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  • 1. VIRick  |  April 5, 2021 at 7:36 pm

    Arkansas: Governor Vetoes Bill Banning Hormones for Transgender Youth

    On Monday, 5 April 2021, a first-of-its-kind bill that would have banned doctors from offering hormones or puberty blockers to transgender teens and children was vetoed by Arkansas's Republican governor, Asa Hutchinson.

    While numerous states have recently banned gender confirmation surgery on those under 18, surgeries almost never performed on minors, Arkansas's bill went even further and has the potential to cause much harm to transgender and gender-nonconforming youth. In addition to the proposed ban on hormones for trans youth, the legislation would also ban referrals for such care and would allow private insurers to refuse to cover gender-affirming care for people of any age.

    Trans advocates in Arkansas are still concerned because the governor's veto could be overturned by a simple majority in the Republican-controlled legislature.

  • 2. VIRick  |  April 6, 2021 at 7:48 pm

    Arkansas Legislature Overrides Veto on Bill Denying Gender-Affirming Health Care

    On Tuesday, 6 April 2021, the Arkansas legislature overrode Gov. Asa Hutchinson’s veto of a bill denying gender-affirming health care to minors. The Arkansas House of Representatives voted 71-24 to override Hutchinson’s veto, while the Arkansas Senate voted 25-8 to do so, as well.

    The action makes Arkansas the first state to approve such a law. American Civil Liberties Union officials said they were preparing a lawsuit “as we speak,” thus vowing a legal challenge to prevent HB 1570 from taking effect.

  • 3. VIRick  |  April 6, 2021 at 8:19 pm

    Russia: Putin Formally Bans Same-Sex Marriage

    On Monday, 5 April 2021, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed into law a series of constitutional amendments that, among other things, formally defines marriage as between a man and a woman in that country.

    The Associated Press reported upwards of 78 percent of Russian voters backed the amendments in a referendum that took place in July 2020. Russian lawmakers later approved the constitutional changes that also allow Putin to run for president two more times.

  • 4. ianbirmingham  |  April 6, 2021 at 8:30 pm

    This link illustrates the deep divide between Western Europe and Eastern Europe where public opinion on same-sex marriage is concerned:

    Note the 80%+ opposition to SSM in Belarus, Serbia, and Russia, and the 90%+ opposition to SSM in Moldova, Georgia and Armenia.

  • 5. VIRick  |  April 7, 2021 at 3:19 pm

    North Carolina: Proposal to Ban Gender-Affirming Care for Young Adults to Age 21

    Republicans in North Carolina have introduced perhaps the most sweeping anti-transgender bill yet, one which would ban gender-affirming health care for anyone under the age of 21, while also banning the state and local governments from taking any action against conversion therapists, while also forcing state employees to out trans youth to their parents.

    SB 514 would create fines for health care professionals who “facilitate the minor’s desire to present or appear in a manner that is inconsistent with the minor’s sex” and threaten their licenses to practice medicine if they provide gender-affirming care for transgender youth. The bill defines sex as “based on sex organs, chromosomes, and endogenous hormone profiles” and lists procedures that can not be provided if they’re for gender affirmation, including puberty blockers, which have been shown to drastically reduce suicidal thoughts for trans people who want them and get them, but are not useful after puberty has occurred.

    The North Carolina bill has an exemption for doctors who want to perform the listed procedures on intersex minors to make them appear male or female. The bill further says that the state and local governments cannot “take any adverse action” against anyone who provides therapy that is “consistent with conscience or religious belief,” effectively preventing local governments from banning conversion therapy.

    Just as Arkansas’s legislature overrode the governor’s veto to ban gender-affirming care for trans people under 18, North Carolina Republicans are trying to out-do Arkansas and ban the life-saving care for minors and young adults.

  • 6. VIRick  |  April 7, 2021 at 4:39 pm

    Colombia: 5th Anniversary of Marriage Equality

    Per Mauricio Toro, congresista, Partido Verde:

    Hace 5 años, el 7 de abril 2016, la Corte Constitucional reconoció nuestro derecho como ciudadanos LGBTI al matrimonio. Hoy, celebramos este gran paso de Colombia hacia la igualdad, y recordamos que la lucha por todos nuestros derechos continúa.

    Five years ago, on 7 April 2016, the Constitutional Court recognized our right as LGBTI citizens to marriage. Today, we celebrate this great step by Colombia towards equality, and we remember that the fight for all our rights continues.

