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  • 1. VIRick  |  June 7, 2021 at 8:14 pm

    Perú: Presidential Run-Off Election Results Still Undecided

    On Monday, 7 June 2021, in Perú, the right-wing presidential candidate Keiko Fujimori raised allegations of "irregularities" and "signs of fraud" in Sunday's run-off election as her rival, the far-left trade unionist Pedro Castillo, took a razor-thin lead in the vote count. Fujimori had led in early counting, but school teacher Castillo gained ground as votes from rural areas in Perú, his stronghold, came in from across a country battered by years of political turmoil.

    "There is a clear intention to boycott the popular will," said Fujimori, the daughter of the imprisoned former president Alberto Fujimori. At a press conference, she showed videos and photographs allegedly showing proof of counting irregularities. Castillo's Free Perú party called on election authorities to "protect the vote" as ballots are counted and published.

    Election observers from the Organization of American States (OAS) said the candidates' "conduct in these crucial hours is decisive to maintain calm." With 94.8 percent of ballots counted, Castillo is narrowly ahead of Fujimori with 50.2 percent compared to her 49.7 percent, although there could still be a long wait for the final outcome.
    https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/keiko-fujimo

    As of late Tuesday, with almost 98% of the vote counted, Castillo held a lead of 100,000 votes over Fujimori, that is, he had garnered 50.3% of the vote to her 49.6%. Approximately 280,000 votes remain to be counted, many being overseas ballots.

  • 2. ianbirmingham  |  June 13, 2021 at 8:28 pm

    Both candidates are cultural conservatives; both oppose same-sex marriage.

    Current score is 50.14% Castillo, 49.86% Fujimori, with 99.94% counted.

  • 3. VIRick  |  June 7, 2021 at 9:13 pm

    India: More on the Sweeping, Favorable LGBT Ruling from the Madras High Court

    On Monday, 7 June 2021, in "S. Sushama and another v. Commissioner of Police and others," a federal court in India ordered state and federal officials to draw up plans for sweeping reforms to respect LGBTQ rights, in a ruling that went far beyond the narrow terms of a case brought by a lesbian couple who said they had been harassed by police. Judge Anand Venkatesh of the Madras High Court ruled in favor of the couple, who complained that police had subjected them to harassing questioning after their parents had filed a missing persons report.

    But the judge also used the opportunity to issue a broad ruling that called for the elimination of what he described as illegal discrimination against members of the LGBTQ community. He ordered state and federal government departments throughout India to report back with steps they each intend to take to comply.

    His recommendations included awareness training for police and government officials to ensure that they respect LGBTQ rights, and revoking licenses of medical practitioners who claim to be able to "cure" homosexuality. Although the court cannot by itself impose such widespread change with a single ruling, government departments also can not ignore the order to report back on all the steps they plan to take to comply.

    The arguments raised by the judge could also serve as precedent for future cases.
    https://edition.cnn.com/2021/06/07/india/indian-c

  • 4. VIRick  |  June 8, 2021 at 1:22 pm

    Mexico: 2021 Election Results for State Governorships

    Of Mexico's 32 jurisdictions, 15 of them just held a gubernatorial election on 6 June 2021. The Morena candidate appears to have won in at least 10 of them, possibly 11. Of the 6 jurisdictions currently being governed by Morena, only Baja California held elections for governor this cycle, where the Morena candidate again won. In addition, the pick-ups are: Baja California Sur, leading in Campeche, Colima, Guerrero, Michoacán, Nayarit, Sinaloa, Sonora, Tlaxcala, and Zacatecas.

    In terms of the prospects of actually signing marriage equality legislation into law at the state level, these victories should improve the chances in Baja California (where the new female governor, Marina del Pilar Ávila, strongly supports it), in Guerrero, Sinaloa, Sonora (won by Alfonso Durazo, the former personal secretary of Vicente Fox, in a situation where almost anyone would be preferred over the current close-minded, anti-gay governor, Claudia Pavlovich (PRI)), and in Zacatecas (won by the current mayor of Fresnillo, David Monreal, whose municipality just recently legalized marriage equality, much to the annoyance of the current governor, Alejandro Tello (PRI)).

