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9/20 open thread


This is an open thread. We’ll post any breaking news.
The First Monday in October – the Supreme Court’s first day back in session – is in two weeks. Hopefully we’ll have more news to report soon.


  • 1. VIRick  |  September 20, 2021 at 7:00 pm

    Mexico: Supreme Court Strikes Down Abortion Opt-Out Provision in Health Care Law

    The Supreme Court of Mexico (SCJN) struck down an article in the nation’s 2018 health care law that permits health-care workers to refuse a specific service, two weeks after it unanimously declared a state law prohibiting early-term abortions unconstitutional.

    The ruling bars health-care workers from citing conscientious objections to medical procedures in cases where a person’s life is at risk or in a medical emergency, but allows them in other circumstances. The court’s decision, published on its website on Monday, 20 September 2021, would prevent medical professionals from opting out of abortions.

  • 2. VIRick  |  September 20, 2021 at 7:23 pm

    USA: Discharged LGBTQ Veterans to Receive Full Benefits

    On Monday, 20 September 2021, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced a new policy allowing LGBTQ veterans who were discharged from the military for reasons relating to sexual orientation, gender identity, or HIV status to become eligible for full benefits. Those who were given other than honorable discharges for these reasons can now receive home loan guaranties, pensions, health care, and other benefits previously denied to them, according to the department.

    "Today, the Department of Veterans Affairs is working to reverse the harm done to all LGBTQ Veterans," the VA statement read, which was released on the tenth anniversary of the repeal of the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy. During the almost 18-year-long policy that "DADT" was. in place, an estimated 14,000 service members were discharged from the military, the VA notes.

  • 3. Elihu_Bystander  |  September 21, 2021 at 3:42 am

    What about those discharged before the DADT era? They received undesirable (due to homosexuality) discharges.

  • 4. VIRick  |  September 21, 2021 at 5:03 pm

    If one re-reads the first paragraph of the article as a stand-alone announcement, it would indicate that the change applies to all those discharged for the several reasons cited, without regard to the specific time-frame.

    Since the policy change was announced on the 10th anniversary of the repeal of DADT, the quoted article then goes on to discuss that particular history. However, the benefit extension is not limited to just those adversely affected by DADT.

  • 5. VIRick  |  September 21, 2021 at 4:09 pm

    Perú: Pro-Marriage-Equality Constitutional Court Justice Dies

    Per RPP Noticias:

    Murió Carlos Ramos Núñez, 61, Magistrado del Tribunal Constitucional del Perú, el 21 de septiembre 2021, de un paro cardiaco. Si bien su periodo había terminado, seguía desempeñándose en el cargo a la espera que el Congreso elija a su sucesor.

    Carlos Ramos Núñez, 61, Justice of the Constitutional Court of Perú, has died on 21 September 2021 of a heart attack. Even though his term had ended, he continued to serve in his position as he waited for Congress to elect his successor.

    Per Gabriel Moreno Alcántara:

    Uno de los tribunos más lúcidos y leídos que tuvo este periodo. Leí varios de sus fallos, muy sensatos. En mi memoria, guardo su defensa y posición a favor del matrimonio igualitario. Dio batalla como un jurista aliado.

    One of the most lucid and read justices of the current term. I read several of his rulings, very sensible. From memory, I recall his defense and position in favor of marriage equality. He fought back as an allied jurist.

  • 6. ianbirmingham  |  September 22, 2021 at 5:38 pm

    Polish region withdraws anti-LGBT resolution amid EU funding threat

    In a vote this afternoon, the local parliament of Świętokrzyskie, a province of 1.2 million people in southeastern Poland, voted to repeal a resolution it passed in 2019 that declared “opposition to the introduction of LGBT ‘ideology’…and promotion of it in public life”.

    Instead, they replaced it with one calling for “respect for the centuries-old tradition and culture of Poland” regarding “equality and fair treatment”. It pledged to “uphold the rule of law and…oppose all forms of discrimination based on sex, age, race, disability, ethnic origin, religion, worldview or orientation”.

    The vote came immediately after a discussion of the European Commission’s decision to suspend talks over the disbursement of funds. For Świętokrzyskie, €16 million (74 million zloty) from the EU’s coronavirus recovery fund is at stake. It is possible that other European funds could also be at risk.

    The change was supported by 25 councillors, including some from the nationally ruling coalition led by the conservative Law and Justice (PiS) party, which has a majority in the local parliament. No councillors voted against and three abstained, all of whom were from the PiS-led coalition.

