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  • 1. VIRick  |  March 7, 2022 at 4:41 pm

    Chile: Civil Registry Appointment Times Now Available for Equal Marriages

    Per Marco Enríquez-Ominami:

    Hoy es otro Chile. Ya está abierta la agenda para reservar hora para casarse con la nueva normativa de matrimonio igualitario.

    Today is another Chile. The schedule is now open to reserve a time to be married according to the new marriage equality regulations.

    Per Registro Civil Chile:

    ¡Atención! Ya puedes reservar hora para celebrar tu matrimonio igualitario. El nuevo sistema de matrimonio es para todas las parejas, sin importar su sexo. Agenda hora en:

    Attention! You can now reserve a time to celebrate your equal marriage. The new marriage system is for all couples, without regard to gender. Schedule a time at:

    Per Diario Antofagasta:

    En la región, ya está disponible el agendamiento de horas para matrimonio igualitario en las Oficinas del Registro Civil de Antofagasta, Calama, y Tocopilla.

    In the region, the scheduling of times for an equal marriage in the Civil Registry Offices of Antofagasta, Calama, and Tocopilla is now available.

  • 2. VIRick  |  March 7, 2022 at 6:36 pm

    Namibia: Supreme Court Narrowly Rules in Favor of Mexican Citizen's Residency

    Per LGBT Marriage News:

    On 7 March 2022, in a narrow ruling in "Delgado v. Ministry of Immigration," the Supreme Court ruled in favor of Delgado.

    Per "The Namibian:"

    A Mexican citizen who is in a same-sex marriage with a Namibian citizen today won a Supreme Court appeal against the Home Affairs Ministry's refusal to give him residence rights in Namibia. The court referred Guillermo Delgado's application for a residency certificate, one that would allow him to continue to stay in Namibia with his husband and their family, back to the Home Affairs Ministry to be reconsidered afresh.

  • 3. ianbirmingham  |  March 7, 2022 at 7:28 pm

    Florida GOP nears final passage on ‘Don’t Say Gay’ bill

  • 4. VIRick  |  March 8, 2022 at 3:36 pm

    Florida Senate Passes "Don't Say Gay" Bill, Sends It to Governor for Signature

    On Tuesday, 8 March 2022, the Florida Senate, rebuffing protests from students and LGBTQ activists over the “Don’t Say Gay” bill, gave final approval to the legislation, sending the measure to the desk of Gov. Ron De Santis (R), who is expected to quickly sign the legislation.

    The vote on the measure, titled HB 1557, was 22-17 in the Republican-controlled Senate and was largely along political party lines, thus giving final approval to the “Don’t Say Gay” bill after two days of emotional debate.

    Once signed into law, it will go into effect from 1 July 2022.

  • 5. ianbirmingham  |  March 8, 2022 at 5:46 pm

    Equality Florida already plans to file many lawsuits targeting this “Don’t Say Gay” legislation.

  • 6. VIRick  |  March 8, 2022 at 3:56 pm

    New Jersey Supreme Court Affirms that "Conversion Therapy" Is Fraud

    The New Jersey Supreme Court has declined to hear an appeal of a ruling that barred a religious organization from offering so-called "conversion therapy" and held it liable for attorneys’ fees incurred by former clients who sued.

    In 2012, several young men and two mothers, represented by the Southern Poverty Law Center and private law firms, sued Jews Offering New Alternatives for Healing, a.k.a. JONAH, which claimed to be able to turn gay people straight, a practice deemed ineffective and harmful by major medical and mental health organizations. It alleged the practice was fraudulent, and the suit was the first of its kind, according to SPLC.

    In 2015, a New Jersey trial court ruled that JONAH had engaged in “unconscionable business practices” and violated the state’s consumer fraud law. The court imposed a permanent injunction under which JONAH was to cease operation and a settlement agreement under which it was to pay the plaintiffs $3.5 million to cover attorneys’ fees.

    However, JONAH did not abide by the ruling; it reconstituted under a different name and continued to offer "conversion therapy." In 2019, New Jersey Superior Court Judge Peter F. Bariso Jr. ordered the enforcement of the permanent injunction and settlement agreement. The Appellate Division of the Superior Court upheld Judge Bariso’s order in 2021. But JONAH and its founders continued to appeal, going to the state’s Supreme Court, which has now turned the appeal down.

