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9/30 news and open thread UPDATE 10/3

Discrimination

– The Trump administration is getting involved in an Indiana case concerning the firing of a teacher because of his same-sex marriage. The Department of Justice says it has a “”substantial interest in religious liberty.” More information via Equality Case Files at the link.

UPDATE 10/3: A Pennsylvania federal court has ruled that a transgender student can use the correct restroom on school field trips but has deferred ruling on the other questions for now. More at the link.

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

Thanks to Equality Case Files for these filings

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  • 1. VIRick  |  September 30, 2019 at 6:12 pm

    Mexico: Number of Same-Sex Marriages by Jurisdiction for the Year 2018

    Per Julio Santaella, Presidente del INEGI INFORMA:

    002 001 Aguascalientes#
    014 032 Baja California*
    001 009 Baja California Sur#
    013 019 Campeche*
    102 205 Coahuila*
    006 034 Colima*
    005 017 Chiapas*
    078 114 Chihuahua*
    767 690 CDMX*
    000 000 Durango
    008 021 Guanajuato
    000 000 Guerrero
    000 000 Hidalgo#
    215 293 Jalisco*
    001 000 Mexico (Edomex)
    050 086 Michoacán*
    054 090 Morelos*
    044 069 Nayarit*
    000 000 Nuevo León#
    000 000 Oaxaca#
    022 030 Puebla*
    017 027 Querétaro
    067 096 Quintana Roo*
    001 000 San Luis Potosí#
    001 000 Sinaloa
    007 012 Sonora
    000 001 Tabasco
    002 008 Tamaulipas
    000 001 Tlaxcala
    000 000 Veracruz
    010 014 Yucatán
    002 001 Zacatecas
    1489 1870 Total

    The first number represents the quantity of same-sex marriages between men in 2018.
    Second number represents the quantity of same-sex marriages between women in 2018.
    A grand total of 501,298 marriages were registered in Mexico during 2018, of which 3359 were between couples of the same-sex.
    https://twitter.com/SantaellaJulio

    By these statistics, 6 jurisdictions reported zero same-sex marriages for the entire year, 3 of which, Hidalgo, Nuevo León, and Oaxaca, have subsequently legalized same-sex marriage in 2019. Another 5 states, each where amparos were still required, reported just one same-sex marriage for all of 2018, one of which, San Luis Potosí, has also legalized it in 2019. The starred (*) jurisdictions indicate those which had already legalized same-sex marriage prior to 2018. Those marked (#) have done so subsequently.

    The 0/0 tally for Oaxaca in 2018 is extremely likely to be incorrect, as marriage equality crept in to that state in mid-2017, and by mid-2018, a statewide directive allowing it had been issued. At a minimum, 6-12 same-sex couples had subsequently married there, if not quite a few more. So, separate statistics there may not have been kept by that state's civil registry. Veracruz may not have been keeping separate statistics either.

    Although both CDMX (1457) and Jalisco (508) continue to lead the pack with the highest number of same-sex marriages, the several smaller-population jurisdictions which have developed a marriage tourism/honeymoon business, besides Coahuila (307) and Jalisco, namely, Morelos (144), Nayarit (113), and Quintana Roo (163), continue to show a disproportionally large number of same-sex marriages within their states, given their relatively small populations, especially Quintana Roo. Chihuahua's relatively high number (192) is likely explained by the fact that additional couples from Sonora, Durango, and Zacatecas had come there to marry so as not to be required to obtain an amparo in their home state. No doubt, Michoacán (136) also had same-sex couples from adjacent states marry there, as well. The top 3 jurisdictions account for 68% of all same-sex marriages to have occurred in Mexico in 2018, while the top 8, in total, account for 90%.

    INEGI = Instituto Nacional de Estadística y Geografía, an autonomous agency of the Mexican government.

  • 2. bayareajohn  |  September 30, 2019 at 6:14 pm

    What do the pairs of numbers represent?

  • 3. VIRick  |  September 30, 2019 at 8:25 pm

    Durango Congress: Marriage Equality/Abortion on Agenda for October

    Per LGBT Marriage News:

    The state deputy and president of JUCOPO, Esteban Villegas Villarreal (PRI), says that both marriage equality and abortion will be on the state congress agenda in October. The Morena party has 8 of 25 legislators, but with coalition members/allies, plus this individual, there could be as many as 16 in favor. If the president of JUCOPO were against the measure, it would not have been scheduled in the upcoming agenda, and would have been consigned, instead, to the "freezer."
    https://www.elsiglodedurango.com.mx/noticia/10768

    Theoretically, the measures could pass if all of these 16 vote favorably (13 minimum required for passage):
    08 Morena
    01 PRD
    06 PT
    01 PRI

    These 9 would likely vote against/abstain:
    04 PRI
    04 PAN
    01 Verde
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Mexican_sta

    Note: The Spanish and English language versions of the same material, on the number of deputies by party affiliation, do not match. This one appears to be out-of-date, while the official congress site does not mention party affiliation:
    https://es.wikipedia.org/wiki/Congreso_del_Estado

  • 4. VIRick  |  September 30, 2019 at 9:56 pm

    John, thanks for having asked your question in the manner in which you did. As you can see, I subsequently answered it in my very extended post up above: The column on the left is the number of same-sex marriages between men, while the right-hand column comprises the number of same-sex marriages between women. These statistics are reflective of only one year, 2018, with a few obvious embedded errors and a fair quantity of warped numbers, which I have tried to explain.

