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  • 1. VIRick  |  June 15, 2021 at 5:14 pm

    Sinaloa State Congress Legalizes Marriage Equality

    Per Rex Wockner:

    Today, 15 June 2021, the Congress of the Mexican state of Sinaloa passed marriage equality. The vote was 23-0, with 17 legislators absent. Sinaloa thus becomes the 21st jurisdiction (of 32) with marriage equality and the 14th to achieve it via legislative passage.

    Per El Congreso del Estado de Sinaloa:

    ¡Sí al matrimonio igualitario!

    Con el voto unánime de 23 diputadas y diputados, el Congreso del Estado de Sinaloa reformó los Artículos 40 y 165 del Código Familiar con la finalidad de extender las figuras del matrimonio y el concubinato a las personas del mismo sexo.

    Yes to marriage equality!

    With the unanimous vote of 23 deputies, the Congress of the State of Sinaloa amended Articles 40 and 165 of the Family Code in order to legally extend the concepts of marriage and cohabitation to same-sex couples.

    Per Gabriel Gutiérrez González:

    El Congreso Sinaloa aprueba de manera OBLIGADA por el Poder Judicial el matrimonio igualitario. No es un favor. Se tardaron años y varias legislaturas. Se hicieron como el Tío Lolo. Gracias a orden judicial, se les OBLIGÓ.

    The Sinaloa Congress approves marriage equality in an OBLIGATORY way as per the Judiciary. It was not a favor. It took years and several legislatures. They became like Uncle Lolo. Thanks to a court order, they were OBLIGATED to do so.

    A Favor/No Voto/Partido

    18 03 Morena
    00 08 PRI
    02 03 PT
    00 02 PAN
    01 00 PES
    01 00 Verde
    01 01 Sin Partido

  • 2. VIRick  |  June 15, 2021 at 6:13 pm

    Sinaloa Deputy Karla de Lourdes Montero Alatorre (PES)

    In 2019, during the build-up to the previous vote on marriage equality in the Sinaloa Congress, Karla de Lourdes Montero Alatorre of the extreme right-wing, fundamentalist Partido de Encuenrto Social (PES), declared on the congress floor, during the height of the debate, that she was a lesbian and that she intended to vote in favor of the measure. However, on the actual day of the vote, she skipped the session. The measure then failed in an 18-20 vote, with two deputies absent.

    However, today, 15 June 2021, she was present and voted in favor.

    The 17 absent deputies (ausencias) who did not vote might have otherwise voted against the measure, except for the threat in the District Court Order of piling on contempt charges, heavy fines, and disqualifications from running for/holding public office for the next 7 years, as directed against all and sundry who might vote the measure down. As a result, this time around, it passed "unanimously," sailing through all the committees, as well as the full Congress, all in a single day, with everyone voting in favor at every stage.

    Today, 15 June 2021, was also the 6th anniversary of the ruling by the Supreme Court of Mexico establishing the jurisprudence in favor of marriage equality.

  • 3. VIRick  |  June 16, 2021 at 9:21 am

    Mexico: Up-Dated Marriage Equality Tally

    Per Juan Valente Merida:

    ¡Felicidades Sinaloa, por aprobar las reformas que permitirán el matrimonio igualitario sin requerir amparo! Ya son 21 estados (entidades) en México que, por vía legislativa, administrativa, o por sentencia de la SCJN, han liberado al matrimonio de homofobia. Faltan 11.

    Congratulations Sinaloa, for approving the reforms that will permit equal marriage without requiring an amparo! There are now 21 states (jurisdictions) in Mexico that, by legislative or administrative means, or by Supreme Court ruling, have freed marriage from homophobia. 11 remain.

  • 4. VIRick  |  June 16, 2021 at 1:03 pm

    Baja California Congress to Vote on Marriage Equality Today, 16 June 2021

    Per LGBCT:

    La comunidad LGBTQ de Baja California necesita el apoyo de lxs siguiente cuatro diputadxs para aprobar el matrimonio igualitario:

    The LGBT community of Baja California requires the help of the following four deputies in order to approve marriage equality:

    Víctor Navarro (Morena, Mexicali) (voted "yes")
    Gloria Miramontes (Morena, Tijuana) (was absent)
    Javier Robles (PRI, Rosarito) (abstained)
    Claudia Agatón (PT, Ensenada) (voted "yes")

  • 5. ianbirmingham  |  June 16, 2021 at 6:05 pm

    US Dept of Education: Transgender students are now protected under Title IX

    The federal civil rights law, passed in 1972, protects people from discrimination based on sex, and now, gender identity and sexual orientation, in any educational setting that receives federal aid.

  • 6. VIRick  |  June 16, 2021 at 6:43 pm

    Baja California Congress Approves Marriage Equality

    Per LGBCT:

    Lo logramos. Hoy, el 16 de junio 2021, se aprobó la reforma a la constitución estatal y al código civil estatal de Baja California para reconocer que todas las personas, sin distinción de sexo, tienen derecho al matrimonio. Así, Baja California se convierte en un estado más justo y más igualitario.

    We did it. Today, 16 June 2021, the reforms to the state constitution and the state civil code of Baja California were approved, recognizing that all people, without distinction of sex, have the right to marriage. Thus, Baja California becomes a more just and more equal state.

