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This is an open thread.

The biggest news recently is that the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals has issued a briefing schedule in the G.G. v. Gloucester County School Board case, in which a transgender high school student is suing to be able to use the correct restroom at school. Briefing will be complete in the beginning of October. Meanwhile, the school board last week asked the Supreme Court for a stay of the preliminary injunction that struck the school board’s anti-transgender policy ahead of the trial. The school board is planning to ask the Court to review the case at this stage. The stay request went to Chief Justice Roberts in his capacity as Circuit Justice. He’s now asked for a response from GG, the student, due July 27 by 4PM.

With only eight Justices and the unlikelihood of anyone being confirmed before November, the Court may not take the case at this early stage. Either way, we’ll keep you updated.

Thanks to Equality Case Files for these filings


  • 1. allan120102  |  July 18, 2016 at 1:05 pm

    2nd federal amparo against Chiapas civil code.

  • 2. RobW303  |  July 19, 2016 at 8:43 am

    If this is a new one, wouldn't it make the third for Chiapas?

  • 3. VIRick  |  July 19, 2016 at 3:36 pm

    Conceden Amparo para Matrimonio Igualitario en Chiapas

    En 18 de julio 2016, un juez federal concedió el segundo amparo a una pareja del mismo sexo en Chiapas para acceder al matrimonio civil, y ratificó la inconstitucionalidad de los artículos 144 y 145 del código civil local, informó la asociación civil, Unidos Diferentes (UDAC).

    El Juzgado Segundo de Distrito, en Tuxtla Gutiérrez, resolvió a favor de la pareja integrada por dos personas del sexo masculino que en marzo de este año acudió al Registro Civil de Chiapas para solicitar el inicio de trámite de matrimonio civil, el cual les fue negado por la institución.

    Luego de tres meses del proceso judicial, impulsado por Unidos Diferentes, el juez de distrito resolvió el juicio de amparo 686/2016 y declaró la inconstitucionalidad del acto jurídico del Registro Civil de Chiapas así como de los artículos utilizados como argumento legal para negar el trámite a parejas del mismo sexo.

    Amparo Granted for Equal Marriage in Chiapas

    On 18 July 2016, a federal judge granted the second amparo to a same-sex couple in Chiapas to access civil marriage, and declared the unconstitutionality of articles 144 and 145 of the local civil code, the civil association, Unidos Diferentes (UDAC), reported.

    The Second District Court in Tuxtla Gutiérrez, ruled in favor of the couple, two male persons, who in March this year went to the Civil Registry of Chiapas to request the initiation of the procedure for civil marriage, but which was denied by the institution.

    After three months of judicial process, pushed by Unidos Diferentes, the District Judge ruled in judgment on amparo 686/2016, and declared unconstitutional the legal act of the Civil Registry of Chiapas, as well as the articles used as legal argument to deny the procedure to same-sex couples.

    According to the news article itself (as well as by my count), this was the second amparo granted in Chiapas for a same-sex couple to marry. The "Action of Unconstitutionality" filed against the state of Chiapas, and now pending before the Supreme Court, is a separate, and much more serious matter, one which will eventually bring the legalization of same-sex marriage to Chiapas, as soon as the Supreme Court rules upon it.

    The last paragraph of the article states:

    Con esta resolución, Chiapas obtiene el segundo amparo federal en favor de matrimonio civil entre personas del mismo sexo, el primero entre una pareja del sexo masculino y la tercera sentencia de inconstitucionalidad contra el código civil local.

    With this resolution, Chiapas obtains the second federal injunction in favor of civil same-sex marriage, the first for a male couple, and the third sentence of unconstitutionality against the local civil code.

    This very last point takes into account the "Action of Unconstitutionality" already filed with and accepted by the Supreme Court.

  • 4. allan120102  |  July 18, 2016 at 1:12 pm

    Guerrero is trying to modify its civil code to prohibit child marriages if pass lgbt activists should file an action of unconstitutionality like they did with Chiapas and Puebla so Guerrero could finally have same sex marriage in all of its 86 municipalities.

  • 5. VIRick  |  July 19, 2016 at 4:07 pm

    Yes, if the Congress of Guerrero changes the state civil code to prohibit child marriages, while at the same time, it leaves in place the prohibition against same-sex marriage, then that would constitute grounds for filing an "Action of Unconstitutionality" directly with the Supreme Court. Activists/rights groups would have 30 days from the passage of the new provision in which to do so.

  • 6. allan120102  |  July 18, 2016 at 1:35 pm

    Tabasco deputies scared of legislating about same sex marriage because they could loose their seats in 2018 general election.

  • 7. VIRick  |  July 18, 2016 at 2:41 pm

    Mexico: Morelos: Many More Same-Sex Marriages, Plus "Tourism" Campaign

    Per a tweet from Isidro Anorve, 6 hours ago:

    Ayer, 17 de julio 2016, se realizó el tercero Matrimonio Igualitario en Jiutepec después de la reforma constitucional.

    Yesterday, 17 July 2016, the third same-sex marriage took place in Jiutepec since the state constitutional reform.

