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  • 1. VIRick  |  January 18, 2022 at 1:49 pm

    Guanajuato: Marriage Equality Bill Approved in Committee

    Per Gerardo Fernández, Diputado Estatal del Congreso (Verde):

    Excelentes noticias para el matrimonio igualitario en Guanajuato. La Comisión de Justicia del Congreso de Guanajuato acaba de aprobar la metodología que se presentó.
    https://twitter.com/gerardofdzmx

    Excellent news for marriage equality in Guanajuato. The Justice Committee of the Guanajuato Congress just approved the methodology that was presented.

    Per Ricardo García:

    En estos momentos la Comisión de Justicia del Congreso de Guanajuato acaba de aprobar que la iniciativa del diputado Gerardo Fernández del Partido Verde, referente a matrimonio igualitario en el estado de Guanajuato, pase a Mesas de Trabajo.
    https://twitter.com/garciaricardomx

    At this moment, the Justice Committee of the Guanajuato Congress just approved that the initiative of Gerardo Fernández (Verde), referring to marriage equality in Guanajuato state, move to the Work Tables (Jucopo).

  • 2. VIRick  |  January 18, 2022 at 2:39 pm

    Guanajuato: First Equal Marriage without Amparo (Two More Scheduled)

    Primer Matrimonio Igualitario en Guanajuato sin Amparo (Dos Más Pronto)

    Hasta el momento en el estado, se ha casado una pareja del mismo sexo (en Irapuato, el 10 de enero 2022), esto desde que se envió desde la Secretaría de Gobierno la circular que dispone que ya no se require un amparo para que dos personas (del mismo sexo) puedan unirse en matrimonio.

    Así lo conformó la secretaria de Gobierno, Libia Denisse García, el 17 de enero 2022, quien dijo que se tienen en puerta dos casamientos más en el estado, los cuales se darían en las ciudades de Guanajuato (capital) y en León.
    https://noticiasradioirapuato.com/2022/01/18/prim

    So far in the state, one same-sex couple has been married (in Irapuato, on 10 January 2022), this since the circular was sent from the Government Secretary that provides that an amparo is no longer required so that two persons (of the same sex) can join in marriage.

    Such was confirmed by the Government Secretary, Libia Denisse García, on 17 January 2022, who said that two more like marriages are scheduled in the state, one to take place in the city of Guanajuato (capital), the other in León.

  • 3. VIRick  |  January 18, 2022 at 4:38 pm

    Honduras: Supreme Court Rejects Two Equal Marriage Cases

    Per LGBT Marriage News:

    The plaintiffs will take their case to the Inter-American Court of Human Rights (CIDH). As a signatory state to the international accord, the American Convention on Human Rights, Honduras is obligated to bring in marriage equality.
    https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=159814383698099

    On 18 January 2022, according to the spokesperson for the Sala Constitucional (de la CSJ), Melvin Duarte, as noted in the cited video, the court has taken a typically myopic view in that they claimed that same-sex marriage violates both the Constitution of Honduras and its Family Code, so that as a result, the petitions in the cases were not admitted.

    Per AECID Honduras:

    En los años 2020 y 2021, somoscdc_hn ha solicitado un total de dos inscripciones de matrimonio igualitario contraídos en el extranjero, una de Costa Rica y otra de México. Ante ello, se presentan dos recursos de inconstitucionalidad parcial (Constitución de la República, último párr. del Art.112 y Código de Familia, último párr. del Art.111) que impiden el reconocimiento legal en Honduras de matrimonios del mismo sexo celebrados o reconocidos en el extranjero.

    Las autoridades de la Republica de Honduras negaron el derecho, calificándolo de IMPROCEDENTE.
    https://twitter.com/AECID_Honduras/status/1484272

    In 2020 and 2021, Somoscdc_hn requested a total of two equal marriage registrations contracted abroad, one from Costa Rica and the other from Mexico. Given this, two appeals of partial unconstitutionality were presented (Constitution of the Republic, last paragraph of Art.112 and Family Code, last paragraph of Art.111) that prevent the legal recognition in Honduras of same-sex marriages celebrated or recognized abroad.

    The authorities of the Republic of Honduras denied the right, calling it IMPROPER.

  • 4. VIRick  |  January 18, 2022 at 5:28 pm

    North Carolina State Health Plan Loses Its "Sovereign Immunity" Appeal

    Per Equality Case Files:

    In "North Carolina State Health Plan v. Kadel," SCOTUS declined to take up the North Carolina State Health Plan's appeal of a lower court ruling that stated that NCSHP lacked sovereign immunity. The state plan had been arguing that it did possess such immunity.

