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  • 1. VIRick  |  July 27, 2020 at 4:13 pm

    Haiti: Evangelical Protestant "Christians" Protest against New Penal Code

    Per "Periódico Hoy Digital" de Santo Domingo:

    Varios miles de cristianos protestantes se manifestaron este domingo, el 26 de julio 2020, en las calles de Puerto Príncipe contra la “inmoralidad” y la “legalización” de la homosexualidad en el país. Según ellos, el documento publicado por decreto hace unas semanas legaliza el matrimonio entre personas del mismo sexo, permitiría a los niños de 15 años tener relaciones sexuales, y legaliza las relaciones sexuales entre humanos y animales.

    En realidad, el Código Penal tipifica como delito la discriminación basada en la orientación sexual y penaliza las relaciones sexuales forzadas entre un humano y un animal. Además, el nuevo Código Penal despenaliza el adulterio e introduce cambios en el régimen de agresión sexual y secuestro, entre otros puntos.

    Los manifestantes respondieron al llamado de más de una docena de organizaciones protestantes, entre ellas la Federación Protestante de Haití (FPH), el Consejo Espiritual Nacional de Iglesias de Haití (Conaspeh), las Iglesias de Dios en Haití, y el Consejo de Iglesias Evangélicas de Haití (CEEH).

    This Sunday, 26 July 2020, several thousand Protestant Christians demonstrated in the streets of Port-au-Prince against "immorality" and the "legalization" of homosexuality in the country. According to them, the document published by decree a few weeks ago legalizes same-sex marriage, would allow 15-year-old children to have sexual relations, and legalizes human-animal sexual relations.

    In reality, the Penal Code criminalizes discrimination based on sexual orientation and penalizes forced sexual relations between a human and an animal. The new Penal Code also decriminalizes adultery and introduces changes in the sexual assault and kidnapping regime, among other points.

    The protesters responded to the call of more than a dozen Protestant organizations, including the Protestant Federation of Haiti (FPH), the National Spiritual Council of Churches of Haiti (Conaspeh), the Churches of God in Haiti, and the Council of Evangelical Churches of Haiti (CEEH).

    Note: The demonstrators protesting against the "legalization" of homosexuality are a bit late, as homosexuality is already legal in Haiti, and has been ever since the French legalized it during the French Revolution in 1792, while Haiti was still a French colony. In addition, the Catholic Church in Haiti, nominally the largest denomination in Haiti, did not participate in this demonstration, nor for that matter, did the many practitioners of Vodun.

  • 2. __M  |  July 28, 2020 at 1:25 pm

    Hi all, happy Tuesday (and at 9.25pm) in the UK.
    Do we have any info regarding the same sex union authorized in Bolivia?
    I checked EVERYWHERE via Google but found no news so far.
    Many thanks!

  • 3. Randolph_Finder  |  July 28, 2020 at 2:14 pm

    Is this what you are referring to?
    "Bolivian court strikes down ruling against a same-sex union"

  • 4. VIRick  |  July 28, 2020 at 5:41 pm

    I found this, posted on 27 July 2020, but am unable to verify it from a source from within Bolivia:

    Per "Revista Crush" de Mérida, Yucatán:

    Por primera vez en su historia, Bolivia podría registrar un matrimonio homosexual debido a un error en el escrito que lo denegaba.

    For the first time in its history, Bolivia could register a gay marriage due to an error in the document that denied it.

    The phrase, "un error en el escrito que lo denegaba" (an error in the document that denied it), refers to an error in the earlier negative ruling from the court of first instance, not to any error in the very recent, positive ruling issued by the appeals court.

    By far and above the best, most detailed account of the current Bolivian court proceedings up to this point is still to be found in the original extended report from Sucre on 13 July 2020, as per "El Correo del Sur:"….

    The article in "Gaytimes" is essentially a shortened, English-language version of that original article from Sucre, quite possibly with some additional help from what has been posted here, and/or by Rex Wockner, and/or at LGBT Marriage News.

    For the moment, at EoT, the most-recent information can be found in the last post of the previous thread.

  • 5. VIRick  |  July 28, 2020 at 7:04 pm

    Baja California Congress to Vote Again on Marriage Equality Bill

    Per María Teresita Díaz:

    El día jueves, el 30 de julio 2020, a las 11 horas, el congreso del estado se vota en el pleno la iniciativa del matrimonio igualitario en Baja California.

