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  • 1. ianbirmingham  |  October 25, 2021 at 5:18 pm

    The Delhi High Court is one of the 25 appellate courts in India, comparable to the Circuit Courts of Appeal in the US. District courts are below the High Courts, and India's Supreme Court is above the High Courts. The outcome in these cases in Delhi High Court will of course be appealed to India's Supreme Court, paralleling the Obergefell experience.

    When SSM is legalized in India, this will be a ginormous advance. India is the world's largest democracy, with 1.4 billion people. It is the world's 2nd most populous country, and is the world's 7th largest country by land area. The US population is only about 330 million, which is less than 25% of India's. Thus India's version of Obergefell will have quadruple the impact upon the freedom to marry.

  • 2. VIRick  |  October 25, 2021 at 10:17 pm

    Texas: Governor Signs Bill Banning Transgender Girls from Female School Sports

    On 25 October 2021, Texas Governor Greg Abbott signed into law a bill banning transgender girls from participating in female sports at public schools, joining a wave of similar measures emerging from Republican-controlled statehouses across the country.

    The measure is to take effect from 18 January 2022 and marks the latest in a slate of right-wing bills advanced by the Texas legislature and its Republican governor in 2021, including laws placing new restrictions on voting and abortion, while doing away with the need for a permit to carry a concealed weapon.

  • 3. VIRick  |  October 26, 2021 at 5:06 pm

    Querétaro Non-Up-Date, 26 October 2021

    Per "Diario de Rotativo:"

    En San Juan del Río, Querétaro, diez parejas del mismo sexo esperan para casarse. Ellos están a la espera de la publicación en "La Sombra de Arteaga" de la iniciativa de matrimonios igualitarios.

    Ten same-sex couples wait to marry in San Juan del Río, Querétaro. They are awaiting the publication of the marriage equality initiative in "La Sombra de Arteaga."

    San Juan del Río, with a population of 270,000, is the second-largest city in the state. The state capital, Santiago de Querétaro, has just over 1 million people. Between 2015-2019, based solely upon Supreme Court jurisprudence, the municipal council of the state capital (as well as that of 7 other less-populated municipalities) allowed same-sex couples to marry within their jurisdictions without the need of obtaining an amparo. San Juan del Río (and the 9 remaining municipalities in the state) did not.

    As a result, many same-sex couples in the first-named locations have already married. However, those currently being penalized are those who have sought to marry quite recently, those who might wish to marry at some point in the future, those who are physically/financially unable to travel out-of-state in order to do so, and those living in San Juan del Río and the 9 other municipalities that never saw the 4-year window of opportunity initiated by the civil registrar of the state capital.

    Through 2020, the number of marriages of same-sex couples performed in Querétaro state totals 117:

    2015 05
    2016 20
    2017 32
    2018 44
    2019 07
    2020 09

  • 4. VIRick  |  October 26, 2021 at 8:34 pm

    Sonora: First Same-Sex Marriage in Cajeme (Ciudad Obregón) without Amparo

    Per Just Fly en Cajeme, Sonora:

    Nomás para avisarles que ya se realizó el primer matrimonio igualitario en Cajeme (Ciudad Obregón) sin necesidad de amparo.

    Just to let everyone know that the first equal marriage has already occurred in Cajeme (Cuidad Obregón) without the need for an amparo.

    Per Vicky Juvera:

    Hoy, el 26 de octubre 2021, me casé en Cajeme con el amor de mi vida, Gabriela.

    Today, 26 October 2021, I married the love of my life, Gabriela, in Cajeme.

    The city of Ciudad Obregón, in the municipality of Cajeme in the southern part of Sonora state, is the state's second-most populous city, after the state capital, Hermosillo.

  • 5. VIRick  |  October 26, 2021 at 8:52 pm

    Today in Perú

    Per Amnistía Internacional Perú:

    Renzo Sáenz y Oliver Ramos están juntos desde hace 11 años, después de casarse en Buenos Aires. Cumplen todos sus deberes, y sin embargo no tienen ningún derecho como familia. Es tiempo de avanzar hacia la igualdad.

    Renzo Sáenz and Oliver Ramos are together since 11 years ago, after having married in Buenos Aires. They fulfill all their duties, and yet do not have any rights as a family. It is time to advance toward equality.

    The accompanying video is precious. This couple is also rather typical of many Peruvian same-sex couples in that they traveled to Argentina in order to be able to marry, a marriage, of course, recognized as perfectly valid in Argentina, but still not recognized as legal by their own government.

