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Senate confirms Amy Coney Barrett to replace Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the Supreme Court


The Washington Blade reports:

The U.S. Senate on Monday confirmed Amy Coney Barrett to a seat on the U.S. Supreme Court by a vote of 52-48, solidifying a 6-3 conservative majority on the bench and President Trump’s lasting impact on the judiciary.

Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.), the first out lesbian elected to the Senate, joined other critics in saying Barrett’s confirmation was rushed through and said on the Senate “voters across America should be allowed to cast their ballots first,” but Republicans “have no interest in listening to the people.”

“That’s why they are rushing and ramming President Trump’s Supreme Court nomination forward just days before the election,” Baldwin said. “This rigged and illegitimate process is wrong, and it follows a pattern of the majority leader and Senate Republicans abusing their power to break their own standards on Supreme Court nominations.”

The vote was a party-line vote. Republicans (all but one) voted to confirm, Democrats voted against. She is the first Justice confirmed with no bipartisan support since 1869.


  • 1. guitaristbl  |  October 26, 2020 at 6:52 pm

    A very sad day. Nothing more to say I think. Get out and vote. It's all you can do.

  • 2. ianbirmingham  |  October 26, 2020 at 8:57 pm

    Another gay teacher fired. LGBTQ students face expulsion. Discrimination continues in Florida schools

    Steven Arauz, celebrated by his church and by foster care advocates for his work with abused and neglected children, this summer was fired from his job teaching sixth-grade at a Seventh Day Adventist school in Longwood after school leaders discovered he was gay. As soon as the school — which receives more than $1 million in tax dollars and tax credits each year — learned he was gay, administrators sent him an email … Arauz said they gave him strict orders: “Hand over your keys. Hand over your badge. You’re not allowed on Forrest Lake property.”

    Monica Lisciandro was fired from her job teaching theater at Covenant Christian School in Brevard County after the school last year learned she was gay. That's legal in Florida. The school received more than $900,000 in voucher money from the state of Florida last year.

    Dozens of publicly funded voucher schools in Florida have policies that blatantly discriminate against LGBTQ students and families.

    Many schools spelled them out in writing on their websites — until the Orlando Sentinel started reporting on them. Then, some of these faith-based schools started scrubbing their sites. Few came out to say they were no longer discriminating; they just wanted to erase the evidence.

    One Volusia County school that received more than $1 million a year told students that simply uttering the words “I am gay” was “basis for dismissal.” A Merritt Island school that received more than $700,000 told students they could be suspended for five days for lying or cheating but expelled for being gay.

    All told, the Sentinel found more than 80 schools with blatant, written policies — against students and their parents. An Air Force veteran shared how her partner’s children were welcomed at one voucher school when her partner was married to a man but denied admission to the same school once she fell in love with a woman who had served this country.

    Children are being taught to discriminate. With tax dollars.

    (Continued in next comment)

  • 3. ianbirmingham  |  October 26, 2020 at 8:59 pm

    (Continued from prior comment)

    The discrimination is defended by the governor, education commissioner, legislative leaders and even the leading nonprofit that administers the state’s voucher program.

    Defenders of this discrimination claim it comes down to religious freedom — saying church-run schools have a right to refuse service. Defenders of racial segregation used to make similar arguments. A judge in Virginia issued an infamous ruling in 1965 that said God placed the races on different continents because “he did not intend for the races to mix.”

    Defenders also stress that parents are the ones who choose where to use the vouchers. (Though the state must approve all the schools eligible to cash them.) And they are quick to note that the LGBTQ families who are banned from some schools are free to go elsewhere.

    Welcome back in time to “Separate But Equal.”

    Democratic legislators have proposed rules that say any school that wants to take public money must also be willing to serve all the public. But Gov. Ron DeSantis, Republican legislators and some Democratic members of the Black legislative caucus have objected.

    Some people ask why any gay person would want to attend or work at a school that didn’t want them. Segregationists used to ask similar questions about why blacks would want to go places they weren’t wanted. These people are asking the wrong question.

    Florida has been dragged kicking and screaming into the age of equality. Courts forced the state to do the right thing on everything from gay adoption to gay marriage. Every step of the way, lawmakers desperately clung to the last straws of legalized discrimination.

