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  • 1. VIRick  |  July 9, 2019 at 10:08 am

    Ecuador: Marriage Equality Now in Effect Nationwide

    Per "El Comercio," datelined 8 July 2019, 23:52 hours

    El matrimonio civil entre parejas del mismo sexo ya es un derecho adquirido en Ecuador. La noche del 8 de julio del 2019 se publicó en el Registro Oficial las sentencias 10-18-CN/19 y 11-18-CN/19 de la Corte Constitucional.

    Civil marriage between same-sex couples is now a right already in effect in Ecuador. On the night of 8 July 2019, the two judgments, 10-18-CN/19 and 11-18-CN/19 of the Constitutional Court, were published in the Registro Oficial (Official Gazette).

    Per Registro Civil‏:

    Comunicado: La Dirección General de Registro Civil, Identificación y Cedulación comunica a las parejas del mismo sexo que deseen contraer matrimonio civil pueden acercarse a la institución para conocer los requisitos y costos, y agendar su cita.

    Communiqué: The General Directorate of the Civil Registry, Identification, and Certification communicates to same-sex couples who wish to contract civil marriage that they can approach the institution to know the requirements and costs, and to schedule their appointment.

    Per Pamela Troya:

    En este momento el Registro Civil de San Blas de Quito me acaba de dar el turno. Gaby y yo nos casaremos el 5 de agosto 2019, a las 10h30, aquí. El 5 de agosto de 2013 Gaby y yo entramos a este Registro Civil para iniciar la lucha por el matrimonio igualitario en el Ecuador.

    At this moment, the Civil Registry of San Blas de Quito has just given me our appointment. Gaby and I will be marrying here on 5 August 2019 at 10:30 AM. On 5 August 2013, Gaby and I entered this same Civil Registry to begin the struggle for equal marriage in Ecuador.

    Per NY1 Noticias:

    La federación ecuatoriana de organizaciones LGBTI indicó en su sitio de internet que al momento se tienen registrados los datos de 57 parejas del mismo sexo que buscan casarse, la mayoría en Guayaquil, seguida de la capital, Quito, pero también en las ciudades de Babahoyo, Portoviejo, y Cuenca.

    The Ecuadorian federation of LGBTI organizations indicated on its website that at the moment there are 57 same-sex couples seeking to marry who have had their data registered, the majority in Guayaquil, followed by the capital, Quito, but also in the cities of Babahoyo, Portoviejo, and Cuenca.

  • 2. VIRick  |  July 9, 2019 at 10:18 am

    United Kingdom: MPs Vote in Favor of Marriage Equality for Northern Ireland

    In an historic decision, on 9 July 2019, the British House of Commons voted 383-73 in favor of a clause to extend same-sex marriage to Northern Ireland, a motion tabled (put forth) by Labour MP Conor McGinn.

    The clause will require secondary legislation, and will only come into force if power-sharing talks fail to restore devolution in Northern Ireland by 21 October 2019. Should the Stormont executive become functional by this deadline, the amendment will become void.

  • 3. FredDorner  |  July 9, 2019 at 1:40 pm

    It's basically a done deal. The trick is that Sinn Fein won't agree to a reorganized Stormont unless there's pro-equality, pro-Irish language & pro-choice legislation.

  • 4. JayJonson  |  July 10, 2019 at 9:07 am

    Love this strategy.

  • 5. VIRick  |  July 9, 2019 at 5:05 pm

    Fred, on the same day, the right to abortion in Northern Ireland was included in the same House of Commons legislation, under the same terms as marriage equality, and was approved by a favorable vote of 332, with 99 against, as per this news source from Uruguay:

    Diputados británicos impulsan aborto y matrimonio homosexual en Irlanda del Norte. La enmienda sobre el matrimonio gay fue aprobada por 383 votos, contra 73, en tanto que la del derecho al aborto tuvo 332 a favor y 99 en contra.

  • 6. VIRick  |  July 9, 2019 at 5:25 pm

    Chile: Out Gay Activist, Jaime Parada Hoyl, Running for Mayor of Providencia

    Per Jaime Parada Hoyl:

    Les dejo esta entrevista sobre mi intención de competir por la alcaldía de Providencia. Propongo una campaña constructiva, en la que nuestros únicos enemigos sean quienes dañan la calidad de vida en la comuna y abusan de su poder (constructoras irresponsables y más).

    I am leaving this interview about my intention to compete for the mayor of Providencia. I propose a constructive campaign, in which our only enemies are those who damage the quality of life in the municipality and abuse its power (irresponsible constructors and more).

    Currently a Providencia city council member, he is also the co-author of "Salir del Clóset," (To Leave the Closet) and self-describes as "Muy gay" (Very gay).

    The up-scale (and very gay) municipality of Providencia directly abuts the capital, Santiago, along its entire eastern flank.

