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– SCOTUSBlog has profiles of two potential SCOTUS nominees: California Supreme Court Justice Leondra Kruger and DC Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson. President Biden has promised to pick a nominee by the end of the month.

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  • 1. VIRick  |  February 1, 2022 at 2:13 pm

    Mexico: Hyper-Homophobic Bishop of Ecatepec Is Dead

    Profundamente desdeñoso del estado laico, al que calificó como una "jalada," ayer el 31 de enero 2022, falleció de Covid-19 el polemico obispo de Ecatepec, Onésimo Cepeda, quien en su arraigada homofobia calificó en 2009 como una "estupidez" al matrimonio igualitario en la CDMX.

    Profoundly disdainful of the secular state, which he described as pulling/dragging in the "wrong" direction, the controversial bishop of Ecatepec, Onésimo Cepeda, died yesterday, 31 January 2022, of Covid-19, who in his deep-seated homophobia in 2009 described marriage equality in CDMX as a "stupidity."

    "Jalada" is a difficult word to translate from Spanish, as it is used here pejoratively. In standard English, it translates as a "pull/haul/drag," but in this instance means "pulling everything down, dragging it in the dirt."

    Ecatepec, part of the massive urban sprawl on Mexico City's northern perimeter, directly abuts CDMX and is the most-populous municipality in Edomex. CDMX has had marriage equality for 12 years, while Edomex is still waiting.

  • 2. VIRick  |  February 1, 2022 at 6:05 pm

    Colombia: Judge Orders Registry to Recognize Non-Binary Gender on Citizenship ID

    Colombia: Juez Ordenó a la Registraduría Reconocer Género No Binario en la Cédula de Ciudadanía

    El juzgado ordenó a la Registraduría Nacional del Estado Civil que realice la corrección del componente de sexo que consta en el registro civil de nacimiento y la cédula de ciudadanía del accionante, de modo que se aclare que no se identifica dentro del código binario que corresponde a las categorías de “hombre” o “mujer.” Para ello podrá utilizar anotación “no binario” y/o “no especificado” o la sigla que determine mejor esta circunstancia en los mencionados documentos de identidad.

    La Corte Constitucional en el año 2015 exhortó al Ministerio del Interior para que construyera una política pública que removiera obstáculos que enfrentan las personas trans y que permitiera, entre otras cosas, la incorporación de un sexo indeterminado en documentos oficiales.

    The court ordered the National Registry of Civil Status to correct the sex component that appears in the civil birth registry and on the plaintiff's citizenship card, so that it is clarified that they are not identified within the binary code that corresponds to the categories of “man” or “woman.” For this, one can use the annotation "non-binary" and/or "unspecified" or the acronym that best determines this circumstance on the aforementioned identity documents.

    In 2015, the Constitutional Court called on the Ministry of the Interior to build a public policy that would remove obstacles faced by trans persons and that would allow, among other things, the inclusion of an indeterminate sex on official documents.

  • 3. VIRick  |  February 3, 2022 at 7:03 pm

    South Dakota: Anti-Transgender Sports Ban Signed into Law

    On Thursday, 3 February 2022, South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem signed a bill that will ban transgender girls K-12 and transgender college-age women from playing in school sports leagues that match their gender identity, making South Dakota the 10th state to enact such a law. Noem is the first governor to sign such a ban for the current year.

    The bill is set to take effect from 1 July, but faces potential legal challenges. Federal judges have halted enforcement of such laws in Idaho and West Virginia, while the Justice Department has challenged bans in other states as violations of federal law.

  • 4. VIRick  |  February 4, 2022 at 3:39 pm

    Zacatecas: What Is the Status of the Marriage Equality Legislation?

    Per LGBT Marriage News:

    Is anyone able to navigate the website of the Official Gazette of the Mexican state of Zacatecas? We are attempting to determine whether the marriage equality law passed on 14 December 2021 has actually been published.

    From what is displayed there, the most recent law to have been officially published is dated 8 September 2021. A search of the web-page using the term, "matrimonio igualitrio," only produced the earlier bill (shown as a "Suplemento") that was voted down, 11-13-2-4, by the 30-member Zacatecas Congress on 24 August 2019.

