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This morning, the Supreme Court released one decision in an argued case. The case wasn’t one of the Title VII LGBT employment discrimination cases we’re following. We’ll find out Friday whether there will be more decisions released next week.

UPDATED 5/15: There will be more Supreme Court decisions released on Monday. As usual, we don’t know which ones or how many.

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  • 1. VIRick  |  May 14, 2020 at 4:05 pm

    Costa Rica: The Long Road to Marriage Equality

    Per Oscar M.:

    Por cierto, el próximo 17 de mayo se cumplen 4 años desde que Ana Helena Chacón, Vicepresidenta de la Administración Solís Rivera (PAC, 2014-2018), firmó la consulta a la CIDH que hoy tiene al país a las puertas de la igualdad.
    https://twitter.com/OskrM/status/1260793769634549

    For certain, this coming 17 May 2020 will mark 4 years since Ana Helena Chacón, Vice-President in the Solís Rivera Administration (PAC, 2014-2018), signed the consultation request to the IACHR that today has the country at the gates of equality.

    This consultation request from Vice-President Ana Helena Chacón, currently the ambassador to Spain, resulted in the binding opinion, OC24-17, issued by the CIDH on 9 January 2018, requiring marriage equality in all signatory member states adhering to rulings of the CIDH. Since then, as signatory members, the Constitutional Courts of Ecuador and Costa Rica have further ruled in accordance.

    The remaining 14 nations, all signatories of the American Convention on Human Rights, and thus bound by the same ruling, but still without marriage equality, are: Barbados, Bolivia, Chile, República Dominicana, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panamá, Paraguay, Perú, and Suriname, as well as the last remaining 13 states of Mexico. The CIDH still considers Venezuela to also be a signatory state bound by said ruling.
    https://wockner.blogspot.com/2018/06/worldwide-ma

    Seven signatory members already have marriage equality: Argentina, Brasil, Colombia, Ecuador, Uruguay, 19 jurisdictions of Mexico, and now, Costa Rica.

    One will probably never fully appreciate the power and influence of Ana Helena Chacón in bringing marriage equality not only to Costa Rica, but through the resulting CIDH ruling, to all of the rest of Latin America.

    Per Alejandro Muñoz Rivera‏:

    Estamos a 12 días del matrimonio igualitario y pese a los inacabables intentos de frenarlo, disminuirlo y postergarlo, ya nadie lo va a poder parar.
    https://twitter.com/lMacal

    We are now 12 days away from marriage equality and despite the endless attempts to block it, to diminish it and postpone it, no one will be able to stop it.

  • 2. VIRick  |  May 14, 2020 at 6:08 pm

    Veracruz Congress Joyously Pisses in the Wind

    Per Luis Guzmán:

    Y hablando del reconocimiento del matrimonio igualitario, en Veracruz sucede lo contrario y los legisladores de Morena quieren reformar el Código Civil para poner que el matrimonio solo sea la unión entre un hombre y una mujer en vez de que simplemente sea entre dos personas.
    https://twitter.com/luisigg

    And speaking of the recognition of marriage equality, in Veracruz the contrary is happening as the Morena legislators want to reform the Civil Code in order to make marriage only be the union between a man and a woman instead of it simply being between two persons.

    If this current proposal succeeds in becoming law, then Veracruz needs to be slammed with the filing of an "Action of Unconstitutionality," which once the SCJN rules upon it, will then force marriage equality upon the state. So, at this stage, I say, "Déjalo ser." (Let it happen.)

  • 3. VIRick  |  May 16, 2020 at 2:33 pm

    Hidalgo: First Anniversary of Marriage Equality and Cohabitation Equality

    Per México Igualitario:‏

    El 14 de mayo 2020, celebramos un año de que el matrimonio y el concubinato igualitario se hicieron posible en Hidalgo.
    https://twitter.com/MX_Igualitario

    On 14 May 2020, we celebrated one year since marriage and cohabitation equality were made possible in Hidalgo.

    The marriage equality bill passed the Hidalgo Congress on 14 May 2019, became law on 24 May without the governor's signature, and went into effect from 11 June 2019, after having been published in the official gazette on 10 June.

