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SCOTUS not likely to act on LGBT petitions until after January

Discrimination

Several cases involving LGBT rights are currently in the Supreme Court waiting for the Justices to decide whether to take them up for full briefing and argument. The Court could decide to hear cases ranging from LGBT employment to the ban on transgender military servicemembers. But Amy Howe from SCOTUSBlog notes that the cases that were scheduled for the Justices’ private conference (the three involving LGBT employment discrimination) have been rescheduled and the Court hasn’t set a date for a new conference. After this week, the next conference is next year:

Several other cases are still awaiting conference dates. Responses to the transgender military servicemember cases are due December 24.

There probably won’t be any Supreme Court action in these cases until January at the earliest. Generally, the Court grants cases for the current term until around mid-January, at which point the granted cases are heard in October or later.

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  • 1. VIRick  |  December 4, 2018 at 10:34 am

    Federal Suit Filed After Gay US Citizen Threatened with Deportation

    Per Equality Case Files:

    A gay man, a US citizen born in Philadelphia, was held by the Monroe County FL sheriff's department at the request of ICE and threatened with deportation "back to Jamaica." On 3 December 2018, the Southern Poverty Law Center, the ACLU, and the ACLU of Florida filed a federal lawsuit on his behalf.

    The case has been assigned to Chief Judge K. Michael Moore with referrals to Chief Magistrate Judge Andrea M. Simonton.

    "The SPLC sued Monroe County Sheriff Rick Ramsay today for illegally holding a US citizen in the county jail on a US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) hold. The suit is the first to challenge a Florida sheriff for unlawfully detaining people at ICE’s request as part of a Basic Ordering Agreement (BOA), ICE’s latest scheme to use local law enforcement to find and deport immigrants."
    https://www.splcenter.org/news/2018/12/03/splc-br

  • 2. VIRick  |  December 4, 2018 at 10:46 am

    Actual Female, Mis-Classified as Transgender When Jailed, Sues Florida

    Fior Pichardo de Veloz, a grandmother from the Dominican Republic, is suing after Florida police arrested her – and then put her in jail with male prisoners because they mistakenly thought she was transgender.

    Pichardo, who had come to the United States to witness the birth of her grandchild, spent ten hours in a cell with male inmates after a prison doctor decided she is transgender because she takes hormone blockers for menopause.

    A federal appeals court has ruled that Pichardo can sue the doctor and a nurse who insisted she be treated as a man – despite a strip search that showed she is a woman. A previous judge had thrown out the lawsuit, saying the medical personnel were immune from the negligence lawsuit.

    “Every reasonable prison officer and medical personnel would have known that wrongfully misclassifying a biological female as a male inmate and placing that female in the male population of a detention facility was unlawful,” Judge Frank Hull wrote in the unanimous decision.

    Pichardo was arrested at Miami International Airport on an old drug charge that, unknown to her, was still outstanding. Pichardo is an attorney and elected official in the Dominican Republic.
    https://www.lgbtqnation.com/2018/12/thought-trans

  • 3. VIRick  |  December 4, 2018 at 12:41 pm

    CA-21, Democratic Lead Increases

    According to the latest count, TJ Cox now leads by 843 votes (0.8%). Previously, he had been up by 529 votes (0.4%).

    Per California Secretary of State, 4 December 2018, 11:26 AM:

    TJ Cox, DEM, 57,187 votes (50.4%)

    David Valadao, REP, 56,344 votes (49.6%)
    https://vote.sos.ca.gov/returns/us-rep/district/2

  • 4. VIRick  |  December 4, 2018 at 12:57 pm

    NC-9, Absentee Ballot Voting Fraud Up-Date

    Leslie McCrae Dowless, a political operative with a criminal past, is at the center of North Carolina’s election controversy. He was convicted for felony fraud in 1992 and spent six months in prison, plus he was also convicted on misdemeanors related to writing bad checks and failure to pay taxes, records show.

    The North Carolina Board of Elections is investigating the results of the 9th Congressional District election between Republican Mark Harris and Democrat Dan McCready after allegations of “irregularities and fraudulent activities” relating to absentee by-mail ballots surfaced. The board has unanimously refused to certify the current results, and could decide to hold a new election.

    Sworn affidavits from voters and election workers of Bladen County submitted on 29 November to the state board by an attorney for the state Democratic Party appear to suggest that absentee ballots were manipulated and falsified in the race. One of the affidavits names Dowless, saying he would receive a $40,000 bonus if Harris won.