    The next edition of the Periódico Oficial del Gobierno de Zacatecas is to be published tomorrow, 5 February 2022. Here it is, again shown as a Suplemento and further identified as Decreto no. 42, dated 29 December 2021:

    Wikipedia had continued to list the Zacatecas legislation as "pending." But as of today, has up-dated its entry to state that it became effective as law from 29 December 2021:

  • 5. ianbirmingham  |  February 5, 2022 at 6:54 pm

    Trumpanzee tells judge that he lost his six-figure job, his retirement, and his credit rating after taking part in the insurrection

    Richard Barnard was sentenced on Friday to 12 months probation, 30 days of home confinement, 60 hours of community service, and $500 restitution.

  • 6. VIRick  |  February 6, 2022 at 7:48 am

    Pennsylvania: Rep. Malcolm Kenyatta Has Married His Fiancé

    Philadelphia representative to the Pennsylvania House, Malcolm Kenyatta, has married. Kenyatta, who is currently running for the US Senate as a Democrat, announced the news in a tweet on Saturday, 5 February 2022, featuring himself and his now-husband, Dr. Matthew Jordan-Miller.

    Kenyatta, who currently represents Philadelphia's 181st District, announced his run for US Senate in February 2021. If elected, he will be the first out gay US Senator. He is running for an open seat, as Republican Senator Pat Toomey is not seeking re-election, and is to face off against Lt. Gov. John Fetterman and John McGuigan in the Democratic primary.

    Kenyatta is the second out gay politician in the state legislature. Representative Brian Sims, now running for lieutenant-governor, was the first.

  • 7. ianbirmingham  |  February 6, 2022 at 6:27 pm

    GOP bill would ban teachers from talking about LGBTQ people because it “offends Christian values”

    Republicans in Tennessee have introduced a new bill that would prohibit any mentioning of LGBTQ history or teaching of any LGBTQ issues in school during the 1st legislative session.

    Introduced by Tennessee Rep. Bruce Griffey (R), Tennessee H.B. 800 is the latest bill targeting the LGBTQ community brought forth by Republicans in early 2022.

    This bill sponsored by Griffey would ban textbooks and other instructional materials in public schools that “promote, normalize, support or address LGBT issues or lifestyle.”

    The reason behind this? It is because it would offend those with “Christian values.”

    In 2021, Tennessee passed a bill that would require a school district to notify parents before “providing a sexual orientation curriculum or gender identity curriculum” in any kind of instruction, including but not limited to education on sexuality. Tennessee’s legislature also voted to ban trans children from playing sports on teams that match their gender identity (Lambda Legal & the ACLU among others have brought a lawsuit against this bill).

    Tennessee in 2021 also passed a bill that would force any businesses in Tennessee to place a gender neutral sign in order to allow trans individuals to use the bathroom (though an injunction has been granted against this bill), and subsequently the Volunteer State banned doctors from providing life-saving gender affirming care to trans youth.

    Tennessee Republicans last year tried to make the Bible its official state book, and this year they have their hearts out to inflict abominable hatred on the citizens of Tennessee. It is imperative that we stay engaged to fight back bills like in Tennessee, as the consequences are long-lasting, especially for our LGBTQ+ youth.

  • 8. ianbirmingham  |  February 7, 2022 at 6:06 pm

    Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signals support for 'Don't Say Gay' bill

    It's the first time DeSantis has publicly signaled support for an effort by state Republican lawmakers to shut down certain conversations in schools about sexual orientation and gender identity. Though he didn't directly say whether he would sign the bill if it reached his desk when asked about it Monday, DeSantis' remarks appeared to strongly suggest he is supportive.

    According to the legislation, which opponents have dubbed the "Don't Say Gay" bill, school districts "may not encourage discussion about sexual orientation or gender identity in primary grade levels or in a manner that is not age-appropriate or developmentally appropriate for students." It is not clear what would be considered "age" or "developmentally" appropriate.

    Despite fierce opposition from Democrats and LGBTQ advocates, the bill is gaining momentum in the Florida Legislature and is on the agenda for Tuesday's meeting of Senate Education Committee. A House version of the bill already received a favorable vote from its Education Committee in January.

    Opponents of the bill warn that it would lead to further stigmatization of gay, lesbian and transgender children, causing more bullying and suicides within an already marginalized community. They say the bill would eliminate LGBTQ history from the curriculum and prevent teachers from having discussions with their classrooms if questions about sexual orientation and gender identity come up.

    Under the measure, parents would be able to sue school districts if they suspect a violation.

  • 9. ianbirmingham  |  February 7, 2022 at 6:38 pm

    Israel to open first LGBT shelter for Arab youth

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