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Open thread 10/31


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  • 1. Mechatron12  |  October 31, 2018 at 6:52 pm

    Bummer. Vote on marriage equality postponed. I guess they only allow one day at a time for sessions in the Czech parliament, and some other issue dominated the debate. Better late than never, I suppose (or rather I HOPE).

  • 2. VIRick  |  November 2, 2018 at 6:14 pm

    Czech Republic: Marriage Equality Debate Postponed

    Per Czeslaw Walek:

    Marriage equality was not discussed in the Czech Parliament on 31 October as originally planned, as the MPs were too busy discussing previous items on their agenda. The debate has now been rescheduled for 14 November 2018.

  • 3. VIRick  |  October 31, 2018 at 8:28 pm

    No More Reporting on Central American Migrant Caravan

    As a matter of discretionary self-censorship, I have chosen to stop reporting on the progress and movements of the Central American migrant caravans because some of the information and detail appears as if it is being re-cycled by trolls (on other sites and in other locations) for their own nefarious, scare-mongering purposes right before the mid-term elections in the USA, while His Orangeness is screaming about it like a little scared girl on Halloween. Thus, a news black-out on the group's whereabouts seems in order.

  • 4. allan120102  |  November 1, 2018 at 1:48 am

    Lgbt in groups in Queretaro are contacting all municipalities to see if they convince them to issue ss licenses without an amparo require like in queretaro city.

  • 5. allan120102  |  November 1, 2018 at 3:22 pm

    Romania to make another push to legalise ss partnerships or civil unions.

  • 6. VIRick  |  November 1, 2018 at 5:19 pm

    Romania: New Draft Bill Again Submitted for Same-Sex Civil Unions

    Per LGBT Marriage News:

    Romania is set to debate legalizing same-sex civil unions after all, just weeks after a failed referendum tried to bury the idea of gay marriage. Petre Florin Manole, an MP for the ruling PSD party, said he and 42 other colleagues submitted draft legislation on Wednesday, 31 October 2018.

    If approved, the law would legalize civil partnerships for both heterosexual and same-sex couples, but would stop short of allowing the latter group to adopt children.

    Vlad Viski, president of the Romanian LGBTI organisation MozaiQ, said his group supports the legislation. “Romania is about to take over the presidency of the Council of the EU, so legalizing civil partnerships before May 2019 would send a strong signal that Romania is to remain on its strong commitment to European values,” he told Euronews.

  • 7. VIRick  |  November 1, 2018 at 3:27 pm

    Mexico: Foreign Affairs Ministry Must Recognize Same-Sex Marriages Abroad

    Per LGBT Marriage News:

    On 19 October 2018, a federal Mexican court ruled that the federal government must grant a marriage license to a same-sex couple living in the United States. The couple, both Mexican citizens, applied for a marriage license in May 2018 at the Mexican Consulate in New York City, where they live. Couples living abroad must request a marriage license from their consulate. This straightforward administrative procedure takes less than a week for most different-sex couples. But the consulate turned away the same-sex couple in New York on the grounds that the 1928 Mexican Federal Civil Code does not recognize same-sex marriage.

    The 19 October ruling, from the Second District Civil Court, found that the denial was based on a discriminatory interpretation of a civil code article setting the minimum age for “a man” and “a woman” to marry. But the Supreme Court has established that under Article 1 of the Mexican Constitution, authorities should interpret the law in a way that “is most protective of human rights.”

    The ruling rightly rejected the Foreign Affairs Ministry’s argument that the New York couple suffered “no true harm” as they could “go to Mexico City to get married there.” But nearly 12 million Mexican citizens live abroad. It is unreasonable and discriminatory to expect same-sex couples to travel thousands of miles to accomplish what different-sex couples can do in a matter of hours. A 2015 Supreme Court of Justice ruling found that constitutional principles of equality and nondiscrimination require all states in Mexico to recognize same-sex marriage, though only 12 states, plus Mexico City, do so without an additional court order (amparo).

    The Foreign Affairs Ministry, the Attorney-General’s Office, and/or the Federal Congress have two weeks to challenge this ruling. (The window for appealing terminates at the close of business tomorrow, 2 November 2018.)

    Note: With this federal court ruling, it would appear that all Mexican consulates worldwide, regardless of the legal status of same-sex marriage within the host country, will be obligated, under Mexican law, to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, and to register the marriages of same-sex couples, as long as at least one member of the party is a Mexican citizen. This ought to bring Mexico up to the same standard as the UK, the only other nation of which I am aware whose domestic law on this subject has been exported to cover UK consulates worldwide. We need many more nations in which same-sex marriage is already legal to follow the example of the UK, and now, Mexico.

