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This an open thread. We’ll post any breaking news.

UPDATE: The Supreme Court is being asked to review a Second Circuit decision that held Title VII’s employment discrimination ban “because of… sex” also includes sexual orientation. The petition was filed yesterday, according to the date on the filing. Since the Court has finished hearing arguments this term, the earliest it could hear the case, if granted, is in the October 2018 term. It takes four votes to grant review. We’ll have more on the filing itself.

UPDATE 2: Also, here’s a Supreme Court petition from the Eleventh Circuit asking the same question. We’ll also have more on this one later.

Thanks to Equality Case Files for these filings


  • 1. VIRick  |  May 30, 2018 at 11:49 am

    San Marino Says "Yes" to Same-Sex Marriage but Only for Foreigners

    Per LGBT Marriage News:

    San Marino Dice "Sì" al Matrimonio Gay ma Solo per gli Stranieri

    Sì al matrimonio omosessuale ma solo per gli stranieri. È quanto accade a San Marino, dove a maggioranza (con 25 voti a favore e 20 contrari) il parlamento della piccola Repubblica, il Consiglio Grande e Generale, ha approvato un emendamento alla legge di bilancio, 2017/2018, che ha l’obiettivo di incentivare il turismo: le coppie dello stesso sesso potranno sposarsi a San Marino se si tratta di stranieri.

    Ora il governo ha il compito di elaborare una proposta di legge per recepire l’emendamento. Il matrimonio tra coppie dello stesso sesso sarà consentito solo a cittadini stranieri mentre per i sammarinesi continuerà a sussistere il divieto.….

    Yes to same-sex marriage but only for foreigners. This is what happened in San Marino, after a majority (with 25 votes in favor and 20 against) of the parliament of the small Republic, the Great and General Council, approved an amendment to the budget law, 2017/2018, that has the aim of encouraging tourism: same-sex couples can be married in San Marino if they are foreigners.

    Now the government has the task of drafting a bill to incorporate the amendment. Marriage between same-sex couples will be allowed only to foreign citizens, while for the Sammarinese the prohibition will continue to exist.

    This original news article was dated 21 December 2017. The enabling legislation must still be passed.

  • 2. Randolph_Finder  |  May 30, 2018 at 1:34 pm

    I can't figure out what the situation is if one is Sammarinese and one is Foreign, any info? And I think for foreigners only is a "category" for Marriage Equality that I don't think I've seen before. I believe in the early years of Marriage Equality in the US, there was a residents only clause for one of the states…

  • 3. davepCA  |  May 30, 2018 at 2:13 pm

    The only similar situation I can think of is Israel, which recognizes same sex marriages that were legally performed elsewhere (for certain purposes, but not with full marriage recognition) while not allowing same sex marriages to be performed within the country of Israel. However, unlike the 'foreigners only' policy in San Marino, Israeli citizens can actually marry outside of Israel in a country which does allow this, and then have that marriage (somewhat) recognized when they return to Israel.

  • 4. scream4ever  |  May 30, 2018 at 2:44 pm

    Massachusettes had that, dug up from a racist law from the early 1900's to prevent interracial couples from traveling to the state to take advantage of the law.

  • 5. VIRick  |  May 30, 2018 at 3:04 pm

    This maneuver is a "tourism" ploy. Look where San Marino is located, completely surrounded by Italy, a populous nation which does not allow for same-sex marriage. So, most immediately, since they also speak the same language, San Marino intends to tap into the potentially lucrative niche market of catering to Italian same-sex couples who wish to marry, but who do not have the time or means to travel further. If same-sex couples from elsewhere, like from eastern Europe, also wish to avail themselves of the opportunity, then so be it. Portugal, for example, will marry foreign same-sex couples, as will Ireland, but for most countries in Western Europe, like Netherlands, at least one person of the couple must be a citizen of the country in question. So, San Marino is looking to cash in on the foreign tourism market for this.

