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– The Washington Blade is reporting that former Defense Secretary Jim Mattis is claiming that the military leaders were not allowed input on allowing service by people who are transgender.

This is an open thread and we’ll post any breaking news.

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  • 1. VIRick  |  September 24, 2019 at 1:29 pm

    Mexico: Reform Presented to Establish Marriage Equality in the Constitution

    Mexico: Presentan Reforma para Instaurar el Matrimonio Igualitario en la Constitución

    El Senado de la República recibió este martes, el 24 de septiembre 2019, una iniciativa que pretende instaurar en la Constitución Política el derecho de cualquier persona a contraer matrimonio, siendo mayor de 18 años, y sin importar su orientación sexual, identidad, o expresión de género.

    La iniciativa, presentada por la senadora de Morena, Nestora Salgado, pretende reformar los artículos primero y cuarto constitucionales, para garantizar que “toda persona mayor de 18 años de edad tiene derecho a contraer matrimonio y no podrá ser discriminada” para consumar ese derecho.

    De acuerdo con la propuesta de reforma al artículo primero de la Constitución, se añade a la prohibición de discriminación la generada por “orientación sexual, identidad, o expresión de género,” al estado civil, “o cualquier otra que atente contra la dignidad humana.”
    http://elrumbo.mx/2019/09/24/presentan-reforma-pa

    On Tuesday, 24 September 2019, the Senate of the Republic received an initiative that seeks to establish in the Political Constitution the right of any person to marry, their being 18 years of age or older, regardless of sexual orientation, identity, or gender expression.

    The initiative, presented by the Morena senator, Nestora Salgado, intends to reform the first and fourth articles of the constitution to guarantee that “every person over 18 years of age has the right to marry and cannot be discriminated against” in fulfilling that right.

    In accordance with the proposal to reform the first article of the Constitution, that generated by “sexual orientation, gender identity, or expression,” marital status, “or any other that threatens human dignity,” is added to the discrimination prohibition.

  • 2. ianbirmingham  |  September 24, 2019 at 2:11 pm

    Moroccan sex 'outlaws' protest criminalization of sex outside marriage

    By 4 p.m. in Rabat, over 2,000 people, describing themselves as outlaws, had signed the declaration, which begins, “We are violating unfair and obsolete laws. We are having sex outside of wedlock.”

    Sonia Terrab, a Moroccan film director, co-sponsored the manifesto. Her acclaimed documentary “Marrokiat” chronicled sexual harassment, homophobia and other abuses in a series of street interviews. “It's crazy, the signatures keep pouring in," she said. "The majority are women, but there are some men, too, who are supporting it because in case of adultery or extramarital sex they get imprisoned as well." She added, “Women suffer far more, however, because when a woman is condemned, no one will talk to her or touch her. Every day somebody is getting arrested for loving someone.”

    A growing number of Moroccan women are speaking up. Many turn to social media, where their stories are shared on Instagram accounts like “La Vie D’une Marocaine” (Life of a Moroccan Woman) and "Je Suis Une Femme" (I Am a Woman).

    Critics charge that heightened attention to moral issues allows the country’s monarch, Mohammed VI, to deflect from repression and corruption. This way, he can position himself as a secular modernizer in contrast to the conservative, pro-Islamic Justice and Development Party, which leads the government and is viewed by the palace as a threat.

    https://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2019/0

  • 3. VIRick  |  September 24, 2019 at 3:56 pm

    Bolivia: A Same-Sex Marriage (Across the Border in Salta Province, Argentina)

    En Bolivia, el matrimonio igualitario no es legal. Pero el amor trasciende fronteras y en Salta, a través de la reglamentación de una resolución del Registro Civil del 2018, los extranjeros pueden casarse. Y así una pareja de lesbianas vivió una emotiva ceremonia el viernes pasado, el 20 de septiembre 2019, en las oficinas del Registro Civil en Vaqueros.

    Las dos jóvenes residen en Bolivia y llegaron convencidas de dar el "sí." Habían intentado contraer matrimonio en Jujuy, pero allí, aún no está habilitada esa opción para los extranjeros.

