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11/23 open thread and some settlement news


– We mentioned this before, but the Arlene’s Flowers case has officially settled. The terms and more at that link via Equality Case Files.

Fulton v. Philadelphia, the LGBTQ foster care case, has settled.

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

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  • 1. VIRick  |  November 23, 2021 at 3:16 pm

    Chile: Chamber of Deputies Approves Marriage Equality Legislation

    Per MOVILH:

    APROBADO: Hoy, el 23 de noviembre 2021, por 101 votos a favor, 30 en contra, y 2 abstenciones, la Cámara de Diputados aprueba el matrimonio igualitario. Falta solo un trámite en el Senado para que el projecto sea ley.

    APPROVED: Today, 23 November 2021, with 101 votes in favor, 30 against, and 2 abstentions, the Chamber of Deputies approves marriage equality. It is only missing one procedure in the Senate in order to become law.

    The Chilean Chamber of Deputies consists of 155 members. Thus, an additional 22 members were not present/did not vote.

    Although the Senate has already passed its own version of the bill, the Senate must now pass the Chamber of Deputies version of the measure, and can do so in a pro forma manner (the one missing procedure mentioned above). This second version contains several recently-added, important provisions, mostly related to adoption by same-sex couples, that are missing from the Senate version. Next week, the Senate will vote again, and hopefully, will pass the more expanded version passed today in the Chamber.

    Per "El Mostrador:"

    La próxima semana tendrá su último trámite en el Senado.

    Next week, it will have its final processing in the Senate.

    In addition, in terms of the snail-paced race between Switzerland and Chile, there is still the distinct possibility that the first marriages between same-sex couples could occur in Chile in June 2022, about 3-4 weeks before the official 1 July 2022 start-up date in Switzerland. In Chile, the start-up date will be calculated as commencing in 6 months from the exact date (presumably, in December) of the presidential signing.

  • 2. Elihu_Bystander  |  November 24, 2021 at 4:23 am

    – Fulton v. Philadelphia, the LGBTQ foster care case, has settled.

    The above link is broken; here is one that works.

  • 3. VIRick  |  November 24, 2021 at 3:09 pm

    Indiana Court of Appeals: Catholic School Firing of Gay Teacher Unanimously Overturned

    Per Lambda Legal and Equality Case Files:

    After Joshua Payne-Elliot was fired from the Catholic high school where he worked for 13 years because he is married to a man, a lower court dismissed his lawsuit. Today, 23 November 2021, in an exciting turn-around victory, the Indiana Court of Appeals unanimously overturned the lower court’s decision to dismiss with prejudice.

    The Indiana Court of Appeals found 3 separate procedural errors, errors that so riddled the original decision that the trial court judge has recused himself from the case, and a new special judge has been appointed. The Court of Appeals ruling is here:

  • 4. VIRick  |  November 25, 2021 at 9:30 am

    Germany: Multiple LGBT Plans of New Governing Coalition

    Per Enrique Anarte and LGBT Marriage News:

    In Germany, the incoming governing coalition deal includes a new self-ID law, a total ban on conversion therapy, a repeal of the restrictions on gay and bi men donating blood, and financial compensation for transgender victims of forced sterilization, among other things.

    The new governing coalition is slated to take control in early December 2021.

  • 5. VIRick  |  November 25, 2021 at 9:48 am

    Chile: Senate Agenda for Upcoming Week

    Per Claudio Rodríguez Romo:

    Este viernes, el 26 de noviembre 2021, los jefes de comités del Senado acordarán la tabla de proyectos que se verán la próxima semana. Esperemos que Ximena Rincón se la juegue por votar y despachar a ley el proyecto de matrimonio igualitario.

    This Friday, 26 November 2021, the committee heads of the Senate will agree on the agenda of bills that will be seen next week. Let's hope that Ximena Rincón will risk it to vote and pass the marriage equality bill into law.

    Ximena Cecilia Rincón González is the current President of the Chilean Senate.

  • 6. scream4ever  |  November 25, 2021 at 11:39 am

    I thought it already was on the agenda for next week?

