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  • 1. VIRick  |  February 7, 2022 at 7:40 pm

    Ecuador: Marriage Equality Summary by the Numbers, 2019-2021

    Per Latyn Gaes and "Expresso:"

    Matrimonios LGBTI subieron en 2021. Ecuador fue el quinto país latinoamericano en adoptar este derecho tras un fallo de la Corte Constitucional en junio de 2019.

    LGBTI marriages increased in 2021. Ecuador was the 5th Latin American country in adopting this right after a ruling of the Constitutional Court in June 2019.

    Per the Civil Registry, during that 2 1/2-year interval, 437 same-sex couples married:
    2019 – 082
    2020 – 115
    2021 – 240

    Of this number, by sex, 256 were male couples and 181 were female. During the same time interval, an additional 135 uniones de hecho (cohabiting unions) of same-sex couples were recorded, as were 5 divorces/separations.

    The principal provinces where LGBTI marriages have occurred are: Pichincha (Quito), Guayas (Guayaquil), and Manabí (Portoviejo). On the other hand, of the 24 provinces, there have been zero such marriages recorded in 7 of them: Bolívar, Carchí, Napo, Orellana, Pastaza, Sucumbíos, and Zamora-Chinchipe, the latter 5 being Amazonian.

  • 2. VIRick  |  February 7, 2022 at 8:01 pm

    Veracruz: First Equal Marriage without Judicial Amparo Takes Place

    Veracruz: Se Realiza Primer Matrimonio Igualitario sin Tramitar Amparo Judicial

    El 7 de febrero 2022, se llevó a cabo en la ciudad de Veracruz el primer matrimonio igualitario sin que las partes tramitaran un amparo. Se trató de Nicole Hernández Jiménez e Ismael Hernández Valencia. Ambos tenían cuatro años de novios y decidieron legalizar su unión.

    A diferencia de como lo hicieron varias parejas en el pasado, lograron concretar su enlace sin necesidad de tramitar un amparo. Para poder celebrar la boda, Nicole tramitó un cambio de sexo en su acta de nacimiento, que permitiera realizar la unión como un trámite con normalidad.

    Nicole tiene 26 años, e Ismael, 20 años. Estuvieron acompañados de sus familiares en el Registro Civil de Veracruz.

    On 7 February 2022, the first equal marriage took place in the city of Veracruz without the parties processing an amparo. They were Nicole Hernández Jiménez and Ismael Hernández Valencia. The pair had been dating for four years and decided to legalize their union.

    Unlike how several couples did in the past, they were able to finalize their union without the need of processing an amparo. Instead, in order to be able to celebrate the wedding, Nicole processed a change of sex on her birth certificate, one that would allow the union to be realized as a regular procedure.

    Nicole is 26 years old, and Ismael is 20. They were accompanied by their relatives to the Civil Registry of Veracruz.

    Veracruz, following behind Sonora, is the second state in Mexico where the first equal marriage without amparo involved a transgender woman marrying her novio (fiancé).

  • 3. VIRick  |  February 8, 2022 at 6:09 pm

    Mexico: 18 Jurisdictions Allow Self-Declared (Auto Percibido) Gender Identity

    Currently, as of 28 January 2022, 16 are by law, 1 is by court ruling, and 1 is by state administrative decision:

    1 CDMX, 13 December 2014
    2 Michoacán, 13 June 2017
    3 Nayarit, 21 July 2021* by law, previously from mid-2017, by state administrative decision
    4 Coahuila, 13 November 2018
    5 Colima, 13 February 2019
    6 Baja California, 27 January 2022* by law, previously from March 2019, by state administrative decision
    7 Hidalgo, 25 April 2019
    8 Oaxaca, 30 August 2019
    9 Tlaxcala, 1 October 2019
    10 San Luis Potosí, late 2019
    11 Chihuahua, November 2019 judicial decision and since 7 June 2021 by jurisprudence
    12 Sonora, 1 October 2020
    13 Jalisco, early October 2020, state administrative decision (includes minors)
    14 Quintana Roo, 17 November 2020
    15 Puebla, 25 February 2021
    16 Baja California Sur, 28 June 2021
    17 Edomex, 20 July 2021
    18 Morelos, 9 September 2021

    19 Veracruz, January 2022, state administrative decision

    * In Nayarit and Baja California, previous administrative decisions were later up-graded by state law.

