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  • 1. VIRick  |  February 11, 2020 at 6:19 pm

    Costa Rica: Sala Constitucional Reaffirms Marriage Equality Legal from 26 May

    Per LGBT Marriage News:

    El magistrado presidente de la Sala Constitucional, Fernando Castillo, confirmó al diputado Enrique Sánchez que el matrimonio igualitario entrará en vigencia a partir del 26 de mayo de este año.

    Sánchez, al enviarle una consulta, recibió una carta con la respuesta oficial del magistrado, donde indica que la Asamblea Legislativa debe adecuar la ley para que sea legal, o de lo contrario, será permitido 18 meses después desde que se publicó la sentencia en el Boletín Judicial el 26 de noviembre de 2018.

    "A partir del 26 de mayo de 2020, quedará sin efecto la prohibición establecida, sea la imposibilidad legal de contraer matrimonio entre personas del mismo sexo," destacó Castillo.

    The presiding justice of the Constitutional Chamber, Fernando Castillo, confirmed to deputy Enrique Sánchez that marriage equality will enter into effect as of 26 May 2020.

    Sánchez, having sent an inquiry, received a letter with the official response from the justice, indicating that the Legislative Assembly must adapt the law in order that it be legal, otherwise, it will be permitted 18 months after the date when the ruling was published in the Judicial Bulletin of 26 November 2018.

    "As of 26 May 2020, the established prohibition will become null and void, that being the legal impossibility of contracting marriage between same-sex couples," declared Castillo.

  • 2. VIRick  |  February 11, 2020 at 6:55 pm

    Saint John, New Brunswick, to Ban "Conversion Therapy"

    Per LGBT Marriage News:

    The New Brunswick city of Saint John, historically the province's largest city, is taking steps to ban anti-LGBT "conversion therapy," joining two other Maritime Provinces, Prince Edward Island and Nova Scotia, in banning the discredited practice. In addition, a Canada-wide federal ban has also been proposed.

    On 10 February 2020, Saint John city council members have instructed the city manager to find ways to “eliminate or curtail” conversion therapy in the city – joining Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, and St. Albert AB, as Canadian cities that have taken a stance against the practice (in provinces which have not otherwise already banned the it province-wide).

    As noted by LGBT Marriage News, the original headline to this article is misleading. Saint John NB might well be the first Maritime city to ban "conversion therapy," but two other entire provinces have already beaten it in doing so, thus leaving the rest of the province of New Brunswick to be the last.

    Lethbridge, Alberta, to Draft By-Law Banning "Conversion Therapy"

    Per Dr. Kristopher Wells:

    On 10 February 2020, the Lethbridge AB City Council voted to move forward in developing a "conversion therapy" prohibition bylaw. The vote was 7 in favor and 2 opposed.

    "Conversion therapy" has been banned in Manitoba and Ontario since 2015, in Vancouver and Nova Scotia since 2018, and in Prince Edward Island and assorted cities in Alberta since 2019. A bill to ban the practice province-wide is pending in British Columbia.

  • 3. Randolph_Finder  |  February 12, 2020 at 6:35 am

    There are generally considered to be four maritime Provinces: New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and (Newfoundland and Labrador). Since (Newfoundland and Labrador) don't have a Conversion Therapy ban, the rest of New Brunswick won't be last. (The Parentheses are for clarity)

  • 4. VIRick  |  February 11, 2020 at 7:50 pm

    Virginia House Passes Bill Striking "Fornication" from Criminal Code

    Per LGBT Marriage news:

    Today, 11 February 2020, the Virginia House of Delegates passed a bill to strike the offense of “Fornication” from the criminal code. The measure must now pass in the Senate.

    In the meantime, years ago, in 2005, the Virginia Supreme Court struck down said law as inoperable. Still, once passed, as CNN wryly noted, this new bill would finally make it "on-the-books" legal for unmarried couples to have sex in Virginia.

  • 5. ianbirmingham  |  February 12, 2020 at 1:30 am

    Virginia's vehicle license plates feature the phrase "Virginia Is For Lovers" along the bottom, which is hilarious considering the fact that Virginia was the target of a famous Supreme Court smackdown in the "Loving v. Virginia" case and has often been LGBT-unfriendly in the years since. Virginia deserves to be sued for false advertising!

  • 6. Randolph_Finder  |  February 12, 2020 at 6:41 am

    But perhaps, not by the time this session of the Legislature is over. In some ways I'm thrilled about the laws that this legislature is sending to the Governor, but this *is* on the balance a more conservative state than neighboring Maryland, which makes me worry about overreach.

    Neighboring Maryland last had the Republicans in control of either half of the the state legislature in the 1898-1900 term (yes, more than 100 years ago) and it isn't happening in 2020 either (I'm convinced you could have the entire Democratic membership of the Maryland Legislature shoot, cook and eat the Governor and they'd have a decent chance of keeping the Majority.)

  • 7. VIRick  |  February 12, 2020 at 4:13 pm

    9th Circuit Court of Appeals Dismisses Oregon School "Bathroom" Appeal

    Per Equality Case Files:

    On 12 February 2020, in "Parents for Privacy v. Barr," a federal case wherein which the plaintiffs appealed the dismissal of their challenge of an Oregon school district policy allowing transgender students to use facilities consistent with their gender identity, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals affirms the lower court ruling dismissing the lawsuit.

    "In summary, we hold that Dallas School District No. 2’s carefully-crafted Student Safety Plan seeks to avoid discrimination and ensure the safety and well-being of transgender students; it does not violate Title IX or any of Plaintiffs’ cognizable constitutional rights. A policy that allows transgender students to use school bathroom and locker facilities that match their self-identified gender in the same manner that cisgender students utilize those facilities does not infringe Fourteenth Amendment privacy or parental rights or First Amendment free exercise rights, nor does it create actionable sex harassment under Title IX."

    "Accordingly, Plaintiffs have failed to state a federal claim upon which relief can be granted. The judgment of the district court is AFFIRMED."

  • 8. VIRick  |  February 12, 2020 at 4:21 pm

    Presidential Primary Quote of the Year

    Per Elizabeth Warren, when asked who would be her Mike Pence:

    "I already have a dog."….

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