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  • 1. ianbirmingham  |  August 16, 2021 at 1:30 pm

    The Dire Plight of LGBTQ Afghan Refugees

    The advancement of the Taliban and the toppling of the Afghanistan government has led to displacement for women, children, and LGBTQ people, the latter of which are subject to the penal code for being queer in Afghanistan. Article 130 of the Afghan constitution allows for the implementation of Sharia Law, which prohibits same-sex sexual activity. The maximum penalty is death and is applicable in cases of sex between men or between women.

    https://www.advocate.com/commentary/2021/8/16/dir

  • 2. VIRick  |  August 16, 2021 at 2:23 pm

    Yucatán: Congress Committee Modifies State Constitution to Allow Marriage Equality

    Per Eldi Carillo, Cindy Aparicio, and Ricardo Verdi:

    Hoy, el 16 de agosto 2021, en Comisión de Puntos Constitucionales y Gobernación, se aprueba por unanimidad el dictamen que modifica artículos de la Constitución del Estado de Yucatán que permite el matrimonio igualitario. En el entendido, pasa a pleno para su discusión, y en su caso posible, aprobación.
    https://twitter.com/EldiCarrilloTav/status/142737….

    Today, 16 August 2021, in the Constitutional Points and Governance Committee, the draft bill that modifies articles of the Constitution of the State of Yucatán to allow for marriage equality is unanimously approved. It is understood that it now passes to the full congress for discussion, and possibly, for approval.

    It is also understood that on Wednesday, 18 August 2021, the Supreme Court of Mexico will be ruling upon the illegality of the Yucatán state congress's two previous 2019 votes, both of which rejected the pending marriage equality legislation, and did so by secret (illegal) ballot.
    https://www.poresto.net/yucatan/2021/8/16/matrimo

    Per Ensayo LGBT:

    (Matrimonio igualitario) falta votarlo en el pleno y las modificaciones al código de familia. Los legisladores están contra reloj, pues la SCJN dictamina este miércoles.
    https://twitter.com/ensayolgbt

    (Marriage equality) lacks the vote on it in the full congress and on the modifications to the family code. The legislators are working against the clock, as the SCJN rules this Wednesday.

  • 3. VIRick  |  August 18, 2021 at 1:37 pm

    Yucatán: Supreme Court Rules against Secret Vote of State Congress

    Per Miguel Anguas:

    El 18 de agosto 2021, ambos amparos contra el Congreso de Yucatán fueron aprobados de forma unánime, y con ello, la SCJN les obligarán a que se efectúe nuevamente la iniciativa, pero de forma abierta y transparente.
    https://twitter.com/Miguel_Anguas

    On 18 August 2021, both amparos against the Congress of Yucatán were approved unanimously, and with this, the Supreme Court will force them to carry out the initiative vote again, but in an open and transparent manner.

    This ruling applies not just to the immediate marriage equality votes already taken in the Yucatán Congress in 2019, but to all such non-transparent votes to be taken by all future state congresses throughout Mexico. The antiquated, secret method of voting, "por cédulas," is illegal and unconstitutional and has no effect in law.

    The SCJN ruling on the case, 242/2021, is here:
    https://twitter.com/EstrategiaDtl/status/14284333

  • 4. VIRick  |  August 16, 2021 at 7:25 pm

    Durango: More Amparos for Equal Marriages Filed

    Per Horacio Alejandro Aranda:

    Las veces que sean necesarias, acudiremos ante las instancias jurisdiccionales (SCJN) y no jurisdiccional (CEDH Durango y CNDH) para erradicar la desigualdad que enfrentan las personas en situación de vulnerabilidad. Hoy, el 16 de agosto 2021, tocó promover amparo para matrimonio igualitario en Durango.
    https://twitter.com/harandaguereca/status/1427445

    As often as necessary, we will go before the jurisdictional bodies (SCJN) and the non-jurisdictional bodies (CEDH Durango and CNDH) to eradicate the inequality faced by people in vulnerable situations. Today, 16 August 2021, it was time to promote/file an amparo for marriage equality in Durango.

    Per LGBT Marriage News:

    Más Amparos para Matrimonios Igualitarios en Durango

    En los próximos días, se concretarán 16 amparos para igual número de parejas del mismo sexo que desean contraer matrimonio. Actualmente, hay un paquete de cinco amparos ya tramitados hace algunas semanas; Este lunes, el 16 de agosto 2021, se ingresaron otros cinco más.
    https://www.elsiglodedurango.com.mx/2021/08/13336

    In the upcoming days, 16 amparos for an equal number of same-sex couples who desire to contract marriage will be finalized/realized. Currently, there is a package of 5 amparos already in process from some weeks ago; Five more were entered/filed this Monday, 16 August 2021.