    In their affidavits to the state election board, some voters alleged that they were visited by a woman who collected their absentee ballots from them, but never submitted them. The woman, Lisa Britt, allegedly worked for Dowless. She also appeared as a signed witness on several absentee ballots. It also now appears that Dowless is Britt's step-father.

    Copies of more than 160 absentee ballots flagged as having common signatures were provided to BuzzFeed News. They show that a handful of people served as witnesses on absentee ballots dozens of times, some having signed their name more than 40 times.

    Dowless worked as a contractor for Red Dome, a political consulting firm that was paid more than $428,000 by the Harris campaign, WSOCTV.com reported.
    https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/tasneemnashr

  • 5. VIRick  |  December 4, 2018 at 5:12 pm

    Russian Judge Calls on Russia to Legalize Same-Sex Unions

    Dmitry Dedov has called for the government in his home country of Russia to legalize same-sex unions. The official, who sits on the European Court of Human Rights, shared his opinion in a written statement, adding that it would help protect LGBTQ citizens.

    “I believe that compromise and social harmony could be found on the basis of mutual respect for human rights and, in particular, for the rights of minorities who do not seek to promote their own way of life, but rather seek recognition of their civil rights, their respect and protection of the state,” Dedov wrote. "I mean the right to create family relationships that differ from the usual understanding of the union between a man and a woman. Legal recognition of such partnerships can be a starting point for the protection of all other needs usually arising between family members.”

    It comes a week after the ECHR ruled that many of Russia’s recent actions against LGBTQ people, such as banning Pride parades, is illegal.
    https://www.gaytimes.co.uk/community/116059/russi

  • 6. ianbirmingham  |  December 4, 2018 at 11:50 pm

    Vladimir Putin: It's My "Duty" To Stop Gay Marriage

    In an interview with Oliver Stone airing on Showtime [June 2017], the Russian president explained that, as head of state, he was obligated “to uphold traditional values and family values.”

    His reasoning? “Because same-sex marriages will not produce any children. God has decided, and we have to care about birth rates in our country. We have to reinforce families.”

    But,” he added, “that doesn’t mean that there should be any persecutions against anyone.”

    Repression of Russia’s LGBT community is well-documented, but Putin has continually denied queer people face persecution. Talking with Stone, he claimed Russia is “liberal-minded to a great extent,” and insisted gay Russians are under no particular threat.

    “There is no situation like in some Muslim countries, where homosexuals face the death penalty. We have no restrictions or harassment based on gender. Moreover, many people explicitly talk about their non-traditional sexual orientation. We maintain relations with them and many of them achieve outstanding results in their activity. They even get state awards and orders for their achievements.”

    He added that there are no laws prohibiting gays from serving in the military, prompting Stone to ask whether he’d be comfortable showering on a submarine with a homosexual crewman.

    “I prefer not to go to the shower with him,” Putin responded. “Why provoke him? But you know, I’m a judo master and a Sambo master as well.”

    Putin did, however, defend Russia’s ban on same-sex adoption: “I cannot say that it is welcomed by our public,” he conceded. “I say this frankly. In my view, children will have a freer choice when they become adults if they grow up in a traditional family.”

    He used similar rhetoric to defend Russia’s “gay propaganda” ban, telling Stone the law allows children “the opportunity to grow up without impacting their consciousness.”

    http://www.newnownext.com/vladimir-putin-oliver-s

  • 7. davepCA  |  December 5, 2018 at 10:28 am

    "We have to care about birth rates in our country"…. HA HA HA HA!! Yeah, because giving legal recognition and rights to a same sex couple obviously causes their straight neighbors to stop having sex and making babies. What idiocy.

  • 8. bayareajohn  |  December 5, 2018 at 11:52 am

    The idiocy isn't even that sane. The actual talking point is that Gays don't reproduce, so if allowed, the human race would die out.

    This line of course seems to presume that being gay is sooooo compellingly appealing that an overwhelming majority of otherwise straight, child-bearing people would go gay if they only knew.

    The same argument (unable to reproduce to fill new gay ranks "naturally") is pushed to explain that obviously new gays can only occur through "recruitment" of innocent children by molestation or propaganda.