    As a result, the state health plan has now lost its case in the challenge to its blanket exclusion for treatment of gender dysphoria.
    https://twitter.com/EQCF/status/14835309790922997

    If the NCSHP actually had sovereign immunity, it could basically do whatever it pleased, a point it had postulated, regardless of any possible constitutional restraints

  • 5. ianbirmingham  |  January 19, 2022 at 2:27 am

    LGBT Rights Activist Jim Obergefell Announces Bid for Ohio House

    Internationally known gay rights activist and named plaintiff in the Supreme Court case that legalized same-sex marriage nationwide, Jim Obergefell, announced on Tuesday he’s launching a bid for the Ohio State House.

    “I took a history making fight for equal rights all the way to the US Supreme Court and won. I don’t mind being the underdog, and I’m not afraid to take on any issue when it’s the right thing to do. I will bring that same fighting spirit as your state representative,” said Obergefell in a video posted to Twitter on Tuesday.

    https://twitter.com/JimObergefell/status/14834500

    Running as a Democrat, Obergefell is running to represent Ohio’s 89th House District which includes Erie and Ottawa counties. He will be going up against Republican D.J Swearingen who is currently holding that 89th House District seat.

    https://www.jrlcharts.com/2022/01/19/lgbt-rights-

  • 6. VIRick  |  January 19, 2022 at 1:42 pm

    Guanajuato: Step by Step, We Will Achieve It; 12 More Requests for Equal Marriages

    Guanajuato: Paso a Paso, Lo Lograremos; 12 Solicitudes Más Para Matrimonios Igualitarios

    Vamos por buen camino, el matrimonio igualitario está cerca de ser una realidad (por ley)
    en Guanajuato. Es hora de garantizar los derechos de todas las personas.as

    Per Gerardo Fernández, Diputado Estatal del Congreso (Verde):

    Vamos por buen camino, el matrimonio igualitario está cerca de ser una realidad (por ley) en Guanajuato. Es hora de garantizar los derechos de todas las personas.
    https://twitter.com/gerardofdzmx/status/148385946

    We are on a good track, marriage equality is close to being a reality (by law) in Guanajuato. It is time to guarantee the rights of everyone.

    But many couples in Guanajuato state are no longer waiting:

    El Registro Civil lleva recibidas 12 solicitudes en todo el estado, ya con los documentos y requisitos necesarios. Es decir, que se celebrarán 8 matrimonios más en los próximos días. Las solicitudes que han recibido han sido 3 en el municipio de Guanajuato, 2 en León, 3 en Irapuato, y una en Celaya, Silao, San Francisco del Rincón, y Moroleón.
    https://zonafranca.mx/politica-sociedad/ddhh/cele

    The Civil Registry has received 12 applications throughout the state, complete with the necessary documents and requirements. In other words, 11 more marriages will be held in the coming days. The requests that were received have been: 3 in the municipality of Guanajuato, 2 in León, 3 in Irapuato, and one each in Celaya, Silao, San Francisco del Rincón, and Moroleón.

  • 7. ianbirmingham  |  January 19, 2022 at 4:17 pm

    Married lesbian couple, visiting Mexico from Texas, found tortured, shot and dismembered in trash bags 17 miles apart in Ciudad Juárez

    The women were identified as Nohemí Medina Martínez and Yulizsa Ramírez, both 28, of El Paso, according to the Chihuahua State Office of the Attorney General. One of the bodies was in the San Agustín neighborhood and the other was found at the entrance of the Jesus Carranza village.

    Mexican newspaper El Diario reported that they were visiting family members in Ciudad Juárez and they last saw the two Saturday. Chihuahua Committee for Sexual Diversity director Karen Arvizo confirmed that the couple were mothers to three children. They were married in 2021.

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10418777

  • 8. VIRick  |  January 20, 2022 at 4:02 pm

    Honduras: More Appeals of Unconstitutionality Filed at Supreme Court

    Per "Reportar Sin Miedo:"

    Hoy, el 20 de enero 2022, organizaciones presentaron nuevos recursos de inconstitucionalidad ante el fallo del Poder Judicial, mientras son reprimidos por guardia de seguridad del edificio donde se encuentra la Sala de Lo Constitucional.
    https://twitter.com/ReportarsinMied/status/148430

    Today, 20 January 2022, organizations presented new appeals of unconstitutionality against the ruling of the Supreme Court, while being repressed by the security guards of the building where the Constitutional Chamber is located.