    Last week, Poland’s plenipotentiary for equal treatment, a PiS MP, wrote to the European Commission to explain that the anti-LGBT resolutions have no binding legal force. She also noted that discrimination is banned under Polish law.

    Opposition politicians have, however, called for the resolutions to be withdrawn. Ahead of today’s vote in Świętokrzyskie, a councillor from the centre-right Polish People’s Party (PSL) said that they welcomed the “chance to close this chapter in a positive way”.

  • 7. VIRick  |  September 22, 2021 at 9:10 pm

    Querétaro: State Congress Votes to Approve Marriage Equality

    Per Homosensual:

    En Querétaro, ya podemos casarnos con la persona que amamos. El 22 de septiembre 2021, con 21 votos a favor, 2 en contra, y 2 abstenciones, el congreso estatal de Querétaro aprueba el matrimonio igualitario.

    Una vez aprobadas las reformas, deberán publicarse en "La Sombra de Arteaga," periódico oficial estatal, para que entren en vigencia.

    In Querétaro, we can now marry the person we love. On 22 September 2021, with 21 votes in favor, 2 against, and 2 abstentions, the Querétaro state congress approved marriage equality.

    Having approved the reforms, they must now be published in the official state newspaper, "La Sombra de Atreaga," in order to enter into effect.

    Actually, stating that there were "2 abstentions" is being generous, because just prior to the actual vote, 2 PAN members walked out of the congress hall, rather than be present and voting. As a result, they should have been marked as "absent" (ausencia).

    Regardless, this makes Querétaro jurisdiction 23 (of 32) in Mexico to finally vote in favor of marriage equality, and the 4th state to do so this year, behind Baja California, Sinaloa, and Yucatán.

    Tomorrow, 23 September 2021, the state congress of Sonora is scheduled to vote on its own proposal in favor of marriage equality. And never mind that the out-going governor of Sonora appealed the recent judicial ruling to the same effect, because once the law is changed, the law is changed and the court appeal becomes moot.

  • 8. VIRick  |  September 23, 2021 at 10:04 am

    Querétaro: State Congress Votes to Approve Marriage Equality, Jurisdiction #23

    Per Doris Arenas O., Periodista, Hermosillo, Sonora:

    Pendientes de la discusión mañana en el Congreso de Sonora sobre matrimonio igualitario, Querétaro, después de ingresar la iniciativa en cinco ocasiones en las últimas tres legislaturas, hoy, el 22 de septiembre 2021, la aprobó con 20 votos a favor y 3 en contra (además de los dos panistas que se retiraron).

    Pending the discussion tomorrow in the Sonora Congress about marriage equality, Querétaro, after having introduced the initiative on five occasions in the last three legislatures, today, 22 September 2021, approved it with 20 votes in favor and 3 against (in addition to the 2 PAN members who walked out).

    In Querétaro, the current measure, introduced by Morena at the very beginning of the current legislature in 2018, then sat there "in the freezer" for nearly 3 years, with no action taken. Very late in the day, on 22 September 2021, it was finally, but quite suddenly and rather unexpectedly, with little to no notice, passed by the right-wing PAN near-majority in the very closing days of it, as the last legislative session of the current legislature has already been slated to occur on 27 September.

  • 9. VIRick  |  September 23, 2021 at 12:30 pm

    Sonora Congress Votes in General in Favor of Marriage Equality, Jurisdiction #24

    In Sonora, at this very moment, the marriage equality measure is currently being pushed on the floor of the full congress by Celeste Taddei (Morena) and Rosa Elena Trujillo (MC). The same proposal was originally introduced into the state congress in 2019 by Yumiko Palomares (Morena), and has yet to be passed. One can watch the proceedings live here:

    So far, from the floor, in addition to Morena and MC, congress members representing PRD, PES, Verde, and Nueva Alianza have all made rousing speeches in favor of marriage equality. That ultra-right-wing PES did so was quite a surprise.

    The 33-member Congress just voted in general, with 25 votes in favor of marriage equality, by voting against sending the measure back to committee. Both PRI and PT, without speeches, also voted in favor. Only right-wing PAN, following long speeches, plus a handful of others, including one Morena, for a total of 8, voted against. Later in the session, the final vote, in particular, was:

    Per Congreso Estatal de Sonora:

    Con 26 votos a favor y 7 en contra, la LXIII Legislatura aprobó el Decreto que reforma el Código de Familia del Estado de Sonora, para ahora reconocer el matrimonio igualitario en la entidad.