    Also in Nuevo León, Samuel García (MC) won the governorship, again in a situation where almost anyone would be preferred over the current rabidly anti-gay, quixotic governor, Jaime Rodríguez (El Bronco) (Ind.).

    The other important point to note is this: Despite currently governing 8 of the 15 states that just held elections, in all instances, the PRI candidates lost. And PAN, which currently governs 4 of the states, only retained 2 of them, Chihuahua and Querétaro. Both PAN losses, and 7 of the 8 PRI losses were all won by Morena.
    https://mexiconewsdaily.com/news/preliminary-resu

  • 5. ianbirmingham  |  June 8, 2021 at 8:22 pm

    New Israeli Governing Coalition Holds Contradictory Views On Gay Rights

    Take, for example, the agreement with Meretz, a party headed by an openly gay Knesset member, Nitzan Horowitz. This agreement includes a commitment to advance the rights of the gay community. On the other hand, the agreement with the Islamist Ra’am, headed by Mansour Abbas, contains no mention of GLBTQ+ rights. This should come as no surprise. The party considers homosexuality a sexual perversion. The leader of the party said as much explicitly this week: “No law pertaining to deviants will be passed with the support of Ra’am’s votes. They know that this is our position and that we are serious about it. If they have the majority to push such a law through by force without our votes, that is their business, but under no circumstances will we take part in that.”

    https://www.al-monitor.com/originals/2021/06/lapi

  • 6. Mechatron12  |  June 9, 2021 at 1:18 pm

    That's actually something of an improvement from the previous rumor that Ra'am made no votes on gay rights issues a condition for it joining the government. Nobody would expect Ra'am to vote for any gay rights legislation, probably not Yamina either. But if there are open votes, then a chunk of Likud would support it, unless they decide to block everything this government puts forward out of spite.

    But it probably doesn't matter, as absolutely nobody expects this government to last very long.

  • 7. VIRick  |  June 9, 2021 at 2:00 pm

    France: Medically-Assisted Reproduction Bill Passes in National Assembly

    Per LGBT Marriage News:

    On 8 June 2021, the French National Assembly voted again to pass the bill allowing for medically-assisted reproduction (PMA pour toutes) for both single women and lesbian couples (in addition to hetero couples), and to have the procedure be re-imbursed by Social Security. It passed by a vote of 81 in favor to 39 against, with 5 abstentions.

    The bill returns to the Senate one last time on 24 June, ahead of a final vote in the National Assembly on 29 June.
    https://www.france24.com/fr/france/20210609-proje

  • 8. VIRick  |  June 9, 2021 at 2:31 pm

    Manitoba Gay Couple Loses Fight to Have 1974 Marriage Validated

    Per LGBT Marriage News:

    In Canada, a gay Winnipeg couple have lost their fight to have their marriage of nearly five decades registered by the province of Manitoba. Chris Vogel and Richard North were married on 11 February 1974, becoming the first gay couple to marry in a Canadian church, the Unitarian Church of Winnipeg.

    When they tried to register the marriage with what is now the Manitoba Vital Statistics Agency, they were denied based on the fact that they were both men. The pair fought the decision in court, but the judge at the time declared Vogel and North's ceremony to be a "nullity."

    In 2018, a human rights adjudicator ruled he was bound by the 1974 ruling, which found there was nothing to be registered because there had been no marriage. The Manitoba Human Rights Commission and North sought a judicial review of that decision in April 2021, but their application was dismissed on 1 June.

    One can see a copy of their 1974 marriage certificate here:
    https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/court-jud

    Manitoba legalized marriage between same-sex couples in 2004.

  • 9. ianbirmingham  |  June 9, 2021 at 3:50 pm

    Record-High 70% in U.S. Support Same-Sex Marriage

    Republicans, who have consistently been the party group least in favor of same-sex marriage, show majority support in 2021 for the first time (55%). The latest increase in support among all Americans is driven largely by changes in Republicans' views.