    The states of Hidalgo and Veracruz abut, so from the northern part of Veracruz state, the distance that same-sex couples would need to travel in order to marry is relatively short. As an equally accessible alternative, especially for couples from the southern part of Veracruz state who wish to marry, Oaxaca is also available. Oaxaca's second-largest city, Tuxtepec, is situated directly on the Veracruz state line.

  • 4. ianbirmingham  |  May 16, 2020 at 8:39 pm

    World Map: 68 Countries Where Consensual Gay/Lesbian Sex Is Still Illegal

    https://gdb.rferl.org/B09C32BB-7CC6-40CA-A463-3B3

  • 5. VIRick  |  May 17, 2020 at 7:57 am

    Albania: National Psychologists Association Bans So-Called "Conversion Therapy"

    Per LGBT Marriage News:

    Tirana, Albania – Gay rights organizations say that Albania’s governing body of psychologists has banned so-called "conversion therapy," the practice which attempts to change a person’s sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.

    On Saturday, 16 May 2020, a statement said Albania is the sixth European country to apply such a ban, following Spain, Switzerland, Malta, Britain, and Germany. Albania passed an anti-discrimination law in 2010 granting legal rights to gays but stopping short of allowing same-sex marriage. There is still widespread anti-gay sentiment in the country, though there have been no attacks on pride parades.
    https://www.wnky.com/i/albanian-psychologists-ban

    Of the nations listed, only Malta and Germany have banned "conversion therapy" by law. The other three cited, Spain, Switzerland, and Britain, did so by their respective national psychologists associations banning the practice, measures limited to licensed professional members, and which do not include non-licensed practitioners, like church-affiliated amateurs, "ex-gays," and other assorted nut-jobs, all of whom would likely be the most egregious offenders.

    A second news report concurs with the above assessment:

    Albania: Third European Nation to Ban "Conversion Therapy"

    In Albania, the Order of Psychologists will penalize any of its members for violating the ban on "conversion therapy." Additionally, since the Order, which was created by the country's Parliament in 2017, oversees all registered psychologists in Albania, its new decree is the equivalent of a legislative ban.

    In March 2018, the European Union formally voted to condemn the practice and urged all of its member states to ban "Conversion Therapy." Since then, Germany, Malta, and now, Albania, have heeded that call.
    https://www.advocate.com/world/2020/5/18/albania-

  • 6. VIRick  |  May 17, 2020 at 10:21 am

    Bolivia: IDAHOBIT, the Fight Against HomoLesboBiTransPhobia

    Per Gabriel Tapia‏:

    17 de mayo, el Día de Lucha Contra la HomoLesboBiTransFobia en Bolivia,
    Ordenanza Municipal de La Paz, 249/2011.
    https://twitter.com/gabriel40886455

    17 May, the Day for Fighting against HomoLesboBiTransPhobia in Bolivia,
    Municipal Ordinance of La Paz, 249/2011.

    Many countries throughout the world celebrate 17 May as IDAHOBIT, the date in 1990 upon which the WHO issued their statement declaring that one's sexual orientation and gender identity are not to be considered to be some sort of mental disorder.

    Here is the up-dated 2020 worldwide status report on LGBT rights, progress, and setbacks, as presented by Human Rights Watch:

    On 17 May 1990, the World Health Organization removed homosexuality from its list of mental disorders, recognizing homosexuality as a natural variant of human sexuality. This milestone now marks an annual celebration of sexual and gender diversities, known as the International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, and Transphobia (IDAHOBIT). Yet the lasting impact of stigma, and “othering” is evident in the discrimination and abuse that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people around the world continue to experience.
    https://www.advocate.com/commentary/2020/5/17/glo

  • 7. VIRick  |  May 17, 2020 at 11:32 am

    Cuba: IDAHOBIT, International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia

    Per Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez, Presidente de Cuba:

    Derechos sexuales y emancipación. 17 de Mayo: Día Internacional contra la Homofobia y la Transfobia. Cuba saluda esta fecha impulsando y apoyando los derechos iguales para todos.
    https://twitter.com/DiazCanelB

    Sexual rights and emancipation. 17 May: International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia. Cuba salutes this date by promoting and supporting equal rights for all.