    With 26 votes in favor and 7 against, the LXII legislature approved the Decree that reforms the State Family Code of Sonora so as to now recognize marriage equality in the state.

  • 10. ianbirmingham  |  September 24, 2021 at 4:32 pm

    Scotland becomes first country in the world to embed LGBT education in school curriculum

    All school staff will be given a basic awareness e-learning course on LGBT inclusive education and a toolkit of LGBT inclusive education teaching resources.

    A dedicated website will also be launched with resources for information to support young people.

    Subjects across age groups will now include LGBT identities, issues and history., focused on promoting equality, reducing bullying and improving the educational experiences of LGBT children and young people.

    National Parent Forum of Scotland chair Margaret Wilson said: “We welcome the roll-out of LGBT inclusive education across the school curriculum.

    "With other stakeholders, we have developed an information resource on LGBT-inclusive education for parents and carers to help them to support their children and ensure they have a positive educational experience, using an approach underpinned by children’s rights, kindness and respect.”

    An LGBTI Inclusive Education Working Group was established in 2017 to improve LGBT young people’s learning experience and to address bullying and discrimination. The group made 33 recommendations, which the Scottish Government accepted in full.

    Children’s minister Clare Haughey said: “I am proud to say that Scotland is leading the way as the first country in the world to embed LGBT inclusive education right across the curriculum. By doing so, we can help young people to reach their full potential and flourish in a diverse and inclusive society.

    “The launch of this ground-breaking suite of resources for schools takes us another step forward in ensuring that our curriculum is as diverse as the young people who learn in our schools."

    In 2017, delegates at the Education Institute of Scotland (EIS) teaching conference backed proposals to teach LGBT issues in schools.

  • 11. ianbirmingham  |  September 24, 2021 at 5:15 pm

    Trumpanzee to Federal Judge: "I am not a person"

    Capitol rioter Pauline Bauer, who was hauled off to jail screaming last week, appeared before a judge on Friday to seek her release pending trial.

    It didn't go well, though, as Bauer continued to insist that she isn't subject to a federal court's authority.

    U.S. District Judge Trevor McFadden responded by pointing out that Bauer — who claimed during a hearing last week that "I have a right to my self-determination!" — has shown "complete disregard for the court" and "contempt for the rule of law."

    Bauer proceeded to interrupt McFadden, claiming she has "diplomatic immunity" and was appearing as "a friend of the court."

    After Bauer quoted the Bible, McFadden responded by saying, "Romans 13: Let every person be subject to the governing authorities."

    "I am not a person," Bauer reportedly responded.

    "Last chance: are you going to follow my orders?" McFadden said.

    "Judgment day is going to come for all of you who are making money off mankind," Bauer responded.

    "I'll take that as a no," McFadden said.

    McFadden shut down the hearing and sent Bauer back to jail.

  • 12. VIRick  |  September 25, 2021 at 11:35 am

    Guerrero: A Same-Sex Marriage 5 Years Ago in Acapulco

    Per "Diario de Querétaro:"

    José Manuel Borbolla Ramos y Mario Niebla Toledo (de Querétaro) aplauden la aprobación del matrimonio igualitario en Querétaro, ya que ellos tuvieron que contraer nupcias (fuera del estado) en Acapulco, Guerrero, el 17 diciembre 2016 (con amparo). Actualmente, van a cumplir 5 años de casados y son padres de un bebé de 2 meses.

    José Manuel Borbolla Ramos and Mario Niebla Toledo (from Querétaro) applaud the approval of marriage equality in Querétaro, since they had to contract their marriage (out-of-state) in Acapulco, Guerrero, on 17 December 2016 (with amparo). Currently, they will be completing 5 years of marriage and are the parents of a 2-month-old baby.

    Although the law in Guerrero state has yet to be changed to allow for marriage equality, authorities in the state, at multiple levels, have been very fluid on this subject. Any number of municipalities, as well as the state civil registry, have registered marriages of same-sex couples without requiring an amparo (basing their decisions strictly on Supreme Court jurisprudence), while others still require an amparo. A third group of municipalities, mostly small town/rural, uncertain as to what to do, simply refuse to become involved.