    The Government of Morelos has embarked on a mini "tourism" campaign of sorts, touting its progressive stance on same-sex marriage, and encouraging same-sex couples from the neighboring states of Puebla, Mexico, and Guerrero (and other states further away) to come to Morelos and be married. Unlike a number of other Mexican jurisdictions, there are no residency restrictions in Morelos.

  • 8. theperchybird  |  July 19, 2016 at 3:59 am

    The Isle of Man's marriage bill received Royal Assent and weddings can start on Friday! 😀

  • 9. VIRick  |  July 19, 2016 at 6:10 pm

    Isle of Man: Same-Sex Marriage Legalized

    Per Rex Wockner:

    Today, 19 July 2016, the bill allowing same-sex marriage to officially become law in the Isle of Man passed its final hurdle. Confirmation was made in the Tynwald (the local legislature) that the Royal Assent had been granted to this legislation by the Privy Council in the UK.

    It's a landmark step for same-sex couples, who since 2011, had previously only been allowed to enter civil partnerships. The new marriage equality legislation will become effective from Friday, 22 July 2016.

    The same legislation also makes the Isle of Man the first place in the British Isles to allow opposite sex couples to enter into civil partnerships as an alternative to marriage.

  • 10. theperchybird  |  July 20, 2016 at 7:00 am

    Good for IoM and it's great that they got down to it and don't do what the other isles do: pass something in principle then have to pass something again months or a year later.

    Jersey will be next, they did the in principle legislation in 2015 and will have the final vote in September. Guernsey also took the first step and while there's no set timeline there, the LGBT organization that works on both islands wants weddings in both places by early 2017 🙂

    Looks like the ball's been thrown back to Mainland Europe now.

  • 11. Sagesse  |  July 19, 2016 at 6:06 am

    Virginia's two openly gay legislators file bills to repeal statutory bans on same-sex marriage [Richmond Times-Dispatch]

  • 12. VIRick  |  July 19, 2016 at 4:54 pm

    This is the second time around for this. On the first attempt, the same two legislators filed a bill, HB05, to this same effect on 18 November 2015.

  • 13. F_Young  |  July 19, 2016 at 9:02 am

    Off-topic: Gay Man Befriends the Man Who Tried to Kill Him

    After being kicked out of his house for being gay, teenager Matthew Boger was living on the streets of Los Angeles when he was attacked by Tim Zaal and his friends.

    They group yelled "Let's kill the faggots" and beat Boger up in front of a hot dog shop, leaving him unconscious and alone on the street. When Boger woke up, he was badly injured and terrified.

    Years later, the pair encountered each other at the Museum of Tolerance in L.A., where they both ended up working. Zaal had left his homophobic, white supremacist roots behind and Boger found himself faced with a question: Should he forgive the man who nearly killed him?

    To me, the critical question is what led the gaybasher to start opposing gaybashing. As I recall from an earlier article, it was out of love for his newborn son. He wanted to ensure that he taught him the right values; so, he re-examined his white supremacist homophobic anger-based values, and ended up rejecting them. I wonder if the Republicans can do the same.

    View video:

  • 14. theperchybird  |  July 20, 2016 at 7:15 am

    CC green lights same-sex marriage ban in Romania. The only thing that could stop a (successful) future referendum now is Parliament. They mocked civil unions some months ago, but let's hope enough of them chicken out due to EU pressure; it worked to squash a 2013 effort.

    The Romanian Constitutional Court has approved a citizen’s initiative that aims to amend the constitutional definition of family to essentially shut same-sex couples out of any future recognition of their relationships.

    ILGA-Europe, who had submitted their views as part of a third party intervention along with other civil society organisations, are disappointed by today’s decision.

    “Today’s news is very disturbing. In practical terms, changing those few words in the constitutional article will have profound implications for same-sex couples and their children living in Romania. We have been very proud of the campaigning efforts undertaken by our member organisations in Romania, including ACCEPT, in advance of this decision, and will continue to support them.” said ILGA-Europe Executive Director Evelyne Paradis.

    Along with Amnesty International, the European Commission on Sexual Orientation Law (ECSOL) and the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ), ILGA Europe had expressed concern that the amendment would violate Romania’s obligation to respect, protect and fulfil human rights, including the right to be free from discrimination, the right to equality before the law and equal protection of the law, and the right to private and family life.

    The proposal suggests altering Article 48.1 which currently states that “The family is founded on the freely consented marriage of the spouses, their full equality, as well as the right and duty of the parents to ensure the upbringing, education and instruction of their children”. The rewording aims to remove the reference to “spouses”, replacing it with a specific reference to one man and one woman.

    The constitutional amendment will now be discussed by Parliament. Any proposal to amend the Romanian constitution must be approved by a three-quarters majority of both chambers before a referendum is held.

  • 15. Christian0811  |  July 20, 2016 at 9:49 am

    I want to pull my hair out what the hell, what even is the point of having a CC if they don't bother to protect the rights of minorities…

  • 16. allan120102  |  July 20, 2016 at 11:08 am

    Their religion is more important than doing their actual job. Dont go far look at the US supreme court. We know is no brainer that same sex couples deserve the same rights as straight couples, but still 4 justices vote against us. So Romania being more conservative and more religious it was no brainer they would vote against us. I feel so bad because I am pretty sure the senate will approve this thing and the people will ban ssm.