    La pareja alquiló una casa (en Salta) a través de internet. Las novias viajaron en auto y llegaron el lunes, 16 de septiembre, para sacar turno en el Registro Civil. La disposición permite a los extranjeros hacer el trámite con ese plazo previo a la boda. Si bien las dos residen en Bolivia, una de ellas es de origen brasileño. Las contrayentes regresaron a Bolivia el domingo, el 22 de septiembre, tras un brindis en un restaurante.

    Matías Assennato, titular del organismo, la Federación Argentina de Lesbianas, Gays, Bisexuales, y Trans, destacó que reciben varias consultas de extranjeros que quieren casarse en Salta. "Es una de las pocas localidades que ofrece esta posibilidad en el país", agregó el funcionario.
    https://www.eltribuno.com/salta/nota/2019-9-24-0-

    In Bolivia, marriage equality is not legal. But love transcends borders and in Salta, through the regulation of a resolution of the Civil Registry of 2018, foreigners can marry. And so a lesbian couple had an emotional ceremony last Friday, 20 September 2019, in the offices of the Civil Registry in Vaqueros.

    The two young women reside in Bolivia and arrived convinced in saying "yes." They had tried to get married in Jujuy, but there, that option has still not been enabled for foreigners.

    The couple rented a house (in Salta) through the internet. The brides traveled by car and arrived on Monday, 16 September, to take their turn at the Civil Registry. The provision allows foreigners to complete the process within that period prior to the wedding. Although the two reside in Bolivia, one of them is of Brazilian origin. The couple returned to Bolivia on Sunday, 22 September, after a toast/celebration in a restaurant.

    Matías Assennato, head of the organization, the Argentine Federation of Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals, and Trans, said that they have received several inquiries from foreigners who want to marry in Salta. "It is one of the few locations that offers this possibility in the country," the official added.

    Note: Vaqueros is a small town in Salta Province, 12 km. north of the city of Salta, near the Jujuy provincial line. Jujuy Province is the province in Argentina which directly abuts Bolivia. Salta Province is the next one south of that. It was new news to learn that foreign same-sex couples can still only marry in a few select localities within Argentina. They can definitely marry in the city of Buenos Aires and in Buenos Aires Province, as hundreds already have, with couples having travelled from as far away as Perú, Venezuela, and Cuba to marry there. And obviously, based on this report, they have been able to marry in Salta Province since 2018. If one recalls, several same-sex couples from Paraguay have married in Santa Fe Province, while a number of Chilean same-sex couples have married just over the border in Mendoza Province. Further north, Salta Province also borders Chile. This summation accounts for 6 of the 24 jurisdictions within Argentina.

  • 4. VIRick  |  September 24, 2019 at 5:28 pm

    Tropical Storm Karen Has Arrived in the Virgin Islnds

    At 8 PM on 24 September 2019, the center of Tropical Storm Karen is located at 18.5°N 65.3°W, having already crossed over the islands of Vieques and Culebra, and is to our immediate west-northwest, within about 20 miles from my house, which is located at about 18.3°N 64.9°W. Since most of the anticipated rain event is within the south-east quadrant, the bulk of it is still on its way.

    I am not there right now, having escaped to the mainland after Hurricane Dorian passed right through, but I am still just as distracted, even though Karen should be less of a nuisance to us than was Dorian.

    At 11 PM on 24 September, the center of Tropical Storm Karen is located at 19.1°N 65.0°W, about 45 miles north of the house. We are still within the southeastern quadrant, as are all of the British Virgin Islands. There is also a semi-detached western portion of this storm which currently is completely enveloping all of Puerto Rico.