  • 9. VIRick  |  December 5, 2018 at 1:14 pm

    Mexico: Bill Introduced to Allow Mexican Same-Sex Marriages Abroad

    Per Ricardo Monreal A.:

    Hoy día, el 5 de diciembre 2018, presenté una iniciativa en el Senado Mexicano para modificar la Ley del Servicio Exterior, y permitir así los matrimonios de connacionales del mismo sexo en el extranjero (en las embajadas y los consulados mexicanos en todo el mundo).
    https://twitter.com/RicardoMonrealA

    Today, 5 December 2018, I presented a bill in the Mexican Senate to modify the Foreign Service Law, and thus allow marriages of same-sex nationals abroad (in Mexican embassies and consulates worldwide).
    http://comunicacion.senado.gob.mx/index.php/infor

    This Morena-sponsored bill is likely to pass and will bring the Mexican federal government into compliance with the very recent Mexican federal court ruling in this regard.

  • 10. VIRick  |  December 5, 2018 at 1:55 pm

    IACHR Supports Demand from Movilh and Other Groups on Marriage Equality

    Per LGBT Marriage News:

    CIDH Apoya Demanda del Movilh y Otros Grupos Sobre el Matrimonio Igualitario

    Hoy, 5 de diciembre 2018, la audiencia fue encabezada por la presidenta de la CIDH, Margarette May Macaulay, quien respondió favorablemente a la petición de los colectivos LGBTI para que se inste a los Estados a aprobar el matrimonio igualitario y para que se exija particularmente a Chile cumplir sus compromisos internacionales sobre la materia.
    https://www.elmostrador.cl/braga/2018/12/05/cidh-

    Today, 5 December 2018, the hearing headed by the president of the IACHR, Margarette May Macaulay, responded favorably to the request from LGBTI collectives to urge the States to approve marriage equality and to demand that Chile comply with its international commitments on the matter.

    In addition to MOVILH from Chile, the other petitioning LGBT groups were from Costa Rica, Guatemala, Honduras, Panamá, El Salvador, and México.

  • 11. VIRick  |  December 5, 2018 at 2:21 pm

    Chile: First Monument to LGBTI Rights to Be Installed at Cerro Santa Lucía

    Chile: Instalarán Primer Monumento sobre Derechos LGBTI en el Cerro Santa Lucía

    Se trata de una placa conmemorativa y de una cápsula del tiempo que estará enterrada por 100 años en las faldas del cerro que da a la Alameda, a pasos de la Calle Victoria Subercaseaux y frente a la Universidad Católica de Chile.
    https://www.elmostrador.cl/braga/2018/12/05/insta

    A commemorative plaque and a time capsule will be buried for 100 years in the folds of the hill overlooking the Alameda, along the steps from Victoria Subercaseaux Street, in front of the Catholic University of Chile.

    Note: Cerro Santa Lucía is an extremely revered spot in the very heart of Santiago which is covered with commemorative markers and monuments pertaining to all the significant events concerning the history of Chile. The news article contains an accompanying photo showing the locale where the LGBTI plaque and monument are to be installed.

  • 12. VIRick  |  December 5, 2018 at 4:51 pm

    Angela Merkel When Referencing Trump-like Noise and Bluster

    Per Rex Wockner, Lionel Barber, and Steffen Seibert:

    First noted use by a German chancellor of “shitstorm.” German scholars will appreciate the use of “einen Shitstorm einbringen” (bringing in a shitstorm).

    "Ich habe früher ‚Neuland‘ gesagt, das brachte mir einen großen Shitstorm ein. Jedenfalls ist es in gewisser Weise noch nicht durchschrittenes Terrain."
    https://twitter.com/RegSprecher/status/1069982705

    "I used to say 'new land,' that brought me a big shitstorm. In any case, it is, in that sense, not yet well-traveled terrain."

  • 13. ianbirmingham  |  December 5, 2018 at 5:39 pm

    Putin's position here is largely driven by the combination of Islamic majorities in a few Russian oblasts and the immense influence of the Eastern Orthodox Church in all the other Russian oblasts. Between these two religions, Russia is fully covered by a heavy quilt of homophobic thought.

    Putin is an extraordinarily intelligent man, certainly far more than smart enough to realize that these homophobic thoughts are intellectually indefensible. He probably doesn't actually believe any of these homophobic lines, but nevertheless he knows full well that as a Russian political actor he has no choice but to deliver them anyway, as persuasively as he possibly can.