  • 17. allan120102  |  July 20, 2016 at 11:20 am

    Conservative groups and some senators ask the supreme court of Venezuela to not legalize ssm and not admit a change of name to deputy Tamara Adrian. With Maduro appointees still in power this could go either way. They may be persuade because of the recent ruling of Colombia supreme court to allow ssm but this is toss up.

  • 18. ianbirmingham  |  July 20, 2016 at 6:22 pm

    Third Eye Blind concert in Cleveland challenges Republicans on science & gay rights

  • 19. VIRick  |  July 20, 2016 at 7:34 pm

    Florida Gov. Rick Scott: Marriage Equality Is "The Law of the Land"

    The producers at Fox News must have thought something had gone wrong with the audio during an interview Tuesday night, 19 July 2016, at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, while questioning conservative Republican Gov. Rick Scott of Florida. He was asked about same-sex marriage. And as Politico reported, what he said was: "It’s been decided."

    “The Supreme Court has already made a decision,” Scott told Greta Van Susteren. “It’s the law of the land.”

    Referring to the massacre of 49 people at Pulse nightclub in Orlando last month, the governor said what so many other Republicans have been afraid or unwilling to say: that the victims were LGBTQ.

    The gunman attacked “our gay community, attacked our Hispanic community,” Scott said.….

  • 20. VIRick  |  July 20, 2016 at 7:55 pm

    Federal Lawsuit Filed on Behalf of Transgender Maryland Boy

    Per Equality Case Files and "The Baltimore Sun:"

    A federal lawsuit was filed Tuesday, 19 July 2016, against an Eastern Shore school system on behalf of a 14-year-old transgender boy who wants to use the locker rooms consistent with his gender identity. FreeState Justice has filed a federal lawsuit against Talbot County, saying that it is violating Title lX, and the equal protection clause of the US Constitution.

    The boy, who was not identified in the lawsuit, will be a ninth grader at St. Michaels Middle-High School, and wants to try out for soccer in August, according to Jer Welter, FreeState Justice's deputy director and managing attorney. During last school year, the boy used a gender-neutral restroom far from the gym and his classrooms, Welter said. "This has been a problem. It is stigmatizing for him. It marks him as different from the other students," Welter said.

    In other ways, the school has been accommodating, Welter said. During seventh grade, as he transitioned, the school used the correct pronoun to refer to him, and allowed him to use his chosen name. Students at the school have been generally supportive as well, he said.

    After a ruling by the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals gave a transgender boy in Virginia the right to use a restroom, Talbot County allowed the St. Michaels student to use the boys' restroom, but said the ruling did not apply to locker rooms. The US Department of Education also gave guidance to school systems in May saying they must allow transgender students to use the facilities consistent with their gender identity.

  • 21. VIRick  |  July 20, 2016 at 8:07 pm

    Wisconsin: Transgender Student Files Federal Lawsuit against Kenosha Unified School District

    Per Equality Case Files and WISN:

    Kenosha WI — On 20 July 2016, a Tremper High School transgender student has filed a federal lawsuit against the Kenosha Unified School District. The lawsuit claims Ashton Whitaker, a transgender boy, has been denied access to male-designated restrooms at his high school, subjected to daily surveillance, and threatened with disciplinary action if he continued using the boys’ restrooms.

    The complaint alleges that discriminatory actions, including a proposal that all transgender students be made to wear bright green wristbands in order to monitor their restroom use, school administrators’ insistence on using Whitaker's birth name and female pronouns, and the school’s repeated isolation of Whitaker from his peers on overnight school trips, violate Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 and the Equal Protection Clause of the US Constitution.….

  • 22. VIRick  |  July 20, 2016 at 8:36 pm

    Some Marriage Equality Movement in San Luis Potosi

    In a tweet from Noticias LGBT, 6 hours ago:

    Dan primer paso para eliminar lenguaje que prohibe el matrimonio igualitario en San Luis Potosi, Mexico…

    In a first step to eliminate language that prohibits marriage equality in San Luis Potosi, Mexico …

    Copying an official tweet from the Congreso del Edo SLP:

    Al momento, un reunión de la Comisión Especial para revisión a reforma a Código Familiar de San Luis Potosi.

    At the moment, a meeting of the Special Commission to revise and reform the Family Code in San Luis Potosi.

  • 23. allan120102  |  July 20, 2016 at 8:49 pm

    You can find more info. In here.

  • 24. theperchybird  |  July 21, 2016 at 5:51 am

    I looked at the make up of the committee; very diverse party-wise.

    2 PRI, 2 PAN, 1 PRD, 1 MC, 1 PV.

    The two PRIsters and PRD's Dulcelina already spoke in favor of same-sex marriage, we only need one more.