    To Wikipedia editors: Despite multiple reminders, it is impossible to understand why #18 Morelos continues to be ignored in this LGBT rights listing, as said "news" is now 5 months out-of-date:

    It might also be wisest if a separate, broader, more detailed section could be devoted to gender identity in Mexico, and by extension, to all of Latin America. The singular, narrow listing at present at Wikipedia seems too confining, and misses much of the detail as found in a full sentence write-up, like that provided by "Homosensual."

  • 4. ianbirmingham  |  February 9, 2022 at 9:07 am

    White House blasts Florida GOP's 'Don't Say Gay' school bill

    The Biden administration sharply criticized Republicans in Florida on Tuesday for backing a measure that, if signed into law, would prevent discussions of gender and sexuality in the state’s schools.

    “Every parent, as one myself too, hopes that our leaders will ensure their children's safety, protection and freedom, and today conservative politicians in Florida rejected those basic values,” White House press secretary Jen Psaki said during a Tuesday briefing, escalating a feud with Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, who has emerged as a favorite adversary. He is in support of the measure and is expected to sign it into law.

    President Biden also weighed in shortly after the briefing, denouncing the legislation as “hateful.” “I want every member of the LGBTQI+ community — especially the kids who will be impacted by this hateful bill — to know that you are loved and accepted just as you are,” he tweeted.

    “Make no mistake, this is not an isolated action in Florida,” Psaki said on Tuesday, in more general reference to the debates about education that have become increasingly prominent in local and national politics. “Across the country, we’re seeing Republican leaders taking action to regulate what students can or cannot read, what they can or cannot learn, and most troubling, who they can or cannot be.”

  • 5. VIRick  |  February 9, 2022 at 10:34 am

    Durango: Federal Judges Order Civil Registry to Marry Same-Sex Couples

    Hasta el momento, (el 7 de febrero 2022,) 15 matrimonios entre personas del mismo sexo han sido ya oficializados ante el ante las autoridades de Durango a través de la modalidad del amparo otorgado por instancias federales (judiciales), informó el líder de la comunicad LGBT, Tadeo Campagne, quien señaló que existen otros 10 amparos que están en proceso. De ahí, los jueces (federales en Durango) ya no aceptarán los amparos, sino que enviarán un ordenamiento al Registro Civil para que case a las parejas que así lo soliciten.

    Por ello, realizarán un llamado al gobernador del estado, José Aispuro Torres, para que a través de una circular la Secretaría General de Gobierno puede dar la indicación a sus oficialías a fin de que estas puedan comenzar a celebrar bodas entre personas del mismo sexo sin necesidad de presentar un amparo autorizado por un juez federal.

    Up to this moment, (7 February 2022,) 15 marriages between same-sex couples have previously been made official before the Durango authorities through the amparo modality granted by the federal (judicial) authorities, informed the leader of the LGBT community, Tadeo Campagne, who pointed out that there exist another 10 amparos that are in process. Henceforth, (federal) judges (in Durango) will no longer accept amparo solicitations, but instead will send an order to the Civil Registry for them to marry the couples who so request it.

    For this reason, they will make a call to the state governor, José Aispuro Torres, so that through a circular the Government Secretary General can give the instructions to its officials so that they can begin to celebrate marriages between same-sex couples without the need for presenting an amparo authorized by a federal judge.

  • 6. VIRick  |  February 9, 2022 at 2:09 pm

    Venezuela Revises, Expands Its Family Law Concerning Maternity, Paternity

    Per la Asamblea Nacional de Venezuela:

    El 08 de Febrero 2022, la plenaria de la Asamblea Nacional aprobó por unanimidad en segunda discusión el proyecto de reforma de la Ley para la Protección de las Familias, la Maternidad y la Paternidad, la cual entrará en vigencia a partir de su publicación en la Gaceta Oficial. Esta ley tiene como finalidad el reconocimiento de las familias en su pluralidad y amplitud, mas que en su consanguinidad, lo que contempla reconocer los vínculos amorosos y sociales.