    Until now, no other country, worldwide, has ever adopted such a "foreigners only" marriage policy, least of all for same-sex marriage. Israel's situation is more or less the opposite, as Israel does not allow for civil marriage within Israel. There, all couples, gay or straight, who do not wish to have some sort of religious marriage performed, have to travel abroad in order to be married civilly. Plus, for same-sex couples, none of the recognized religious bodies in Israel will perform a religious marriage for a same-sex couple. Nor are inter-faith or non-faith marriages allowed. However, all legal civil marriages performed abroad, same-sex or hetero, are then recognized by the civil state after the couple has returned to Israel. As a result, the vast majority of Israeli marriages of all types are performed abroad. And under the new law, San Marino would happily marry an Israeli same-sex couple.

    As for the situation involving a same-sex couple wherein which one is Sammarinese and the other is foreign, that marriage would not be allowed to be performed in San Marino. Note that the entire copied text is in the plural. This point has already annoyed at least one Sammarinese who wants to marry a foreigner in San Marino, and thus is challenging the wording of the draft law. The current wording of the draft also does not address the recognition situation within San Marino if the same Sammarinese, as an alternate choice, were to marry his foreign partner abroad and then return home to San Marino.

    According to its 2016 census, San Marino's total population stood at 33,200. In the same year, Italy's population, by comparison, was over 60 million.

  • 6. Randolph_Finder  |  May 31, 2018 at 1:59 pm

    According to the San Marino government, the country's language is Sammarinese and Italian is also recognized, but functionally like Venice and Venetian, trying to figure out what's a dialect of Italian and what's a regional language is more of a Political issue than a Linguistical one…

    Most of that Tourism market is expected to be Italy, at this point, I agree.

  • 7. VIRick  |  May 30, 2018 at 4:35 pm

    Two Certiorari Petitions to Supreme Court Pertaining to Title VII Prohibition of Employment Discrimination

    Per Equality Case Files:

    There are two new petitions asking the Supreme Court to take up the question of whether Title VII's prohibition against employment discrimination "because of . . sex" includes discrimination based on sexual orientation. One, filed on 29 May 2018, is in "Zarda v. Altitude Express," the case in which the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals held, en banc, that Title VII does indeed protect employees from discrimination based on sexual orientation. Defendant Altitude Express's petition is linked here:

    The second petition, filed on 30 May 2018, is in "Bostock v. Clayton County GA," a case in which the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals cites its earlier decision in "Evans v. Georgia Regional Hospital," which in turn relied on precedent from 1979 that held that "discharge (from one's job) for homosexuality is not prohibited by Title VII.” Plaintiff Gerald Lynn Bostock's petition is here:

    The 11th Circuit Court of Appeals Opinion of 10 May 2018 in "Bostock v. Clayton County GA" is here:

  • 8. VIRick  |  May 30, 2018 at 6:57 pm

    Canada: Bill to Expunge Historical Same-Sex "Crimes" Passes in Senate

    Per LGBT Marriage News, Rob Salerno, and the Senate of Canada:

    Today, 30 May 2018, Bill C-66 has been adopted in the Senate at its third reading.

    Government Bill C-66 would create a procedure by which people convicted of having had same-sex consensual relations can apply to have those convictions erased and their records destroyed.

    Having originated in the House, and already been approved there on 13 December 2017, the measure now awaits the Royal Assent.

  • 9. VIRick  |  May 30, 2018 at 7:24 pm

    Ecuador: Constitutional Court Rules in Favor of Homoparental Families

    Per LGBT Marriage News:

    Corte Constitucional de Ecuador Falla a Favor de las Familias Homoparentales

    El máximo tribunal del país suramericano reconoció el derecho de una pequeña de 6 años a tener dos mamás y ser inscrita en el registro civil con los apellidos de sus dos madres, Bicknell-Rothon, ambas de origen británico. Este martes, 29 de mayo 2018, el pleno de la Corte Constitucional del Ecuador, con 5 votos a favor y 3 en contra, emitió un fallo en el cual reconocer el derecho de la pequeña a tener dos madres y a ser registrada con los apellidos de ambas, permitiendo de esta forma la duplicidad de la filiación materna, un hecho que marca jurisprudencia para el resto de las familias homoparentales con hijos que viven en esta nación.

