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The U.S. Supreme Court. Attribution: Jeff Kubina
The U.S. Supreme Court. Attribution: Jeff Kubina
The Supreme Court today issued an order granting several cases, but the Justices still haven’t taken any action in LGBT-related cases. The Court is considering whether to grant three cases related to LGBT employment discrimination and a few more on the military’s ban on servicemembers who are transgender.

The cases will presumably be relisted for the January 18 conference, but could be denied in an order on Monday.

>b>UPDATE Monday, January 14: The order list released today still didn’t list any of these cases so they’ll presumably be taken up again at the January 18 conference.


  • 1. allan120102  |  January 11, 2019 at 8:29 pm

    Good news from Lithuania

  • 2. VIRick  |  January 11, 2019 at 9:04 pm

    Lithuania: Constitutional Court Orders Recognition of Same-Sex Spouses

    On Friday, 11 January 2019, Lithuania's top court ruled that the Baltic EU state must grant residence permits to foreign spouses of gay citizens even though same-sex unions are not recognized by law in Lithuania. In a landmark ruling for gay rights, the Constitutional Court ruled that the routine denial of residency permits for the spouses of gay citizens who had married abroad was discriminatory and a breach of human dignity. "The refusal to issue permits cannot be based only on gender identity or sexual orientation," it said.

    The Migration Department of Lithuania said it would change the practice and start issuing residency permits for same-sex spouses.

  • 3. ianbirmingham  |  January 12, 2019 at 3:02 am

    Japan: 8.9% identify as LGBTI (up from 7.6% in 2015 and 5.1% in 2012); 50% of those are closeted at work; 80% of those support SSM

  • 4. VIRick  |  January 12, 2019 at 9:02 pm

    Guerrero: Morena Continues to Push for Marriage Equality

    Per Morena Diversex Guerrero‏:

    En Guerrero, el matrimonio igualitario está a punto de ser una realidad. Ya que los diputados del Congreso de Guerrero regresen de su receso, vamos a darle el seguimiento adecuado.

    In Guerrero, marriage equality is about to become a reality. Now that the deputies to the Congress of Guerrero have returned from their recess, we will give it adequate follow-up.

  • 5. VIRick  |  January 13, 2019 at 12:35 pm

    Indiana: Suicide of Gay Inmate Spurs Federal Lawsuit

    A rural northeastern Indiana county faces a federal wrongful death lawsuit, alleging that a gay inmate killed himself in its jail after being denied mental health treatment and enduring harassment over his sexuality, the AP reports, citing reporting from the "Kendallville News-Sun." Markus Middleton’s partner is suing Noble County’s sheriff, the jail commander, and the jail staff.

    The "Kendallville News-Sun" reports the federal lawsuit alleges that Middleton was 23 when he hanged himself in October 2017, after spending 23 days in the jail following his arrest on misdemeanor false informing and resisting law enforcement charges.

    The suit contends the Albion IN man was “continuously mocked, harassed, threatened, and denied mental health treatment” even though jail officials were told Middleton suffered from bipolar disorder and serious depression.

  • 6. VIRick  |  January 13, 2019 at 1:13 pm

    Colombia: Barranquilla LGBT Carnaval Has Begun

    Per Caribe Afirmativo:

    Arranca oficialmente Carnaval LGBT de Barranquilla 2019. Porque la cambamberia es diversa, celebremos este carnaval como una apuesta caribe por la igualdad.

    The LGBT Carnival in Barranquilla 2019 has officially begun. Because this adventurous activity is diverse, let's celebrate this carnival as a Caribbean move/push for equality.

    Note: This colorful annual LGBT festival, with full support and sponsorship by the Municipality of Barranquilla, is otherwise known as "Carnagay."

    Further note: "Cambamba" is a Colombian/Panamanian colloquialism for "aventura" (adventure), often with a strong hint of danger to it.

  • 7. VIRick  |  January 13, 2019 at 3:37 pm

    Mexico: A New Film in Náhuatl

    Per Larisa Ortiz:

    En agosto, se estrena “Café," película hablada en Náhuatl que fue premiada en el Festival Latinoamericano de Biarritz, Francia.

    In August, "Café," a film spoken in Náhuatl that gained an award at the Latin American Festival in Biarritz, France, is to be released.

    Note: Náhuatl, the modern-day language descended from the Aztecs, is the most widely-spoken indigenous language in Mexico. Still, it is most unusual to find a film in which that language is utilized exclusively.

  • 8. VIRick  |  January 13, 2019 at 4:34 pm

    Marriage Equality in Perú: the Constitutional Court Holds the Key

    Matrimonio Igualitario en el Perú: el Tribunal Constitucional Tiene la Palabra

    El Tribunal Constitucional debe decidir este mes si el matrimonio de Oscar Ugarteche y Fidel Aroche, realizado en México, puede ser inscrito en el RENIEC o no, y sobre el fondo, si se está violando el Artículo 2 de la Constitución. Con esta decisión, sentaría un precedente importante que abriría o cerraría completamente el reconocimiento de derechos de parejas del mismo sexo en el Perú por varios años.