    Per: Jorge Luis Mazorra Ortiz‏, Diputado al Parlamento Cubano (2013-2018):

    Este 17 de Mayo celebramos el día de la diversa comunidad LGBTQ. Unámonos todos por los derechos para todas las personas, porque en Cuba el matrimonio igualitario tiene que aprobarse. Será un año intenso donde habrá que trabajar duro ante las propagandas satánicas de la Iglesia.
    https://twitter.com/JorgeMazorra

    This 17 May, we celebrate the day of the diverse LGBTQ community. Let us all unite for the rights of all people, because in Cuba marriage equality must be approved. It will be an intense year where it will be necessary to work hard before the satanic propaganda of the Church.

  • 8. ianbirmingham  |  May 17, 2020 at 8:30 pm

    Iraqi leaders condemn western diplomats for hoisting LGBTQ pride flags

    Iraqi leaders on Sunday condemned western diplomatic missions in Baghdad for hoisting rainbow flags in a sign of solidarity on the International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia.

    Although same-sex relationships are technically legal under the Iraqi Penal Code, they are still widely frowned upon in the largely conservative society.

    Iraq’s foreign ministry issued a statement on Sunday to “denounce” the raising of the flags, claiming it is against “the noble morals of all divine religions.”

    Bashir Hadad, deputy speaker of Iraqi parliament, also issued a statement calling the hoisting of the pride flags a “clear provocation to the feelings of the Iraqi people.”

    “We do not allow the hoisting of the homosexual flag on our land […] We have directed the foreign relations, religious affairs, and other relevant committees to take the necessary measures against this behavior,” he said.

    “The [EU] mission must immediately lower the flag and apologize for their action which should not be repeated again,” he added.

    [Influential Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr] tweeted about the incident later in the day, calling LGBTQ people “mentally ill and in need of recovery and guidance.” He described the raising of the flags as “attacks on all People of the Book, not just Muslims.”

    Amir Ashour, founder and executive director of activist network IraQueer, said being LGBTQ is not incompatible with being Iraqi.

    “Critics […] continue to rely on the outdated and unfounded notion that being LGBT is a western export. We believe that diversity exists everywhere. The recognition of the LGBT community in Iraq, an important and valuable part of the society, is not a western export,” Ashour told Rudaw English.

    The act of raising the pride flag is a tribute to those murdered and persecuted for their sexuality, he said.

    In March this year, Sadr claimed the coronavirus had been caused by the legalization of gay marriage – a claim which has no scientific basis. Ashour responded to Sadr’s comments, accusing his Saraya al-Salam militia of committing crimes against the LGBT community.

    Sadr leads “a militia which has a documented history of torturing and killing LGBT people in organized campaigns using horrific means,” Ashour said at the time.

    https://www.rudaw.net/english/middleeast/iraq/170

  • 9. VIRick  |  May 18, 2020 at 2:49 pm

    Up-Date on "Harris Funeral Homes v. EEOC and Aimee Stephens"

    Per Equality Case Files:

    Following upon Aimee Stephens' very recent death on 12 May, Aimee Stephens' wife, Donna, filed a motion with the Supreme Court on 15 May 2020, as trustee for the estate of Aimee Stephens, to be substituted as a party in place of Aimee in the on-going case of "RG & GR Harris Funeral Homes v. EEOC and Aimee Stephens."

    The motion is here:
    https://www.supremecourt.gov/DocketPDF/18/18-107/

  • 10. VIRick  |  May 18, 2020 at 5:35 pm

    Costa Rica: Futile Last-Minute Motion in Legislative Assembly to Delay Marriage Equality

    Per Enrique Sánchez, Diputado de la República, 2018-2022:

    Llueve sobre mojado. La odiosa moción para retrasar la entrada del matrimonio igualitario no tiene futuro. Explico: para conocer y votar esa moción, se requiere alterar el orden de los asuntos que tiene que conocer el plenario. Eso requiere, como mínimo, 38 votos.
    https://twitter.com/kike_sanchez

    It rains, it pours. The odious motion to delay the entry of marriage equality has no future. I will explain: In order to debate and vote on that motion, it would be required to alter the order of business by which the plenary would hold debate. That requires at least 38 votes.

