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  • 1. VIRick  |  February 12, 2019 at 5:21 pm

    Cayman Islands: Government's Lawyer Concedes on Same-Sex Civil Unions

    Per LGBT Marriage News:

    On Monday, 11 February 2019, government’s lawyers accepted that a persuasive argument had been made for the introduction of civil unions for same-sex couples in the Cayman Islands, though they suggested that this should be left to elected politicians to decide rather than be enforced by the courts. Sir Jeffrey Jowell, QC, continued to present government’s case against the introduction of either same-sex marriage or civil unions by court order.

    He said rewriting Cayman’s laws to allow for same-sex marriage was a “nuclear option” that should not be considered. He conceded that there was a persuasive case, under the constitution, that same-sex couples had a right to some kind of domestic partnership, conferring similar legal rights to marriage, but argued that the timing of this decision should be left to legislators to deal with.

    Mr. Jowell made those remarks as he closed government’s response to a joint judicial review and constitutional challenge brought by Caymanian Chantelle Day and her partner Vickie Bodden Bush. The two women are contesting government’s decision to refuse their application to marry in April 2018 and are asking the court to use its constitutional powers to amend the Marriage Law. They argue that Cayman’s same-sex marriage ban violates their constitutional right to a private and family life, freedom of conscience, and freedom from discrimination.
    https://www.caymancompass.com/2019/02/11/governme

  • 2. VIRick  |  February 12, 2019 at 6:11 pm

    Nashville Recognizes LGBT-Owned Businesses

    Nashville Mayor David Briley signed an executive order including LGBT Business Enterprises certified by the National LGBT Chamber of Commerce in contracting and procurement opportunities throughout the city. The new policy will give NGLCC-certified businesses in Nashville the same access to contracts and economic development opportunities as businesses owned by women and ethnic minorities.

    “Thanks to the leadership of Mayor Briley and of our local affiliate chamber, the Nashville LGBT Chamber of Commerce, LGBT entrepreneurs in the Nashville region will now have the opportunity to create jobs and develop innovations that benefit all who live there,” NGLCC Co-Founder and President Justin Nelson wrote in a press release.

    “We hope this executive order in Nashville will encourage more mayors to proactively include the LGBT community for the optimum social and economic health of their cities,” NGLCC Co-Founder and CEO Chance Mitchell added.

    Nashville is the first new city in 2019 to recognize LGBT-owned businesses. 2018 saw Baltimore, Jersey City and Hoboken NJ added to the list of cities that track and include NGLCC-certified businesses.
    https://www.washingtonblade.com/2019/02/12/nashvi

  • 3. VIRick  |  February 12, 2019 at 6:26 pm

    Puerto Rico: Government Issues LGBTI-Friendly Guidelines to Public Employees

    On 8 February 2019, Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló’s administration issued guidelines that are designed to make the US commonwealth’s public employees more sensitive to the needs of transgender people, same-sex couples, and their children. The guidelines specifically refer to trans Puerto Ricans who want to change the gender on their birth certificates and to children whose parents are legally married same-sex couples.

    Trans people in Puerto Rico have been able to legally change the gender marker on their birth certificates since July 2018. The governor’s press release says 104 Puerto Ricans have already done so. It also notes more than 1,000 same-sex couples have received marriage licenses in Puerto Rico since 2015.

    Advisory Council on LGBTT Affairs President Johanne Vélez said the current birth certificate and marriage license policies were “new” for Demographic Registry employees when they took effect. She told the Blade that many of the employees simply did not understand them or know how to react when a trans person asked to change the gender on their birth certificate or a same-sex couple asked for a marriage license. “We realized there was a need for sensitivity training,” said Vélez, specifically referring to the birth certificate policy.
    https://www.washingtonblade.com/2019/02/11/puerto

  • 4. VIRick  |  February 12, 2019 at 9:06 pm

    West Virginia: Bill Introduced to Add Protections for Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity

    Del. Cody Thompson is the sole LGBTQ voice in the West Virginia legislature, where he is sponsoring legislation to add sexual orientation and gender identity to the WV Human Rights Act.
    https://twitter.com/VictoryInst/status/1095412379

  • 5. VIRick  |  February 13, 2019 at 3:11 pm

    Maryland: Up-Dating State ID Laws to Include Third Gender and Allow Gender Identity

    The Maryland House of Delegates’ Environment and Transportation Committee is expected to hold a hearing on 21 February 2019 on a bill that would update state ID laws to add a gender-neutral option to driver’s licenses and other forms of ID and to allow for gender self-identification on those IDs. The legislation would allow individuals who do not identify as male or female to mark their gender with an “X” on their Maryland IDs. It will also allow individuals to self-report their gender without verification from a medical provider.