    The Constitutional Court must decide this month if the marriage of Oscar Ugarteche and Fidel Aroche, performed in Mexico, can or can not be registered with RENIEC, and on the merits, if Article 2 of the Constitution is being violated. With this decision, they would set an important precedent that would either open or completely close the recognition of the rights of same-sex couples in Perú for any number of years.

    At the moment, according to this extremely lengthly and detailed article, the potential vote is 3/3, with Eloy Espinosa-Saldaña Barrera, Marianella Ledesma Narváez, and Carlos Ramos Nuñez in favor, while José Luis Sardón de Taboada, Augusto Ferrero Costa, and the president of the TC, Ernesto Blume Fortini, are against. The key is the undecided swing vote, Manuel Miranda Canales (who, in the past, has voted in favor of transgender rights).

  • 9. arturo547  |  January 13, 2019 at 8:45 pm

    Rick, let me add more info:

    A journalist asked the president of the TC about the Ugarteche case and he said that they will discuss it this week, therefore the ruling will be published by February or in the first week of March at the latest. Like in all judicial cases, the judges first vote and after a couple of weeks, they publish the decision. In the case of the Costa Rica Supreme Court they broke a record as they made us wait four months after the vote. Let’s hope the Peruvian TC doesn’t do the same. But anyway, I hope that the “sources close to the Tribunal” let us know about the vote the very day it happens.

    Source: Latina Noticias

  • 10. allan120102  |  January 13, 2019 at 9:02 pm

    Thanks a lot Arturo, you have been a huge help.

  • 11. VIRick  |  January 14, 2019 at 11:20 am

    " In the case of the Costa Rica Supreme Court, they broke a record as they made us wait four months after the vote."

    That is because the Costa Rican Supreme Court's decision went on for over 500 pages! Apparently, after their announcement, it took them that length of time to write it up and to then finalize their ruling, with much of it being an extended summary of all the many events which had led up to the point of their ruling.

    Let's hope that the Peruvian TC can be a bit more succinct (although, they too will want to begin at the beginning, and lay down all the details of the case, plus all the precedent, including the CIDH ruling, the very pertinent and definitive Mexican ruling, the Colombian ruling, the Chilean CIDH accord, the ruling in Brasil, and now, that of the Costa Rican Supreme Court, all of which have led them to reach the decision at hand). Actually, courts can rarely be succinct.

    I remember that the Colombian Constitutional Court did a precedent-setting summary of every marriage equality ruling from every other Supreme Court decision worldwide (up to that point in history). And their ruling came prior to the CIDH ruling, a major factor which the Peruvian TC will want to emphasize.

  • 12. VIRick  |  January 14, 2019 at 12:43 pm

    Ohio: New GOP Governor Signs Executive Order against Anti-LGBT Discrimination

    On Monday, 14 January 2019, during his first day in office, newly sworn-in Ohio Governor Mike DeWine, a Republican, signed an executive order barring anti-LGBT discrimination in state employment. The directive, Executive Order 2019-05D, is one of six executive orders DeWine signed upon taking office and bars discrimination based on numerous characteristics, including race, color, religion, gender, national origin, military status, disability, age, and genetic information.

    Ohio is one of 31 states that still lack an explicit statewide law barring discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. Today's order essentially renews the executive order former Ohio Governor John Kasich, another Republican, signed last month before leaving office, barring discrimination in state employment on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. Former Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder, another Republican, also signed an executive order against anti-LGBT discrimination in state employment before leaving office.

  • 13. allan120102  |  January 14, 2019 at 3:25 pm

    Tabasco will legalize ssm in the upcoming months even if it cost some seats in the legislature.

  • 14. Fortguy  |  January 14, 2019 at 8:56 pm

    It looks like the Chechen LGBT community is now facing a second round of detentions and persecution.

    The Moscow Times: Reports Surface of Fresh Anti-Gay Purge in Chechnya

    Apparently, the new Chechen crackdown has already resulted in two deaths.

    Andrew Roth, The Guardian: Chechnya: two dead and dozens held in LGBT purge, say activists

  • 15. ianbirmingham  |  January 14, 2019 at 9:27 pm

    Despite A Local Anti-Discrimination Ordinance, A Christian Homeless Shelter in Anchorage, Alaska Rejects A Transgender Woman Requesting HelpThe "Alliance Defending Freedom" (infamous for its Masterpiece Cakeshop case) is representing the bigots in federal court

  • 16. Fortguy  |  January 14, 2019 at 10:42 pm

    I wish the underlying hate were so easy to get rid of.