  • 25. allan120102  |  July 20, 2016 at 8:51 pm

    I am not sure if this couple that married in Tamaulipas won an amparo that you have count or not Rick You might want to check. Meanwhile IMSS Mexico social security will offer service to this newwed couple.

  • 26. allan120102  |  July 20, 2016 at 8:55 pm

    BCS. A civil registry in the state deny a ss couple to register their baby saying that its because of a ss couple. The lawyer already said that there is precedent because of a similar case in Tabasco. I might add also that it have already occur in Yucatan. The lawyer said that article 59 of the civil code of the state, states that a marriage might register their baby and it dont specify if the marriage should be straight or gay.

  • 27. VIRick  |  July 20, 2016 at 10:13 pm

    On 30 November 2015, a collective amparo (amparo #3 for Tamaulipas) was granted to 26 same-sex couples in Matamoros. This couple, Luis Eduardo and Marcos, who just married on 11 July 2016 in Matamoros, could very well have been a party to that earlier judgment.

    In any case, we already have the 5 amparos we need for Tamaulipas:

    Amparo #1 – 1 October 2014, Tampico, 57 persons (to marry whoever they choose)
    Amparo #2 – 26 March 2015, Tampico, 68 couples
    Amparo #3 – 30 November 2015, Matamoros, 26 couples
    Amparo #4 – December 2015, Ciudad Victoria, 1 couple
    Amparo #5 – 23 May 2016, Nuevo Laredo, 1 couple

    Directly, these 5 amparos cover 249 people (and indirectly, 306 persons), potentially generating 153 marriages.

  • 28. theperchybird  |  July 21, 2016 at 12:32 pm

    Good news in Italy, an important step toward civil unions' implementation was taken today and that bumps the starting date up from September to next month. It was also decided that there will be NO religious objection 🙂 The best a person can do is ask a coworker to take over, but any government venue cannot refuse to unite a couple – this is a big deal seeing as many local leaders still poo-poo the idea.

    Individual mayors can perform civil unions now without a problem even without the government decrees, but these decrees are saying that it's only a matter of time before everyone has to get in formation and issue the applications.

  • 29. davepCA  |  July 21, 2016 at 12:45 pm

    Well, that's something. But at this point, given the incredible rate of progress seen elsewhere in the past few years, places like Italy, Germany and Australia are appearing more and more 'backwards'.

  • 30. theperchybird  |  July 21, 2016 at 2:23 pm

    It's the best they can do for now, maybe for a few years, really – in fact Renzi might be out if his referendum to change the Parliamentary system fails. Polls aren't looking too good right now…we'll see in October.

  • 31. VIRick  |  July 21, 2016 at 2:35 pm

    The complaint in the newly-filed Maryland federal transgender case, "M.A.B. v. Board of Education of Talbot County," per Equality Case Files, is here:

    I am forced to post this separately, as the "Edit" button on my original post is missing (despite their not being any replies to it), while the "Reply" button on the same post is mute.

  • 32. sfbob  |  July 22, 2016 at 6:25 am

    That seems to be an intermittent error on this site. In the past I've sometimes been able to fix it by logging out and then logging back in. Other times that hasn't worked and I've needed to report it to the admins.

  • 33. VIRick  |  July 21, 2016 at 2:38 pm

    The complaint in the newly-filed Wisconsin federal transgender case, "A.W. v. Kenosha Unified School District," per Equality Case Files, is here:

    I am forced to post this separately, as the "Edit" button on my original post is missing (despite their not being any replies to it), while the "Reply" button on the same post is mute. And these same points holds true for the 15 most-recent posts made in this thread.

  • 34. allan120102  |  July 21, 2016 at 2:38 pm

    Well I am betting Chile and Malta might be the next countries in America and Europe to have marriage equality unless something extraordinary happens.

  • 35. guitaristbl  |  July 21, 2016 at 3:02 pm

    N.B.A moves all-star game from Charlotte due to HB2 :

    These are amazing news !

  • 36. VIRick  |  July 21, 2016 at 3:28 pm

    NBA Pulls 2017 All-Star Game from North Carolina over HB2

    The NBA has pulled the 2017 All-Star Game from Charlotte after North Carolina lawmakers failed to repeal or repair an anti-LGBT law passed this past spring. The All-Star Weekend events, scheduled to take place 17-19 February 2017, will likely be moved to New Orleans, according to top NBA reporter Adrian Wojnarowski at Yahoo Sports.

    In a statement made today, 21 July 2016, the NBA said:

    Since March, when North Carolina enacted HB2 and the issue of legal protections for the LGBT community in Charlotte became prominent, the NBA and the Charlotte Hornets have been working diligently to foster constructive dialogue and to try to effect positive change. We have been guided in these discussions by the long-standing core values of our league. These include not only diversity, inclusion, fairness, and respect for others, but also the willingness to listen and consider opposing points of view.

    Our week-long schedule of All-Star events and activities is intended to be a global celebration of basketball, our league, and the values for which we stand, and to bring together all members of the NBA community – that is, current and former players, league and team officials, business partners, and fans. While we recognize that the NBA cannot choose the law in every city, state, and country in which we do business, we do not believe we can successfully host our All-Star festivities in Charlotte in the climate created by HB2.