    The motion itself to delay initially only obtained 24 signatures. There are 57 seats in the Legislative Assembly of Costa Rica. The vice-president‎ of the Legislative Assembly, ‎Zoila Rosa Volio Pacheco (Ind), has been the one pushing for this motion to delay.

    Meanwhile, we are just 7 days away from marriage equality being a reality in Costa Rica.

  • 11. arturo547  |  May 19, 2020 at 12:21 pm

    Breaking news: Motion to delay marriage equality un Costa Rica has been rejected by parliament.
    https://twitter.com/delfinocrc/status/12628066846

  • 12. dsmartinn89  |  May 19, 2020 at 2:16 pm

    A HUGE piece of info that I missed back in January: The (new) Inter-American Convention Against All forms of Discrimination and Intolerance, compiled and signed (which must be noted means general support, not adhesion or ratification) by at least 10 coutnried back in 2013, took over 7 years to enter into force, what happened on 02/20/2020 (lovely number, right?). This date was 30th calendar day after the Organisation of American States received the second notice confirming ratification – by Mexico, as Uruguay took the lead back in 2013.

  • 13. VIRick  |  May 19, 2020 at 3:03 pm

    Costa Rica: Legislative Assembly Rejects Motion to Delay Marriage Equality

    Per Rex Wockner:

    On 19 May 2020, in a 33-20 vote, Costa Rica's Legislative Assembly has rejected a plan to push the Constitutional Court (Sala IV) to delay the start of marriage equality.

    Asamblea Legislativa rechaza moción para posponer legalidad de matrimonio igualitario.
    https://www.elpais.cr/2020/05/19/asamblea-legisla

  • 14. VIRick  |  May 20, 2020 at 12:37 pm

    Hungary: Parliament Approves Bill Banning Legal Change of Gender

    On 19 May 2020, lawmakers in Hungary approved a bill that would prevent transgender and intersex people in the country from legally changing their gender. The proposal passed in the Hungarian Parliament by a 133-57 vote margin, with the support of members of Prime Minister Viktor Orbán’s Fidesz party.

    The proposal is part of an omnibus bill that Deputy Prime Minister Zsolt Semjén introduced on 31 March. The previous day, the Hungarian Parliament approved a controversial measure that gave Orbán even more power under the guise of combating the coronavirus pandemic in the country.

    Transvanilla Transgender Association, a Hungarian trans advocacy group, in a statement said the bill “is contradictory to international and national human rights standards and violates the right to self-determination.” The Háttér Society, a Hungarian LGBTQ rights organization, said the proposal would not only violate previous Hungarian Constitutional Court rulings affirming that “legal gender- and name-change for transgender people are a fundamental right,” but would also violate the established legal standards of the European Court of Human Rights.

    Transvanilla Transgender Association said it will challenge the proposal in the Hungarian Constitutional Court as soon as it becomes law. “The Hungarian Constitutional Court made it clear in its decisions that changing name and gender is a fundamental right for transgender persons,” said the group in its statement.
    https://www.washingtonblade.com/2020/05/19/hungar

  • 15. VIRick  |  May 20, 2020 at 4:02 pm

    Venezuela: An LGBTI Accord; Nice Words but Little Substance

    Per Venezuela Igualitaria:

    El 20 de mayo 2020, la Asamblea venezolana aprueba acuerdo propuesto por Tamara Adrian para legislar a favor de personas LGBTI, aceptando modificación hecha por Primero Justicia que excluye el matrimonio igualitario, (mientras que también elimina la referencia a la decisión vinculante de la CIDH,) en efecto, dándose la mano con el gobierno actual en cuanto al odio compartido hacia nuestras ciudadanías.
    https://twitter.com/VE_Igualitaria

    On 20 May 2020, the Venezuelan Assembly approved the agreement proposed by Tamara Adrian to legislate in favor of LGBTI people, accepting a modification made by Primero Justicia that excludes marriage equality, (while also deleting reference to the binding CIDH ruling,) in effect, shaking hands with the current government regarding their shared hatred toward our citizens.