    The highest court in the South American country has recognized the right of a small 6 year-old to have two mothers and to be registered in the civil registry with the surnames of her two mothers, Bicknell-Rothon, both of British origin. This Tuesday, 29 May 2018, the full Constitutional Court of Ecuador, with 5 votes in favor and 3 against, issued a ruling in which it recognizes the right of the child to have two mothers and to be registered with the surnames of both, allowing in this way for the duplication of the mothers' filiation, a fact that provides jurisprudence for all homoparental families with children who live in this nation.

    Venezuela's highest court, the TSJ, has already ruled in the same manner on an identical case that had arisen within that country, as did the Constitutional Court of Colombia, leading up to its landmark ruling in favor of marriage equality. All three nations have inherited the same judicial system.

  • 10. allan120102  |  May 30, 2018 at 7:34 pm

    Its almost for sure both courts are going to find unconstitutional that same sex couples cannot marry the problem is how soon they are going to rule. Btw I expect a more favorable ruling from the Venezuelan supreme court than the Ecuadorian supreme court.

  • 11. VIRick  |  May 31, 2018 at 1:03 pm

    Hong Kong: Legislative Council Appointment of Two Overseas Judges to Top Court

    Per LGBT Marriage News:

    Two renowned overseas judges are set to become the first female judges to sit on the bench of Hong Kong’s top court after receiving the endorsement of the Legislative Council on 30 May 2018. Chief Executive Carrie Lam announced in March that she had accepted a judicial commission’s recommendation to appoint UK Supreme Court President Baroness Hale and former Canadian Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin as non-permanent judges in the Court of Final Appeal.

    Top court judge appointments require the approval of the legislature to be finalized. 60 lawmakers voted in favor of the motion, zero voted against, and only one legislator, Junius Ho, abstained. The two judges are progressive and open-minded on LGBT issues, especially concerning same-sex marriage.

    Hong Kong: Foreign LGBT Spouses Can Now Obtain Dependent Visas

    Hong Kong, 31 May 2018 – Per recent court ruling, LGBT spouses of Hong Kong residents can now obtain dependent visas; but this could change, as the ruling is being appealed. Further to a decision by the Court of Appeal in Hong Kong that authorities should not have denied a visa to a British national seeking dependent status on the basis of a same-sex partnership, foreign national same-sex spouses of Hong Kong residents can now obtain visas equivalent of dependent visas.

    It is likely that those applying for a visa based on a same-sex relationship would need to provide a marriage certificate as part of the application process, although on a discretionary basis the immigration authorities are considering applications to those in a civil partnership with a Hong Kong resident, if sufficient evidence is provided that the relationship is genuine. The Court of Appeal ruling has been appealed to the Supreme Court in Hong Kong (the Court of Final Appeal).

  • 12. VIRick  |  June 1, 2018 at 2:29 pm

    Hong Kong: Court Of Appeal Overturns Ruling Granting Spousal Benefits to Husband of Gay Civil Servant

    Per LGBT Marriage News:

    A three-judge panel of the Court of Appeal has overturned a lower court’s decision granting spousal benefits to the husband of a gay Hong Kong civil servant. Court of Appeal Chief Judge Andrew Cheung said Friday, 1 June 2018, that Hong Kong’s de facto constitution favors heterosexual marriage and therefore it is not discriminatory for gay people to be excluded from marrying.

    The decision came more than a year after the High Court (the court of first instance) ruled that a Hong Kong civil servant can enjoy civil service welfare benefits for his husband. The applicant, Angus Leung, is an immigration officer who married his husband in New Zealand in 2014.