  • 37. davepCA  |  July 21, 2016 at 4:59 pm

    That is awesome. This is very welcome news.

  • 38. VIRick  |  July 21, 2016 at 4:11 pm

    Mexico: Another Same-Sex Marriage in Morelos

    Per a tweet from EquidadPCM, 5 hours ago:

    Hoy dia, 21 de julio 2016, se realiza el primer matrimonio igualitario en Cuernavaca, Morelos, después de la reforma constitucional.

    Today, 21 July 2016, the first same-sex marriage occurred in Cuernavaca, Morelos, since the state constitutional reform.

    The inability to edit/reply to all these most-recent posts has placed an extreme burden upon my ability to provide for any sort of extended translation, Spanish/English, as this short one here, under the circumstances, is about the maximum I can manage.

  • 39. VIRick  |  July 21, 2016 at 5:01 pm

    MASC ONLY: Male Hookers Are Making “Crazy Money” At GOP Convention

    From the "New York Post:"

    It’s been a great week for gay escorts in Cleveland. Male prostitutes contacted by "The Post" said business is booming and Republican National Convention attendees — most of them married — are clamoring for their services.

    “Business has been way better. I’ve seen 10 clients so far,” one male escort said. “Most of them were first-timers. You could tell they were nervous, but once they became more comfortable, they seemed to be having a good time.”

    Another escort said he had already earned $1,600 since Monday — over six times the amount he usually makes. “I normally only make $200 to $300, but I’ve been seeing lots of guys in hotels downtown,” he said, noting the boom in business near the Quicken Loans Arena.

    When contacted by "The Post," females for hire said they’re making much less money than normal. “Has business been better for me? Honestly, no,” one woman said before abruptly hanging up the phone. “Business is slower than usual,” said another. “I haven’t been getting any calls.”

    One escort allegedly told the Post that one of his clients did him “in the corner” while the man’s wife watched from the bed.

  • 40. allan120102  |  July 21, 2016 at 11:09 pm

    Colombia Congress in its way to debate a propose to struck down the ruling made by the constitutional court that made adoption for ss couple legal. Experts and previous supreme court justice say that the ruling may be overturn if congress act .If they do I hope they dont get the necessary majority to not need the signature of the president as he is in favor of us having rights . Truly sad that bigots will do anything they can to piss our rights. Marriage its not touch in this but if they can overturn marriage I dont see why they wouldnt try marriage later on.

  • 41. theperchybird  |  July 22, 2016 at 2:18 am

    It's a referendum initiative and the CC already told her to take a hike so they'll block the public vote.

  • 42. F_Young  |  July 22, 2016 at 4:34 am

    Off-topic: Syrian refugee marches beside Justin Trudeau in Canadian pride parade

    Bassel Mcleash, 29, had been in Toronto for just a month when he got a chance to thank PM personally for refugee policy

    …..Mcleash was stunned to find himself walking the entire parade route next to Trudeau. “Just the idea of attending a pride parade was a dream. To march in it was like an extreme dream,” he said. “But to march in the parade next to the prime minister – not in my wildest dreams would I ever have thought about having a day like this.”

    Sunday’s Pride parade in Toronto – one of the country’s biggest – was attended by Canadian politicians from across the spectrum, including Rona Ambrose, the interim leader of the federal Conservatives, and the Green party’s Elizabeth May.

    …..About halfway through the parade route, Mcleash turned to Trudeau and thanked him for his government’s commitment to bringing in tens of thousands of refugees. “He told me that Canadians were the ones who asked him to take in refugees,” he said. “I literally wanted to cry. I was barely able to contain myself.”

    Mcleash arrived in Toronto in late May through a programme for LGBT Syrians launched by a Toronto NGO, Rainbow Railroad. He was privately sponsored, meaning the group committed to covering expenses and helping him settle into his new life.

    …..He spent much of the month attending pride events, torn between embracing the freedom offered by his new life and the guilt he felt over the LGBT community he had left behind.

    Read more:

  • 43. theperchybird  |  July 22, 2016 at 7:55 am

    PHEW. Slovenia's CC did NOT let the latest referendum against an update of their partnership law pass. The law will come into effect in February and grants everything but full adoption.

  • 44. Christian0811  |  July 22, 2016 at 12:45 pm

    Well….beggars can't be choosers. This is something to counter yesterday's bad news from Romania. Not a perfect counter balance, but still.

  • 45. allan120102  |  July 22, 2016 at 1:55 pm

    I am not sure though why did they let the marriage referendum but not this one. Even though I am happy that they block this one. At final they did something good.

  • 46. theperchybird  |  July 22, 2016 at 8:42 pm

    Curious, indeed. The whole thing was one convoluted mess. I don't know what the makeup of the Court was in 2009 when they ruled that civil unions needed an upgrade but then let the civil union law (marriage in all but name, no adoption) go through a referendum. Then again, that led to the second try to fix the deficiencies by actually going to marriage/full adoption. Nice to see third time was the charm (in the sense that the original Court order was fulfilled and couples get equal pension rights).

