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Yesterday, the Supreme Court issued orders from last week’s private conference. The Court still hasn’t acted on a follow-on case to Masterpiece Cakeshop, involving a bakery’s refusal to bake a cake for a same-sex couple. We’ll report from the next conference.

This is an open thread. We’ll report any breaking news.

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  • 1. allan120102  |  June 4, 2019 at 12:56 pm

    No decision was made for the case of ssm in Ecuador. In upcoming days another session will take place.

  • 2. arturo547  |  June 4, 2019 at 2:25 pm

    That always occur. Remember Costa Rica, Colombia, Taiwan. Courts sometimes are very busy. However, there are no reports whether the draft court ruling will be in favour or against ssm.

  • 3. allan120102  |  June 4, 2019 at 2:49 pm

    I have read that some judges are in favor and some against but do not know hoy many in each side.

  • 4. VIRick  |  June 4, 2019 at 4:05 pm

    Ecuador: Constitutional Court Decision on Marriage Equality Delayed

    Per Visión TV:

    Hoy día, el 4 de junio 2019, la Corte Constitucional del Ecuador no llegó a una resolución respeto al matrimonio igualitario. Los jueces tomarán la decisión en los próximos días.
    https://twitter.com/vtv_ecuador

    Today, 4 June 2019, the Constitutional Court of Ecuador did not reach a resolution regarding equal marriage. The judges will render the decision in the coming days.

    Per Corte Constitucional del Ecuador:

    Para los próximos días, se convocará a sesión del Pleno para continuar con el tratamiento del caso del matrimonio igualitario.
    https://twitter.com/CorteConstEcu

    For the next few days, the plenary session will be convened to continue with the handling of the case of marriage equality.

    Per Sandra Cruz, journalist for "El Mercurio," Cuenca:

    La semana pasada (el 31 de mayo 2019), el presidente de la Corte Constitucional del Ecuador, Hernán Salgado, dijo que tema matrimonio igualitario es "un asunto muy delicado; unos (jueces) están a favor y otros en contra."
    https://twitter.com/sandracruz_ec

    Last week (on 31 May 2019), the president of the Constitutional Court of Ecuador, Hernán Salgado, said that the issue of equal marriage is a "very delicate matter, some (judges) are in favor and others against."

  • 5. ianbirmingham  |  June 4, 2019 at 10:15 pm

    Alabama mayor recommends "killing" LGBTQ community in a now-deleted Facebook post

    Carbon Hill Mayor Mark Chambers was responding to a comment on his original post, which read in all capital letters: "We live in a society where homosexuals lecture us on morals, transvestites lecture us on human biology, baby killers lecture us on human rights and socialists lecture us on economics!" In a subsequent comment, the mayor wrote: "The only way to change it would be to kill the problem out. I know it's bad to say but with out [sic] killing them out there's no way to fix it."

    Chambers' comments come just as the nation kicks off Pride Month.

    https://www.cbsnews.com/news/carbon-hill-alabama-

  • 6. ianbirmingham  |  June 4, 2019 at 10:34 pm

    Tennessee DA: Gays aren't protected by domestic violence laws because Their Marriages Aren’t Recognized by God

    A District Attorney in Tennessee is under fire for claiming gay people in his county do not have the same rights as straight people. Coffee County District Attorney Craig Northcott believes God does not recognize marriages of same-sex couples so gay victims of domestic violence are not granted the same protections in his county. Northcott says he prosecutes those crimes merely as basic assault cases.

    "Well the reason where I came down in my evaluation was the reason that there's extra punishment on domestic violence is to recognize and protect the sanctity of marriage," Northcott told attendees at the Chafer Theological Seminary Pastor’s Conference. "And I said, 'There's no marriage to protect.' So I don't prosecute them as domestics," meaning, domestic violence cases.

    The video, from March of 2018, depicts Northcott giving a speech and answering questions on “The Local Church’s Role in Government.” It was first unearthed and reported by TN Holler, which also published the video.

    Domestic violence laws can vary, but none require the victim and the perpetrator to be married, so Northcott's legal analysis is invalid. It is also invalid because, despite saying in his speech District Attorneys are granted 'unfettered' latitude on what cases to prosecute – or if to prosecute at all, they are not granted the right to misinterpret or ignore the law, something he accuses the U.S. Supreme Court of doing.

    Northcott says he disagrees with the U.S. Supreme Court's 2015 Obergefell ruling, that found same-sex couples have the right to marriage.

    “If you ever read their opinion, they don’t base it on the Constitution, they don’t base it upon law, they don’t base it on anything," Northcott falsely claims. "They start in the very first paragraph by saying ‘we think it is a better policy for homosexual marriage to be legitimized, therefore we’re gonna rule this way,'" he says, which is also false.

    Northcott also says "the social engineers on the Supreme Court," who he called "five people in black dresses," are ruling the country.

    These are not Northcott's first blatantly bigoted remarks. He has said Muslims do not believe in the same God as Christians, and thus are not protected by the U.S. Constitution.

    https://outline.com/CNL8bC

  • 7. ianbirmingham  |  June 5, 2019 at 1:00 am

    Indonesia govt official labels LGBTI people 'main enemy of national development'

    The head of Indonesia’s population and family planning agency has labeled LGBTI citizens the ‘main enemy of national development’. ‘In addition to violating religious rules, these sexual deviations also weaken us’ Nofrijal said on Monday (3 June) according to Ankara.