  • 4. Elihu_Bystander  |  October 27, 2020 at 5:21 am

    Re Pope Francis’ Unofficial Public Statements on Same Sex Civil Unions

    I initially though Francis’ statements fell into the “Too little, too late” category. However, after reading many differing comments on his statements, I have changed my mind. I’d like to share two of those comments with you that I believe are salient.

    The first is Fr. Brian Massingale: Rachel Martin speaks with Fr. Bryan Massingale, priest and professor at Fordham University, about Pope Francis' statements.

    I found this interview enlightening about the global significant of Frances’ statements.

    Second: Fr James Allison posted on his web site:

  • 5. VIRick  |  October 27, 2020 at 3:43 pm

    Here Is a Complete List of Last Day that Mail-In Ballots Will Be Accepted In Every State

    Note: There is still pending litigation in North Carolina and in Pennsylvania over both states' extensions to accept mail-in ballots if received by the end of business on 6 November. However, most states require that mail-in ballots be received by the time polls close on 3 November. In addition, in most states, "mail-in" ballots can be deposited into the secure drop-boxes located at the county Board of Elections and/or at additional, supplemental secure drop boxes, if allowed by state law, thus avoiding any possible delays in delivery by the USPS. In addition, states are allowing early in-person voting, with dates and times varying widely.

  • 6. VIRick  |  October 28, 2020 at 7:16 pm

    Supreme Court: Two Major Voting Victories for Democrats

    On Wednesday, 28 October 2020, the Supreme Court handed Democrats major victories in election legal battles in two critical swing states, letting extended deadlines for mail-in ballots in North Carolina and Pennsylvania remain in place for now.

    By a 5-3 vote, the Supreme Court declined to expedite a decision on Pennsylvania’s extended deadline for receiving mail-in ballots, virtually guaranteeing it will remain in place through the election, and, in a separate 5-3 ruling, it declined to halt an Appeals court ruling that kept the North Carolina deadline in place.

    Justices Alito, Gorsuch, and Thomas dissented in both of the rulings. The Court’s newest justice, the Handmaiden who was infamously confirmed on Monday, 25 October, in a dubious process that was rammed through the Senate so she could participate in these election-related lawsuits filed by the Trump campaign, did not participate because she did not have adequate time to review the filings, according to the court’s public information officer.

    As a result of the rulings, mail-in ballots postmarked by Election Day can be received through 6 November in Pennsylvania and through 12 November in North Carolina, instead of both being cut off on 3 November. Thousands more ballots in both states are likely to be counted as a result.

  • 7. VIRick  |  October 27, 2020 at 6:10 pm

    Georgia: Senate Candidate Warnock (D) on "Religious Freedom" and LGBTQ Rights

    Per Raphael Warnock:

    Despite all the progress we've made and continue to work toward, LGBTQ rights are under assault by Washington. That fight couldn't be clearer in the battle around health care. The Affordable Care Act expanded affordable health care access to more than 20 million people nationwide — including many LGBTQ people. Prior to passage of the ACA, one in three LGBTQ people making less than $45,000 a year were uninsured. But today, that number has dropped to 1 in 5 people.

    Instead of celebrating our strides forward, leaders like US Sen. Kelly Loeffler and US Rep. Doug Collins, both of whom I'm running against in a special US Senate election in Georgia, are pushing a divisive agenda that would overturn the very civil rights protections that we've fought to implement in the ACA that protect gender identity or sexual orientation. These very laws ensure that lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, or other communities cannot face discrimination in health care.

    That’s why for 15 years as senior pastor of Atlanta’s Ebenezer Baptist Church, I have championed the fight for equality in our state, standing firm from my pulpit against so-called religious freedom bills to support the dignity of all people . But to ensure equality for all, we need comprehensive legislation passed in Congress to enshrine equal rights for all against the whims of bad bills or the changing tides of our nation’s highest court. The notion that equal rights are a sacred part of the American promise and who we are is the covenant we have with one another. And the fierce urgency in the voices of LGBTQ people who have waited too long for equal justice under the law demands that we act now. It’s time that the US Senate joined the US House of Representatives in heeding the call of Americans across the nation for our Congress to pass legislation like the Equality Act to ensure that the ideals of liberty and justice enshrined in the Constitution truly extend to every citizen.

