Sí, es verdad, todavía no es legal el matrimonio igualitario para parejas del mismo sexo. Solo pueden acceder a unión de hecho. Pero eso pronto va a cambiar. La igualdad es imparable.
    https://twitter.com/silvitabuendia

    Last night, 4 July 2018, two dear friends were married in Quito. Yes, it's true, marriage equality for same-sex couples is still not legal. They can only access a de facto civil union. But that will soon change. Equality is unstoppable.

    Note: Suddenly, in the aftermath of the positive court rulings in Cuenca in favor of two same sex couples seeking to register their marriages, all over Ecuador, same-sex couples are now "marrying" by accessing de facto civil unions, thus immediately guaranteeing themselves all the legal rights of married hetero couples, with the new expectation that said civil unions, by court order, will soon be automatically "upgraded" to marriage. Although same-sex civil unions were authorized in the 2008 Constitution, they were only formally recognized as unions on government documents from September 2014. But even then, same-sex couples rarely bothered with the civil union procedure, mainly because they had to prove before a court that they had been in a stable relationship for a minimum of two years. However, that restriction was duly eliminated by law on 19 June 2015, in favor of a simple declaration of intent.

    Note: In Ecuador, there are two LGBT rights activists with very similar names. Silvia Buendía (above) spearheads the rights movement in Guayaquil, while Sylvia Bonilla is one of the plaintiffs' lawyers handling the Cuenca marriage cases.

  • 123. VIRick  |  July 6, 2018 at 12:08 am

    Haiti: The First Stirrings

    Per IOM Haiti:

    At IOM we want all people to feel free and proud, regardless of gender or sexual orientation. Anywhere, everywhere, and regardless of your immigration status.
    https://twitter.com/NoticiasLGBT

    IOM Haiti is the International Organization for Migration in Haiti and is part of the UN's Migration Agency.

  • 124. VIRick  |  July 6, 2018 at 12:44 am

    Cuba: Nut-Jobs Will Always Continue to Remain Nut-Jobs

    The following statement is truly a wild mess, all directed against marriage equality, as it invokes everything from the leaders of the Cuban Revolution, to the Bible, to communist ideology, to the "Word of God," to the ghosts of the former Soviet Union, and on to North Korea as its perfect example. None of this makes any sense, of course, but the strident evangelicals in Cuba (who by all ideological accounts should not even exist, and in North Korea, would have all been executed) appear to be in quite a bind, flailing about blindly, while flip-flopping, looking for any excuse to side-track the issue (while knowing, too, that with constitutional changes pending in Cuba, they are ultimately on the losing side):

    La Iglesia Evangélica Pentecostal Asambleas de Dios, las Convenciones Bautistas Occidental y Oriental, la Liga Evangélica de Cuba, y la Iglesia Metodista en Cuba se pronuncian contra el matrimonio entre parejas del mismo sexo en una declaración en la que apelan a "los líderes históricos de la Revolución" y a la "ideología comunista." Para estas congregaciones cristianas, "la familia es una institución divina creada por Dios" y el matrimonio "es exclusivamente la unión de un hombre y una mujer, según enseña la Biblia, la Palabra de Dios."

    "La ideología de género no tiene relación alguna con nuestra cultura, nuestras luchas de independencia, ni con los líderes históricos de la Revolución. De Igual manera, tampoco guarda ningún vínculo con los países comunistas, dígase la antigua Unión Soviética, China, Vietnam, y menos aún Corea del Norte," señala el texto.
    http://www.diariodecuba.com/cuba/1530783803_40481

    The Evangelical Pentecostal Church Assemblies of God, the Western and Eastern Baptist Conventions, the Evangelical League of Cuba, and the Methodist Church in Cuba are pronouncing against same-sex marriage in a statement in which they appeal to the "historical leaders of the Revolution" and to "communist ideology." For these Christian congregations, "the family is a divine institution created by God" and marriage "is exclusively the union of a man and a woman, as the Bible teaches, the Word of God."

    "Gender ideology has nothing to do with our culture, our independence struggles, or with the historical leaders of the Revolution, nor does it have any link with the communist countries, like the former Soviet Union, China, Vietnam, and least of all North Korea," the text says.

    Note: "La ideología de género" (gender ideology) is a hyper-right-wing Latin American catch-phrase invoked in a vain attempt to debunk the legitimacy of gender identity.

  • 125. Randolph_Finder  |  July 6, 2018 at 7:29 am

    As just a general comment, the number of people who want to ban Marriage Equality is about the same as those that with to *totally* ban Abortion, The difference is that Marriage Equality is almost entirely viewed as a binary issue (Either you support full Marriage Equality, or the Gays should have *nothing*), where in the Abortion debate, you've got Rape, Incest and number of weeks along.