    Democrats have consistently been among the biggest supporters of legal same-sex marriage. The current 83% among Democrats is on par with the level of support Gallup has recorded over the past few years. This could suggest that support for gay marriage has reached a ceiling for this group, at least for now. Meanwhile, support among political independents, now at 73%, is slightly higher than the 68% to 71% range recorded from 2017 to 2020.

    https://news.gallup.com/poll/350486/record-high-s

  • 10. ianbirmingham  |  June 9, 2021 at 10:49 pm

    DeSantis Admin Orders Jacksonville FL Bridge Stripped of LGBTQ Pride Month Rainbow Lights

    Florida Times-Union metro columnist Nate Monroe says there’s “almost no way this didn’t come from the governor’s office. JTA has lit the bridge up with all sorts of colors on all sorts of occasions, with no pushback, until now.”

    https://www.thenewcivilrightsmovement.com/2021/06

  • 11. ianbirmingham  |  June 10, 2021 at 3:32 pm

    Florida GOP Gov. DeSantis says he would 'definitely' sign legislation to ban transgender surgery for under-18s in the state and adds he is 'very much opposed to it'

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-9673993/

  • 12. ianbirmingham  |  June 10, 2021 at 8:34 pm

    US Senate approves bill to recognize Orlando's Pulse shooting site as a national memorial

    The new legislation states that while the Pulse Memorial will be designated as a national site, it will not be part of the National Park System and it will not make use of federal funds.

    https://www.upi.com/Top_News/US/2021/06/09/Senate

  • 13. ianbirmingham  |  June 11, 2021 at 1:22 am

    Hungary seeks to ban 'promotion of homosexuality' in schools

    https://news.abs-cbn.com/amp/overseas/06/11/21/hu

  • 14. ianbirmingham  |  June 11, 2021 at 11:09 pm

    Arkansas Republican Calls Trans People "Abominations" On House Floor

    Quoting from the Bible, [Republican State Representative Mary] Bentley said, “A woman shall not wear anything that pertains to a man, nor man put on a woman’s garments. For all who do so are an abomination.” Bentley, who regularly wears pants and sported a blazer while she spoke, was reading from Deuteronomy 22:5. The same chapter also condemns anyone who wears mixed fabrics.

    Her comments were made around March, when she was pushing for House Bill 1570, or the so-called “Arkansas Save Adolescents From Experimentation (SAFE) Act,” which has since passed and become law.

    Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson (R) vetoed the bill, but his veto was overridden by the General Assembly, which has passed more anti-trans bills into law than any other state in the country. It goes into effect starting July 1, although a lawsuit from the ACLU hopes to prevent that.

    Bentley also introduced and pushed for House Bill 1749, which would allow educators to misgender and deadname students if they wish, and protect them from reprimands if they choose to do so.

    Bentley also co-sponsored House Bill 1882, known as the “Arkansas Privacy Accommodations Act.” This bill gives a person the right to sue if, while in restrooms at schools, offices, or government-run facilities, they encounter someone that was assigned to different sex at birth than them.

    https://www.lgbtqnation.com/2021/06/arkansas-repu

  • 15. ianbirmingham  |  June 12, 2021 at 7:21 am

    Celebrating Pride: Miami Beach attorney is a fierce warrior for equality

    After the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act in 2013, [Elizabeth] Schwartz — a graduate of the University of Miami’s law school — helped lead the fight for gay marriage here at home, filing a lawsuit at the Miami-Dade Circuit Court demanding same-sex couples’ right to marry. Victory came earlier than expected, on Jan. 5, 2015. Gays in Miami-Dade were first granted the right to wed, a day before the rest of Florida.

    “Point of pride for us in South Florida, and Florida, that we took down our ban ourselves,” Schwartz says. “We didn’t have to wait for the Supreme Court to take down our ban.”

    Schwartz also helped fight to overturn Florida’s decades-old ban on gay adoption in 2010.

    These days she helps LGBTQ couples on the road to parenthood.

    https://www.local10.com/features/2021/06/11/celeb

  • 16. ianbirmingham  |  June 12, 2021 at 8:39 am

    Global survey of 27 countries: 18% of Generation Z respondents say they aren't heterosexual

    https://www.nbcmiami.com/news/national-internatio

  • 17. VIRick  |  June 12, 2021 at 5:06 pm

    New York State: Legislature Passes Transgender Recognition Act

    On 11 June 2021, with a final push shepherded by openly gay New York State Assembly member Daniel O’Donnell, (D), the New York State Assembly passed New York Senate Bill S4402 and its Assembly companion bill, A5465, the Gender Recognition Act. On Tuesday, 8 June, the State Senate had already passed S4402, which was co-sponsored by openly gay State Senator Brad Hoylman. The legislation now heads to New York’s Governor Andrew Cuomo (D) who is expected to sign the measure.