  • 7. ianbirmingham  |  July 9, 2019 at 6:24 pm

    U-U Church hosts Pride Prom after public library refuses to host LGBTQ event (Jacksonville, Florida)

    A Jacksonville-area church hosted a Pride Prom for LGBTQ teens after the Jacksonville Public Library, which was supposed to host the event, canceled due to safety concerns.

    The library’s Willowbranch branch originally announced plans for the prom on Facebook on June 4.

    But on June 21, blogger Elizabeth Johnston, known as “Activist Mommy,” listed the branch’s phone number and encouraged her followers to “express your disgust that this perversion is taking place in a taxpayer-funded library!” Johnston’s call was echoed by a group of religious conservatives called Biblical Concepts Ministries, which promotes socially conservative stances on public policy and defends “religious freedom” through its work. The group sent out an email asking local pastors and their congregations to contact the mayor and city council to object to having a taxpayer-funded public library host an LGBTQ-themed event.

    The group’s founder, Raymond Johnson, told News4JAX that “we’re absolutely opposed to anything like this.” “I can’t stop private activity,” he said, “but what I can do is call attention to public tax dollars or public city-sponsored facilities that are participating in an inappropriate event for children.”

    Under public pressure, and barraged with phone calls and emails, the Jacksonville Public Library eventually decided to cancel the event. In a Facebook statement announcing the cancellation, the library said that it “promotes inclusivity and acceptance of all people, regardless of sexual orientation” but that after hearing of physical threats to the young participants, it decided to cancel.

    But some LGBTQ activists protested the cancellation, arguing that there was never any real threat and calling for the ouster of Tim Rogers, the director of the Jacksonville Public Library.

    Rogers later stood by his decision to cancel the event, citing his desire to protect the “emotional and physical safety of the kids” that would have attended the sold-out event.

    While that could have been the end of the story, the board of the Buckman Bridge Unitarian Universalist Church unanimously voted to host the event.

    On June 28, nearly 100 teenagers attended the prom, while 50 volunteers, Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office officers, LGBTQ veterans, and private security made sure the event ran smoothly.

    “There were absolutely no causes for concern and no religious hate group protestors in attendance,” Palmer said. The inside was so positive and electric,” Palmer said. “Everyone was smiling. Lots of moms were crying happy tears. … The kids were dancing and laughing and making new friends. [I] heard from proud moms that some of the youth had never met another gay person their age before and this event helped them make friends.”

  • 8. VIRick  |  July 9, 2019 at 7:45 pm

    Ricky Martin Translates and Interprets Some Wise Words

    Per Ricky Martin:

    El orgullo gay no nació de la necesidad de celebrar el hecho de ser gay, sino de nuestro derecho a existir libres de persecución/discrimen. Así que, en lugar de preguntarte por qué no hay un movimiento de orgullo heterosexual, agradece que no necesitas uno.

    Gay Pride was not born of a need to celebrate the fact of being gay, but of our right to exist free from persecution/discrimination. So, instead of wondering why there isn't a straight pride movement, be thankful that you do not need one.

    Translating Ricky's words from Spanish back into English added some panache to the statement and even corrected a grammer error (awkward usage due to non-parallel phrasing) in the original English text.

  • 9. VIRick  |  July 10, 2019 at 10:58 am

    Wales: All School Uniforms to be Made Gender Neutral

    The Welsh government’s new uniforms guidance, which will come into force at the start of the new academic year in September 2019, states that schools should not have different uniform requirements for boys and girls. Where gendered school uniforms currently exist, the new guidance would give all pupils a choice over which uniform items to wear, rather than stipulating that girls must wear skirts or boys must wear trousers.

    The new guidance, published on Wednesday, 10 July, directs: “A governing body will state the composition of its school uniform and ensure an inclusive school uniform policy that does not discriminate on the basis of sex or gender identity. A gender-neutral school uniform policy may list items of clothing which are permitted to be worn in school, without any requirements for items of clothing to only be worn by students of a certain gender.” It also warns that “failure to allow a pupil to wear the uniform that reflects their gender identity may constitute discrimination on the basis of gender reassignment under the Equality Act.”

    Note: The Liberal Democrats are pushing to extend this same gender-neutral school uniform policy across the entire UK.

  • 10. VIRick  |  July 10, 2019 at 11:18 am

    Delaware: Trans Activist, Sarah McBride, Running for State Senate

    Transgender and LGBT rights activist Sarah McBride announced on Tuesday, 9 July 2019, that she is running for a seat in the Delaware State Senate in a Wilmington area district where she was born and raised, and in which she currently resides. McBride, 28, is running for the seat held by incumbent Democrat Sen. Harris McDowell, Delaware’s longest-serving state senator, who has announced his retirement at the end of his term in 2020 and will not be seeking re-election next year.