  • 13. VIRick  |  September 25, 2021 at 1:31 pm

    Durango State Congress: Marriage Equality Proposal Passes in Committee

    Per Antonio Medina Trejo:

    En los próximos días, se pasará al pleno la votación del matrimonio igualitario en el Congreso del Estado de Durango. Se sostendrá una reunión con los representantes de la Junta de Coordinación Política (Jucopo) para solicitar que se manifieste la voluntad de los legisladores, declaró el diputado del PRD, David Ramos Zepeda.

    El 24 de septiembre 2021, en la Comisión de Derechos Humanos del Congreso Estatal, está aprobada la figura legal del matrimonio igualitario. El siguiente paso es pasar al pleno para que se desarrolle la votación de los diputados.

    In the coming days, the vote for marriage equality in the Durango State Congress will be passed to the full congress. A meeting is to be held with the representatives of the Political Coordination Board (Jucopo) to request that the will of the legislators be manifested, declared the PRD deputy, David Ramos Zepeda.

    On 24 September 2021, in the Human Rights Committee of the State Congress, the legal measure for marriage equality has been approved. The next step is for it to go to the full congress so that the vote of the deputies can take place.

  • 14. VIRick  |  September 25, 2021 at 4:55 pm

    Sonora: Following Marriage Equality Approval, First Same-Sex Marriage Announced

    Per "Tribuna de San Luis (Río Colorado):"

    Una sanluisina anuncia su boda, tras aprobación de matrimonio igualitario en Sonora. Mérida García suma 13 años de vivir en unión libre con su pareja, Angie Delgado.

    A Sanluisina announces her wedding, after approval of marriage equality in Sonora. For 13 years, Mérida García has been living in a free union with her partner, Angie Delgado.

    The municipality of San Luis Río Colorado is situated in the far northwest corner of Sonora state, directly on the international boundary, abutting both Baja California and Arizona, and facing San Luis, Arizona. Within the last 40-50 years, it has grown from being a sleepy desert village into a massive city of almost 200,000 people. Heading east, straight as an arrow for miles, Mexico Route 2 runs directly parallel to the adjacent border.

  • 15. VIRick  |  September 25, 2021 at 8:06 pm

    California Has Banned State-Paid Travel to Ohio

    Starting from 30 September 2021, the state of California will no longer allow trips to be made from that state to Ohio that are paid for with state funds. Said ban is a continuing result of a California state law that prevents state employees from organizing trips to states that discriminate against LGBTQ people.

    Ohio thus becomes the 18th state affected by this law since it was enacted in 2016. In addition, Arkansas, Florida, Montana, North Dakota, and West Virginia were also added to the growing list in 2021. They have joined Alabama, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, and Texas, all of which have had previous travel bans enacted against them at some point in time since 2016 by order of the California Attorney-General.

    The law in question that was passed in Ohio is a provision in the state’s budget, passed as House Bill 110, that grants healthcare providers in the state the right to refuse to perform or to insure medical care if they have a “conscience-based objection.” That could allow healthcare workers or health insurers to deny care to people based on their gender and sexuality. The largely-Republican Ohio legislature passed the bill, and Gov. Mike DeWine (R) signed it into law, in July 2021.

  • 16. JayJonson  |  September 26, 2021 at 9:41 am

    The Swiss have voted in favor of same-sex marriage by a 60.4 percentage majority.

  • 17. VIRick  |  September 26, 2021 at 7:07 pm

    Swiss Voters Say "Yes" to Marriage Equality in Referendum

    Per La Embajada de Suiza en el Perú:

    Hoy, el 26 de septiembre 2021, Suiza le dijo "Sí" al matrimonio igualitario, el trigésimo país del mundo, tras un referéndum aprobado por el 64.1% de la población (votante) y por todos los cantones.

    Today, 26 September 2021, Switzerland said "Yes" to marriage equality, the 30th country in the world, following a referendum approved by 64.1% of the (voting) population and by all of the cantons.

    Per SDP Noticias:

    En Suiza, las parejas (del mismo sexo) que deseen contraer nupcias podrán hacerlo a partir del 1 de julio 2022.

    In Switzerland, (same-sex) couples who desire to contract marriage will be able to do so from 1 July 2022.

    Per "El País:"

    El cambio incluye el acceso a técnicas de reproducción asistida para mujeres solas o parejas de lesbianas y permite la adopción de niños

    The change includes access to assisted reproduction technology for single women or lesbian couples and permits the adoption of children.