    The Maryland Senate’s Judicial Proceedings Committee held a hearing on an identical version of the bill on 6 February. The committee is expected to vote on the bill on Thursday, 14 February. A favorable vote would initiate a floor vote in the state Senate next week.

    State Sen. William Smith, Jr., (D-Montgomery County) introduced the Senate bill, and state Del. Sara Love (D-Montgomery County) is sponsoring it in the House.

    The bill would allow those with IDs that do not match their gender identity to change their licenses. Gender is not a data point checked by the TSA, and IDs that list an “X” in place of “M” or “F” for gender meet REAL ID standards. Therefore, non-binary license holders would be able to use their new IDs to fly. If it passes, the legislation will take effect on 1 October 2019.
    https://www.washingtonblade.com/2019/02/13/md-law

  • 6. ianbirmingham  |  February 13, 2019 at 3:26 pm

    22-year-old Tunisian man police-reports being gang-raped; police then arrest him for "homosexual conduct"; he (the gang-rape victim) gets 6 months in prison!

    http://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2019/02

  • 7. VIRick  |  February 13, 2019 at 4:47 pm

    Edoméx: Here Is What Happened with Marriage Equality These Past Two Days

    Per Rex Wockner:

    On 12 February 2019, the joint commissions of the Edoméx congress were to meet, discuss, and vote upon the marriage equality, plus adoption for same-sex couples, proposals put forth by the PRD. However, instead, the Morena, PRI, and PAN deputies to the congress boycotted the session. Since Morena alone has 38 seats in the 75-member congress, a quorum was not obtained. Instead, there was a lot of yelling, demonstrating, and gesticulating outside the chamber and on out into the street.

    Now, today, 13 February, the Morena and PRI members state that they will vote in favor of marriage equality, but not for the adoption provision:

    Per Vicente F. Meléndez:

    Está en la mesa la decisión para la aprobación del matrimonio igualitario en el Estado de México.

    En Edoméx, los Diputados del PRI y de Morena dicen "apoyamos la diversidad pero no tanto," condicionando el tema de adopción, pidiendo omitirlo de la iniciativa.
    https://twitter.com/vicentefm

    The decision to approve equal marriage in the State of Mexico is on the table.

    In Edoméx, the Deputies of the PRI and Morena say "we support diversity but not so much," conditioning the issue of adoption, asking for it to be omitted from the initiative.

    Note: Vicente F. Meléndez is both a lawyer and a human rights activist.

  • 8. VIRick  |  February 13, 2019 at 5:08 pm

    Algeria: Medical Student Murdered in Homophobic Attack

    An Algerian medical student was murdered in his room when two unknown assailants slit his throat and smeared “gay” on the wall in his blood.

    Assil Belalta, 21, was killed on Sunday, 10 February 2019, in his student accommodation at the Taleb Abderrahmane campus in Ben Aknoun, a suburb of the city of Algiers, which is part of Cité Universitaire, according to local media reports and a Facebook post from LGBT Algerian rights group, Alouen.
    
    Same-sex sexual relations have been illegal in Algeria under Sharia Law since 1966. Adults caught having consensual gay sex can face a prison sentence of up to two years and a fine.

    “Anyone guilty of a homosexual act is punishable with imprisonment of between 2 months and two years, and with a fine of 500 to 2000 Algerian Dinars,” reads Article 338 of Algerian Law. “If one of the participants is below 18 years old, the punishment for the older person can be raised to 3 years’ imprisonment and a fine of 10,000 dinars.”
    https://www.pinknews.co.uk/2019/02/11/homophobic-

  • 9. FredDorner  |  February 13, 2019 at 10:33 pm

    So….the state's argument is that the plaintiffs have proven their case, so now let's agree to some sort of Jim Crow law to maintain heterosupremacy? LOL.