    Cheung stated that the law in Hong Kong “is and has always been understood” to mean that Article 37 of the Basic Law “constitutionally guarantees the right to heterosexual, but not, same-sex marriage. Article 37 of the Basic Law stipulates: “The freedom of marriage of Hong Kong residents and their right to raise a family freely shall be protected by law.” Although the Basic Law guarantees equality before the law, the judge said there is a “fundamental, constitutional backing” to saying that protecting the “traditional” concept and institution of marriage is a legitimate aim. He said the applicant “has to accept” the position of the Basic Law until it is changed by an amendment to the mini-constitution or by a definitive court interpretation.

    Judge Jeremy Poon said in agreement that the court must bear in mind the local context, namely, the Basic Law and the “prevailing socio-moral views of society” which considers heterosexual marriage the “only acceptable form of marriage.”

    In his judicial review application, Leung also challenged the Inland Revenue Department’s refusal to allow him to jointly assess his taxes with his husband. The Court of Appeal upheld the lower court’s decision to rule in favor of the tax department. The Civil Service Bureau welcomed Friday’s judgment.

    In light of the Court of Appeal’s decision, it may be necessary to directly challenge the constitutionality of the Marriage Ordinance, which defines marriage as between a man and a woman. Leung said he and his spouse will discuss the judgment with their lawyers before deciding the next step.

  • 13. VIRick  |  May 31, 2018 at 5:24 pm

    Yucatán: Legislative Bills on Gender Identity/Marriage Equality

    Per Cindy Santos R., Diputada LXI Legislatura de Yucatán:

    Esta mañana, 31 de mayo 2018, y a nombre del Grupo Parlamentario de Nueva Alianza presenté la iniciativa de ley que reforma la Ley del Registro Civil y crea un trámite administrativo que permita el cambio de género en las actas de nacimiento. De igual forma, los Diputados Turquesa reafirmamos nuestro compromiso de continuar impulsando y exigiendo que esta iniciativa y la iniciativa presentada por David Barrera Z. sobre matrimonio igualitario se turnen a comisiones para su discusión y aprobación.

    This morning, 31 May 2018, in the name of the Nueva Alianza Parliamentary Group, I presented the bill to reform the Civil Registry Law and create an administrative process which permits the change of gender on birth certificates. Likewise, Turquesa Members (Nueva Alianza) reaffirm our commitment to continue promoting and demanding that this initiative and the initiative presented by David Barrera Z. on marriage equality be turned over to committees for discussion and approval.

  • 14. allan120102  |  May 31, 2018 at 6:09 pm

    To the dismay of Homophobes, Ecuador constitutional Court has apply in it's recent ruling the binding opinión of the Ich. That means that the ban on Ecuador Will fall. Many were hoping the Court will have ignore or make it sound as not binding but the Court Say yes to the advisory opinion.

  • 15. VIRick  |  May 31, 2018 at 8:05 pm

    Ecuador: Constitutional Court Has Accepted CIDH Ruling on Marriage Equality/Gender Identity

    Per Diana Maldonado:‏

    Por eso mismo, la Corte Constitucional del Ecuador que ya acogió la Opinión Consultiva 24/17 de la CIDH y fallará a favor del matrimonio igualitario porque el Artículo (67) como tal segrega y discrimina, contradiciendo al Artículo 11.2.

    She is referring to the present Article 67 of the Ecuadorean Constitution which reads:

    El matrimonio es la unión entre hombre y mujer, se fundara en el libre consentimiento d las personas contrayentes y en la igualdad de sus derechos, obligaciones.

    For that reason, the Constitutional Court of Ecuador has already accepted the Opinión Consultiva 24/17 of the IACHR and will rule in favor of marriage equality because Article (67) as such segregates and discriminates, contradicting Article 11.2.

    She is referring to the present Article 67 of the Ecuadorean Constitution which reads:

    Marriage is the union between a man and a woman, based on the free consent of the contracting parties and the equality of their rights, obligations.