    Daily Mail (from Agence France Presse): Mosul demolishes iconic building used by IS for 'gay' killings

  • 17. VIRick  |  January 15, 2019 at 1:58 pm

    New York State Bans "Conversion Therapy;" Passes Transgender Protections

    Per LGBT Marriage News:

    Today, 15 January 2019, the New York State legislature passed bills banning anti-trans discrimination by a vote of 100-40 and 42-19, respectively, in the State Assembly and the State Senate, as well as banning anti-LGBT "conversion therapy," which passed 57-4 in the Senate and 134-3 in the Assembly. Both measures are expected to be signed into law by the Governor soon, thus making New York the 15th US State with a ban on "conversion therapy" for minors.

    The New York Legislature Passes the Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act and a Ban on "Conversion Therapy"

    HRC celebrated the historic passage of the Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act (GENDA) in New York State, as well as legislation protecting LGBTQ youth in the state from the dangerous and debunked practice of so-called “conversion therapy.” GENDA would solidify existing law by explicitly adding gender identity and expression to the New York Human Rights Law. During the last 16 years, the bill had passed the New York Assembly 11 times, but today marks the first time it passed both chambers. Both bills will now head to Governor Andrew Cuomo’s desk to be signed.

  • 18. arturo547  |  January 15, 2019 at 1:59 pm

    Chile: Activists will try to get marriage equality through the judicial system again.

    A same-sex couple has been denied a marriage licence from the civil registry, so they will file a challenge before the Appeals Court, and if they rule against them, they will go to the Supreme Court, which has previously ruled that marriage is a human right.


  • 19. allan120102  |  January 15, 2019 at 2:57 pm

    yes, I am not sure now which method will be faster, because the same sex marriage bill will probably advance from the committee in March probably go to the full senate, but I still think the judicial way may be faster even though it needs to pass the court of appeals first. For the transgender bill it took 5 years to finally be approve and that counting with Bachelet help, the marriage bill doesnt even have Piñera´s help to advance faster.

  • 20. VIRick  |  January 15, 2019 at 6:30 pm

    Chile: New Marriage Equality Lawsuit Filed

    Una pareja homosexual presentará recurso de protección (amparo) por rechazo del Registro Civil de conceder hora para matrimonio. Por segunda vez, Gonzalo Velásquez y Ramón Gómez, con 19 años de relación, acudieron a las oficinas del Registro Civil a pedir una hora para casarse que, sin embargo, fue negada debido a que tal unión es ilegal en la legislación chilena. Debido a este respuesta, la pareja presentará un recurso de protección (amparo) con el patrocinio del Movilh.

    Argumentaron su solicitud en base al fallo de la Corte Suprema en noviembre pasado, en el que se ordenó al Registro Civil celebrar el matrimonio de un chileno con una ciudadana extranjera en situación irregular (el caso en el que el matrimonio fue considerado como un derecho humano), y presentaron un pronunciamiento de la Corte Interamericana de Derechos Humanos (CIDH) “donde se señala que el matrimonio igualitario está garantizado en la Convención Americana de Derechos Humanos, un instrumento ratificado por Chile,” afirmó Gómez.

    La pareja explicó que su principal razón para contraer matrimonio es que buscan adoptar y “queremos que nuestro hijo o hija tenga los mismos derechos que otros; y no que sea tratado como un niño o niña de segunda categoría al impedirse jurídicamente el reconocimiento de su verdad, esto es, que tendrá dos padres.“

    A same-sex couple will file an appeal for protection (amparo) given their rejection by the Civil Registry to grant time for marriage. For the second time, Gonzalo Velásquez and Ramón Gómez, together in a 19-year relationship, went to the offices of the Civil Registry to request an hour to get married, which, however, was denied because such a union is illegal under Chilean law. Due to this response, the couple will file an appeal for protection (amparo) under the sponsorship of Movilh.

    They argued that their request was based on the ruling by the Supreme Court in November 2018, in which the Civil Registry was ordered to celebrate the marriage of a Chilean with a foreign citizen in an irregular situation (the case in which marriage was deemed to be a human right), and also presented a pronouncement from the Inter-American Court of Human Rights (CIDH) "where it is pointed out that marriage equality is guaranteed in the American Convention on Human Rights, an instrument ratified by Chile," said Gómez.

    The couple explained that their main reason for marriage is that they seek adoption and "we want our son or daughter to have the same rights as others, and not be treated as a second-rate child by the legal prevention of the recognition of their truth, that is, that they will have two parents."

    Note: "En situación irregular" = a polite way of saying "a person in the country illegally, without the proper documentation"

  • 21. VIRick  |  January 15, 2019 at 2:16 pm

    Florida: 2019 Bill to Abolish Old (Unconstitutional) Marriage Law

    Legislation filed at the state Capitol for the 2019 session would repeal a state law, which limited marriage to opposite-sex couples. House Bill 6009 and Senate Bill 254 would strike the unenforceable law – limiting marriage to a union of one man and one woman – from the books. Senator Gary Farmer, a Democrat from Ft. Lauderdale, is a co-sponsor.