  • 5. ianbirmingham  |  August 17, 2021 at 7:41 pm

    Trumpanzee, photographed dragging a police officer down a set of stairs, is ID'ed by 'Sedition Hunters' community, arrested by the FBI, & charged in federal court

    A tipping point in the investigation came when the Sedition Hunters uncovered video of [Logan] Barnhart that showed him without sunglasses during the Trump rally at the White House Ellipse prior to the attack.

    That image of Barnhart’s face, plugged into a publicly available facial recognition website, pulled up several other images of Barnhart that are plastered across the internet on bodybuilding websites and photography portfolios.

    Several [other] defendants have already been arrested in connection with the attack, including Jack Wade Whitton, who was positioned next to Barnhart and had his hand on the back of the officer’s neck. Barnhart, along with Ronald McAbee, was added to a superseding indictment along with Whitton, Jeffrey Sabol, Peter Stager, Michael Lopatic and Clayton Mullins.

    Federal prosecutors said suspects including Whitton and Sabol dragged the officer ― identified by the initials “B.M.” ― down the stairs and into the crowd, where Peter Stager used an American flag on a pole to beat him.

    Barnhart made a court appearance on Tuesday afternoon in Michigan. He was assigned a court-appointed attorney. He was released on house arrest and an unsecured $5,000 bond.

    https://www.huffpost.com/entry/logan-barnhart-tru

  • 6. VIRick  |  August 18, 2021 at 4:08 pm

    El Salvador: Proposed Constitutional Changes: Same-Sex Unions, Legalized Abortion

    Per "El Observador" de Costa Rica:

    El gobierno del presidente de El Salvador, Nayib Bukele, emprende una defensa de su proyecto de reforma constitucional, esto en especial ante la comunidad internacional con la que ya ha tenido desencuentros y que clave para sus planes de recuperación económica.

    La propuesta amplía el mandato presidencial de cinco a seis años – para los sucesores de Bukele,- instaura la posibilidad de revocatoria al tercer año de gobierno, y abre la puerta a la unión homosexual y al aborto terapéutico.
    https://observador.cr/bukele-busca-que-se-apruebe

    The government of the President of El Salvador, Nayib Bukele, undertakes a defense of its constitutional reform project, this especially before the international community with which it has already had disagreements and which is key to its economic recovery plans.

    The proposal extends the presidential term from five to six years – for successors to Bukele,- establishes the possibility of revoking the third year of government, and opens the door to same-sex unions and therapeutic abortion.

    The current Constitution of El Salvador dates from 1983, and was written and approved in the midst of the civil war (1980-1992).

  • 7. VIRick  |  August 18, 2021 at 5:23 pm

    Brasil: The Peculiar Case of the Masturbating Bishop

    Somente no Brasil,– ou Quais Quer:

    Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of a bishop from Brasil after images circulated on social media last week of the semi-nude bishop masturbating during a video call with another man.

    Dom Tomé Ferreira da Silva had been bishop of the Diocese of São José do Rio Preto, which covers more than half a million Catholics in the northwestern part of the state of São Paulo. The Vatican announced his resignation on Wednesday, 18 August 2021.
    https://www.advocate.com/religion/2021/8/18/pope-

  • 8. VIRick  |  August 18, 2021 at 7:28 pm

    Edomex: First Gender Identity Registration in Cuautitlán Izcalli (and Statewide)

    Per Mía:

    Amigues, hoy día, el 17 de agosto 2021, realicé mi trámite de registro de identidad de género en el municipio de Cuautitlán Izcalli. Yo fui la primera en este municipio en realizar mi trámite, y quiero agradecer infinitamente a todos los servidores de el Registro Civil Número 2.
    https://twitter.com/Dorcas18397825/status/1427771

    Friends, today, 17 August 2021, I completed my gender identity registration process in the municipality of Cuautitlán Izcalli. I was the first in this municipality to complete my procedure, and I want to infinitely thank all the personnel of Civil Registry Number 2.

    This is actually the first recorded instance of a successful gender identity registration, not only in the municipality in question, but additionally, anywhere in the entire state of Mexico (Edomex), where legislation allowing for such gender change was only very recently adopted into law on 20 July 2021.
    https://www.zonaceronoticias.com.mx/se-entrega-la

    Cuautitlán Izcalli, a modern, planned suburban municipality of 550,000, is the seventh-most-populous in Edomex, and sits north of Tlalnepantla (#5) and west of Tultitlán (#8) on the northern spillover periphery of the sprawling Mexico City megalopolis. Izcalli is a more recently created rival to Ciudad Satelite, the equally planned community that occupies most of the municipality of Naucalpan, the fourth-most-populous at 830,000, that is located south of Tlalnepantla, abutting Mexico City on the west.