  • 7. VIRick  |  November 25, 2021 at 7:15 pm

    It will be on the agenda for "next week," because, as I understand it, Ximena Rincón is in favor of passage. In addition, I have just seen another comment from a certain Chilean political party stating that marriage equality will be on the agenda for "Tuesday, 30 November." However, it is not clear how they would already know this,– unless, of course, they intend to be the party that moves to place it on the agenda for Tuesday (and apparently, they have already done so).

    Earlier, the several comments about the Senate agenda were more generalized, explaining that that is the next step that needs to be done (and speculated that it would be on the agenda for "next week"), while the comment immediately above is much more specific, providing the nuts-and-bolts detail as to how it is to happen. Obviously, we will have an official answer after the committee heads meet and agree tomorrow, Friday, 26 November. But, yes, given the several sources, Tuesday, 30 November, does seem likely to be the date that will be selected. And now, for confirmation, we already have this official announcement from the Senate itself:

    Per Senado Chile, cuenta oficial:

    El próximo martes, 30 de noviembre, la Comisión de Constitución discutirá proyecto de matrimonio igualitario que modifica diversos cuerpos legales para regular el matrimonio de parejas del mismo sexo para ser votado y despacharlo a Sala. La inicitiva está en tercer trámite constitucional.

    Next Tuesday, 30 November, the Constitution Committee will discuss the marriage equality bill that modifies various legal provisions to regulate marriage between same-sex couples in order for it to be voted upon and dispatched to the Full Chamber. The initiative is in the third constitutional process.

  • 8. scream4ever  |  November 26, 2021 at 4:18 am

    Wait it has to go through another committee? I thought the final vote was the full Senate?

  • 9. VIRick  |  November 26, 2021 at 7:02 am

    It now seems likely that there will be two votes on the same date, the first by the Constitutional Committee at 10:30 AM and the second in the Full Chamber of the Senate at 3:00 PM.

    Per Claudio Rodríguez Romo:

    Feliz de anunciar que el proyecto de matrimonio igualitario se votará el próximo 30 de noviembre en la Sala del Senado, quedando listo para convertirse en ley.

    Happy to announce that the marriage equality bill will be voted upon next 30 November in the Full Chamber of the Senate, becoming ready to convert into law.

    Per MOVILH Chile:

    Sala del Senado votará el matrimonio igualitario el martes, 30 de noviembre, a las 15:00 horas.

    The Full Chamber of the Senate will vote on marriage equality on Tuesday, 30 November, at 3:00 PM.

  • 10. ianbirmingham  |  November 25, 2021 at 10:48 am

    Fairfax County Public Schools reinstate two books – Lawn Boy and Gender Queer: A Memoir – saying they do not violate rules, despite parents condemning them as pedophilic

    "Lawn Boy" by Jonathan Evison includes long sections of a boy reminiscing about explicit experiences he had at 10 years old and "Gender Queer: A Memoir," by Maia Kobabe includes photos of sexual acts between a boy and a man. Two committees of school administrators, librarians, parents, and students determined that the books did not contain pedophilia and did not violate regulations by including obscene material.

    One committee found that "Lawn Boy" includes themes that "are affirming for students" with marginalized identities. "There is no pedophilia in the book," the committee added. The other committee found that "Gender Queer" depicts "difficulties nonbinary and asexual individuals may face." The committee concluded that "the book neither depicts nor describes pedophilia."

    "The robust committee process took place over several weeks and considered whether the books flouted regulations by being obscene or harmful to juveniles as defined by the Code of Virginia," FCPS noted in the press release. "After careful consideration, neither books were deemed to have fallen foul of these regulations."

  • 11. VIRick  |  November 26, 2021 at 9:34 am

    Taiwan: Second Cross-National Same-Sex Couple Wins Their Marriage Suit

    Honduras: Leading Presidential Candidate in Favor of Marriage Equality

    Per LGBT Marriage News:

    The leading candidate in the presidential election of 28 November pledges to legalize abortion and LGBT marriage.

  • 12. VIRick  |  November 26, 2021 at 2:21 pm

    Durango: Second Same-Sex Marriage Has Taken Place

    Per Meganoticias Durango:

    Activista de la comunidad LGBT confirmó la realización del segundo matrimonio igualitario en el estado de Durango, el cual corresponde a una pareja de hombres.

    An activist from the LGBT community confirmed that the second equal marriage in Durango state has occurred, one that corresponds to a male couple.

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