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Equality news round-up: New transgender rights cases in Virginia and Indiana, plus an HB2 update

Transgender Rights

– North Carolina officials have filed a voluntary dismissal in the case they brought to affirm the constitutionality of the anti-LGBT law HB2. The state government is still being represented in other cases challenging the law, and they’ve filed counterclaims.

– A transgender man is suing Indiana’s governor (and Republican vice presidential running mate) Mike Pence along with others, challenging a law barring the man from changing his name because he’s not a citizen.

– The Virginia Supreme Court will hear an anti-transgender group’s lawsuit.

Thanks to Equality Case Files for these filings


  • 1. VIRick  |  September 19, 2016 at 10:02 pm

    ACLU Seeks $233,058 for Costs of Suing Kim Davis over Marriage Licenses

    The legal advocacy group that represented several couples in "Miller v. Davis" against Kim Davis — the county clerk in Kentucky who famously refused to issue marriage licenses after the Supreme Court struck down bans on same-sex marriage — is asking a federal court to award it $233,058 to cover legal expenses.

    In court documents filed Monday, 19 September 2016, in the US District Court in Eastern Kentucky, the American Civil Liberties Union said its attorneys logged more than 600 hours and billed their time at $250 to $700 an hour. ACLU of Kentucky legal director William Sharp said in a statement Monday that he wanted the fees to send a message about the high price of violating people’s rights.

    “Courts recognize that when successful civil rights plaintiffs obtain a direct benefit from a court-ordered victory, such as in this case, they can be entitled to their legal expenses to deter future civil rights violations by government officials,” he said. “By filing today’s motion, we hope to achieve that very objective — to send a message to government officials that willful violations of individuals’ rights will be costly.”

    The Memorandum in Support of Plaintiffs' Motion for Award of Attorneys' Fees and Costs is linked at the bottom of the same article:

  • 2. VIRick  |  September 19, 2016 at 10:21 pm

    Romania: High Court Will Rule on Same-Sex Marriage

    Bucharest, Romania — A same-sex couple has asked Romania’s Constitutional Court to legally recognize them as married, which would be a landmark and surprising ruling. Commentators predict the court will reject their case this week.

    Political scientist Cristian Parvulescu on Monday, 19 September 2016, predicted that “the court will make a political rather than a judicial ruling.” Journalist Dan Turturica says it would be “revolutionary” for the court to recognize the union.

    US graphic designer Claibourn Robert Hamilton and Romanian rights activist Adrian Coman are seeking to be recognized as married — a position opposed by the influential Romanian Orthodox Church and most of the public. A ruling is expected Tuesday, 20 September 2016.

    The couple’s lawyer Iustina Ionescu said she hoped the court would “put an end to homophobic sentiments and apply the constitution equally.” The Romanian constitution, last revised in 2003, states that marriage is between "partners" without specifying gender.

  • 3. VIRick  |  September 21, 2016 at 8:00 pm

    Romanian High Court Delays Ruling on Same-Sex Marriage Case

    Bucharest, Romania — Today, 20 September 2016, Romania’s Constitutional Court has again postponed ruling on a petition to recognize the same-sex marriage of a US citizen and a Romanian man. Tuesday’s delay is the second time the court has put off ruling on the marriage of Claibourn Robert Hamilton, an American graphic designer and Adrian Coman, a rights activist. The couple lives in the USA and launched a legal fight to get their marriage recognized in Romania in 2012.

    The nine-member court rescheduled the men’s case for 27 October. In July, it also postponed a ruling, saying it needed more time to digest the arguments.

    Romania currently does not recognize same-sex marriages or relationships amid opposition from the conservative Romanian Orthodox Church, and only decriminalized homosexuality in 2001.

  • 4. Christian0811  |  September 21, 2016 at 9:01 pm

    This can only be good, it would be interesting if they actually strike down the ban having just approved a referendum to amend the constitution to ban it. I'm not sure of the nuance of Romanian constitutional law, but my hope is if they do strike it down that would put the validity of the impending referendum in question.

    That said, the reality is that they will likely issue a ruling much like the other constitutional courts of Europe have done thus far.

  • 5. JayJonson  |  September 20, 2016 at 3:15 pm

    A Kenosha, Wisconsin Federal Judge has ordered a school board to stop discriminating against a transgender boy. The school would not allow him to use the boys' bathroom, referred to him by his female name and pronouns, and wanted to make him and other transgender students wear wristbands and sticker so that they could monitor them.