    Because of Article 67, the only way we will win marriage equality in Ecuador is through the Constitutional Court striking down that offending clause. And following the 29 May 2018 ruling in the Bicknell-Rothon case, that court now appears ready to do exactly that.

    So of all the Latin countries, while Chile, Costa Rica, Panamá, Venezuela and others bide their time, this may well mean that Ecuador's court will be the first to fully apply the binding CIDH ruling, and is certainly the first, as a court, to have stated/accepted that the CIDH ruling is indeed binding.

    Silvia Buendía, one of the foremost rights activists in Guayaquil, is crying with joy at this very moment, while twitter has come alive with excitement over the prospect. The case of the two mothers is case #1692-12-EP.

    EDIT to up-date: Check immediately below, as Sala IV of Chile's Supreme Court just followed suit, only two days later, and applied the same binding CIDH ruling in a gender identity case, making it quite clear that the same CIDH ruling is equally binding upon Chile.

    Second EDIT to up-date: On the same date, so did Sala IV of Costa Rica's Supreme Court, in a separate decision explaining why they have not yet ruled on the same-sex marriage cases (but cautiously stated that they may be close to doing so). Again, see immediately below.

  • 16. VIRick  |  May 31, 2018 at 10:20 pm

    Australia: Same-Sex Marriage Tally

    Since the inception of legalization 6 months ago, in all of Australia, there have been 2490 marriages between same-sex couples, broken down as follows:

    853 New South Wales
    674 Victoria
    374 Queensland
    292 Western Australia
    162 South Australia
    66 Tasmania
    48 ACT
    21 Northern Territory

    Of course, these numbers do not account for the hundreds of Australian same-sex couples who married abroad (primarily in New Zealand, or under British law at the several British Consulates located in Australia) prior to legalization in Australia, but whose marriages are now legally-recognized as valid by the Australian state.

  • 17. VIRick  |  May 31, 2018 at 10:40 pm

    Chile: Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Self-Declared Gender Identity

    (Indicating that the Chilean Supreme Court has also accepted, as binding, the CIDH ruling on marriage equality/gender identity, quite clearly stating it as such in today's ruling)

    Per LGBT Marriage News:

    Today, 31 May 2018, in a landmark ruling, the Supreme Court of Chile affirms that trans persons can change name/legal gender without undergoing surgery.

    Corte Suprema permite cambio de nombre y sexo registral de persona transgénero sin intervención quirúrgica. Hoy, el 31 de mayo 2018, la Corte Suprema acogió un recurso de casación y determinó el cambio de nombre y sexo registral de una persona transgénero sin requerir intervención quirúrgica de ningún tipo.

    En fallo dividido, la Cuarta Sala del máximo tribunal, integrada por los ministros Haroldo Brito, Ricardo Blanco, Andrea Muñoz, y los abogados Leonor Etcheberry y Rodrigo Correa, revocó la sentencia de la Corte de Apelaciones de Santiago que rechazó el cambio. Según indica el documento, la sentencia de la Corte Suprema establece que si bien nuestra legislación no regula el cambio de sexo registral para personas transgénero, los principios internacionales en materia de derechos humanos facultan a los jueces a realizar el cambio, y por tanto, los jueces chilenos también están facultados en esta materia.

    De acuerdo a la Corte Suprema, esta decisión se adoptó con el voto en contra del ministro Blanco.

    Supreme Court allows change of name and registered sex of transgender persons without surgical intervention. Today, 31 May 2018, the Supreme Court accepted an appeal of cassation and determined the change of name and registered sex of a transgender person does not require surgical intervention of any kind.

    In a split decision, the Fourth Chamber of the highest court, composed of justices Haroldo Brito, Ricardo Blanco, Andrea Muñoz, and lawyers Leonor Etcheberry and Rodrigo Correa, reversed the ruling of the Court of Appeals of Santiago, which had rejected the change. According to the document, the ruling of the Supreme Court establishes that although our legislation does not regulate the change of registered sex for transgender persons, international human rights principles empower judges to make the change, and therefore, the Chilean judges are also empowered in this matter (citing the CIDH ruling).