    “I’ve spent my life fighting for people to have dignity, peace of mind, and a fair shot at staying afloat and getting ahead,” said McBride in a 9 July statement. “Sen. McDowell’s retirement at the end of this term is a well-deserved cap on a remarkable career of public service, and now our neighbors need someone who will continue to fight for them,” she said.

    She served as an intern at the Obama White House, becoming the first openly transgender person to work in any capacity at the White House. She currently serves as National Press Secretary for the Human Rights Campaign, the DC-based national LGBT advocacy group.

    As of the time she announced her candidacy for the State Senate seat, no other candidate had come forward to run for the seat. Political observers say they expect one or more other Democrats to challenge McBride for the nomination in the September 2020 Democratic primary in a district in which Democrats are the clear majority. Delaware’s 1st Senate District includes parts of Wilmington and the towns of Bellefonte and Claymont in New Castle County.

  • 11. VIRick  |  July 10, 2019 at 11:37 am

    Central America and the Plight of Transgender Women

    Here are some current headlines which emphasize the point quite graphically:

    Datelined 9 July 2019:

    El Salvador Police Charged with Murder of Transgender Woman Deported from US

    Datelined 8 July 2019:

    Journalist among Three Honduran Transgender Women Killed in Recent Days

  • 12. VIRick  |  July 10, 2019 at 5:20 pm

    Guerrero: Maneuvering to Vote on Marriage Equality

    Per Moisés Reyes Sandoval, Morena, Diputado Estatal de Acapulco:

    Hoy, el 10 de julio 2019, pedimos la destitución del Secretario Técnico de la Comisión de Justicia, por dilatar el procedimiento legislativo en el caso de la iniciativa del matrimonio igualitario. El estado de Guerrero no puede ir a los tiempos del pasado. Hay quienes no lo aceptan.

    Today, 10 July 2019, we asked for the dismissal of the Technical Secretary of the Justice Committee for delaying the legislative procedure in the case of the equal marriage initiative. The state of Guerrero can not return to past times. There are those who do not accept it (that is, current reality).

    And of course, we already know who shows up, every time, at the least hint of marriage equality being passed:

    Per Enfoque Informativo:‏

    Hoy, integrantes del Frente Nacional por la Familia protestan afuera del Congreso de Guerrero en rechazo al matrimonio igualitario.

    Today, members of the National Front for the Family protest outside the Guerrero Congress in rejection of equal marriage.

    Theoretically, since Morena holds an absolute majority in the 46-seat Guerrero Congress, this should be an "easy" state to win. All of these 33 deputies ought to be in favor:
    24 Morena
    07 PRD
    02 PT

    One will be against:
    01 PAN

    The rest are uncertain/unknown, but likely against:
    10 PRI
    01 Verde
    01 Nueva Alianza

  • 13. VIRick  |  July 10, 2019 at 7:00 pm

    Yucatán: Marriage Equality to Be Re-Voted

    Per "La Jornada Maya:"

    La iniciativa del matrimonio igualitario se votará de nueva cuenta este jueves, el 11 de julio 2019, en la Comisión de Puntos Constitucionales y Gobernación, reveló Karla Franco Blanco, PRI, y sea puesta consideración del Pleno el próximo lunes, el 15 de julio 2019.

    According to Karla Franco Blanco, PRI, the marriage equality initiative will be voted again in the Constitutional Points and Governance Committee on Thursday, 11 July 2019, and then be considered by the full Congress next Monday, 15 July 2019.

  • 14. VIRick  |  July 10, 2019 at 9:27 pm

    Querétaro: Federal Court Rules against the State in New Marriage Equality Case

    This notice has just been posted by a person with the username of Mapo:

    Mi victoria para la Comunidad LGBT:

    El 11 de julio 2019, un juzgado federal me otorga el amparo para contraer matrimonio igualitario en Querétaro. Sus efectos serán relativos, pero se demuestra la INCONSTITUCIONALIDAD del gobierno de Querétaro y de la Legislatura de Querétaro.

    My victory for the LGBT Community:

    On 11 July 2019, a federal court has granted me an amparo for the right to an equal marriage in Querétaro. Its effects will be relative, but the UNCONSTITUTIONALITY of the Querétaro government and the Legislature of Querétaro is demonstrated.

    Note: For over 3 years, from mid-2015 until late in 2018, the municipality of Santiago de Querétaro, the state capital (plus a number of other municipalities), allowed same-sex couples to marry without requiring an amparo from a federal judge, and the state government itself never complained about, objected to, nor appealed any of the decisions (and yet, in the interim, never amended state law). Then, the local government changed, and same-sex marriages (without amparo) apparently came to a halt.