  • 5. VIRick  |  September 24, 2019 at 9:27 pm

    The Orange Buffoon Is To Be Impeached

    The House Speaker’s announcement comes amid reports that Trump withheld aid money from Ukraine while pushing the country for dirt on Joe Biden. While the Judiciary Committee has already begun an impeachment investigation, today, 24 September 2019, Pelosi announced that the Intelligence, Foreign Affairs, Oversight, Ways and Means, and Financial Services committees will now formally join them in a broader inquiry.
    https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/addybaird/na

    https://www.advocate.com/politics/2019/9/24/break

  • 6. ianbirmingham  |  September 24, 2019 at 10:18 pm

    Police have fired tear gas and water cannons at protesters demonstrating outside the Indonesian parliament over a proposed new criminal code that would ban sex before marriage

    Thousands of protesters, many of which were students, took to the streets in cities across Indonesia. The main clashes took place in the capital Jakarta as demonstrators demanded to meet parliament speaker Bambang Soesatyo. Protesters pelted police with rocks, who responded with tear gas and water cannons.

    One placard held by a woman said: "My crotch does not belong to the government".

    Protests in other areas, including Yogyakarta and Makassar on Sulawesi island, continued for a second day.

    https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-49810741

  • 7. allan120102  |  September 24, 2019 at 10:39 pm

    Costa Rica conservative deputies are trying to legalize ss unions for ss couples. They are trying to find the number of votes for approval and posible override if necessary of this law. If approve lgbt groups need to sue again https://www.nacion.com/el-pais/politica/pusc-y-fa

  • 8. VIRick  |  September 25, 2019 at 9:39 am

    The Damning Phone Call to the President of Ukraine

    Per Adam Schiff‏ (D-CA), Chairman of House Intelligence Committee:

    The transcript of the phone call (between the Orange Buffoon and the President of Ukraine) reads like a classic mob shakedown:

    – We do a lot for Ukraine.
    – There’s not much reciprocity.
    – I have a favor to ask.
    – Investigate my opponent.
    – My people will be in touch.
    – Nice country you got there.
    – It would be a shame if something happened to her.
    https://twitter.com/RepAdamSchiff

  • 9. VIRick  |  September 25, 2019 at 11:50 am

    Luxembourg: Prime Minister Makes History at UN General Assembly

    On Tuesday, 24 September 2019, Luxembourg Prime Minister Xavier Bettel became the first out head of government to speak about LGBTI-specific issues at the UN General Assembly.

    “Being gay is not a choice, but not accepting it is a choice,” said Bettel at a UN LGBTI Core Group event that focused on efforts to end anti-LGBTI hate speech in social and traditional media, according to a tweet from Luxembourg’s Permanent Mission to the UN. “Homophobia is a choice and we have to fight against it!”

    UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet, the former president of Chile, also spoke at the event.
    https://www.washingtonblade.com/2019/09/24/luxemb

  • 10. VIRick  |  September 25, 2019 at 2:20 pm

    Puebla: Marriage Equality Initiative Introduced to Congress

    Per Paco Rubio:

    Hace unos momentos, el 25 de septiembre 2019, el Diputado Chelo García‏ presentó iniciativa para hacer realidad el matrimonio igualitario en Puebla.
    https://twitter.com/PacoRubioo

    A few moments ago, on 25 September 2019, Deputy Chelo García presented an initiative to make marriage equality a reality in Puebla.

    Per Chelo García‏, Diputado sin Partido:

    El matrimonio igualitario en Puebla es una lucha ganada porque es una lucha de derechos. Hoy, el debate debe tratar únicamente sobre qué modelo legislativo adoptaremos para que la ley esté en perfecta sintonía con los derechos humanos.
    https://twitter.com/MgBranding

    Marriage equality in Puebla is a fight gained because it is a rights struggle. Today, the debate should only deal with which legislative model we will adopt so that the law is in perfect harmony with human rights.

    Note: Puebla already has marriage equality due to the Supreme Court decision against that state. However, the law in Puebla has yet to be changed to reflect that reality. Nor for that matter, following other Supreme Court decisions, has the law yet been changed in Jalisco, Chiapas, Nuevo León, or Aguascalientes to reflect that same reality.

  • 11. VIRick  |  September 25, 2019 at 4:59 pm

    Oaxaca State Congress Decriminalizes Abortion, 25 September 2019

    Per Sylvia Sofía Pérez del Colectivo Trans Monterrey‏:

    Oaxaca pone el ejemplo a nivel nacional: Derecho a la identidad de personas trans e intersex, matrimonio igualitario, y ahora se despenaliza el derecho a decidir.
    https://twitter.com/caifanalopez

    Oaxaca sets the example at the national level: The right to gender identity for trans and intersex individuals, marriage equality, and now the right to decide is decriminalized.