    Leaders in Muslim-majority Indonesia have been increasingly targeting the LGBTI community.

    Nofrijal encouraged regional leaders to help fight the LGBTI ‘disease’. ‘There needs to be a special regulation to deal with it together through possible regional government regulations so that there is a commitment that LGBT can be controlled’ he said.

    He also encouraged parents to ensure children avoided ’sexual deviation’. ‘The younger generation has the right to be saved and the government and society have an obligation to save them’ he reportedly said.

    https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/indonesia-gov

  • 8. VIRick  |  June 5, 2019 at 11:18 am

    Curaçao: Same-Sex Marriage Bill Submitted to Parliament

    Per LGBT Marriage News:

    Willemstad – On 4 June 2019, Giselle McWilliams and Stephen Walroud submitted a bill to make same-sex marriage possible in Curaçao. The parliamentarians for the MAN and PAR government parties had already announced this plan last year on the Wilhelminaplein after Gay Pride. It is not clear how much support there is for the proposal among other individual MPs within the governing coalition.
    https://www.curacaochronicle.com/post/local/gay-m

    Regardless, the real significance of this bill is this: Curaçao is the first self-governing, Afro-majority, Caribbean island where such a measure has been introduced. The 3 self-governing islands of the Netherlands Antilles, namely Curaçao, Aruba, and Sint Maarten, do not have marriage equality. However, the 3 non-self-governing Dutch islands, which follow the law of the Netherlands, namely Bonaire, Saba, and Sint Eustatius, do. As a result, at the current time, same-sex couples from Curaçao (or Aruba) who are Dutch citizens can marry in Bonaire and then have their marriages recognized in Curaçao (or Aruba). Same-sex couples who are Dutch citizens from Sint Maarten can marry on the French side of the same island (as can any couple from anywhere),– or go to neighboring Saba to do so, and thus obtain Dutch recognition.

  • 9. VIRick  |  June 5, 2019 at 2:49 pm

    Wisconsin: Democratic Lawmakers Propose LGBTQ Equality Bills

    Per LGBT Marriage News:

    The agenda includes bills addressing inequality that still persists in Wisconsin against the LGBTQ population. In particular, the bills include the Marriage and Family Equality Act, one that makes state statutes gender neutral, while also recognizing legal parentage for same sex couples. The series of bills also addresses those who are transgender, including the creation of a transgender equality task force.
    https://www.nbc15.com/content/news/Wisconsin-lawm

  • 10. VIRick  |  June 5, 2019 at 6:19 pm

    Sinaloa: Equal Marriage Issue Should Be Submitted to Full Congress Next Week

    Per LGBT Marriage News:

    Sinaloa: Próxima Semana se Subiría Tema de Matrimonio Igualitario al Pleno

    Existe gran posibilidad de que la próxima semana se suba al Pleno del Congreso, el dictamen para votar a favor o no del matrimonio igualitario, informó el presidente de la Comisión de Puntos Constitucionales y Gobernación. Horacio Lora Oliva, Morena, destacó que las Comisiones Unidas se estarán reuniendo el viernes, el 7 de junio, o el lunes de la semana entrante, el 10 de junio, para que se pueda subir en la sesión del martes o el jueves, el 11/13 de junio.

    "Hay grandes posibilidades de que la semana entrante esté entrando al Pleno; el dictamen va a estar cuando las Comisiones Unidas se reunan, lo analicen, lo discutan, y lo voten," dijo.
    http://www.adiscusion.com.mx/Noticia.aspx?q=Pr�

    The president of the Commission on Constitutional Points and Governance reported that there is a great possibility that during the next week the final draft to vote for or against equal marriage will be submitted to the Full Congress. Horacio Lora Oliva, Morena, stressed that the United Commissions will be meeting on Friday, 7 June, or on Monday of the coming week, 10 June, so that it can be brought to the session on Tuesday or Thursday, 11/13 June.

    "There are great possibilities during the upcoming week of it entering the Full Congress; the final draft is going to happen when the United Commissions meet, analyze, discuss, and vote upon it," he said.

    Morena has an absolute majority in the 40-member Sinaloa Congress. The measure needs 21 positive votes in order to pass. Theoretically, all of these 29 members should be voting in favor:

    23 Morena
    03 PT
    02 PRD
    01 PES

    These 11 are either against/uncertain/unknown:

    08 PRI
    02 PAN
    01 Local party
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Mexican_sta

  • 11. VIRick  |  June 5, 2019 at 7:40 pm

    From Today, by Law, Child Marriage Is Prohibited in Mexico

    A Partir de Hoy, por Ley se Prohíbe el Matrimonio Infantil en México

    En el Diario Oficial de la Federación (DOF) se publicó el decreto con el que se reformó el Artículo 148 y otros del Código Civil Federal, en materia de prohibición de matrimonio infantil, salvo en Baja California, que conserva excepciones y dispensas en sus leyes estatales.

    A partir de este martes, el 4 de junio 2019, entró en vigor en 31 Códigos Civiles de los estados de la República la prohibición del matrimonio de menores de 18 años de edad, salvo en Baja California, que conserva excepciones y dispensas en sus leyes estatales.