    By my count, this new ruling should be amparo #16 against the state (there were 5 early on, then marriage equality appeared to have begun, even while 8 more amparos were granted, plus there have been at least two more granted since the halt). Still, none have ever been appealed by the state, yet in 2017, there were 3 which were denied and those have been appealed by Mexico Igualitario (recursos de revisión).

    Specifically, what was just granted is this:

    Amparo Indirecto, Juzgado Primero de Distrito de Amparo y Juicios Federales en el Estado de Querétaro, 838/2019

    Indirect Amparo, First District Court of Amparo and Federal Judgments in the State of Querétaro, 838/2019

  • 15. VIRick  |  July 11, 2019 at 9:44 am

    Indiana: Lawsuit Filed against Archdiocese of Indianapolis over Gay Teacher Firing

    Per Equality Case Files:

    Joshua Payne-Elliott, the teacher fired from Cathedral High School in Indianapolis because of his same-sex marriage, is suing the Archdiocese of Indianapolis. Until now, Payne-Elliott had not been identified publicly.

    His husband, Layton Payne-Elliott, is a teacher at Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School, also in Indianapolis. They married in 2017. The couple have been at the center of a fight between their schools and the Catholic Church, which directed the schools to fire both men. Brebeuf refused to fire Layton Payne-Elliott, so the archdiocese stripped the school of its Catholic status. Cathedral fired Joshua Payne-Elliott to avoid the same fate.

    A lawsuit filed Wednesday, 10 July 2019, in state court in Marion County alleges that the archdiocese illegally interfered with Joshua Payne-Elliott's contractual and employment relationship with Cathedral High School, causing Cathedral to terminate him. According to the lawsuit, Cathedral renewed Joshua Payne-Elliott's annual teaching contract in May. That contract did not include the morality clause that a same-sex marriage would violate.

    His complaint against the archdiocese seeks compensatory damages, emotional distress damages, liquidated and/or punitive damages and attorneys’ fees and costs in unspecified amounts. Payne-Elliott has also filed charges of discrimination with the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, asserting that the archdiocese discriminated on the basis of sexual orientation and retaliated against him for opposing sexual orientation discrimination.

    A copy of the complaint, filed in state court, is embedded at the bottom of the news article:

  • 16. VIRick  |  July 11, 2019 at 11:15 am

    Ecuador: First Same-Sex Marriage in Guayaquil Scheduled

    Per "Manabí Noticias:"

    Ya hay fecha para el primer matrimonio igualitario civil en Guayaquil. Giovanni Vareles, de 29 años, se casará con Boris Álvarez el próximo 25 de julio. La cita estaba prevista ayer, el 10 de julio.

    There is already a date for the first civil same-sex marriage in Guayaquil. Giovanni Vareles, 29, will marry Boris Álvarez on 25 July. The appointment was scheduled yesterday, 10 July.

  • 17. VIRick  |  July 11, 2019 at 11:50 am

    Mexico: Equal Marriage Does Not Require Reforms Nor Amparos: Genaro Góngora

    Mexico: Matrimonio Igualitario No Requiere Reformas Ni Amparos: Genaro Góngora

    Los estados federativos del país no están obligadas a reformar sus Códigos Civiles para permitir el matrimonio igualitario, manifestó David Genaro Góngora Pimentel, ex ministro de la Suprema Corte de Justicia de la Nación (SCJN), quién agregó que los Congresos estatales legislarán “cuando quieran legislar."

    No obstante, reconoció que las parejas del mismo sexo que deseen contraer matrimonio no tiene por qué recurrir a un amparo, pues sólo deben acogerse a la jurisprudencia de la SCJN que determinó que se atenta contra los derechos humanos negar esas uniones.

    The federal states of the country are not obligated to reform their Civil Codes to allow for marriage equality, said David Genaro Góngora Pimentel, former justice of the Supreme Court of Justice (SCJN), who added that the state congresses will legislate "when they want to legislate."

    However, he further stated that same-sex couples who wish to marry are not required to resort to an amparo, because they only need to rely on the jurisprudence of the SCJN which determined that it is against human rights to deny such unions.

    Note: This is precisely the same view I have maintained all along, as well as that which has been maintained by any number of progressive Mexican legal experts, thinkers, and assorted government officials at various levels all over the country. However, at this stage, given the long length of time since the jurisprudence was issued in mid-2015, we need the companion state-level legislation in every state in order to pacify the obfuscators, haters, doubters, nut-jobs, and religionists who still want to maintain the old way until they are forced by law to finally acquiesce.

    Further note: In Mexico, whenever someone refuses to directly answer a "Yes/No" question, the response is "Cuando quiere" (whenever). We need to get past this "cuando quiere" syndrome.

