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7/26 open thread UPDATE 7/27


This is an open thread. We’ll post any breaking news.

UPDATE: The Tenth Circuit ruled in favor of Colorado’s anti-discrimination law yesterday in a 2-1 decision in a case involving a web designer who refuses to offer wedding-based services to same-sex couples.


  • 1. VIRick  |  July 27, 2021 at 7:05 pm

    Chile: Marriage Equality Bill Entered into Chamber of Deputies Committee

    Per Observatorio de Participación Ciudadana:

    Hoy, el 27 de julio 2021, el Proyecto de Ley de Matrimonio Igualitario ingresó a la Comisión de Constitución, Legislación, Justicia, y Reglamento de la Cámara de Diputados.

    Today, 27 July 2021, the Marriage Equality Bill has been entered into the Constitution, Legislation, Justice, and Rules Committee of the Chamber of Deputies.

  • 2. ianbirmingham  |  July 27, 2021 at 9:09 pm

    Openly LGBTQ Olympians Would Rank 14th In Medal Wins If They Were A Country

    If all of the publicly out LGBTQ athletes at the Olympics represented a country under a single rainbow flag, they'd be coming in 14th in the world for their medal count.

    That's the assessment of Outsports, which has been tracking the athletes — 168 of them — and the group is tied with Brazil and Switzerland.

    The jump in openly out gay, transgender and non-binary athletes this year underscores changing attitudes around the world and within the Olympic Games. The Associated Press reports that as recently as the 2012 Olympics, there had been just two dozen publicly out competitors, among more than 10,000.

  • 3. VIRick  |  July 28, 2021 at 9:00 am

    Massachusetts Set to Remove Defunct Anti-Sodomy Law from Statute Books

    Per LGBT Marriage News:

    The bill, S 930, is a general law revision bill that strikes or amends 27 archaic laws from the Massachusetts statute books, including the defunct anti-sodomy ban, one that had been ruled unconstitutional in 2003, but which, until now, has never been deleted.

    Once the sodomy ban in Massachusetts has finally been removed from the state statutes, there will still be 10 states with unenforceable across-the-board sodomy bans yet to be deleted: Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, and South Carolina. Three more states specifically target their unenforceable sodomy statutes at same-sex relations only: Kansas, Kentucky, and Texas.

    Maryland finally got rid of their statutory sodomy ban in 2020 (or so everyone thought), while Alabama and Utah both dumped theirs in 2019.

    Details on the recent passage and implementation of the revised Maryland statute (and thus, pertinent to the recent raid/arrests made in Harford County), per Maryland HB 81, can be found here:

    However, immediately below, notice what the "Washington Blade" has just published on 28 July 2021 on this same matter pertaining to Maryland:

  • 4. VIRick  |  July 28, 2021 at 3:07 pm

    Maryland Sodomy Law Used in Bookstore Arrests Still on Books

    In Maryland, apparently only one of two separate sodomy laws were repealed in 2020. In a little-noticed development, the Maryland General Assembly agreed to requests by Republican lawmakers to delete one of the state’s two separate sodomy laws from a sodomy law repeal bill that it approved in March of 2020, leading most LGBTQ activists into incorrectly believing the full sodomy law had been repealed.

    According to Maryland House of Delegates member David Moon (D-Montgomery County), who introduced the repeal bill in the state House, which approved the bill on 20 February 2020, the Democratic-controlled Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee voted unanimously to pass an amendment that deleted from the full bill a provision calling for the repeal of Maryland’s Criminal Code Section 3-322, known as the Unnatural or Perverted Sexual Practice Act.

    That act criminalizes oral sex in all possible circumstances, including between consenting adults. It states, “A person may not: take the sexual organ of another or of an animal in the person’s mouth; place the person’s sexual organ in the mouth of another or of an animal; or commit another unnatural or perverted sexual practice with another or with an animal.” The offense of violating the act is listed as a misdemeanor but includes a penalty of up to 10 years in prison or a fine not exceeding $1,000 or both, upon conviction of the offense.

    What has been deleted from the Maryland Criminal Code is Section 3-321, which criminalizes “sodomy” between consenting adults, deemed to have been a felony with a penalty of up to 10 years in prison upon conviction.

    So apparently, in Maryland, anal sex (once a felony, per Section 3-321) is now legal, but oral sex (per Section 3-322, still a demeanor) has yet to be legalized.