    Con la publicación de un decreto, quedaron derogadas diversas disposiciones que permitían el matrimonio a partir de 16 años de edad para los hombres y 14 años para las mujeres, así como la posibilidad de que autoridades locales y familiares concedieran dispensas o consentimiento para que se llevara a cabo.

    El 21 de marzo pasado, el Senado de la República aprobó, por votación unánime, las reformas para prohibir el matrimonio infantil en el Código Civil Federal del país. El dictamen también fue aprobado en la Cámara de Diputados.
    http://megaopinion.com.mx/a-partir-de-hoy-por-ley

    The decree was published in the Official Gazette of the Federation (DOF) wherein which Article 148 and others of the Federal Civil Code were reformed regarding the prohibition of child marriage, except for Baja California, which preserves exceptions and waivers in its state laws.

    As of this Tuesday, 4 June 2019, the Civil Codes for 31 states of the Republic entered into force prohibiting the marriage of children under 18 years of age, except for Baja California, which retains exceptions and waivers in its state laws.

    With the publication of one decree, several provisions allowing marriage from 16 years of age for men and from 14 years for women were repealed, as well as was the possibility for local authorities and family members to grant waivers or to consent to their taking place.

    On 21 March, the Senate of the Republic approved, by unanimous vote, the reforms to prohibit child marriage in the Federal Civil Code of the country. The draft law was also approved in the Chamber of Deputies.

    Note to Wikipedia editors: All federal laws and Supreme Court decisions in Mexico enter into legal force once published in the DOF. Notice the typical time delay, as exemplified here.

  • 12. allan120102  |  June 6, 2019 at 12:03 am

    I am not sure why Baja California is excempt. I know they havent modify there state law but federal law should trump it.

  • 13. FredDorner  |  June 6, 2019 at 9:11 am

    There's zero chance of this passing with our legislature controlled by bigoted Republicans.

  • 14. FredDorner  |  June 6, 2019 at 9:13 am

    The supreme court in Hong Kong just ruled unanimously that the government cannot deny spousal employment benefits to same-sex couples. https://www.nbcnews.com/feature/nbc-out/hong-kong

  • 15. VIRick  |  June 6, 2019 at 2:33 pm

    Allan, I can not imagine why Baja California is exempt from the new federal law. Could it be that they are using it as "bait," to catch Baja California with an "Action of Unconstitutionality" whenever they do modify their family law to exclude child marriage, while simultaneously failing to change the law to legalize same-sex marriage? That would be sufficient grounds for it.

    In Baja California of late, all changes have been made through administrative decrees, whether it be to allow same-sex marriage, to allow same-sex couples to adopt, or to allow for self-declaration on gender identity. No laws have actually been changed to permit any of this. Instead, the state's Secretary of State has been busy issuing administrative orders (in compliance with Supreme Court jurisprudence), and the CEDH has been quite diligent in enforcing said orders, while ignoring the old laws.

    See further down in this thread for the latest on allowing for self-declaration on gender identity in Baja California.

  • 16. VIRick  |  June 6, 2019 at 4:33 pm

    Sinaloa: Conservative PES Deputy Declares Herself to Be Openly Lesbian, in Favor of Marriage Equality

    Per LGBT Marriage News:

    The openly lesbian deputy in the Sinaloa congress from the conservative PES will join the majority in voting in favor of the equal marriage bill next week, after she stated that she has personally experienced discrimination within the legislature, in what must be regarded as one of those true "Wow" moments:

    Diputada del PES en Sinaloa Acusa Discriminación por sus Preferencias Sexuales

    La Diputada estatal de Sinaloa, Karla de Lourdes Montero Alatorre, acusó que ha sido víctima de actos de discriminación dentro de la 65 Legislatura por su homosexualidad. La legisladora, que llegó a su curul vía el Partido Encuentro Social, lamentó que por declarar abiertamente sus preferencias ha sido objeto de burlas y condenas dentro del actual congreso. Es la primera vez que una diputada ventila su homosexualidad en público en el estado.

    El partido al que perteneció, Encuentro Social, se caracterizó por promover posturas conservadoras de las comunidades fundamentalistas de México, yendo en contra de tópicos como el aborto, la adopción de parejas del mismo sexo, y el matrimonio igualitario. Sin embargo, Montero Alatorre anunció que respaldará las reformas que buscan legalizar las uniones entre parejas del mismo sexo.
    https://www.sdpnoticias.com/estados/2019/06/06/di

    The Sinaloa state Deputy, Karla de Lourdes Montero Alatorre, asserted that she has been a victim of acts of discrimination within the 65th Legislature for her homosexuality. The legislator, who came to her seat via the Encuentro Social Party, lamented that by openly declaring her preferences she has been the object of ridicule and condemnation within the current congress. It is the first time that a deputy has publicized (literal Spanish: publicly aired) their homosexuality in the state.

    The party to which she belongs, Encuentro Social, is characterized by promoting conservative positions from the fundamentalist communities of Mexico, going against topics such as abortion, adoption by same-sex couples, and equal marriage. However, Montero Alatorre announced that she will support reforms that seek to legalize unions between same-sex couples.

    Extraordinarily enough, I called that vote just one day prior to her momentous "reveal."

  • 17. VIRick  |  June 6, 2019 at 5:09 pm

    Sonora: PRI Will Analyze the Particulars of Marriage Equality Issue

    Per LGBT Marriage News:

    A Sonora state legislator says PRI will likely vote with Morena on the equal marriage bill, as will the leader of PAN. No vote has yet been scheduled.