  • 18. VIRick  |  July 11, 2019 at 1:13 pm

    Corrientes, Argentina: Custody for Adoption Purposes Granted to Married Female Couple

    Corrientes, Argentina: Otorgaron la Guarda con Fines de Adopción a un Matrimonio de Mujeres

    La doctora Pierina Itatí Ramírez, a cargo del Juzgado de Menores N°3 de la capital de Corrientes, otorgó la guarda con fines de adopción de un niño de casi 4 meses de edad a una familia compuesta por dos mujeres.

    Dr. Pierina Itatí Ramírez, in charge of Juvenile Court No. 3 in the capital of Corrientes, granted custody for the adoption of a child of almost 4 months of age to a family composed of two women.

  • 19. VIRick  |  July 11, 2019 at 2:22 pm

    Venezuela: Formal Petition for Marriage Equality Filed with CIDH

    Venezuela: Petición Formal para el Matrimonio Igualitario Presentada ante el CIDH

    Per José Manuel Simons,‏ Director Jurídico de Venezuela Igualitaria:

    Hoy día, el 11 de julio 2019, he presentado de manera formal una Petición a la CIDH por la omisión y el retardo procesal por parte de la Sala Constitucional del TSJ Venezuela en los expedientes sobre Derechos Humanos de personas LGBTI en Venezuela.

    Today, 11 July 2019, I have formally submitted a Petition to the CIDH due to the omission and procedural delay by the Constitutional Chamber of the Supreme Court of Venezuela on the Human Rights proceedings of LGBTI persons in Venezuela.

    The notice is here:

    Note: Some years ago, when Chaves unilaterally claimed that he was summarily removing Venezuela from CIDH jurisdiction, the process for doing so was not correctly followed, and to this date, has never been corrected. Thus, the CIDH itself has consistently refused to recognize Venezuela's unilateral withdrawal from CIDH authority.

  • 20. VIRick  |  July 11, 2019 at 3:32 pm

    Dominican Republic: Deputy Jacqueline Montero in the LGBTQ Pride Caravan

    República Dominicana: Diputada Jacqueline Montero en la Caravana del Orgullo LGBTQ

    Jacqueline Montero‏:

    Feliz con la comunidad GLBT.

    Yimbert Feliz Telemín‏:

    Gracias a la diputada Jacqueline Montero por su apoyo nuevamente a la Caravana del Orgullo GLBT Dominicano 2019.

    Thanks to deputy Jacqueline Montero for her support once again to the Dominican GLBT Pride Caravan 2019.

    Unlike most other Latin nations, where politicians generally fight with each other for space in LGBT parades, almost all officials in the Dominican Republic stay away. Jacqueline Montero is the rare exception. She was recently elected to the National Congress, representing Haina.

    The life story of 46-year-old, heavy-set, dark-skinned Jacqueline Montero is an endless series of horrific nightmares, followed by spectacular triumph. She was raised by a neighbor to her mother, and as a child was sexually abused by a male family member in that other household. Then she married, and her husband was worse, abusing her physically, emotionally, and sexually, and who then eventually forced her into prostitution. She worked that circuit for nearly 10 years, and had 3 offspring with a client. Along the way, she adopted 12 more, all unwanted children of other prostitutes. Then, she jumped into politics, and was first elected to the city council of Haina in 2010. In mid-2016, she was elected to the National Congress, a position she still holds, representing Haina. Now, she has linked forces with LGBT Dominicans, in a manner similar to "El Mijis" in San Luis Potosí.

    For those who can read Spanish, here is a summary article detailing her life story:

    Ten years ago, Haina, known for its pollution, was one of the 10 most-polluted places on earth, and had the highest lead poisoning levels anywhere, caused by the presence of a now-closed automobile battery recycling smelter. Haina is located on the south shore, just west of the up-scale western edge of Santo Domingo and east of the equally up-scale San Cristóbal, Trujillo's home-town. Haina is now in the process of re-branding itself as a tourist destination, even re-naming one of its beaches Playa de los Gringos.

  • 21. VIRick  |  July 11, 2019 at 6:17 pm

    Yucatán: Marriage Equality Bill Again Passes in Committee

    Per Diputada Mily Romero, MC:

    Hoy, el 11 de julio 2019, nuevamente se dictaminó la iniciativa de matrimonio igualitario, la cual será votada ante el pleno en los próximos días.

    Today, 11 July 2019, the initiative on marriage equality was again drafted, one which will be voted upon before the full congress in the coming days.

    Mily Romero, MC, has been and continues to be one of the most ardent supporters of marriage equality in the Yucatán Congress.

    Per Paloma López:

    (Por unanimidad), el dictamen fue aprobado en comisiones ésta tarde, por lo que la discusión se programó para la sesión (en el pleno) del lunes, el 15 de julio.

    The draft bill was (unanimously) approved in the committees this afternoon, so the discussion has been scheduled for the session (in the full congress) on Monday, 15 July.