    On 8 February 2022, in the second discussion, the full National Assembly unanimously approved the reform bill of the Law for the Protection of Families, Maternity and Paternity, one which will enter into force as of its publication in the Official Gazette. The purpose of this law is the recognition of families in their plurality and breadth, rather than in their consanguinity, one which contemplates recognizing amorous and social ties.

    La Asamblea Nacional is the unicameral legislature of the República Bolivariana de Venezuela, 2021-2026, consisting of 277 deputies elected on 6 December 2020.

    Per José Contreras-Quintero de Mérida, Venezuela:

    Huele a matrimonio igualitario.

    It sounds like marriage equality.

    But is it? We will be needing further clarity in order to determine whether the changes are significant, and going forward, precisely what the revised family law will henceforth allow. So far, Venezuela Igualitaria has only quoted this announcement from the National Assembly itself. They have not yet added any further commentary whatsoever.

  • 7. ianbirmingham  |  February 10, 2022 at 2:14 pm

    U.S Senate makes history by confirming Chantale Wong, the first openly LGBTQ Person of Color in an Ambassador-Level position

    The Senate confirmed Ambassador Chantale Wong as the U.S. Director of the Asian Development Bank by a Senate vote of 66-31.

    “As the first out LGBTQ person of color confirmed to an ambassador-level position, Ambassador Wong is also a symbol of hope and strength for LGBTQ leaders and community members fighting for LGBTQ rights across the globe,” said Annise Parker, president and chief executive of the LGBTQ Victory Fund and LGBTQ Victory Institute, in a statement. “Millions of people still live in countries that criminalize LGBTQ people and deny them the right to marry, including many members states of the Asian Development Bank. Her appointment is a powerful statement to those nations.” said Parker.

  • 8. VIRick  |  February 10, 2022 at 2:38 pm

    Cuba's Marriage Equality Proposal as Noted from the Dominican Republic

    Per "El Nacional" de la República Dominicana:

    El matrimonio homosexual es un acto de “justicia social," asegura en una entrevista con Efe el subdirector del estatal Centro Nacional de Educación Sexual (Cenesex) de Cuba, Manuel Vázquez. Este jurista y activista por los derechos de la comunidad LGBTIQ defiende así la inclusión del matrimonio igualitario en el Código de las Familias, una importante reforma legislativa no exenta de controversia y sometida ahora durante tres meses a un proceso de consulta popular.

    Este proyecto del gobierno, que aborda también la violencia de género, el matrimonio infantil, y la gestación subrogada, es un intento oficialista de modernizar la normativa sobre las relaciones sexuales y familiares, ya que la actual es de 1975. De aprobarse finalmente, la norma sería un "parteaguas" para un país y un gobierno con un pasado marcado por la homofobia.

    Same-sex marriage is an act of "social justice," Manuel Vázquez, deputy director of Cuba's state-run National Center for Sex Education (Cenesex), assured in an interview with Efe. This jurist and activist for the rights of the LGBTIQ community thus defends the inclusion of marriage equality in the Family Code, an important legislative reform that is not without controversy and is now subject to a three-month popular consultation process.

    This government project, which also addresses gender-based violence, child marriage, and surrogacy, is an official attempt to modernize the regulations on sexual and family relationships, given that the current ones date from 1975. When finally approved, the measure would be a "parting of the waters" for a country and a government with a past marked by homophobia.

  • 9. VIRick  |  February 10, 2022 at 4:27 pm

    Guanajuato: First Equal Marriage without Amparo Is Registered in Celaya

    Per "El Sol del Bajío" y "El Sud Californiano:"

    Guanajuato: Sin Amparo, Se Registra el Primer Matrimonio Igualitario en Celaya

    Después de cinco años de noviazgo y sin necesidad de un amparo, el 9 de febrero 2022, por primera vez en Celaya, una pareja perteneciente al colectivo LGBT pudo unir sus vidas ante las leyes civiles; Los ahora esposos, Edson Solís y José Luis Torres, pronto contraerán matrimonio ante la Iglesia Católica Anglicana de Mexico en un jardín privado de esta ciudad. Edson anunció que el próximo 5 de marzo tendrán su boda religiosa en la Iglesia Católica Anglicana.