    According to the Supreme Court, this decision was adopted with one vote against by justice Blanco.

    Here's the "Washington Blade" report on the Chilean Supreme Court transgender rights ruling:

  • 18. VIRick  |  June 1, 2018 at 3:40 pm

    Perú: Hate Crime against LGBT Community Remembered

    Per Alberto de Belaunde, Congresista independiente del Perú:

    Hoy hace 29 años, el 31 de mayo 1989, el MRTA cometió el crímen de odio más grande ocurrido en nuestro país contra la comunidad LGBT: 8 personas asesinadas en San Martín como parte de su idea de “limpiar la sociedad.” No lo olvidamos.

    Today, 29 years ago, on 31 May 1989, the MRTA committed the biggest hate crime to occur in our country against the LGBT community: 8 people murdered in San Martín as part of their idea of "cleansing society." We do not forget it.

  • 19. VIRick  |  June 1, 2018 at 3:49 pm

    Cuba: El Presidente "Gay Friendly"

    Per Tremenda Nota‏ de Cuba:

    Aunque el presidente, Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez, no se ha manifestado nunca públicamente acerca de la aprobación del matrimonio igualitario en Cuba, ha participado en las galas contra la Homofobia y la Transfobia en el Teatro Karl Marx.

    Although the president, Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez, has never spoken publicly about the approval of marriage equality in Cuba, he participated in the galas against Homophobia and Transphobia at the Karl Marx Theater.

    Here's the "Washington Blade" translation of the fairly extended article giving detailed information on the background of Cuba's new president, El Presidente "Gay Friendly:"

  • 20. VIRick  |  June 1, 2018 at 6:39 pm

    June Is Pride Month

    I realize that for the second year running, the Assh-Ole-in-Charge in the USA failed to sign the declaration proclaiming June as Pride Month. However, many other nations, large and small, cheerfully took the opportunity to show that they are better than that. For example, to start off the month:


    La embajada de Costa Rica en Guatemala colocó la bandera de la diversidad en su edificio.

    The Costa Rican embassy in Guatemala flew the rainbow banner of diversity on its building.

    This year, many Latin nations, including El Salvador and Paraguay, are holding their big Pride Parades at the conclusion of Pride Month on Saturday, 30 June, although Guatemala has selected 23 June.

  • 21. VIRick  |  June 1, 2018 at 8:08 pm

    Costa Rica: Sala IV Justifies Four Years' Delay in Resolving Action on Gay Unions/Admits to Being Subject to the CIDH Ruling

    Costa Rica: Sala IV Justifica Atraso de Más de Cuatro Años en Resolver Acción sobre Uniones Gay/Admite Estar Sujeto a la Opinión de CIDH

    Este jueves, 31de mayo 2018, la Sala IV rechazó por el fondo un recurso de amparo planteado en su contra por la tardanza en resolver dos acciones relacionadas con el matrimonio gay y la unión de hecho entre parejas de mismo sexo.

    Con respecto a las uniones de hecho, los jueces admiten que el tema no ha sido resuelto pese a tener 4 años y 6 meses. No obstante, consideran que no se ha violentado la justicia, pronta y cumplida, debido a que se tramitaron inhibitorias y audiencias, y en dos ocasiones no se logró discutir el asunto porque no se contaba con todos los magistrados titulares. Adicionalmente, sobre las uniones de hecho la Sala IV citó una sentencia previa, en la que indica que el tema es tan complejo que ni siquiera la Asamblea Legislativa ha logrado subsanar la ausencia de una ley que regule esta materia.

    Sobre el matrimonio gay, la Sala reconoció que el tema acumula 2 años y 8 meses, y está en una etapa en que ya podría darse un pronunciamiento de fondo. Sin embargo, alega que se acumularon dos acciones más sobre el tema, se resolvieron inhibitorias, y se intentó discutir en dos ocasiones, sin resultados positivos.