    This Thursday, 30 July 2020, at 11 AM, the state congress votes in a plenary session on the marriage equality initiative in Baja California.

  • 6. __M  |  July 28, 2020 at 10:45 pm

    Thanks both. Yes, it was connected to that couple indeed.
    Perhaps more wondering about the actual outcome, as the Civil Registry had been given 10 days to either recognise the couple or appeal the decision.
    I’m trying to find that.

  • 7. VIRick  |  July 29, 2020 at 3:23 pm

    Saudi Arabia: Yemeni Blogger Gets Prison Time/Deportation for Pro-LGBT Post

    A Saudi court has sentenced a Yemeni blogger to 10 months in prison, a fine equivalent to $2,700, and deportation to Yemen for a social media post supporting LGBTQ rights in Saudi Arabia, according to Human Rights Watch. Mohamad al-Bokari, 29, was arrested in April 2020 for posting a video calling for equal rights. He had fled Yemen in June 2019 after his life was threatened by armed groups and individuals, and has since been living in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, as an undocumented migrant.

    Before al-Bokari’s trial, at which he was provided no legal representation, he was held in solitary confinement for six weeks in a cell with no windows or air-conditioning. After his sentencing, he was placed in a shared cell with other inmates where he was verbally abused and called a “devil worshipper” who deserved the “death penalty,” according to a source at HRW. Officers also gave him a forced anal exam to seek “proof” that he was queer.

    Al-Bokari was charged with violating public morality by promoting homosexuality online, and “imitating women." His health declined rapidly after his sentencing. After being transferred to a hospital, al-Bokari, who suffers from a chronic heart condition, was given an electrocardiogram, a test that detects acute coronary injury. He was allegedly released without hearing the results of the test, and according to the HRW source, doctors denied that he had a heart condition, and denied him medication altogether even though he was "on the verge of collapsing." The source added that the court claimed al-Bokari “confessed that he fled Yemen because he was ‘imitating women.’” However, HRW obtained evidence of the threats on his life via phone communications and social media messages.

    Saudi Arabia has no written laws around sexual orientation or gender identity, but judges and courts often use an interpretation of Islamic law to punish people who commit what they consider “immoral” acts. In cases like al-Bokari’s, HRW adds, judges and prosecutors often utilize the country’s anti-cyber-crime law that criminalizes activity that infringes on “public order, religious values, public morals, and privacy."

    The Arab Charter on Human Rights, of which Saudi Arabia is part, guarantees the right to freedom of opinion and expression in article 32. “Saudi Arabia’s public relations campaigns tout the kingdom’s ‘progress,’ but the court’s jail sentence for peaceful speech and then deportation to Yemen, where the defendant’s life is at risk, shows how hollow these claims are,” said Rasha Younes, an LGBTQ rights researcher at Human Rights Watch. “Saudi Arabia should match rhetoric with reality and drop the case and the deportation against al-Bokari immediately.”

  • 8. VIRick  |  July 29, 2020 at 4:30 pm

    Cayman Islands Legislature Votes Down Domestic Partnership Bill

    Per Rex Wockner:

    On 29 July 2020, Cayman Islands legislators voted down the Domestic Partnership Bill, passage of which was mandated by an appeals court. This vote violates the European Convention on Human Rights, so the UK may now force marriage equality onto the Caymans, a British territory.

    Per "Cayman Compass:"

    Cayman Islands Governor Martyn Roper expressed disappointment at the defeat, nine votes against to eight in favor, of the Domestic Partnership Bill in the Legislative Assembly today, 29 July 2020, declaring it a “sad day for the rule of law.” The bill would have created a legal framework equivalent to marriage for same-sex couples. The UK will now have to contemplate whether to step in with an Order in Council to mandate marriage equality.

    The bill was government’s attempt to satisfy the conditions of an appeals court ruling which overturned an earlier decision of the Grand Court in Cayman to legalize same-sex marriage. In that ruling, the appeals court panel said that Cayman was in violation of international human rights treaties by not offering equal rights to same-sex couples, and called on the UK to step in and ensure that civil partnerships are implemented if the Cayman Islands government failed to do so.

  • 9. VIRick  |  July 29, 2020 at 4:46 pm

    Poland: EU Rejects Funding to 6 Cities with "LGBT-Free Zones"

    Per LGBT Marriage News:

    The European Union has rejected grants under a twinning program to six Polish cities because of their attitude to the LGBTQ community. The announcement was confirmed on Twitter by the EU's Equality Commissioner, Helena Dalli.