  • 18. Randolph_Finder  |  September 28, 2021 at 6:12 am

    A few things here. The July 1 date" is "according to the current plans". It is *not* a legally required date by legislation. However, at this point, it has mostly moved to the bureaucracy, which means that it isn't likely to be pushed either way.

    The Justice Minister who announced the date and who is in charge of the issue is Karin Keller-Sutter, who is from FDP.The Liberals which is a hair right of center for Switzerland (but more from an economic sense than a social one), but who personally supports Marriage Equality and Yes on the Referendum.

    So theoretically *could* be delayed, but you'd need something like COVID-19 Zombie variant…

  • 19. VIRick  |  September 26, 2021 at 7:02 pm

    Perú: Ex-Congressman de Belaunde Marries Same-Sex Partner in New York

    Per MHOL y Lima Gay Net:

    El ex congresista Alberto de Belaunde se casó con su pareja en Nueva York. Expresamos nuestras felicitaciones a la pareja recién casada y deseamos que tengan muchos años de felicidad juntos, pero lamentamos que no hayan podido casarse en el Perú.

    Ex-congressman Alberto de Belaunde married his partner in New York. We express our felicitations to the recently married couple and hope that they have many years of happiness together, but lament that they were not able to marry in Perú.

  • 20. ianbirmingham  |  September 27, 2021 at 3:06 am

    Taiwan court rules against surgery requirement for legal gender change

    LGBTQ+ advocates are celebrating the ruling, but want legislation to secure rights.

    Last Thursday, a high administrative court in Taipei ruled against a law requiring transgender people to provide proof of surgery before changing their legal gender, according to local news reports and LGBTQ+ rights groups. Advocates who had been rallying against the rule for years celebrated the ruling as a major step for transgender rights in Taiwan.

    The court ruled in favor of Xiao E based on psychiatric evaluations — which are also currently mandatory to legally change one’s gender — purporting that “her gender identity has long been female,” said Victoria Hsu, the attorney who represented Xiao E in the case and the co-founder of TAPCPR. Hsu also pointed to several international human rights conventions, and the court decided that obtaining identification that is in line with one’s gender identity is a personal privacy right.

    Hsu called Thursday’s ruling historic, and if the household registration office doesn’t appeal, this will be the first time a transgender person in Taiwan can legally change their gender without surgery. Hsu said TAPCPR is unsure whether an appeal will happen.

    The Ministry of the Interior planned to lift the rule in 2014 and replace it with a committee of specialists that would determine whether someone could legally change their registered gender, but these plans were never carried out.

    “We hope this will be the beginning to abolish the requirement of compulsory surgery, to protect transgender peoples’ dignity and rights and hopefully help to pass a legislation to regulate the process of gender marker change in the near future,” Hsu said.

  • 21. ianbirmingham  |  September 27, 2021 at 5:09 pm

    Three more Polish regions repeal their LGBT-free declarations

    Councillors in the southeasterly Podkarpackie and Lubelskie provinces and in the southerly Malopolskie province, three of nearly a hundred municipalities and provinces that adopted motions declaring themselves free of "LGBT ideology", all voted to repeal the motions on Monday.

    In Podkarpackie, a new resolution entitled "Podkarpackie as a region of well-established tolerance" was passed. In Lubelskie, councillors passed a motion entitled "On the protection of fundamental rights and freedoms".

  • 22. VIRick  |  September 27, 2021 at 9:11 pm

    Querétaro State Congress Marriage Equality Vote

    On Wednesday, 22 September 2021, the 25 members of the Querétaro State Congress voted for the marriage equality legislation in a veto-proof 80% majority, 20-3-2, as follows:

    Voted in Favor (20):
    9 PAN
    6 Morena
    3 PRI
    1 Verde
    1 PES

    Voted Against (3):
    2 Independents
    1 PRI

    Did Not Vote (2) (Walked Out of Congress Hall before Vote)
    2 PAN

    In an unheard-of maneuver, not a single member of the near-majority right-wing PAN voted against marriage equality. Instead, they delivered a veto-proof majority in favor of it that now forces the out-going governor, Francisco Domínguez Servién (PAN), to publish the measure in the official state gazette.

  • 23. Randolph_Finder  |  September 28, 2021 at 6:14 am

    This is starting to feel like the States have finally realized that the Mexican supreme court has had enough of this $#!+. Could we see marriage in all 31 states be the end of 2022?

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