  • 14. VIRick  |  December 5, 2018 at 8:12 pm

    Here is a completely countervailing argument:

    If Putin were to ask his immediate neighbors to the west who are unfortunate enough to share a border with Russia, he would be immediately told that there are already far too many Russians in existence, LGBT or not, and that the LGBTs are not to be blamed for this gross over-population, but rather, that the heteros are. Furthermore, he would be told that Russia needs to stay in Russia and that it must stop encroaching upon and grabbing from its neighbors. Here are some demographic statistics to prove the points:

    As of 1 January 2018, the population of Russia was 144,530,031 excluding Crimea and Sevastopol, whose annexation is not recognized by most UN members, (the most-recent example of their innate need to grab). In 2013, Russia experienced its first natural population growth since 1990. As of 2017, Russia's birth rate of 1.62 children born/woman was among the highest in Eastern, Southern, and Central Europe. (It took them that long to begin to recover from the negative incentive to having children born under the previous oppressive Soviet regime, the underlying problem).

    According to the 2010 census, ethnic Russians made up 81% of the total population of Russia (or 117 million people). This share has remained steady over the last few decades. Six other ethnicities have a population exceeding 1 million – Tatars (3.9%), Ukrainians (1.4%), Bashkir (1.1%), Chuvash (1%), Chechens (1%), and Armenians (0.9%). In total, 160 different ethnic groups live within the Russian Federation's borders. Russia's population density is 8.4 people per square kilometre (22 per square mile), making it one of the most sparsely populated countries in the world. (So stay in Russia, as there is plenty of space and lots of land.)

    By comparison, Finland's population is 5.5 million, Estonia has only 1.32 million, Latvia 1.95 million, and Lithuania 2.85 million (or 11.72 million combined, just over 8% of Russia's total population, or 10% of Russia's total Russian ethnic population). In other words, there are ten times as many Russian ethnics in Russia vs. the total Baltic population combined (which includes large lumps of Russian ethnics). Finland does not keep records based upon its citizens' ethnicity. However, some others do.

    With the break-up of the Soviet Union and the 1991 re-assertion of Estonian independence, Estonia lost 15% of its population (230,000 people}, mainly ethnic Russians, Belarusians, and Ukrainians. In the nation as a whole, Russians still make up 25% of the total population (having been 30% in 1989), while ethnic Estonians comprise 69% (up from 61.5% in 1989).

    The situation in Latvia was even more dire. There, in 1989, ethnic Latvians only comprised 52% of the population, while Russians/Belarusians/Ukrainians accounted for 42%. However, following the (do-or-die) re-assertion of Latvian independence in 1991, and the emigration of almost 40% of the Russians, Belarusians, and Ukrainians, by 2011, Latvian ethnics comprised 62.1%, while the other 3 had shrunk to 32% (with Russian ethnics still comprising 26%).

  • 15. ianbirmingham  |  December 5, 2018 at 9:03 pm

    Und aus dem Protokoll, Herr. Trumpf ist eine Scheißekopf!

  • 16. VIRick  |  December 5, 2018 at 10:22 pm

    CA-21, Final Tally, Cox Wins by 862 Votes

    Per California Secretary of State, 5 December 2018, 6:38 PM:

    TJ Cox, DEM, 57,239 votes (50.4%)

    David Valadao, REP, 56,377 votes (49.6%)

    In California, all canvasses must be completed by tomorrow, 6 December 2018. The Republican delegation representing California in the House has been officially cut in half, down from 14 to 7.
    https://vote.sos.ca.gov/returns/us-rep/district/2

  • 17. scream4ever  |  December 6, 2018 at 12:20 am

    The only other California congressional district I could see us flipping before redistricting is 50, especially as it's likely to be an open election. 22 may also be withing striking distance as it's right next door to 21.

  • 18. guitaristbl  |  December 6, 2018 at 4:33 am

    There would be no great pleasure than ousting the extremely homophobic CA-1 representative Doug LaMalfa but it seems verg unlikely given the demographics in that district..

  • 19. KryptonKid  |  December 6, 2018 at 9:22 am

    I believe it was "Drumpf."

  • 20. VIRick  |  December 6, 2018 at 9:41 am

    Yes, the original German spelling of Hair Furor's surname was Drumpf.

  • 21. VIRick  |  December 6, 2018 at 1:20 pm

    Canada: Alberta: Cabinet Minister to Marry Same-Sex Partner

    Ricardo Miranda will make history with his upcoming same-sex wedding when he marries his fiance, Christopher Brown, later this month. He will be Alberta’s first gay cabinet minister to be married. Their wedding will be officiated by Rachel Notley, the Premier of Alberta, at the Glenbow Museum in Calgary.