    After five years of dating and without the need for an amparo, on 9 February 2022, for the first time in Celaya, a couple belonging to the LGBT community was able to unite their lives before the civil law; The now-spouses, Edson Solís and José Luis Torres, will soon contract marriage before the Anglican Catholic Church of Mexico in a private garden in this city. Edson announced that on 5 March they will hold their religious wedding in the Anglican Catholic Church.

    In all of Mexico, this is the very first instance of a same-sex couple following-up their civil marriage ceremony by then marrying in an Anglican church, and to date, the sole denomination in Mexico willing to accommodate same-sex couples with a religious wedding ceremony. Officially, its correct name is La Iglesia Anglicana de Mexico, and is divided into 5 dioceses: Cuernavaca, Mexico City, Xalapa, Monterrey, and Zapopan. Unofficially, this is the church denomination catering to English-speakers, whether from Canada or the USA.

  • 10. ianbirmingham  |  February 11, 2022 at 5:34 am

    Why Biden Should Pick a Scalia to Replace a Breyer

    Over a career that lasted more than three decades, the Reagan appointee demonstrated that a jurist does not need to command a majority of the court to exercise a wide and deep influence on American law. What’s needed is a refusal to compromise or hide one’s principles — a crucial lesson for Biden and progressives if they hope to change the direction of the court over the long term.

    By appointing relatively technocratic and soft-spoken judges, Democratic presidents have sent a signal of caution, even fear, to liberal lower-court judges. The result is often a jurisprudence of the defensive-crouch on those lower courts — an imbalance in the rhetorical firepower in the numerous decisions published by those tribunals each year.

  • 11. VIRick  |  February 11, 2022 at 5:28 pm

    Mexico: Equal Marriages by the Numbers, 2018-2020

    Per INEGI:

    From 2018 to 2020, there were 9,431 equal marriages performed in Mexico, of which 3,772 were celebrated in CDMX and another 542 took place in Coahuila, the same two jurisdictions that have traditionally recorded the highest numbers of such marriages. Taken together, the two account for 45.7% of all marriages between same-sex couples during the given time interval. In the latter, 348 were between women and 194 were between men.

    In total, for the first 10 years, from the very beginning on 14 March 2010 through 14 March 2020, there have been 13,134 equal marriages in CDMX, 6,997 between male couples, and 6,137 between women. Overall, for the same time-frame, Coahuila had the second-highest number, while Quintana Roo was in third place.

    Despite the fact that 22 additional jurisdictions in Mexico now allow equal marriages to be performed, the ranking of the top three marriage destinations for same-sex couples seeking to exercise their rights has never changed.

  • 12. VIRick  |  February 11, 2022 at 6:01 pm

    Thailand: Same-Sex Marriage Likely by the End of 2022

    Per "Pattaya Mail:"

    Now that the House of Representatives has voted on 9 February 2022 by a two-thirds majority to endorse single-sex marriage, there is a strong chance of law liberalization by the end of 2022. This is according to the Thailand Gay and Sexual Diversity Alliance which has been working with the Move Forward Party in the Thai Parliament.

    In November 2021, the country’s Constitutional Court ruled against gay rights by certifying that Clause 1448 of the Civil and Criminal Code restricted marriage to a man and a woman. However, the court did say that it was open to the Parliament's passing of contrary legislation to undo the discrimination.

    Although the House this week supported a change in the law, members did not formally vote on the first reading, but rather, passed the documentation to the Cabinet for a 60-day review. However, there is known to be support there for gay political rights, as the Cabinet itself endorsed the general principle in July 2020.

    The issues now are whether the Cabinet will accept full equality with heterosexual marriage or whether they will water down the proposals to favor civil unions which do not have the same exact safeguards. For example, civil unions would likely restrict pension rights of gay partners and might make adoptions more problematic.