  • 6. Fortguy  |  September 20, 2016 at 11:46 pm

    Wristbands and stickers? Seriously? I've read about other schools who have implemented this. Do these wristbands and stickers look like these? Where does this end? Wristbands and stickers for ESL students? Immigrant students? Muslim students? Special ed students? Really, where does this end?

    Normally, I distrust those who defend their views or denounce their opponents' using Hitler or Nazi metaphors or imagery as having no rational basis to support their own arguments and relying instead upon unwarranted flame-throwing. Instead, making such outrageous statements means losing the debate among everyone listening except for themselves and their unthinking cohorts.

    However, in this case the allegory is appropriate. These school administrators are forcing these students to be outed to the entire school community, without concern for bullying or their safety, in order to "monitor them". If you want to know who they are and are generally concerned about their well-being, why don't you just talk to them and listen to what they face in their lives at home and school on a daily basis?

  • 7. VIRick  |  September 21, 2016 at 11:37 pm

    Wisconsin: Court Orders School to Halt Discrimination Against Trans Student

    On 20 September 2016, in "Whitaker v. Kenosha Unified School District," a federal court ruled that a Wisconsin school must immediately halt its discriminatory policy of singling out a transgender boy, Ashton Whitaker, and forcing him to use a restroom separate from all other students. Whitaker, represented by Transgender Law Center and Relman, Dane & Colfax PLLC, asked for the preliminary injunction so that he could use the restroom during his senior year of high school, as the court heard arguments in his case challenging KUSD’s discriminatory treatment of him.

    District Court Judge Pamela Pepper in Milwaukee read her decision aloud from the bench, holding that Ash would continue to suffer irreparable harm if KUSD continued to deny him access to the boys’ restroom during his senior year. In her decision, Judge Pepper explicitly recognized the emotional, psychological and physical harm Ash has endured under KUSD’s discriminatory policy and the importance to transgender people of being treated in accordance with their gender identity.

    Today’s ruling follows a ruling yesterday (19 September 2016) denying the school district’s motion to dismiss the case. KUSD has indicated that the district plans to appeal today’s decision granting the preliminary injunction and to appeal yesterday’s decision denying the district’s motion to dismiss the case.

    “We expect that the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals will affirm the lower court’s decision and follow the lead of the majority of courts that have made clear that Title IX and the Constitution protect transgender students from being segregated from and treated differently than their peers,” stated Joseph Wardenski, an attorney at Relman, Dane & Colfax.

    Order Denying Defendants’ Rule 12(b)(6) Motion to Dismiss is here:

  • 8. allan120102  |  September 20, 2016 at 3:45 pm

    East Africa court might deliver a judgement in limiting anti gay laws in Five countries of Africa( Uganda, Rwanda, Tanzania, Kenya and Burundi) A positive ruling would make extreme anti gay laws to be overturn. It might push the Kenya supreme court to issue a positive ruling against the sodomy law of that country. The judgement will be delivered on Sept 27.

  • 9. VIRick  |  September 21, 2016 at 11:43 pm

    East Africa Court of Justice to Rule on Limiting East Africa’s Anti-Gay Laws

    Lawyers seeking recognition of the human rights of LGBTI people are scheduled to learn on 27 September whether the Tanzania-based East African Court of Justice will take a stand for LGBTI rights by ruling that anti-gay laws such as the Ugandan Anti-Homosexuality Act are unacceptable throughout East Africa.

    In its East African legal challenge to the Anti-Homosexuality Act, the Uganda-based Human Rights Awareness and Promotion Forum (HRAPF) argues that Uganda’s passage of that anti-gay law contravened the country’s obligations as a member of the East African Community. That regional organization, comprising Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Uganda and Tanzania, is founded on principles set forth in the East African Treaty, adopted one country at a time from 1999 through 2007.

    The court has notified HRAPF that it will deliver its judgment on 27 September at its headquarters in Arusha, Tanzania. HRAPF has invited supporters to attend. HRAPF provides legal assistance to LGBTI defendants in Uganda under the umbrella of the Civil Society Coalition on Human Rights and Constitutional Law (CSCHRCL), a coalition of 50 organizations opposed to the Anti-Homosexuality Act.

    In August 2014, Uganda’s Constitutional Court overturned the Anti-Homosexuality Act on procedural grounds — the lack of a quorum in Parliament — but did not address claims that the law violated Ugandan constitutional guarantees of human rights.