    This has always been one of the chief weaknesses of "leftist" political movements in Latin America,– they have to pretend to care. However, in reality, in South America, with regard to their LGBT citizens, "leftist" Venezuela is on the same warped wave-length with arch-rightist Paraguay, as both have afforded their LGBT citizens zero legal protections, zero recognition, and zero civil rights. The only difference between the two is that the political forces in Venezuela have to periodically offer a few encouraging words of perseverance to their LGBT citizens, pretending to care, while the same forces in Paraguay can be openly hostile, hateful, and antagonistic.

    In Central America, one sees a similar stark result, with zero legal protections, zero recognition, and zero civil rights, when comparing supposedly "leftist" Nicaragua, where LGBT citizens are "merely" ignored, now that "pretending to care" has worn too thin, with arch-rightist Guatemala, where LGBT citizens are actively persecuted, to the point of being driven out of the country. In fact, due to the oppressive nature of both regimes, the two are about the very last in Latin America without multiple LGBT lawsuits challenging the status quo.

  • 16. VIRick  |  May 21, 2020 at 3:30 pm

    Costa Rica: Marriage Equality Commences in 5 Days

    Per Daniel Berezowsky:

    A partir del martes, el 26 de mayo 2020, el matrimonio igualitario será una realidad en Costa Rica. Es muy importante para la región entera porque es resultado de la opinión consultiva 24/17 que emitió la CIDH el 9 de enero 2018, dejando claro que es un derecho protegido por la Convención Americana.
    https://twitter.com/danberezowsky

    Starting from Tuesday, 26 May 2020, marriage equality will be a reality in Costa Rica. It is very important for the entire region because it is the result of the advisory opinion 24/17 issued by the IACHR on 9 January 2018, making it clear that it is a right protected by the American Convention.

    Which nation is next, Panamá or Perú? Both have multiple overdue court cases that need to be affirmatively decided in light of the same CIDH ruling. Or will El Salvador surprise us all?

  • 17. VIRick  |  May 21, 2020 at 4:40 pm

    Costa Rica: Marriage Equality and Its Impact on Labor Law

    Matrimonio igualitario: Estos son los ajustes que las empresas deberán hacer a sus políticas internas:
    https://www.elfinancierocr.com/negocios/matrimoni

    Marriage equality: These are the adjustments that companies must make to their internal policies:

    Unfortunately, "El Financiero" is by subscription only, so I am unable to provide the list. However, if anyone does have a complaint, then file said complaint with the following, the law firm who first drew our attention to the multiple legal changes:

    BDS Asesores, firma líder de abogados especialistas en derecho laboral en C. América, Panamá, y Rep. Dominicana
    https://twitter.com/BDSAsesores

    BDS Asesores, leading legal firm specializing in labor law in Central America, Panamá, y Rep. Dominicana

  • 18. VIRick  |  May 22, 2020 at 11:28 am

    Scotus Up-Date on "Idaho Dept. of Corrections v. Edmo"

    On Thursday, 21 May 2020, in "Idaho Dept. of Corrections v. Edmo," the US Supreme Court refused Idaho’s request to block gender-confirmation surgery for an inmate in one of the state’s prisons while it considers whether to hear the state’s appeal of the case as a whole.

    The court issued a very brief order denying the request, without giving a reason, and saying that Justices Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito would have granted the state’s application.

    This means that an appeals court’s ruling in favor of the prisoner, transgender woman Adree Edmo, will stand. The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, which covers several western states, had ruled last year that denying Edmo the surgery constituted cruel and unusual punishment, which is banned by the Eighth Amendment to the US Constitution.
    https://www.advocate.com/transgender/2020/5/21/sc

    Per Equality Case Files, the Order denying the stay is here:
    https://www.supremecourt.gov/orders/courtorders/0

  • 19. VIRick  |  May 22, 2020 at 11:50 am

    Russia: Chechen Leader of "Gay Purge” Rushed to Moscow Hospital with Coronavirus

    With Ramzan Kadyrov's approval, from late 2016, in Chechnya, dozens of gay men and transgender people have been tortured and murdered at the hands of authorities. Now, Ramzan Kadyrov, head of the Chechen Republic, has been rushed to a Moscow hospital with symptoms of coronavirus infection.