    El recurso contra la Corte Suprema de Justicia fue interpuesto por el especialista en Derechos Humanos, Giovanny Delgado, quien reprochó la justificación de la Sala IV.

    En la resolución del recurso, la Sala también plantea que debe extender su análisis sobre la opinión consultiva de la CIDH, que indica que el país debe permitir el matrimonio igualitario, y señala que el tema en cuestión es "indudablemente controvertido y en muchos aspectos toca fibras sensibles del entramado social."

    This Thursday, 31 May 2018, Sala IV rejected the appeal of a writ of amparo filed against them for the delay in resolving two actions related to gay marriage and de facto union between same-sex couples.

    With regard to de facto unions, the judges admit that the issue has not been resolved despite 4 years and 6 months having transpired. However, they consider that justice has not been violated, promptly and in full, due to the fact that proceedings were taken and hearings were held, and on two occasions it was not possible to discuss the matter because not all of the incumbent magistrates were available. Additionally, on the de facto unions, Sala IV cited a previous ruling, in which it indicates that the issue is so complex that not even the Legislative Assembly has managed to correct the absence of a law that regulates this matter.

    On gay marriage, the Chamber acknowledged that the issue has remained with them for 2 years and 8 months, and is at a stage when a substantive pronouncement could already be made. However, it alleges that two more actions were added onto the subject, inhibitory resolutions were resolved, and attempts were made to discuss them twice, without positive results.

    The appeal against the Supreme Court of Justice was lodged by the human rights specialist, Giovanny Delgado, who criticized the justification of Sala IV.

    In the resolution of the appeal, the Chamber also proposes that it should extend its analysis to the advisory opinion of the IACHR, which indicates that the country should allow marriage equality, and points out that the issue in question is "undoubtedly controversial and in many aspects touches sensitive fibers of the social fabric."

  • 22. VIRick  |  June 2, 2018 at 12:45 pm

    Bermuda Same-Sex Marriage Repeal Law Takes Effect

    A law that rescinds marriage rights for same-sex couples in Bermuda took effect on Friday, 1 June 2018. The Bermuda Parliament late last year approved the Domestic Partnership Act, which allows same-sex couples to enter into domestic partnerships, as opposed to marrying. Governor John Rankin signed the measure in February 2018.

  • 23. VIRick  |  June 3, 2018 at 2:52 pm

    Grandson of Ex-Chief Rabbi of Israel, who Called Gays "Evil," to Marry Boyfriend

    The grandson of a former Chief Rabbi, who had said “homosexuals are completely evil,” is to marry his long-term boyfriend in a ceremony next week. Ovadia Cohen, whose grandfather was Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, the former spiritual leader of the Shas political party and the Sephardic Chief Rabbi of Israel, will wed his partner, Amichai Landsman, reports the Tel Aviv-based newspaper, "Yedioth Ahronoth." ´╗┐The couple have been together for three years. Rabbi Ovadia Yosef passed away in 2013, aged 93.

    Cohen had previously been married to a woman, having two children with her before they divorced. He then came out as gay, and met Landsman, who was raised in a religious-Zionist community in Haifa. According to "Yedioth Ahronoth," the pair moved in together before telling their families about their relationship. Landsman, the paper reports, was accepted “relatively well,” but Cohen’s family “found it much harder to accept his homosexuality.”

    Note: This article never quite states the location where this marriage is to take place. However, it will not be held in Israel, despite the fact that both grew up in Israel and have strong ties to that country. Instead, since "Pink News" is a British-based publication, it would appear that the marriage will be occurring there in the UK. Later, the couple's British civil marriage can then be registered in Israel.

  • 24. ianbirmingham  |  June 3, 2018 at 7:52 pm

    Ivanka lied: Donald Trump is the most anti-LGBT president in history

  • 25. Elihu_Bystander  |  June 3, 2018 at 9:22 pm

    Thank you Ian for that link. That was very informative, but no real surprises.

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