  • 10. VIRick  |  February 13, 2019 at 11:11 pm

    Iowa: Transgender Rights Win in State Court against State of Iowa

    Per Equality Case Files:

    A Polk County jury has delivered an important win for transgender rights in Iowa, saying that the State of Iowa was wrong in denying Jesse Vroegh the use of men's restrooms and locker rooms at work. He was also denied medically necessary gender-affirming surgery coverage through his employer. It's an historic victory, since the lawsuit was the first transgender rights case to be filed in Iowa district court since Iowa added gender identity protections to the Iowa Civil Rights Act back in 2007.

    Jesse was previously employed as a nurse by the Iowa Department of Corrections. He filed the lawsuit after he was denied use of the men’s restrooms and locker rooms at work. He was also denied insurance coverage through his employer because he is transgender. The jury ruled that the state had engaged in sex and gender identity discrimination, which is prohibited by the Iowa Civil Rights Act.
    https://www.aclu-ia.org/en/news/historic-win-tran

  • 11. FredDorner  |  February 14, 2019 at 12:01 pm

    One thing about Iowa is that their courts usually get it right due in part to their quasi-independent judicial screening board which prevents the governor from installing extremists and incompetents.

  • 12. arturo547  |  February 14, 2019 at 12:23 pm

    Chile: Supreme Court orders lower court to proceed with same-sex marriage lawsuit.

    Source: http://lanacion.cl/2019/02/14/corte-suprema-orden

    In other words, the Appels Court of Santiago had declared a same-sex couple’s lawsuit “inadmisible” (not proceeding / not admissible), but the Supreme Court has revoked that ruling , so the same-sex marriage lawsuit will continue until there is a final ruling.

  • 13. VIRick  |  February 14, 2019 at 1:00 pm

    Zacatecas: Equal Marriage Approved in Ciudad Zacatecas

    Zacatecas: Aprueban Matrimonio Igualitario en Ciudad Zacatecas

    El alcalde de Zacatecas, Ulises Mejía Haro (Morena), anunció durante el evento de "matrimonios colectivos," que a partir de este 14 de febrero 2019 que podrán se llevarse a cabo matrimonios igualitarios; lo que convierte a Ciudad Zacatecas en el premier municipio, de los 58 que integran el estado, en aceptar matrimonios del mismo sexo.
    https://www.imagenzac.com.mx/nota/160151-Aprueban

    The mayor of Ciudad Zacatecas, Ulises Mejía Haro (Morena), announced during today's "collective marriages" event, that from 14 February 2019, equal marriages could take place; this makes Ciudad Zacatecas the first municipality, of the 58 that comprise the state, to accept same-sex marriages.

    Note: Ciudad Zacatecas is the capital of the state with the same name.

    Further note: This is how it is done in Mexico. Suddenly some local official decides to change, through executive decree or administrative order, what is acceptable and legal. And that is that. However, the judge at the Zacatecas Civil Registry, Rafael Pedroza Hornedo, says, "Not so fast." We will see who wins, as everyone is under Supreme Court mandate to legalize same-sex marriage, and the city council is backing the mayor.

    Reflecting back, Zacatecas was the very last state in which a same-sex couple was granted an amparo in order to marry. This time around, Zacatecas will not be last.

    Per Luis Guzmán:

    Me da mucha emoción escuchar a Ulises Mejía H, Presidente Municipal de Zacatecas, anunciar que ha tomado la decisión de casar parejas del mismo sexo y que el matrimonio igualitario llegó a ese municipio.
    https://twitter.com/luisigg

    It gives me great emotion to hear Ulises Mejía H, Municipal President of Zacatecas, announce that he has made the decision to marry same-sex couples and that marriage equality has arrived in that municipality.

    It may be worth noting that the elected mayor of Zacatecas' other big city, Fresnillo, Benjamin Medrano Quezada, PRD, is openly gay.

  • 14. bayareajohn  |  February 14, 2019 at 1:12 pm

    I found that summary puzzling as to what the lawsuit in question was about, so I translated the page linked. My short take is that the couple were challenging the decision of the Civil Registry that refused to accept their petition to marry. Chile has a Civil Union Agreement that purports all the rights of marriage but not the title for same sex partners. The challenge is based on a constitutional guarantee of equality. The case was dismissed based on a standing law that defines marriage as between opposite sexes. The Appeals Court has reversed that decision (as it is the constitutionality of that law that is the actual question) and allows the challenge to go forward. It's not a decision on the merits, but a go-ahead to engage the suit.