    Chechnya is part of the Russian Federation and Kadyrov was installed by Russian President Vladimir Putin. Kadyrov’s medical condition remains unknown. Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin recently returned to work after being released from the hospital for COVID-19 treatment.

    Chechen authorities, most of whom are former military members who serve as Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov’s secret police, often detain suspected queer men under the pretense of drug charges. Police then examine the men’s phone contacts for other suspects, using torture to get as much information as possible.

    A 31-page report released in August 2017 by the Russian LGBT Network said torturers in Chechnya use “electrocution, beatings, starvation, dehydration, isolation, forced nudity, homophobic insults, and mis-gendering” to punish detainees, confiscating their personal belongings and only allowing them to sleep three hours a day on cold concrete floors. The men are not allowed to bathe or use toilets and they receive no medical care.

    Chechnya’s anti-LGBTQ crackdown has occurred in four waves: The first lasted from December 2016 to February 2017, the second from March 2017 until May 2017, the third began in June 2017 and the fourth began in December 2018. At least 27 people are believed to have died in the crackdown. The Russia LGBT Network has helped approximately 119 gay and bi men escape the purge and flee to Moscow, Canada, Lithuania, France, and Germany.
    https://www.lgbtqnation.com/2020/05/chechnyas-lea

  • 20. Randolph_Finder  |  May 22, 2020 at 2:22 pm

    I'd love to see that map with a split on whether anyone has been arrested for Consensual Gay Sex in the last Decade.

  • 21. VIRick  |  May 22, 2020 at 3:08 pm

    Ireland: 5th Anniversary of Marriage Equality

    Per Irlanda en Argentina:
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    Hoy hace cinco años, el 22 de mayo 2015, el pueblo irlandés votó rotundamente a favor del matrimonio igualitario, señalando al mundo su compromiso con la igualdad, inclusión, y diversidad.
    https://twitter.com/IrlEmbArgentina

    Five years ago today, on 22 May 2015, the Irish people voted strongly in favor of marriage equality, signaling to the world their commitment to equality, inclusion, and diversity.

  • 22. VIRick  |  May 22, 2020 at 7:03 pm

    Chechen President Kadyrov Reportedly Hospitalized in Moscow

    The man leading the horrific anti-gay purges in Chechnya, president Ramzan Kadyrov, has reportedly been flown to the Russian capital of Moscow where he is currently hospitalized for what is believed to be complications from COVID-19.

    As reported by "The Moscow Times," Chechen doctors say that Kadyrov’s health is “deteriorating rapidly,” as cited by the Baza Telegram channel, which also noted that Kadyrov has severe lung damage.
    https://www.advocate.com/world/2020/5/22/chechen-

  • 23. VIRick  |  May 23, 2020 at 4:50 pm

    How to Get Married in Costa Rica; Any Couple from Anywhere Can Marry Here

    Per LGBT Marriage News:

    El matrimonio se celebrará ante la autoridad de la jurisdicción en donde haya residido durante los últimos tres meses, cualquiera de los contrayentes.

    Lo primero que usted tiene que presentar es un certificado de estado civil. Dicho documento lo podrá adquirir en línea, a través del sitio web del Tribunal Supremo de Elecciones (TSE). Solamente debe acceder al apartado de Certificaciones Digitales, seguir los pasos para pedir la Certificación de Estado Civil. Esta tiene un costo de ₡1.575 que usted podrá pagar en tarjeta de crédito o débito. Los archivos se enviarán en formato PDF a su computadora o celular.

    Además, cada pareja deberá llevar dos personas que sirvan como testigos del compromiso, y quienes deben saber leer y escribir.