  • 7. VIRick  |  March 8, 2022 at 9:25 pm

    Sinaloa Approves Decriminalization of Abortion, 8 March 2022

    Per Sinaloa Incluyente A.C.:

    Aprobada la Despenalización del Aborto en Sinaloa, 8 de marzo 2022:
    28 a favor: MORENA
    02 en contra: 1 PRI / 1 PAN
    09 abstenciones: PAS
    01 ausente (absent)

  • 8. VIRick  |  March 9, 2022 at 9:06 am

    Yucatán: First Equal Marriage Celebrated without Requiring Amparo

    Per Ulisess Morales:

    Hoy, el 8 de marzo 2022, tuve la fortuna y privilegio de estar presente en Progreso en el primer matrimonio entre personas del mismo sexo (lo de Miguel Luciano Martínez e Irving Suárez Pérez) sin necesidad de recurrir al amparo, un día histórico en Yucatán.

    Today, 8 March 2022, I had the good fortune and privilege of being present in Progreso at the first equal marriage (that of Miguel Luciano Martínez and Irving Suárez Pérez) without needing to resort to an amparo, an historic day in Yucatán.

  • 9. VIRick  |  March 9, 2022 at 9:19 am

    Guatemala de Guate-mala a Guate-peor (from Guate-bad to Guate-worse)

    Per Yendri Velásquez y Daniel Villatoro:

    En pleno Guatemala:

    1. Endurece la criminalización del aborto
    2. Prohíbe y estigmatiza el matrimonio igualitario y uniones civiles (uniones de hecho)
    3. Niega el acceso la educación sexual integral

    In full Guate-mala:

    1. Strengthens the criminalization of abortion
    2. Prohibits and stigmatizes marriage equality and civil unions (cohabitation)
    3. Denies access to integrated sexual education

    Per Esteban Cedeño:

    El Congreso de Guatemala aumenta las penas de prisión por aborto y prohíbe el matrimonio homosexual.

    The Guatemala Congress increases the prison sentences for abortion and prohibits same-sex marriage.

    Relatively speaking, we may consider Yucatán to be one of the most intransigent Mexican states, but note that on the very same date that the first equal marriage without amparo finally took place there, that nearby Guatemala doubled down on prohibiting the same possibility there (never mind the fact that Guatemala, like Honduras, is a signatory to the CIDH accord).

  • 10. VIRick  |  March 9, 2022 at 1:44 pm

    Sinaloa Congress Passes Gender Identity Law, 9 March 2022

    Per Tiago Ventura:

    El 9 de marzo 2022, la Ley de Identidad de Género para Sinaloa fue aprobada por 36 votos a favor (de 40)!

    On 9 March 2022, the Gender Identity Law for Sinaloa was approved by 36 votes in favor (of 40)!

    The affirmative vote in favor of gender identity comes one day after the same congress also decriminalized abortion. There is no mention of their sending a message to Guate-mala for going full Guate-peor, but it would certainly seem as if that were part of the plan.

  • 11. ianbirmingham  |  March 9, 2022 at 6:46 pm

    Disney CEO says company opposes 'Don't Say Gay' bill in Florida, will meet with Gov. DeSantis

  • 12. VIRick  |  March 10, 2022 at 9:24 am

    Chile: Marriage Equality Act Takes Effect (Ley 21.400)

    On Thursday, 10 March 2022, two gay men became the first same-sex couple to legally marry in Chile.

    Javier Silva and Jaime Nazar, who have been together for seven years, married shortly after 7:30 AM local time at the Chillean Civil Registry and Identification Service office in Providencia, east of the country’s capital, Santiago, as their two young children watched. Justice Minister Hernán Larraín, Deputy Human Rights Secretary Lorena Recabarren, the directors of two Chilean LGBTQ rights groups — long-time Movimiento de Integración y Liberación Homosexual (Movilh) Director Rolando Jiménez and Fundación Iguales President Isabel Amor — and Hunter T. Carter, a US-based lawyer who advocates for marriage equality throughout Latin America, were among those who also attended.

    Consuelo Morales and Pabla Heuser, a lesbian couple who has been together for 17 years, married in the Civil Registry office less than half an hour after Silva and Nazar.