  • 15. VIRick  |  February 14, 2019 at 3:37 pm

    Japan: 13 Same-Sex Couples Have Duly Filed Their Lawsuits

    Per Rex Wockner:

    Thirteen same-sex couples demanding marriage equality filed lawsuits against the government at district courts across Japan on Valentine's Day, 14 February 2019, arguing that the refusal to allow them to marry is unconstitutional and discriminatory.

    Each of the 26 plaintiffs is seeking 1 million yen ($9,000) in compensation ($234,000 total), claiming that the government's failure to recognize same-sex marriage has caused them emotional distress in what their lawyers say is the country's first lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of such negligence. The damage suits were jointly filed by the couples who are in their 20s through their 50s, and include Japanese and foreign partners, at the district courts in Tokyo, Nagoya, Osaka, and Sapporo.
    https://english.kyodonews.net/news/2019/02/e98bca

  • 16. VIRick  |  February 14, 2019 at 5:11 pm

    Aguascalientes: "Action of Unconstitutionality" Still Pending

    The very broad case seeking marriage equality and directed against the state of Aguascalientes, 22/2016, is now case 225 of 242. It is still pending before the Supreme Court, and was filed by the state CEDHA. It is a very complex case, seeking to strike down all sorts of things because of the reform of Article 145 of the state Civil Code:

    III. NORMA GENERAL CUYA INVALIDEZ SE RECLAMA Y MEDIO OFICIAL EN EL QUE SE PUBLICÓ: LA REFORMA AL ARTÍCULO 145 DEL CÓDIGO CIVIL DE AGUASCALIENTES Y EN CONSECUENCIA, LA DEROGACIÓN DE LOS ARTÍCULOS 85, 86, 87, 88, 90 FRACCIÓN II, 95 FRACCIONES II Y IV, 146, 148, 149, 150, 151, 152, 153 FRACCIÓN II, 169, 184, 465 FRACCIÓN II, 473, 521, 647 FRACCIÓN II, 660, 665 Y 667 Y LAS REFORMAS DE LOS ARTÍCULOS 28 FRACCIÓN I, ARTÍCULO 90 FRACCIÓN V, 92, 153 FRACCIÓN I, 168, 179, 231, 287, 435, 457, 460, 464, 495, 663 Y 775 FRACCIÓN I, DEL CÓDIGO CIVIL DEL ESTADO DE AGUASCALIENTES EXPEDIDAS MEDIANTE DECRETO NÚMERO 309 EXPEDIDO POR LA LXII LEGISLATURA DEL CONGRESO DEL ESTADO DE AGUASCALIENTES, Y TAMBIÉN COMO CONSECUENCIA LA DEROGACIÓN DE LOS ARTÍCULOS 138, 260, 261, 262, 263 Y LA REFORMA DEL ARTÍCULO 137 DEL CÓDIGO CIVIL DEL ESTADO DE AGUASCALIENTES EXPEDIDAS MEDIANTE DECRETO NÚMERO 310 EXPEDIDO POR LA LXII LEGISLATURA DEL CONGRESO DEL ESTADO DE AGUASCALIENTES, AMBOS PUBLICADOS EN EL PERIÓDICO OFICIAL DEL ESTADO DE AGUASCALIENTES EL VEINTIDÓS DE FEBRERO DEL AÑO DOS MIL DIECISÉIS EN LA PRIMERA SECCIÓN.”
    http://www2.scjn.gob.mx/IndicesCCAI/Controversias

  • 17. VIRick  |  February 14, 2019 at 5:40 pm

    Tepic, Nayarit: Same-Sex Couple Marries during Collective Ceremony

    Después de cinco años de relación, Ismael y Juan Carlos deciden unir sus vidas en matrimonio por lo civil este 14 de febrero, durante la ceremonia colectiva, Matrimonios Colectivos 2019, que ofrece el Ayuntamiento de Tepic como un regalo a las parejas que han tomado esta importante decisión.
    https://www.nnc.mx/articulo/portada/asi-sellaron-

    After a five-year relationship, Ismael and Juan Carlos decided to join their lives in civil marriage this 14 February during the collective ceremony, Marriage Collective 2019, offered by the City Council of Tepic as a gift to couples who have taken this important decision.