    “It is our hope that in repealing this antiquated law, we give recognition to the power of love and the right that every person has, regardless of their sexual orientation, to express that love,” said Farmer. Notably, all four of the lawmakers sponsoring the measures are straight. Same-sex couples have had the right to marry in Florida since 2015, and multiple subsequent court rulings since have confirmed that right.

    Meanwhile, equality advocates are criticizing new Governor Ron DeSantis for failing to address LGBT rights in a new non-discrimination order for state employees and contractors. Sexual orientation and gender identity are not listed.

    Note: It may also be significant to point out that this is an article from "Gay Grassroots, Northwest Florida."

  • 22. allan120102  |  January 15, 2019 at 3:01 pm

    With De santis the approval of this bill is almost zero to not say zero, he will not allow it to pass even if it miraculously pass the senate which I really doubt.

  • 23. ianbirmingham  |  January 17, 2019 at 3:48 pm

    At medical marijuana presser, @NewsGuyGreg asked Florida @GovRonDeSantis whether he would include LGBTQ protections in his anti-discrimination order for state employees+contractors. DeSantis pretty much deflected. Said his policy was to hire on merit

  • 24. guitaristbl  |  January 15, 2019 at 3:50 pm

    Even if it passes there is still the defunct constitutional amendment which would need to be repealed as well.

  • 25. Fortguy  |  January 15, 2019 at 6:16 pm

    In Texas, it's amazing what a difference and election makes! Although the GOP still controls all state executive and judicial offices and both legislative chambers, Dems won a substantial pickup of seats in the Legislature and terrified many more legislators who carried their districts by only razor-thin margins especially in suburban areas. As a result, nobody is discussing culture war issues this session, and nobody, not even Lite Guv "Potty" Patrick, is bringing forth any seriously offensive anti-LGBT measures this time around such as "bathroom bills" or "religious freedom bills".

    Furthermore, the new House speaker, Rep. Dennis Bonnen (R-Angleton), looks to continue the bipartisan, no-B.S. leadership style of his retired predecessor, Joe Straus–in contrast to Patrick's Senate which can be reasonably predicted to become a manure warehouse as usual. Bonnen has already made it very clear that his top priority will be school finance reform, an issue that promises to put him in conflict with Patrick with enough drama to suck the life out of any trivial issues during the 140-day session.

    Numerous pro-LGBT bills have been filed by LGBT legislators and their straight allies, but none are expected to pass the GOP-ruled chambers much less be signed by Gov. Greg Abbott. Nevertheless, the following article has a rundown of the pro-LGBT legislation filed so far.

    Sam Sanchez, Out In SA: Texas Democrats Line Up Pro-LGBT Bills as State Legislature Opening Day Arrives

  • 26. VIRick  |  January 15, 2019 at 4:23 pm

    Kansas: New Governor Signs Executive Order against Anti-LGBT Discrimination

    On Tuesday, 15 January 2019, her first day in office, Kansas Governor Laura Kelly became the latest new governor to sign an executive order barring anti-LGBT discrimination. Kelly signed the directive, Executive Order No. 19-02, shortly after being sworn into office in Topeka. The order bars discrimination in state employment, services, and contracts based on numerous characteristics, including sexual orientation and gender identity.

    The order provides LGBT people in Kansas the only statewide protections against discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity. Kansas is among 31 states without an explicit law on the books barring anti-LGBT discrimination.

    Kelly’s order against anti-LGBT discrimination was expected. After her victory over Republican gubernatorial candidate Kris Kobach, she signaled during her transition period that she would issue the directive. Additionally, Kelly said she would look for ways to thwart a new Kansas “religious freedom” adoption law, one which allows adoption agencies to deny child placement into LGBT homes for "religious" reasons.

    The order restores and expands an executive order signed in 2007 by former Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius, another Democrat. That order prohibited anti-LGBT discrimination in state employment, but said nothing about services and contracts.

    In 2015, eight years later, former Kansas Governor Sam Brownback issued another order rescinding the Sebelius directive. Kelly’s order not only reverses Brownback and restores Sebelius’ prohibition on anti-LGBT discrimination in Kansas government employment, but it expands the earlier protections to state government services and contracts.

  • 27. VIRick  |  January 15, 2019 at 5:10 pm

    Ireland: Government Approves Bill to Allow Lesbian Parents to Both Be Listed on Birth Certificates

    The Republic of Ireland is set to allow all lesbian parents to be listed on their children’s birth certificates. The country’s government has approved a bill which will enable both mothers—rather than just the person who gave birth to the child—to be registered as a parent on official documentation, "The Irish Examiner" has reported.
    The Civil Registration Bill 2019 will allow all lesbian couples who have had donor-assisted babies to register or re-register as their children’s parents, provided the bill finishes passing through parliament. Other parents will also be able to choose to be a “parent” on birth certificates, rather than “father” or “mother,” if they so choose.