  • 9. VIRick  |  August 19, 2021 at 7:44 pm

    Chile: Chamber of Deputies Holds First Hearing on Marriage Equality Legislation

    Per Marriage Equality News:

    The Constitution Committee of the Chamber of Deputies has set 9 September as the date for it to vote on the marriage equality bill, following three hearings, the first of which occurred today, 19 August 2021. If passed, the measure would then move to the full Chamber for a final debate and vote. The whole legislative process could be completed before Switzerland's referendum on 26 September.
    https://www.elmostrador.cl/dia/2021/08/19/matrimo

    However, Switzerland remains further along in the overall marriage equality process, given that the complicated legislative aspects there have been completed, with only the referendum vote still blocking its implementation.

    On the other hand, Chile will not have the distraction of being forced to hold a referendum. And likewise, its pending marriage equality legislation has already passed constitutional muster with the Constitutional Tribunal some years ago, so there will not be any further delay from that direction, either.

    Ultimately, the winner of the snail-paced race between Switzerland and Chile will likely come down to the difference in the final delay on implementation, with Switzerland having a shorter wait-time. In Switzerland's case, implementation will occur about 3 months after the referendum results are tallied and officially certified, meaning that the first marriages will happen around 1 January 2022. In Chile's case, the first marriages will take place 6 months after the president signs the marriage equality legislation into law, meaning that the first marriages there will be recorded about 1 April 2022.

  • 10. VIRick  |  August 20, 2021 at 4:14 pm

    Argentina: First Equal Marriage Is Celebrated in Chilecito, La Rioja

    Argentina: Se Celebró el Primer Matrimonio Igualitario en Chilecito, La Rioja
    https://www.radiolibertadlarioja.com.ar/se-celebr

    La Rioja Province is situated in northwest Argentina, abutting Chile. The city of Chilecito (little Chile) lies in a mountain valley between La Rioja Ciudad and the Chilean border. However, as to the couple who married there on 20 August 2021, Federico García and James Nelson, one is local and the other is originally from Canada. Neither are from Chile, despite the proximity and the name.

  • 11. Mechatron12  |  August 21, 2021 at 3:26 am

    Here's a poll showing marriage equality passing comfortably in Switzerland. There was never any doubt that it would pass, but 69% (hehe) is a little underwhelming to me. I was secretly hoping they would break 80%, now it may not even hit 70. But a win is a win, and I'll certainly take it.
    https://www.expatica.com/ch/uncategorized/poll-fi

  • 12. Randolph_Finder  |  August 21, 2021 at 5:19 am

    Based on VIRick's post above, both Chile and Switzerland should have Marriages in early 2022, which country is likely to be next? I'm guessing either
    1) Cuba
    2) one of the nations in the Americas that that IAHCR ruling applies to.
    3) Andorra
    4) Czech Republic.

  • 13. VIRick  |  August 21, 2021 at 8:56 am

    1) Cuba is Cuba, and as Mariela Castro has stated, it will do its own thing at its own pace. In 2022, they are supposed to be holding a popular referendum to approve a new Family Code, one that ought to contain provisions allowing for marriage equality.

    2) Bolivia is the next most-likely member state of the CIDH to approve marriage equality through a final court judgment. In Bolivia's case, said ruling, already in its final stages of review, could come at any time, and not necessarily wait until 2022. Similar court rulings in Panama and Peru are both way overdue. Either one, or both, could also surprise us at any time. As for a country like El Salvador, the newly proposed constitutional changes, as outlined in a post above, at least acknowledge that they, too, are subject to the same CIDH court rulings on non-discrimination, marriage equality, and gender identity, and that major adjustments are thus required.

    3) Andorra could finalize the language in their newly revised Family Code at any time, and not necessarily wait until 2022 to do so. On the other hand, as soon as Switzerland has fully implemented marriage equality, expect Liechtenstein to quickly do the same. If Andorra were to stall, Liechtenstein could likely pass it by. There is also a pending marriage equality measure in San Marino.

    4) As for eastern Europe, if any country were to move forward on marriage equality, the Czech Republic would be the one to do so.

    5) Even prior to the commencement of 2022, expect a number of additional states in Mexico to approve of marriage equality. The state congresses of Tamaulipas and Sonora are under strict court orders to approve it, while the one in Yucatan is now under court orders to re-vote on the measure. All three have no choice but to vote in favor. In addition, near the end of 2021, the Supreme Court of Mexico will render judgment against Veracruz through the pending "Action of Unconstitutionality," immediately forcing marriage equality there, as well. So, even if nothing else happens in 2021, that will cut the number of remaining recalcitrant states in Mexico from 11 to 7. A host of new congresses are slated to take over in September/October 2021

  • 14. ianbirmingham  |  August 22, 2021 at 5:31 am

    Copenhagen celebrates the return of one of the world's largest LGBT+ Pride parades

    https://www.devdiscourse.com/article/law-order/17

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