  • 8. VIRick  |  October 27, 2020 at 7:11 pm

    Guerrero Congress Rejects Marriage Equality

    Per LGBT Marriage News:

    Congreso de Guerrero Rechaza el Matrimonio Igualitario

    El 27 de octubre 2020, el pleno del Congreso estatal aprobó el dictamen que presentó la Comisión de Justicia con el que rechaza la iniciativa de reforma al Código Civil que plantea el reconocimiento legal de los matrimonios entre personas del mismo sexo. Al presentar el dictamen, el presidente de la Comisión, el priista Omar Jalil Flores Majul defendió el matrimonio como la institución jurídica entre un hombre y una mujer.

    El dictamen de la Comisión de Justicia por el que se rechaza la iniciativa de reforma al Código Civil para permitir el reconocimiento de los matrimonios igualitarios fue avalado con 23 votos a favor, los del PRI, PRD, PAN, y 6 de Morena.

    Había 15 en contra del dictamen (a favor) de rechazo, los del PT, MC, y 13 de Morena. Dos diputados de Morena se abstuvieron.

    On October 27, 2020, the full session of the state Congress approved the draft proposal presented by the Justice Committee in which it rejected the initiative to reform the Civil Code that would install the legal recognition of marriages between people of the same sex. When presenting the draft, the president of the Committee, Omar Jalil Flores Majul (PRI), defended marriage as the legal institution between a man and a woman.

    The draft of the Justice Committee rejecting the initiative to reform the Civil Code to allow for the recognition of equal marriages was endorsed with 23 votes in favor, those of the PRI (12), PRD (6), PAN (1), and 6 from Morena.

    There were 15 against the draft (in favor) of rejection, those of the PT (1), MC (1), and 13 from Morena. Two deputies from Morena abstained.

    Alejandro Gallardo has provided an exact, party-by-party, member-by-member vote count:

  • 9. VIRick  |  October 28, 2020 at 8:27 pm

    State Dept. Drops Appeal of Cases of Same-Sex Couple's Children Refused Passports

    Per Lambda Legal and Equality Case Files:

    On Monday, 26 October 2020, two key legal victories on behalf of married same-sex couples and their children became final after the US State Department withdrew its appeal in "Kiviti v. Pompeo," the case from Maryland appealed to the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals, and further decided not to appeal the Georgia district court’s decision in "Mize-Gregg v. Pompeo." In both cases, federal district courts found the US Department of State’s refusal to recognize the US citizenship of the children born abroad to two married same-sex, US citizen couples to be unlawful.

  • 10. VIRick  |  October 28, 2020 at 8:32 pm

    Texas State Board Reverses Rule Change Allowing for LGBTQ/Disability Discrimination

    Per Equality Case Files:

    After backlash from lawmakers, social workers, and advocates, a state board voted Tuesday, 27 October 2020, to undo a rule change that would have allowed social workers to turn away clients who are LGBTQ or have a disability.

    The Texas Behavioral Health Executive Council voted unanimously to restore protections for LGBTQ and disabled clients to Texas social workers’ code of conduct just two weeks after unanimously voting to remove them.

  • 11. VIRick  |  October 28, 2020 at 9:07 pm

    Canada: Federal Bill Criminalizing Anti-LGBT "Conversion Therapy" Advances

    Per LGBT Marriage News:

    On 28 October 2020, Bill C-6 to criminalize anti-LGBT "conversion therapy," sponsored by the Minister of Justice, was adopted at the second reading in the House of Commons by a vote of 308-7. It now goes to the Justice and Human Rights Committee for study, and its report, after which it will have a third reading, and then move on through the Senate.

  • 12. VIRick  |  October 28, 2020 at 9:28 pm

    Italy: Lower House Passes Bill Banning Anti-LGBT Discrimination, Hate Crimes

    Per LGBT Marriage News:

    Today, 28 October 2020, five major articles of the bill banning anti-LGBT discrimination and hate crimes passed Italy's lower house; voting continues on the rest of the bill, after which all of it heads to the Senate.

    The following is a long, detailed news article presenting each of the five approved articles, the most important of which is probably Article 1, which reads:

    L'articolo 1 del testo sull'omofobia, approvato dall'Aula, modifica l'articolo 604 bis del Codice Penale, aggiungendo tra i reati di propaganda e istigazione a delinquere per motivi di discriminazione razziale, etnica, e religiosa, punibili con la detenzione, anche gli atti di violenza o incitamento alla violenza e alla discriminazione "fondati sul sesso, sul genere, sull'orientamento sessuale, sull'identità di genere, o sulla disabilità."