    By trial and error, I have learned that the system here at EOT does not allow one to post such an extremely extended post all in one massive lump. As a result, I posted it in chunks and pieces, adding further explanation to the original table multiple times. This process also can take me a while, especially if I am translating.

  • 5. VIRick  |  October 1, 2019 at 11:50 am

    Cuba: Next Step to Marriage Equality: Changing the Family Code

    Per Maykel González Vivero‏:

    Los activistas LGBTI reunidos en Matanzas, Cuba, se prepararon durante una semana para la próxima discusión del Código de Familia que abrirá las puertas al matrimonio igualitario en el país.
    https://twitter.com/MGVivero

    LGBTI activists gathered in Matanzas, Cuba, preparing themselves for a week for the next discussion of the Family Code that will open the doors to marriage equality in the country.

  • 6. ianbirmingham  |  October 1, 2019 at 1:06 pm

    Christian homeless shelter gets $100k in damages after they turned away a trans woman. The city was investigating them for anti-trans discrimination. So they sued the city for religious discrimination.

    The Downtown Hope Center in Anchorage, Alaska, turned away a transgender woman last year, citing their religious beliefs. The center argues that it’s Christian, so it can turn away people who don’t live up to their religious principles.

    The trans woman filed a complaint with the Anchorage Equal Right’s Commission. While the state does not ban discrimination against LGBTQ people, the city of Anchorage has a civil rights ordinance that bans sexual orientation and gender identity discrimination in public accommodations.

    The commission opened an investigation, but the Downtown Hope Center didn’t wait for a decision before it filed a complaint in federal court. The center said that their religious freedom was violated because they should be allowed to turn away transgender people.

    The city of Anchorage said that they do not agree with the center’s interpretation of the Constitution, but they wanted to avoid litigation so they settled for $100,000.

    The settlement also allows the Downtown Hope Center to continue its policy of only allowing people “determined to be female at birth” in its women’s shelter.

    Municipal Attorney Rebecca Windt Pearson told Anchorage Public Media that there was also concern that the homeless shelter might not qualify as a “public accommodation” under Anchorage’s civil rights ordinance.

    Earlier this year, the Department of Housing and Urban Development rolled back Obama era protections for LGBTQ homeless people that required that shelters that receive federal money house transgender people with their gender, not with their sex assigned at birth or completely turned away.

    But Donald Trump’s Secretary of Housing and Urban Development – Ben Carson – has repeatedly denigrated transgender women as “big hairy men” and said that they are dangerous to cisgender women, without citing any evidence.

    https://www.lgbtqnation.com/2019/10/christian-hom

  • 7. VIRick  |  October 1, 2019 at 1:38 pm

    Denmark: 30th Anniversary of First Registered Same-Sex Civil Unions Worldwide

    Per LGBT Marriage News:

    On 1 October 1989, thirty years ago, Denmark became the very first country to allow same-sex couples to register in legal unions. Since then, the world has become more accepting, but in 1989, this was a trailblazing move. It was a Sunday in the country's capital, Copenhagen, and deputy mayor Tom Ahlberg opened the massive gates of the city hall to officiate the "partnerships" — the official term — of 11 same-sex couples.

    The first was Axel and Eigil Axgil, 74 and 67 years old at the time, but now both deceased. Ivan Larsen and Ove Carlsen, both still alive, but now married and in retirement, became the second couple to formalize their union.

    Between 1989 and 2012, a total of 7,491 civil unions were formed in Denmark. And in 2010 same-sex couples were granted the right to adopt. In June 2012, the civil partnerships were then abandoned in favor of new legislation allowing same-sex couples to marry, the same as hetero couples.
    https://www.thelocal.dk/20191001/30-years-ago-den

    Per Rex Wockner's Blogspot:

    Highlights of Wockner's career include:

    • Going to Denmark on 1 October 1989 to cover the world's first registered partnerships granting same-sex couples the rights of marriage.
    https://wockner.blogspot.com/

  • 8. VIRick  |  October 1, 2019 at 3:47 pm

    Taiwan: LGBT Activists Sue to Allow All Foreign Same-Sex Couples to Marry

    Per LGBT Marriage News:

    On Tuesday, 1 October 2019, the Taiwan Alliance to Promote Civil Partnership Rights (TAPCPR) accompanied a same-sex couple to register at a government office in Taipei City, but as they were turned away, the group said it would launch a legal process to appeal the rejection. According to the legal amendments approved earlier this year, a foreign citizen can only marry a Taiwanese national of the same sex if their own country also allows gay marriage.

    However, any ban on a same-sex marriage between a Taiwanese and a foreign citizen violates constitutional equal rights, the activists said. They added that following four months of study, they have decided to take the issue to court. There is no new legal amendment even necessary to change the situation, as Taiwan already has legislation in place allowing for the rejection of foreign laws if said laws are found to clash with Taiwan’s basic customs and views, TAPCPR members said.
    https://www.taiwannews.com.tw/en/news/3788142

  • 9. VIRick  |  October 1, 2019 at 4:08 pm

    Oglala Sioux: First Tribe in USA with Inclusive Hate Crimes Law

    On 1 October 2019, the Oglala Sioux Tribe (Pine Ridge Reservation, South Dakota) became the first to pass a hate crimes law that includes protections for sexual orientation and gender identity. The law is modeled on federal hate crimes law and calls for the tribal government to collect data about hate crimes. It also allows hate crimes to be punished with one year of jail or a fine.