    Baja California (and in particular, Tijuana) has had de facto marriage equality ever since an executive directive was issued in November 2017 which stated that, henceforth, all civil registries in the state were to comply with Supreme Court jurisprudence on this matter, regardless of whatever the unconstitutional state law and the unconstitutional state constitution of Baja California may have iterated. Once the newly-passed amendments have been published in the official state gazette, marriage equality will be a legal fact statewide, and Supreme Court jurisprudence will no longer need to be relied upon.

    In effect, this change in state law will now force the civil registries in Mexicali, Rosarito, and Tecate to comply with marriage equality. From November 2017 to date, no evidence has been presented that any same-sex couples have been civilly married before the civil registries in those particular municipalities. During that time-frame, several same-sex couples married in Mexicali, but in each instance, they had "left-over" amparos allowing them to do so that they finally chose to exercise.

  • 7. VIRick  |  June 16, 2021 at 7:18 pm

    Baja California Congress Votes in Favor of Marriage Equality

    Per ExPressions:

    Baja California aprueba el matrimonio igualitario. Con 18 votos a favor, cuatro en contra, y una abstención (y dos ausencias), el Congreso estatal de Baja California aprobó el matrimonio entre personas del mismo sexo.

    Baja California approves marriage equality. With 18 votes in favor, 4 against, 1 abstention (and 2 absences), the state Congress of Baja California approved marriage between same-sex couples.

    Per Gilberto Herrera Solórzano:

    The Baja California state Congress voted as follows:

    A Favor/En Contra/Ausencia/Partido

    11 01 02 Morena
    02 00 00 PT
    01 00 00 PBC
    01 01 00 Verde
    00 02 00 PAN
    00 00 00 PRI (01 abstiene)
    03 00 00 Sin Partido

    At minimum, 17 votes were needed for successful passage (due to the fact that the state constitutional amendment required a 2/3 positive vote), and 18 positive votes were duly obtained. The previous attempt failed due to the fact that too many members of congress abstained, and as a result, only 16 positive votes were obtained. This time, only the sole PRI member abstained.

    Per LGBT Marriage News:

    Next step: The state constitutional amendment will be approved if 3/5 of the municipal councils vote to approve, or alternatively, do not vote upon it at all within the next 30 days.

  • 8. VIRick  |  June 16, 2021 at 8:31 pm

    Mexico: Ultra-Conservative Fundamentalist PES Proudly Celebrates Marriage Equality

    Per Político MX:

    "Estamos perdidas," y "Por las buenas soy buena, por las malas lo dudo," y "Los derechos para todos por igual" y "Amor es amor," y "“Durante el día soy la dama, y por las noches se me olvida.” El PES sufre hackeo en su cuenta de Twitter, publican frases en favor de la comunidad LGBTQ, y celebran la aprobación del matrimonio igualitario en Sinaloa y Baja California.

    "We are lost," and "For the good, I am good, for the bad, I doubt it," and "Rights for all equally" and "Love is love," and "During the day, I am the lady, but at night, I forget myself." The PES suffers a hack to its Twitter account, publishes comments in favor of the LGBTQ community, and celebrates the approval of marriage equality in Sinaloa and Baja California.

    They even had their name "changed" from Partido Encuentro Social to Partido Encuentro Sexual (Social Encounter Party to Sexual Encounter Party), along with everything being loudly emblazoned in bright rainbow colors. Among a whole host of amusing tweets, one can also watch the dancing divas coming out of the closet here:

    And here is a correct, up-dated map of Mexico already showing the very recent changes, but with the additional note that certain municipalities in Guerrero state are also allowing marriage equality per Supreme Court jurisprudence.

  • 9. VIRick  |  June 16, 2021 at 9:39 pm

    Durango State Congress to Vote on Marriage Equality Tomorrow, 17 June 2021

    Per LGBT Marriage News:

    Hot off of approval in Sinaloa and Baja California, a Durango state congress committee (La Comisión de Derechos Humanos) is expected to vote on a marriage equality bill tomorrow, 17 June 2021:

    Este jueves, se espera la aprobación en la Comisión de Derechos Humanos del Congreso de Durango del dictamen que se turne al pleno para votar los matrimonios igualitarios.

    This Thursday, approval is expected in the Human Rights Committee of the Durango Congress on the draft legislation that will be turned over to the full congress for voting upon marriage equality.

  • 10. MichGuy  |  June 17, 2021 at 7:39 am

    BREAKING: The court rules in favor of a Catholic social services organization that sued Philadelphia after the city excluded it from a foster-care program due to the organization's refusal to certify same-sex couples as foster parents.

  • 11. ianbirmingham  |  June 17, 2021 at 11:43 am

    SCOTUS Says:

    1) The city of Philadelphia fucked up its non-discrimination clause: The nondiscrimination requirement of the City’s standard foster care contract is not generally applicable. Section 3.21 of the contract requires an agency to provide services defined in the contract to prospective foster parents without regard to their sexual orientation. But section 3.21 also permits exceptions to this requirement at the “sole discretion” of the Commissioner.

    2) SCOTUS blows a gaping hole in public accomodations law: Certification as a foster parent is not readily accessible to the public; the process involves a customized and selective assessment that bears little resemblance to staying in a hotel, eating at a restaurant, or riding a bus.

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