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  • 1. VIRick  |  June 25, 2019 at 1:30 pm

    Baja California Sur: Marriage Equality Bill Moving Forward

    Per LGBT Marriage News:

    The Governor of Baja California Sur, Carlos Mendoza Davis, says that he will respect the legislature's decision on the marriage equality bill, and that his own personal opinion bears no relevancy to the matter. The bill is to be given its first reading in congress today, 25 June 2019.

    BCS: Marriage Equality Bill Has First Reading

    Success! Today, 25 June 2019, the first reading of the marriage equality bill in the full BCS congress has been successfully accomplished. Alberto Rentería Santana, the Morena state leader, stated that Morena will be respectful of the decisions taken by the (Morena) legislators of Baja California Sur; however, they must be in compliance with the principles of the party, and not with religion.….

    The final vote should take place tomorrow, Thursday, 27 June 2017.

    The BCS congress is composed of 21 deputies. At the very minimum, we have the required 11 votes for passage, as follows:

    09 Morena
    01 PRD
    01 PT
    01 Local (Humanista)

    These 4 are against (walked out at yesterday's reading):

    01 PAN
    02 PES
    01 Local (PRS Partido de Renovación Sudcaliforniana)

    These 5 are uncertain/unknown (but did not walk out):
    01 PRI
    01 Verde
    03 Sin partido (No party)

  • 2. VIRick  |  June 25, 2019 at 1:36 pm

    Tabasco: Marriage Equality Bill Moving Forward

    The President of Jucopo of the Tabasco state congress, Beatriz Milland Pérez, Morena, says that legislators are working on an equal marriage bill, and that there is a willingness to work together among the 4 parliamentary caucuses.

    La iniciativa fue presentada el 03 de julio 2015 por la ex diputada del PRD, Ana Bertha Vidal Fócil, en base a una sentencia de la Suprema Corte de Justicia de la Nación (SCJN) que considera inconstitucionales los códigos civiles donde el matrimonio sólo es la unión hombre-mujer para procrear. La iniciativa contempla reformas a los Artículos 116 fracción I, 154, y 399, fracciones I y II, del Código Civil del Estado de Tabasco, para legalizar el matrimonio entre personas del mismo sexo.

    The initiative was presented on 3 July 2015 by the former PRD deputy, Ana Bertha Vidal Fócil, based on a ruling by the Supreme Court of Justice (SCJN) that considers unconstitutional civil codes where marriage is only a man-woman union to procreate. The initiative includes reforms to Articles 116, section I, 154, and 399, sections I and II, of the Civil Code of the State of Tabasco, in order to legalize same-sex marriage.

    Jucopo = Junta de Coordinación Política

    As a bonus, this article from "El Heraldo de Tabasco" provides us with an up-to-date, accurate list (except that the authorization in Oaxaca has now been extended statewide) of all the states/localities in Mexico currently with marriage equality:

    Actualmente se permiten estos matrimonios en los estados de Aguascalientes, Baja California, Campeche, Chiapas, Chihuahua, Ciudad de México, Coahuila, Colima, Hidalgo, Jalisco, Michoacán, Morelos, Nayarit, Nuevo León, Puebla, Quintana Roo, San Luis Potosí, en cuatro municipios de Guerrero, dos municipios de Oaxaca, ocho municipios de Querétaro, y tres municipios de Zacatecas.

    Morena holds an absolute majority of seats in the 35-member Tabasco state congress, while the state governor is PRD. These 27 members should all be in favor:

    21 Morena
    05 PRD
    01 MC

    These could be undecided or opposed:
    05 PRI
    03 Verde

    Note: There are 0 PAN members in the state congress, the only state, so far, to totally reject that party, as Tabasco swung way to the left in the recent elections. After all, AMLO is originally from Tabasco.

  • 3. VIRick  |  June 25, 2019 at 2:04 pm

    Zacatecas: "Pro-Life" Nut-Jobs Storm State Congress to Block Marriage Equality

    Per LGBT Marriage News:

    On 25 June 2019, after anti-LGBT protesters stormed the state congress building, the Zacatecas Congress has agreed to postpone today's marriage equality vote until the end of October, so that more "consultations" can be held.