    Monique Mousseau and Felipa DeLeon are a married same-sex couple who worked to have the new ordinance passed. They said that they met with representatives from eight of the nine reservation districts to lobby for the ordinance and were able to build a base of support. “Although authorities haven’t been keeping data, we know that many suicides on the reservation are related to gay-bashing and shaming,” Mousseau said.

    She said that she lost her job with the tribal police department in 2005 when she refused to end her relationship with DeLeon. She also said that she and her wife experienced gay-bashing on the reservation first-hand, so much so that they moved away in 2009.

    In July 2019, in a 12-3 vote, the Oglala Sioux Tribal Council passed an ordinance allowing marriage for same-sex couples. The state of South Dakota in which the Oglala Sioux reservation is located, does not have LGBTQ-inclusive hate crimes protections.
    https://www.lgbtqnation.com/2019/10/oglala-sioux-

  • 10. VIRick  |  October 1, 2019 at 5:17 pm

    Maryland: Gender-Neutral State ID Law Takes Effect

    On 1 October 2019, a law that allows Maryland residents to obtain a gender-neutral state ID took effect. Earlier this year, the Maryland General Assembly approved said law, one which then took effect without Republican Gov. Larry Hogan’s signature, but which now brings Maryland up to the standard of DC.
    https://www.washingtonblade.com/2019/10/01/md-gen

  • 11. VIRick  |  October 1, 2019 at 5:50 pm

    Colorado: State Wins in the Latest Challenge to its Anti-Discrimination Law

    Per Equality Case Files:

    On 26 September 2019, in "303 Creative v. Elenis," in yet another one of these bogus "pre-emptive attack" cases, a federal suit filed by a Colorado graphic designer named Lorie Smith challenging the state's Anti-Discrimination Act, represented by the hate group, ADF, and one wherein which the plaintiff claims to be a "devout Christian" who believes in what she calls "biblical marriage," and who, even before setting up her phony and totally unnecessary business of "designing customized wedding websites" filed her attack so she could thus be free to discriminate against whomever she so chose. Judge Krieger has ruled in favor of the state. The plaintiff will have 30 days from the 26 September judgment to file an appeal with the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals.

    • The Opinion and Order Granting Summary Judgment is here:
    http://files.eqcf.org/cases/116-cv-02372-79/
    • Final Judgment is here:
    http://files.eqcf.org/cases/116-cv-02372-80/

  • 12. VIRick  |  October 1, 2019 at 7:24 pm

    Maryland: The Ruling in the Challenge to State's "Conversion Therapy" Ban Is Appealed

    Per Equality Case Files:

    On 30 September 2019, in "Doyle v. Hogan," the federal challenge to Maryland's ban on "conversion therapy" for minors, the hate group, Liberty Counsel, has filed a notice of appeal to the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals, appealing the ruling in favor of the state, and one which had dismissed the spurious "religious liberty" lawsuit they had filed on behalf of their client, Christopher Doyle.

    The Notice of Appeal is here:
    http://files.eqcf.org/cases/119-cv-00190-79/

  • 13. Elihu_Bystander  |  October 2, 2019 at 9:39 am

    To Rick Re: Colorado: State Wins in the Latest Challenge to its Anti-Discrimination Law, the links to the order and judgement do not work. I can't get them on Equality Cases either. Although I did find the case. Perhaps they have not posted them yet?

  • 14. VIRick  |  October 2, 2019 at 10:30 am

    Thanks. I re-did the two links. Try them now. Having re-posted the links, I then tested them to verify that they were working. And as you can see, I had accessed both yesterday, as I had added my own slant regarding these pre-emptive attack-type cases dealing with all sorts of totally unnecessary wedding-related side-issues, all of which are seeking a clear, unhindered path that would allow them to pick and choose who they deem fit to even serve based on some cranked-up, narrowly-defined version of their "bible." Like the woman in Minnesota, this woman in Colorado has never actually refused service to anyone simply because, in both instances, they have never actually begun their business, but are only "thinking about it."

    Any version of anyone's "bible" in any language whatsoever has no legal basis, so citing "biblical" references in a legal case makes no sense. Furthermore, the "wedding" itself is not a legal requirement, but rather, excess performance, so this woman's peripherally useless "business" of setting up on-line "wedding websites" also does not make much sense. What does that even mean? And how does doing something on-line even begin to align with whatever she has for her centuries-old "bible?" Despite her own claim to devoutness, I am afraid that the Amish would "shun" her, as they particularly despise hypocrites of this sort, given that using electricity and electronics for some unnecessary amusement is a major violation of their standards.