    Another potential problem is the unstable political situation at present in Thailand. If the House were to be dissolved and a general election called, legislative proceedings might be called off or reduced substantially. However, TGSDA is cautiously optimistic about a 2022 timescale, as the next general election is not otherwise anticipated until March 2023.

  • 13. VIRick  |  February 11, 2022 at 6:42 pm

    Thailand: House Approves Draft of the Same-Sex Marriage Act

    Per LGBT Marriage News:

    On Wednesday, 9 February 2022, the House of Representatives approved the draft of the Move Forward Party’s Same-Sex Marriage Act, with 219 voting for it, but decided that it must go before the Cabinet for a 60-day study. Of the total 350 votes, 219 were in agreement, while 118 members voted against, another 12 chose to abstain, and one member did not vote.

    The party’s same-sex marriage act is an edited draft of the Civil and Commercial Code that was presented in 2020. It has the same objective as that of the citizens' same-sex marriage draft campaign, via the website . Said campaign has garnered more than 294,000 signatures.

    The objective is to change Section 1448 of the Civil and Commercial Code, and its following sections, whereby campaigners want to change the definition of marriage from that of being only between a “man and woman,” to that of being between “two persons,” so that everyone will have equal rights.

  • 14. ianbirmingham  |  February 12, 2022 at 5:48 am

    In Thailand, the Move Forward Party is a progressive force. Thailand's legislature is divided into an elected House (which represents the interests of the people) and a not-so-elected Senate (which represents the interests of the political establishment).

    Getting past the House is the relatively easy part. The Senate includes plenty of people whose viewpoints are not progressive in any way. This will be a tough sell there.

    Legislation must also be approved by the King, whose (straight) sex life reportedly includes a sizeable harem which regularly occupies an entire floor of a German hotel (the Grand Hotel Sonnenbichl, aka the King's current and usual residence), who officially has a Consort in addition to his current Queen, and who has been widely seen on viral video at a private birthday party with his topfree (former) wife.

    Whether or not the King will express a tolerant perspective on SSM remains to be seen.

  • 15. ianbirmingham  |  February 12, 2022 at 10:56 am

    Trumpanzees left their own feces, urine in hallways and offices during mobbing of US Capitol

    Invading Trumpanzees defiled the hallowed seat of democracy with their dung in their ill-fated effort to overturn the election.

  • 16. ianbirmingham  |  February 12, 2022 at 2:14 pm

    China censors lesbian plotline in 'Friends'

    "Friends," which stars Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, Matthew Perry and David Schwimmer as six friends living in New York City, is wildly popular in China with a hugely loyal fan base.

    Fans have taken to the Chinese social media site Weibo to protest censorship of the show, with #FriendsCensored becoming the most trending topic on the site.

    The hashtag received more than 54 million views on the site on Friday night, but was later censored by the platform on Saturday morning, with search results showing, "this topic is not shown according to relevant laws and regulations."

    When the film "Bohemian Rhapsody," a biopic of British rock band Queen, released in China in 2019, more than two minutes of LGBTQ content were removed from the film, including scenes of two men kissing and the word "gay."

  • 17. VIRick  |  February 12, 2022 at 5:12 pm

    Guerrero: Analysis of Rejected Request that Equal Marriage Be Performed

    Per Erick Salas:

    Hoy, el 12 de febrero 2022, nos reunimos con mi amigo Dex Toralba en nuestro municipio guerrerense de Benito Juárez, con la finalidad de analizar el porqué en nuestro estado de Guerrero el Congreso de Guerrero no ha legislado a favor del matrimonio igualitario, dado que dicha omision nos vulnera.

    Today, 12 February 2022, we met with my friend Dex Toralba in our Guerrero municipality of Benito Juárez, with the purpose of analyzing the reason why in our state of Guerrero the Congress of Guerrero has not legislated in favor of marriage equality, given that said omission leaves us vulnerable.

    The municipality of Benito Juárez is situated on the Pacific coast between Acapulco and Zihuatanejo.