    Ricardo Miranda, 42, is the province’s first elected openly gay man. Hispanic and Jewish, Miranda is originally from Nicaragua in Central America. As a Nicaraguan refugee, Miranda fled from that nation's civil war with his family when he was a child. At the age of 12, they moved to Calgary. Miranda has remained there ever since, and is now an elected member of the Alberta Legislative Assembly, representing Calgary-Cross, as well as being its provincial Minister of Culture and Tourism.
    https://www.pinknews.co.uk/2018/12/06/ricardo-mir

  • 22. scream4ever  |  December 6, 2018 at 2:36 pm

    Duncan Hunter is almost just as bad.

  • 23. VIRick  |  December 6, 2018 at 4:01 pm

    Chile: Supreme Court Rules that Marriage Is a Fundamental Right, Setting Precedent

    Per LGBT Marriage News:

    The Supreme Court Argument that Shines a Light toward Marriage Equality

    El Argumento de la Suprema Corte que Enciende una Luz para el Matrimonio Igualitario

    “Las normas constitucionales y la convención internacional disponen que toda persona que habita el Estado de Chile es titular del derecho, a contraer matrimonio y fundar una familia, en lo cual la autoridad tiene el deber de ampararla, por lo mismo, no puede ser turbado en el ejercicio de ese derecho.”

    Hoy día, el 6 de diciembre 2018, este fue uno de los párrafos que formaron parte de un fallo de la Corte Suprema (de Chile) que ordenó al Registro Civil celebrar el matrimonio entre un chileno y una ciudadana extranjera en situación irregular (un eufemismo cortés que significa que ella estaba en el país ilegalmente, la razón declarada por el Registro Civil de por qué se negaron a registrar el matrimonio).
    https://www.latercera.com/nacional/noticia/argume

    "Constitutional norms and international convention provide that every person who inhabits the State of Chile is entitled to the right to marry and to found a family, in which case the authorities have the duty to protect it, therefore, they can not disturb the exercise of that right."

    Today, 6 December 2018, this was one of the paragraphs that was part of a Chilean Supreme Court ruling that ordered the Civil Registry to celebrate the marriage between a male Chilean citizen and a female foreign citizen in an irregular situation (a polite euphemism meaning that she was in the country illegally, the reason stated by the Civil Registry as to why they refused to register the marriage).

  • 24. VIRick  |  December 6, 2018 at 4:19 pm

    South Africa: Parliament Passes Bill Banning Government Workers from Refusing to Officiate LGBT Marriages

    Per LGBT Marriage News:

    On Thursday, 6 December 2018, the National Assembly passed a bill which will make it impermissible for marriage officers working for the State to refuse to marry same-sex couples. The Civil Union Amendment Bill, which seeks to repeal Section 6 of the act allowing marriage officers to opt out of marrying same-sex couples on the basis of "conscience, religion, and belief," was passed with the support of most parties.

    The proposed amendment was supported by the ruling African National Congress. Its MP Hlomani Chauke said that of the 409 Home Affairs offices in South Africa, most did not serve same-sex couples. "What was disturbing was that almost 88 percent of marriage officers in the department were exempted from marrying same-sex couples," he said.

    The bill gives the Home Affairs department a 24-month "transitional period" to enable officers an opportunity to be trained. The Bill will be sent to the President for assent.
    https://www.iol.co.za/news/politics/parliament-pa

  • 25. FredDorner  |  December 6, 2018 at 5:12 pm

    24 months for training? LOL…..this same-sex marriage stuff must be incredibly complicated.

    I wonder if they can opt out of marrying mixed-race couples too?

  • 26. VIRick  |  December 6, 2018 at 9:33 pm

    Missouri: Senator-Elect Hawley Under Criminal Investigation

    The "Kansas City Star" reports:

    Missouri Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft has launched an investigation into a complaint that Missouri Attorney-General Josh Hawley used public resources in his successful bid for the US Senate.

    On 2 November, the American Democracy Legal Fund filed a complaint with Ashcroft, claiming that Hawley used out-of-state political consultants to direct the activities of public employees in the attorney-general’s office to raise Hawley’s political profile as he prepared to mount a campaign for US Senate.

    The "St. Louis Post-Dispatch" reports:

    US Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., argued in the campaign’s closing days that Hawley may have committed a crime by inviting political advisers to manage aspects of his office.

    “It is against the law to use state resources for political gain,” McCaskill, a former prosecutor in Kansas City, said. “You cannot use taxpayer-paid staff to assist in any political purpose. The last time an attorney-general went to prison was for utilizing his office and his state staff to promote himself politically. Those are the facts.”