    Sonora: PRI Analizará de Forma Particular Tema de Matrimonios Igualitarios

    El Grupo Parlamentario del PRI en el Congreso Estatal se apegará a los principios de derecho nacional e internacional para que en Sonora se aprueben las reformas que permitan la celebración de matrimonios entre personas del mismo sexo, indicó Rogelio Díaz Brown. El coordinador de la bancada del PRI en el Congreso dijo que apoyarán la iniciativa para reformar el Código de Familia para permitir así los matrimonios igualitarios, iniciativa que anunció que presentaría la diputada morenista, Yumiko Palomarez, aunque primero habrán de analizar el proyecto en lo particular.

    En tanto, el diputado Martin Matrecitos Flores, vicecoordinador de la bancada de Morena, opinó que la aprobación de dicha iniciativa representaría un avance en materia de igualdad de derechos, destacando que también resultaría positiva la homologación de la Constitución Estatal con la de otras entidades federativas que ya reconocen el derecho al matrimonio entre dos personas.

    Por su parte, Gildardo Real Ramírez, líder de la bancada del PAN, se manifestó públicamente a favor del matrimonio igualitario en Sonora sin precisar el sentido del voto por parte de su grupo parlamentario.
    http://www.uniobregon.com/noticias/sonora/567503/

    Rogelio Díaz Brown indicated that the PRI parliamentary group in the State Congress will abide by the principles of national and international law so that in Sonora the reforms that permit the celebration of marriages between same sex couples will be approved. The coordinator of the PRI caucus in the Congress said that they will support the initiative to reform the Family Code to allow for equal marriage, an initiative announced by the Morena deputy, Yumiko Palomarez, although they will first have to analyze the project details.

    Meanwhile, deputy Martin Matrecitos Flores, deputy coordinator of the Morena caucus, said that the approval of this initiative would represent an advance in terms of equal rights, noting in addition that it would result in a positive match between the State Constitution and that of other states which already recognize the right to marriage between two persons.

    On the other hand, Gildardo Real Ramírez, leader of the PAN caucus, manifested himself publicly in favor of equal marriage in Sonora without specifying the sentiment of the vote from the rest of his parliamentary group.

  • 18. VIRick  |  June 6, 2019 at 5:32 pm

    Sonora: Prospects of Marriage Equality Bill Passing in State Congress

    In the 33-member state congress of Sonora, 17 positive votes in favor of marriage equality will be needed to assure passage. According to the report immediately above, these 17/22 members are ostensibly in favor:

    10 Morena
    05 PT
    01 MC
    05 PRI (likely/maybe)
    01 PAN

    These 11 are against/uncertain/unknown

    02 PAN
    06 PES
    01 Verde
    02 Nueva Alianza

    If the 17th positive vote were to eventually prove to be that of the leader of PAN, that in itself would have to be considered quite a significant vote, equal to that of the PES deputy in Sinaloa declaring herself to be a lesbian and in favor of marriage equality.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Mexican_sta

  • 19. VIRick  |  June 6, 2019 at 7:09 pm

    Washington State Supreme Court: Cottonelle Stutzman and Arlene's Flowers Lose Again

    Per Equality Case Files:

    On 6 June 2019, in "State of Washington v. Arlene's Flowers," the case wherein which the florist with religious objections to same-sex marriage refused to provide flowers for the wedding, the Washington State Supreme Court has again ruled against said florist.

    "This case is back before our court on remand from the United States Supreme Court. The Supreme Court vacated our original judgment and remanded 'for further consideration in light of 'Masterpiece Cakeshop.'' And on remand, we have painstakingly reviewed the record for any sign of intolerance on behalf of this court or of the Benton County Superior Court, the two adjudicatory bodies to consider this case. After this review, we are confident that the two courts gave full and fair consideration to this dispute and avoided animus toward religion. We therefore find no reason to change our original decision in light of 'Masterpiece Cakeshop.'"

    "On remand, we once again affirm. In doing so, we reject appellants' expansive reading of 'Masterpiece Cakeshop.' We reject appellants' attempt to relitigate issues resolved in our first opinion and outside the scope of this remand. And we reject appellants' suggestion that the permanent injunction requires them to 'personally attend and participate in same-sex weddings.'"

    The Opinion is here:
    https://www.courts.wa.gov/opinions/pdf/916152.pdf

  • 20. VIRick  |  June 6, 2019 at 7:33 pm

    Israel: Amir Ohana, First Openly Gay Cabinet Minister

    Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has tapped a gay member of the Knesset to join his Cabinet by appointing Amir Ohana as the country’s interim justice minister. Ohana, who is a member of Netanyahu’s Likud party, is the first openly gay Cabinet member in Israel’s history.

    Ohana lives in Tel Aviv with his partner and their children. He has been a vocal champion of marriage rights for same-sex couples and other LGBTI-specific issues in Israel.
    https://www.washingtonblade.com/2019/06/06/amir-o

  • 21. VIRick  |  June 6, 2019 at 8:33 pm

    Baja California: First Instance of Self-Declaring Gender Identity Decree Being in Effect

    Baja California: Logra Cocut Rectificación de Nombre y Género en Acta de Nacimiento

    Tijuana, 5 de junio 2019 – La Comunidad Cultura de Tijuana (Cocut), LGBT, AC, promovió el primer caso de rectificación de nombre y género ante el registro civil del Ayuntamiento de Tijuana, por lo que emprenderán una campaña de difusión para la población interesada, informó Andrés Cruz Hernández.