    From the headline, "¡No pasó nada!" (Nothing passed!), we can assume that there are enough votes in the Zacatecas congress to pass the measure, as long as they're not being interfered with by lunatic nut-jobs running loose through the congress.

    The main problem in Zacatecas is not these noisy "pro-life, pro family" nut-jobs, nor the ignorant local Catholic bishop encouraging and egging them on, but rather, the PRI governor who is opposed to the measure. In the meantime, 3 municipalities within the state continue to marry same-sex couples.

    Meanwhile, in what could also prove to be quite counter-productive for the perpetrators, someone painted insults on the house of Dip. Perla Guadalupe Martínez Delgado, PRI, the president of the Comisión de Puntos Constitucionales of the Zacatecas congress. She is the responsible party in charge of the marriage equality draft bill, and is in favor of it. With PRI on our side (for once), we will win in Zacatecas. She is also a personal friend of Raymundo Moreno, the president of Zacatecas, AC, the LGBT rights group in that state.

  • 4. VIRick  |  June 25, 2019 at 4:50 pm

    Iceland Passes New, Up-Dated Gender Identity Law

    The Icelandic Parliament has unanimously voted to pass a major new gender identity law, one which expands the rights of transgender people and legally recognizes non-binary people. The legislation was introduced to the Icelandic Parliament by the Prime Minister’s office, and was unanimously approved by the parliament on 18 June 2019 with 45 votes in favor, none opposed, and three abstentions.

    This new law means that transgender people in Iceland will no longer have to go through an invasive and lengthy medical process to change their legally recognized gender and to access trans-specific healthcare. It also means that non-binary people will have the ability to change their legal gender at the national registry to the new third-gender option of "X."

    However, protections for intersex children that were originally part of the proposal have been dropped. The intersex protections were supposed to forbid the practice of performing medically unnecessary surgery on children born with intersex traits. Instead, the law says that a new special committee will have 12 months to research a new law specifically for intersex children and adults.

  • 5. VIRick  |  June 25, 2019 at 5:49 pm

    France: Draft Law to Include All Women in State-Funded Fertility Treatment

    France plans to adopt a bill allowing all women access to state-funded fertility treatments like IVF, including those who are single or in a same-sex relationship. French Prime Minister Édouard Philippe told parliament on 12 June 2019 that a bill to change laws around medically-assisted procreation (PMA) could be drafted by July and debated in parliament in September. He said: “In accordance with the commitments of the President of the Republic, this bill on bioethics law authorises all women to have access to assisted reproductive technologies."

    Current French law allows fertility treatments like IVF, donor gametes, or artificial insemination only for heterosexual couples who are married or who have been living together for at least two years.

  • 6. VIRick  |  June 25, 2019 at 6:01 pm

    Oklahoma Supreme Court: Non-Biological Same-Sex Parent Has Parity with Biological Parent

    Per Equality Case Files:

    On Tuesday, 25 June 2019, in "Schnedler v. Platt," the Oklahoma Supreme Court issued a landmark ruling establishing when the non-biological parent formerly in a same-sex relationship can seek custody, visitation, and support of a child:

    "Consistent with the best interests of children in similar scenarios, we hold that non-biological same-sex parents may attain complete parity with biological parents," the court said in its 8-1 ruling."

    Per the court ruling:
    "A same-sex couple conceived a child through artificial insemination and co-parented together as a family for eight years. The couple separated, and after the biological mother refused visitation with their minor child, the non-biological parent petitioned for shared legal custody and physical visitation under the doctrine of in loco parentis. The biological mother objected, asserting that the couple's genetic donor, who had never sought any determination of his own parental rights, was a necessary party to the proceedings. Agreeing that the donor's consent was a necessary requirement, the trial court dismissed the non-biological mother's petition for lack of standing. The non-biological mother appealed, and the Court of Civil Appeals affirmed the trial court's dismissal for lack of standing. We granted certiorari to clarify the legal rights of non-biological co-parents in same-sex relationships, and we now reverse."