    "EU values and fundamental rights must be respected by member states and public authorities," Helena Dalli said on Tuesday, 28 July 2020. “This is why six town twinning applications involving Polish authorities that adopted ‘LGBTI-free zones’ or ‘family rights’ resolutions were rejected." The 6 cities were not specifically named.

    The call for proposals for the twinning program stipulate that they must be accessible to all European citizens without any form of discrimination on the basis of gender, ethnic origin, religion or belief, disability, age, or sexual orientation," a Commission spokesman told AFP News Agency today, 29 July. Those applications that were rejected were done so on the basis of not being in line with the program's objectives of "equal access and non-discrimination."

    In 2019, 80 municipalities in Poland declared themselves "free of LGBTQ ideology," supported by local politicians associated with the ruling Conservative Law and Justice party. At the time, the European Parliament condemned the move from Poland and called for increased monitoring of the use of EU funds.

  • 10. VIRick  |  July 29, 2020 at 7:01 pm

    This news article from Tarija, Bolivia, also dated 13 July 2020, presents the case without mentioning anything about a 10-day response period from SERECI, nor does it mention anything about any possibility of an appeal. Instead, it presents the matter as a foregone conclusion, namely that a same-sex couple has already won the right to register their union with the Civic Registry Service as a free unión:

    Same-Sex Couple Achieve First Free Union in Bolivia

    Pareja Homosexual Logra Primera Unión Libre en Bolivia

    David Aruquipa y Guido Montaño, una pareja gay, abren paso a la comunidad TLGB para ejercer la unión libre de manera jurídica en Bolivia tras fallo constitucional histórico.

    Mediante un fallo, la jurisdicción constitucional abrió las puertas para que a las personas del mismo sexo del país se le reconozca el derecho a la unión libre. El activista de Derechos Humanos (DDHH) y miembro del Colectivo TLGB de Bolivia, Ernesto Prado, indicó que se trata de un "gran avance porque es un precedente, el primero en Bolivia, para que las parejas del mismo sexo puedan realizar este mismo procedimiento para una unión libre." Todavía no se está hablando de matrimonio.

    La Sala Constitucional Segunda del Tribunal de Justicia de La Paz anuló una resolución administrativa del Servicio de Registro Cívico (Serecí) de 2019, que negó el derecho de dos personas del mismo sexo a la unión libre. La unión civil (unión libre) es una forma jurídica de constituir una familia reconocida y protegida por el Estado, que tiene los mismos efectos jurídicos que el matrimonio civil.

    David Aruquipa and Guido Montaño, a gay couple, open the way for the TLGB community to legally exercise free unions in Bolivia after an historic constitutional ruling.

    Through the ruling, the constitutional jurisdiction opened the doors so that the right to a free union is recognized for same sex couples in Bolivia. The human rights activist and member of the Bolivian TLGB Collective, Ernesto Prado, indicated that it is a "great advance because it is a precedent, the first in Bolivia, so that same-sex couples can carry out this same procedure for a free union." All the while, there is still no talk of marriage.

    The Second Constitutional Chamber of the Court of Justice of La Paz annulled an administrative resolution of the Civic Registry Service (Serecí) of 2019, one that denied the right of same-sex couples to a free union. Civil union (free union) is a legal form of constituting a family recognized and protected by the State, one that has the same legal effects as civil marriage.

  • 11. VIRick  |  July 29, 2020 at 7:40 pm

    This press release from ELA in Argentina, dated 14 July 2020, hints at the 10-day time-frame for compliance, as well as at the possibility that there could be an appeal, but if so, said appeal would go to the Tribunal Supremo Electoral (TSE) and not to the Tribunal Constitucional Plurinacional (TCP).

    En el nuevo escenario nacional, la independencia de las instituciones democráticas es una condición fundamental. Por ello, saludamos la decisión autónoma de la Sala Constitucional Segunda de La Paz, como, estamos seguros, lo será también la decisión que, en los próximos días, adoptará el SERECÍ, entidad que depende en última instancia del Tribunal Supremo Electoral (TSE).

    In the new national scenario, the independence of democratic institutions is a fundamental condition. For this reason, we welcome the autonomous decision of the Second Constitutional Chamber of La Paz, as, we are sure, it will also be the decision that, in the coming days, will be adopted by SERECÍ, an entity that ultimately depends upon the Supreme Electoral Tribunal (TSE).

