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9/13 open thread


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  • 1. VIRick  |  September 13, 2021 at 7:57 pm

    Venezuela: Lack of LGBT Rights Results in This Kind of Ugly Situation:

    Per AC Venezuela Igualitaria:

    Wilmer y Andrés tenían 4 años de pareja, conviviendo en Maracay. Hace 6 días, fallece Andrés y su familia dejó a Wilmer en la calle, aún retienen ilícitamente sus pertenencias, incluyendo herramientas de trabajo. Su acción egoísta no permite a Wilmer vivir con dignidad su duelo.

    Wilmer and Andrés had 4 years of partnership, living in Maracay. Six days ago, Andrés died and his family left Wilmer in the street, even illegally retaining his belongings, including his work tools. Their egotistic action does not permit Wilmer to live with dignity in his grief.

  • 2. scream4ever  |  September 13, 2021 at 8:57 pm

    Sadly this was the reality for many couples in the US not too long ago.

  • 3. VIRick  |  September 14, 2021 at 11:51 am

    Curaçao: Court Rules in Favor of Marriage Equality

    Per Cristhian Manuel Jiménez:

    Fallo de corte en Curazao favorece legislar a favor del matrimonio igualitario.

    La exclusión de las parejas del mismo género del matrimonio en virtud del Código Civil es contraria al principio de igualdad del Artículo 3 de la Constitución de Curazao, especialmente en ausencia de una alternativa legal equivalente al matrimonio igualitario, concluyó el Tribunal de Primera Instancia en un caso presentado por Human Rights Caribbean Foundation (HRCF) y una pareja de mujeres (en una relación de 10 años) contra el Estado de Curazao.

    Según la corte, existe discriminación por orientación sexual en este caso. El Código Civil de Curazao estipula que un matrimonio solo puede celebrarse entre un hombre y una mujer. Mediante sentencia del lunes 13 de septiembre 2021, el tribunal decidió que esta disposición es contraria al principio de igualdad y prohibición de discriminación establecido en la Constitución.

    Court ruling in Curaçao favors legislating in favor of marriage equality.

    The exclusion of same-gender couples from marriage under the Civil Code is contrary to the principle of equality of Article 3 of the Constitution of Curaçao, especially in the absence of a legal alternative equivalent to equal marriage, the Court of First Instance concluded in a case presented by the Human Rights Caribbean Foundation (HRCF) and a pair of women (in a relationship of 10 years) against the State of Curaçao.

    According to the court, there is discrimination based on sexual orientation in this case. The Civil Code of Curaçao stipulates that a marriage can only be celebrated between a man and a woman. By the ruling on Monday, 13 September 2021, the court decided that this provision is contrary to the principle of equality and the prohibition of discrimination established in the Constitution.

  • 4. VIRick  |  September 15, 2021 at 3:53 pm

    Cuba: Draft Proposal of New Family Code Is Published, 15 September 2021

    Per Miguelqbano:

    Público está el Anteproyecto del Código de las Familias. En la cuál se da luz verde al matrimonio igualitario (y adopción). No olvidemos que estos cambios que estamos logrando, han costado por muchos años de persecución, marginación, y prisión a muchos activistas!

    The Draft-Proposal of the Family Code is public. In it, marriage equality (and adoption) is given the green light. We must not forget that these changes that we are achieving have cost many activists many years of persecution, marginalization, and imprisonment!

    The Anteproyecto del Código de las Familias was published on 15 September 2021 by the Ministerio de Justicia de la República de Cuba. The new code defines marriage as the "voluntary union of two people" without specifying gender, as opposed to the current definition, that states it to be the "union of a man and woman."

    The draft still needs to go to a grassroots debate, however, and will then be amended to take into account citizens' opinions before going to a referendum. Activists fear the commission charged with it could still relent under push-back from religious groups and those who prefer traditional machismo culture.

  • 5. VIRick  |  September 16, 2021 at 12:16 pm

    Colorado Governor Polis Marries His Husband

    On Wednesday, 15 September 2021, the Democratic Governor of Colorado, Jared Polis, married his longtime partner Marlon Reis in a small ceremony. The event is the first same-sex wedding of a sitting United States governor.

    Polis and Reis became engaged in December 2020, and announced that engagement to the public in March. The engagement came as Reis was preparing to go to the hospital after contracting the virus at the center of the pandemic. Both Reis and Polis reported they had contracted COVID-19 in November. At the time, they had been together for 17 years, and Polis proposed with a ring that included an inscription with a passage from the bible. The couple parent two children together.

    Rabbi Tirah Firestone officiated the ceremony at the Mary Rippon Outdoor Theater at the University of Colorado in Boulder.

  • 6. ianbirmingham  |  September 17, 2021 at 3:40 pm

    Salvadoran President Nayib Bukele said on Friday a raft of constitutional reforms the government will send soon to Congress will not contain legalization of same-sex marriage

  • 7. VIRick  |  September 17, 2021 at 8:08 pm

    El Salvador: Constitutional Proposal to Legalize Marriage Equality to Be Withdrawn

    Per Agencia Mexiquense de Noticias:

    El presidente de El Salvador, Nayib Bukele, informó que retirará la propuesta constitucional elaborada por su gobierno de legalizar el aborto y el matrimonio igualitario.

    The President of El Salvador, Nayib Bukele, has informed that the constitutional proposal prepared by his government to legalize abortion and marriage equality will be withdrawn.

  • 8. VIRick  |  September 18, 2021 at 10:59 am

    Japan: Leading Candidate for Prime Minister Supports Marriage Equality

    Per LGBT Marriage News:

    Vaccination minister Taro Kono is viewed by 48.6% of the members of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party as being the most suitable to be party leader, and thus, to be Japan’s next prime minister, a Kyodo News poll showed on Saturday, 18 September 2021. Whoever wins the race will become Prime Minister, as the LDP-led coalition holds a majority in both chambers of the Diet.

    Kono is running in the 29 September LDP presidential election to select the successor to Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga. He is vying with former Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida, Sanae Takaichi, a former minister of internal affairs and communications, and Seiko Noda, the party’s executive acting secretary-general. Kishida was supported by 18.5%, Takaichi by 15.7%, and Noda by 3.3% in the two-day telephone survey conducted from Friday. (Presumably, 13.9% expressed no preference.)

  • 9. ianbirmingham  |  September 19, 2021 at 6:21 am

    Thousands march in Ukraine for LGBT rights, safety

    Some 7,000 people gathered in Ukrainian capital on Sunday for the annual March for Equality to support the rights of the country’s LGBT community.

    Equipped with colorful costumes and rainbow flags, the crowd marched down the central streets of Kyiv, some carrying banners reading “Fight for right!” Participants announced eight demands for Ukrainian authorities, including the legalization of civil partnerships for LGBT people and the creation of laws against LGBT hate crimes.

    “We’ve grown tired of waiting for change and enduring systematic intimidation, pressure, disruption of peaceful events, attacks on activists and the LGBT community,” the marchers said in a statement. “We demand changes here and now, as we want to live freely in our own country.“

    Ukraine repealed criminal liability for homosexuality in 1991. In 2015, Ukraine’s labor laws were amended to ban discrimination of LGBT people in the workplace.

    However, conservative groups in the largely Orthodox Christian country oppose LGBT rights and members of far-right organizations regularly attack groups and events linked to the LGBT community. LGBT rights groups say Ukrainian police often ignore homophobic or transphobic motives of the attacks, classifying them as hooliganism.

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