  • 15. VIRick  |  October 2, 2019 at 12:12 pm

    Tlaxcala Congress Passes "Auto-Percebido" Gender Identity Law

    Per LGBT Marriage News:

    El 1 de octubre 2019, en un histórico con 20 votos a favor y 2 en contra, la 63a legislatura aprobó en su totalidad el decreto de ley mediante el cual queda aprobado el cambio de identidad de género, con el que las personas transgénero tendrán derecho a una acta de nacimiento con su personalidad elegida y dentro del marco jurídico sean reconocidos.
    https://tlaxcala.quadratin.com.mx/municipios/tlax

    On 1 October 2019, in an historic vote with 20 in favor and 2 against, the 63rd legislature approved in its entirety the law decree by which the change of gender identity is to be allowed, through which transgender individuals will have the right to be recognized on their birth certificates with their own chosen identity within the legal framework.

    Note to Wikipedia editors: Tlaxcala is now the 10th jurisdiction in Mexico to have approved a gender identity law based on self-declaration (auto-percebido). Colima, Baja California, and Oaxaca have all recently done the same. Please up-date.

    Next on the Tlaxcala Congress agenda: marriage equality.

  • 16. VIRick  |  October 2, 2019 at 12:46 pm

    Costa Rica: Right-Wing "Civil Unions" Bill Withdrawn Due to Lack of Support

    Per LGBT Marriage News:

    In Costa Rica, on 2 October 2019, LGBT activists are celebrating the withdrawal of the civil unions bill that would have thwarted the marriage equality decisions of the Supreme Court (Sala IV) and the CIDH.

    El 2 de octubre 2019, la comunidad LGBT celebra pérdida de apoyo para proyecto de uniones civiles para parejas del mismo sexo.
    https://www.larepublica.net/noticia/comunidad-lgb

  • 17. VIRick  |  October 2, 2019 at 1:01 pm

    Versailles, Kentucky: 14th KY City to Pass "Fairness Ordinance"

    Per LGBT Marriage News:

    The Versailles KY city council has passed a "fairness ordinance," making it the 14th city in the state to pass such an ordinance. On 1 October 2019, the council approved the ordinance with a vote of 3-2.

    The fairness ordinance prohibits discrimination based on gender identity and sexual orientation in the areas of housing, employment, and public accommodations. Religion, national origin, age, sex, color, and race are also covered by the ordinance. In addition, exemptions and penalties for violating the ordinance are provided for.
    https://www.newsweek.com/versailles-becomes-14th-

  • 18. VIRick  |  October 2, 2019 at 2:21 pm

    Tarija, Bolivia, to Host This Year's National LGBT Events

    Per Noel Fuentes:

    The city of Tarija, Bolivia, will be hosting a series of major national 2019 LGBT events sponsored by the Coalición Boliviana de Colectivos LGBTI:
    3-4 October – VI National LGBTI Summit conference
    4 October – Miss Señorita Transformista Boliviana contest
    5 October – VI National LGBTI March
    https://twitter.com/NoelFuentess_1

    Note: In the centuries-old tradition of the Inca, the "transformistas" of Bolivia are a third-gender identity grouping rather similar to the indigenous Zapoteca Muxe of Oaxaca in southern Mexico. And like the Muxe, the Transformistas indulge in performance art, periodically putting on spectacularly flashy shows. However, unlike the Muxe who always dress in very traditional, yet colorful garb, and while the authentic, traditionalist Inca Transformistas also do the same, this upcoming Transformista performance scheduled for Tarija appears to have the contestants wearing modern attire/gowns, an alternate variation on the same theme.

    The southern highland city of Tarija is the 7th-largest in Bolivia, and is the departmental capital of the same name, abutting Argentina.

  • 19. VIRick  |  October 2, 2019 at 5:30 pm

    Cataño, Puerto Rico, Inaugurates Its Own Rainbow-Colored "Pride Dock"

    Per Alberto Valentin, Director of the LGBT Advisory Board to the Governor:

    Today, 2 October 2019, the Mayor of Cataño PR, Felix Delgado, inaugurated the Pride Dock as part of a local initiative called "Paredes Vivas" (living walls).
    https://twitter.com/ajvalentincama

    The municipality of Cataño, across the wide bay from San Juan, has always maintained a busy commuter ferry service to/from Old San Juan. Now, the entire dock in question has been painted in bright rainbow colors. Remember, the wife of the recent governor who was forced to resign (by Ricky Martin and thousands of others in non-stop, weeks-long protest), as one last ugly parting gesture, had the police repaint the symbolic rainbow-colored Pride "gate" white, situated as it was, right outside the old city walls immediately below the governor's official residence, La Fortaleza. This new rainbow-colored city dock at Cataño is the political response from across the bay, from a thoroughly working-class municipality.

  • 20. VIRick  |  October 3, 2019 at 9:18 am

    Alaska: The "Downtown Soup Kitchen" Consent Decree Settlement

    Per Equality Case Files:

    On 2 October 2019, in "Downtown Soup Kitchen v. Municipality of Anchorage," the federal case wherein which the hate group, ADF, was challenging the city's non-discrimination ordinance in order to exclude transgender women from a women’s homeless shelter, Judge Gleason has approved a negotiated consent decree (settlement agreement) and entered final judgment in this case, awarding $1 in nominal damages to the plaintiff homeless shelter, and $100,000 in legal fees and costs to be paid to the hate group, Alliance Defending Freedom.

    This agreement was negotiated following the judge's ruling earlier this year that Hope Center (aka Downtown Soup Kitchen) is not a public accommodation within the meaning of the Anchorage non-discrimination ordinance.