    Last month, the Oaxaca state congress passed landmark legislation legalizing both self-perceived gender identity as well as marriage equality. Today, 25 September 2019, with 24 votes in favor and 10 against, they decriminalized abortion if such is done within the first 12 weeks of gestation.

    Per Miss Mexicana & The Heartbreak Prince‏:

    WOW!! Oaxaca coming thru this year!!! Ya se a donde serán mis próximas vacaciones. (Now I know where to take my next vacation.)
    https://twitter.com/Giomanky

  • 12. VIRick  |  September 25, 2019 at 5:51 pm

    Guerrero: Marriage Equality Bill Passed to the Full Congress

    Per Moisés Reyes Sandoval‏, Diputado de Acapulco (Morena), and President of the Justice Committee:

    Hoy, el 25 de septiembre 2019, la Comisión de Justicia sesionó y planteó que se deseche la iniciativa de matrimonio igualitario. Con 3 votos en contra, una ausencia, y el mío a favor, pasará al pleno, esperando que los diputados de Guerrero estén a favor de los derechos humanos. Todos iguales ante la ley.
    https://twitter.com/Moyreyess

    Today, 25 September 2019, the Justice Committee met and proposed that the marriage equality initiative be rejected. With 3 votes against, one absence, and mine in favor, it will pass to the full congress, hoping that the deputies of Guerrero are in favor of human rights. All equal before the law.

    Even though out-voted in committee, 3-to-1, Moisés Reyes Sandoval‏, the committee chairperson, intends to send this measure to the full congress to force a floor vote, where Morena holds an absolute majority of the seats.

  • 13. VIRick  |  September 25, 2019 at 6:26 pm

    A Comment on Mexico's North v. Mexico's South

    In Mexico, the more economically advanced North, especially that (shrinking) portion of its population who have bought into PAN's vision of Mexico becoming the next USA, or worse, the alternate portion who have bought into PES's narrowly-focused evangelical vision, tend to snidely look down upon the less economically developed South.

    However, the South, never imagining itself to ever be anything like the USA, while also rejecting any and all outside "religious" influences from whatever source, tends to swing ultra-left and elect true social progressives, as has happened in the 2018 elections in Oaxaca, the poorest of the poor, with the nation's lowest statewide per capita income level. At the present moment, from a social development standpoint, Oaxaca is clearly putting the self-satisfied North to shame, which many observers like Sylvia Sofía Pérez, or Miss Mexicana & The Heartbreak Prince, above, have been quite quick to point out. And for our purposes here, the North can be defined as the broad area beginning with the extremely self-satisfied suburbanites of Edomex, and continuing from there, all the way through to the entire length of the US border.

  • 14. VIRick  |  September 25, 2019 at 9:11 pm

    Note to Wikipedia Editors Regarding Multiple Recent Changes to Various Gender Identity Laws in Mexico:

    Despite previously pointing out these changes in law/procedure as they occurred, no one has taken notice. As a result, the Wikipedia reference on gender identity in Mexico becomes more and more out-of-date, to the point that it should no longer be cited:
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LGBT_rights_in_Mexi

    The change in law in Colima was missed/ignored, then the change in procedure in Baja California, and now, the very recent change in law (simultaneous with the approval of the marriage equality legislation on 28 August 2019) in Oaxaca. Look back through these posts here at Equality on Trial to find the references on Baja California and Oaxaca. Here is Colima:

    Congress of Colima Approves the Change of Gender Identity

    Congreso de Colima Aprueba Cambio de Identidad de Género

    El 13 de febrero 2019, el Congreso de Colima aprobó por unanimidad un dictamen para dar certeza legal a las personas de la comunidad transgénero.
    https://heraldodemexico.com.mx/estados/congreso-d

    On 13 February 2019, the Colima Congress unanimously approved the draft law giving legal certainty to persons of the transgender community.