  • 5. Elihu_Bystander  |  July 29, 2021 at 7:59 am

    Those remaining Hartford County Maryland cases are coming up Monday 2-Aug-2021. I hope that that some are willing to fight these charges and do not take a plea deal. If some don't fight the charges, that stupid Criminal Code Section 3-222 could be used again.

  • 6. VIRick  |  July 29, 2021 at 12:56 pm

    Durango: First Same-Sex Lesbian Marriage in the State Has Occurred

    Per Horacio Aranda, lawyer specializing in Human Rights litigation who won the case:

    Hoy, el 29 de julio 2021, con gran alegría y orgullo, festejamos en Durango el primer matrimonio igualitario entre una pareja de mujeres lesbianas. Ganó la igualdad y la equidad frente a la ignorancia, homofobia, y discriminación que sufren las personas LGBTQ. Pocas veces se es testigo y partícipe de la historia! El amor puede más que el odio.

    Today, 29 July 2021, with great joy and pride, in Durango we celebrated the first equal marriage between a lesbian couple. Equality and equity won in the face of ignorance, homophobia, and discrimination suffered by LGBTQ people. One is rarely a witness and a participant in history! Love is stronger than hate.

    Per Contacto Hoy de Durango:

    Día Histórico; Kathleen y Miriam se casan en un hecho histórico para Durango. Las jóvenes madres de unos gemelos lograron casarse gracias a un amparo promovido ante la Suprema Corte de Justicia.

    Historical Day; Kathleen and Miriam are married in an historic event for Durango. The young mothers of twins were married thanks to an amparo promoted before the Supreme Court of Justice.

  • 7. ianbirmingham  |  July 29, 2021 at 8:54 pm

    China Bans Germany’s Guangzhou Consulate From Social Media for Post About LGBTQ Film Festival

    Top Chinese social media platform Weibo has banned the official account of the German consulate in Guangzhou for “violating community standards” after it posted information about a LGBTQ film festival jointly hosted with 16 other foreign governments.

  • 8. ianbirmingham  |  July 30, 2021 at 1:21 pm

    Wales launches plan to become most LGBT-friendly country in Europe as Westminster slides backwards

    Key actions will include trying to devolve powers related to the Gender Recognition Act in order to reform it to benefit trans people; using “all available powers” to ban “all aspects of” LGBT+ conversion therapy; and increasing support for Pride events across Wales by sponsoring Pride Cymru, establishing a Wales-wide Pride Fund and appointing a Welsh Pride co-ordinator.

    The Welsh government’s LGBT+ action plan comes after Liz Truss, the Tory equalities minister, suggested that she would be scrapping the UK-wide LGBT+ Action Plan.

    Moreover, the long-delayed plan to ban conversion therapy has been stalled once more under the Tories, who are now planning to launch a consultation on the ban despite having widely consulted on it in 2018.

  • 9. ianbirmingham  |  July 30, 2021 at 4:55 pm

    Nearly 1,000 elected officials who identify as LGBTQ are now serving in public office nationwide, up 17 percent from last year

    There are 986 LGBTQ elected officials across the United States serving openly as of June 2021, according to the LGBTQ Victory Institute’s Out for America Report.

    The increase in LGBTQ public officials include two U.S. senators, nine U.S. representatives, two governors, 189 state legislators, 56 mayors, and six statewide executives.

    While that number is something to be proud of, we still have a long way to go to achieve equitable representation of the LGBTQ population in the USA as 6 percent of the U.S. adult population identify as LGBTQ, but only 0.19 percent of elected officials are LGBTQ.

    The Out for America Report found that 28,116 more LGBTQ elected officials would be needed before equitable representation is achieved.

    Another part of the study discovered that eighty-four percent of LGBTQ elected officials currently serving are Democrats, while just three percent are Republicans.

    Out of the 50 states in our great union, we only have one state without a known LGBTQ elected official serving and that is in the state of Mississippi.

  • 10. VIRick  |  July 31, 2021 at 11:42 am

    New Zealand Government to Ban Anti-LGBT "Conversion Therapy"

    On Friday, 30 July 2021, Justice Minister Kris Faafoi, a member of Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s Labor Party, introduced the Conversion Practices Prohibition Legislation Bill.

    The bill would make it an “offense to perform conversion practices on anyone — irrespective of age — where the practices have caused serious harm, and would carry up to five years imprisonment.” The bill would also make it “an offense to perform conversion practices on a child or young person aged under 18, or on someone with impaired decision-making capacity,” and anyone who practices such could face up to three years in prison.

    Conversion therapy survivors could also file complaints with New Zealand’s Human Rights Commission and Human Rights Review Tribunal.

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