    The legislation will allow for an “X” designation on the state’s driver’s licenses and would also waive the requirement for medical documentation, as well as eliminate an outdated rule requiring people to publish a notification in a newspaper when they change their name in the state.
    https://www.washingtonblade.com/2021/06/11/new-yo

  • 18. VIRick  |  June 12, 2021 at 5:17 pm

    North Dakota Bans Anti-Gay "Conversion Therapy"

    On Tuesday, 8 June 2021, the North Dakota House Administrative Rules Committee voted 8-7 to authorize the rule proposed by the North Dakota Board of Social Work Examiners, implementing new regulations prohibiting licensed social workers from subjecting LGBTQ youth to the widely discredited practice of "conversion therapy."

    The North Dakota Board of Social Work Examiners, which oversees licensing for social workers in the state, created the new rule which states that “it is an ethical violation for a social worker licensed by the board to engage in any practices or treatments that attempt to change or repair the sexual orientation or gender identity of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning individuals.”
    https://www.washingtonblade.com/2021/06/11/north-

  • 19. ianbirmingham  |  June 12, 2021 at 6:35 pm

    This is the correct path. Unlike "gag rule" laws which are plainly unconstitutional violations of the right to free speech, this approach rightfully permits free speech while also holding the speaker accountable for creating any unethical effects.

  • 20. VIRick  |  June 12, 2021 at 5:40 pm

    Hong Kong: Court Rules to Grant Parental Rights for Same-Sex Partners

    Per LGBT Marriage News:

    A Hong Kong court has ruled that same-sex parents can now apply for equal parental rights over their children, a big step forward for the city’s LGBT community in its pursuit of equality. The landmark judgment by the Court of First Instance has been welcomed by rights groups, as it could end legal challenges often faced by same-sex partners with children in cases where only one 0f them is the biological parent.

    In late May 2021, the court ruled that a non-biological mother should be granted joint custody of her children with her ex-partner, who is the biological mother. Following the separation of the couple, the children’s birth mother sought to formalize the non-biological mother’s parental rights to guarantee her legal status to her children. Given that both partners always shared in the care of their children, the court said it would not be in the children’s best interests if the application were unsuccessful.

    Evelyn Tsao of Patricia Ho & Associates, one of the lawyers in the case, told HKFP: “This ruling means that LGBT parents who are a de facto family unit will enjoy full guardianship over their children. It’s a big step, as the non-biological mother will be recognized as well.” While it will now become easier for lesbian mothers to apply for parental rights, practical difficulties may remain for gay fathers since commercial surrogacy is illegal.
    https://hongkongfp.com/2021/06/11/hong-kongs-lgbt

  • 21. ianbirmingham  |  June 12, 2021 at 6:40 pm

    As China continues to brutally strangle basic rights and freedoms in previously autonomous Hong Kong, we should not be at all surprised to see this ruling reversed in the near future.

  • 22. VIRick  |  June 12, 2021 at 6:05 pm

    Ecuador: Second Anniversary of Marriage Equality

    Per Silvia Buendía:

    Hace 2 años, el 12 de junio 2019, la ‚Ā¶Corte Constitucional del Ecuador aprobó el matrimonio igualitario. El mundo no se acabó, la familia no se destruyó, las parejas heterosexuales no se divorciaron, no se obligó a nadie a casarse con alguien de su mismo sexo. Simplemente fuimos un país mas justo.
    https://twitter.com/silvitabuendia

    Two years ago, on 12 June 2019, the Constitutional Court of Ecuador approved marriage equality. The world did not end, the family was not destroyed, heterosexual couples did not divorce, no one was obligated to marry anyone of the same sex. We simply became a more just country.

    And Silvia Buendía is simply the unstoppable LGBT leader in Guayaquil.