    El presidente de Cocut reveló que se trata de una persona que nació varón y que se identifica como mujer, quien ya cuenta con un acta de nacimiento (rectificada) con registro oficial. Detalló que desde junio de 2018 presentaron la solicitud ante el Ayuntamiento, la cual fue rechazada en agosto del año pasado. En septiembre acudieron a la Comisión Estatal de los Derechos Humanos (CEDH) que emitió una recomendación a la autoridad municipal, y finalmente obtuvieron respuesta positiva en abril del 2019.
    http://jornadabc.mx/tijuana/06-06-2019/logra-cocu

    Baja California: Cocut Achieves Rectification of Name and Gender on Birth Certificate

    Tijuana, 5 June 2019 – Andrés Cruz Hernández has informed that the Community of Tijuana Culture (Cocut), LGBT, AC, achieved the first instance of a rectification of name and gender before the civil registry of the City of Tijuana, for which they will now undertake a campaign of dissemination (of information) for those interested.

    The president of Cocut revealed that it was for a person who was born male and who identifies as a woman, who now possess a (corrected) birth certificate with official registration. He explained that in June 2018 they submitted the application to the City Council, but in August were rejected. In September, they went before the State Commission for Human Rights (CEDH), which issued a recommendation to the municipal authority, and a positive response was finally obtained in April 2019. (And as of the current date, 5 June 2019, the corrected birth certificate has now been issued by the civil registry.)

    This is likely not the first instance of a self-declaring birth certificate rectification within the state, as there appears to have been one earlier recent instance of such (without amparo) in Ensenada. Still, this is the first in Tijuana, and is much better explained. In Tijuana, there are 5 more instances pending, while there are over 30 more in Ensenada (gathered from all over the state, as the Civil Registrar of Ensenada was the first to announce that he would be adhering to the new governmental decree allowing for self-declaring name/gender change).

  • 22. VIRick  |  June 6, 2019 at 8:56 pm

    Hong Kong Court of Final Appeal: Denying Same-Sex Spousal Benefits Unlawful

    On Thursday, 6 June 2019, Hong Kong's Court of Final Appeal said that the government cannot deny spousal employment benefits to same-sex couples, in a ruling hailed as a major step forward for same-sex equality in the semi-autonomous Chinese territory. The court overturned an earlier judgment, saying unanimously that denying same-sex couples access to spousal benefits is unlawful.

    "It follows therefore that the 'prevailing views of the community on marriage' … even if this can confidently be gauged in the first place, are simply not relevant to a consideration of the justification exercise," the ruling said.

    Last year, the Court of Final Appeal ruled that the same-sex partner of a British expatriate married abroad was entitled to the same visa treatment as a heterosexual partner under immigration law. Angus Leung, a senior immigration officer who brought the current case on behalf of himself and his partner, Scott Adams, who have already married in New Zealand, said the ruling was the culmination of a stressful four-year process.
    https://www.nbcnews.com/feature/nbc-out/hong-kong

  • 23. VIRick  |  June 7, 2019 at 12:50 am

    Ecuador: Marriage Equality Quote of the Day

    Per Juan Carlos Calderón:‏

    Estimados jueces de la Corte Constitucional del Ecuador, los GLBTI se quieren casar entre ellos, no con ustedes.
    https://twitter.com/pichondedino

    Esteemed judges of the Constitutional Court of Ecuador, the GLBTIs want to marry each other (among themselves), not with you.

  • 24. guitaristbl  |  June 7, 2019 at 8:40 am

    What is he doing with Likud then and the parties it cuddles with (extremist orthodox etc) to govern ?

  • 25. VIRick  |  June 7, 2019 at 1:31 pm

    Bhutan: Lower House of Parliament Votes to Decriminalize Homosexuality

    Per LGBT Marriage News:

    On Friday, 7 June 2019, Bhutan’s lower house of parliament voted to scrap laws criminalizing homosexuality, local media and activists said, becoming the latest Asian nation to take steps toward easing restrictions on same-sex relationships. The amendment to the penal code passed the 44-member National Assembly with just a single dissenting vote, the local newspapers, "Kuensel" and "The Bhutanese," reported.

    Scrapping Sections 213 and 214 of the code, criminalizing “unnatural sex” – widely read as homosexuality – still needs to be ratified by Bhutan’s upper house, the National Council, to become law. Rights groups are confident they have the support of lawmakers there.
    https://af.reuters.com/article/worldNews/idAFKCN1

  • 26. ianbirmingham  |  June 7, 2019 at 3:13 pm

    Trump tells US Embassies They Can't Fly Pride Flag
    The administration is rejecting requests from U.S. embassies to fly the rainbow flag on flagpoles during June, LGBTQ Pride Month, say 3 U.S. diplomats

    https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/national-securit

  • 27. VIRick  |  June 7, 2019 at 3:36 pm

    Idaho's Openly Gay State Representative, John McCrostie

    Rep. John McCrostie, a Democrat who was first elected to the Idaho House of Representatives in 2014, is the first out gay man and the second LGBTQ person to serve in the state’s legislature, following lesbian Nicole LeFavour, who served in the House from 2004 to 2008 and in the Senate from 2008 to 2012. McCrostie, who is 49 and mixed-race, was born in Okinawa, Japan, and adopted by American parents stationed there. As he told "Boise Weekly," “All I really know is that I had a Caucasian parent and a Japanese parent.”

