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  • 1. VIRick  |  May 5, 2022 at 4:23 pm

    Louisiana Lawmakers Reject "Don't Say Gay" Bill

    A sweeping bill, HB 837, that would have barred school employees from discussing sexual orientation or gender identity in K-12 classrooms throughout the state was killed in the Louisiana House Education Committee on Tuesday, 3 May 2022.

    Passage was opposed by LGBTQ advocacy groups, as well as by Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards (D), whose office released this statement:

    “Some of the bills being brought up this session do nothing to make lives better. Nothing to continue moving us forward. They only serve to divide us. And frankly, some are reminiscent of a dark past that we should learn from, not relive.”
    https://www.washingtonblade.com/2022/05/03/louisi

  • 2. VIRick  |  May 5, 2022 at 4:42 pm

    Chile: First Equal Marriage in Concepción

    Per Movilh:

    Camila Perret y Valentina Vásquez se casaron en Concepción. Esta es su historia.
    https://twitter.com/Movilh/status/152229045709882

    Camilla Perret and Valencia Vásquez were married in Concepción. This is their story.

    According to the accompanying news article, theirs was the 7th equal marriage to have taken place within the Biobío Region and the 263rd so far nationwide within Chile. The marriage in question actually happened on 22 April 2022, but was only reported in "El Sur" on 4 May 2022. It is also an "up-grade" from a previously-existing AUC (civil union).

    The city of Concepción, situated on the coast, 500 km. south of Santiago, and capital of the Biobío Region, is the third-largest urban area of Chile and its most industrialized.

  • 3. VIRick  |  May 6, 2022 at 7:23 pm

    9th Circuit Court of Appeals Overturns Ruling that Asylum-Seeker Prove He’s Gay

    A three-judge panel of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals unanimously ruled against an immigration judge’s finding that denied an asylum bid by a Nigerian man who says he is gay. The court documents filed by Peter Udo asserted a fear of persecution or torture in Nigeria based on his status as a gay man and the harm he suffered after being discovered having sex with his boyfriend in a hotel.

    According to Reuters, the US Board of Immigration Appeals had affirmed an immigration judge’s ruling that Udo’s asylum bid was frivolous because he deliberately fabricated a key element of his application and failed to establish that he is gay. Udo initially gave an asylum officer the name of a hotel that did not exist, later saying that he was afraid to identify the actual hotel, according to court filings. But the location of the hotel is at best ancillary to Udo’s claims, the 9th Circuit said, “and is certainly not a material element.”

    Udo fled Nigeria after being beaten and detained by Nigerian authorities, filing a claim for political asylum, in part, based on the 2014 Nigerian law that criminalizes homosexuality, same-sex marriage, and same-sex relationships. On 4 May 2022, the 9th Circuit Court returned the case to the US Board of Immigration Appeals to reconsider Udo’s case.
    https://www.washingtonblade.com/2022/05/06/federa

  • 4. ianbirmingham  |  May 7, 2022 at 4:47 pm

    Immigration judges get their jobs by being appointed by the Attorney General. One can only imagine the Trump Administration's requirements for appointment…

    * Hates immigrants? (Check!)
    * Hates gays, women, non-religious people, etc.? (Check!)
    * Has close relatives whose jobs involve Building The Wall? (Check!)
    * Donated megabucks to Trump and his bootlickers? (Check!)

  • 5. JayJonson  |  May 11, 2022 at 6:43 am

    Tokyo will begin recognizing same-sex partnerships, but not as legal marriages. The registrations are open to all adult residents of the city, including foreigners.

    More here: https://apnews.com/article/japan-tokyo-same-sex-u

  • 6. Randolph_Finder  |  May 12, 2022 at 2:03 pm

    Looks like the same setup as they have in other parts of Japan. Most useful in terms of having someone renting an apartment and having a recognized partnership, it means that the rental transfers to the other on that person's death. Means that the other partner isn't out on the street before the corpse is cool.