    The consent decree stipulates that "AMC § 5.20.020 does not apply to Hope Center and that Hope Center is not an 'owner or operator of a public accommodation' within the meaning of AMC § 5.20.050. As such, Defendants covenant that — tracking the language from the Court’s 9 August 2019 order — they will not:

    (1) enforce AMC § 5.20.050 and AMC § 5.20.020 to the provision of overnight living space to homeless persons by Hope Center and its agents, including its right to post its desired policies, and to open its overnight shelter only to persons who were determined to be female at birth; and

    (2) enforce AMC § 5.20.050(A)(2)(b) as applied to the right of Hope Center to post and discuss its desired policies with respect to its overnight homeless shelter."

    • Joint Consent Decree is here:
    http://files.eqcf.org/cases/318-cv-00190-102/
    • Judgment is here:
    http://files.eqcf.org/cases/318-cv-00190-104/

    Note: This is an up-dated, and just-released, final settlement to this case. In particular, notice that the soup kitchen will only actually receive $1 in nominal "damages," while their legal counsel, the hate group, ADF, pocket the $100,000, leaving the soup kitchen looking rather stupid and said legal hate group looking even more vindictively hateful.

  • 21. VIRick  |  October 3, 2019 at 9:53 am

    Pennsylvania: Another Transgender School "Bathroom" Case

    Per Equality Case Files:

    On 2 October 2019, in "A.H. v. Minersville School District," a federal case wherein which a transgender girl is suing a Pennsylvania elementary school for the use of the restroom consistent with her gender identity, the Court has ruled in favor of the student on the issue of being allowed to use the girls' restroom on school field trips, but defers ruling on other issues because "issues of fact remain for trial with respect to whether the District violated A.H.'s federal rights when A.H. only used the unisex bathroom in first grade." As noted in the Opinion, A.H. is currently allowed to use the girls' restroom at school.

    The defendant school district's motion for summary judgment was denied.

    • Memorandum Opinion is here:
    http://files.eqcf.org/cases/317-cv-00391-49/
    • Order is here:
    http://files.eqcf.org/cases/317-cv-00391-50/

  • 22. VIRick  |  October 3, 2019 at 1:29 pm

    Namibia: Up-Date on Three Pending Marriage Equality Court Cases

    Per LGBT Marriage News:

    A decision by the Ministry of Home Affairs and Immigration to grant a permanent residence permit to a South African woman who is in a same-sex marriage with a Namibian citizen has not changed the government's stance that it does not recognize marriages between people of the same gender, Home Affairs Minister Frans Kapofi said yesterday, 2 October 2019. When someone in a same-sex marriage with a Namibian citizen is granted a Namibian residence permit, it would not be based on said marriage, but on other grounds, he said.

    He made the comments in connection with a decision by the Immigration Selection Board to grant a permanent residence permit to a South African citizen, Susan Jacobs, who has sued the government in an attempt to force it to recognize her marriage to a Namibian woman, Anita Grobler, and to stop the country's immigration authorities from treating her as a prohibited immigrant. Jacobs and Grobler lodged their case against the government in the High Court in September 2018. The government is defending the case.

    In the latest development on the matter, the court was informed this week that although the Immigration Selection Board decided on 25 July to approve Jacobs' application for a Namibian permanent residence permit, and that she has made the required payment of N$18 000 for the permit, it has still not been issued to her. Lawyer Stephen Vlieghe, who is representing Jacobs and Grobler, also informed the court that his clients intend to ask the court to compel the government, the minister of home affairs and immigration, and the Immigration Control Board to issue the permanent residence permit to Jacobs.

    Last month, Vlieghe informed the court that his clients and the respondents in the case have in principle agreed to settle the matter, and that Jacobs and Grobler would withdraw their case once a permanent residence certificate has been issued to Jacobs. According to Jacobs and Grobler, they have been partners in a relationship since 1993, and were married in South Africa, in terms of that country's Civil Union Act, in October 2009.

    While the case of Jacobs and Grobler, which was yesterday postponed to 23 October, could be heading for a settlement, two other matters in which married same-sex couples are suing the government in an attempt to obtain residence rights in Namibia for the spouse of the Namibian citizen, remain pending in the High Court.

    The one case involves a Namibian man who was married in South Africa to his South African husband in 2015. In that case, the court is also being asked to declare that the couple's marriage be recognized in Namibia. (This is the original same-sex marriage recognition case in Namibia, one which also involves the recognition of the couple's adoption rights of the South African-born orphaned nephew of the South African citizen.)

    In the other pending case, a German citizen who entered into an official same-sex life partnership with her Namibian-born partner in Germany in 2004 is asking the court to set aside a decision of the Immigration Selection Board to refuse her application for a Namibian permanent residence permit.

    In both of these pending cases, the lawyers representing the applicants and the government have agreed that the matters should be heard by a full bench of the High Court. Currently, the two matters have been postponed to 16 October.
    https://www.namibian.com.na/83872/read/Govt-stick

  • 23. VIRick  |  October 3, 2019 at 1:58 pm

    Hong Kong: Gay Homeowner Sues Housing Authority Barring Him from Living with Husband

    Per LGBT Marriage News:

    The homeowner in question has been barred from living with his husband under an ownership scheme of the Hong Kong Housing Authority. The couple, Henry Li and Edgar Hon Ng, were married in London in 2017.