  • 18. VIRick  |  February 12, 2022 at 5:50 pm

    Perú: Watch the Symbolic Weddings for Valentine's Day

    Per DEMUS:

    No te pierdas las bodas simbolicas por la celebración adelantada de San Valentin y el derecho al matrimonio igualitario para todos.

    Do not miss the symbolic weddings for the early celebration of Valentine's Day and the right to marriage equality for all.

    Per Red Peruana TLGB:

    En unos minutos el 12 de febrero 2022, estamos iniciamos con las bodas simbolicas.

    In a few minutes on 12 February 2022, we will begin with the symbolic weddings.

  • 19. ianbirmingham  |  February 13, 2022 at 7:37 am

    Anti-LGBTQ+ bills in Legislature labeled ‘license to discriminate’ by Central Florida advocates

  • 20. Elihu_Bystander  |  February 14, 2022 at 7:04 am

    Despicable legislation; it's difficult to decide which group is the worst. As a retired health care provider, I will pick on the health provider discrimination. Florida and federal health care organizations should be shouting from the house tops about this proposed discriminatory health care discrimination.

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

    Michoacán: First Equal Marriage in Purépecha Indigenous Region

    Per Celeste Ascencio (Morena), Diputada Federal, representante de Paracho:

    En Ilhuatzio, ayer, el 12 de febrero 2022, fue un día histórico para nuestra región Purépecha, porque con nuestras tradiciones y costumbres, el matrimonio igualitario es una realidad. ¡Enhorabuena Humberto y Florencio! Su amor trasciende la lucha de muchas personas que hoy añoramos un futuro incluyente.

    In Ilhuatzio, yesterday, 12 February 2022, was an historic day for our Purépecha region, because with our traditions and customs, marriage equality is a reality. Congratulations Humberto and Florencio! Your love transcends the struggle of many people who today yearn for an inclusive future.

    The Purépecha are an indigenous group who live in north-central Michoacán around the cities of Cherán, Paracho, and Pátzcuaro, and around Lake Pátzcuaro (Ilhuatzio is on its north shore). They were never conquered by the Aztec nor by the Spanish. As a result, their distinctive customs and language continue to this day, with one particular custom originally attributed to this group, La Noche de Muertos, having spread throughout Mexico, and is now commonly known everywhere as "The Day of the Dead."

  • 22. VIRick  |  February 13, 2022 at 4:27 pm

    Guatemala: Kaqchikel Maya Equal Marriage Ceremony Performed in Sololá

    Guatemala: Realizan Ceremonia Maya en Matrimonio Igualitario en Sololá

    Per Alex Carrera de Guatemala, militante LGBT:

    Un día, este tipo de uniones ya no serán celebradas en ceremonia (actos que no tienen ningún peso legal). Serán celebradas frente al Registro Civil y un juez porque más temprano que tarde, el matrimonio igualitario será ley en Guatemala.

    One day, this type of union will no longer be celebrated ceremonially (acts that have no legal weight). They will be celebrated in front of the Civil Registry and a judge because sooner rather than later, marriage equality will be law in Guatemala.

    The original notice about this ceremonial Maya event in Sololá, a marriage between two men by a Maya priestess, is dated 6 January 2022. Sololá (Tz'olojya in Kaqchikel Maya) is located in the west-central highlands of Guatemala at an altitude of 7,000 feet, overlooking Lake Atitlán. Almost all residents of Sololá are Kaqchikel Maya. A large percentage of both men and women continue to wear traditional Maya clothing.

    Although undoubtedly not the first time that a Maya ceremonial marriage event involving a same-sex couple has taken place in Guatemala, it does happen to be the first instance wherein which said event was recorded in both print and photos. Traditional Maya, in their multiple permutations in Mexico, Belize, and Guatemala, are not the least averse to the marriage of same-sex couples. In Mexico, in both Quintana Roo (Yucateca Maya) and in Chiapas (Tzotzil Maya), a number of simultaneous Maya/civil equal marriages have taken place, with both Maya priests/priestesses and Civil Registry officials jointly participating.

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