  • 6. JayJonson  |  October 27, 2021 at 7:17 am

    The video is wonderful. Is that Bianca del Rio emceeing the drag show? And the beagle is so sweet.

  • 7. VIRick  |  October 27, 2021 at 11:26 am

    Yes, yes, and yes. The drag show, complete with the unicorn costumes and the marriage proposal, apparently occurred in Buenos Aires 11 years ago.

  • 8. VIRick  |  October 27, 2021 at 11:32 am

    USA: First Passport Issued with Non-Binary "X" Gender Marker

    From 1977 until 2021, the Department of State only issued passports with an “M” or “F” gender marker. Prior to 1977, US passports did not have gender markers on them at all.

    In June of 2021, Secretary of State Anthony Blinken announced that the Department would make it easier for transgender individuals to correct the gender marker on their passports by lifting the requirement for medical certification of one’s gender identity. He also said that applicants will be allowed to choose "X" as their gender marker to make the process more inclusive “for non-binary, intersex, and gender non-conforming persons” at some point in the future.

    In 2019, a federal judge ruled that the USA was required to issue a passport without an "M" or "F" gender marker to Dana Zzyym, who is intersex and non-binary. The State Department, citing privacy concerns regarding individual cases, did not say whether the passport issued today, 27 October 2021, was for Zzyym, but it is fairly likely that it is.

    However, the State Department did state that it will begin “offering the ‘X’ gender marker option to routine passport applicants” in early 2022. This new policy also applies to the Consular Report of Birth Abroad, a document that confirms that an American who was born overseas is a US citizen.

  • 9. ianbirmingham  |  October 27, 2021 at 3:56 pm

    It was Zzyym, on whose behalf Lambda Legal has been in litigation against the State Department for over 6 years now. Click the link to see Zzyym's new 'X'-gendered passport…

    Zzyym sued the State Department in 2015, petitioning for a shift in policy that would allow for the introduction of intersex-gendered passports.

    Zzyym, an intersex activist and former sailor – as well as the first military veteran in the United States to seek a non-binary passport – was initially denied the identification document during a renewal process in 2015, after failing to check male or female on an application.

  • 10. ianbirmingham  |  October 27, 2021 at 6:24 pm

    Italian LGBTQ+ hate crime bill defeated: The measure would have criminalized violence and hate speech against LGBTQ+ people

    Italy’s Lower House had already approved the bill, which had the backing of the leftist Democrats, the anti-establishment 5Star Movement and the far-left Free and Equal Party. But the so-called Zan bill — named for its creator, LGBTQ+ rights campaigner and Democratic MP Alessandro Zan — faced opposition from right-wing parties and conservative Catholics.

    The opponents claimed the measure would have restricted free speech and codified gender theory — the concept that gender distinctions are socially created — into law. They also objected to a clause that provided for the creation of an anti-homophobia day at schools. Even the Vatican entered the debate, writing to the Italian foreign ministry claiming the bill risked violating a historic treaty with Italy, which protects Catholics’ freedom of expression and organization.

    The right-wing coalition had proposed an alternate bill that would make homophobia an aggravating factor in violent crime but not provide protection for transgender people. After last-minute negotiations over a compromise failed, the right-wing parties scheduled an anonymous vote to block the bill from progressing in the Senate. That vote passed on Wednesday with a majority of 23 votes, effectively killing the bill.

  • 11. ianbirmingham  |  October 28, 2021 at 3:12 pm

    Homophobes criticize kids' field trip to Wilton Manors restaurant

    Broward County school board member Sarah Leonardi shared photos to social media of a group of children from Wilton Manors Elementary School at Rosie's Bar and Grill, a famed LGBT hangout.

    'I was SO honored to be invited to chaperone Wilton Manors Elementary's field trip to the incredible Rosie's! The students and I had a fun walk over and learned a lot about our community! A huge thank you to Rosie's Bar and Grill for hosting this special field trip every year!' Leonardi posted to Twitter and Facebook on Thursday.

    The bar and grill, which opened in 2006, is located in Wilton Manors near Fort Lauderdale and operates during the day as a restaurant that also serves alcohol.

    'Whether you come for lunch or dinner, for Sunday Funday Brunch or for just a few drinks… whether you are LBGTQ+ or an ally…whether you are local or visiting… whether you come with a group or venture out solo… you will have a memorable experience with the most talented crew in South Florida,' the bar and grill writes on its website.

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