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  • 1. VIRick  |  March 1, 2022 at 12:18 pm

    Yucatán State Congress Unanimously Approves Marriage Equality, 1 March 2022

    Per El Ciudadano MX y Ricardo Verdi:

    Por unanimidad, el Congreso de Yucatán aprobó las leyes secundarias del matrimonio igualitario.

    The Yucatán Congress unanimously approved the secondary laws for marriage equality.

    Per Danny Ehuan:

    Lo personal es político! Se logró! Se aprobaron las leyes secundarias del matrimonio igualitario en Yucatán!

    The personal is political.! It happened! The secondary laws for marriage equality in Yucatán were approved!

    And just like that, with barely a whimper from the opposition, one of the most bitter, drawn-out marriage equality battles in all of Mexico has finally come to a conclusion, just days before the court-imposed 6-month deadline (of 4 March 2022).

    Per Homosensual:

    Se aprueba la iniciativa y pasa a que se publique en el Diario Oficial del Estado de Yucatán. Una vez promulgada, las parejas del mismo género ya no tendrán que ampararse.

    The initiative is approved and goes on to be published in the Official Gazette of the State of Yucatán. Once promulgated, same-sex couples will no longer have to obtain an amparo.

  • 2. scream4ever  |  March 1, 2022 at 4:33 pm

    I needed some good news today 🙂

  • 3. VIRick  |  March 1, 2022 at 5:23 pm

    An Explanation of the Wikipedia State-by-State Marriage Equality Chart for Mexico

    As of today, 1 March 2022, of Mexico's 32 jurisdictions, 26 have now legalized marriage equality. There are still 6 more remaining that must pass similar legislation. Additionally, 3 of the 26 have enshrined the guarantee of marriage equality in their state constitutions:

    CDMX (Mexico City)
    Baja California

    The first two, as well as 28 of the remaining jurisdictions, had never placed a ban on marriage equality in their state constitutions in the first place. But both Baja California and Yucatán did. Thus, in early 2021, Baja California's complex marriage equality legislation made three simultaneous, monumental changes in state law: It stripped the state constitution of its ban on marriage equality; it immediately replaced said ban with a guarantee that everyone has a right to marry and form a family; it provided the necessary changes in state law to then implement marriage equality.

    Yucatán was different from any of these. In August 2021, the legislation was passed that removed the ban on marriage equality from the state constitution. However, until today's vote, the necessary changes in state law implementing marriage equality had not been approved. Furthermore, one should also note that unlike the other 3 jurisdictions cited above, Yucatán did not pass a state constitutional amendment to replace the ban with a guarantee enshrining marriage equality. In August 2021, it simply removed this earlier ban that then allowed for today's implementing legislation to finally be passed.

  • 4. Randolph_Finder  |  March 2, 2022 at 1:17 am

    As a note for those viewing this as a countdown, the remaining 6 states are
    México (State)

    Note, Guerrero has some municipalities that perform weddings, Tamaulipas is mandated by the Supreme Court to legalize (within 180 business days of the issuing of the 5th amparo back in 2018!) and Veracruz has Civil Unions.

    Leading to two questions…
    Will all of the states get there by the end of 2022…
    Who will be last…

  • 5. scream4ever  |  March 2, 2022 at 7:56 am

    Veracruz will definitely be next, and could come at anytime once the ruling of unconstitutionality is handed down.

  • 6. Randolph_Finder  |  March 2, 2022 at 10:40 am

    Are all of the six in the line for a ruling of unconstitutionality? (and doesn't it go faster if they change the marriage law with out taking equality into account?)

  • 7. VIRick  |  March 2, 2022 at 8:28 pm

    First of all, someone obviously misunderstood your second question, because if they actually realized what you asked (and understood the proper answer), they would not have any reason to have down-voted you. So, with that in mind, the quick answer to your first question is "No," while the second one is "Yes."

    At the moment, only Veracruz is in line for a ruling of unconstitutionality. Such a ruling, half-anticipated being handed down just before the end of 2021, is now becoming somewhat overdue, perhaps in part because of the complexity in the changes in their state law regarding Civil Unions. However, such a ruling of unconstitutionality against the state is inevitable, and given that it has also now become imminent, will most likely cause Veracruz to be "next in line" as state #27 to have legalized marriage equality. Furthermore, it will be instantaneous, effective from the very date of the Supreme Court ruling.

    If any of the other 5 remaining states make any alteration whatsoever with their Family Codes pertaining to marriage, divorce, social benefits for spousal survivors, adoption rules, or other related material, but without also altering their Civil Codes to allow for marriage equality, the CNDH will quickly file an "Action of Unconstitutionality" against that state. This is precisely what happened with Veracruz when in June 2020, they revised their Civil Code to allow for de facto Civil Unions for same-sex couples, rather than marriage. We already know that the Supreme Court has previously determined that such unequal treatment has been deemed to be unconstitutional. They will rule the same way again.

    So, "Yes," given the intransigence of these last handful of states, some alteration to the marriage-related portions of their Civil Codes, as outlined above, that does not also include marriage equality would indeed be quicker. Such change would not come about overnight, as we can witness with the situation with Veracruz, but it would be inevitable. And at this stage, anything guaranteed to be "inevitable" must also be deemed to be "quicker."

  • 8. VIRick  |  March 1, 2022 at 7:37 pm

    Pro-Putin Chechen General who Led "Anti-Gay Purge" Killed in Ukraine

    Ukrainian forces killed Chechen general Magomed Tushayev on Saturday, 26 February 2022, at the Antonov International Airport (GML) northwest of Kyiv. Tushayev is responsible for the torture and murders of LGBTQ individuals in the largely Muslim region of Chechnya in Russia.

    The Ukrainian Armed Forces confirmed his death, writing in a tweet that “Magomed Tushayev, leader of the 141 Motorized Regiment of the Chechen National Guard, was killed!.”

    Illia Ponomarenko, a defense reporter for "The Kyiv Independent," tweeted: “Magomed Tushayev, one of Ramzan Kadyrov’s top warlords, has been killed in action (at the Antonov Air Base) in Hostomel. Ukraine’s elite Alpha Group is reportedly fighting Chechens in the airfield.”

    The LGBTQ publication, "The Los Angeles Blade," reported that ”Tushayev, who was one of three top advisors and military commanders for Kadyrov prior to the Ukrainian invasion by Russian forces, was directly involved in the campaign of terrorizing the LGBTQ community in Chechnya. Since 2017, human and LGBTQ activists noted that Chechen security operatives and other officials in the Kadyrov regime, including Tushayev sources confirmed, have rounded up dozens of men on suspicion of being gay, held them in unofficial detention facilities for days, and humiliated, starved, and tortured them in what has been dubbed Chechnya’s 'anti-gay purge,'" the report added.

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