    •The legal challenge was launched on 2 October 2019 against a rule stopping married same-sex partners from living together because they are not deemed to be family.
    •Said policy is discriminatory and deprives couples of their right to family life, Edgar Hon Ng says in the High Court filing.
    https://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/law-and-crime

  • 24. VIRick  |  October 3, 2019 at 2:59 pm

    Cuautepec de Hinojosa, Hidalgo: First Same-Sex Marriage

    Dos hombres de 22 años de edad, con iniciales E.I.V. y L.G.M.B., contrajeron nupcias en Cuautepec de Hinojosa. Así lo confirmó el gobierno de ese municipio, y agregó que la boda fue realizada el pasado fin de semana, el 28 de septiembre 2019. La ceremonia fue oficiada por Rubén Cenobio, Secretario-General Municipal.

    El ayuntamiento informó además que otras tres parejas de ese municipio han mostrado interés en contraer matrimonio. Desde junio 2019, la Ley de la Familia en Hidalgo avala la unión legal entre personas del mismo sexo.
    https://www.am.com.mx/hidalgo/noticias/Celebran-p

    Two 22-year-old men, with initials E.I.V. and L.G.M.B., married in Cuautepec de Hinojosa. This was confirmed by the government of that municipality, and added that the wedding was held last weekend, on 28 September 2019. The ceremony was officiated by Rubén Cenobio, Municipal Secretary-General.

    The city council also reported that three other couples from that municipality have shown interest in contracting marriage. Since June 2019, the Family Law in Hidalgo guarantees the legal union between same-sex couples.

    The municipality of Cuautepec de Hinojosa is located on the very eastern edge of Hidalgo, directly abutting the Puebla state line.

  • 25. VIRick  |  October 4, 2019 at 8:14 pm

    Switzerland: Hate Crimes Bill Passes in National Council

    Per LGBT Marriage News:

    Die Motion zur Erfassung von Hate Crimes wurde soeben vom Nationalrat mit 97 zu 94 Stimmen angenommen! Das ist ein riesiger Erfolg und ein wichtiger Meilenstein für die Schweizer LGBTIQ Community.
    https://twitter.com/pinkcross_ch/status/117717646

    The motion to register Hate Crimes has just been adopted by the National Council by a vote of 97 to 94! This is a huge success and an important milestone for the Swiss LGBTIQ community.

  • 26. VIRick  |  October 4, 2019 at 8:41 pm

    Jalisco: LGBT Activists Take the State Congress to the CIDH

    Per Rex Wockner:

    In Jalisco, LGBT activists (de la Unión Diversa de Jalisco) have taken their state congress to the CIDH for an Omission of Legislation (Omisión de Legislación) over its refusal to up-date and harmonize state marriage law with the ruling of the Supreme Court of Justice (SCJN) striking down the old unenforceable law in an Action of Unconstitutionality, one by which Jalisco has thus had marriage equality in effect since 2016.

    However, in the 3 1/2 year interval since then, the congress did do this:

    El Congreso de Jalisco sólo mandó una circular a las oficinas del Registro Civil Estatal y Municipal para que permitieran el matrimonio entre las parejas del mismo sexo, “pero no pueden, por ejemplo, registrar a (los nacimientos de) sus hijas e hijos, al no estar armonizada la ley, lo que deja en total desprotección a los menores.”
    http://lider919.com/presentan-queja-contra-congre

    The Jalisco Congress only sent a circular to the offices of the State and Municipal Civil Registries so as to allow marriage between same-sex couples, “but couples can not, for example, register (the births of) their daughters and sons, since the law is not harmonized, which leaves children totally unprotected."

    Despite this shortcoming, in 2018, Jalisco registered the second-highest number of same-sex marriages of any jurisdiction in Mexico. The problem referred to arises afterward, if and when children enter the picture.

  • 27. allan120102  |  October 4, 2019 at 9:57 pm

    I am surprise by the close of the vote. I thought Switzerland was more open minded and liberal.

  • 28. VIRick  |  October 5, 2019 at 9:09 am

    Tampa, Florida: Ordinance Banning "Conversion Therapy" for Minors Struck Down

    Per Equality Case Files:

    On 4 October 2019, in "Vazzo v. City of Tampa, Florida," the federal case wherein which therapists, represented by the hate group, Liberty Counsel, were challenging Tampa's ban on conversion therapy for minors, Judge William Jung has struck down the city ordinance, ruling that the city lacks the authority to regulate and discipline the practice of medicine.

    "The City is unaware of any child ever receiving proscribed SOCE in the City. The City has never before substantively regulated and disciplined the practice of medicine, psychotherapy, or mental health treatment within City limits. Nor does the City possess charter or home rule authority to do so. The City Ordinance is preempted by the comprehensive Florida regulatory scheme for healthcare regulation and discipline. Accordingly, the Court strikes the Ordinance under the implied preemption doctrine and grants the Plaintiffs’ motion for summary judgment…"

    Having ruled in favor of the plaintiffs on this basis, and following “the longstanding principle that federal courts should avoid reaching constitutional questions if there are other grounds upon which a case can be decided," the judge does not rule on or discuss any of the plaintiffs' other claims, including their First Amendment speech claims.