  • 8. VIRick  |  November 1, 2018 at 3:35 pm

    Bermuda: Court of Appeal to Hear Government's Challenge of Equal Marriage Ruling on 7 November

    Per LGBT Marriage News:

    The hearing on the appeal of the same-sex marriage court ruling is set to begin on the morning of 7 November 2018,, with the Court of Appeal schedule listing the case as "Attorney-General v Roderick Ferguson, et al."

    Same-sex marriage was initially legalized in Bermuda following a Supreme Court decision in May 2017. However, the Domestic Partnership Act passed in Bermuda’s legislature later that year, creating domestic partnerships for same-sex couples and restricting marriage as between a man and woman. A challenge to this Domestic Partnership Act was then brought, and the Court, on 6 June 2018, ruled in favor of the challengers, with the judgment stating that the provisions of the Domestic Partnership Act that serve to revoke same-sex marriage rights are invalid.

    That was the second court ruling in favor of same-sex marriage, meaning same-sex marriage has been legal in Bermuda, then restricted, then had a court ruling to make it legal again, with this second court ruling now being appealed.

    Note: Under British law, the higher this case is appealed, the greater the number of jurisdictions it will take down with it when the verdict against the ban is finally rendered. So, for starters, at the appeals level, that means not just Bermuda, but also Cayman Islands, Turks/Caicos Islands, British Virgin Islands, Anguilla, and Montserrat.

  • 9. VIRick  |  November 1, 2018 at 9:41 pm

    Argentina: LGBT History Some 40 Years Later

    Per la Federación Argentina LGBT‏:

    Nuestro homenaje a quienes en 1967 crearon Nuestro Mundo, la primera organización argentina LGBT de toda la región, e iniciaron un camino por dar la batalla cultural que nos permitiera, 40 años después, conquistar derechos con las leyes de la igualdad.

    Our tribute to those who in 1967 created Nuestro Mundo, the first Argentine LGBT organization in the entire region, and initiated a journey to give the cultural battle that would allow us, 40 years later, to conquer rights with the laws of equality.

  • 10. ianbirmingham  |  November 4, 2018 at 3:36 pm

    For Iraq the first LGBT organization is here:

    On Facebook:

    On Twitter:

    I highly recommend perusing Rasan's artistry here:

  • 11. theperchybird  |  November 1, 2018 at 10:17 pm

    I went back to the Faroese Parliament's site recently and it turns out the first reading on the gender change bill never happened in October, now the new date is the 6th of this month. A lot of media attention has been turned to the trans community recently, such as a woman getting an hour long interview dedicated to her life as a trans woman.

  • 12. theperchybird  |  November 1, 2018 at 10:19 pm

    The first reading on the Czech marriage bill which was supposed to happen yesterday was postponed after the other topics of the day took up all the time. Next possible date is November 13th or 14th.

  • 13. theperchybird  |  November 1, 2018 at 10:23 pm

    Mexico: San Luis Potosí's head of the state's Justice Committee promises that the new same-sex marriage bill will not be held up in the committee stage this time. He says in less than 6 months it could be voted on. Let's hope it doesn't flop again.

    6 months is a lot, but the previous bill was stuck in the "freezer" for even more months on end before ultimately being voted down in the committee phase:

  • 14. VIRick  |  November 1, 2018 at 11:20 pm

    Hidalgo: Priority Given to Reform of Family Law in State Congress

    According to the ex-Panista deputy, Roxana Montealegre Salvador, now a member of MORENA in the current Hidalgo state congress, all 17 MORENA deputies (of the 30 deputies total) will vote in favor of same-sex marriage, as per the proposal submitted to said congress on 9 October 2018 by the deputy Areli Miranda Ayala.

    Roxana is a savvy political survivor who obviously knew when it was time to switch sides, having successfully leaped from the right-wing anti-LGBT PAN to the left-wing pro-LGBT MORENA in the most-recent elections.

  • 15. VIRick  |  November 3, 2018 at 4:36 pm

    Myanmar: Section 377 Anti-Gay Sodomy Law Still Alive and Weaponized

    Despite the fact that the Supreme Court of India recently, and quite definitively, threw out Section 377 as unconstitutional, that decision only applied to those areas of the former British Raj which are currently within the present-day boundaries of India (minus Kashmir). However, the British Raj once encompassed all of India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Myanmar (then called Burma), with later extensions to also include Malaysia, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Maldives, Mauritius, and Kenya, among others, including places in and around the Persian Gulf.

    At this very moment, Myanmar is prosecuting a gay activist with HIV under this very same Section 377, as per the details which can be found in this extended article from the "Washington Blade:"

    Court challenges against Section 377 are currently under way in both Kenya and Singapore, with both relying on the precedent already set in India.

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