    Article 1 of the text on homophobia, approved by the Chamber, modifies Article 604 bis of the Criminal Code, adding among the crimes of propaganda and incitement to crime for reasons of racial, ethnic, and religious discrimination, punishable by imprisonment, also acts of violence or incitement to violence and discrimination "based on sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, or disability."

  • 13. VIRick  |  October 28, 2020 at 9:59 pm

    India: Rights Group in Kerala State Moving to Ban LGBT "Conversion Therapy"

    Per LGBT Marriage News:

    Local LGBT rights group Queerala went to court in Kerala state in June after an upsurge in reports from LGBT people of being forced by family members during the new COVID-19 pandemic to visit doctors to be “cured."

    On Wednesday, 27 October 2020, the Kerala High Court agreed to admit Queerala’s petition, which calls for all forms of forced treatment or "conversion therapy" claims to be declared “illegal, unconstitutional, and a violation of fundamental rights." The hearing will begin next month, said Queerala’s lawyer, Ferha Azeez.

  • 14. Chiara Ballon  |  October 29, 2020 at 2:28 am

    Hey guys, Im posting here to let you know that Nov 3rd is a very important day for two reasons, first because of the crucial US election of course, and also because thats the day that the Constitutional Court of Peru (Tribunal Constitucional del Peru) will FINALLY discuss in private the Ugarteche marriage equality case, which if ruled favourably would open the door to the recognition of same sex marriages performed abroad in Peru. Apparently there are three votes in favour and three against and there is an undecided judge which would be the swing vote.

    Honestly I would rather have them vote against it than have them take any longer to rule since there would at least be an answer so that Oscar Ugarteche can take his case to the CIDH, which he has already signalled he will do if they reject his case. That way, there would be an assured victory in the long run instead of waiting more years for the Court to rule. As you can imagine im nervous as hell waiting for Nov 3rd and ill be crossing my fingers hoping that American democracy prevails over a disgraceful president and that my country becomes at least a little bit fairer.

    Source for Ugarteche case date, its an Instagram post from an influential Peruvian LGBT NGO:

  • 15. VIRick  |  October 29, 2020 at 11:23 am

    Guerrero: "Action of Unconstitutionality" against State in Process

    Per Rex Wockner:

    The Mexican state of Guerrero is to be sued in an "Action of Unconstitutionality" at the Supreme Court (SCJN) for voting down the pending marriage equality legislation yesterday, 27 October 2020.

    Legisladores de Morena, especificamente el legislador, Moisés Reyes Sandoval (Morena), buscan que se obligue al Congreso Estatal a legislar en materia de diversidad sexual. Presentarán controversia ante la SCJN por rechazo a matrimonio gay en Guerrero.

    “Presentaremos una 'Acción de Inconstitucionalidad' para irnos a la SCJN y poder seguir los pasos del caso Nuevo León en donde la Suprema Corte obligó al congreso de Nuevo León legislar en materia de diversidad sexual y específicamente del matrimonio igualitario."

    Morena legislators, specifically the legislator, Moisés Reyes Sandoval (Morena), seek to force the State Congress to legislate on matters of sexual diversity. They will present the controversy before the SCJN for the rejection of gay marriage in Guerrero.

    "We will present an 'Action of Unconstitutionality' before the SCJN and thus be able to follow the steps of the Nuevo León case where the Supreme Court forced the Nuevo León congress to legislate on matters of sexual diversity and specifically on marriage equality."

    Acapulco: Mayor Comes Out in Favor of Marriage Equality

    Per LGBT Marriage News:

    El 29 de octubre 2020, la alcaldesa de Acapulco, Adela Román Ocampo, se pronunció a favor de la legalización del matrimonio igualitario en Guerrero.

    On 29 October 2020, the mayor of Acapulco, Adela Román Ocampo, pronounces in favor of the legalization of marriage equality in Guerrero.

    Acapulco is the most-populous municipality in Guerrero, three times the size of the second-most populous, Chilpancingo, the state capital. Ironically, at the municipal level, Chilpancingo allows same-sex couples to marry there, but Acapulco does not.

  • 16. VIRick  |  October 29, 2020 at 12:29 pm

    Morelos: SCJN Dismisses Lawsuit Aimed to Overturn Marriage Equality

    Per LGBT Marriage News:

    On 28 October 2020, the SCJN dismissed the case seeking to overturn the marriage equality law in Morelos state, one which had been filed by several municipalities who claimed that they were not consulted on the state constitutional change.