    There is an adorable video clip of the couple, taken during the collective ceremony, at the bottom of the article. The one is tongue-tied over the whole performance, and is too cute for words.

  • 18. VIRick  |  February 14, 2019 at 6:28 pm

    Utah: Anti-Transgender Birth Certificate Bill Withdrawn

    A conservative Utah legislator has withdrawn his bill that would have essentially made it impossible to change one's gender on a birth certificate. Republican Rep. Merrill Nelson pulled the legislation in order to give it more “time and study,” and said he won’t bring it up again this session, according to Salt Lake City’s "Deseret News."
    https://www.advocate.com/transgender/2019/2/14/ut

  • 19. VIRick  |  February 14, 2019 at 6:47 pm

    First Collective Weddings in Oaxaca to Include Egalitarian Marriages

    Primeras Bodas Colectivas que en Oaxaca Incluyeron Matrimonios Igualitarios

    Sin necesidad de recurrir al amparo o esperar a que el Código Civil del Estado de Oaxaca se modifique para permitir la unión legal entre personas del mismo sexo, esta mañana, el 14 de febrero 2019, Dalia y Ladye conformaron una de las tres parejas homoparentales que participaron en las primeras bodas colectivas que en Oaxaca incluyeron matrimonios igualitarios.

    Las bodas colectivas fueron organizadas por la Dirección del Registro Civil en el Centro Cultural y de Convenciones (en Ciudad Oaxaca) como parte del Día del Amor y la Amistad.
    http://www.semmexico.com/gallery-post.php?id=7237

    Without needing to resort to an amparo or waiting for the Civil Code of the State of Oaxaca to be modified to allow the legal union between people of the same sex, this morning, 14 February 2019, Dalia and Ladye formed one of three homoparental couples who participated in the first collective weddings in Oaxaca to include egalitarian marriages.

    The collective weddings were organized by the Civil Registry Office at the Cultural and Convention Center (in Ciudad Oaxaca) as part of the Day of Love and Friendship.

    In total, 204 couples married. Three were same-sex. And with them, there have now been 13 same-sex marriages performed in Oaxaca, from 2017 to date, without amparo.

  • 20. Fortguy  |  February 14, 2019 at 11:59 pm

    Jerry Harmer and Tassanee Vejpongsa, Associated Press: Thai party fields transgender candidate for prime minister

    BANGKOK (AP) — As Pinit Ngarmpring, he was a CEO and sports promoter, well known in the world of Thai soccer. Now, under her preferred new name of Pauline Ngarmpring, she’s pursuing a bid to become the country’s first transgender prime minister.

    The 52-year-old is one of three candidates put forward by a political party for the post in next month’s general election.

    She says she wants her nomination to bring hope to the marginalized and to open up political space for future generations of LGBT people.

    With over a month to go before the March 24 polling day, she campaigned this week in one of Bangkok’s more infamous nightlife areas.

    Many vulnerable or exploited people work in this twilight zone of go-go bars, cheap hotels and massage parlors. It’s exactly the constituency the Mahachon party seeks to represent, and she’s eager to hear their concerns.

    “Our welfare, mostly. Health,” masseuse Wassana Sorsawang says are her concerns, as she stands outside a shop in an alley off the street. She complains that she and her colleagues often work double shifts, and it affects their health.

    The Mahachon party is contesting some 200 seats in the 500-member House of Representatives. About 20 of the candidates are openly LGBT. Pauline joined only last November. Now, as their second-ranked nominee for prime minister, she finds herself a political trailblazer, a unique symbol of the fight for equality.

    It’s fine, she said, even if she cannot achieve her goal of becoming prime minister “because I am the first one who dares enough to announce . ‘hey, we can do it!’”

    “We are not saying we are better than male or female,” she said. “We just want to say we are equal.”

    More below…

  • 21. Fortguy  |  February 15, 2019 at 12:00 am

    …from above

    Until three years ago, Pauline was Pinit: a father of two, a reporter turned businessman who became well known by founding a soccer fan association that became influential in Thai sporting circles.

    Since her gender transition she’s made it her mission, she said, to educate society. Her new political role gives her the perfect platform to counter those who still view LGBT rights — and her candidacy — with skepticism.

    “Nowadays people say, ‘Oh you are transgender? You want to become our prime minister. It’s going to be funny, it is going to be a very strange story,’” she said.