    “When I decided to run for office, I knew that I would be breaking new ground as an openly gay man of color,” McCrostie told "The Advocate." “But for me, the most important thing was not breaking new ground; rather, it was ensuring that I would never have to hide my relationship with my husband. But as the first openly gay man in the Idaho legislature, that significance has never been lost on me. I know that Idaho’s LGBTQ community appreciates that even if they live outside my legislative district, their voice is still represented in the Idaho legislature.”

    During the session that ended this spring, McCrostie introduced a bill banning conversion therapy despite knowing it had little or no chance of passing. But, he says, it’s not always the legislation that passes that has the most impact. “It’s like they say at the Victory Fund and Institute: If you aren’t at the table, you’re on the menu. And my presence at the table has kept a lot of bad legislation off the menu because of the respect I have earned as an Idaho House member.”

    He adds, “Sometimes for us, the win is in not losing ground. This year, we kept our updated gender marker birth certificate rule intact.” That change, made last year in response to a US District Court ruling, allows trans people born in Idaho the opportunity to change their gender marker on their birth certificates for the first time. (Idaho was one of the final four states where that wasn’t already possible). The way the rule is written allows transgender people to apply for the change without the need to provide proof of surgery. “It took some sacrifices,” McCrostie admits, and it looked like the deal to keep the gender marker rule might fall apart at the last minute, “but it is a silent, uncelebrated win.”
    https://www.advocate.com/news/2019/6/07/idahos-ga

  • 28. VIRick  |  June 7, 2019 at 7:23 pm

    Indiana: Transgender Student Wins Federal Title IX, Equal Protection Suit

    Per Equality Case Files:

    On 7 June 2019, in "J.A.W. v. Evansville Vanderburgh School Corp," a case wherein which a transgender boy was being denied access to the boys' restroom at his Indiana high school, a federal judge has ruled in favor of the transgender student on both his Title IX and Equal Protection claims. US District Court Judge William T. Lawrence also rejected the school district's argument that the student's claims were moot because he has graduated from high school: "J.A.W. is entitled to seek damages for the violation of his statutory and constitutional rights."

    The decision is here:
    http://files.eqcf.org/cases/318-cv-00037-103/

    A trial will now be set to determine damages.

    ACLU of Indiana's statement on the ruling is here:
    http://bit.ly/2WqXUdz

  • 29. VIRick  |  June 7, 2019 at 7:35 pm

    New Jersey State Court: JONAH Redux, the Continuing "Conversion Therapy" Scam

    Per Equality Case Files:

    Today, 7 June 2019, in "Ferguson v. JONAH," SPLC's suit against the conversion therapy organization for fraudulent practices, a hearing is to be held in New Jersey State Court in Jersey City on the Plaintiffs' Motion to Enforce the Permanent Injunction and Enter a Default Judgment.

    SPLC originally filed a motion to enforce such in May of 2018 (see here: http://bit.ly/2Wxefmb ). Judge Bariso denied that motion, saying it was premature, but gave the plaintiffs the opportunity to file it again after certain procedures were followed and after additional discovery. This motion, filed in March 2019, is that renewed motion.

    The motion contends that JONAH has continued to operate under the new name: Jewish Institute for Global Awareness ("JIFGA").

    From the motion:
    "Through the discovery permitted by this Court, Plaintiffs have uncovered documents that prove beyond any doubt that JIFGA is a mere continuation of JONAH, and moreover confirm that Defendants have continually breached the December 2015 settlement agreement (the “Settlement Agreement”) and violated this Court’s December 18, 2015 Order Granting Permanent Injunctive Relief and Awarding Attorneys’ Fees (the “Permanent Injunction”)."

    "Defendants’ breaches began almost immediately after the Permanent Injunction was entered, and have persisted through the present day. Their actions are egregious and demonstrate shocking contempt for this Court and the New Jersey jury that unanimously found their conduct (which they have continued unabated) unconscionable."

    The Motion to Enforce is here:
    http://files.eqcf.org/cases/l-5473-12-2nd-motion-

  • 30. ianbirmingham  |  June 8, 2019 at 5:05 am

    For the first time ever, Wisconsin is flying the rainbow pride flag over its Capitol building

    https://www.cnn.com/2019/06/07/us/wisconsin-pride

  • 31. allan120102  |  June 8, 2019 at 10:46 am

    Nevada to vote to add same sex marriage in its constitution. I am pretty sure the vote will be overwhelmly in favor of it. https://m.sfgate.com/news/article/Nevada-lawmaker

  • 32. scream4ever  |  June 8, 2019 at 1:26 pm

    We don't even need to campaign and we will win lol

  • 33. VIRick  |  June 8, 2019 at 4:01 pm

    Marriage Equality Retrospective, RE Mexican Supreme Court Rulings, and Their Dates of Legal Effect

    In Chiapas, the Supreme Court ruling of 11 July 2017, finally went into legal effect statewide on 30 October 2017:

    Chiapas: Same-Sex Marriages Are Now Legal Throughout Chiapas

    Chiapas: Ya Son Legales las Bodas entre Personas del Mismo Sexo en Todo Chiapas

    Tuxtla Gutiérrez, 3 de noviembre 2017:

    Desde el día 30 de octubre 2017 en Chiapas ya son legales las bodas entre personas del mismo sexo sin que se necesite de un amparo, confirmó la oficial del registro civil, Guadalupe Ramírez, oficial del registro civil número uno en San Cristóbal de las Casas, Chiapas.