  • 28. VIRick  |  January 15, 2019 at 5:20 pm

    Germany: Member of Bavarian Parliament Comes Out as Trans, Makes History

    On Monday, 14 January 2019, German MP Tessa Ganserer returned to the Bavarian parliament and held her first press conference since coming out as transgender. This makes her the first out trans lawmaker to hold office in Germany. AFP reports that Ganserer won election as a member of the Green Party three months ago.

    Ganserer revealed earlier this month on social media that she was transitioning. “I'm a woman with every fiber of my body,” she wrote on Facebook in German. “And now Mrs. Member.”

    On Twitter, she wrote in German: “Life as Markus Ganserer was not bad. But I am Tessa Ganserer and I will finally live like this.” The Monday press conference marked the first public appearance for Ganserer since expressing her gender identity.

    It will still take time before Germany officially recognizes Ganserer’s gender identity. That requires a change on one's birth certificate and two medical professionals to confirm an individual is transgender. But Ilise Aigner, president of the regional parliament, said the legislative body will immediately respect Ganserer’s gender identity.

  • 29. VIRick  |  January 15, 2019 at 8:45 pm

    Mexico: Zapopan, Jalisco, Wants You to Marry There

    Per Diversidad Zapopan:

    En Zapopan el matrimonio igualitario es legal. Acércate a la oficina del registro civil más cercana a tu domicilio y solicita informes. Cásate en Zapopan.

    In Zapopan, marriage equality is legal. Go to the civil registry office closest to your home and request information. Get married in Zapopan.

    Zapopan, with over 1 million people, is the second most-populous city in Jalisco state, directly abutting Guadalajara on its western flank, and contains almost as much population.

    La XXIII marcha de la diversidad (Guadalajara Pride) ya tiene fecha de 1 de junio 2019.

    The 23rd march for diversity (Guadalajara Pride) will be held on 1 June 2019.

  • 30. allan120102  |  January 15, 2019 at 10:18 pm

    Yucatan could legalize ssm in this ordinary session, it would be one of the first points to touch and I hope they do it because its the only state remaining in the peninsula who hasnt done it.

  • 31. VIRick  |  January 16, 2019 at 10:18 am

    Virginia: Two LGBT Non-Discrimination Bills Pass Senate Committee

    On Monday, 14 January 2019, the Virginia Senate General Laws Committee approved legislation designed to protect LGBT Virginians from discrimination in housing and public employment. The legislation went through with bipartisan support, with a 13-1 vote on housing and an 11-3 vote on public employment.

    “Seeing the housing bill come out yesterday with the support of everyone except [Sen. Dick Black] shows good momentum that people on both sides of the aisle understand that these protections are necessary,” Equality Virginia Executive Director James Parrish said.

    Passing these non-discrimination bills in both the state Senate and the Virginia House of Delegates is one of Equality Virginia’s top priorities in 2019. For the past three years, the bills have made it out of the Senate with support from both Republicans and Democrats. However, Republican leaders in the House of Delegates have blocked the bills from receiving a vote on the floor.

  • 32. VIRick  |  January 18, 2019 at 12:04 pm

    Virginia: State Senate Passes Two LGBT Non-Discrimination Bills

    On Friday, 18 January 2019, the Virginia Senate passed two pieces of legislation that would ban discrimination in housing and public employment on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.

    Both bills passed with bipartisan support. Senate Bill 1109, which would protect LGBT Virginians from discrimination in housing, passed 33-7. Senate Bill 998, which would protect LGBT Virginians from discrimination in public employment, went through with a 28-12 vote.

  • 33. VIRick  |  January 16, 2019 at 1:28 pm

    South Dakota: First State in 2019 to Attack LGBT Youth in Continuing Culture War

    On Monday, 14 January 2019, state lawmakers introduced legislation to the South Dakota Senate that would disallow transgender youth from participating in school sports with teammates of their appropriate gender. The bill would require that a student’s sex be determined by their birth certificate or by a South Dakota High School Activities Association physical exam form.

    Republican Sen. Jim Bolin, the bill's sponsor, told the Sioux Falls "City Argus Leader" it’s “all about fair competition.” The bill would declare the 2015 inclusive policy void. Comparable bills to void the policy failed in the 2015 and 2016 sessions, in the latter instance, only after former Governor Dennis Daugaard finally vetoed it after the legislation drew loud negative national headlines.

    Executive Director of the South Dakota High School Activities Association, Dan Swartos, says the group is reviewing the measure and will defend its current policy. The ACLU stated that passage of SB 49 would make South Dakota “the first and only state in which the state legislature intervened to override a policy put in place by the association that knows high school activities the best.”

  • 34. VIRick  |  January 16, 2019 at 10:55 pm

    The Americas and Marriage Equality

    Per Fundación Iguales:

    La mayor parte de las personas en América viven en países con matrimonio igualitario. Chile debe reconocer este derecho para las parejas del mismo sexo.

    The vast majority of people in the Americas live in countries with marriage equality. Chile must recognize this right for same-sex couples.