    HRAPF and CSCHRCL have said that reasons for pursuing the case include: “There are real chances of an amended Anti-Homosexuality Bill being brought to Uganda’s Parliament as well as to other parliaments in the region (most notably Kenya and Tanzania); if successful, the case would make clear to lawmakers that such a Bill would contravene the East African treaty.”

  • 10. theperchybird  |  September 27, 2016 at 5:10 pm

    Sadly, the plaintiffs lost. The Court says that the law was already axed by the Ugandan Constitutional Court before they heard the case. They didn't rule on the content of the law itself.

  • 11. Phoenix_12  |  September 21, 2016 at 7:30 am

    Looks like the campaign to force a referendum on the adoption bill will likely not succeed in collecting the necessary 50,000 signatures. Only 22,000 signatures have been collected. And the delay is October 6, meaning opponents have two weeks to collect 28,000 signatures. (They collected 22,000 in a little over two months) While it looks very unlikely that a referendum will take place, it is not impossible.

  • 12. JayJonson  |  September 21, 2016 at 9:48 am

    Federal judge dismisses challenge to North Carolina law that allows magistrates to recuse themselves from issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples on religious grounds. He ruled that the plaintiffs lacked standing to sue because they could not show that they had been injured. He did say that potentially someone could demonstrate having suffered damage and then sue.

    "A law that allows a state official to opt out of performing some of the duties of the office for sincerely held religious beliefs, while keeping it a secret that the official opted out, is fraught with potential for harm that could be of constitutional magnitude," the judge wrote.

    The plaintiffs said that they would appeal the ruling to the 4th circuit court of appeals.

  • 13. theperchybird  |  September 21, 2016 at 2:07 pm

    Guernsey voted in principle to expand marriage rights last year and today they approved the final legislation on a 33-5 vote. Once the law is promulgated by the Privy Council, couples can marry by mid-2017.

    Jersey will have their final vote in the coming months and also want 2017 weddings.

    I hate how the Northern Irish case just went completely silent…

  • 14. VIRick  |  September 21, 2016 at 8:29 pm

    United Arab Emirates: Trans Man Becomes First Person to Seek Gender Reassignment Surgery

    A 29-year-old trans Emirati man is petitioning the Abu Dhabi Court of First Instance for permission to have gender assignment surgery. This would be the first legal case of gender reassignment surgery in United Arab Emirates history. The court will hear the case on 28 September.

    Gender reassignment was legalized in the UAE for trans-gender people a month ago.

  • 15. Sagesse  |  September 22, 2016 at 7:10 am

    DoD wants soldiers discharged under ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ to come forward [Federal News Radio]

    "The Defense Department wants those who were given dishonorable discharges under the former “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” policy to come forward to have their records changed. The encouragement came in the form of an open letter from DoD on the fifth anniversary of the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” Since then, military policy has allowed people who were discharged solely because they were gay to request a retroactive change to their records, upgrading them to an honorable discharge, but less then 8 percent of the affected veterans have actually done so. The Pentagon said it can’t guarantee corrections will be made in any individual case, but said “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” was a vestige of the past and planned to treat it that way."

  • 16. Sagesse  |  September 22, 2016 at 7:40 am

    Principal back at school facing lawsuit over ex-employee in gay marriage [AP]

    "A principal at [Paramus] Catholic high school in New Jersey who was abruptly removed from her post along with the school's president is now back at work, amid a controversy over a lawsuit by a former guidance counselor who says she was fired because she's married to a woman."

  • 17. scream4ever  |  September 22, 2016 at 9:44 am

    Will Chile beat Australia?

  • 18. VIRick  |  September 22, 2016 at 10:54 am

    Chile: President Promises Same-Sex Marriage Bill

    Chile’s President Michelle Bachelet said during a United Nations General Assembly panel on LGBT rights on Wednesday, 21 September 2016, that she would send a bill legalizing same-sex marriage to Congress during the first half of 2017.

    “My government has committed to submit to Congress a bill on marriage equality in the first half of 2017,” Bachelet said, according to a transcript of her remarks. “Furthermore, it will also consider governmental support for several measures destined to strengthen the rights of the LGBT community, including reforms to anti-discrimination laws.”

    The move would follow the Chilean Congress’ legalization of same sex civil unions in January 2015 and comes as many Latin American nations are extending rights to gay and lesbian citizens. Legalizing same-sex marriage would give Chilean couples additional welfare and state life insurance rights, among other benefits, and clarify adoption rules, according to gay rights groups.