    Per Emilio Villafuerte:

    Celebrando el segundo año del matrimonio igualitario en Ecuador, que fue aprobado por la Corte Constitucional el 12 de Junio del 2019. De fondo, la Catedral de la Inmaculada Concepción de Cuenca.
    https://twitter.com/emilio_braveman

    Celebrating the second year of marriage equality in Ecuador, one that was approved by the Constitutional Court on 12 June 2019. In the background, the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Cuenca (complete with a photo of a couple hoisting their wine glasses in a toast, while seated at a restaurant terrace across the plaza).

    Cuenca is the city in southern Ecuador from which the quest for marriage equality began.

  • 23. VIRick  |  June 12, 2021 at 6:38 pm

    Historic Note: The First Same-Sex Marriage in Chile

    Per UK in Chile:

    En septiembre de 2015, nuestro Consulado en Santiago celebró el primer matrimonio de una pareja del mismo sexo, siendo esto posible cuando uno de los contrayentes sea de nacionalidad británica.
    https://twitter.com/UKinChile

    In September 2015, our Consulate in Santiago celebrated the first marriage of a same-sex couple, this being made possible when one of the contractants was of British nationality.

  • 24. VIRick  |  June 12, 2021 at 7:53 pm

    Veracruz: Up-Date on State Equal Marriage Count

    Per "El Sol de Orizaba," 11 June 2021:

    Matrimonios gay aún son pocos por año. En la oficialía del Registro Civil de Xalapa, de acuerdo del titular, José Luis Martínez Corona, se han realizado seis “matrimonios igualitarios” en el 2020 y dos en lo que va del año.
    https://www.elsoldeorizaba.com.mx/local/matrimoni

    Gay marriages are still few per year. In the Civil Registry Office of Xalapa, according to its head, José Luis Martínez Corona, there have been six "equal marriages" in 2020 and two so far for this year.

  • 25. VIRick  |  June 12, 2021 at 8:39 pm

    Mexico: First Two Transgender Federal Deputies Elected

    Per Caribe Afirmativo:

    Saludamos las dos primeras diputadas federales trans de México, elegidas en los pasados comicios del 6 de junio de 2021 via plurinominal: María Clemente García Romero y Salma Luévano Luna del partido Morena.
    https://twitter.com/Caribeafirmativ

    We congratulate the first two transgender federal deputies of Mexico, elected in the recent elections of 6 June 2021 via the plurinominal process: María Clemente García Romero and Salma Luévano Luna, both of Morena.

    The first represents District 8 of CDMX, while the second represents Aguascalientes.

  • 26. VIRick  |  June 13, 2021 at 9:06 pm

    Sinaloa: By Judicial Order, Marriage Equality Will Be Legal from 15 June 2021

    Per María Luisa Alatorre Castañeda:

    ¡Por una orden judicial! Matrimonios igualitarios serán legales en Sinaloa; Congreso los aprobará el martes, el 15 de junio 2021.
    https://twitter.com/drechosexuales
    https://lineadirectaportal.com/sinaloa/centro/202

    By a judicial order! Marriage equality will be legal in Sinaloa; Congress will approve it on Tuesday, 15 June 2021.

    María Luisa Alatorre Castañeda is the director of the State Commission on Human Rights (CEDH), sexual rights division, in neighboring Sonora.

  • 27. VIRick  |  June 13, 2021 at 9:22 pm

    Sinaloa: By Judicial Order, Marriage Equality Will Be Legal from 15 June 2021

    Poder Judicial ordena al Congreso de Sinaloa aprobar el matrimonio igualitario. Amparo establece que los diputados estatales tienen hasta el 15 de junio para llevar al Pleno, de nueva cuenta, el dictamen para reformar los Artículos 40 y 165 del Código Civil del Estado, y hacer legal la unión civil de personas del mismo sexo.
    https://www.noroeste.com.mx/culiacan/poder-judici

    The Judiciary orders the Congress of Sinaloa to approve marriage equality. The amparo establishes that the state deputies have until 15 June to bring to the full Congress, once again, the draft legislation to reform Articles 40 and 165 of the State Civil Code, and make legal the civil unions of same-sex couples.

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