    Colima Registers Its First Two Changes of Gender Identity, 20 June 2019

    Registra Colima Sus Dos Primeros Cambios de Identidad de Género, el 20 de Junio 2019

    Para realizar el trámite de cambio de género en las actas de nacimiento, lo único que se requiere es que la persona que desee realizar el cambio al sexo opuesto manifieste su voluntad de hacerlo y acudir a la Dirección General del Registro Civil. https://elcomentario.ucol.mx/registra-colima-sus-

    To carry out the process of gender change on birth certificates, the only thing that is required is that the person wishing to make the change to the opposite sex express their willingness to do so and go to the General Directorate of the Civil Registry.

    In all instances where the law has been changed, it should be further pointed out that the birth certificate upon which the gender marker change has been requested can be from ANY state in Mexico, not just from the specific state.

  • 15. VIRick  |  September 25, 2019 at 9:54 pm

    Singapore: New Court Challenge to Anti-Sodomy Law, Section 377A

    Per LGBT Marriage News:

    Dr Tan Seng Kee, 61, better known as Roy Tan, has filed a new court challenge against Section 377A of the Penal Code, a law that criminalizes sex between men, arguing that it is unconstitutional. He is represented by lawyer M. Ravi from Carson Law Chambers, who filed the case in the High Court last Friday, 20 September 2019.

    Section 377A of the Penal Code criminalizes acts of "gross indecency" between men and the offence carries up to a two-year jail term. In court documents seen by "The Straits Times," Dr Tan stated that Section 377A is inconsistent with Article 9 of the Constitution, which states that no person shall be deprived of his life or personal liberty save in accordance with law. He also stated that Section 377A is inconsistent with Article 12, which states that all persons are equal before the law and entitled to its equal protection, and Article 14, which states that every citizen of Singapore has the right to freedom of speech and expression.

    A pre-trial conference has been set for 8 October. The case will challenge the Court of Appeal's previous ruling in 2014 that Section 377A is constitutional.

    Two other constitutional challenges against Section 377A are currently before the courts. One was filed by Mr Bryan Choong in November 2018. Mr Choong is the former executive director of Oogachaga, a non-profit organization working with the LGBT community. Another was filed in September 2018 by disc jockey Johnson Ong Ming, who goes by the stage name DJ Big Kid, shortly after India's Supreme Court struck down a similar law.
    https://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/lgbt-activ

  • 16. VIRick  |  September 25, 2019 at 11:03 pm

    Kazakhstan: First LGBT Supreme Court Victory

    Per LGBT Marriage News:

    A controversial case that took a year and a half for the court system to hear has turned out to be the first legal victory for LGBTIQ rights in Kazakhstan. We welcome the landmark decision by the Supreme Court to uphold the privacy of a lesbian couple.

    On 30 July 2019, the Supreme Court found in favor of the women, heavily criticizing the decision of the Court of Appeal to uphold Mamedov’s appeal (an individual who filmed the couple kissing without their knowledge/consent, and then posted it on-line, and who was then subsequently sued for damages for invasion of privacy). In its decision, the Supreme Court said that: “the Court of Appeal committed a substantial and gross violation of the right to self-portrayal under Article 145 of the Civil Code and infringement of the constitutional rights of plaintiffs” guaranteed by Article 18 of the Constitution of the Republic of Kazakhstan, according to which everyone has the right to privacy, personal and family secrets, protection of one’s honor and dignity.
    https://ilga-europe.org/resources/news/latest-new

  • 17. allan120102  |  September 25, 2019 at 11:10 pm

    Guanajuato lgbt activist taking actions. More than 100 amparos could be filed so ss couples can get married https://soybarrio.com/matrimonios-igualitarios-en

  • 18. VIRick  |  September 26, 2019 at 8:29 pm

    Costa Rica: Marriage Equality Count-Down Continues

    Per Luis Salazar Muñoz, Comisionado Presidencial LGBTQ de Costa Rica:

    26 de septiembre 2019. De hoy en 8 meses entrará en vigencia el matrimonio igualitario.
    https://twitter.com/lsalazarmunoz/status/11772227….