  • 7. VIRick  |  May 11, 2022 at 11:36 am

    Querétaro: 7 Same-Sex Couples Marry in San Juan del Río

    Desde la entrada en vigor de la reforma al Código Civil sobre el matrimonio igualitario en el estado de Querétaro, en San Juan del Río se han efectuado hasta el momento, siete: cinco de ellos son de parejas mujeres, y dos de hombres.
    https://presenciauniversitariauaq.com/registran-7

    Since the reform to the Civil Code concerning marriage equality entered into effect in Querétaro state, so far in San Luis del Río, there have been 7 performed: five of them are between female couples and two are between men.

    San Luis del Río is the second-largest city in the state, and the largest to have never allowed same-sex couples to marry until after state law had been changed.

  • 8. VIRick  |  May 11, 2022 at 6:58 pm

    Tennessee:

    On 6 May 2022, Governor Bill Lee (R) signed a bill that effectively bans transgender women from competing on college sports teams consistent with their gender identity in Tennessee. The new law, SB 2153, “prohibits males from participating in public higher education sports that are designated for females.” The law also requires Tennessee colleges to determine a student-athlete’s gender using the student’s “original” birth certificate.

    Every university and college in the state will also be required to adopt and enforce a policy ensuring compliance with the new law. The measure would also prevent any government entity, organization, or athletic association from taking “an adverse action” against a school that complies with the law or a student who reports a violation.
    https://www.washingtonblade.com/2022/05/09/tennes

  • 9. VIRick  |  May 12, 2022 at 1:21 pm

    Greece Bans "Conversion Therapy" for Minors

    On Wednesday, 11 May 2022, Greek lawmakers approved a bill that will ban so-called "conversion therapy" for minors.

    According to the new legislation, media reports note that mental health providers will face fines and prison if they were to subject a minor to "conversion therapy" without their consent. In addition, the bill will ban the advertisement of "conversion therapy" throughout the country.
    https://www.washingtonblade.com/2022/05/12/greek-

  • 10. VIRick  |  May 12, 2022 at 2:09 pm

    Florida Grand Jury Indicts Former BVI Premier on Drug Smuggling Charges

    On 10 May 2022, a grand jury in Florida indicted former British Virgin Islands Premier Andrew Fahie and his alleged accomplices for conspiracy to import cocaine, conspiracy to engage in money laundering, and attempted money laundering. Fahie was Premier at the time of his arrest but has since been removed from the post. In an effort to retain some control and work with the UK, the territory’s ministers have formed a new National Unity Government. It is headed by former Acting Premier Natalio Wheatley who was sworn-in as Premier on 5 May 2022.

    If convicted, Fahie, BVI Port Authority Director Oleanvine Pickering Maynard, and her son Kadeem Maynard, could be sentenced to 20 years in prison for each of the money laundering charges and life for the drug charges. Fahie and Pickering Maynard were arrested on 28 April 2022 while in Miami to attend a tourism trade conference. They had allegedly spent weeks in negotiations with US Drug Enforcement agents who were posing as drug runners.

    Prosecutors said the two boarded a private jet to inspect what they thought was $700,000 in cash, a tiny fraction of the tens or even hundreds of millions of dollars they allegedly hoped to reap for importing hundreds of thousands of kilograms of cocaine through their British Overseas Territory to the US Mainland. The indictment also mentions bribes the two allegedly planned to distribute in furtherance of the scheme.
    https://stthomassource.com/content/2022/05/11/gra
    https://stthomassource.com/content/2022/05/10/fah

  • 11. VIRick  |  May 12, 2022 at 4:12 pm

    Chile: First Birth Certificates Issued to Children of Same-Sex Couples

    Per Fundación Iguales:

    El 12 de mayo 2022, el Registro Civil de Chile entregan primeros certificados de nacimiento de niños inscritos con dos madres o dos padres, familias que logran concretar hoy el largo anhelo por ejercer sus derechos filiativos y ser considerados legalmente como una familia, tras la Ley de Matrimonio Igualitario.
    https://twitter.com/IgualesChile/status/152486389

    On 12 May 2022, the Civil Registry of Chile deliverd the first birth certificates for children registered with two mothers or two fathers, families that today have gained the long-sought ability to exercise their filiative rights and be legally considered a family, following passage of the Marriage Equality Law.