    More background detail on the current situation in Chile, including the history of the several lawsuits, can be found here:

  • 19. VIRick  |  September 23, 2016 at 2:26 pm

    Mexico: Catholic Church Claims Censorship over Marriage Equality Opposition

    A spokesperson for Mexico’s Catholic Church claims that the clergy is being “censored” over its opposition to marriage equality. Father Hugo Valdemar, a representative of the Archdiocese of Mexico City, believes that Conapred—the country’s council to prevent discrimination—is persecuting the church. Following nationwide anti-marriage equality protests that rocked the Latin American nation, Conapred advised church officials from speaking publicly about the demonstrations.

    “There is persecution against the Church,” Valdemar stated in a press release. He warned of a “gay dictatorship” that threatening to take over Mexico. “It is something very serious, the state now determines the sexual behavior of citizens and forbids any attempt to return to normalcy,” he continued. “The state prohibits parents from helping their children to solve their sexual doubts and prohibits homosexuals from changing, but if they want to change their sex they fund that atrocity, it's something diabolic.”

    Valdemar is referring to an article promoting antigay conversion therapy that was set to be published in “Desde La Fe,” a journal published by the Archdiocese of Mexico. Called “No One Is Born Gay,” he believes the piece was “censored” by Conapred officials. The recent antigay opposition, which Conapred called “absolutely discriminatory,” highlight tensions over social progress in the Spanish-speaking country.

    In 2015, Mexico’s Supreme Court issued a “jurisprudential thesis” paving the way for marriage equality in the nation. While the court ruled that individual state prohibitions against marriage equality were illegal, those bans have to be legally challenged by constituents to be overturned. Currently, marriage equality is legalized in 10 of Mexico’s 31 states, as well as in the Federal District.

    To expedite that process, President Enrique Peña Nieto has expressed support for further legislative action, striking down the bans once and for all. That has led to widespread backlash in a nation where Pew Research found in 2015 that roughly half of its citizens support the freedom to marry, a figure that’s ahead of Brazil and Chile but behind Uruguay, where 62 percent of citizens are in favor of same-sex unions.

    On 10 September, marriage equality opponents, led by the National Front for the Family marched in dozens of Mexican cities. The right-wing group — which, according to its website, “regards the family as the ideal social unit” — claims that over a million participated in the demonstrations, in addition to 100,000 signatories.

    In Querétaro, protesters reportedly numbered 40,000. “I think it was something unprecedented, the awakening of the society of Querétaro in defense of the family,” National Front organizer Jose Alcantara told Reuters. Many have suggested, however, that those numbers are inflated.

  • 20. VIRick  |  September 23, 2016 at 5:00 pm

    First Dual-Trans Couple in Ecuador to Have Baby, Wants to Have More

    A dual-trans couple from Ecuador who made history when they had their first baby earlier this year have said they want to expand their flock. Diane Rodriguez – a prominent LGBT-activist – last year shared the exciting news that her boyfriend Fernando Machado was pregnant with their son.

    Ms Rodriguez and Mr Machado – who have been a couple since 2013 – believe their first pregnancy was the first of its kind in South America. The couple announced their pregnancy online, and Mr Machado gave birth to their child in June.

    Of the obstacles to being recognized as female, and thinking she would never be a mother, Ms Rodriguez said: “Being a mother was never something I thought I would do because I am a transsexual… The law before demanded that to be recognized as a woman one had to be castrated.” Ms Rodriguez first made headlines in her native country in 2013, when she became the first Ecuadorian trans candidate to run for Congress.

  • 21. allan120102  |  September 23, 2016 at 5:20 pm

    Amazing explanation how can marriage equality be achievable in Mexico by the supreme court , This is a really helpful article that you would probably like VRick.

    The court is now discussing the second resolution againt the civil code of Nuevo leon. When 5 resolutions have been have given then the congress of that state have 90 days to act, if they havent change the code then it becomes void as the court decision will be in effect. This method have been only been used against another state which is Sinaloa. If Sinaloa dont act soon then it will see its ban struck down probably by next year as Ali Mendez explain in this article. That is why other states mandataries havent been sued for not complying as resolutions have more forced than amparos as with the first its by force that congress need to act, like its happening with Sinaloa. So in other words states may continue to refuse ss couples even if 5 amparos have been grated as the state is not being forced to change its civil code, the amparo just protected those who obtained and telling the state that a resolution may be open against its civil code if more amparos are granted. In contrast once the first resolution its given then the clock for congress act start and once it reach the firth the state only have 3 months to change its civil code if not the court will strike down the code.