  • 12. VIRick  |  July 29, 2020 at 8:44 pm

    This joint press release of 15 July 2020 from La Defensoría del Pueblo Departamental de Oruro (José León) y la Asociación Civil Equidad LGBTI (Luis Ayllón) requests that SERECÍ and the Plurinational Supreme Electoral Tribunal (TSE) express themselves on this matter and that their actions be framed in accordance with the law and the constitutional principles of equality, non-discrimination, progressiveness, and favorability.

    It mentions, too, that the constitutional ruling from La Paz actually occurred on Friday, 3 July 2020, despite the fact that the first public reports of the decision were only disseminated on Monday, 13 July.

    Thus, it would seem that the 10-day response time elapsed as of the end of the work day on 17 July 2020.

  • 13. VIRick  |  July 29, 2020 at 10:02 pm

    Oh, and here is what the Evangelicals had to say on 17 July 2020 about the ruling in Bolivia. Among other garbage not worth reading, they offer the usual, "the constitution says," plus their shop-worn man-woman definition of marriage, plus:

    "Y el fin es la procreación de hijos para conservar la familia natural establecida por Dios.”

    "And the purpose is the procreation of children to preserve the natural family established by God."

    which is not in the constitution, nor was the court case even about marriage, but rather, concerned itself with free unions. They then complete their "argument" with an attack on the United Nations for interfering in the domestic affairs of Bolivia.

  • 14. VIRick  |  July 30, 2020 at 11:02 am

    South Australia: Bill to Ban "Gay Panic" Defense

    Per LGBT Marriage News:

    Last week, South Australian Attorney-General Vickie Chapman presented draft legislation to abolish the provocation defense, known otherwise as the ‘gay panic’ defense. This move comes as a result of the South Australian Law Reform Institute’s investigation into “legislative or regulatory discrimination against individuals and families on the grounds of sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, or intersex status,” which began in 2015 under then-Attorney-General John Rau.

    Provocation is a ‘partial defense,' which allows South Australian courts to demote a murder conviction to manslaughter, if the defendant can prove they were provoked to violence by an unwanted homosexual advance. This defense isn’t enshrined in law, but is a precedent set by other High Court cases where the provocation defense has been allowed.

  • 15. __M  |  July 30, 2020 at 11:05 am

    Many thanks Rick!

  • 16. VIRick  |  July 30, 2020 at 6:22 pm

    Baja California Congress Votes against Marriage Equality for Second Time

    Per Rex Wockner:

    The Baja California state congress has voted down marriage equality for the second time in two weeks. The vote was 16 in favor, 6 opposed, and 3 abstentions. A two-thirds majority of 17 votes was needed because the ban needs to be removed from the state constitution.

    This report from "Cadena Noticias" identifies each of the 25 members of congress, and whether they voted in favor, or against, or abstained. The 6 voting against consisted of 3 Morena, 2 PAN, and 1 PES.

    Per Gonzalo Kinich:

    Con 16 votos a favor (Morena, PT, PRD, MC, PBC, Verde, PRI, e Independiente), 6 en contra (PAN, PES, y Morena), y 3 abstenciones (PT, Morena, e Independiente), se vuelve a rechazar en el pleno la iniciativa de Morena para matrimonio igualitario en Baja California. Se necesitaban 17.

    With 16 votes in favor (Morena, PT, PRD, MC, PBC, Verde, PRI, and Independiente), 6 against (PAN, PES, and Morena), and 3 abstentions (PT, Morena, and Independiente), the Morena initiative for marriage equality in Baja California was once again rejected in the full congress. 17 were necessary.

  • 17. Mechatron12  |  July 31, 2020 at 2:08 pm

    F*ck Mexico. Seriously, this is some kind of a joke. I guess in the West we're spoiled, but it's absolutely jaw-dropping how hateful some people on this planet are, all the way to the bitter end.

    People may get really angry at me for saying this, but I REALLY don't want people with those attitudes allowed to come here and poison us with this venom.

  • 18. VIRick  |  July 31, 2020 at 2:48 pm

    CEDHBC Reiterates: Marriage Equality Already a Reality in Baja California

    Per Agencia Informativa Radar BC:

    La CEDHBC emitió un posicionamiento luego de que el Congreso de Baja California rechazara por segunda ocasión la propuesta de matrimonio igualitario, al señalar que ya es una realidad en el Estado.