    A much longer and more detailed account and explanation concerning the new appeals of unconstitutionality that were filed on 20 January 2022, as per the same source, "Reportar sin Miedo," is reprinted here in the "Washington Blade:"
    https://www.washingtonblade.com/2022/01/21/corte-

    Per Allan Calderini:

    The news is reporting that LGBT groups are making another attempt in the Supreme Court, asking them to invalidate Article 112 of the Constitution of Honduras that prohibits same-sex marriage in Honduras.
    https://twitter.com/allanelias12/status/148428058
    https://hch.tv/2022/01/20/suenan-nuevamente-tambo

  • 9. VIRick  |  January 20, 2022 at 6:46 pm

    Mexico: Amended Birth Certificates for Transgender Persons Now Available at Consulates

    On Wednesday, 19 January 2022, Mexico’s Foreign Affairs Ministry announced that transgender persons who were born in Mexico are now able to receive an amended birth certificate at any of the country’s consulates. Foreign Affairs Secretary Marcelo Ebrard was among those who spoke at a ceremony at the Foreign Affairs Ministry in Mexico City where he and other officials detailed the policy.
    https://www.washingtonblade.com/2022/01/20/transg

  • 10. VIRick  |  January 21, 2022 at 2:00 pm

    Guanajuato: First Same-Sex Marriage in Guanajuato (Capital) without Amparo

    Guanajuato: Primer Matrimonio Igualitario en Guanajuato (Capital) sin Amparo

    El 21 de enero 2022, Adriana y Alejandro contrajeron nupcias por la vía civil en la capital del estado, lo que los convirtió en una de las (primeras) parejas de personas del mismo sexo en casarse sin la necesidad de un amparo (en el estado de Guanajuato). Con testigos de honor como el alcalde panista, Alejandro Navarro, y la activista, Rubí Suárez Araujo, la pareja celebró su boda civil en la ciudad, donde además les acompañó sus familiares.

    Aunque el casarse en el estado de Guanajuato ya es posible, para esta pareja su siguiente paso es tramitar el cambio de género de uno de sus integrantes, al buscar se le reconozca legalmente a Alejandro (como Alejandro).
    https://www.elsoldelbajio.com.mx/local/se-realiza

    On 21 January 2022, Adriana and Alejandro contracted their civil marriage in the state capital, which made them one of the (first) same-sex couples to marry without the need for an amparo (in Guanajuato state). With honorary witnesses such as the PAN mayor, Alejandro Navarro, and the activist, Rubí Suárez Araujo, the couple celebrated their civil wedding in the city, where they were also accompanied by their relatives.

    Although marrying in the state of Guanajuato is now possible, for this couple their next step is to process the gender change of one of its members, by looking for Alejandro to be legally recognized (as Alejandro)

  • 11. ianbirmingham  |  January 22, 2022 at 4:40 pm

    Christian Adoption Agency Had So Much Fun Discriminating Against LGBTQ People They're Extending The Practice To Jews, Too!

    Tennessee passed a law designed to give cover to bigots who want to discriminate against LGBTQ people in adoptions, and it was immediately used to bar Elizabeth and Gabriel Rutan-Ram, a Jewish couple from Greeneville, from participating in a state-sponsored foster care certification program.

    The Rutan-Rams threatened to sue, at which point Holston, which is represented by Christian right legal firm Alliance Defending Freedom, turned around and sued the Biden administration. See, the Department of Health and Human Services doesn’t want to give Holston money if the agency is going to deny service to prospective parents based on religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, and same-sex marriage status. And if Holston can’t discriminate, then obviously it is the real victim here…

    https://abovethelaw.com/2022/01/christian-adoptio

  • 12. ianbirmingham  |  January 23, 2022 at 5:12 am

    House committee in Florida passes 'Don't Say Gay' bill

    A Florida House committee on Thursday passed a bill seeking to ban discussions of sexuality and gender identity in school classrooms, which LGBTQ+ advocates say will effectively “erase” LGBTQ+ history, culture, and students.

    The Parental Rights in Education bill, also known as the “Don’t Say Gay” bill, passed Thursday in the House Education and Employment Committee largely along party lines.

    Florida state Rep. Joe Harding’s bill, along with its companion bill introduced Tuesday by Florida state Sen. Dennis Baxley (R), would block teachers in Florida from talking about LGBTQ+ topics that are not “age-appropriate or developmentally appropriate for students.”