  • 22. VIRick  |  July 11, 2019 at 9:02 pm

    Edomex: Mapo Strikes Again

    Per Mapo:

    También tengo el caso pendiente en Edomex, pero ya demostramos (en Querétaro)
    que si se puede.

    I also have the case pending against Edomex, but we have already shown (in Querétaro)
    that it can be done.

    I am not certain who this person is who is using the name of Mapo, but they appear to be individually suing every state in Mexico still without marriage equality. Yesterday, they won their federal suit against the state of Querétaro, and presently have an amparo to marry there,– along with a much-needed federal court declaration of unconstitutionality against the state. Today, they announced that they have another pending federal suit for the same reasons and for the same purposes against Edomex. On their twitter account, they self-describe as:

    Pro-LGBT, Pro-Aborto, Progresista. Sin miedos ni limites. Tolerancia Cero a los conservadores y opositores a los DDHH.

    Pro-LGBT, Pro-Abortion, Progressive. Without fears nor limits. Zero tolerance to conservatives and opponents of human rights.

  • 23. VIRick  |  July 11, 2019 at 10:51 pm

    USA: William Dannemeyer, Leading Homophobe of His Era, Dead at 86

    Seven-term Congressman William Dannemeyer, one of the leading homophobes of the 1980s and ’90s, has finally died from dementia at age 86.

    The California Republican, who once read a description of sexual acts into the Congressional Record, and said he’d like to wipe out all HIV-positive people, while spreadng false claims about how HIV was spread, died Tuesday, 9 July 2019, "The Orange County Register" reports. In addition to his anti-gay activism, he promoted conspiracy theories about Bill and Hillary Clinton and claimed that Jews were seeking to eliminate Christians.

    No one was ever able to tell precisely when he first developed dementia.

  • 24. davepCA  |  July 12, 2019 at 4:06 pm

    Good riddance. I grew up in that part of southern California and remember several instances of his unhinged and over-the-top hateful antics. An absolutely vile little troll. He got far, far better than he deserved.

  • 25. VIRick  |  July 12, 2019 at 6:42 pm

    PRD Initiates Expulsion of BCS Deputy for Voting against Equal Marriage

    Per Diversidad Sexual PRD:‏

    Inicia PRD Expulsión de Diputada de BCS por Votar contra Matrimonio Igualitario

    Presentan procedimiento ante Comisión Jurisdiccional. Voto de Pineda García no nos representa.

    Proceedings have been presented before the Jurisdictional Commission. The vote of Pineda García does not represent us.

    Note: In Mexico, whenever a sitting deputy is expelled from a political party for voting against that party's national policy, especially with PRD and Morena, that expulsion usually ends their political career, especially if they are one of the proportional representatives, as is Pineda García. In each state, some of the deputies, usually a majority, are elected from designated districts. The rest of the seats are then allocated proportionally according to the statewide vote tally for that particular party. That is how, in many instances, the lesser parties that failed to win a single district still have one or two deputies in a particular state congress. Pineda García is PRD's sole deputy in BCS.

  • 26. VIRick  |  July 13, 2019 at 10:02 am

    New Hampshire; 13th State to Add "X" Gender Option to Driver's Licenses

    New Hampshire residents will be able to choose a third gender option on their drivers' licenses and state identification documents, starting from January 2020. On 10 July 2019, the governor of New Hampshire, Chris Sununu, although not signing said legislation, still allowed it to become law.

    Democrat Gerri Cannon, who was the primary sponsor of the bill, said that even though Sununu didn’t sign the bill, she’s happy with the outcome. “It is a statement that even if the governor doesn’t necessarily fully agree with what was there, people’s will can be respected, and the law can be put into place,” Cannon said. “For those people who identify as neither male nor female, this is an opportunity for them to have an identification document that recognizes them for who they are.”

    The passing of bill HB 669 will mean that from 2020, non-binary New Hampshire residents will be able to have driver's licenses and other state ID documents that reflect their gender identity.

    The following states all allow for "X" gender markers on state-issued IDs and driver's licenses.: DC, California, Oregon, Maine, Minnesota, New Mexico, Colorado, Washington State, Arkansas, Indiana , Nevada, Utah, Vermont, New Jersey, Maryland (effective 1 OC 2019), New Hampshire (effective 1 JA 2020), Hawaii (effective 1 JY 2020), and New York City (on birth certificates). Legislation is pending in New York State and Massachusetts.

  • 27. VIRick  |  July 13, 2019 at 11:38 am

    Yucatán Congress to Vote on Marriage Equality Tomorrow, Sunday, 14 July 2019

    This maneuver is unprecedented:

    Per Genaro Lozano‏:

    Mañana, domingo (sí, domingo), el 14 de julio 2019, el Congreso de Yucatán vuelve a votar matrimonio igualitario. Ya lo rechazó una vez porque legisladores del PAN no apoyaron. Ahora, tienen oportunidad de rectificar.