  • 126. scream4ever  |  July 6, 2018 at 9:28 am

    But marriage equality also has civil unions/domestic partnerships.

  • 127. ianbirmingham  |  July 6, 2018 at 2:39 pm

    Schumer needs Dems united on SCOTUS. That won’t be easy.

    Behind liberals' anxiety about a Trump justice sailing to confirmation this fall and reshaping the high court for decades is a worry that Manchin, Heitkamp and Donnelly — and potentially other red-state Democrats — will see little reason to fight the president’s nominee while also waging tough re-election battles. Manchin and Donnelly both supported Amy Coney Barrett, one of Trump’s top contenders for the Supreme Court, for a circuit court post last year, in addition to their votes for Gorsuch.

    https://www.politico.com/story/2018/07/06/trump-s

  • 128. VIRick  |  July 6, 2018 at 6:10 pm

    El Salvador Trans Rights Case: Hearing Before Supreme Court

    Per Joakin Salazar:

    Hoy, el 6 de julio 2018, la Sala Constitucional (de la Corte Suprema) de El Salvador inició con la discusión de la demanda de inconstitucionalidad (33-2016) por la omisión de la Asamblea de El Salvador en permitir a la población trans cambiar su nombre. FESLGBTI asegura los magistrados tienen la oportunidad de dejar un legado de igualdad ante la población.

    Today, 6 July 2018, the Constitutional Chamber (of the Supreme Court) of El Salvador began the discussion on the claim of unconstitutionality (33-2016) due to the omission by the Assembly of El Salvador to allow the trans population to change their name. FESLGBTI ensures that the justices have the opportunity to leave a legacy of equality for this population.

    As one can hear in the video (in Spanish), they are using the recent favorable CIDH ruling, as it pertains to gender identity, as a major point in their argument, pressing for an unconstitutionality ruling:
    https://twitter.com/NoticiasLGBT

    In addition, they further cite precedent from Argentina, Uruguay, Bolivia, Colombia, and Ecuador, all of which allow for self-declared name change, all in accord with the CIDH ruling. One can read a more complete document pertaining to these other Latin nations, prepared in conjunction with La Federación Argentina LGBT, here:
    https://twitter.com/DELAMANOCONTIG1

    FESLGBTI = Federación LGBTI de El Salvador

  • 129. allan120102  |  July 7, 2018 at 12:41 am

    As I was sadly expecting Lepage has become the first governor to vetoe the bill banning conversion therapy. What a sad and disgusting man he is. http://thehill.com/homenews/state-watch/395909-ma

  • 130. guitaristbl  |  July 7, 2018 at 12:56 am

    Meh. Doesnt matter. SCOTUS will soon overturn conversion therapy bans on the grounds of "religious freedom" anyway.

  • 131. scream4ever  |  July 7, 2018 at 9:10 am

    Considering they've repeatedly refused to grant cert to such cases, that indicates there wasn't even 4 votes before, so even if the Supreme Court ends up with an idealogue, there won't be more than 4 votes now.

  • 132. JayJonson  |  July 7, 2018 at 9:59 am

    Yes, with Kennedy on the Court, there were not four votes to grant cert to cases appealing conversion therapy bans. But when Kennedy is replaced by a far-right successor, there could very well be four votes to grant cert. Don't know whether they will have 5 to overturn the bans, but I would not be surprised if SCOTUS granted cert to a challenge to them.

  • 133. VIRick  |  July 7, 2018 at 1:26 pm

    Maine: Governor Vetoes "Conversion Therapy" Ban

    On Friday, 6 July 2018, Maine Gov. Paul LePage vetoed a bill that would bar state-licensed professionals from subjecting minors to so-called conversion therapy, aimed at turning LGBT people straight or cisgender. In vetoing the bill, LePage, an ultraconservative, anti-LGBT Republican, called it “bad public policy” that would limit therapists’ conversations with clients, Maine's "Portland Press Herald" reports.

    The legislature will reconvene Monday, 9 July, to consider overriding LePage’s vetoes of the "conversion therapy" ban and five other measures. However, the 19-12 Senate vote to pass the "conversion therapy" bill and the 80-55 vote on it in the House both fall short of the two-thirds majority needed to override a veto, so supporters would have to persuade some opponents to change their votes.
    https://www.advocate.com/politics/2018/7/07/maine

    For a successful over-ride, the measure would need 21 favorable votes in the Senate and 90 in the House.

  • 134. VIRick  |  July 7, 2018 at 2:48 pm

    Ecuador: Same-Sex Marriage Up-Date, 5-7 July 2018

    Dos parejas del mismo sexo esperan resultado de apelación a sentencia a favor de sus matrimonios en Cuenca.

