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The Court still has not taken any action in deciding whether to hear 303 Creative LLC v. Elenis, involving a website designer who refuses to make a wedding website for a same-sex couple.

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  • 1. VIRick  |  January 24, 2022 at 2:37 pm

    Católicas México Are in Favor of Marriage Equality

    Per Católicas México:

    ¡Celebramos los avances a favor del matrimonio igualitario y seguimos exigiendo que los seis (siete) estados que faltan reconozcan este derecho!

    Al momento, 26 (25) entidades del país reconocen que todas las personas tienen derecho a contraer matrimonio y que la identidad u orientación sexual jamás debe ser motivo de discriminación. Aún faltan: Durango, Guerrero, Estado de México, Tamaulipas, Veracruz, Tabasco, (y Yucatán).
    https://twitter.com/CDDMexico/status/148568136056

    We celebrate the advances in favor of marriage equality and continue demanding that the remaining six (seven) states recognize this right!

    At the moment, 26 (25) entities in the country recognize that all persons have the right to marry and that sexual identity or orientation must never be a motive for discrimination. Still missing are: Durango, Guerrero, Estado de México, Tamaulipas, Veracruz, Tabasco, (and Yucatán).

    This prominent, progressive lay group of Catholics in Mexico obviously disagrees with the usual pontifications emanating from the church hierarchy on a number of social issues, one, of course, being their position on marriage equality.

  • 2. ianbirmingham  |  January 24, 2022 at 7:19 pm

    Trumpanzees took over a small town & the first thing they’re doing is repealing LGBTQ rights

    A central Pennsylvania borough became a hotbed of conservative activism after the local council passed a nondiscrimination ordinance that included LGBTQ people. After a heated election, a group of Trumpanzees gained the majority of seats on the council.

    The Chambersburg Borough Council passed the ordinance four months ago. The current council plans to vote for repeal today.

    As soon as the new members of the council were seated, they held a vote to repeal the ordinance and revoked an ordinance that established a local human rights commission to investigate complaints of discrimination.

    Republicans and far-right activists have made it a priority to push Trump followers, vaccine conspiracy theorists, and anti-LGBTQ activists to run for local office.

    When the Spotsylvania County, Virginia School Board called for the removal of books with “sexually explicit” content from school libraries, two board members even suggested the banned books be burned. One of them was just elected president – and the first thing he did was to fire the superintendent.

    https://www.lgbtqnation.com/2022/01/trumpers-took

  • 3. VIRick  |  January 25, 2022 at 3:26 pm

    Queretaro: Same-Sex Couples in Collective Marriage Ceremony on Valentine's Day

    El vocero del Frente Queretano, Waltter López González, celebró que el municipio de San Juan del Río sea el primero en 2022 en integrar a las parejas del mismo sexo en campañas como los matrimonios colectivos. Lo anterior se llevará a cabo el domingo 13 de febrero, en las instalaciones del DIF Municipal de San Juan del Río.

    Además, al ser esta una campaña gratuita en San Juan del Río, López González, enfatizó la importancia de que este tipo de promociones se permeen a todos los sectores sociales, sin discriminación, gracias a que ya fue legalizado el matrimonio igualitario.

    Asimismo, la Secretaría de Gobierno del Municipio de San Juan del Río dio a conocer que se dieron 275 solicitudes para sumarse a la campaña de Matrimonios Colectivos 2022, en las cuales se recibieron dos solicitudes de parejas del mismo sexo, siendo de mujeres.
    https://rotativo.com.mx/2022/01/25/noticias/local

    The spokesperson for the Frente Queretano, Walter López González, celebrated the fact that the municipality of San Juan del Río will be the first in 2022 to integrate same-sex couples into campaigns like collective marriages. The foregoing will take place on Sunday, 13 February 2022, at the facilities of the Municipal DIF of San Juan del Río.

    In addition, as this is a cost-free campaign in San Juan del Río, López González emphasized the importance of this type of promotion reaching all social sectors, without discrimination, thanks to the fact that same-sex marriage has now been legalized.

    Likewise, the Government Secretary of the Municipality of San Juan del Río announced that 275 requests were made to join the 2022 Collective Marriage campaign, of which two requests were received from two female same-sex couples.

  • 4. VIRick  |  January 25, 2022 at 4:34 pm

    Querétaro: Santiago de Querétaro Collective Marriage Event Includes Same-Sex Couples

    Report from Querétaro (Capital):

    Santiago de Querétaro Incluirá a Parejas del Mismo Sexo en Evento de Matrimonios Colectivos

    El registro civil municipal en Santiago de Querétaro analiza mecanismos para que en este 2022 puedan regresar los matrimonios colectivos, siempre y cuando se dé prioridad al tema de salud; confirmó el director del registro civil, José Luis Romero Montes.

    Explicó que de acuerdo a las modificaciones al código civil, se podría incluir a los matrimonios entre personas del mismo sexo, aunque la celebración corresponderá del semáforo epidemiológico. La última vez que se realizó este evento fue en el 2019, previo a la pandemia, donde unieron sus vidas más de 600 personas.
    https://arnoticias.mx/2022/01/25/registro-civil-d

    The municipal civil registry in Santiago de Querétaro is analyzing mechanisms so that in 2022 collective marriages can return, as long as priority is given to the health issue, the director of the civil registry, José Luis Romero Montes, confirmed.

    He explained that according to the modifications to the civil code, marriages between same-sex couples could be included, although the celebration will correspond to the epidemiological color code. The last time that this event took place was in 2019, prior to the pandemic, where more than 600 persons united their lives.