    In 1993, Missouri Attorney-General William L. Webster was sentenced to two years in prison for conspiracy and embezzlement of state resources after an investigation revealed Webster was using state resources for political purposes.
    https://www.joemygod.com/2018/12/missouri-republi

    Hawley first "appeared" as a topic on JMG in 2015 when, as a candidate for Missouri Attorney-General, he backed a proposal to legalize anti-LGBT business discrimination in the name of Jesus.

  • 27. VIRick  |  December 6, 2018 at 10:18 pm

    All House Race Results in California Are Now Official

    On 6 December 2018, in the final tally in CA-25 (Santa Clarita), bi-sexual Katie Hill, D, topped the Republican incumbent Steve Knight by 21,396 votes.

    In CA-10 (Modesto), Josh Harder, D, bested the Republican incumbent Jeff Denham by 9,967 votes.

    In CA-48 (Santa Ana), Harley Rouda, D, beat the Republican incumbent Dana Rohrabacher by 20,938 votes.

    In CA-39 (Fullerton), Gil Cisneros, D, won over the Republican challenger, Young Kim, by 7,599 votes.

    And as reported above, in CA-21 (Fresno), TJ Cox, D, topped the Republican incumbent David Valadao by 862 votes.
    https://twitter.com/CourageCampaign

    In earlier official results, in CA-49 (Carlsbad), Mike Levin, D, trounced the Republican challenger, Diane Harkey by 37,876 votes.

    And in CA-45 (Irvine), Katie Porter, D, beat the Republican incumbent Mimi Walters by 12,523 votes.
    https://vote.sos.ca.gov/returns/us-rep/district/4

    In CA-50 (Alpine), the indicted Republican incumbent Duncan Hunter apparently still won, in a race that narrowed considerably, obtaining 134,210 votes (51.7%) over his Democratic challenger Ammar Campa-Najjar who obtained 125,335 votes (48.3%), a win of only 8,875 votes, the closest where a Republican managed to hang on (but one where Hunter's federal indictment for fraud still looms).
    https://vote.sos.ca.gov/returns/us-rep/district/5

  • 28. VIRick  |  December 6, 2018 at 11:29 pm

    NC-9 Absentee Ballot Voting Fraud Widens to Second County

    Per Ryan Nobles, CNN Correspondant:

    In a report aired on 6 December 2018, a CNN review of absentee ballots in a second county in NC-9 reveal more irregularities. Dozens of absentee ballots were witnessed by 4 people in Robeson County, adjacent to Bladen County. These 4 people are all connected to McRae Dowless, the man at the center of the investigation. One of them, Jennifer Boyd, signed 57 ballots, nearly 9% of all the absentee ballots that were cast in Robeson County.
    https://twitter.com/ryanobles

  • 29. ianbirmingham  |  December 7, 2018 at 12:20 pm

    If Hawley was removed as US Senator, his replacement would be named by the Republican Governor of Missouri, Mike Parson. Parson is currently a defendant in a Missouri Supreme Court case filed by the Democratic Party which points out that Parson appointed his own Lieutenant Governor despite explicit language in the Missouri Constitution saying he can't do that!

    https://www.courts.mo.gov/file.jsp?id=130634

  • 30. VIRick  |  December 7, 2018 at 2:27 pm

    San Marino: New LGBT Civil Unions Law Takes Effect

    Per LGBT Marriage News:

    In San Marino, the new LGBT Civil Union law went into effect as from Wednesday, 5 December 2018 (data entrata vigore: 05/12/2018).
    https://www.consigliograndeegenerale.sm/on-line/h… …

  • 31. VIRick  |  December 7, 2018 at 3:25 pm

    CA-50: Duncan Hunter's Federal Fraud Indictment

    Per "The Alpine Sun," 7 December 2018:

    On Monday, 3 December 2018, a federal judge set a 10 September 2019 trial date for Congressman Duncan Hunter and his wife who are accused of unlawfully using campaign funds for personal expenses. Both Duncan D. Hunter, 41, and his estranged wife, Margaret Hunter, 43, waived their right to have a speedy trial before US District Court Judge Thomas Whelan.

    Defense attorneys Greg Vega and Logan Smith asked for a lengthy delay because they have not yet gone through every document which refers to the 43 counts of wire fraud and 13 counts of falsifying records for campaign finances from 2009 to 2016. Both Duncan Hunter (R-Alpine) and his wife have pleaded not guilty to all 60 counts which also include conspiracy and three counts of prohibited use of campaign funds.