    That is, 789 million people, or 78.6% of the grand total in the Western Hemisphere, live in Canada, Argentina, Uruguay, Brasil, United States, Colombia, and Mexico.

  • 35. scream4ever  |  January 17, 2019 at 12:01 am

    Although not all of Mexico has full marriage equality, but it's basically de facto legal nationwide.

  • 36. VIRick  |  January 17, 2019 at 11:54 am

    Plus all the Overseas Departments of France in the Western Hemisphere, which are: Guyane Français, Martinique, Guadeloupe and all of its dependencies (Marie Galante, Iles des Saintes, La Désirade, St-Martin, and St-Barthélemy), plus St-Pierre et Miquelon, as well as 3 miniscule Dutch oddments, Saba, Sint Eustatius, and Bonaire, and the two US territories, Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands,– and likely, Bermuda.

  • 37. scream4ever  |  January 17, 2019 at 2:50 pm

    Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands have SSM through the Obergefell ruling.

  • 38. VIRick  |  January 17, 2019 at 4:54 pm

    True enough, but you know where I live. I could not pass up the opportunity to give it a special mention, especially after encountering this joyous bundle of hate:

    On Thursday, 17 January 2019, a Republican congressman yelled at Democratic Rep. Tony Cárdenas to “go back to Puerto Rico” across the aisle on the House floor.

    Steny Hoyer, the second-highest ranking Democrat in the House of Representatives, took to the floor later in the day to admonish the Republican. Politico first reported that Republican Rep. Jason Smith of Missouri was responsible for the comment.

    Cárdenas, a California lawmaker who is the chair of the campaign arm of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, was born in Los Angeles and is the son of immigrants from Mexico.

    Jason Thomas Smith, 38, is the representative from Missouri's 8th District, comprising 30 counties in southeastern and south central Missouri. He was born in Salem, Dent County, Missouri, a town with less than 5,000 people in the heart of the Ozarks. It has 178 homes for sale and 66 resident registered sex offenders.

  • 39. FredDorner  |  January 17, 2019 at 9:23 pm

    Wait a minute…..didn't the GOP just hold an exorcism to expel all their racist moron demons? Apparently it didn't work since the demon is the GOP itself.

  • 40. ianbirmingham  |  January 19, 2019 at 9:06 am

    GOP State Lawmaker Screams ‘N****r,’ Brandishes Bare Butt On ‘Who Is America?'

  • 41. VIRick  |  January 19, 2019 at 10:32 am

    Ian, it would be extremely difficult to "top" that, even with it openly brandishing.

  • 42. VIRick  |  January 16, 2019 at 11:12 pm

    Argentina: Another First Same-Sex Marriage in Small Town Patagonia

    Gaimán, una ciudad en la provincia de Chubut, tendrá su primer matrimonio igualitario. Antonella y Julia se casarán este jueves, 17 de enero 2019, en Gaimán y, así, se convertirán en protagonistas del primer matrimonio igualitario de la localidad.

    Gaimán, a city in the province of Chubut, will have its first equal marriage. Antonella and Julia will marry this Thursday, 17 January 2019, in Gaimán and, thus, will become participants to the first equal marriage in the town.

    Gaimán was settled in the 19th century by Welsh protestants, in the only area of the world, outside Wales, where Welsh-speakers have maintained their language.

  • 43. VIRick  |  January 17, 2019 at 1:49 pm

    Angola: First Entirely Angolan Penal Code to Be Voted upon in Parliament on 23 January

    Angola: Primeiro Código Penal Inteiramente Angolano Votado no Parlamento a 23 de Janeiro

    Per LGBT Marriage News:

    O primeiro Código Penal inteiramente angolano vai a votação final no Parlamento, em Luanda, a 23 de janeiro 2019, proposta que considerou hoje o MPLA, partido no poder, respeita a identidade nacional.

    Falando hoje no final da conferência de líderes parlamentares, o primeiro secretário de mesa do parlamento angolano, Raul Lima, informou que esta é uma das 19 propostas que constam da ordem de trabalhos desta reunião, que será a primeira plenária de 2019.

    De acordo com o presidente do grupo parlamentar do Movimento Popular de Libertação de Angola (MPLA), partido no poder, Américo Kuononoca, o novo Código Penal é nacional e não tem mais pressupostos da época colonial portuguesa, como o que vigorava desde 1886.

    The first entirely Angolan Criminal Code will be put to a final vote in Parliament in Luanda on 23 January 2019, a proposal now considered by the MPLA, the ruling party, to respect the national identity.

    Speaking today at the end of the conference of parliamentary leaders, the first secretary of the Angolan parliament, Raul Lima, said that this is one of 19 proposals on the agenda for this meeting, which will be the first plenary session of 2019.

    According to the president of the parliamentary group of the Popular Movement for the Liberation of Angola (MPLA), the ruling party, Américo Kuononoca, the new Penal Code is national and has no more assumptions from the Portuguese colonial era, like what has been in force since 1886.