  • 5. VIRick  |  January 25, 2022 at 5:32 pm

    Iceland: Bill to Ban "Conversion Therapy" Introduced to Parliament

    Per LGBT Marriage News:

    A new bill being introduced to Parliament hopes to ban the practice of so-called “conversion therapy” in Iceland, Fréttablaðið reports. Iceland is not yet one of the countries that have banned "conversion therapy," but Reform Party MP Hanna Katrín Friðriksson, and several other parliamentarians from five different parties – the Reform Party, along with the Pirate Party, the Social Democrats, the Left-Greens, and the People’s Party – hope to do so.

    While rare in Iceland, "conversion therapy" has been practiced here, notably by conservative Christian groups. If this bill is passed into law, anyone who makes an adult undergo "conversion therapy" could face up to three years in prison, or five years in prison if they made a child undergo it. Those who conduct "conversion therapy" could face up to two years in prison.
    https://grapevine.is/news/2022/01/21/bill-to-ban-

  • 6. VIRick  |  January 25, 2022 at 7:16 pm

    Veracruz: Two Women Register a Baby in Co-Maternity

    Per LGBT Marriage News:

    Veracruz: Dos Mujeres Registran a Bebé en Comaternidad

    Luego de un año de lucha legal, el 25 de enero 2022, en el municipio de San Andrés Tuxtla, una niña fue registrada con los apellidos de sus dos mamás. El municipio de San Andrés Tuxtla se convirtió en el primero en el estado de Veracruz en realizar un registro de un acta de nacimiento de una pareja del mismo sexo.

    Fueron dos sanandresinas que dieron este paso al registrar a su hija bajo la figura de la comaternidad. Las ciudadanas Laura Martínez Acua de 27 años y Zaida Janet Toga Anota de 30 años pasaron a la historia al ser las primeras mamás en hacer este trámite.
    https://veracruz.lasillarota.com/estados/historic

    After a year of legal struggle, on 25 January 2022, in the municipality of San Andrés Tuxtla, a young girl was registered with the surnames of her two mothers. The municipality of San Andrés Tuxtla became the first in Veracruz state in providing a registered record of a birth certificate for a same-sex couple.

    It was two San Andrés women who took this step by registering their daughter under the concept of co-maternity. Citizens Laura Martínez Acua, 27, and Zaida Janet Toga Anota, 30, passed into history as the first mothers to complete this procedure.

  • 7. VIRick  |  January 25, 2022 at 8:26 pm

    Guanajuato: Gubernatorial Decree Ordering Marriage Equality Is Officially Published

    Per Gerardo Fernández (Verde), Diputado del Congreso:

    ¡Publicado y oficial, el 25 de enero 2022! Ya no pueden negar el matrimonio igualitario en los registros civiles de Guanajuato. Aún así, la lucha continua hasta que sea ley y no dependa de la “voluntad” del gobierno en turno.
    https://twitter.com/gerardofdzmx/status/148614951

    Published and official on 25 January 2022! Marriage equality in the civil registries of Guanajuato can no longer be denied. Still, the fight continues until it becomes law and does not depend upon the "will" of the government in power.

    See first post, next thread for more specifics. This brand-new decree, issued by the state governor, and published on 25 January, takes effect from 26 January 2022.

    The governors of each and every state in Mexico have the power to order marriage equality through the issuance of an executive decree on the subject, ever since the Supreme Court issued its jurisprudence in June 2015. So far, only the governors of Chihuahua, of Baja California (through the Government Secretary), of Oaxaca (through the State Director of the Civil Registry), and now, of Guanajuato (through the Government Secretary, as well as the Governor) have done so.

    The decrees in Baja California and Oaxaca have been subsequently supplanted by law.

  • 8. ianbirmingham  |  January 26, 2022 at 9:26 am

    Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer to retire, giving Biden a chance to nominate a replacement

    Breyer will retire as the high court, sporting a 6-3 conservative majority after the Senate confirmed three nominees of former President Donald Trump, shows a willingness to wade into divisive cultural issues and question long-standing judicial precedent.

    NBC, citing people familiar with the decision, did not immediately report when Breyer is expected to step down or whether he will do so prior to the 2022 midterm elections.

    Republicans, who hope to regain a majority in the Senate, could throw a Biden nominee in jeopardy if they take control of the chamber in January.

    https://www.cnbc.com/2022/01/26/supreme-court-jus

  • 9. VIRick  |  January 26, 2022 at 10:04 am

    Justice Stephen Breyer to Retire from Supreme Court

    Justice Stephen G. Breyer will retire at the end of the current Supreme Court term, according to a source familiar with his plans, giving President Biden the chance to make his mark on the Supreme Court by nominating the first African-American female justice and reinforcing the court’s liberal minority.

    Breyer, 83, is the court’s oldest justice and has been under unprecedented pressure to retire while Democrats have narrow control of the Senate, which must confirm Supreme Court nominees. The current court term ends at the end of June 2022.

    Breyer was chosen for the court in 1994 by President Bill Clinton, a year after Clinton picked Ruth Bader Ginsburg. He is known as a pragmatic liberal, more moderate than others on the left and willing to search for compromise among the court's ideologically divided justices. The just-completed term was one of his most productive and significant in his long career, receiving some of the top assignments from Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr.
    https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/justice-s

  • 10. guitaristbl  |  January 26, 2022 at 11:39 am

    A relieving decision that Breyer decided to retire. He should have done so earlier in my humble view. I hope the nomination process is not too prolonged and that we get a new justice seated before the midterms.

  • 11. ianbirmingham  |  January 27, 2022 at 3:17 pm

    Three Supreme Court nominations for the Orange Trumpanzee. The worst horror movie ever!!

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