    "Efectivamente a partir de este 30 de octubre 2017, podemos realizar personas de ambos sexos, no solo en san Cristóbal si no en todo Chiapas, ya sin un amparo, totalmente podemos darle la información y a su vez realizar las bodas de estos matrimonios. Los requisitos son los mismos de matrimonios heterosexuales: actas de nacimiento IFE, y sus 4 testigos."

    Carlos Díaz y Jorge Iván García González se convirtieron en la primer pareja gay en celebrar la primera boda en San Cristóbal de Las Casas (sin amparo) el cual fue el parteaguas para que a partir de este 30 octubre en todo Chiapas ya sea oficial. De acuerdo al artículo nueve, fracción doce, todas las personas en Chiapas del mismo sexo podrán contraer matrimonio sin fuerza de meter un amparo.

    In Chiapas, from 30 October 2017, marriages between same-sex couples became legal without the need of an amparo, confirmed the official of the civil registry, Guadalupe Ramírez, officer of registry number one in San Cristóbal de las Casas, Chiapas.

    "Effectively from 30 October 2017, we can permit same-sex couples of both sexes, not only in San Cristóbal but in all of Chiapas, through providing them the information and then in turn perform the weddings of these marriages, now without an amparo. The requirements are the same as for heterosexual marriages: IFE birth certificates, and their 4 witnesses."

    Carlos Díaz and Jorge Iván García González became the first gay couple to celebrate the first marriage in San Cristóbal de Las Casas (without amparo) which was the breakthrough, so that from 30 October 2017 throughout Chiapas the change has become official. According to article nine, section twelve, all same-sex couples in Chiapas may marry without the need to file an amparo.
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  • 34. VIRick  |  June 8, 2019 at 4:02 pm

    (continued)
    As for the Supreme Court ruling of 1 August 2017 against Puebla, the first I found was dated 11 August 2017, when the State Congress was officially notified of said decision:

    Puebla: Same-Sex Marriage Now Official

    Per Miriam Espinoza:

    Ya es oficial. Matrimonio igualitario no tendrá restricción en Puebla, informó Aguilar Chedraui. Jorge Aguilar Chedraui es el coordinador del grupo parlamentario del PAN y el presidente del Congreso de Puebla.

    It's now official. Marriage equality will not be restricted in Puebla, Aguilar Chedraui reported. Jorge Aguilar Chedraui is the leader of PAN's congressional grouping in the Puebla Congress and is its president.

    Per Periódico Enfoque:

    Hoy día, 11 de agosto 2017, Puebla recibe de SCJN notificación para aplicar matrimonios igualitarios. En entrevista, el legislador (Aguilar Chedraui) detalló que el Congreso local no tendrá que legislar al respecto porque la notificación señala claramente la invalidez de los artículos en cuestión. Cualquier persona que desee contraer matrimonio de unión de parejas del mismo sexo lo podrán hacer sin la necesidad del amparo.

    Today, 11 August 2017, Puebla received the Supreme Court notification to begin applying marriage equality. In an interview, the legislator (Aguilar Chedraui) detailed that the state Congress will not have to legislate on the matter because the notification clearly indicates the invalidity of the articles in question. Any same-sex couples who wish to contract marriage can do so without the need of an amparo.

    Then, I have no additional information until the first mass same-sex marriage took place on 17 May 2018, over 9 1/2 months later, seemingly, the first same-sex marriages to occur without amparo (outside of those in San Pedro Cholula) following the Supreme Court ruling:

    Puebla: 14 Same-Sex Couples Marry in Mass Ceremony

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

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

    Mexico's Supreme Court ruled against Puebla on 1 August 2017, declaring that its "one man, one woman" definition of marriage was unconstitutional. Note how many months elapsed since then, as continuing obfuscation on the part of a recalcitrant state government and its assorted officials dragged out the actual implementation of the court ruling for what appears to be an interminable length of time. This Puebla case is a perfect example, as they persisted even much longer than did Chiapas.

    Note: The first same-sex marriage to occur (without amparo) in the state of Puebla took place on 10 April 2016 in San Pedro Cholula (but this had nothing to do with the Supreme Court ruling against the state, but rather, everything to do with an individual civil registrar following Supreme Court jurisprudence). As a result, a constant stream of same-sex couples continued to marry in San Pedro Cholula during the long hiatus between the Supreme Court ruling against Puebla and the statewide legal implementation of said ruling, seemingly from 17 May 2018.
    (to continue)

  • 35. VIRick  |  June 8, 2019 at 4:58 pm

    (continued)
    As for the Supreme Court ruling of 26 January 2016 against Jalisco state, same-sex marriage officially became legal there on 12 May 2016:

    Same-Sex Marriage Officially Legal in Jalisco State

    Based on the recent decision of the full chamber of Mexico's Supreme Court, same-sex marriage will officially become legal in Jalisco on Thursday, 12 May 2016, once the Supreme Court has notified the Jalisco State Congress of its final decision. After that notification has taken place, a change to the state's constitution by the Jalisco Congress will no longer be needed for the decision to be in effect.

