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Argument audio for SCOTUS arguments in the Title VII LGBT cases

Discrimination Transgender Rights

Argument audio has been posted for Tuesday’s arguments in the Supreme Court in the Title VII LGBT employment discrimination cases.

Audio for Bostock/Altitude Express, the sexual orientation consolidated cases, can be found here.

Argument in Harris Funeral Homes, the gender identity/transgender status case, can be found here.

The cases will be decided sometime between now and June 2020.


  • 1. VIRick  |  October 12, 2019 at 2:33 pm

    Chile: Same-Sex Parents Can Now Register Their Children with Both Surnames

    Per LGBT Marriage News:

    Same-sex parents in Chile can now register their children with the surnames of their two mothers or two fathers. The Court of Appeals ruled that the Civil Registry must register a set of twins with the surnames of their two mothers. A precedent now exists for same-sex parents and their children. It stresses that the definition of a family should not be understood in restrictive ways that alienate non-traditional family environments.

    MOVILH reported that a set of twins will be registered with the surnames of the two mothers thanks to a ruling made by the Sixth Chamber of the Court of Appeals on 10 October 2019. The twins, born in September 2017, were conceived by artificial insemination with an anonymous donor. In November 2018, the mothers approached the Civil Registry to register their children with both of their surnames. The Civil Registry rejected this request.

    The mothers, with the support of Movilh, brought the case to the Court of Appeals, which decided that the Civil Registry is required to register both mothers’ surnames.

  • 2. ianbirmingham  |  October 12, 2019 at 6:14 pm

    1 in 5 LGBTQ adults not registered to vote, despite high 2020 stakes

    Some 21% of LGBTQ adults aren’t registered to vote, according to a study released this week by the University of California, Los Angeles’ Williams Institute. That’s compared to an estimated 17% of non-LGBTQ adults.

  • 3. Elihu_Bystander  |  October 14, 2019 at 9:15 pm

    I belong to a group called Swing Left.
    we meet monthly and personalize a form letter with a personal hand written note eg. Democracy is not a spectator sport. Your vote is important. The letters are personally signed, and the envelope is hand addressed with a real postage stamp. We send these letters to unregistered voters in ten winnable states. In addition to the letter we include a voter registration form for the persons political jurisdiction. This is a national organization. The letters are generated by the organization and the tasks are sent to each individual center.
    Each participant writes 20 such letters on the chosen meeting day. Swing Left used this tactic to help with the 2018 Blue Wave. I would encourage members of this blog to consider joining a local group of Swing Left

  • 4. ianbirmingham  |  October 13, 2019 at 7:04 pm

    Chelsea Clinton emphatically states a person with a beard and a penis can 'absolutely' identify as a woman, while mom Hillary shuffles and looks conflicted as she blames 'generational' differences for not being as open to trans rights

    The one issue Hillary and Chelsea don't appear to agree on entirely is transgender self-identification.

    Hillary looked 'uneasy', and blamed generational gaps for being less accepting.

    'Errr. I'm just learning about this,' Hillary responded. 'It's a very big generational discussion, because this is not something I grew up with or ever saw. It's going to take a lot more time and effort to understand what it means to be defining yourself differently.'

    The journalist then adds that many women of Hillary's generation are uncomfortable with biological males sharing women's bathrooms.

    'I would say that, absolutely,' Hillary nods firmly. 'Absolutely. Yes.'

  • 5. VIRick  |  October 14, 2019 at 2:33 pm

    Perú: Equality Statement from the President

    Per Presidencia Perú‏:

    Presidente Martin Vizcarra C: Cada peruano y peruana debe tener muy claro que, independientemente de su condición socioeconómica, raza, opinión, creencia, edad, u orientación sexual, sus derechos tienen el mismo reconocimiento.

    President Martin Vizcarra C: It must be made very clear that every Peruvian, regardless of their socio-economic status, race, opinion, religious belief, age, or sexual orientation, must have the same recognition of their rights.

  • 6. VIRick  |  October 14, 2019 at 4:03 pm

    Zacatecas: Supreme Court Accepts "Action of Unconstitutionality" Filing

    The "Action of Unconstitutionality" filed against the Zacatecas Congress by more than 1/3 of the members of said congress (11 of 30, along with the expert legal assistance of Raymundo Moreno) has been accepted by the Supreme Court (SCJN), and has now been listed on their docket as Expediente 105/2019, or case #4 of 214 pending cases. In due course, it is scheduled to be heard before the Full Court (Pleno).

    Per SCJN:

    “A. Norma general reclamada: — Resolución de la LXIII Legislatura del Estado de Zacatecas de no aprobación del Dictamen, relativo a las Iniciativas con Proyecto de Decreto, por las que se reforma el Código Familiar del Estado de Zacatecas, en materia de matrimonio igualitario.”

    "A. General ruling demanded: — Resolution of the LXIII Legislature of the State of Zacatecas concerning the non-approval of the Final Draft, relative to the Initiatives of the Decree Bill, by which the Family Code of the State of Zacatecas is to be reformed, on the matter of marriage equality."

    Now, we simply need to watch and wait, as this case proceeds on to a final (favorable) resolution. It will take a number of months, but the ruling, once issued, given that the jurisprudence on this matter has already been determined, will ultimately lead to marriage equality becoming the law in Zacatecas.

  • 7. ianbirmingham  |  October 14, 2019 at 4:54 pm

    A conservative law professor known for his probity and prudish views on same-sex relationships was elected in a landslide in today’s presidential runoff in Tunisia.

    Exit polls from Sigma Conseil showed Kais Saied winning with 77% of the vote compared with 23% for media magnate Nabil Karoui. Max Gallien, an analyst who closely monitors Tunisia, noted that another exit poll by Emrhod Consulting suggests that Saied won every single governorate and was particularly strong in the country’s south.

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