    Pasos a favor de las parejas del mismo sexo se están dando en Cuenca, según la abogada, Nathaly Yépez, del Colectivo Jurídico Feminista, que respalda las luchas por la reivindicación de derechos de las LGBTI. Ella, junto a sus colegas, Catalina Mendoza Escola y Sylvia Bonilla, impulsan "acciones de protección" para que se permita la inscripción del matrimonio civil igualitario.

    En ambas audiencias, las juezas, según Yépez, declararon la violación al derecho a la igualdad y no discriminación (de la opinión de la CIDH). Y ordenaron al Registro Civil de Cuenca inscribir inmediatamente el matrimonios de las parejas. Las sentencias fueron apeladas, pero el Colectivo Jurídico Feminista espera que la resolución final sea favorable.
    http://www.elcomercio.com/actualidad/lgbti-pareja

    Two same-sex couples await results of appeal of the judgment in favor of their marriages in Cuenca.

    Steps in favor of same-sex couples are taking place in Cuenca, according to lawyer, Nathaly Yépez, of the Feminist Legal Collective, which supports the struggles for the rights of LGBTIs. She, along with her colleagues, Catalina Mendoza Escola and Sylvia Bonilla, are pursuing "actions of protection" to allow for the registration of equal civil marriages.

    In both hearings, the judges, according to Yépez, declared the violation of the right to equality and non-discrimination (from the opinion of the CIDH). And they ordered the Civil Registry of Cuenca to immediately register the marriages of the couples. The judgments were appealed, but the Feminist Legal Collective are hopeful the final resolution will be favorable.

    As is typical throughout Latin America, please note how gay rights and women's rights remain inextricably intertwined. Also note how the CIDH ruling is central to the two favorable judgments recently rendered:

    Per Pamela Troya, 7 July 2018:

    Dos juezas de Cuenca acogieron la Opinión Consultiva, OC-24, de la CIDH para sentenciar de manera favorable y permitir el matrimonio igualitario de dos parejas. El Registro Civil apeló, y estamos esperamos pronunciamiento de Corte Provincial de Justicia (de Azuay).
    https://twitter.com/pametroya/status/101557442490

    Two judges from Cuenca accepted the Advisory Opinion, OC-24, of the CIDH to rule favorably and to allow for the equal marriages of two couples. The Civil Registry appealed, and we are awaiting the pronouncement of the Provincial Court of Justice (of Azuay).

    In the meantime, people from Chile to Costa Rica are scratching their heads in amazement, wondering out loud how Ecuador got so far ahead of them, given that Chile had their own earlier CIDH accord of several years ago to allow for marriage equality, while Costa Rica sought and received the present ruling.

    Per Luis Guzmán de Costa Rica:

    Ecuador se convirtió en el primer país que aprueba el matrimonio igualitario de acuerdo a la OC-24, que solicitó Costa Rica y que se dio a conocer por la CIDH en enero de este año.

    Ecuador became the first country to approve marriage equality in accordance with OC-24, which was requested by Costa Rica and which was announced by the CIDH in January of this year.

  • 135. VIRick  |  July 7, 2018 at 4:57 pm

    Clever LGBT World Cup Demonstration in Moscow

    Per Soy Homosensual:

    Aficionados con las camisetas de España (rojo), Holanda (naranja), Brasil (amarillo), México (verde), Argentina (azul), y Colombia (púrpura), cada país con matrimonio igualitario, forman bandera arcoíris en plena Plaza Roja de Moscú.
    https://twitter.com/SoyHomosensual/status/1015682

    Fans wearing the shirts of Spain (red), Holland (orange), Brasil (yellow), Mexico (green), Argentina (blue), and Colombia (purple), each country with marriage equality, formed the rainbow flag in the middle of Red Square in Moscow.

  • 136. VIRick  |  July 7, 2018 at 5:57 pm

    India: New 5-Judge Constitutional Bench to Hear Issue of Decriminalization of Gay Sex

    Per Rex Wockner:

    New Delhi: The newly re-constituted five-judge constitutional bench will commence hearing of four crucial matters, including the issue of sexual relationship between persons of the same sex, beginning from 10 July 2018.

    The new five-judge bench will be headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra and would comprise Justices R F Nariman, A M Khanwilkar, D Y Chandrachud, and Indu Malhotra.
    https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/new-5-j

  • 137. allan120102  |  July 7, 2018 at 9:19 pm

    The 11 court of appeals is the first to change thanks to Trump. It now is pretty conservative. https://www.ajc.com/news/local/trump-packs-influe

  • 138. VIRick  |  July 8, 2018 at 4:43 pm

    Perú: Self-Identifying Transgender Name-Change Procedure Finally Being Implemented

    Per LimaGay.net, 28 June 2018:

    Trabajadores trans de Atento podrán usar su nombre social en su fotocheck

    Como parte de sus principios y compromiso de no discriminación, promoción de la igualdad de oportunidades, y el respeto a todos los individuos, Atento Perú, implementó recientemente su procedimiento para la emisión y uso de fotocheck corporativo con el nombre social de la persona, con el objetivo de que todos los colaboradores transgénero de la compañía, tengan la plena libertad de modificar el nombre que aparece en sus carnets de identificación interna.