  • 12. VIRick  |  May 12, 2022 at 5:02 pm

    Colombia: Bill Introduced to Ban "Conversion Therapy"

    Per LGBT Marriage News:

    Durante la mañana de este martes, 10 de mayo 2022, y ante el Congreso de la República, se radicó el proyecto de ley denominado como "Inconvertibles," con el que se busca que a las personas homosexuales en Colombia no se les practiquen "terapias de conversión," también conocidas como ECOSIG.

    El proyecto de ley busca prohibir las “terapias de conversión” contra la población LGBT en Colombia. El autor del proyecto, el representante de la Alianza Verde, Mauricio Toro, asegura que ese tipo de procedimientos atentan contra el libre desarrollo de la personalidad.

    Cabe recordar que Mauricio Toro es uno de los congresistas abiertamente homosexuales de la nación y por eso, desde que llegó al Congreso, ha trabajado para reivindicar a los miembros de la comunidad a la que pertenece.
    https://www.infobae.com/america/colombia/2022/05/

    On Tuesday morning, 10 May 2022, and before the Congress of the Republic, the bill called "Inconvertibles" was filed, one that seeks to block homosexual persons in Colombia from being subjected to "conversion therapies," also known as ECOSIG.

    The bill seeks to prohibit "conversion therapies" against the LGBT population in Colombia. The author of the bill, the representative of the Green Alliance, Mauricio Toro, assures that these type of procedures threaten the free development of the personality.

    It is worth remembering that Mauricio Toro is one of Colombia's openly gay congressmen and that is why, since he arrived in Congress, he has worked to vindicate the members of the community to which he belongs.

  • 13. VIRick  |  May 12, 2022 at 11:09 pm

    To whomever mis-read and then down-voted the above:

    1. The first paragraph in Spanish is quite difficult to translate correctly. I first attempted to translate the florid language fairly literally, but have edited it multiple times because I am still not satisfied with the result.

    2. "Inconvertibles" is not translatable, but summarizes the entire point of the bill: NOT convertible.

    3. Rather than merely down-vote my translation (whichever version of it you may have read in English, and assuming that you did not read the original Spanish), submit your own improved version of the translation. Then we can discuss it. Here is a simplified version, more reflective of the first sentence in the second paragraph:

    A bill was recently introduced into the Colombian House by Mauricio Toro seeking to ban "conversion therapy" throughout Colombia. He is openly gay and has been very pro-active on LGBT issues and concerns.

  • 14. ianbirmingham  |  May 14, 2022 at 9:19 am

    Didn't see the original version, but your translation seems perfectly readable to me. "Free development of the personality" is a phrase Justice Anthony Kennedy would certainly have liked!

  • 15. VIRick  |  May 13, 2022 at 2:56 pm

    Edomex Congress Presently Working on Marriage Equality Legislation

    Per la Legislatura Edomex:

    El 12 de mayo 2022, las comisiones unidas conjuntaron las tres iniciativas en materia de matrimonio igualitario en una sola propuesta de reforma al Código Civil, que continuará en análisis. Se reunirán en mesa de trabajo o reunión de dictaminación el próximo 19 de mayo a las 11:00 horas.
    https://twitter.com/Legismex/status/1524894659293

    Per Paola Jiménez Hernández, Presidenta de la Comisión para la Igualdad de Género:
    https://twitter.com/paojimh

    On 12 May 2022, the united committees brought the three initiatives on the matter of marriage equality together into a single proposal to reform the Civil Code, one that will continue to be analyzed. They will meet again in a work session or a drafting meeting on 19 May at 11:00 AM.

    Outside on the streets of the state capital, Toluca, there were multiple speeches, many protestors, assorted counter-protestors, multiple marches, counter-marches, numerous traffic blockades, and generalized noisy agitation all day long. Some are even speculating that the Edomex Congress might finally pass the necessary legislation next Thursday, 19 May 2022, but couched in the famous Mexican phrase, "podría ser" (it could be).

    However, the vote next Thursday, if it happens at all, will only be a committee vote. If positive, the measure would still need to be submitted to the full Congress for a final vote. And that final vote will likely not happen until September.

  • 16. VIRick  |  May 13, 2022 at 11:23 pm

    To the anonymous individual who continues to down-vote various posts that apparently are not to their individual liking: I am simply attempting to translate and provide up-to-date factual information to a wider readership, with or without your personal approval. Or would you have preferred that I post the misinformation that the Edomex Congress might actually vote to approve marriage equality legislation next week, like others have been doing on various other sites?