    • Order granting plaintiffs' motion for summary judgment is here:
    http://files.eqcf.org/cases/817-cv-02896-213/

    The decision is likely to be appealed on the grounds that "conversion therapy" is quackery, not healthcare, medicine, or accepted psychotherapy. Peculiarly enough, though, this odd decision does wipe out all of the plaintiff's over-blown constitutional claims concerning "religious liberty" and "free speech," something which the judge appears to have taken great pains to avoid. Boca Raton's ordinance banning "conversion therapy" has successfully withstood a similar court challenge. The Tampa ordinance was copied from that in Boca Raton, as have the ordinances subsequently adopted in a number of other Florida cities.

  • 29. Randolph_Finder  |  October 5, 2019 at 10:13 am

    Was this last week (9/27) as indicated on https://www.ggg.at/2019/09/27/schweizer-parlament… ?

  • 30. VIRick  |  October 5, 2019 at 12:05 pm

    Mexican Embassy in Colombia: First Same-Sex Marriage

    Per Francisco Burgoa:

    Que buena noticia que el matrimonio igualitario sea una realidad en los consulados de México en el mundo. Hoy, se llevó a cabo el primero en Colombia ante la presencia de la Embajadora de México en Colombia, Patricia Galeana.
    https://twitter.com/FranciscoBurgoa

    What good news that marriage equality is a reality in the consulates of Mexico worldwide. Today, the first one was held in Colombia in the presence of the Mexican Ambassador to Colombia, Patricia Galeana.

    Per Embajada de México en Colombia:

    El día de hoy, el 4 de octubre 2019, en nuestro consulado se llevó a cabo el primer matrimonio igualitario. Con esto, nuestro país reafirma su compromiso con el respeto y protección de los derechos de todos sus ciudadanos.
    https://twitter.com/EmbaMexCol/status/11802877387

    At our consulate, the first equal marriage was held today, 4 October 2019. With this, our country reaffirms its commitment to respect and protect the rights of all its citizens.

  • 31. VIRick  |  October 5, 2019 at 7:54 pm

    Puebla Is Insane and Morena as a Leftist Political Party with Principal Is a Joke

    The Governor of Puebla state, Miguel Barbosa Huerta (Morena), has proposed legislation that would reinforce the unconstitutional definition of marriage as being that solely between a woman and a man, a point already struck down by the Supreme Court of Justice (SCJN) as being unconstitutional in their ruling against Puebla in "la Acción de Inconstitucionalidad 29/2016," which thus allowed marriage equality to have become a reality in Puebla since 2017.

    Perversely, this Morena governor has the full backing of Gabriel Biestro Medinilla (Morena), the chief state deputy (Presidente de la Junta de Gobierno y Coordinación Política (JUCOPO) del Congreso del Estado), who also voted in favor of this retrograde, unconstitutional proposal in the united committees, which has just approved it.
    https://www.escandala.com/matrimonio-igualitario-

    Yesterday, 4 October 2019, the combined committees of the Comisiones de Procuración y Administración de Justicia y la de Igualdad unanimously voted in favor of this retrograde measure, which will now be sent to the full congress for a final vote.
    https://www.proceso.com.mx/602140/legisladores-po

    In the meantime, the deputy Chelo García, Diputado sin Partido (but an ex-Panista), has proposed a counter-measure to change Article 294 to read that "marriage is the free union between two persons," a change that would bring the Puebla Family Code into alignment with the pre-existing Supreme Court ruling. It was voted down.
    https://twitter.com/MgBranding

    Defensores del matrimonio igualitario en Puebla se dijeron listos para recurrir a la "Acción de Inconstitucionalidad" ante la SCJN, de aprobarse en el (Pleno del) Congreso de Puebla la ley propuesta por el gobernador Barbosa Huerta (Morena) que prohíbe esos enlaces.
    http://www.notipuebla.com.mx/2019/10/05/recurrira

    Defenders of marriage equality in Puebla said they are ready to resort to an "Action of Unconstitutionality" before the SCJN, if the law proposed by Governor Barbosa Huerta (Morena) that prohibits these links were to be approved in the (full) Congress of Puebla.

    So, here we are, with two prominent members of Morena, the state Governor and the chief deputy in the state congress, proposing, agreeing with, and voting in favor of a measure which has already been struck down by the Supreme Court as being unconstitutional. Instead, we have to rely upon a deputy without party, but an ex-Panista, to propose legislation that would pass constitutional muster.

    Of course, if the unconstitutional proposal were to be passed in the full congress, there will be an instant challenge, given that this would be an extremely clear case for an "Action of Unconstitutionality," one in which the Supreme Court will undoubtedly rule in our favor for yet a second time, given that the members of said Supreme Court will likely not view a direct challenge to their authority with much kindness.

    In 2018, Puebla registered the 9th-largest number of same-sex marriages of any jurisdiction in Mexico.

  • 32. VIRick  |  October 5, 2019 at 8:37 pm

    Here is one interesting response to the mess in Puebla pertaining to the current subject, one filled with non-stop, run-on Mexican curses and vulgarities. To assist in translation:

    Poblanos = residents of Puebla (not people)
    Reputísisima = over-the-top disreputable
    Perra = bitch (dog)
    Gata = bitch (cat)
    Chinguen = (everyone) fucks
    Arrastrada = ugly/filthy (beyond belief)
    Huevos = balls (not eggs)
    Verga = big dick
    Pendejos = assholes
    Chingada/cagada = fucking/fucker
    Mierda = shit
    Puta/puto = whore/male whore
    Pinche = damn

    Per Daniel Medina Da Silveira:

    ¡¡¡¡Chinguen a su pinche puta perra gata y arrastrada madre!!!!