    The Opinion is available here:

  • 7. ianbirmingham  |  June 25, 2019 at 8:32 pm

    In this case, the sperm donor ("Kevin") was a friend of the biological mother at the time of conception; he is also seeking parental rights:

    ¶8 In December 2015, [non-biological mother] Lori filed a petition in Tulsa County District Court for an adjudication of [daughter] J.L.'s custody, visitation, and child support on in loco parentis grounds. [Biological mother] Heather objected and sought to join Kevin, the biological father and genetic donor, as a necessary party to the proceedings. Additionally, both Heather and Kevin brought crossclaims in the action, requesting the trial court's determination that Kevin was J.L.'s "biological and natural father" and therefore entitled to full parental rights of custody, visitation, and support.

    ¶9 Before this litigation began, Kevin was not demonstrably involved in J.L.'s life. Since the start of these legal proceedings, however, J.L. has been staying with Kevin for overnight visits, and she has met Kevin's wife and children. She refers to him as "Kevin," although the recently increased frequency of their interactions has led to her calling him "dad" on occasion. Kevin testified that this surge in interaction between himself and J.L. came about because Lori's custody action "forced [his] hand" in entering J.L.'s life earlier than he expected, though he had always hoped to do so at some unspecified future time.

    With this ruling, the child is determined to have three (3) likely parents, and the case is sent back to the trial court for what will almost certainly be a determination of the appropriate allocations of custody, visitation & child support among these three parents.

    There have been prior 3-parent custody cases in the US and Canada over the past 20-ish years, but this is the first such case in Oklahoma (AFAIK). This case therefore nicely illustrates the ongoing evolution of family law as it grows to accomodate new understandings of family formation. And given the steady growth of polyamory, many more of these multi-parent custody cases are certainly to be expected.

  • 8. VIRick  |  June 25, 2019 at 6:39 pm

    Ecuador: La Corte Constitucional Just Republished Both Marriage Equality Rulings

    Today, 25 June 2019, about an hour ago, the Corte Constitucional del Ecuador just republished both of its marriage equality rulings.

    All 84 pages of CASO No. 11-18-CN (matrimonio igualitario) are here:

    All 51 pages of CASO No.10-18-CN (matrimonio entre personas del mismo sexo) are here:

    Still, said rulings only become official once they have been published in the Registro Official (Gaceta Constitucional). Then, after that, same-sex marriages in Ecuador will begin.

  • 9. VIRick  |  June 26, 2019 at 9:49 am

    Equal Marriage Now Available at All Mexican Consulates Worldwide

    Per Consulado General de México en Atlanta:

    ¿Sabes que desde mayo puedes realizar tu matrimonio igualitario en tu Consulado de Mexico en Atlanta y otros consulados de México en todo el mundo? No esperes más!

    Do you know that since May you can perform your equal marriage at your Consulate of Mexico in Atlanta and other Mexican consulates around the world? No more waiting!

  • 10. VIRick  |  June 26, 2019 at 10:04 am

    USA: 4th Anniversary of "Obergefell" Decision

    Per Evan Wolfson:

    Today, 26 June 2019, marks the 4th anniversary of winning the freedom to marry nationwide here in the USA. And now, there are 27 countries worldwide where same-sex couples can share in the love and commitment of marriage…with more on the way.

    Per Rex Wockner‏:

    (Lest we forget), 4 years ago today, the final 15 US states, plus 3 territories, got marriage equality. When SCOTUS ruled, 12 states and 4 territories lacked marriage equality, while KS and MO only had it in certain counties, and in AL, marriage equality had been suspended. Still, 1 territory (American Samoa) and a certain number of the 567 Indian tribes still lack marriage equality.

  • 11. VIRick  |  June 26, 2019 at 3:34 pm

    Namibia: High Court to Hear Marriage Equality Cases Next Week

    Per LGBT Marriage News:

    On Wednesday, 3 July 2019, the full bench of judges of the High Court of Namibia is to hear the equal marriage cases, including that of a Namibian-South African couple who were married in South Africa and are now seeking recognition in Namibia. High Court judge president Petrus Damaseb has directed that a full bench of three judges should be designated to hear all pending cases in which same-sex marriages are an issue, according to an order issued in one of those cases in the Windhoek High Court yesterday, 25 June 2019.