    Los matrimonios igualitarios ya son una realidad en Baja California a través de la intervención de la Comisión Estatal de Derechos Humanos (CEDHBC), por la vía del amparo y (actualmente) por medio de un oficio emitido por el Registro Civil del Estado en enero de 2020, expuso el organismo.

    Aunado a ello, el organismo ha emitido dos exhortos a favor de la realización de los matrimonios igualitarios: el primero, en 2019, dirigido al Gobierno del Estado y a los Ayuntamientos de Baja California, el cual sólo ha sido atendido por el Gobierno de Tijuana y por el Registro Civil Estatal; y el segundo, en 2020, dirigido al Congreso del Estado.

    The CEDHBC issued its position after the Congress of Baja California rejected the marriage equality proposal for a second time, noting that it is already a reality in the State.

    Same-sex marriages are already a reality in Baja California through the intervention of the State Commission on Human Rights (CEDHBC), by way of amparo and (currently) by means of an official document issued by the State Civil Registry in January 2020, the agency explained.

    In addition to this, the agency has issued two exhortations in favor of the realization of equal marriages: the first, in 2019, directed at the State Government and the Municipalities of Baja California, one which has only been adhered to by the Government of Tijuana and by the State Civil Registry; and the second, in 2020, directed at the State Congress.

    Note: Despite the law still not having been changed, since 2017 when the CEDHBC first became involved, there have been 358 marriages between same-sex couples in Baja California state, with almost all being accomplished through said active intervention of the CEDHBC. This number would not include Baja California residents who married in other jurisdictions, like those married by the travelling judge from Colima who married many same-sex couples from Baja California in Colima, and who then travelled back to Tijuana or Ensenada with them to perform re-enactments before family and friends, and who subsequently managed to register said marriages with the civil registries in both municipalities.

    The official document that was issued by the State Civil Registry in January 2020 finally convinced the authorities in Mexicali, the last hold-out municipality in the state, to begin performing and registering marriages between same-sex couples.

  • 19. VIRick  |  July 31, 2020 at 6:06 pm

    Mechatron, for the most part, the people with this blind hatefulness are called sanctimonious evangelicals, almost all of whom are quite content to remain at home where they know how to maneuver to get their way. Originally, this hatefulness of theirs was brought over from El Norte by Protestant preachers incessantly ranting and raving, frequently via bible radio (then TV) broadcasts spewing across the border. In Mexico, some of the worst of it now exists right along the US-Mexico border (almost all of Baja California's populated area fits into this category, but it infests all of the five other border states, as well), and this despite the fact that the area is one of the most modern, with a rather liberal majority population. Having lived there (in Sonora), here is my take on the overall situation:

    Evangelical preachers attract a certain class of semi-marginalized people who feel that they ought to be "better than." And to use their parlance, by claiming to be "saved," in their own self-deluding, sanctimonious way, they can thus feel "better than," that is, "better than" those who they scorn for being "unsaved" and/or who exhibit what they "righteously" deem to be "sinful" behavior.

    Alternatively, the wealthy have their money as consolation, landowners have their land, and professionals have their careers, while at the other extreme, the Indigenous, who have almost nothing materially, still frequently have some semblance of their traditional language, customs, and culture to cling to. But in between, there is a discontented lower-class just barely scraping by, desperate to be treated "better than," some of whom are thus sidetracked into the sanctimonious evangelical movement, where they can then lord it over others that by being "saved," they are thus "better than." But this only works if they remain where they are, within a familiar system they can manipulate.

    So, who is coming to the USA? It is most certainly not the sanctimonious evangelicals with their "better than" attitudes. Instead, there are two other quite distinct elements. The first group are those with money and/or an education/professional skills who fly in with their visitors/business visas in hand, plus those who live near the border with the "fronterizo" license plates on their vehicles who cross over at will to shop and do business. The second group are the complete opposite, the desperate, the ultra-poor, the marginalized, and those fleeing violence. There once was a time when a large proportion of this second group were from Mexico, but not anymore, not since Mexico's recent economic boom, primarily spurred on by East Asian investments. Today, the bulk of this second group are now from one of four Central American countries, namely Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, and Nicaragua. In addition, almost all LGBTs presenting themselves at the US southern border requesting asylum are from Central America, not Mexico. In between, though, one also frequently finds asylum-seeking Venezuelans, Cubans, Haitians, and Africans.