  • 17. VIRick  |  October 29, 2020 at 1:07 pm

    Latvia: Parliament Rejects Citizens' Initiative for LGBT Civil Partnerships

    Per LGBT Marriage News:

    On 29 October 2020, in a 55-30 vote, the Latvian Parliament, the Saeima, rejected the popular initiative for civil partnerships; work continues on a cohabitation law.

    Latvian Saeima Rejects Initiative for Registration of Same-Sex Partnerships

    On 29 October, the Saeima rejected the initiative of more than 10,000 Latvian residents regarding the registration of same-sex partnerships, as 55 deputies voted to reject the initiative, 30 voted in favor of it, while one member abstained. There are 100 Saeima deputies, so the remaining 14 did not participate in the vote (under the Latvian system, abstention is an active choice).

    A law on cohabitation is now planned by the Saeima Social and Labor Affairs Commission. The debate on this issue will therefore continue soon.

  • 18. ianbirmingham  |  October 29, 2020 at 8:28 pm

    One Million Moms accuses Uber of glamorizing 'LGBTQ lifestyle' for having 'Queer Eye' star in commercial

    One Million Moms is known for pushing back on content featuring LGBT characters and stars. In December 2019, the Hallmark Channel pulled four TV ads that featured a lesbian couple getting married and kissing after a petition from the group received nearly 26,000 signatures.

  • 19. ianbirmingham  |  October 30, 2020 at 2:35 am

    Israeli Court Revokes Lesbian Mother's Adoption of Her Children, Setting Worrying Precedent

    In the first such ruling in Israel, the family court revoked a divorced, non-biological mother’s parenthood of her former spouse’s two children, at both women’s request. The state and Social Affairs Ministry objected, claiming that revoking the adoption could harm the children.

    Judge Sigalit Ofek ruled that step was for the good of the children because the connection between the children and their non-biological mother had been severed when their parents broke up five years ago.

    Legal observers and sources in the LGBTQ community told Haaretz they feared the verdict – albeit justified in this case – would have negative repercussions. They said it could prompt biological mothers to extort their partners in divorce proceedings by threatening to cast doubt on their parental relationship. But the women’s lawyers, Kinneret Bar-Lev and Shmuel Moran, said the case posed no risk to LGBTQ rights because every case stands on its own merits.

    LGBTQ association head Hila Peer said it’s a complicated domestic relations case, but she said it could have dangerous implications for LGBTQ parents. “Parenthood cannot be revoked, regardless of whether it’s a straight or LGBTQ parent,” she said.

  • 20. VIRick  |  October 30, 2020 at 6:38 pm

    Jalisco State Recognizes Gender Identity

    Per Laura Hernández:

    El dia de hoy, el 29 de octubre 2020, el Gobierno de Jalisco decretó la reforma al Código Civil del Estado reconociendo la identidad de las personas trans. En 5 artículos, se detalla el procedimiento que garantiza este derecho.

    Today, 29 October 2020, the Government of Jalisco decreed the reform to the State Civil Code recognizing the identity of transgender individuals. In 5 articles, the procedure that guarantees this right is detailed.

    This action makes Jalisco jurisdiction #13 (of 32) in Mexico to recognize gender identity as a right, and to make the necessary changes in its civil code to facilitate the ability of transgender individuals to change their names and gender markers on official documents, like birth certificates. This action also makes Jalisco the second state, behind Sonora, to do so in the current year, 2020, one that was done as an administrative decision.

  • 21. VIRick  |  October 30, 2020 at 6:57 pm

    Philippines: Manila Passes Ordinance Banning Anti-LGBT Discrimination

    Per LGBT Marriage News:

    On 29 October 2020, Manila became the latest city in the Philippines to pass an ordinance banning anti-LGBT discrimination, as Isko Moreno, mayor of Manila, signed Ordinance No. 8695, or the Manila LGBTQI Protection Ordinance of 2020. The ordinance bans discrimination on both the basis of Sexual Orientation and that of Gender Identity Expression (SOGIE). Specifically, the ordinance bans 11 different forms of discrimination, covering employment, health, education, and denial of services, as well as banning threats, harassment, and inciting to violence, as spelled out here:

    Manila follows Quezon City and Zamboanga City which have both recently passed similar anti-discrimination ordinances.