    Cuando uno o ambos contrayentes son extranjeros, se debe adjuntar copia escaneada del pasaporte, pasaporte provisional, o cédula de residencia vigentes, según sea el caso.

    El matrimonio surte efectos desde su celebración y debe ser inscrito en el Registro Civil.
    https://www.teletica.com/257709_matrimonio-iguali

    The marriage will be celebrated before the authority of the jurisdiction where either of the contracting parties have resided during the last three months.

    The first thing you have to present is a certificate of marital status. Said document may be acquired online, through the website of the Supreme Electoral Tribunal (TSE). You should only access the Digital Certifications section, follow the steps to request the Certification of Civil Status. This has a cost of ₡ 1,575 that you can pay by credit or debit card. The files will be sent in PDF format to your computer or cell phone.

    In addition, each couple must have two people who serve as witnesses to the commitment, and who must know how to read and write.

    When one or both parties are foreigners, a scanned copy of the valid passport, provisional passport, or residence card must be attached, as the case may be.

    The marriage takes effect from its celebration and must be registered in the Civil Registry.

    So, any couple from anywhere can marry in Costa Rica. As a result, once international borders are re-opened, expect a fair amount of marriage "tourism," especially on the part of same-sex couples from the other near-by Latin nations of Central America. The terms of the 3-month "residency" are vague enough that one ought to be able to claim the location of the hotel where one is currently staying as being one's "residence." Or stay in a residential guest house.

  • 24. VIRick  |  May 23, 2020 at 5:32 pm

    Italy: LGBT Couples Retroactively Entitled to Pension/Survivor Benefits

    Per LGBT Marriage News:

    A court in Italy has found that LGBT couples are entitled to pension/survivor benefits, even if one partner died before civil unions were legalized in 2016.

    Il 20 de gennaio 2020, il Tribunale di Foggia ha condannato l’INPS a versare la pensione di reversibilità alla partner superstite di una donna deceduta nel 2011, ovvero cinque anni prima dell’approvazione della legge sulle unioni civili nel 2016.
    https://www.gay.it/attualita/news/pensione-di-rev

    On 20 January 2020, the Court in Foggia ordered the INPS to pay the survivor's pension to the surviving partner of a woman who died in 2011, or five years before the approval of the law on civil unions in 2016.

  • 25. VIRick  |  May 24, 2020 at 11:41 am

    Quepos, Costa Rica: Six Same-Sex Couples to Marry on 26 May 2020

    Per Amelia Rueda:

    Seis parejas conformadas por personas del mismo sexo se casarán en una boda múltiple que se realizará el próximo martes 26 de Mayo, día en que entra en vigencia el matrimonio igualitario en Costa Rica. La ceremonia se llevará a cabo a las 14:00 horas en el hotel La Mansion Inn, en Manuel Antonio, Quepos, según informó Harry Bodaan, gestor de la iniciativa.

    "La boda se realizará en coordinación y cumplimiento con todos los protocolos sanitarios y preventivos que considere necesarios el Ministerio de Salud a la luz de la pandemia causada por el Covid-19. Las bodas serán oficializadas por un notario público y tanto la ceremonia como las festividades serán totalmente gratuitas para los contrayentes en agradecimiento a la comunidad LGBT de Costa Rica por este logro histórico, y a la comunidad de Quepos que por tantos años ha acogido a esta comunidad (de LGBT) sin perjuicios ni distinciones," expresó Bodaan.
    https://www.ameliarueda.com/nota/seis-parejas-cas

    Six same-sex couples will marry in a multiple wedding that will occur next Tuesday, 26 May, the day that marriage equality takes effect in Costa Rica. The ceremony will take place at 2:00 PM at the La Mansion Inn hotel, in Manuel Antonio, Quepos, as reported by Harry Bodaan, manager of the initiative.

    "The wedding will be carried out in co-ordination and compliance with all the sanitary and preventive protocols that the Ministry of Health considers necessary in light of the pandemic caused by Covid-19. The weddings will be officialized by a notary public and both the ceremony and festivities will be totally cost-free for the contracting parties in gratitude to the LGBT community of Costa Rica for this historic achievement, and to the community of Quepos that for so many years has welcomed this (LGBT) community without prejudice or distinction," Bodaan expressed.