    I am merely attempting to communicate to them to calm their eager anticipation. That you interfered without any further input is irrelevant and rather meaningless. In addition, I have no idea as to which aspect of that post does not meet with your liking.

    Still, please note:

    Podría ser la última vez que tenga la capacidad de hacerlo.

  • 17. ianbirmingham  |  May 14, 2022 at 9:14 am

    Probably a Trump-fellating Log Cabin Republican… just disregard.

  • 18. VIRick  |  May 14, 2022 at 11:13 am

    De acuerdo, podría ser.

  • 19. VIRick  |  May 13, 2022 at 6:01 pm

    Texas Supreme Court: Governor Cannot Order Investigations of Parents of Trans Kids

    On 13 March 2022, the Texas Supreme Court unanimously ruled that Gov. Greg Abbott (R) and Attorney-General Ken Paxton (R) do not have the authority to force the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) to investigate the supportive parents of transgender children.

    Today's ruling leaves the DFPS where it was before Abbott issued his order – the department can investigate families who it believes need to be investigated, but it is not required to investigate any of the supportive parents of transgender minors – except regarding the family and the psychologist who sued, who it cannot investigate. Other parents and professional caregivers are now free to sue to obtain the same court protection.
    https://www.lgbtqnation.com/2022/05/tx-supreme-co

  • 20. Fortguy  |  May 14, 2022 at 1:53 am

    This decision applies merely to the case of the specific plaintiffs who filed suit against the state. The decision is much more nuanced and not at all an affirmation of LGBT youths and their parents. The judges of the Texas Supreme Court are elected, and like all other statewide elected offices since the mid-'90s, are entirely GOP. This is not a progressive opinion nor a victory for our cause. For more info, see the following:

    Eleanor Klibanoff, The Texas Tribune: Texas Supreme Court allows child abuse investigations into families of transgender teens to continue

    Michelle Pitcher, Texas Observer: Texas Supreme Court Throws Out Protections for Trans Youth

    As a side note on Texas news sources, the Tribune, like Texas Monthly which so far is not reporting on this story, tries to be a non-ideological mainstream source of news. The Observer, on the other hand, has a decidedly progressive editorial bent. Unfortunately, most of the state's major daily newspapers are now behind paywalls to some degree.

  • 21. ianbirmingham  |  May 14, 2022 at 9:11 am

    The website 12ft.io can sometimes bypass paywalls. Also, paywalled newspaper articles can sometimes be found at Web Archive sites such as archive.org or archive.is.

  • 22. Elihu_Bystander  |  May 14, 2022 at 4:12 am

    Thank you for helping us out with this very difficult to understand case. The state brief on this one looks and reads like it was written by a high school sophomore aspiring to be a lawyer. I have a question on the briefs. They did not use terms like plaintiff and defendant or respondent. Rather they used the term relator for both parties.

  • 23. VIRick  |  May 15, 2022 at 12:44 pm

    The majority Opinion in "In re Abbott" is here:

    "In re Greg Abbott in His Official Capacity as Governor of the State of Texas; Jaime Masters in Her Official Capacity as Commissioner of the Department of Family and Protective Services; and the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, JUSTICE BLACKLOCK delivered the opinion for a unanimous Court as to Parts I and II. JUSTICE BLAND delivered the opinion of the Court as to Part III, in which Chief Justice Hecht, Justice Lehrmann, Justice Busby, and Justice Huddle joined."
    https://www.txcourts.gov/media/1454197/220229.pdf

    Justice Young did not participate.

  • 24. ianbirmingham  |  May 14, 2022 at 9:06 am

    Marvel announces it's introducing TWO new transgender superheroes in upcoming Pride-edition comic

    Announcing the new heroes, Marvel said in a statement that the pair's first adventure will be in a 'high-flying, yet intensely personal mission' on the mutant nation of Krakoa in a special Pride comic.

    A press release says the duo 'tear through the Marvel Universe as professional thieves, stealing from criminal and corrupt organizations' until an event changes Escapade's life forever.