  • 22. ianbirmingham  |  October 30, 2020 at 9:10 pm

    Republicans on the run in Georgia with two Senate seats within Democratic reach

    In the final days of the campaign, Perdue is acting like a candidate on the run. He abruptly pulled out of a high-stakes debate scheduled for Sunday, choosing to instead campaign with Trump. On TV, Perdue is pumping big bucks into ads defending himself from attacks that he sought to profit off the coronavirus crisis. And he has faced criticism from Democrats for mocking Sen. Kamala Harris' first name at a Trump rally, which his campaign said was a simple mispronunciation, even though they have served in the Senate together for three years.

    Republicans in Georgia are facing a perfect storm that puts the White House and its two GOP-held Senate seats at risk. Trump is historically unpopular. The state's suburbs are becoming more diverse. The Democratic Party's presidential nomination of Joe Biden, the epitome of the establishment, has stifled the GOP cry that socialism is invading America. The coronavirus pandemic tanked the economy, Trump botched the response, and the state prefers Biden to handle the crisis, according to a Monmouth University poll.

    Loeffler has tried to portray herself as the true Trump loyalist, boasting of a "100 percent" pro-Trump voting record. She has refused to criticize the President, even when asked about his past comments bragging of sexual assault, saying she wasn't familiar with the infamous "Access Hollywood" tape. She recently announced the support of Marjorie Taylor Greene, a conservative House candidate who promoted the QAnon conspiracy theory and made a string of bigoted comments, but whom Trump has called a "future Republican star." Loeffler has even taken on her own WNBA team, the Atlanta Dream, over the players' support of Black Lives Matter.

    Democrats have been campaigning as a unity ticket, with both Ossoff and Warnock appearing together along with the rapper Common at an outdoor event with masked supporters in the Atlanta suburbs.

    In 2018, Democratic Rep. Lucy McBath flipped a House seat in the northwest Atlanta suburbs for the first time in 40 years, and Democrats are aiming to flip another seat northeast of the city in 2020.

    Dr. Charles Bullock, a University of Georgia political science professor, said that almost half of the new voters are under 35, and that almost two-thirds are people of color. Georgia has a record 7.6 million registered voters, a million more than it had in 2016 and about 1.6 million more than in 2014, when Perdue first ran for the Senate, according to Georgia's Secretary of State office.

  • 23. ianbirmingham  |  October 30, 2020 at 9:17 pm

    NC: Dem Cal Cunningham leads Rep Senator Thom Tillis by 10 points in new poll

    With just days to go before Election Day, Cunningham garnered 53 percent support among likely voters to Tillis’s 43 percent, a lead well outside the poll’s 4.7-point margin of error.

    Cunningham is propelled by strong support among white college graduates, independents, women and suburban voters, a fast-growing bloc in North Carolina and one that has drifted away from the Republican Party in recent years.

    Among voters who have already cast their ballots, Cunningham holds a wide 21-point lead over Tillis, according to the NBC News-Marist poll.

  • 24. Elihu_Bystander  |  October 31, 2020 at 4:55 am

    These polls are encouraging; however, do not let the favorable polls lull you into thinking that it is not important to vote. If we want these favorable outcomes to happen, each and everyone of us has to vote.

    I have already voted and have received confirmation that my ballot was received, accepted, and will be counted. Democracy is not a spectator sport. Voting is your most important civil right. If you can vote early this weekend, do so.

  • 25. JayJonson  |  October 31, 2020 at 7:11 am

    Excellent and timely warning, Elihu_Bystander. I have also voted and have verified that my ballot was received. If you live in a state that allows confirmation of receipt of ballots and you have voted, please check whether your ballot was received. If it has not been received by election day, in most states you can cast an in-person vote on election day.

  • 26. ianbirmingham  |  October 31, 2020 at 7:53 am

    Two same-sex couples in military marry in first for Taiwan

  • 27. ianbirmingham  |  October 31, 2020 at 8:03 am

    Taiwan Has ‘Brunch With Tsai’ After Her LGBT Support Angers Prayer Breakfast Organizers

  • 28. VIRick  |  October 31, 2020 at 5:14 pm

    Puebla Congress Finally Passes Marriage Equality in Committee

    Per Radio Zector 51 y Rocío García Olmedo, diputada del Congreso de Puebla:

    La Comisión de Gobernación y Puntos Constitucionales del Congreso del Estado en Puebla aprobó el dictamen para legalizar el matrimonio igualitario y concubinato entre parejas del mismo sexo, con 4 votos a favor, dos en contra, y una abstención, durante la sesión de este viernes, el 30 de octubre 2020.