    As a result of the judge president's plan to have the matters heard simultaneously, a case in a which a Namibian-born lawyer, Anita Grobler, and her South African spouse, Susan Jacobs, are suing the government in an attempt to have their marriage recognized in Namibia and to obtain residence rights in Namibia for Jacobs, was yesterday postponed to Wednesday next week, 3 July 2019.

    Jacobs and Grobler are suing the government, the minister of home affairs and immigration, Namibia's immigration authorities, the attorney-general, and the ombudsman in what could turn out to be a groundbreaking case on the status of same-sex marriages in Namibia. They are asking the High Court to declare that the government and the other respondents in the case recognize their marriage, that Jacobs is Grobler's spouse, that they are a family as envisaged in the Constitution's article protecting the right to marry and found a family, and that they are domiciled in Namibia.

    In a separate earlier article, the First Lady of Namibia, Monica Geingos, says that Namibia will likely follow Botswana and remove its anti-gay legislation, including its anti-sodomy law, the only law on the books which discriminates against men.

    Note: The Jacobs and Grobler case, cited above, is newer, and does not involve Namibia's anti-sodomy law, which only applies to men. However, an older, still-pending separate suit, filed by a married Namibian-South African male same-sex couple does.

  • 12. VIRick  |  June 26, 2019 at 4:53 pm

    Here is the most-recent information that I have on that earlier, still-pending suit, also seeking same-sex marriage recognition in Namibia, as well as adoption rights:

    Namibia: Court Grants Same-Sex Spouse Residency Pending Marriage Recognition

    In early January 2018, a South African man won a court petition to allow him to enter Namibia to be with his husband and son. Namibia, which shares a border with South Africa, does not recognize same-sex marriage. Sexual relations between men is also outlawed.

    But Johann Potgieter, a Namibian citizen, filed an urgent application against the government in a Namibian court in December 2017, alongside his South African husband, Daniel Digashu. The pair wanted the right to live together in Namibia.

    When Digashu's temporary work permit expired in early January, he faced having to leave Namibia. But the High Court of Namibia has ruled that Digashu would not be stopped from entering the country on a visitor's visa while the court reviewed their case. This government recognition of their relationship will help Digashu enter the country as often as he likes without needing to apply for a permit every time.

    The men's petition also called for the court to recognize their marriage, and to recognize that they are the adopted parents of an eight-year-old boy. The adoption process of the boy, whose mother died in 2014, is happening in South Africa.

  • 13. VIRick  |  June 26, 2019 at 6:25 pm

    Veracruz: Marriage Equality Bill Moves Forward, Passes Committee

    Este jueves, el 27 de junio 2019, o en una sesión ordinaria posterior del Congreso del Estado, ya puede someter a votación del pleno una serie de reformas al Código Civil, entre ellas para permitir el matrimonio igualitario. La diputada local y presidenta de la comisión de Justicia y Puntos Constitucionales, Mónica Robles Barajas (Verde), confirmó que se dictaminó en sentido positivo hacer los cambios al Código.

    Este miércoles, la Junta de Coordinación Política definirá el listado de los puntos a tratar en "la orden del día" de este 27 de junio, en la que se podría incluir dicho dictamen.

    “Con las firmas de mis compañeras diputadas Rosalinda Galindo (Morena) y Érika Ayala (PRI), entregamos el dictamen que reforma más de 50 artículos de nuestro código civil que deberá someterse al pleno a la brevedad. Será un gran paso para Veracruz!” escribió Mónica Robles Barajas.

    This Thursday, June 27, 2019, or in a subsequent ordinary session of the State Congress, a series of reforms to the Civil Code can now be voted on by the full congress, among them to allow for marriage equality. The state deputy and president of the Justice and Constitutional Points committee, Mónica Robles Barajas (Verde), confirmed that they had ruled in the positive to make the changes to the Code.

    Today, the Political Coordination Board will define the list of the points to be dealt with in the "order of the day" for 27 June, one in which this draft bill could be included.

    "With the signatures of my fellow deputies Rosalinda Galindo (Morena) and Érika Ayala (PRI), we delivered the draft bill that reforms more than 50 articles of our civil code that must be submitted to the full congress as soon as possible. It will be a great step for Veracruz! " wrote Mónica Robles Barajas.