    El colaborador puede iniciar fácilmente el trámite de cambio en el fotocheck, con tan solo completar una declaración jurada, que posteriormente será ingresada a la base de datos de la organización y en 24 horas se procederá a la emisión del nuevo documento.
    http://blogdelimagay.blogspot.com/

    Atento trans workers may use their social name in their photocheck

    As part of its principles and commitment to non-discrimination, promotion of equal opportunities, and respect for all individuals, Atento Peru recently implemented its procedure for the issuance and use of corporate photocheck with the social name of the person, with the goal that all transgender employees of the company have the full freedom to modify the name that appears on their internal ID cards.

    The user can easily initiate the change process in the photocheck, simply by completing a sworn statement, which will then be entered into the organization's database and within 24 hours the new document will be issued.

    Following this very recent implementation of the Constitutional Court order and judgment of 8 November 2016, Perú has now become the 7th Hispanic nation in South America to allow for self-identifying transgender name-change, joining Argentina, Uruguay, Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, and Brasil (plus Panamá, Costa Rica, and 3 jurisdictions in Mexico), a matter, too, which also brings Perú into accordance with the recent CIDH ruling pertaining to gender identity.

    Note: Atento Perú is a major Spanish company which does business process outsourcing.

  • 139. Zack12  |  July 9, 2018 at 12:22 am

    IMO, the first court to truly change is the 7th circuit, where Democratic and moderate Republican judges(Terrance Evans,Ann Williams and Richard Posner) have all been replaced by far right Republican hacks.
    Yes Trump has put three judges on the 11th Circuit but if you read the fine print on them, you'll see that Frank Hull(who was a woman) and Julie Carnes were NOT judges Clinton or Obama wanted but had to put on the courts either because Republicans controlled the Senate(Frank Hull with Clinton) or because Patrick Leahy was an idiot(Julie Carnes with Obama) and forced Obama to accept her as part of a package deal to get Jill Pryor on the 11th Circuit.
    Kevin Newson was replacing a G.W. far right judge so no change there.
    The only loss here is like elsewhere(the 5th and 6th) we lost a chance to turn a conservative court into a moderate one.
    The 3rd,7th and 9th Circuits will be where the true damage is done.

  • 140. psicotraducciones  |  July 9, 2018 at 1:26 pm

    youre wrong, this company allows self identifying transgender name change but to change it in your official documents you still have to stand before court

  • 141. VIRick  |  July 9, 2018 at 2:46 pm

    Thanks for the correction. That explains why Perú was not cited as precedent in the current case pending before the El Salvador Supreme Court. Brasil and Costa Rica were also not cited, but I presume that that was due to the fact that both made their changes so recently, earlier in 2018, after the document that was presented to the court had already been prepared.

  • 142. josejoram  |  July 13, 2018 at 2:31 pm

    Indeed it is not necessary to amend the Constitution to reach marriage equality in Venezuela. The problem is that this "Constitutional Assembly" is unconstitutional.

    I had posted previously the story about why Venezuelan Constitution does not ban marriage equality. To make things short: I introduced an Appeal to the Supreme Court in 2003 and the response by the SC was that "Venezuelan Constitution neither recognizes nor neglects marriage equality fpr same sex couples,..but is the Legislative which can solve the question through a law or reform to the Civil Code"…

  • 143. VIRick  |  July 13, 2018 at 3:42 pm

    José, I was trying to be somewhat diplomatic. I already knew the correct answer from your previous post, a point which you just reiterated.

    As you may also know, despite being neighbors, Puerto Rico/Virgin Islands are not compatible with Venezuela ever since Chavez cut off the oil supply to the largest oil refinery in the Americas, one which we had once been totally dependent upon. Eventually, with the refinery now shut down, our government here finally expropriated the entire Hovensa property due to its failure to pay overdue taxes. Insanely enough, Hovensa had been 50% owned by the Venezuela government, but still, was cut off from receiving any more Venezuelan crude by the very same government (under different leadership). And with the expropriation, the Venezuela government then lost its entire investment here.

    As a result, we are now on each others' "shit lists." There is no communication, contact, inter-change, trade, commerce, or business between us and Venezuela, an icy relationship which has continued now for a number of years, so my understanding of the current situation there (which seems dreadful) is somewhat limited. My main sources are LGBT groups in Colombia, like Caribe Afirmativo of Barranquilla, who are working overtime to assist LGBT refugees fleeing Venezuela, mainly from the Maracaibo area, which brings us right back to the oil.

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