    It's strange. I think they're like Italy where they only really pressure governments to pass a partnership law; ECHR vibes.

    I really wish Germany would hurry up and do it, the amount of added pressure that would fall on EU regulations to keep up with marriage equality would be tremendous. Getting EU to at least recognize marriages from member to member would be a godsend for so many couples.

  • 47. Christian0811  |  July 23, 2016 at 6:30 pm

    The marriage one was akin to SCOTUS' decision on the prop 8 case, decided on a technicality bc the National Assembly voted to block it preemptively on constitutional grounds and the CC decided that that was an illegitimate motion as only they are competent to decide constitutional issues.

    The Slovenes could've brought forward another challenge but failed to do so for obscure reasons. There's every chance that the CC would've ruled against the referendum.

  • 48. allan120102  |  July 22, 2016 at 2:15 pm

    After more than a year and half that the case was filed .Kansas finally got its permanent injunction. I am just amazed and dissapoint on how long judge Crabtree took on issuing this simple decision after Scotus decision this was a no brainer imo. I am happy that Kansas might never ban same sex marriage again. I can imagine the face of Derek schmidt and Sam Brownback. lol Anyways thanks for equality case files for this excellent news. .

  • 49. allan120102  |  July 22, 2016 at 3:18 pm

    This decision made by the European court of human rights its affecting us. Its being put in newspapers and I see is being mention in facebook etc. The people against us are saying in twitter that not even the most liberal continent force all their members to have ssm then why should it affect theirs. I have seen this news but in spanish in news from Peru, DR,Mexico and El salvador.

  • 50. davepCA  |  July 22, 2016 at 3:31 pm

    This is old news, and was simply saying that the European court of human rights feels that each country should determine this matter of rights on their own, based on their own Constitutions, and the ECoHR will not impose its own decision on member nations.

    Lots of anti-gay web sites have latched onto this and are intentionally "misinterpreting" it to imply that the ECoHR was saying 'there can be no right to same sex marriage", which is not the case.

    And please don't bother with "lifesitenews", it is a notorious anti-gay cesspool of lies.

  • 51. allan120102  |  July 22, 2016 at 4:29 pm

    I understand what I was trying to state is that this ruling is now being transmited in many countries and its helping people with its lgbt message.

  • 52. VIRick  |  July 22, 2016 at 3:48 pm

    Kansas: Permanent Injunction Issued in Federal Marriage Case

    Per Equality Case Files:

    As of 22 July 2016, in "Marie v. Moser," the Kansas marriage case in federal court, a permanent injunction over Kansas has finally been issued, likely the very last of all 50 states. Per Judge Daniel D. Crabtree:

    "In an earlier Order, the court decided to defer the decision whether to grant plaintiffs’ request for permanent injunctive relief. See Doc. 126 at 32. The court now has considered the parties’ additional submissions and is prepared to rule on that issue. For reasons explained in this Order, the court grants permanent injunctive relief."
    "IT IS THEREFORE ORDERED BY THE COURT THAT plaintiffs’ Motion for Summary Judgment (Doc. 85) seeking permanent injunctive relief is granted. The court previously granted this Motion in part by its previous Order (Doc. 126).
    "IT IS FURTHER ORDERED THAT defendants are permanently enjoined from enforcing any portion of the Kansas Constitution, any Kansas statute, and any other Kansas law, policy, or practice that prohibits issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples in Kansas. This prohibition includes but is not limited to Article 15, § 16 of the Kansas Constitution, Kan. Stat. Ann. § 23-2501, and Kan. Stat. Ann. § 23-2508.
    "IT IS FURTHER ORDERED THAT defendants (and their successors) are permanently enjoined from treating same-sex married couples differently than they treat opposite-sex married couples in the context of processing marriage licenses or determining the other rights, protections, obligations, or benefits of marriage."

    The Memo and Order are here:
    The Judgment is here:

    So, Derek Schmidt and Sam Brownback can now officially go suck salt. And while doing so, they can begin arranging to sell the rest of the state-owned sex toy collection to defray the inevitable cost of paying for the plaintiffs' attorney fees.

  • 53. VIRick  |  July 22, 2016 at 5:03 pm

    Transgender Iowa Prison Nurse Files Complaint over Restrooms

    Des Moines IA — A transgender prison worker filed a complaint with the Iowa Civil Rights Commission on Thursday, 21 July 2016, saying state Department of Corrections officials violated his constitutional rights by refusing to allow him to use the men’s bathroom and showers at work.

    Jesse Vroegh has worked for the state since 2009 and is a nurse at the Iowa Correctional Institution for Women in Mitchellville. The 34-year-old says he’s been required to use a unisex private restroom that doesn’t have a shower, preventing him from showering at work if needed, a benefit others have. He also is challenging denial of medical treatment and procedures including chest surgery by his state-provided insurer.

    In his complaint, Vroegh alleges violations of state law and his Iowa constitutional rights. Filing a civil rights complaint is the first step to challenging civil rights violations in court. After 60 days Vroegh may file a lawsuit.