    However, a number of large municipalities moved forward on allowing same-sex marriages to take place, even before the Supreme Court ruling came into legal effect:

    Third Municipality in Jalisco Begins to Marry Same-Sex Couples, dated 8 February 2016

    In addition to the large metropolitan cities of Guadalajara and Zapopán, both of which made very public announcements indicating they would immediately begin issuing the necessary marriage documents to same-sex couples in the wake of the Supreme Court ruling, we now have the mayor of a third large municipality in that sprawling Metro area following suit. In the latest instance, the mayor of San Pedro Tlaquepaque, María Elena Limón García, in a quiet move, simply signed an internal memo to the Civil Registry to allow same-sex marriages to proceed, and did so without making a big public pronouncement out of it.

    Guadalajara: First Same-Sex Marriage Scheduled

    On Saturday, 6 February 2016, the DIF System Guadalajara gave proof of premarital counseling to two same-sex couples, after they had attended the course that prepares them for their civil marriage. Such is the case of Jorge Sánchez and Jesús Tornel, one of the couples who attended last Saturday, who now have the evidence they need to get married on 20 February 2016. (And said couple was duly married on that date, without amparo, in the first same-sex marriage to occur in Jalisco state since the Mexican Supreme Court ruled against Jalisco and its discriminatory Civil Code.)

    Per ACT LGBT, Puerto Vallarta:

    Today, 11 February 2016, we accompanied a member of our association and friend, William Hamilton and Rául Durán Reséndiz, to present themselves to the Civil Registry of Puerto Vallarta to make their request for marriage. Rául and William became the first same-sex couple seeking marriage equality in Puerto Vallarta after the Supreme Court of Justice (SCJ) endorsed same-sex marriage for the state of Jalisco. Although the minutes for this act are not ready yet, the applicants must attend pre-marital talks next week and meet the other requirements, so they probably would be getting married in two weeks' time.

    Puerto Vallarta and All of Jalisco Legalize Same-Sex Marriage

    Puerto Vallarta y Todo de Jalisco Legaliza Matrimonio entre Parejas del Mismo Sexo

    El día de hoy, (el 28 de marzo 2016), Puerto Vallarta y todo de Jalisco ha aprobado la unión en matrimonio entre parejas del mismo sexo. Irwin Ramírez Castillejos, oficial del Registro Civil, informó que el sistema que utiliza el Registro Civil del Estado de Jalisco fue modificado (desde el 22 de marzo 2016), al ya contar con los formatos para cada una de las uniones legales que se hagan entre personas del mismo sexo.

    Today, (28 March 2016), Puerto Vallarta, and all of Jalisco, has approved the unions between same-sex couples in marriage. Irwin Ramírez Castillejos, the Civil Registry official, reported that the system used by the Civil Registry of the State of Jalisco has been modified (from 22 March 2016) to already have the formats needed to legally register the unions between same-sex couples in marriage.

    The Supreme Court ruling against Jalisco was published in the DOF on 21 April 2016, but per the first notation, it finally became legally in effect statewide on 12 May 2016.

  • 36. VIRick  |  June 9, 2019 at 3:43 pm

    Honduras: The State Must Answer to the CIDH on Marriage Equality

    Per Alejo:

    La Corte Interamericana de Derechos Humanos (CIDH) se pronuncia acerca del matrimonio igualitario, se exige al Estado de Honduras dar una respuesta mediante la Secretaría de Derechos Humanos (SEDH Honduras), Comisionado Nacional Derechos Humanos (CONADEH), Secretaría de Seguridad (SSEGURIDADHN), y la Presidencia de Honduras sobre las demandas de parte del CIDH.
    https://twitter.com/hashtag/matrimonioigualitario

    The Inter-American Court of Human Rights (CIDH) has pronounced on marriage equality, the Honduran State is required to give a response through the Secretary of Human Rights (SEDH Honduras), National Human Rights Commission (CONADEH), Secretary of Security (SSEGURIDADHN), and the Presidency of Honduras on the requests from the CIDH.

  • 37. ianbirmingham  |  June 10, 2019 at 9:22 am

    Vermont DMV rolls out driver’s licenses with third gender, enhanced security

    In addition to their enhanced security, the new licenses will make Vermont the 12th U.S. jurisdiction to offer a third gender label. Those who select the “other” option will have an X marked on their license — the character preferred by the LGBTQIA Alliance of Vermont.

    Gustavo Mercado Muñiz, the Transgender Program Coordinator at the Pride Center of Vermont, said they think the X option is a good way of “covering as many people as possible.”

    “The first and biggest advantage is we’re giving visibility to a lot of community members — myself included, actually — who are nonbinary, or who identify somewhere outside of traditional male-female, masculine-feminine binaries,” Muñiz said.

    https://vtdigger.org/2019/06/09/dmv-rolls-drivers

  • 38. arturo547  |  June 10, 2019 at 10:33 am

    I think this is a hoax. The only thing I found were social media posts from the Inter-American Commission. It is not an official document, let alone from the IACHR.

  • 39. allan120102  |  June 10, 2019 at 11:28 am

    Its not a hoax per say. Its just an opinion of a lawyer in Honduras. He is just stating that Honduras need to follow IACHR opinions. That is why I didnt share it in here because is no more than a personal opinion.

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