  • 7. VIRick  |  April 7, 2021 at 5:22 pm

    Baja California DIF: No Reason to Deny Adoption to Marriage Equality (Couple)

    DIF de Baja California: No Hay Razón para Negar Adopción a (Pareja del) Matrimonio Igualitario

    Luz Consuelo Huerta, directora de DIF Estatal, señaló que se acatará la orden del Juez de Distrito.

    Luz Consuelo Huerta, director of the State DIF, indicated that the order of the District Judge will be followed.

  • 8. VIRick  |  April 8, 2021 at 1:11 pm

    Mesa, Arizona: City Council Passes Pro-LGBTQ Non-Discrimination Ordinance, But ….

    A group seeking to repeal Mesa AZ’s LGBTQ-inclusive non-discrimination ordinance has turned in more than 11,000 petition signatures in an effort to place the repeal measure on the ballot. United for Mesa, a hateful organization formed to advocate for the repeal, submitted petitions bearing 11,505 signatures to City Clerk Dee Ann Mickelsen’s office on 1 April 2021, the "Arizona Republic" reports. The clerk and her staff now must determine the validity of the signatures; it will take 9,093 valid voter signatures to get the question onto the ballot.

    The Mesa City Council adopted the ordinance on 1 March 2021, banning discrimination in employment, housing, and places of public accommodation, based on race, color, ethnicity, national origin, age, disability, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, veteran’s status, marital status, genetic information, or familial status. It is set to go into effect on 29 June.

    Mesa, a suburb of Phoenix, is Arizona’s third-largest city, with almost 500,000 residents; only Phoenix and Tucson are more populous. However, Mesa, despite its present-day large size, has always suffered from a diversity problem, beginning with the fact that its origins date from it having been selected as the site of the Arizona Mormon Temple, and continuing right on through the era when it was the only Arizona city to have ever had racially segregated schools.(all the Anglo whites attended one system and literally all the "others," Japanese, Chinese, Hispanics, Blacks, non-reservation Indigenous, were thrown together in a separate system), replete with a long series of court cases wherein which Asians sued the system in order to be classified as "honorary whites."

    Still, another Arizona city, Scottsdale, is considering a similar LGBTQ-inclusive non-discrimination ordinance, as the Scottsdale City Council is scheduled to vote on the matter on 20 April. Phoenix, Tempe, Chandler, Sedona, Tucson, and Flagstaff already have such ordinances.

  • 9. VIRick  |  April 8, 2021 at 8:07 pm

    Switzerland Now Expected to Hold Same-Sex Marriage Referendum

    Per LGBT Marriage News:

    Switzerland will hold a referendum on same-sex marriage, after a conservative group barely managed to tally enough signatures (59,000 signed petitions) before the 10 April 2021 deadline date to force the issue to a vote. The Swiss public are thus set to go to the polls on the issue of marriage equality, although an exact date for the referendum has not yet been set.

    "Mannschaft," a Swiss LGBTQ magazine, reports that the vote is expected to take place in September or November, once the Swiss Federal Chancellery certifies the signatures (50,000 valid, certified signatures are required).

  • 10. VIRick  |  April 8, 2021 at 8:42 pm

    West Virginia on Track to Banning Transgender Athletes from School Sports

    West Virginia is close to becoming the next state to bar transgender athletes from competing in school sports consistent with their gender identity. On Thursday, 8 April 2021, the state’s Senate passed HB 3293, which includes such a ban, after its House of Delegates approved a similar version of it two weeks ago, the Associated Press reports.

    However, the House version only covers middle and high school athletics, while the Senate legislation also includes college and university sports, as well. The two versions must be reconciled before being sent on to Gov. Jim Justice for his signature or veto. Justice has not indicated what he will do.

  • 11. VIRick  |  April 9, 2021 at 2:31 pm

    Latvia: Constitutional Court Rules on Same-Sex Partner Inheritance

    Per LGBT Marriage News:

    On 9 April 2021, the Constitutional Court declared that the rule requiring a same-sex family partner to pay a higher state fee for the inheritance of the estate of their deceased partner than what spouses pay, shall be abolished. The Constitutional Court concluded that such an approach does not correspond to the State's obligation to protect families, as stated in the Constitution.

    The rule expires on 1 June 2022, as stated in the Constitutional Court judgment. The judgment of the Constitutional Court shall be final and can not be appealed. It shall take effect on the day of its publication.

    Currently, government regulations provide that the state fee for the maintaining of real estate rights in the Land Registry (if the value of real estate exceeds 10 minimum monthly salaries) is significantly lower for spouses than for other heirs. Thus, in the future, inheriting same-sex partners shall be included at the reduced fee level.