  • 54. VIRick  |  July 22, 2016 at 5:24 pm

    Tanzania to Ban Lube to Stop ‘Encouraging’ People to be Gay

    Tanzanian officials are attempting to ban the import and sale of lube amid a crackdown on the LGBT community. Reports suggest that the Health Minister Ummy Mwalimu said the ban was justified because the product “encourages homosexuality."

    Same-sex sexual activity between men can be punished with life imprisonment. Lesbian sex is currently not mentioned in penal codes.

    According to the "Lebanon Daily Star," the Minister said: “It is true that the government has banned the importation and use of the jelly to curb the spread of HIV. I have instructed stakeholders working with gay people to remove the products from the market.”

    The minister added that stakeholders who had been purchasing lubricants to give to the gay community, should give the money to the ministry instead to put towards maternity ward beds. Police in Tanzania were in recent years accused of human rights violations against LGBT+ citizens, and of sexually assaulting people.

  • 55. theperchybird  |  July 22, 2016 at 8:48 pm

    A step forward in the Cayman Islands, just like with a past Bermudian case, couples win immigration rights.

    Two expat lawyers who are in a legal same-sex marriage have won their immigration appeal. Dr Leo Raznovich is now a legal dependent on his husband’s work permit, settling the question once and for all that the Cayman Islands law provides for legally married people, regardless of gender, to be dependents, provided the usual qualifying criteria is met. The Immigration Appeals Tribunal (IAT) found that the Cayman Islands Constitution leaves no room to discriminate against same-sex married couples and the current legislation already provides room to grant the application made by Raznovich’s husband, who works for Maples and Calder.

    The findings of the IAT uphold existing legislation and have not caused any law to be changed, nor does the decision change anything regarding the legal definition in Cayman of marriage as an institution between people of different genders.

    While the implications of the decision are limited, they are very significant. All same-sex couples now have basic immigration rights recognised, meaning people can settle here with their loved ones without fear of discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation.

  • 56. allan120102  |  July 22, 2016 at 10:37 pm

    Good step in the right direction. Have you heard anything from Belize?

  • 57. theperchybird  |  July 23, 2016 at 5:15 am

    Their decision is on the 27th.

  • 58. Fortguy  |  July 24, 2016 at 8:05 pm

    The Fort Worth Independent School District has revised its progressive transgender student guidelines after a series of public meetings. Oddly, the new guidelines for the 86,000-enrollment district, which have been reduced from the previous eight pages to merely two, are being hailed by both pro- and anti-LGBT activists. Frankly, I think transgender activists should be upset with the policy as a step backward and hope the new federal Title IX interpretation overrules these revisions.

    Diane Smith, Fort Worth Star-Telegram: Fort Worth’s new transgender guidelines ensure parents are involved

    Editorial, Fort Worth Star-Telegram: Fort Worth ISD transgender plan is smarter, better

    Isabelle Taft, The Texas Tribune: Fort Worth Revises Transgender Student Guidelines

    Under the revised guidelines, individualized support plans will be established for transgender students on a case-by-case basis while including consultation with parents. Whether a student must use a restroom or locker room facility based on birth gender, be allowed to use a facility conforming to his/her gender identity, or be provided with a gender-neutral single-use facility will be determined by the student's particular circumstances. If a student uses a facility conforming with his/her gender identity without the individualized support plan providing for that accommodation, the student may be subject to discipline.

    Worse, in order to create a student support plan, the student's parents must be consulted thereby possibly outing them to parents who may be potentially bigoted, intolerant, or abusive assholes.

  • 59. JayJonson  |  July 25, 2016 at 6:28 am

    Re your comment that "in order to create a student support plan, the student's parents must be consulted thereby possibly outing them to parents who may be potentially bigoted, intolerant, or abusive assholes":

    We are not talking gay, we are talking transgender. I certainly understand how the parents of gay students may not know that their children are gay, and should not be outed by school authorities. But surely a parent of a trans student (at least one who dresses and lives in the gender in which they identify and wants access to school facilities) would know that their child is trans. So I can't see how they would be outed if a school administrator consults their parents. Indeed, the encouraging thing about the recent publicized cases involving trans students seeking the right to live in their "real" gender is that their parents have been their supportive advocates.

    Of course, there are trans students who are closeted and their parents and others would not know–but these students would not be seeking to use school facilities or be dressing according to the gender in which they identify.

  • 60. Fortguy  |  July 25, 2016 at 10:51 pm

    Of course, there are trans students who are closeted and their parents and others would not know–but these students would not be seeking to use school facilities or be dressing according to the gender in which they identify.

    Transgender kids, just like gay or straight kids, may be either blessed with parents who are supportive advocates or cursed with abusive or neglectful parents. Transgender kids learn at a much earlier age that they are different before gay kids even learn language to describe how they identify. Even at the age of two, a child can say, "No, mama, I'm not a boy; I'm a girl!" A similar gay child sees most of the people in his life as family, adults who are "old", and a pre-school social structure where having friendships, regardless of sex, is the priority. Very young children don't really discuss gender-based physical attractions, gay or straight, with their classmates.