    Assistant US Attorney Emily Allen said she did not object to a long trial delay, but wanted a trial date set Monday. She told Whelan the trial will last three weeks.

    Hunter won re-election as the 50th District representative, but he had resigned his membership on all House committees after the indictments were unsealed on 21 August. He remains free on $15,000 bond and his wife is free on $10,000 bond. https://thealpinesun.com/congressman-hunters-frau….

  • 32. VIRick  |  December 7, 2018 at 5:21 pm

    Nationwide Vote Count for US House, Up-Date

    As of 7 December 2018, nationwide, in all US House races added together, the Democrats received 56,670,935 votes (52.2%) to the Republicans 49,941,439 votes (46.0%), or 6,729,496 more. The remaining 1.8% went to third party candidates. The Democrats have 235 seats, a 40-seat gain, while the Republicans have 199, with NC-9 still undecided due to the voting fraud issue there.
    https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2018/11/06/us

  • 33. scream4ever  |  December 7, 2018 at 6:55 pm

    I suspect this will be an open race in 2020, and given how quickly San Diego County is shifting blue, we may just pick it up.

  • 34. guitaristbl  |  December 8, 2018 at 4:47 am

    And Mike Parson himself became governor after the resignation of Eric Greitens for involvment in scandals as well.
    The Missouri GOP seems like a nice group of people.

  • 35. ianbirmingham  |  December 8, 2018 at 8:11 pm

    Jubilant Malays rally after Malaysia refuses U.N. racial equality pledge

    Tens of thousands of Malay Muslims rallied in Kuala Lumpur on Saturday to celebrate the Malaysian government's refusal to ratify [the UN's International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination]. …

    Groups representing Malays, who account for around 60 percent of Malaysia's multi-ethnic population, raised fears that signing the UN pledge could have undermined Malay privileges and threatened Islam's status as Malaysia's official religion.

    https://www.reuters.com/article/amp/idUSKBN1O70AS

  • 36. VIRick  |  December 8, 2018 at 9:04 pm

    Mexico's New Federal Senator for Morena, LGBT Activist Jesusa Rodríguez

    Hay una nueva senadora con el Congreso Federal y es abiertamente lesbiana. La actriz y activista LGBT Jesusa Rodríguez toma la curul de Olga Sánchez Cordero, convirtiéndose en la segunda senadora abiertamente lesbiana en la historia mexicana (y la primera con una esposa).
    https://www.huffingtonpost.com.mx/2018/11/29/hay-

    There is a new senator in the Federal Congress who is openly lesbian. Actress and LGBT activist Jesusa Rodríguez takes the seat of Olga Sánchez Cordero, becoming the second openly lesbian senator in Mexican history (and the first with a wife).

    Note: The very learned Senator (and ex-Supreme Court Justice) Olga Sánchez Cordero has become AMLO's Secretaría de Gobernación (Domestic Affairs Secretary), basically, his second-in-command. Her very well-known replacement in the Mexican Federal Senate, Jesusa Rodríguez (Laura María de Jesús Rodríguez Ramírez), is a true leftist LGBT firebrand (besides being a married lesbian).

    In addition, I particularly enjoy her unofficial title: activista social y profesora en desobediencia civil (social activist and professor of civil disobedience). Plus, this article is accompanied by a photo of Jesusa already in her Senate seat, decked out in her signature LGBT garb.

  • 37. VIRick  |  December 8, 2018 at 9:29 pm

    The Third Gender in Mexico: Los Muxes

    Per Sonora Pride:

    Los Muxes, El Tercer Género en México

    Nacieron como hombres, pero no se identifican como tales, y tampoco quieren ser reconocidos como mujeres ni como homosexuales. Algunos habitantes del sur de México, en el estado de Oaxaca, en la región de Istmo de Tehuantepec, se están conocidos como los muxes. Para quienes comparten las tradiciones de la civilización zapoteca esta clasificación se reconoce y celebra desde la época prehispánica.

    “Somos el tercer sexo. Hay hombres, mujeres, y algo en medio. Y eso es lo que soy,“ explicó Lukas Avendaño. Además, muxe es un término zapoteco y tiene un fuerte componente de identidad étnica, por lo que no se puede entender sin saber más sobre su cultura indigena.