    Tomorrow, Sunday (yes, Sunday), 14 July 2019, the Yucatán Congress returns to vote on marriage equality. They already rejected it once because PAN legislators did not support it. Now, they have an opportunity to rectify.

    Per César Brice C.:

    Mañana, domingo, 14 de julio, se llevara a pleno en el Congreso de Yucatán la iniciativa de matrimonio igualitario. Es muy importante que lleguemos temprano por que los grupos anti-derechos acostumbran saturar las salas para impedir la entrada de la comunidad LGBT y aliados.

    Tomorrow, Sunday, 14 July, the vote on the equal marriage initiative will take place in the full Yucatán Congress. It is very important that we arrive early because the anti-rights groups tend to saturate the chamber to impede the entry of the LGBT community and its allies.

    Per Alex Orué:

    Al parecer, es la bancada del PAN del Congreso de Yucatán quien está convocando a que la sesión de plenaria, en donde se votará la iniciativa del matrimonio igualitario, sea mañana, domingo, 14 de julio.

    Apparently, it is the PAN caucus of the Yucatán Congress who are convoking the plenary session tomorrow, Sunday, 14 July, at which time the marriage equality initiative will be voted.

  • 28. VIRick  |  July 13, 2019 at 12:12 pm

    Yucatán Marriage Equality Vote Needs 2/3 Majority

    Per Genaro Lozano:

    Yucatán necesita pasar reforma constitucional para proteger a todas las familias con matrimonio igualitario en Yucatán. Por ello, 17 de 25 legisladores necesitan decir que "Sí."

    Yucatán needs to pass constitutional reform in order to protect all families with marriage equality in Yucatán. That is why 17 of 25 legislators need to say "Yes."

    Note: Besides amending its Family Code, Yucatán, the only state with a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage, must also amend its state constitution to eliminate said ban. And to do this, a 2/3 majority vote is needed.

    With 10 PAN members in the Yucatán Congress, not only do we need all 6 PRI votes, but we also need to flip at least two PAN votes. The remaining 9 votes are safe.

  • 29. allan120102  |  July 13, 2019 at 12:46 pm

    This will be very hard to do it. I am not sure how its going to happen.

  • 30. VIRick  |  July 13, 2019 at 1:34 pm

    I am not either, unless of course, certain members of PAN are thinking that by holding this extraordinary session on a Sunday morning, while all the haters, fanatics, nut-jobs, and religionists are distracted by their busy-ness in church, that they can somehow slip their approving vote past relatively unnoticed, and just be done with this issue.

    I do know this: PRI wants this issue to be resolved positively. With Karla Franco Blanco, PRI, still in charge, the same committees quickly turned right around and unanimously approved the same measures that they had previously approved (with several members, including those from PAN, being absent) and then summarily dispatched them back to the full congress for a second vote. By this action, she certainly wants to be done with it,– and would not have acted on her own, without full party consultation beforehand. They may be fearing court fines and other sanctions.

    The other possibility is this: We need a positive 2/3 vote of just those members present at the time of the vote. Perhaps a goodly number of the obfuscators (like in the committees) plan to be absent,– or have been told to be absent. Back in its heyday, PRI operated quite dictatorially. Yucatán is the last state in Mexico where they still openly retain that kind of power, and Felipe Cervera, the PRI leader in that state's congress, is very old guard, and very controlling. He likely has finally decided that "cuando quiere" is now. If 3 PAN members were to be absent, from the remaining 22 deputies, we would only need 15 positive votes (not 17). And with PRI on our side, we have the 15 votes.

    In any case, in César's notice, he wants all the pro-marriage-equality supporters to be at the Congress by 7:30 AM.

  • 31. allan120102  |  July 13, 2019 at 8:30 pm

    Alex orue one of the masterminds in Yucatan have state that tomorrow will not be the vote instead it will move to monday. Supposedly Pri havent decide if to vote in secret like last time or do it open this time. I also have bad news. One vote of Morena and other of Panal will be absent on that session and both were votes in favor.

  • 32. VIRick  |  July 13, 2019 at 8:57 pm

    Bolivia Lifts Ban on LGBT Blood Donations

    Per Noel Fuentes:

    Desde el 10 de julio 2019, según el Decreto Supremo 3978, se eliminó la restricción que tenía la población LGBTI como donante de sangre en Bolivia.

    Since 10 July 2019, according to Supreme Decree 3978, the restriction against the LGBTI population as blood donors in Bolivia has been eliminated.

  • 33. Elihu_Bystander  |  July 15, 2019 at 7:57 am

    Alan Turing, a founding father of computer science, revealed as new face of British £50 note

    “Kim Sanders, a spokeswoman for Stonewall, a gay rights charity, said in a statement: ‘It’s important that we remember and recognize the impact of LGBT figures throughout history, so it's great that Alan Turing will be the face on the new £50 bank note. It’s vital that we celebrate LGBT history, which is often less visible, and make sure that we represent the diversity of those who paved the way before us.’