    The First Chamber of the Supreme Court of Justice of the Nation (Supreme Court) postponed the revision of a collective defense in which a group of people from the community of sexual diversity of Nuevo Leon ask repair damage not allowed to marry.
    The subject, file number 1266/2015, originated in a class action lawsuit filed 48 people for, on the one hand, to challenge the constitutionality of articles 147 and 291 bis of the Civil Code of Nuevo Leon declaration, where It states that the figures of marriage and concubinage can only apply to couples formed by a man and a woman.

    or other hand, the plaintiffs called for several measures to repair the damage that has been done to them, as a public apology from the responsible authorities; medical, psychological or psychiatric care, as a rehabilitation as well as legal and social services.

    In addition, the order to reform domestic legislation and take administrative measures to ensure that the facts do not happen again, as a guarantee of non-repetition; and economic compensation for the material and immaterial by the inability to exercise the rights arising from marriage damages.

    The project will be discussed in the First Chamber was drafted by Minister Jose Ramon Cossio, who decided to give the shelter couples to civil marriage, but determined that the Supreme Court can not give repair damage that is requested.

    However, the minister left open the door to these people to make use of procedures other content, for example, in the General Law on Victims or sue for damages against the State to obtain redress are asking.

    This is the second resolution declaring unconstitutional articles 147 and 291 bis of the Civil Code of Nuevo Leon. With five resolutions, the Congress of Nuevo Leon state would be obliged to modify the text of that standard.

  • 22. VIRick  |  September 23, 2016 at 10:00 pm

    Mexican law and court procedures are so insanely arcane and complex, aren't they? So now, besides counting amparos, and keeping track of "actions of unconstitutionality," when dealing with the more obstreperous states, we also additionally need to count and keep track of "resolutions" issued by the Supreme Court against these same states.

    OK, so far, 3 "resolutions" have previously been issued against Sinaloa, and a sufficient number of appeals are still sitting before the Supreme Court to allow them to bring this number up to 5. I had also understood that this same procedure was currently under way against Baja California, given the large number of appeals that were made there, many of which are still awaiting a "resolution" from the Supreme Court. And we now have two "resolutions," of 5 needed, declared against Nuevo León.

    As for the additional matter of "reparations," all of the states are fearing this impending tactic, especially the poorer ones, but most especially because the courts in Mexico can further issue punitive damages, in addition to making the states pay for the plaintiffs' court costs and legal fees. That was the method used against both Chihuahua and Michoacán. In the former, the state governor resolved the issue by means of issuing an executive decree, whereas in the latter, the state Congress finally revised the state code to allow for both same-sex marriage and same-sex civil unions. And this same process of threatening "reparations," especially retrospective "reparations," has already begun against Baja California Sur, and is now also under way against Nuevo León.

    And all of this is in addition to the "actions of unconstitutionality" already being directed against both Puebla and Chiapas.

    Currently, in Mexico, we have marriage equality in 11 of 32 jurisdictions. In reviewing what I just wrote, 6 more are presently at these much higher levels of court proceedings, namely, Sinaloa, Baja California, Nuevo León, Baja California Sur, Puebla, and Chiapas (all of which we will win), with the distinct possibility that more will soon join the list, given that 26 amparos have already been granted in Sonora during the current year, that Guanajuato has had 10 amparos granted, while Aguascalientes and Veracruz are at 7 each. And Yucatán has greatly surpassed 20. Adding in these additional states "for failure to act in a timely manner" (which is what the "resolution" proceeding is all about), will bring the grand total up to 22 of 32 jurisdictions.

  • 23. allan120102  |  September 24, 2016 at 12:18 am

    Yep Mexico judicial system is really weird and confusing, I believe it was made so the supreme court dont act as many other contries supreme courts that can invalidate laws in a single ruling like the Usa or Colombia courts. A lot of power in a single court can be dangerous so I believe that is the reason. I decide to investigate as why were some governors defiant even when there were a lot of amparos granted against there civil code and I found this piece of info. The most inminents are Chiapas, follow by Puebla. A lot of local news say that Chiapas will have marriage by November and Puebla soon after, if the court dont decide to hear the cases together as they are the same thing. Follow footsteps is Sinaloa as you said the 5 resolutions are probably going to be reached by the end of the year or early next.