    According to the bill, parents may take legal action against their child’s school district and be awarded damages if they believe any of its policies infringe on their “fundamental right to make decisions regarding the upbringing and control of their children.”

    One of the Florida bill’s provisions would require educators and administrators to effectively “out” known LGBTQ+ students to their parents without their consent.

    https://thehill.com/changing-america/respect/equa

  • 13. VIRick  |  January 23, 2022 at 9:31 am

    Veracruz: Going for Transgender Rights and Marriage Equality

    Per LGBT Marriage News:

    Veracruz: Van por Derechos de Personas Trans y Matrimonio Igualitario

    Serán presentadas dos iniciativas ante el Congreso del Estado en favor de la diversidad sexual de Veracruz; la primera para permitir el matrimonio igualitario y la segunda para beneficiar a las personas trans.

    De acuerdo con el presidente de la Coalición LGBTT, Benjamín Callejas Hernández, el diputado del Partido del Trabajo, Ramón Díaz Ávila, las presentará el próximo martes, el 25 de enero 2022, lo que a su decir se trata de un logro de la sociedad civil, y por lo que agradecieron al legislador su empatía con la agenda y su voluntad de presentarlas.
    https://imagendeveracruz.mx/estado/van-por-derech

    Two initiatives will be presented before the State Congress in favor of sexual diversity in Veracruz; the first to allow marriage equality and the second to benefit trans individuals.

    According to the president of the LGBTT Coalition, Benjamín Callejas Hernández, the PT deputy, Ramón Díaz Ávila, will present them next Tuesday, 25 January 2022, which in his opinion is an achievement for civil society, and for which they thanked the legislator for his empathy with the agenda and for his willingness to present them.

    Meanwhile, the clock continues to tick in the matter of the "Action of Unconstitutionality" filed against the Veracruz State Congress by the CNDH over their passage of the separate and unequal "civil unions" legislation in June 2020. This suit, listed as case #185/2020, is also case 185 of the 253 pending resolution, that is, it is about 3/4ths of the way through the waiting time, but with the caveat that it could be ruled upon at any time, as other cases, filed immediately before and after it have already been ruled upon.

  • 14. VIRick  |  January 23, 2022 at 5:15 pm

    Philippines: Presidential Candidate Backs Divorce, LGBT Civil Unions

    Per LGBT Marriage News:

    If elected as the 17th President of the Republic in the 9 May 2022 elections, Partido Reporma chairman and standard-bearer, Senator Panfilo “Ping” Lacson, said that he will support proposed legislation for the establishment of a divorce process in the country, as well as for the legalization of civil unions between same-sex couples.

    Lacson made his position known to the public on 23 January 2022 during the yes-or-no segment of an interview with presidential aspirants hosted by broadcast journalist Jessica Soho.
    https://manilastandard.net/news/national/31416146

  • 15. VIRick  |  January 23, 2022 at 5:30 pm

    Namibia: High Court Ruling: Same-Sex Marriages Should Be Recognized

    The question whether same-sex marriages should receive legal recognition under Namibian law is likely to be taken to the Supreme Court for a decision. This, after three judges of the High Court in a landmark judgment on 20 January 2022 stated that in their view Namibia's Constitution protects the rights of people in same-sex relationships and cannot be interpreted as allowing discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation – but that this is something which only the Supreme Court can affirm.

    Voicing clear support for equal rights for people in same-sex relationships, judges Hannelie Prinsloo, Orben Sibeya and Esi Schimming-Chase noted in a joint judgment: “Homosexual relationships are without doubt globally recognized, and in and increasingly more countries have changed their laws to recognize one's right not to be discriminated against on the basis of one's sexual orientation.” The three judges added: “We believe it is time, too, for the Namibian Constitution to reflect that homosexuality is part and parcel of the fabric of our society and that persons – human beings – in homosexual relationships are worthy of being afforded the same rights as other citizens.”

    The judges noted that the Supreme Court decided in March 2001, in a case which dealt a blow to the gay-rights movement in Namibia, that same-sex relationships are not recognized in Namibia's Constitution, same-sex couples are not protected as a family on an equal footing with heterosexual couples, and that discrimination against gay men and lesbians is justifiable.

    The three judges strongly disagree with the Supreme Court's reasoning in that case – but because of constitutional principles, the High Court is bound by that decision and cannot overrule it, they indicated. They further stated that they would urge the country's top court to reconsider its reasoning in that case.
    https://www.namibian.com.na/109263/read/Same-sex-

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