    In the 50-member Veracruz congress, these 29 deputies should be in favor:

    18 Morena
    05 PT
    02 PRD
    02 MC
    01 PRI
    01 Verde

    These 15 will be against:

    01 Morena
    13 PAN
    01 PRI

    These 6 are uncertain/unknown (but probably against):

    01 PRI
    05 PES

  • 14. VIRick  |  June 26, 2019 at 7:21 pm

    Veracruz: Potential Vote Tomorrow on Marriage Equality in Full Congress

    Aunque la Junta de Coordinación Política define el listado de "la orden del día," fuentes internas señalan que este punto podría ser agendado en el orden del día de este jueves 27 de junio.

    El pasado 7 de marzo de 2019, la diputada Mónica Robles, Morena, con el apoyo de diez diputados de su bancada, presentó una iniciativa que busca reformar 52 artículos del Código Civil de Veracruz. Una iniciativa muy parecida, fue expuesta por la misma diputada en la misma tribuna el 28 de julio de 2016 cuando pertenecía al Partido Verde Ecologista.

    Although the Political Coordination Board defines the list of the "order of the day," internal sources indicate that this matter could be scheduled for the agenda of Thursday, 27 June.

    On 7 March 2019, the deputy Monica Robles, Morena, with the support of ten deputies from her caucus, presented an initiative that seeks to reform 52 articles of the Civil Code of Veracruz. A very similar initiative was presented by the same deputy in the same format on 28 July 2016 when she belonged to the Verde Party.

    So, suddenly, we have the potential of two states, Baja California Sur and Veracruz, both voting for marriage equality on the same date.

    I love how Monica acts all astonished and surprised when the news finally leaks that her committee had approved the marriage equality draft bill some time ago, and that it is being scheduled for a final vote in the full congress tomorrow. "Oh, did I forget to make a big splashy announcement well in advance?" Maybe that is because she did not want to give the rabid nut-jobs sufficient time to organize themselves into a frothing frenzy and storm the congress building, screaming about God, "natural family," and "pro-life." They have done that before in Xalapa (as they just did in Zacatecas, and are still trying to do in La Paz), and she was not born yesterday. In fact, as cited above, both she and her bill have been there in congress, waiting since 2016.

  • 15. allan120102  |  June 26, 2019 at 11:40 pm

    I am sorry to say it but after pressure from the church Veracruz has decide to postpone the discussion of ssm to another date.

  • 16. VIRick  |  June 26, 2019 at 10:17 pm

    Edomex: Marriage Equality Initiatives Are Still Alive/Pending

    Edomex: Siguen Pendientes Iniciativas de Matrimonios Igualitario

    En el Estado de México, hay tres iniciativas propuestas en la actual Legislatura para incluir los matrimonios igualitarios en el Código Civil mexiquense a fin de permitir que las personas del mismo sexo puedan unirse por la vía civil. Desde el año pasado, el PRD presentó su iniciativa que también plantea incluir la adopción. El 21 de marzo de este año, la planteó Morena, y el 30 de mayo, el PT, para reformar el concepto de matrimonio y el de concubinato, con el objetivo de reconocer que ambas figuras se pueden realizar no solo entre una mujer y un hombre, sino entre dos personas, sin importar su sexo.

    El coordinador del grupo parlamentario de Morena en la Legislatura mexiquense, Maurilio Hernández, ha asegurado que impulsarán la aprobación de los matrimonios igualitarios en el Estado de México, por lo cual la reforma al Código Civil podría ser avalada en el siguiente periodo ordinario de sesiones que se realizará entre los meses de julio y agosto, o en el que inicia en el mes de septiembre.

    In the State of Mexico, there are three proposed initiatives in the current Legislature to include marriage equality in the Edomex Civil Code in order to allow for same-sex people to join by civil means. Since last year, PRD presented its initiative that also proposes to include adoption. On 21 March of this year, Morena proposed its initiative, and on 30 May, so did PT, all seeking to reform the concept of marriage and cohabitation, with the aim of recognizing that both concepts can be performed not only between a woman and a man, but also between two people, regardless of their sex.