    Per Gobierno de Chile:

    ¡Un día histórico! Hoy se celebraron las primeras ceremonias de matrimonio igualitario en nuestro país. De esta forma, reafirmamos nuestro compromiso con la diversidad y el reconocimiento a todos los tipos de proyectos familiares.

    An historic day! Today the first equal marriage ceremonies were celebrated in our country. In this way, we reaffirm our commitment to diversity and the recognition of all types of family arrangements.

  • 13. ianbirmingham  |  March 10, 2022 at 2:41 pm

    Disney Censors Same-Sex Affection in Pixar Films, Say Employees

    In a statement attributed to “the LGBTQIA+ employees of Pixar, and their allies” obtained by Variety, employees of the animation studio allege that Disney corporate executives have demanded cuts from “nearly every moment of overtly gay affection… regardless of when there is protest from both the creative teams and executive leadership at Pixar.”

    “We at Pixar have personally witnessed beautiful stories, full of diverse characters, come back from Disney corporate reviews shaved down to crumbs of what they once were,” the letter states. “Even if creating LGBTQIA+ content was the answer to fixing the discriminatory legislation in the world, we are being barred from creating it.”

  • 14. VIRick  |  March 10, 2022 at 4:14 pm

    Chile: Marriage Equality Act Takes Effect: Registration of Children, New Trans Documents, Mutual International Recognition

    Per Juan Enrique Pi:

    Una hora en el Registro Civil y ya nos hemos encontrado con tres parejas de mujeres inscribiendo a sus hijos. Muchas personas aplauden. Entre toda la emoción, se nos acercó un joven trans que nos contó que venía a buscar sus nuevos documentos.

    One hour at the Civil Registry and we have already encountered three female couples registering their children. Many persons applauded. Within all the emotion, a young trans person approached us and told us that they were coming to seek new documents.

    Per Esteban Zolezzi:

    Ahora podré registrarme como casado con mi esposo en Chile tal como ya lo estoy en Costa Rica.

    Now I will be able to register myself as married to my husband in Chile just like I already am in Costa Rica.

    Esteban is a Chilean citizen married to a Costa Rican citizen in Costa Rica.

  • 15. VIRick  |  March 11, 2022 at 9:23 am

    Guatemala: President to Veto Anti-Abortion, Anti-Marriage-Equality Law #5272

    El Presidente de Guatemala dice que vetará polémica ley contra el aborto y matrimonio gay. La legislación, aprobada por el Congreso de mayoría oficialista, eleva las penas de cárcel para los abortos en el país centroamericano y busca combatir a "grupos minoritarios" que son "incongruentes con la moral cristiana."

    Giammattei indicó en un breve video que la ley recién aprobada por el Organismo Legislativo "viola dos convenciones de las cuales Guatemala es signataria" y "adolece de deficiencias técnicas en su redacción," pero "lo más preocupante es que viola la Constitución Política de la República."

    The President of Guatemala says that he will veto the polemic law against abortion and same-sex marriage. The legislation, approved by the majority officialist Congress, increases the jail sentences for abortions in the Central American country and seeks to combat "minority groups" who are "incongruent with christian morals."

    Giammattei indicated in a brief video that the law recently approved by the Legislature "violates two conventions to which Guatemala is a signatory" and "suffers from technical deficiencies in its wording," but "the most disturbing is that it violates the Political Constitution of the Republic."

  • 16. VIRick  |  March 11, 2022 at 12:07 pm

    Chile: First Equal Marriage in Los Ríos Region; 7,000 More Already Scheduled

    Per Registro Civil Los Ríos:

    El 11 de marzo 2022, Waleska y Carla son la primera pareja de Valdivia y la Región de Los Ríos en contraer matrimonio igualitario.

    On 11 March 2022, Waleska and Carla are the first couple from Valdivia and the Los Ríos Region to contract an equal marriage.

    Hoy, 11 de marzo 2022, diez parejas del mismo sexo celebraron por primera vez su matrimonio igualitario en Chile. Hay 7000 más que ya se anotaron para pedir turno.

    Today, 11 March 2022, ten same-sex couples celebrated for the first time their equal marriage in Chile. There are 7,000 more who have already signed up to request their turn.

  • 17. ianbirmingham  |  March 11, 2022 at 3:38 pm

    Disney suspends political contributions in Florida as CEO apologizes for silence on 'don't say gay'

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