  • 24. allan120102  |  September 23, 2016 at 5:21 pm

    Second part of the post as it was to long to be put in one.

    They seek inhibit discrimination

    Alex Ali Mendez, a lawyer and director of the Marriage organization Egalitarian Mexico, said that the request for reparations has the ultimate goal that the authorities are obliged to not refuse to join in marriage to same-sex couples, for fear of repairs would have to pay.

    "More than a personal mission of wanting to get some economic benefit, is to find that the State is aware that the effects (of rights) will cost him financial resources", said Mendez, who bears the legal case strategy.

    In Chihuahua, he said the litigant, used the same legal remedy and although the Court gave no answer, the fact had consequences on the authorities to avoid payment of any compensation, not again denied any marriage partner.

    Mendez said that couples who are not allowed to marry are victims of discrimination and are causing damages as not having access to tax credits, not being able to make medical decisions for each other or not register for social security. All this causes them harm.

    The most important project of the minister Cossio, Mendez said, the point is that the second notice to Congress of Nuevo Leon on a defense that protects same-sex couples who want to marry, is already given for thereby the file is opened for General declare unconstitutional rule.

    "This has only been in marriage issues once in Mexico, in Sinaloa, where we are continuing with this process, but this means achieving and almost final part that the shelters are handled," said the lawyer.

    The overall process of declaration of unconstitutionality, he said, begins with two resolutions which are already accumulated in Nuevo Leon and concludes with five.

    Once the five shelters are taken under review, locally jurisprudence is integrated and given 90 days to Congress to make reforms to the local Civil Code.

    "If (Congress) does not make reforms, what the Court is to repeal or remove discriminatory effect to these items," said Mendez.

    ara Angelica Hernandez, spokeswoman strategic litigation project of GESS A.C. (Gender, Ethics and Sexual Health), civil organization handling the case in Nuevo Leon, it was important to ask for compensation for damage to set in motion the laws that protect people who suffer discrimination.

    "It's never enough; however, it is repairing the damage that the Court can give. So it is speaking of the Committee of Victims, because they are measures of the administrative area. They are requested and ask that they are provided; the only way to know if the laws work or do not work, or even make them work, is to use.

    "In that sense it was that all possible measures to repair the damage under the law were requested; us knowing that could happen some and not others, "he said.

    To keep the sense of the project, 48 people who are part of this protection may marry another person even of the same sex.

  • 25. VIRick  |  September 24, 2016 at 2:40 pm

    Mexico City: Today, a Second Anti-LGBT March (with Sabotage)

    Per Rex Wockner and Ricardo Baruch:

    Hoy día, 24 de septiembre 2016, todo el recorrido por donde pasará la Marcha Por La Familia está cubierto por banners de arcoíris de Moviimx.

    The entire route (in Mexico City) down which the anti-LGBT "March for the Family" will pass today, 24 September 2016, has been covered with the rainbow banners of Moviimx.

    In addition, at the end of their parade, just for said ass-hats' enjoyment, the Ángel de la Independencia de Paseo de la Reforma will be "miraculously" illuminated in rainbow colors to become the Ángel de Arcoíris (the rainbow angel).

  • 26. VIRick  |  September 24, 2016 at 3:06 pm

    Roy Moore's Ethics Trial Set for 28 September in Montgomery

    Per Gary Wright and Equality Case Files:

    For the second time in his career as Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice, Roy Moore has faced the Alabama Court of the Judiciary (CoJ) over numerous violations of the Canons of Judicial Ethics.

    In 2003, Roy Moore was removed from office on ethics violations by the CoJ when he refused to comply with a federal court order (in Glassroth v. Moore) to remove the 10 Commandments monument he had illegally installed on government property. Unfortunately, the voters of Alabama re-elected him back to office where he continued his methodical disruption of the judicial system.

    In January of 2015, the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) filed a complaint against Roy Moore with the Alabama Judicial Inquiry Commission (JIC). The JIC found the complaint significant enough to forward the charges with the Alabama Court of the Judiciary (CoJ) for disciplinary action. Moore was suspended from the bench while awaiting his trial with the CoJ.

    His trial is scheduled for Wednesday, 28 September 2016, and we plan to be there!

  • 27. davepCA  |  September 24, 2016 at 6:18 pm

    Wish I could be in the court room for this. It would feel great to just stare at that son of a bitch with a big ear to ear grin on my face throughout the entire hearing.