    Also, if you think Mexico is an insane mess (and I will grant you that it is), by comparison, it will pale into the upper echelons of the Enlightenment when placed next to Guatemala.

  • 20. VIRick  |  July 31, 2020 at 8:25 pm

    And speaking of the neighboring border state of Sonora:

    Per LGBT Plus News:

    Sonora: Marriage Equality Law "Frozen," but 61 Marriages Celebrated
    Sonora: "Congelan" Ley de Matrimonio Igualitario, pero 61 Celebran Bodas

    La propuesta de matrimonios igualitarios en Sonora para la comunidad LGBT continúa "congelada" en el congreso estatal, pero el amparo es una opción para las parejas.

    The marriage equality proposal in Sonora for the LGBT community remains "frozen" in the state congress, but an amparo judgment is an option for the couples.

    Note: The 61 marriages between same-sex couples in Sonora are from 2015 to date, despite the law in Sonora state still not having been changed. All such marriages have been accomplished through the issuance of judicial amparos by federal judges in Sonora, without any assistance or intervention from their CEDH. This number would not include residents of Sonora who married in other jurisdictions, like CDMX, Nayarit, or Chihuahua, where the law already permits.

  • 21. VIRick  |  August 1, 2020 at 12:09 am

    Baja California: Documentary on First Same-Sex Marriage, "Etiqueta No Rigurosa"

    Per Alma Leyva:

    Háganse un favor y vean este documental de la primera pareja homosexual que contrajo matrimonio en Baja California, y quienes lo hizo el 17 de enero 2015, a quienes tengo el placer de conocer:

    Do yourselves a favor and view this documentary of the first gay couple who contracted marriage in Baja California, and who did so on 17 January 2015, and who I have the pleasure of knowing:

    The above YouTube link requires that one first sign-in. Instead, if preferred, go to Alma Leyva's Twitter account where one can watch the same emotional documentary directly, without having to first sign-in. Be prepared for a true "Don Quixote" experience, as two gay guys from Mexicali from very ordinary backgrounds, and who presently operate an up-scale beauty salon in that modern city, take on the entire system, beginning from 2013, and whose precedent-setting case goes all the way to Mexico's Supreme Court and back. Along the way, one will meet Felipe Nájera Rebelde, the married, gay actor from Chihuahua who rendered timely assistance, Alex Alí Méndez Díaz, the singular "brains" behind most marriage equality lawsuits in Mexico, their own incredible lawyer from Mexicali, José Luis Márquez Saavedra, who put his entire career on the line, the bevy of girlfriends, matchmakers, mothers, and supporters,– and a nasty selection of haters and obfuscators. The film covers it all, from the best to the worst and beyond. This is reality Mexico, as-is.

    The "New York Times" review of the documentary, "Etiqueta No Rigurosa" (No Dress Code Required), a clever title based on the final episode, is here:

    In addition, the very first entry for Mexico, as found in my archives, is:

    Mexico: Baja California Same-Sex Marriage Ban Unconstitutional

    Late Wednesday, 25 June 2014, Mexico's Supreme Court allowed a same-sex couple to marry in Baja California. According to a news release from the court, the ruling stated that a provision in the Baja California State Constitution limiting marriage to heterosexual couples is unconstitutional.

    "Excluding couples of the same sex goes against the right of persons to self-determination and for every individual's personality to develop freely," the statement said. "In addition, it implicitly creates a violation to the principle of equality, because it gives a different treatment to homosexual couples with respect to heterosexual couples."

    The ruling allows the marriage of a Baja California couple, Víctor Manuel Aguirre Espinoza and Fernando Urías Amparo, who were denied a marriage license at Mexicali City Hall a year ago (in mid-2013). After a federal district court in Baja California sided with the couple, the state legislature appealed the ruling to Mexico's Supreme Court. Wednesday's ruling does not overturn the state ban. Other same-sex couples who seek to marry in Baja California would have to go through similar appeals, if turned down for licenses.

  • 22. Fortguy  |  August 1, 2020 at 1:46 am


    …plus those who live near the border with the "fronterizo" license plates on their vehicles who cross over at will to shop and do business.