    Pinches poblanos, hijos de toda su reputísisima madre.

    Son pura pinche cagada, son mierda los poblanos.

    Pinches mierdas, valen pura verga y son pendejos.

    No vayan a Puebla los LGBTTTIQ. Y que los LGBTTTTIQ que se larguen a la chingada por pinches putos que les faltan huevos.
    https://www.escandala.com/matrimonio-igualitario-

    In proper sequence, in Mexican tirades, one always begins by cursing everyone's mother (puta, perra, gata, arrastrada madre) in the vilest manner imaginable, then goes on to cast aspersions upon the residents, calling them pure fuckers and shit, discussing how much big dick they take, and then topping it off by calling them assholes. In the last one, he even tells anyone from the LGBT community who even goes there "To get off by fucking themselves as damn male whores who are missing their balls." Enjoy. I felt "at home" reading this amazing diatribe. It makes my headline to the previous post appear quite calm, while summarizing my own internal feelings toward the matter.

  • 33. VIRick  |  October 5, 2019 at 9:24 pm

    Yes. Thanks for finding the same information in a separate article, clearly dated 27 September 2019. However, that article itself mentions "Donnerstag," which would indicate that the Hate Crimes measure passed on Thursday, 26 September.

  • 34. allan120102  |  October 6, 2019 at 11:30 am

    Couples continue to marry in Guanajuato. I am surprise by the quantity of couples that have been getting married https://guanajuato.lasillarota.com/estados/dos-mu

  • 35. VIRick  |  October 6, 2019 at 12:09 pm

    Mapo's Assessment of the Mess Generated in Puebla

    Per Mapo:

    El Estado de Puebla tiene absoluta prohibición de volver a prohibir el matrimonio igualitario por la "Acción de Inconstitucionalidad, 29/2016," dictada por la SCJN. Miguel Barbosa Huerta y el Congreso de Puebla demuestran los caprichos del poder y el desacato, ameritando sus remociones inmediatas.
    https://twitter.com/siendomapo

    The State of Puebla has an absolute prohibition to again return to prohibit marriage equality as per the "Action of Unconstitutionality, 29/2016," issued by the SCJN. Miguel Barbosa Huerta and the Congress of Puebla demonstrate the vagaries of power and contempt, meriting their immediate removal.

    Yes, precisely. It is unconstitutional to attempt to reinstate a ban which has already been specifically struck down as unconstitutional, and thus rendered inoperative. It can not be made operative again.

    The final vote on this clearly unconstitutional measure is now scheduled to occur in the full congress tomorrow, 7 October.
    https://twitter.com/odesyr/status/118101790093046

  • 36. Elihu_Bystander  |  October 6, 2019 at 1:04 pm

    When will the transcripts of the oral arguments in the SCOTUS Title VII cases be available?

  • 37. VIRick  |  October 6, 2019 at 4:24 pm

    Allan, for the past several years, the federal judges in Guanajuato state have been speedily rubber-stamping these amparo requests in a very pro forma manner, given that they can no longer refuse them. Notice that, from start to finish, this one only took one week from filing to resolution, before the couple married. In addition, a second request was also speedily approved in order for a second couple to marry this week:

    León, Guanajuato: Two Women Marry

    León, Guanajuato: Dos Mujeres se Casan

    Este viernes, el 4 de octubre 2019, una pareja de mujeres contrajo matrimonio luego de promover un amparo en el mes de septiembre, junto a 10 parejas más, para que no les fuera presentada la negativa por parte de Registro Civil y les permitan casarse. El matrimonio de Miriam y Ana María forma parte de estas peticiones.

    En el caso de Miriam y Ana María, obtuvieron la resolución de la demanda en una semana, así lo declaró Julio César O´Farrel, representante de PRIDE León. Así mismo, mencionó que se resolvió el caso de otra pareja, la cual se casará la siguiente semana. Cabe señalar que en el estado de Guanajuato se han promovido 115 amparos; sin embargo, el tema no se ha discutido en el Congreso Estatal.
    https://guanajuato.lasillarota.com/estados/dos-mu

    This Friday, October 4, 2019, a female couple married after filing an amparo in September, along with 10 more couples, in order that they not be presented with a refusal from the Civil Registry allowing them to marry. The marriage of Miriam and Ana María formed part of these requests.

    In the case of Miriam and Ana María, they obtained the resolution to their demand in a week, as stated by Julio César O'Farrel, representative of PRIDE León. Likewise, he mentioned that the case of another couple was resolved, one in which they will marry during the following week. It should be noted that in the state of Guanajuato 115 amparos have been requested; however, the issue has not been discussed in the State Congress.

    Note: If, indeed, 115 amparos have been requested and granted in Guanajuato state, then Guanajuato is now leading all of the remaining recalcitrant states, including Yucatán, the previous leader at 90 plus, for the very dubious prize of having had the most amparos granted. Earlier, at the time when I quit bothering to keep count, Guanajuato had been in second place with around 65 amparos granted.

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