    “But I don’t think that way,” she said. “Whatever you are, you have your value. You love yourself and then you share with people.”

    LGBT activists have praised her effort.

    “Her decision to enter politics is great news for our community,” said Wattana Keiangpa, founder of APCOM Thailand, an organization working for health and rights of gender minority groups. He said groups like his have worked from outside the system on these issues, “but the prospect of having someone in the government or the parliament being a spokesperson for our community is definitely a big step forward.”

    “In the end, it’s the people who have faced the same challenges as us and understand us who should be speaking for us. Pauline is one of us, and has worked within our community so she would have great understanding of our challenges and needs. And I admire her and support her for doing such a thing.”

    The Mahachon party hopes its human rights-based agenda will appeal in particular to Thailand’s large LGBT and sex worker population. One policy is to legalize prostitution.

    The result, Pauline says, could be up to 10 lawmakers in Parliament, thanks to a new electoral system that allocates some of the seats through proportional representation.

    But, even given the country’s traditionally accepting view of sexual fluidity, she knows she is not destined to lead the country.

    “I will not be a prime minister. But it doesn’t matter. It will take some time and it is not going to be the end of the world after the next election,” she said.

    “It doesn’t have to be me. It can be the next generation.”

  • 22. allan120102  |  February 15, 2019 at 5:47 am

    Switzerland the chile of Europe just move a step closer in legalizing ssm. https://www.thelocal.ch/20190215/why-same-sex-mar

  • 23. psicotraducciones  |  February 15, 2019 at 11:09 am

    why is it like Chile? because of their extremely slow legislation?

  • 24. allan120102  |  February 15, 2019 at 11:37 am

    Bingo! Both are extremely slow in approving laws. Both are past due there date of ssm legalization.

  • 25. VIRick  |  February 15, 2019 at 11:42 am

    Switzerland: Same-Sex Marriage One Step Closer

    On Thursday, 14 February 2019, the Legal Affairs Committee of the Swiss lower house of Parliament (the National Council) finally approved the sending out of new preliminary draft bills on same-sex marriage for consultation (public discussion). Two different alternatives are being considered.

    The first ‘streamlined’ version of a same-sex marriage bill (which was overwhelmingly backed by the parliamentary committee) would ensure that people in same-sex marriages enjoy equal adoption and citizenship rights with married couples.

    The second version up for discussion would, in addition, grant lesbian couples access to sperm donation services, an option campaigned for by Swiss LGBTS groups. However, while this possibility will now be debated, the lower house Legal Affairs Committee chose not to give its seal of approval to this option. It argued that giving lesbian couples access to sperm donor services would lead to unequal treatment of marriages between two women v. marriages between two men. Crucially, it also argued that giving lesbian couples this right would reduce the chances of a same-sex marriage law being passed, which leads back to the point about consensus-building (below).

    It is important to stress that under the options to be sent out for consultation (public discussion), no changes would need to made to the Swiss constitution. This is critical because under Swiss law any changes to the constitution must go before the people in a ‘mandatory referendum,’ which means a great deal more uncertainty in terms of whether same-sex marriage can become legal in Switzerland. Instead, the same-sex marriage law would only face the possible challenge of an ‘optional referendum,' one which could only be triggered if 50,000 signatures were to be gathered within 100 days of a new law being passed.

    The two options for same-sex marriage legislation will be sent out for consultation (public discussion) in the coming weeks. After this consultation process, the Swiss government (the Federal Council) will revisit the legislation and will then present it to the Swiss Parliament for final approval.

    There appears to be a chance that the option for making sperm donation legal for married women will disappear during that consultation process, if stakeholders feel it is too controversial, leaving the preferred option intact. Either proposal would end civil unions.
    https://www.thelocal.ch/20190215/why-same-sex-mar

  • 26. VIRick  |  February 15, 2019 at 12:05 pm

    Switzerland is like Chile (or Chile is like Switzerland) in several senses:

    1. Both take forever to pass any legislation whatsoever. In Switzerland, the Same-Sex Marriage proposal has been kicking around since 2013. And, as we have just seen with the Gender Identity Law in Chile, it took over 5 years for that legislation to finally become law.

    2. In the process, both insist upon building political consensus, hearing every possible argument pro and con beforehand, until practically everyone is finally in agreement. And in the case of Chile, even having the Supreme Court rule on the constitutionality of each and very bill prior to their final enactment. It is difficult to say which of the two is more thorough.