    That's largely a thing of the past. When I studied and traveled extensively in Mexico during the early '80s, Mexico had uniform plates of black text on yellow background distinguishable only by the name of the state except that plates from, say, Cd. Juárez would display "FRONT CHIH" while plates from the interior of the state would display "CHIHUAHUA". Nowadays, it is no longer obvious to the casual observer whether a vehicle is registered in the border zone or not. Instead, the distinction is merely encoded in the alphanumeric sequence of the plate's registration. Modern Mexican plates are now like those of the U.S. with each state having unique, graphical designs on it's plates.


    Also, if you think Mexico is an insane mess (and I will grant you that it is), by comparison, it will pale into the upper echelons of the Enlightenment when placed next to Guatemala.

    This reminds me of an idiom in Mexican Spanish used to describe someone whose circumstance or situation has gone from bad to worse: Salió de Guatemala para entrar a Guatepeor. For our readers who don't speak Spanish, mala means bad while peor means worse.


    F*ck Mexico. Seriously, this is some kind of a joke. I guess in the West we're spoiled, but it's absolutely jaw-dropping how hateful some people on this planet are, all the way to the bitter end.

    People may get really angry at me for saying this, but I REALLY don't want people with those attitudes allowed to come here and poison us with this venom.

    I agree with Rick that Mexico is relatively enlightened. The Supreme Court jurisprudence is in place, and the states are one by one having to accept that. Until the inevitable arrives, all states must recognize every other state's equal marriages. Mexico, along with much of Latin America, is ahead of other "Western" countries such as Greece, Italy, or most of the former Eastern Bloc within the E.U. It is certainly far ahead of Alabama where many counties, five years after Obergefell, refuse to marry anyone preferring that straight couples "live in sin" rather than let gay couples have a marriage license. Toxic evangelical "Christians" are a cancer on both Christianity and liberal democracy everywhere including the West, Latin America, Africa, and East Asia.

  • 23. Fortguy  |  August 1, 2020 at 2:34 am

    Three Morena members voted against. I've noticed this has been becoming more of a trend lately. Is Morena no longer disciplining it's state legislators who vote against ME like they used to do? Morena and AMLO are more and more disappointing. They won largely as a reaction to Trump, but AMLO seems to be very accommodating to the Orange Menace, and his pathetic leadership of the Covid-19 crisis is downright Trumpian.

  • 24. VIRick  |  August 1, 2020 at 4:53 pm

    El Salvador: Police Officers Sentenced to 20 Years for Killing Trans Woman

    In what can only be deemed to be a new first for all of Central America, three police officers in El Salvador have just been sentenced to 20 years in prison for the 2019 murder of a transgender woman.

    “20 years in prison for three PNC (National Civil Police) officers for the murder of a member of the LGBTI community,” wrote El Salvador Attorney-General Raúl Melara on his Twitter account after announcing the San Salvador court’s verdict against Carlos Rosales, Jaime Mendoza, and Luis Avelar for kidnapping Camila Díaz Córdova on 31 January 2019. Díaz was found hours later with various injuries to her body. She died at Rosales National Hospital on 3 February 2019.

    Díaz’s friend, Virginia Flores, told the "Washington Blade" that the US had deported her in 2017 after she had migrated there because of the danger the LGBTQ community, especially trans people, face in El Salvador. “It is personally the least that I expected, but it is still not fair. It is half justice,” said Flores. “It was immediately clear that it was a hate crime, but I am pleased that they have sentenced these killers.”

    The three police officers had their first court hearing on 5 July 2019, after they were charged with kidnapping and aggravated homicide as a hate crime. However, the judge did not admit the aggravating circumstance in the case. Aspidh Arcoíris Trans in previous press conferences has said prosecutors have not charged anyone with a hate crime based on sexual orientation and gender identity since the provision was added to El Salvador’s Penal Code in 2015.

  • 25. ianbirmingham  |  August 1, 2020 at 6:57 pm

    Chinese Student Files Lawsuit Over Homophobic Textbook

  • 26. VIRick  |  August 1, 2020 at 9:18 pm

    Rhode Island, New Hampshire: Automatic Parenting Recognition to LGBT Couples

    Per LGBT Marriage News:

    During this past week, both Rhode Island and New Hampshire have passed state laws granting automatic parenting recognition to LGBT couples, being states #12 and #13 to do so. This leaves 37 states that still do not allow for such automatic parenting recognition.