    The Governance and Constitutional Points Committee of the State Congress of Puebla approved the draft proposal to legalize marriage equality and cohabitation between same-sex couples, with 4 votes in favor, 2 against, and one abstention, during the session this Friday, 30 October 2020.

  • 29. VIRick  |  October 31, 2020 at 5:38 pm

    Perú: Tribunal Constitucional to Hear Marriage Equality Recognition Case, 3 November

    Per Tribunal Constitucional del Perú:

    TC Verá Causa sobre Reconocimiento de Matrimonio Igualitario el 3 de noviembre

    El Pleno del Tribunal Constitucional (TC) debatirá el próximo martes, 3 de noviembre, la demanda de amparo interpuesta por Oscar Ugarteche Galarza contra el Registro Nacional de Identificación y Estado Civil (RENIEC) para que la entidad inscriba su matrimonio realizado con un ciudadano mexicano. La sesión del pleno donde se verá esta causa, está programada para las 09:30 de la mañana, y como se ha informado, su deliberación tendrá carácter de reservado.

    De acuerdo con el procedimiento, el Pleno se iniciará con la exposición de la ponencia a cargo del magistrado Carlos Ramos Núñez, y luego, la presidenta del TC, Marianella Ledesma Narváez, iniciará la deliberación dando el uso de la palabra a cada uno de los magistrados.

    Next Tuesday, 3 November 2020, the Full Constitutional Court (TC) will debate the amparo (claim for protection) filed by Oscar Ugarteche Galarza against the National Registry of Identification and Civil Status (RENIEC) in order that the entity register his marriage already realized with a Mexican citizen. The plenary session when this case will be discussed is scheduled for 09:30 AM, and as has been reported, its deliberation will be reserved, that is, in private, behind closed doors.

    In accordance with the procedure, the Full Court will begin with the presentation of the draft ruling by justice Carlos Ramos Núñez, and then the president of the TC, Marianella Ledesma Narváez, will initiate the deliberation, giving the floor to each one of the justices.

  • 30. ianbirmingham  |  November 1, 2020 at 5:01 pm

    Taiwanese indigenous drag queens fight stigma one wig at a time

    At a rowdy gay bar in Taipei, 28-year old Vilian ends a Friday night drag show by putting on a traditional tribal tunic over his white silk negligee and dancing to an aboriginal song that has become a rallying call for Taiwan's indigenous minority.

    An ethnic Bunun, Vilian is among a handful of indigenous drag queens who use their performances to fight against the double stigma of being part of the LGBTQ+ community and of the island's historically oppressed indigenous minority.

    Known as a beacon of liberalism in the region, Taiwan legalised same-sex marriage last year – a first in Asia – despite stiff opposition from some Christian and conservative groups.

    On Saturday, tens of thousands of people are expected to join Taipei's annual Pride parade, likely one of the largest globally this year due to coronavirus restrictions elsewhere.

    But Taiwan remains divided over other related issues such as same-sex parenting.

  • 31. VIRick  |  November 1, 2020 at 9:42 pm

    Latest Presidential Polls, 1 November 2020

    As of 1 November, the Real Clear Politics presidential poll averages show a definite tightening of the race in a number of the "toss-up" states, which now includes Texas for the first time. These are the 12 closest states:

    Texas: Biden is now only down 1.2%, 46.5-47.7%
    Iowa: Biden is down 0.7%, 45.8-46.5%
    Ohio: Biden is ahead 0.2%, 46.5-46.3%
    North Carolina: Biden is ahead 0.3%, 47.7-47.4%
    Georgia: Biden is ahead 0.4%, 47.8-47.4%
    Arizona: Biden is ahead 1.2%, 47.7-46.5%
    Florida: Biden is ahead 1.4%, 48.6-47.2%
    Nevada: Biden is ahead 3.6%, 48.6-45.0%
    Pennsylvania: Biden is ahead 4.3%, 49.7-45.4%
    Minnesota: Biden is ahead 4.3%, 48.0-43.7%
    Michigan: Biden is ahead 5.1%, 49.8-44.7%
    Wisconsin: Biden is ahead 6.6%, 50.7-44.1%

    With all of the solidly blue states with higher margins than any state shown on this list, Biden has 217 electoral votes. Adding in the 36 votes from Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Michigan, we arrive at 253. Then, by adding in the 20 electoral votes from Pennsylvania, making it 273, Biden is pushed over the 270 votes needed to win. So, continuing on higher up the list, from Nevada on, one can consider all of these to be "bonus" votes, as Nevada makes it 279, Florida makes it 308, and Arizona makes it 319. NE-2 would make it 320.