    The concept was created by transgender writer Charlie Jane Anders who told Marvel's website that Escapade is a 'cool weirdo' with a 'profound loyalty to her friends.'

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10814977

  • 25. VIRick  |  May 14, 2022 at 12:27 pm

    Alabama: Court Blocks Law Criminalizing Gender-Affirming Healthcare

    On 13 May 2022, a federal judge partially blocked Alabama’s law that criminalized the providing of gender-affirming care to trans youth. The preliminary injunction by US District Judge Liles Burke in the case of "Eknes-Tucker v. Ivey" prevents Alabama from implementing the ban on prescribing gender-affirming treatment, including providing puberty blockers and hormone treatment to trans minors, until a lawsuit against the law progresses.

    In his ruling, Burke, a Trump appointee, wrote, “Defendants produce no credible evidence to show that transitioning medications are ‘experimental.’ While Defendants offer some evidence that transitioning medications pose certain risks, the uncontradicted record of evidence is that at least twenty-two major medical associations in the United States endorse transitioning medications as well-established, evidence-based treatments for gender dysphoria in minors.”

    Burke said that Alabama’s “proffered justifications are hypothesized” and “not exceedingly persuasive.” He also added that there is no evidence of medical professionals pushing for gender-affirming medication for minors. Over 20 medical organizations came out against the law, encouraging Burke to block it.

    The Rev. Paul Eknes-Tucker, senior pastor of Pilgrim Church in Birmingham, four Alabama parents, and two health care providers filed the suit against the law in April. The suit argues that the law is not only discriminatory, but that it violates the children’s right to equal protection and free speech. The Justice Department had also joined the lawsuit.
    https://www.advocate.com/law/2022/5/14/judge-bloc

    The Opinion and Order is here:
    http://files.eqcf.org/cases/222-cv-00184-107/

  • 26. VIRick  |  May 14, 2022 at 12:59 pm

    Veracruz: Bill Introduced to Ban "Conversion Therapy"

    Per LGBT Marriage News:

    Para evitar que las personas y menores de edad sean obligados a recibir una "terapia de conversión," o de esfuerzos para "corregir" la orientación sexual e identidad de género, el Congreso estatal se presentó una iniciativa que propone la aplicación de la pena máxima.

    La diputada del PVEM, Tania Cruz Mejía, y el diputado del PT, Ramón Díaz Ávila, presentaron la iniciativa con proyecto de decreto para adicionar la Fracción VI al penúltimo párrafo del Artículo 196 del Código Penal estatal.
    https://www.diariodexalapa.com.mx/local/quien-pro

    In order to prevent adults and minors from being forced to receive "conversion therapy," or efforts to "correct" their sexual orientation and gender identity, the state Congress was presented with an initiative that proposes the application of the maximum penalty.

    The Verde deputy, Tania Cruz Mejía, and the PT deputy, Ramón Díaz Ávila, presented the bill with a draft decree so as to add Section VI to the second-last paragraph of Article 196 of the state Penal Code.

    In codified penal law, various types of crimes are grouped together depending on the seriousness of the violation(s) in question. So, for example, in the matter at hand, if it were to be classed into the grouping whereby the punishment for a violation were to be 2-5 years incarceration, then 5 years in prison would be the "maximum penalty."

  • 27. VIRick  |  May 15, 2022 at 1:39 pm

    Liechtenstein: Landtag Passes Law Allowing Same-Sex Couples to Adopt

    Per LGBT Marriage News:

    Following a 2021 court ruling, in the first week of May 2022, the Liechtenstein Landtag voted to entirely repeal the ban on LGBT couples adopting, rejecting the government proposal for stepchild adoption only. The new law will take effect from July, as long as:

    Letzendlich, muss das Gesetz vom Fürsten sanktioniert werden.
    https://www.radio.li/news-1/anpassungen-beim-adop

    Ultimately, the law must be sanctioned by the Prince.

    The president of the Liechtenstein LGBT association, Daniel Seger, is also one of the 25 members of the unicameral Liechtenstein Landtag, and one of the 20 members of its progressive governing coalition. According to his statement:

    Das nächste grosse Ziel: Ehe für alle.
    https://www.vaterland.li/liechtenstein/politik/da

    The next major goal: Marriage equality.