    In Rhode Island, Gov. Gina Raimondo signed the Rhode Island Uniform Parentage Act, legislation that allows same-sex and unmarried couples to establish parentage by signing a voluntary acknowledgement of parentage form and updates state law to accommodate children born using assisted reproduction and surrogacy.

    In New Hampshire, Gov. Chris Sununu signed HB 1162, a law that similarly allows unmarried couples, both straight and gay, to adopt children, extends second-parent adoption to same-sex parents, and mandates that a court judgment of parentage can be used to secure the parental relationships of children born through assisted reproduction.

    Colorado, Connecticut, and Massachusetts all have similar legislation pending, but delayed, due to COVID-19.

  • 27. VIRick  |  August 1, 2020 at 9:45 pm

    Pennsylvania: Transgender Woman Files Federal Suit Alleging Employment Discrimination

    Per Equality Case Files:

    A transgender woman is suing her former employer for discrimination, alleging violations of both federal and Pennsylvania state law. The case is "Lawson v. A.K. Steel," filed in Pennsylvania federal court, and has been assigned to Judge Marilyn J. Horan.

    The Complaint in a Civil Action is here:

  • 28. VIRick  |  August 1, 2020 at 10:32 pm

    Quote of the Day: the "Pro-Life" Crowd and COVID-19

    Per Serio Molina de Tijuana:

    Los "Provida" están más preocupados por el matrimonio igualitario y de obligar a las mujeres a parir, en lugar de estar preocupados de que la gente se quede en casa y/o use cubrebocas porque corre el riesgo de contagiarse de COVID-19, y ese sí está matando un chingo de personas.

    The "Pro-life" crowd are more pre-occupied by marriage equality and of forcing women to give birth, instead of being pre-occupied that people keep themselves at home and/or wear face-masks because they run the risk of contracting COVID-19, and that is really killing a shitload of people.

    If we carry this a bit further, we then have a perfect example of going from Guate-mala to Guate-peor: "Y ese sí está matando un chingazo de personas." (and that is really killing a massive shitload of people.)

  • 29. VIRick  |  August 2, 2020 at 9:19 pm

    Mexico: Marriage Equality Summary Up-Date

    As of the current date, marriage equality (in terms of performance) is still not a reality in 13 states out of a total of 32 jurisdictions. Of the remaining ones, there is still some prospect/talk/maneuvering that the pending marriage equality legislation will move forward in all of the following 6 congresses: Edomex, Guerrero, Querétaro, Sinaloa (for a second attempt), Tlaxcala, and Yucatán (for a third attempt). Of the six, Tlaxcala, having recently passed a gender identity law, appears to be the most likely to actually pass the required legislation, while both Sinaloa and Yucatán stand a good chance of being handed marriage equality through Supreme Court rulings, rather than through legislation. Certain municipalities in both Guerrero and Querétaro continue to authorize equal marriages on their own, while same-sex couples in Edomex continue to hop onto the Metro for the short ride into CDMX to be married there.

    Veracruz has already approved a massive overhaul of its Family Code wherein which the best we were able to obtain, at least for the moment, were Civil Unions for same-sex couples (with the same rights as marriage).

    In the remaining six states, marriage equality legislation appears to be "frozen," with little or no chance of being "unfrozen" during the up-coming sessions. The six are: Durango, Guanajuato, Sonora, Tabasco, Tamaulipas, and Zacatecas. Of these, Tamaulipas and Sonora may both be surprised by Supreme Court rulings mandating marriage equality, while a number of municipalities in Zacatecas, in reaction to their own state congress narrowly voting it down, continue to authorize equal marriages on their own.

    Other ridiculousness, like the Puebla congress attempting to turn back the clock to a time before the Supreme Court ruling, or the one in Baja California twice denying reality by voting the legislation down, does not alter the fact that both states already have marriage equality. We also must remember that all states in Mexico must recognize all legal marriages performed in all other jurisdictions. So, 13 do not yet perform marriages between same-sex couples. But 19 others do, and those marriages must be recognized nationwide for all purposes.

    On 29 July 2020, in the Edomex congress, a new marriage equality legislative proposal was introduced by a federal deputy, Javier Salinas Narváez (PRD), representing Edomex:

    while in Sinaloa, the president of la Junta de Coordinación Política, Graciela Domínguez Nava (Morena) announced that she fully intends to re-cycle the previous legislative bill for a re-vote. (In state congresses, the President of Jucopo controls the legislative agenda.)

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