    Por tradición, se espera que se dediquen al trabajo doméstico, las artesanías, y las ventas en el mercado. Aunque hay otros grupos que prefieren encargarse de sus propios negocios, como un salón de belleza. De acuerdo con el libro, "ISTMO: Historia, Tradiciones, Mitos, y Leyendas," de Gonzalo Lara López, el 6% de la población de Juchitán está compuesta por muxes.
    https://www.elciudadano.cl/genero/hay-hombres-muj

    They were born as men, but they do not identify as such, nor do they want to be recognized as women or as homosexuals. Some inhabitants of southern Mexico, in the state of Oaxaca, on the Isthmus of Tehuantepec, are known as the muxes. For those who share the traditions of the Zapoteca civilization, this classification has been recognized and celebrated since pre-Hispanic times.

    "We are the third sex. There are men, women, and something in between. And that is what I am," explained Lukas Avendaño. In addition, muxe is a Zapoteca term and has a strong ethnic identity component, so it can not be fully understood without knowing more about their indigenous culture.

    By tradition, they are expected to devote themselves to domestic work, artisanship, and market-selling. Still, there are other groups who prefer to take care of their own businesses, such as a beauty salon. According to the book, "ISTMO: History, Traditions, Myths, and Legends," by Gonzalo Lara López, 6% of the population of Juchitán is composed of muxes.

    Note: This article (from Chile) is accompanied by a number of photos showing a selection of muxes in their traditional zapoteca dress styles.

  • 38. VIRick  |  December 9, 2018 at 10:12 am

    Taiwan: The Increasing Number of Registered Same-Sex Couples

    LGBT Marriage News:

    According to the Ministry of Interior, to date, a total of 3,951 same-sex couples have registered (with the various municipalities allowing it) over a period of three-and-a-half years. While LGBTI rights activists said that the increasing number of registrations is a sign of progress, only full marriage would give same-sex couples equal rights.

    The areas with the highest number of registered same-sex couples were Taipei, New Taipei, and Taichung, according to "Taiwan News." In May 2015, the southern municipality of Kaohsiung was the first to launch registrations for same-sex couples. However, Kaohsiung only had 173 same-sex couples registered, the lowest number of the six municipalities listed.
    https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/almost-4000-s

  • 39. VIRick  |  December 9, 2018 at 10:39 am

    Botswana: High Court Sets Date for Homosexuality Decriminalization Case

    Botswana’s High Court has set the date for the highly anticipated hearing on the decriminalization of homosexuality. A gay man known only as LM filed a petition in May 2018 to the court arguing the laws criminalizing homosexuality were unconstitutional. The High Court revealed the hearing will commence on 15 March 2019. The High Court also approved LEGABIBO as ‘amicus curiae’ (friend of the court) in LM’s proceedings.

    LM is challenging sections 164(a), 164(c) and 167 of the Penal Code, which criminalize same-sex activities in Botswana. Section 164 outlaws ‘carnal knowledge of any person against the order of nature.’ Those convicted face a punishment of up to seven years in prison. Section 167 prohibits ‘indecent practices between persons’ with up to two years in jail.
    https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/botswana-high

  • 40. VIRick  |  December 9, 2018 at 8:07 pm

    Angola: New Penal Code Decriminalizing Homosexuality to Become Law by Mid-2019

    Per LGBT Marriage News:

    No parlamento, o vice-procurador-geral da República angolano, Mota Liz, indicou que o executivo de João Lourenço vai submeter à Assembleia Nacional, para aprovação, uma proposta de lei temporária, onde estarão tipificadas (e utilizadas) as molduras penais do Código de Estrada, enquanto não entrar em vigor o novo Código Penal, que deverá ser aprovado em meados de 2019.
    https://24.sapo.pt/atualidade/artigos/angola-vai-

    In parliament, Angolan deputy attorney-general Mota Liz indicated that the presidential office of João Lourenço will submit to the National Assembly, for approval, a proposal for a temporary law, one where the criminal framework of the Highway Code will be typified (and utilized), while the new Penal Code has not yet entered into force, but which should be approved by mid-2019.

    Either way, the portion concerning the criminalization of homosexuality in the old outdated colonial era penal code has been quietly dropped, more through omission than by any other factor, but with the stated emphasis instead, upon "overhaul and modernization." Needless to say, the substitute penal portions of the Highway Code, to be utilized in the interim, do not concern themselves with same-sex sexual relations (whether performed in the front seat or the back seat, and whether or not the vehicle is parked or moving on a highway).

    Surprisingly, in Angola, highway deaths are the second-most common cause of death in the nation, right behind malaria.

  • 41. scream4ever  |  December 9, 2018 at 9:16 pm

    A former colleague of mine was in the Peace Corps in Angola, and he said they were a very accepting culture (he's openly gay).

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