    26 September 2019. Eight months from today, marriage equality will enter into effect.

  • 19. VIRick  |  September 27, 2019 at 11:26 am

    Michigan: Judge Rules Adoption Agency Has Right to Discriminate against LGBTs

    Per Equality Case Files:

    On 26 September 2019, in "Buck v. Gordon," the federal case wherein which St. Vincent Catholic Charities and several individuals are pre-emptively suing Michigan over the state's refusal to contract with adoption agencies that violate non-discrimination policies, Judge Jonker granted St. Vincent's preliminary injunction, blocking the state of Michigan from suspending its contract while the case proceeds. On the plus side, the order dismisses all the additional individual plaintiffs from the suit for lack of standing, including the original lead plaintiff, Melissa Buck.

    Representing St. Vincent’s in the case was the Becket for Religious Liberty, which has defended groups like Hobby Lobby and Little Sisters of the Poor.

    "Unless and until the Court orders otherwise, Defendants Gordon, McCall, and Nessel, their agents, employees, and those acting in concert with them shall not terminate or suspend performance of their contracts with St. Vincent Catholic Charities, decline to renew those contracts, or take any other adverse action against St. Vincent Catholic Charities based on St. Vincent’s protected religious exercise as described in the accompanying Opinion."

    From the Opinion: "Because the record demonstrates that the State’s new position targets St. Vincent’s religious beliefs, strict scrutiny applies, and St. Vincent has established a basis for preliminary injunctive relief to preserve the status quo while the validity of the State’s new position is tested in plenary litigation."

    The Opinion is here:
    http://files.eqcf.org/cases/119-cv-00286-70/

    The Order is here:
    http://files.eqcf.org/cases/119-cv-00286-70/

    More detail on the case is here:
    https://www.washingtonblade.com/2019/09/26/cathol

  • 20. VIRick  |  September 27, 2019 at 12:29 pm

    Russia: Gay Couple with Children Seeking Asylum in USA

    A gay couple who fled Russia because they feared their children would be taken away have requested asylum in the USA. Andrei Vaganov and Yevgeny Yerofeyev left the nation with their two sons, Denis and Yuri, this summer after Russia’s federal government in July began an investigation of the Moscow social welfare agency that let Vaganov adopt the two boys in 2010. Because the nation does not allow adoption by same-sex couples, Yerofeyev has no legal relationship to them, but the two men, who married in Denmark in 2016, have been raising the children together for years.

    The Russian LGBTQ group Coming Out announced Thursday, 26 September 2019, that the men and their sons are seeking political asylum in the USA, "The Moscow Times" reports. The boys have started school in the US and are adjusting to their new environment, according to Coming Out.

    Russia’s government could find that social welfare officials committed “criminal negligence” by letting a gay man adopt children. The situation for LGBTQ people in Russia worsened significantly after the nation’s enactment of its “gay propaganda” law in 2013. The law prohibits any positive mention of LGBTQ issues or identity in venues accessible to minors. The propaganda law “immediately turned us into criminals because of our sexual orientation,” Vaganov told German news broadcaster, "Deutsch Welle."
    https://www.advocate.com/world/2019/9/27/gay-dads

  • 21. ianbirmingham  |  September 27, 2019 at 12:31 pm

    Gays in the Military? Well, Now it's the Totally Gay Military…

    The airport is located in the south part of the city and was originally recognized as an international airport in 1957. After topping the former regime of Saddam Hussein in 2003, the US military used it as a base.

    https://www.kurdistan24.net/en/news/e9218ad3-45f8

  • 22. VIRick  |  September 27, 2019 at 1:37 pm

    Serbia: Government Proposes Possibility of Same-Sex Partnership Recognition

    Per Pedro Fuentes:‏

    En Serbia, el Gobierno de coalición de socialistas y centristas modificará el Código Civil para incluir:
    – Matrimonio Igualitario (tal vez/indirectamente/no deje de respirar mientras esperando)
    – Gestación Subrogada
    – Eutanasia
    – Lucha contra el castigo físico a menores

    Leyes y DDHH avanzando juntos.
    https://www.srbijadanas.com/vesti/drustvo/novine-

    In Serbia, the coalition Government of socialists and centrists will modify the Civil Code to include:
    – Marriage equality (maybe/indirectly/do not stop breathing while waiting)
    – Surrogacy
    – Euthanasia
    – Fight against physical punishment of minors

    Laws and human rights advancing together.