    (And, by the way, quite quietly, but by deliberate omission, the new Penal Code decriminalizes same-sex sexual relations by simply dropping that portion inherited from the Portuguese-era penal code. But we do not talk about that fact out loud, such that the quoted article never even mentions this point. Instead, taking its cues from the prevailing political sentiment, it strongly emphasizes nationalism and the national character of the new code.)

  • 44. VIRick  |  January 17, 2019 at 2:14 pm

    Yokohama, Japan: First Lawsuit to Be Filed Challenging Same-Sex Marriage Ban

    Per LGBT Marriage News:

    An international same-sex couple applied for a marriage certificate at the municipal government office in Yokohama on 16 January 2019. After their application was denied, the Japanese-German couple will now plan to file a damage suit against the national government.

    Ai Nakajima, 40, a company employee who lives in Yokohama, and Kristina Baumann, 32, of Germany, who attends a vocational school, were married in Germany in September 2018, following the registration of their partnership in Berlin in 2016. In Germany, same-sex couples were allowed to marry beginning from 2017.

    The couple submitted their marriage certificate, which was issued in Germany, at the Yokohama city office counter. Their documents are in the possession of the city and will be reviewed. But the couple is unlikely to be recognized as a married pair under the law.

    Nakajima and Baumann believe that the prohibition of same-sex marriages violates the nation's Constitution. They are expected to file a lawsuit against the central government in mid-February, along with more than 10 other same-sex couples.

    If Nakajima and Baumann want to be listed as a married couple in the Japanese ancestral register, they need to report their marriage to a city office or consular office (as was done). However, marriage notifications of same-sex couples cannot be accepted, as it is assumed in the Civil Law that the married pair are of the opposite sex. Baumann resides in Japan on a student visa and, as a result, is in a precarious position without a spousal visa.

    Lawsuits are also expected to be filed at four other district courts in Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya, and Sapporo. The plaintiffs argue that same-sex couples are prohibited from getting married, which violates constitutional stipulations, such as equality under the law, and infringes on freedom of marriage.….

  • 45. VIRick  |  January 17, 2019 at 3:08 pm

    Québec Sued for Discriminating against Trans Individuals

    Québec Poursuivi pour Discrimination envers les Personnes Trans

    Per LGBT Marriage News and Samuel Singer:

    Le procès intenté par le Centre de Lutte contre l’Oppression des Genres contre le Gouvernement du Québec commencera le 7 janvier 2019, soit quatre ans après le dépôt de la poursuite visant à faire invalider des articles injustes du Code Civil envers les personnes trans et non-binaires.

    Des parents qui ne peuvent pas modifier la filiation "père" ou "mère," des non-citoyens qui ne peuvent pas changer leur nom et la mention de leur sexe dans des documents officiels , et des jeunes qui ont besoin de l’approbation parentale pour modifier leur identité. Voilà le genre de cas qui a poussé l’organisme à entamer des procédures judiciaires, en Cour Supérieure contre le Gouvernement du Québec, en 2014. Il souhaite invalider pas moins de 11 articles du Code Civil du Québec.

    The hearing of the case filed by the Center for Combating Gender Oppression against the Government of Québec will begin on 7 January 2019, being four years after the filing of the lawsuit seeking to invalidate unfair articles of the Civil Code against trans and non-binary individuals.

    From parents who can not modify the filiation "father" or "mother," non-citizens who can not change their name nor their sex on official documents, to young people who need parental approval to modify their identity. These are the kinds of instances that prompted the organization to start legal proceedings in the Superior Court against the Government of Québec in 2014. It wishes to invalidate no less than 11 articles of the Civil Code of Québec.

    Note: Following a 4-year delay to the hearing of this case, the quoted article then has the unabashed audacity to utilize the French idiom, "Voilà." Voilà, indeed!

  • 46. VIRick  |  January 17, 2019 at 4:36 pm

    North Carolina: Lambda Legal Files Federal Suit against SSA for Widower Seeking Spousal Survivor Benefits

    Per Equality Case Files:

    Today, 17 January 2019, Lambda Legal filed a motion on behalf of a 75-year-old gay man arguing that the Social Security Administration’s denial of spousal survivor’s benefits to him, on the grounds that he was not married for long enough (they impose a 9-month minimum), despite discriminatory marriage laws that prevented him from marrying earlier, is unconstitutional.

    Even though the bans have been struck down and same-sex couples today are able to marry nationwide, the harms endure. Fred Colosimo and his husband, Harvey Lucas, in a committed 43-year relationship, traveled from North Carolina to New Jersey in November 2013 to be married, just two weeks after that state’s ban had been struck down, because North Carolina would not let them marry. Sadly, Harvey died in June 2014, seven months later.

    This federal lawsuit is the fourth Lambda Legal has joined against Social Security in the past five months, including lawsuits filed in Washington State, Arizona, and New Mexico.