    3. Chile often refers to itself as itself as "the Switzerland of South America" (just as Costa Rica claims to be "the Switzerland of Central America"). However, geographically speaking, as the further one goes toward the south, Chile totally out-does Switzerland for sheer vertically-inclined, glacier-covered mountainous terrain, to a point where, with the fjords and the Inside Passage, it more resembles Norway or Alaska. This is also the same area of Chile where one encounters the large lump of German-speaking ethnics, thus making Chile more Swiss-like than Switzerland itself. However, this is a one-sided view, as I have never heard of anyone in Switzerland refer to themselves as the "Chile of Europe." Also, unlike Chile, there are no penguins running loose in Switzerland.

  • 27. ianbirmingham  |  February 15, 2019 at 3:27 pm

    Kansas bills calling gay marriage a 'parody': The Republican-sponsored measures were called the “most vile” bills in the state’s history by the LGBTQ advocacy group Equality Kansas.

    Introduced by seven Republican lawmakers, the Marriage and Constitution Restoration Act, refers to the LGBTQ community as a “denominational sect that is inseparably part of the religion of secular humanism.” The “LGBTQ secular humanist community,” the bill states, “has the gay pride rainbow colored flag to symbolize its faith-based worldview.”

    By taking this approach, the bill’s authors are seeking to prove that same-sex marriage is unconstitutional because it violates the First Amendment’s Establishment Clause, which prohibits the government from “establishing” a religion.

    “The state shall no longer be in the parody marriage funding and endorsement business and shall disentangle itself from the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) secular humanist church pursuant to this section and the establishment clause of the 1st amendment of the constitution of the United States,” the bill states.

    The marriage restoration act also refers to legal protections for members of the LGBTQ community as the “greatest sham since the inception of American jurisprudence,” and LGBTQ identity as a “mythology.” The legislation is similar to “parody marriage” bills introduced in South Carolina and Wyoming last year. Neither received a hearing.

    The other proposed bill in Kansas parrots much of the same rhetoric as its sister bill. Known as the Optional Elevated Marriage Act, it claims that same-sex marriages “erode community standards of decency, unlike secular marriage between a man and a woman, who have reached the age of consent.” The bill affects both the LGBTQ community and heterosexuals, according to Lambda Legal Law and Policy Director Jennifer C. Pizer.

    https://www.nbcnews.com/feature/nbc-out/kansas-bi

  • 28. VIRick  |  February 15, 2019 at 3:28 pm

    Chile: Supreme Court Backs Gay Couple in Marriage Case

    On Thursday, 14 February 2019, in an unprecedented move, the Chilean Supreme Court overturned a lower court decision that declared inadmissible a gay couple’s appeal for a ruling in favor of marriage equality.

    The couple made the claim with the support of MOVILH, a local advocacy organization, after the Civil Registry denied their request for marriage on 15 January 2019. This week, judges on the Supreme Court overturned a Santiago appellate court ruling against their appeal and have now allowed it to continue, taking into consideration the decision to deny them their marriage rights may violate their constitutional rights.

    Ramón Gómez, who sought to marry Gonzalo Velásquez on that date, said the Supreme Court ruling is “a step towards the recognition of our dignity.” Movilh lawyer Mónica Arias appreciated the Supreme Court’s decision, which is consistent with its official statement that considers marriage a human right.
    https://www.washingtonblade.com/2019/02/15/chile-

  • 29. psicotraducciones  |  February 15, 2019 at 8:13 pm

    they dont know when to quit do they? one wonders what their purpose is if they know their bills wont pass

  • 30. FredDorner  |  February 16, 2019 at 1:53 pm

    The Rethugs' purpose is to pander to their bible-babbling base prior to election fundraising. What these bigoted dimwits apparently didn't realize is that the real author of these bills is Chris Sevier, a known sexual predator who claims to want to "marry" his computer. The dude has serious mental health problems apart from being a bible-babbler. Anyway all the Rethugs in Kansas are in a panic to disassociate themselves from those vile bills now, including the various cosponsors of those bills. That's a small sign of social progress even in one of the dumber of the red states.
    https://www.nbcnews.com/feature/nbc-out/kansas-bi
    https://www.thedailybeast.com/porn-filter-campaig

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