  • 28. VIRick  |  May 16, 2022 at 4:25 pm

    Poland: Administrative Court Annuls Two More "LGBT-Free" Zones

    Per LGBT Marriage News:

    A number of authorities have scrapped their “LGBT-free” zones after being threatened with a loss of EU funding, with seven more being voided by the courts following legal challenges. On 9 May 2022, two more were dissolved by court order, the 8th and 9th to thus be struck down and annulled.

    The Lublin Regional Assembly passed a resolution in April 2019 declaring that LGBTQ rights aim to “annihilate” the “values shaped by the Catholic Church.” To stop this from happening, the province pledged to stand up against “homo propaganda.” In the same month, Ryki County, a district within Lublin Province, passed a resolution voting to protect “children, young people, families, and Polish schools” from an apparent wave of “homo terror” being unleashed by “left-liberal groups."

    The Provincial Administrative Court in Lublin found that both resolutions were “adopted without legal basis and in gross violation of the law,” after a legal challenge against them was mounted by the Polish Ombudsman.
    https://www.pinknews.co.uk/2022/05/11/poland-lgbt

    Lublin Province (Województwo Lubelskie), one of 16 provinces, is located in southeastern Poland abutting both Belarus and Ukraine.

  • 29. ianbirmingham  |  May 17, 2022 at 4:11 pm

    Lambda Legal Launches New LGBTQ+ Students' Rights Video Series

    https://www.lambdalegal.org/studentsrights

  • 30. VIRick  |  May 17, 2022 at 7:36 pm

    South Carolina: Governor Signs Anti-Trans School Sports Bill

    On Monday, 16 May 2022, South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster (R) signed an anti-trans sports bill into law . Like others around the country, this new law bars trans student athletes from playing on the sports teams that best match their gender identity.

    The legislation, House Bill 4608, requires student athletes from elementary school to college to play on the team that corresponds to the gender they were assigned at birth.
    https://www.advocate.com/law/2022/5/17/south-caro

  • 31. VIRick  |  May 17, 2022 at 7:49 pm

    USA: 1,000,167 Have Died from COVID-19

    As of 17 May 2022, according to data from Johns Hopkins University, over one million Americans have now died of COVID-19.
    https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/juliareinste

  • 32. VIRick  |  May 17, 2022 at 8:45 pm

    Veracruz: LGBT Widower Will Receive Pension via Cohabitation

    Veracruz: Viudo LGBT Recibirá Pensión por Concubinato

    Por la primera vez en Veracruz, un viudo LGBT recibirá una pensión por concubinato. Rafael Hernández no pudo casarse con su pareja porque el matrimonio igualitario no se había aprobado en Veracruz, pero después de un proceso legal de 2 años y medio, pudo demostrar que vivieron juntos durante cinco años hasta que su compañero falleció en un accidente automovilístico en 2018. Se trata de un importante precedente para las parejas LGBT y la construcción de igualdad sustantiva ante la ley.
    https://twitter.com/MuseoMyT/status/1526378740325

    For the first time in Veracruz, an LGBT widower will receive a pension via cohabitation. Rafael Hernández could not marry his partner because marriage equality had not been approved in Veracruz, but after a legal process of 2 1/2 years, he was able to demonstrate that they had lived together for five years until his partner died in a car accident in 2018. This decision is an important precedent for LGBT couples and the construction of substantive equality before the law.

    In Mexico, "concubinato" (cohabitation) is a legally-defined term granting/implying certain legal rights short of "matrimonio" (marriage). It corresponds to "unión de hecho" (de facto union), the legally-defined term for the same concept employed elsewhere in Latin America. Words like "casamiento," "boda," and "unión civil" are not legally-defined terms.

    Gradually, over time, with the successful conclusion of cases like the above, the legally-defined recognition of rights implied by "concubinato" is being expanded/confirmed.