    “She added: ‘The world we live in now is very different to Turing’s time, and LGBT rights have come a long way. But the fight for true equality is far from over.’”

    “The new note, expected to enter circulation at the end of 2021, will include an image of Turing, ticker tape of his birth date in binary code, and a table and formulas from a 1936 paper that introduced the concept of how computers could operate. It will also include a quote from Turing, given to the Times of London newspaper in 1949: ‘This is only a foretaste of what is to come, and only the shadow of what is going to be.’”

  • 34. VIRick  |  July 15, 2019 at 10:36 am

    Argentina: 9th Anniversary of Marriage Equality

    Per Géneros y Disidencias Nuevo Encuentro – Nacional:

    El 15 de Julio de 2010, se sancionó la ley de matrimonio igualitario en el Congreso Nacional, Ley 26.618, convirtiendo a la Argentina en el primer país Latinoamericano en conseguirlo.

    On 15 July 2010, the equal marriage law was passed in the National Congress, Law 26.618, making Argentina the first Latin American country to secure it.

  • 35. allan120102  |  July 15, 2019 at 11:35 am

    For second time on a row, Yucatan has vote against ssm. The vote was 15-9.

  • 36. scream4ever  |  July 15, 2019 at 12:17 pm

    Uh so one of the PANs decided to show up after all.

  • 37. VIRick  |  July 15, 2019 at 12:35 pm

    Yucatán: For Second Time, Yucatán Congress Votes Against Marriage Equality

    Per "Informador QR:"

    Con 15 votos en contra y 9 a favor el Congreso del Yucatán no aprobó el matrimonio entre personas del mismo sexo.

    Luego que diéramos a conocer en "Informador QR," que hoy por la mañana, el 15 de julio 2019, se realizaría una nueva consulta para la aprobación del matrimonio igualitario en Yucatán, con 15 votos en contra y 9 a favor, el Congreso del Estado eligió no aprobarlo. De esta manera se informó que, al no alcanzar las terceras partes del Congreso, se considera un asunto “totalmente concluido.”

    With 15 votes against and 9 in favor, the Yucatán Congress did not approve same-sex marriage.

    After we announced in the "Informador QR," that this morning, 15 July 2019, a new consultation would be held for the approval of marriage equality in Yucatán, with 15 votes against and 9 in favor, the State Congress chose not to approve it. In this way, it was reported that, by not obtaining a two-thirds vote in Congress, the matter is now considered "totally concluded."

    Per México:‏

    Por segunda ocasión en cuatro meses, el Congreso de Yucatán rechazó la iniciativa del matrimonio igualitario con 15 votos en contra y 9 a favor, que nuevamente fueron emitidos en secreto. Este resultado es exactamente igual al de abril, cuando se realizó la primera votación.

    For the second time in four months, the Yucatán Congress rejected the equal marriage initiative with 15 votes against and 9 in favor, votes which were again made in secret. The result is exactly the same as in April, when the first vote was taken.

  • 38. VIRick  |  July 15, 2019 at 8:20 pm

    Per Cindy Santos, these 9 Yucatán deputies have let it be known that they voted in favor:

    Silvia López Escoffié, MC
    Mily Romero, MC
    Lila Rosa Frías Castillo, PRI
    Karla Franco Blanco, PRI
    Janice Escobedo Salazar, PRI
    Enrique Castillo Ruz, PRI
    Luis María Aguilar Castillo, Nueva Alianza
    Mario Alejandro Cuevas Mena, PRD
    Kathia Bolio Pinelo, PAN

    Where are the Morena deputies? According to the official website, there are 4 of them in total. Cindy Aparicio, who was again there in person, and who keeps very close track, claims that 3 of the 4 Morena deputies voted against (Miguel Candila Noh, Leticia Euán Mis, y Luis Loeza Pacheco), while the fourth, Fátima Perrera Salazar, abstained. César Brice states that all 4 voted against (in the sense that none of them adhered to national Morena policy).

  • 39. VIRick  |  July 15, 2019 at 9:41 pm

    Zacatecas: Marriage Equality Proposal to Be Discussed in August

    Per LGBT Marriage News:

    Mónica Borrego, Morena, diputada estatal en Zacatecas, declaró que los derechos no se pueden someter a foros o consultas, por lo que la iniciativa de ley sobre los matrimonios igualitarios se debe discutir en el próximo periodo ordinario de sesiones del Congreso del Estado, que iniciará en agosto.

    Mónica Borrego, Morena, state deputy in Zacatecas, said that rights can not be submitted to public forums or consultation, so the bill on marriage equality is to be discussed at the next regular session of the State Congress, which will start in August.

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