  • 12. ianbirmingham  |  April 9, 2021 at 2:42 pm

    Biden launches 36-strong 'court-packing' commission to look at dismantling Trump's right-leaning Supreme Court by getting more liberal judges on the bench

  • 13. VIRick  |  April 10, 2021 at 6:25 pm

    Uruguay: 8th Anniversary of Marriage Equality

    Per Jorge Díaz Batista:

    Un día como hoy, hace 8 años, Uruguay aprobaba el matrimonio igualitario, convirtiéndose en el tercer país de Latinoamérica, después de Argentina y Brasil, en legalizarlo.

    On a day like today, 8 years ago, Uruguay approved marriage equality, becoming the third country in Latin America, after Argentina and Brasil, to legalize it.

    Per Alex Chaparro:

    El 10 de abril de 2013, se aprobó matrimonio igualitario en Uruguay. No se cayó la sociedad, el país se hizo más digno y reconocido internacionalmente. Felicitaciones, Uruguay, por siempre ir adelante en todo.

    On 10 April 2013, marriage equality was approved in Uruguay. Society did not fall, the country made itself more dignified and recognized internationally. Congratulations, Uruguay, for always going forward in everything.

  • 14. VIRick  |  April 11, 2021 at 8:19 pm

    Chile: Constitutional Court: "Culpable Divorce Due to Homosexuality" Not Valid Grounds

    Per Fundación Iguales:

    Celebramos el fallo que dictará el Tribunal Constitucional declarando inaplicable el caso de demandas por “divorcio culposo por homosexualidad” que afecta a personas LGBTIQ que mantuvieron relaciones heterosexuales previamente.

    We celebrate the ruling handed down by the Constitutional Court declaring inapplicable the type of lawsuits for "culpable divorce due to homosexuality" that affect LGBTIQ people who previously maintained heterosexual relationships.

    In Chilean legal parlance, "inaplicable" (inapplicable) carries the same weight and meaning as does "inconstitucionalidad" (unconstitutionality) in Mexican legal parlance.

  • 15. VIRick  |  April 11, 2021 at 9:05 pm

    Cuba: Second Anniversary of Proclamation of New Constitution

    Per Adiel:

    Hoy es 11 de abril, día de twitazo por un Código Inclusivo. Ayer se cumplieron los dos años de proclamada la (nueva) Constitución de la República. Hoy, toca exigir que se trabaje con prontitud y se cumpla lo establecido.

    Today is 11 April, tweet day for an Inclusive Code. Yesterday was the two-year anniversary of the proclamation of the (new) Constitution of the Republic. Today, it is time to demand that it be worked upon promptly to comply with what is established.

    In 2019, when the new Cuban Constitution was promulgated on 10 April 2019, it was also proclaimed that the new marriage-equality-inclusive Family Code would follow, two years later. As a reminder, that two-year interval has now transpired.

    Per Yasmin S. Portales-Machado:

    Lo dijo Mariela Castro Espín, (refiriéndose a la referencia de tiempo de dos años de Adiel).

    De ser cierto, habríamos sido el primer país del mundo en considerar el matrimonio igualitario y… se sabe cuánto gusta la emulación en ese círculo.

    Le creo. Hasta que tengamos un Código Inclusivo y Ley de Identidad de Género en Cuba, le creo cualquier cosa.

    Mariela Castro Espín said it, (referring to Adiel's two-year time reference).

    To be certain, we would have been the first country in the world to consider marriage equality and … it is known how much emulation is liked in that circle.

    I believe her. Until we have an Inclusive Code and Gender Identity Law in Cuba, I will believe anything.

  • 16. VIRick  |  April 11, 2021 at 10:07 pm

    Croatia: High Administrative Court Recognizes Foreign Same-Sex Marriage

    Per LGBT Marriage News:

    The High Administrative Court of Croatia has ruled that LGBT couples who marry abroad must be granted recognition as "life partners" in Croatia and be registered as such in the Life Partnership Register.

    It should be noted that in Croatia same-sex "life partners" have all the same rights as married hetero spouses. Per the Court:

    The High Administrative Court stated that "the rejection of the request for registration of a same-sex marriage entered abroad in the Life Partnership Register in Croatia resulted in discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation." The court pointed out that a heterosexual marriage would be immediately registered in the Croatian Registry of Marriages, and that, therefore, as an equivalent, same-sex marriages should be entered in the Life Partnership Register," the Zagreb Pride said in a statement.

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