    For a transgender child from an intolerant home, it's only natural that the child would try to find out if the school would be a safe refuge to express self-identity, especially if the school has supportive policies. If the child does not have a safe refuge in either home or school, then that's where the statistics come in showing the child is at terribly disproportionate risks of suicide or teen homelessness.

  • 61. JayJonson  |  July 26, 2016 at 7:20 am

    I am not disputing the fact that transgender kids often learn that they are different very early in life. They also learn early whether their family, including their parents, are going to be supportive of them. But I cannot see how kids from intolerant families would be able to dress and identify as they wish at school without their parents' knowledge.

    Quite apart from a requirement that school administrators consult with parents to develop a plan, parents would almost certainly learn of a child's gender behavior from others. I would hope that if school administrators are supportive of transgender students, they would also be a source of information for uneducated or unsupportive parents.

  • 62. FredDorner  |  July 28, 2016 at 1:01 pm

    I think the suicide rate for transgender kids is a big factor here. Trans kids should be able to see school as a relatively safe place even if their home is not, as was the case for Leelah Alcorn. A parental notification requirement is dangerous and I think violates the DoEd guidance.

  • 63. Randolph_Finder  |  July 27, 2016 at 7:09 am

    Federalism and Marriage. We've watched Marriage equality being granted by subnational piece rather than country wide in the UK, Canada, US, Brazil(?) and Mexico. Given that the Australian Supreme Court has said that in Australia that this has to be a federal issue, are there any other countries that could be granted "state by state/province by province"?

  • 64. davepCA  |  July 27, 2016 at 10:04 am

    Technically, I suppose ANY country with a government that is organized into geographic-based sub-regions that report to the national government could decide that their sub-regions can make their own decisions about same sex marriage. So that would include the states of India, the prefectures of Japan and China, etc. But I am wondering if you meant are there any which are structured like this that are already considering the issue at the national level and are likely to make a decision any time soon?

  • 65. Randolph_Finder  |  July 27, 2016 at 10:15 am

    Actually, I'm primarily looking for countries where the sub-regions are either *capable* through a local legislature or governor of allowing Marriage Equality at a different time than another sub-region, or those where a lawsuit could cause it to happen in one region without another. For example, Japanese Marriage Law is *entirely* National Law. Sapporo Prefecture has *zero* ability to have different law than Tokyo Prefecture.

    Knowing about countries where there is a snowball's chance in heck of Marriage Equality within the next 15 years would of course be more useful…

  • 66. Fortguy  |  July 27, 2016 at 11:49 am

    I think what you are looking for is a list of federations, such as the U.S. or India, as opposed to unitary states like France and Japan. In the former, first-order political subdivisions varying degrees of sovereignty or autonomy while in the latter, first-order subdivisions merely provide for the local administration of national law and are essentially "county-equivalents". Wikipedia has a list of the world's federations: Current federations.

    The level of local autonomy varies widely between different federations, and local authority can be scaled back severely in places with national authoritarian governments such as Russia and Venezuela. You will have to do your own research to determine whether marriage law is determined by national or regional law in each federation.

  • 67. ArizonaLurker  |  July 27, 2016 at 7:44 pm

    Australian Labour is planning to introduce a marriage bill and unfortunately it has little to no chance of passing due to Liberals not being allowed a free vote. So really the choice isn't between a plebiscite and a free vote, it's looking more and more like a choice between a plebiscite and absolutely nothing.
    I really, really hope we don't let the ALP make us wait for 3+ years for any hope of marriage equality just so they can use us as a pawn in their election campaign. No, public votes are not fair but I think we will win handily and give the bigots another kick in the teeth along the way.

  • 68. DevilWearsZrada  |  July 27, 2016 at 10:15 pm

    I thought that a marriage bill may be passed after the plebiscite bill is defeated in Senate (if we assume that all the senators who support same-sex marriage reject the plebiscite and that all the members of ALP, Greens, NXT and Derryn Hinch (who are already going to comprise a Senate majority) vote no on plebiscite. Then Coalition may allow a free vote and the marriage bill may be passed finally.
    Marriage Equality Australia has a good question on this issue: if John Howard government was able to ban same-sex marriage in 2004 without the plebiscite why is it needed now?

  • 69. ArizonaLurker  |  July 28, 2016 at 12:37 am

    If the Coalition grants a free vote, no matter the circumstances, then we win. The problem is in the assumption that if a plebiscite bill is defeated then of course a marriage bill just HAS to pass. I think we are forgetting that a very large minority, if not a majority, of the Coalition completely opposes gay marriage by any means, either by plebiscite or by free vote. That's why the election result sucked so much. Obviously our best case scenario would have been a Labour win, but second best would have been a huge Coalition win because it would have given Turnbull some room to maneuver. Now with such a narrow lead, the Socons in his party have got him by the balls and if he tries to allow a free vote, they'll stage another coup.

    But who knows, sometimes the pull of making history leads some to do amazing things, like the GOP senators in NY state in 2011. I guess Slovenia and Germany have made me into somewhat of a pessimist, but I'd love to be proven wrong.

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