  • 28. VIRick  |  September 24, 2016 at 7:22 pm

    Dave, Gary Wright will be driving half way across the state (from Huntsville to Montgomery) to do exactly that for all of us.

    The post I cited, immediately above, is basically a verbatim quote from Gary Wright's website, Pride Against Prejudice. Gary is the individual who helped organize Huntsville's very successful "Marriage Week" festivities immediately after Judge Granade struck down Alabama's exclusionary marriage law and restrictive state constitutional amendment (and before the start of Roy Moore's assorted ass-hat maneuvers which effectively placed Alabama's marriage equality ruling in temporary abeyance).

    Gary is also one of Roy Moore's most persistant "in your face" nemesis, totally undaunted by any/all of Roy Moore's idiotic antics. He has promised to provide Kathleen (at Equality Case files), and through her, all of us, a full, detailed report of the entire court proceedings at Roy Moore's much-anticipated trial.

  • 29. VIRick  |  September 24, 2016 at 7:07 pm

    Wisconsin: Transgender Case Appealed to the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals

    On 23 September 2016, in "Whitaker v. Kenosha Unified School District," the case involving the transgender teen suing a Wisconsin school district over discriminatory treatment, including the proposal that transgender students wear identifying wristbands, the state Defendants' Notice of Appeal to the 7th Circuit Court of Appels has been filed. The school district is appealing both the order for a preliminary injunction and the denial of the defendants' motion to dismiss

    The Notice of Appeal is here:

  • 30. VIRick  |  September 25, 2016 at 8:48 pm

    Mexico: Supreme Court Issues Jurisprudence on Adoption Rights Nationwide

    So, despite (or perhaps in spite of) the second anti-LGBT march on 24 September, the Supreme Court of Mexico remains unphased and undaunted.

    Per Rex Wockner:

    The Full Court (Pleno) of Mexico's Supreme Court issued its final jurisprudence (Jurisprudencia Constitucional) on Friday, 23 September 2016, securing adoption rights for same-sex couples nationwide.

    The complete written, published ruling (in Spanish) is here:

  • 31. allan120102  |  September 25, 2016 at 9:29 pm

    This is from the same case of Campeche from August of last year. I imagine they issue the final ruling until now. Anyways someone needs to update the adoption map as Veracruz ss couples can adopt children. Base on what the head of adoption said.

  • 32. theperchybird  |  September 27, 2016 at 5:06 pm

    Yes, the finalization allows all gay couples in Campeche to adopt without a problem starting Monday according to one of the people who was a part of the case:
    The map needs to be colored purple in Colima, Michoacan, Morelos, Campeche.

  • 33. VIRick  |  September 25, 2016 at 9:36 pm

    Allan, based on this nationwide jurisprudence just issued on Friday, 23 September, same-sex couples in each and every state in Mexico should now be able to adopt (if they had not been able to do so already, as most states have been allowing it, even some without marriage equality). And that is because, with 11 jurisdictions already allowing marriage equality, any/all marriages performed there or anywhere in Mexico must be recognized by all the other states.

  • 34. allan120102  |  September 25, 2016 at 9:52 pm

    Rememeber RIck that with jurisprudence that means that couples still need to be able to get amparos to adopt as they are a lot of states that have not modify its civil code so ss couples can adopt. The good thing like with marriage equality is that no judge can denied them the amparo as all federal judges are now required by forced to grant them in favor of the couples. Look at the last part of this article. Btw this case was from last year as one of the nine ministers to vote in favor was Olga Cordero Sanchez and we know she is no longer at the court.
    En la sesión que aceptó la constitucionalidad de la adopción homosexual votaron a favor nueve Ministros: Alfredo Gutiérrez Ortiz Mena, José Ramón Cossío Díaz, José Fernando Franco González Salas, Arturo Zaldívar Lelo de Larrea, Jorge Mario Pardo Rebolledo, Juan N. Silva Meza, Olga Sánchez Cordero de García Villegas, Alberto Pérez Dayán y Luis María Aguilar Morales. El único voto en contra fue de Eduardo Medina Mora.

    Like I thought it was a lawsuit from the Human right commision against the law of Campeche.

  • 35. JayJonson  |  September 26, 2016 at 6:21 am

    Australia's same-sex marriage plebiscite said to be dead. Talks have broken off between leaders of the parties. Neither side has agreed to any compromise.

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