  • 33. VIRick  |  May 17, 2022 at 10:25 pm

    Tennessee: Anti-Trans Restroom Signage Law for Businesses Struck Down

    Per Alejandra Caraballo:

    On 17 May 2022, in "Bernstein v. Lawrence," the Federal District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee granted summary judgment for the plaintiffs and permanently enjoined Tennessee from enforcing its bathroom signage law which required businesses to post a sign if they let trans people use the bathroom according to their gender identity. The law violates the first amendment rights of the plaintiffs by compelling speech.
    https://twitter.com/Esqueer_/status/1526604461904

  • 34. VIRick  |  May 20, 2022 at 11:40 am

    Fiji:: Marriage Equality Ban Could Be Challenged on Constitutional Grounds

    Per LGBT Marriage News:

    A law professor in Fiji states that the ban on marriage equality could be challenged in court under the Fiji Constitution's Bill of Rights, which forbids anti-LGBT discrimination.
    https://twitter.com/LGBTMarriage/status/152770160

    The Fijian Constitution, through the Bill of Rights, protects the rights of gay people. However, Fiji’s Marriage Act limits the union of two people to only that of a male and a female. Part four, Subsection 15 of the Marriage Act states that marriage in Fiji shall be the voluntary union of one man and one woman to the exclusion of all others.

    However, former Director of Human Rights and University of Fiji’s Dean of Justice, Professor Shaista Shameem, says this latter can be tested in the courts.

    In the past, Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama has made it clear that as long as FijiFirst is in government, it will not allow same-sex marriage in Fiji.
    https://www.fbcnews.com.fj/news/marriages-act-can

    Fiji is one of the very few countries in the world with such an explicit LGBT non-discrimination provision embedded in its constitution. Some years ago, in a separate court ruling, the same provision was utilized to overturn Fiji's ban on same-sex sexual relations.

    Bolivia is another with a similar LGBT non-discrimination provision in its constitution.

  • 35. VIRick  |  May 20, 2022 at 9:15 pm

    Chile: First Foreign LGBT Marriage Takes Place

    Dos venezolanos (con residencia en Chile) son la primera pareja extranjera LGBT en contraer matrimonio en Chile.
    https://twitter.com/reflejosdevzla/status/1527642

    Una pareja conformada por los venezolanos Rafael Lozada y José Adonay se convirtieron en la primera pareja LGBT extranjera en contraer matrimonio en Chile (el 11 de marzo 2022), a tan sólo un día de haberse aprobado (entró a vigencia) el matrimonio igualitario en la nación. Debido a que en Venezuela esta ley, hasta el momento, no ha sido aprobada a pesar de las insistencias de muchos, diversas parejas homosexuales han optado por mudarse a otros países con este propósito.

    Sin embargo, en el caso de Lozada y Adonay, su mudanza al Chile no fue por este motivo, ya que llegaron al país a mediados del 2017 a causa de la crisis generalizada en Venezuela.
    https://gossipvzla.com/dos-venezolanos-son-la-pri

    Two Venezuelans (resident in Chile) are the first foreign LGBT couple to marry in Chile.

    A couple comprised of Venezuelans Rafael Lozada and José Adonay became the first foreign LGBT couple to marry in Chile (on 11 March 2022), only one day after marriage equality had been approved (entered into force) in the nation. Owing to the fact that in Venezuela, until now, this law has not yet been approved despite the insistence of many, various same-sex couples have opted to move to other countries for this purpose.

    However, in the case of Lozada and Adonay, their move to Chile was not for this reason, as they had already arrived in the country by mid-2017 because of the generalized crisis in Venezuela.

  • 36. ianbirmingham  |  May 22, 2022 at 4:09 pm

    17-year-old gay student who was suspended for leading protests at his high school against Florida’s “Don’t Say Gay” legislation says school administrators are now stopping him from running for senior class president

    Jack Petocz is being honored next week with an award at the 2022 PEN America Literary Gala for organizing students to protest the Florida [Don't Say Gay] legislation and fighting book bans. PEN America is a New York-based nonprofit that advocates for free speech and is made up of novelists, journalists and other writers.

    “Jack Petocz is leading his generation in fighting back against book bans and legislative efforts to police how individual identities can be discussed in schools,” PEN America said in a news release announcing that the Florida student would be receiving an award.

    More than 500 Flagler Palm Coast High School students walked out in protest of the [Don't Say Gay] legislation in early March, as well as thousands of other students around Florida. Petocz says he defied school officials’ orders not to distribute 300 rainbow pride flags he had purchased for the protest.

    https://floridapolitics.com/archives/526244-gay-s

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