    The coordinator of the Morena parliamentary group in the Mexico State Congress, Maurilio Hernández, said that they will push for the approval of marriage equality in the State of Mexico, so that the reform to the Civil Code could be endorsed at the next regular session which takes place between the months of July and August, or during the one which starts in September.

  • 17. VIRick  |  June 27, 2019 at 2:33 pm

    Panamá: Fourth Marriage Equality Lawsuit Filed

    Per LGBT Marriage News:

    Same-Sex Couple Asks Electoral Court to Register their Marriage

    Pareja del Mismo Sexo Pide al Tribunal Electoral Registrar Matrimonio

    El 27 de junio 019, una cuarta solicitud de inscripción de matrimonio entre dos personas del mismo sexo, celebrado en el extranjero, fue presentada ante la Dirección Nacional del Registro Civil del Tribunal Electoral (TE). El recurso lo presentó, una vez más, la firma de abogados Morgan & Morgan, en representación de Juan Francisco Alonzo, ciudadano panameño, y Juan David Parra, de nacionalidad colombiana, quienes contrajeron matrimonio civil en Colombia en 2017. La pareja solicita que se le reconozca dicho contrato en Panamá.

    El bufete de abogados solicitó la inscripción del matrimonio, y entre la documentación que presentó incluyó los pronunciamientos de la Corte Interamericana de Derechos Humanos (CIDH) respecto al matrimonio igualitario. Además, alegó que el Registro Civil del TE está en la obligación de registrar el matrimonio para evitar la infracción de disposiciones que se encuentran previstas en Convenios o Declaraciones internacionales sobre derechos humanos de las cuales Panamá es signataria.

    On 27 June 2019, a fourth application for registration of marriage between two persons of the same sex, celebrated abroad, was presented to the National Directorate of the Civil Registry of the Electoral Tribunal (TE). The appeal was filed, once again, by the Morgan & Morgan law firm, representing Juan Francisco Alonzo, a Panamanian citizen, and Juan David Parra, a Colombian citizen, who contracted a civil marriage in Colombia in 2017. The couple requests that that contract be recognized in Panamá.

    The law firm requested the registration of the marriage, and among the documentation that it presented included the pronouncements of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights (CIDH) regarding equal marriage. In addition, it argued that the Civil Registry of the TE is obliged to register the marriage to avoid the violation of provisions that are foreseen in International Conventions or Declarations on human rights of which Panamá is a signatory.

    Note: This is the perfect case to force marriage equality in Panamá because, in addition to the Panamanian/Colombian citizenships involved, all through the colonial period, and even post-independence until 1903, Panamá was a state in Colombia (as was Ecuador, at least in the colonial period). Up to that point, all of their basic laws, including the court system and all of its precedents, were, and usually still are, identical. Thus, a legal marriage performed and recognized in Colombia ought to be recognized in Panamá without question, as all Panamanians were once Colombian citizens. And the same could be said with regard to Ecuador, as all three were once the same country, two of which now have marriage equality. Plus, the constitution of Panamá is an old-fashioned Americanized one which does not even attempt to define marriage. And then, there is the binding ruling of the CIDH. Again, if needed, consult with the Constitutional Court of Ecuador concerning this matter.

  • 18. VIRick  |  June 27, 2019 at 3:18 pm

    Ecuador: Same-Sex Marriages to Begin Next Week

    Per LGBT Marriage News

    Sentencias sobre Matrimonio Igualitario se Publicarían la Próxima Semana

    La próxima semana, las sentencias de la Corte Constitucional (CC) que dan luz verde al matrimonio entre personas del mismo sexo se publicarían en el Registro Oficial, según grupos LGBTI. Cristian Paula, de la Fundación Pakta, señaló que la Corte tiene que resolver los "incidentes judiciales" como aclaraciones y ampliaciones, así como recursos de nulidad que han presentado ciudadanos y agrupaciones contrarias a lo resuelto por el organismo constitucional.