    The North Carolina case, "Colosimo v. Berryhill," is here:

    The Motion for Summary Judgment is here:

    The Washington State case, "Thornton v. Berryhill," is here:

    Its First Amended Complaint, filed on 12 November 2018, is here:
    The original complaint was filed in September.

    The Arizona case, "Ely v. Berryhill," is here:

    Its Complaint, filed on 20 November 2018, is here:

    The New Mexico case, "Gonzales v. Berryhill," is here:

    Plaintiff's Motion to Reverse Agency Decision, filed 13 December 2018, is here:

  • 47. VIRick  |  January 17, 2019 at 9:11 pm

    El Salvador: One Marriage Equality Case Rejected by Supreme Court

    Per Erick Iván Ortiz:

    Hoy, 17 de enero 2019, la Sala Constitucional de la Corte Suprema de El Salvador declaró improcedente una de las múltiples demandas que se han interpuesto por la igualdad matrimonial en el país. La Sala aclara que en este caso la improcedencia se debe a elementos de forma de la demanda y no del fondo de lo planteado.

    Today, 17 January 2019, the Constitutional Chamber of the Supreme Court of El Salvador declared inadmissible one of the multiple demands that have been filed for marriage equality in the country. The Chamber clarifies that in this case the inadmissibility is due to elements of the form of the claim and not from the merits of the proposal.

    Per Rex Wockner:

    The Constitutional Chamber of El Salvador's Supreme Court of Justice has tossed one of several marriage-equality lawsuits (this one alleged a legislative omission), saying it failed to show how the constitution required legislators to include same-sex couples in the marriage law.

    Per Corte Suprema de El Salvador:

    (Comunicado) Sala de lo Constitucional declaró improcedente demanda contra el Artículo 11 del Código de Familia, que regula el matrimonio entre hombre y mujer
    (Inconstitucionalidad 18-2018).

    (Statement) Constitutional Chamber declared inadmissible claim against Article 11 of the Family Code, which regulates marriage between a man and a woman
    (Unconstitutionality 18-2018).

  • 48. VIRick  |  January 18, 2019 at 11:52 am

    ECHR Rules in Favor of a Macedonian Trans Man on Legal Gender Recognition

    Per ILGA-Europe:

    Today, 17 January 2019, in a new judgment, the ECHR decided in favor of a Macedonian trans man applicant and found there to be a violation of the right to respect for private and family life due to the absence of a legislative framework for legal gender recognition.

    Although the applicant X had gender reassignment surgeries abroad, the Ministry of Justice in Macedonia rejected his applications to alter the gender marker in the birth register. Macedonia only allows for a name change procedure for their trans citizens. Legal gender recognition is not possible due to the absence of a legislative framework and an effective remedy.

    “This judgment represents another signal from the Court that States should review their procedures on legal gender recognition with a view to simplifying them and removing abusive requirements in line with international standards,” commented Constantin Cojocariu, a co-representative of the applicant. The applicant’s other co-representative Natasa Boskova also added, “Considering the ongoing process of drafting an amendment to the Civil Registry Law regarding the legal gender recognition process, we hope this judgment will accelerate the process of the new law in Macedonia."

  • 49. VIRick  |  January 18, 2019 at 12:14 pm

    Trevor Project Sends Gay Bunny Books to Karen Pence’s Anti-LGBT School

    The Trevor Project welcomed Karen Pence to her new position as art teacher at the Immaculate Christian School in Springfield VA, a so-called "christian" school which explicitly bans LGBT students, teachers, staff, and parents, by donating 100 copies of “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver Presents A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo.”

    The book is a spoof of Pence’s own book “Marlon Bundo’s A Day in the Life of the Vice President,” which she co-created with her daughter Charlotte. The story follows the Pences’ bunny Marlon around the White House.

    John Oliver’s parody book “A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo,” written by Jill Twiss and illustrated by EG Keller, features Marlon as a gay bunny who falls in love and gets married to another male bunny, Wesley.

    Note: The divorced Karen Pence, now the wife of the Vice-President, is currently working on her second marriage.

  • 50. VIRick  |  January 18, 2019 at 12:50 pm

    Bangladesh: First Transgender Member of Parliament Likely

    Bangladesh may be set to get its first transgender MP, following the national elections last year. The ruling Awami League (AL) is considering a transgender candidate for one of Parliament’s 50 seats reserved for women, according to local media. Eight transgender women have filed their nominations with the party, the "The Dhaka Tribune" reported.

    From my understanding, Bangladesh/West Bengal in India is "ground zero" for the very traditional concept of "hijra" (transgender women) within the entire Indian sub-continent, as that word, "hijra," from the Bengali language, has been borrowed and adapted by everyone else.

    Although same-sex marriage remains a distant dream in Bangladesh, I see it as the next Asian nation to formally extend transgender rights, similar to India, Nepal, and Pakistan.

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