    On the other side, without Texas or Iowa, Trump can only count upon 125 electoral votes. Texas, if he wins it, would give him 163, while Iowa would make it 169, the only other states where he is even marginally ahead.

    Georgia (16), North Carolina (15), and Ohio (18), although all marginally leaning toward Biden, are really too close to call. Still, their 49 electoral votes could all end up going for Biden, giving him a final tally of 369 votes to the loser's 169. Even if they were flipped the other way, Biden would still have 320 votes to the loser's 218.

  • 32. VIRick  |  November 1, 2020 at 10:15 pm

    Latest US Senate Polls, 1 November 2020

    In the current US Senate, the Democrats have 47 seats to 53 for the GOP. It is reasonable to expect that the Democrats will gain a seat in Arizona, Colorado, Maine, and North Carolina, while likely losing a seat in Alabama, for a net gain of 3. If this holds true, it would result in a 50-50 split, making the position of the Vice-President super-critical, as their vote would thus be necessary to break the Senate tie and make the final tally 51-50.

    At one stage, we were also counting on an additional seat from Iowa, but the latest RCP polling average for that state now shows Greenfield (D) down by 0.5%, 46.0-46.5%. Of course, we could still win Iowa, as this race remains quite close, essentially a "toss-up." We really need a win in Iowa to pick up this Senate seat, but not necessarily for the 6 electoral votes for president.

    Still, at the same time, matters appear to be shifting a bit in Georgia-1, where the RCP average now shows Ossoff (D) ahead by 1.0%, 47.0-46.0%. However, there are several third party candidates running, a point which could force a run-off if no one wins 50.0% of the vote on 3 November.

    The same is doubly true in the "jungle" primary for Georgia-2, as this multi-candidate race is guaranteed to go to a run-off. And Republicans always do better in run-offs.

    The race for the Senate seat from Montana is anyone's guess. Seemingly, in the latest poll, Bullock (D) is ahead by 1.0%, 48.0-47.0%.

    And the race for the Senate seat from South Carolina is also anyone's guess. Seemingly, in the latest poll, Harrison (D) is behind by 3.0%, 46-49%. However, other polls have shown the two candidates to be in a "toss-up" tie.

    After that, the next most-likely pick-up would come in Kansas, but Bollier (D) may be trailing Marshall (R) by several percentage points.

    So, Georgia-1, Georgia-2, Montana, and South Carolina all remain toss-ups, as is Iowa. Democrats could win all 5, or any combination. And as an extra bonus, with Kansas included, Democrats have an outside chance for 56 seats, leaving Republicans with 44.

    At minimum, we can be hopeful that we will win both Iowa and Montana, even Georgia-1. Georgia-2 is too premature to make any assessment, while all that can be said for South Carolina is: "Shame on you, Lindseybelle, running scared, talking trash, attacking the LGBT community, while sticking the country with the Handmaiden. You need to lose, and lose now."

  • 33. ianbirmingham  |  November 2, 2020 at 10:49 am

    Vatican: Pope's call for same-sex civil unions taken out of context

    The Vatican on Monday denied Pope Francis had endorsed civil partnerships for gay couples after reports that the pontiff had said "we have to create … a civil union law."

    In the documentary clip, Francis said gay people are "children of God and have a right to a family. Nobody should be thrown out, or be made miserable because of it," and that "what we have to create is a civil union law. That way they are legally covered."

    The Vatican claims a portion of the remarks was cut in which Francis affirms the church's continued opposition to equal marriage rights for same-sex couples and says "it is an incongruence to speak of homosexual marriage."

    "It is clear that Pope Francis was referring to certain state provisions and certainly not the doctrine of the Church, which he has reaffirmed numerous times over the years," the note said, according to Reuters.

    The Vatican said the "right to a family" remarks referred to the right of LGBTQ people to be accepted by their family members.

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