    Quepos is an extremely gay-friendly, tourist-oriented town on the Pacific coast in Puntarenas Province. Manuel Antonio is the name of the surrounding National Park.

  • 26. VIRick  |  May 24, 2020 at 2:04 pm

    Costa Rica: 55 Same-Sex Couples Already Await Marriage Registration

    Per Amelia Rueda and LGBT Marriage News:

    Los matrimonios entre personas del mismo sexo que ya solicitaron su inscripción ante el Registro Civil, deberán esperar de 10 a 15 días hábiles después del 26 de mayo para que se complete su trámite, ya que a partir de ese día es que la institución iniciará con el análisis y estudio de cada caso. Después de ese lapso, toda persona que haya inscrito su matrimonio puede solicitar el certificado de la unión.

    Hasta el momento, un total de 55 parejas están a la espera de ser inscritos luego de contraer matrimonio tanto en Costa Rica como en el extranjero, de acuerdo con datos del Registro Civil.
    https://www.ameliarueda.com/nota/matrimonios-igua

    The marriages of same-sex couples who have already applied for registration with the Civil Registry, must wait 10 to 15 business days after 26 May for their processing to be completed, since from that day on, the institution will initiate the analysis and study of each case. After that time-period, anyone who has registered their marriage can apply for the marriage certificate.

    Presently, a total of 55 couples are waiting to be registered after having contracted marriage both within Costa Rica and abroad, according to data from the Civil Registry.

    Although any number of same-sex couples have already married in Costa Rica ahead of the official recognition date, one couple from as early as February 2018, most of the 55 marriages currently awaiting registration with the Civil Registry occurred abroad. This latter fact thus explains the point about "analysis and study," given that different nations employ different registration criteria and styles, some of which will require translation.

  • 27. VIRick  |  May 25, 2020 at 12:41 pm

    France: First Transgender Person Elected Mayor

    A 55-year-old woman has become the first out transgender person to be elected mayor in France, as Marie Cau was elected on 23 May 2020 as mayor of the town of Tilloy-lez-Marchiennes in northern France. The 541-person municipality is close to the border with Belgium.
    https://www.lgbtqnation.com/2020/05/first-transge

  • 28. VIRick  |  May 25, 2020 at 2:01 pm

    Costa Rica: First Same-Sex Marriage after Legalization to Be Broadcast on National TV

    Per Agencia Presentes:

    Esta noche, el 25 de mayo 2020, habrá un festival en TV y redes, y a las 00:01 se realizará el primer matrimonio entre dos mujeres.

    La transmisión comenzará a las 21:00 e incluye saludos de artistas como Mónica Naranjo y Lila Downs, hasta de jerarcas como Michelle Bachelet. Habrá un repaso de la historia del colectivo LGBT en el país, además de ver cómo se preparan las parejas que pronto podrán casarse.
    https://agenciapresentes.org/2020/05/25/costa-ric

    Tonight, 25 May 2020, there will be a festival on TV and the networks, and at 00:01 the first marriage between two women will take place.

    The broadcast will begin at 9 PM (CST) and includes greetings from artists like Mónica Naranjo and Lila Downs, even from hierarchs like Michelle Bachelet. There will be a review of the history of the LGBT community in the country, as well as a segment showing how couples who will soon be able to get married are preparing.

    Per Rex Wockner, the link to said broadcast is here:
    https://costaricamedios.cr/senal-en-vivo-tv/

    Per PFLAG Panamá y Fundación Iguales:

    Celebremos todos juntos!!!! Matrimonio Igualitario.
    https://twitter.com/PFLAGPanama

    Let us all celebrate together!!!! Marriage Equality.

    Co-celebrations in Panamá begin at 8:00 PM (EST) on Facebook Live, "Sí Acepto."

    That link is here:
    https://www.facebook.com/siaceptocostarica/

    Per ElSalvadorG.com:

    The broadcast is also being viewed live in El Salvador. That link is here:
    https://www.facebook.com/1611382379100831/posts/2

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