    Note: The reference cited is written as a critique in Serbo-Croatian, using the Croatian alphabet. However, I do recognize the words, "Srbija," "surogat," "eutanazija," and "gej," while "istospolne zajednice" means "same-sex communities," which likely should be read as "same-sex partnerships." Under this latter heading, the news article goes on to state:

    This area is not regulated under current Serbian laws. The draft Civil Code does not explicitly mention gay marriages (gej brakovi), but it does mention the possibility of same-sex partnerships (istospolne zajednice).

    Thus, among other things, it states: "In a public hearing, it is necessary to comprehensively consider the possibility of legally regulating same-sex partnerships, especially taking into account different opinions, views, and arguments that would be legally relevant in the eventual preparation of a separate law."

    Same-sex partnerships are also mentioned in the section relating to the right of residence, which states that the needs of the right holder are judged according to the moment when the right arose, but also take into account new needs that could reasonably be expected at the time the right arose (marriage, establishing a partnership, giving birth or adopting children, incurring a legal obligation in favor of, or at the expense of, the occupancy right holder). The draft Civil Code also states that registration of a partnership of same-sex persons should be resolved by a special law or a change in family law.

  • 23. bayareajohn  |  September 27, 2019 at 5:11 pm

    I don't get it. The article described and linked has nothing about gay or military…??

  • 24. VIRick  |  September 27, 2019 at 6:43 pm

    France: Lower House Passes Law Allowing IVF for Lesbians, Single Women

    Per LGBT Marriage News:

    On 27 September 2019, France's lower house, the National Assembly, by a vote of 55 to 17, approved a bioethics law allowing same-sex female couples and single women to use medically-assisted reproduction methods. The same measure still needs the go-ahead from the Senate, France's upper house.

    Under the proposed law, the country's health care system would cover the cost of the procedure for all women under the age of 43. It also would allow children conceived with donated sperm to find out the donor's identity when they turn 18. This marks a change from France's current strict donor anonymity protections. In addition, children conceived by lesbian couples could have "mother and mother" on their birth certificates instead of "mother and father."

    The bill, if enacted, will bring French law into line with Britain, Spain, Portugal, the Netherlands, Ireland, Belgium, and the Scandinavian countries, all of which authorize medically-assisted procreation for all women.
    https://www.dw.com/en/france-nears-legalizing-ivf

  • 25. ianbirmingham  |  September 27, 2019 at 8:34 pm

    Read the quoted part. You really don't know what the verb "topping" means?

  • 26. Fortguy  |  September 27, 2019 at 9:08 pm

    In other words, some Kurdish translator confused topping for toppling.

  • 27. VIRick  |  September 27, 2019 at 9:17 pm

    Thank you Ian and Fortguy for translating the obvious, as I did not "get it" either. I simply read the word as "toppling," and figured someone made a typing error. But then, my brains have yet to recover from translating the next article below from Serbo-Croatian, where I needed to distinguish between "gej brakovi" and "istospolne zajednice."

  • 28. ianbirmingham  |  September 27, 2019 at 10:25 pm

    As the US military utterly dominated the Iraqi military, "topping" is an apt (and colorful) metaphor for the way that conflict played out. Yet "toppling" is also a valid word to use here. Regardless of which word was actually intended, the use of "topping" here does evoke the past debate about gays in the military. Perhaps the entry of gays into the military has created a "Queer Eye For The Military Guy" effect, leading to a modern military belief in "topping" the enemy force? Imagine a crowd of US Marines cheering loudly as their commander explains exactly how they will do that!

  • 29. arturo547  |  September 30, 2019 at 3:52 pm

    Amazing news from Peru: President Vizcarra dissolves homophobic congress. This is good news for the lgbt Peruvian.

    https://peru21.pe/politica/martin-vizcarra-anunci

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