    Marriage Equality Rulings Will Be Published Next Week

    Next week, the Constitutional Court (CC) rulings that give the green light to marriage between same sex couples will be published in the Official Registry, according to LGBTI groups. Cristian Paula, of the Pakta Foundation, pointed out that the Court has to resolve the "judicial incidents" as clarifications and extensions, as well as appeals for annulment filed by citizens and groups opposed to the ruling of the constitutional body.

    Note per Rex Wockner:

    Marriage equality will begin next week when the two Constitutional Court rulings are published in the Official Register. The court reportedly needs a few days to respond to formal efforts to overturn its decision, one which is not subject to being overturned.

    Unas 40 Parejas LGBT se Han Registrado para Casarse en Ecuador

    Unas 40 parejas LGBT se han inscrito en un portal web para casarse una vez que la aprobación del matrimonio igualitario sea publicado en el Registro Oficial. Los mismos podrían ser masivos. Esa es la expectativa de grupos LGBT que descartaron la posibilidad de que el matrimonio igualitario sea sometido a una consulta popular.

    Some 40 LGBT Couples Have Registered to Marry in Ecuador

    Some 40 LGBT couples have registered in a web portal to get married once the approval for equal marriage is published in the Official Registry. There could be many more. That is the expectation of LGBT groups who have ruled out the possibility of marriage equality being subjected to a popular consultation.

  • 19. davepCA  |  June 27, 2019 at 4:19 pm

    Wonderful! A couple of years ago I spent some time traveling in Ecuador through the Andes from Quito to Cuenca and I kinda fell in love with the place. Especially Cuenca. Beautiful country, wonderful people, and now they have marriage equality. Couldn't happen to a nicer place.

  • 20. VIRick  |  June 27, 2019 at 5:57 pm

    Baja California Sur: Congress Approves Marriage Equality

    Just now! We won!

    Per México Igualitario‏:

    Hoy día, el 27 de junio 2019, después de una maratonica sesión, 14 votos a favor, 5 en contra, y una abstención, se aprobó el matrimonio igualitario en Baja California Sur. ¡Felicidades!

    Today, 27 June 2019, after a marathon session, with 14 votes in favor, 5 against, and one abstention, marriage equality was approved in Baja California Sur. Congratulations!

    Today's session went on and on and on,– all day long and on into the evening,– until they finally wore down the opposition, after most of the noisy, protesting haters had gone home. Rosalba has an iron will of total determination.

  • 21. scream4ever  |  June 27, 2019 at 6:14 pm

    Finally after what seemed like so many disappointing results.

  • 22. VIRick  |  June 27, 2019 at 10:15 pm

    Marriage Equality Quote of the Day

    Stated as puro mexicanismo, requiring a very liberal translation, but perfectly reflecting my own sentiment after an extremely long day,

    Per Yisus (Jesús Balderas of Los Cabos, BCS):

    Hoy se aprobó el matrimonio igualitario en BCS y a quien no esté de acuerdo, pues que no vaya a las bodas gays y ya que vaya la chingada.

    Today, marriage equality was approved in BCS, and to those not in agreement, so then don't go to gay weddings and no one gives a fuck (now go fuck yourself).

  • 23. VIRick  |  June 27, 2019 at 7:49 pm

    Zacatecas: Marriage Equality Proposal Is Still Very Much Alive

    Per Raymundo Moreno:

    Después de un largo día, idas y vueltas, dió inicio la sesión de Comisiones Unidas de la legislatura de Zacatecas. Estaremos atentos a que se vote el dictamen y remita al pleno del Congreso para su discusión y, de ser el caso, aprobación. Se alcanzó el acuerdo de dictaminar el día de hoy las iniciativas en materia de matrimonio igualitario.

    After a long day, back and forth, the session of the United Committees of the legislature of Zacatecas began. We will be vigilant that the draft proposal is voted upon and sent to the full Congress for discussion and, if appropriate, approval. Agreement was reached to give a draft opinion on the proposals regarding equal marriage.

    Note: Raymundo has been working on the various deputies of the Zacatecas Congress, non-stop, without overtime pay, to finally push this measure through the United Committees and on to the full Congress for a final vote. The fact that the BCS Congress approved marriage equality last evening, on the eve of all the Gay Pride celebrations in Mexico, has been a tremendous help.

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