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  • 1. VIRick  |  June 6, 2022 at 9:55 pm

    Mexico: Six States Hold Elections for Governor

    Six states held gubernatorial elections on Sunday, 5 June 2022. Preliminary results suggest that Hidalgo, Oaxaca, Quintana Roo, and Tamaulipas have switched from the opposition to Morena.

    However, the states of Aguascalientes and Durango look set to remain in the hands of opposition party candidates who ran for a coalition, "Va por México" (It Goes for Mexico).

    As for marriage equality, this change may portend good news from Tamaulipas, but perhaps less so for the two that remain under the control of the opposition coalition, given that it is not clear which political parties now comprise this de facto "opposition coalition." However, it is quite likely to be PRI/PAN/PES.

  • 2. ianbirmingham  |  June 7, 2022 at 4:52 am

    Trans women in sports: Is this fair?

    If you see a trans woman, like the American Swimmer Lia Thomas, in an athletic competition against women born female, it’s difficult not to ask whether that’s fair. Let's look at what science says about this. How much of an advantage do men have over women and what, if anything, does hormone therapy change about it?

  • 3. ianbirmingham  |  June 7, 2022 at 9:02 am

    Russian parliament votes to break with European Court of Human Rights

    The break removes a legal avenue that Russians, including jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny, have used in the past to raise high-profile cases that had been rejected by national courts.

    Parliament's lower house, the Duma, approved two bills – one removing the country from the court’s jurisdiction and a second setting March 15 as the cut-off point, with rulings against Russia made after that date not to be implemented. [Disingenuously stated by Reuters – as if Russia had actually been implementing any of the many, many European Court of Human Rights rulings against Russia before this…]

    Russia was admitted to the Council of Europe, which was founded after World War Two to promote human rights and democracy in Europe, under President Boris Yeltsin in 1996. After the 2014 annexation of Crimea, Russia was stripped of its voting rights in the Council's Parliamentary Assembly, which it began to boycott from 2016.

    On March 15, the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe decided to expel Russia from the organisation, of which the ECHR is part, in response to Russia’s deployment of troops to Ukraine in February.

    Russia has said that it independently decided to leave the Council of Europe, with former President Dmitry Medvedev saying that Russia’s exit from the organisation represented an opportunity to restore the death penalty, which the Council of Europe’s rules prohibit.

  • 4. ianbirmingham  |  June 7, 2022 at 10:44 am

    Massachusetts: Democrats strongly endorse Attorney General Maura Healey for Governor; if elected, she will become America's first openly lesbian governor

    She holds commanding leads in fundraising and polling and secured the party’s endorsement for governor at last weekend’s state convention with a resounding 71 percent support from delegates.

  • 5. ianbirmingham  |  June 7, 2022 at 10:48 pm

    Florida state representative (running for US Congress) announces he will file legislation banning drag shows in the presence of minors

    Drag Sex Shows aimed at children have come to Florida

    I [State Rep, Anthony Sabatini] will be proposing Legislation to charge w/ a Felony & terminate the parental rights of any adult who brings a child to these perverted sex shows aimed at FL kids

  • 6. VIRick  |  June 9, 2022 at 9:18 pm

    Tamaulipas: New Marriage Equality Lawsuit to Be Filed as "Controversia Constitucional"

    Per LGBT Marriage News:

    A Supreme Court case against the ban on marriage equality in Tamaulipas is to be filed on Monday, 13 June 2022. It is expected that the SCJN will rule for marriage equality in September or October, (given the special category of the lawsuit being filed:) (dada la categoría especial de la demanda que se presenta:)

    La diputada estatal de Morena, Nancy Ruiz Martínez, dijo que promoverá una "Controversia Constitucional" en la SCJN en contra del Congreso de Tamaulipas para obligarlo a aprobar el matrimonio igualitario en el estado de Tamaulipas.

    The Morena state deputy, Nancy Ruiz Martínez, said that she will file a "Constitutional Controversy" in the SCJN against the Congress of Tamaulipas in order to force it to approve marriage equality in the state of Tamaulipas.

    As one of the state deputies in the Congress of Tamaulipas, Nancy has a special right to file such, but will need the signatures of at least 1/3 of her fellow deputies, that is, of the 36 members, she will need a total of 12 signatures in agreement, (11 others, plus herself). She has declared that she already has the required number from among the Morena and PRI deputies.

    In addition, such "Constitutional Controversy" can only be filed within the 30-day window immediately following the recent negative vote on the same matter in the state congress, a vote that is in direct violation of Supreme Court jurisprudence. Thus, once this lawsuit has been successfully accepted, Tamaulipas will likely be the next state in Mexico with marriage equality, forced to comply within a matter of months by the Supreme Court.

  • 7. ianbirmingham  |  June 10, 2022 at 6:07 pm

    PFLAG National, Lambda Legal, and ACLU File New Lawsuit to Stop Texas from Persecuting Parents with Transgender Kids

    Lambda Legal, the American Civil Liberties Union, and the ACLU of Texas, along with Texas-based law firm Baker Botts LLP, today filed a new lawsuit in Texas state court on behalf of PFLAG National and three Texas families. The suit requests that the court block state investigations of PFLAG families in Texas who are supporting their transgender children with medically necessary health care.

    The lawsuit names Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, who issued a February directive stating that health care that is medically necessary for treating gender dysphoria should be considered a form of child abuse. The suit also names Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) Commissioner Jaime Masters and DFPS as defendants.

  • 8. Elihu_Bystander  |  June 11, 2022 at 4:54 am

    The full complaint can be found here:

  • 9. VIRick  |  June 10, 2022 at 7:23 pm

    Nebraska: Winnebago Tribe Votes to Legalize Same-Sex Marriage

    Per LGBT Marriage News:

    During its monthly meeting of 24 March 2022 with tribal attorneys, the Winnebago Council was asked to add recognition of same-sex marriage and divorce to the tribe’s legal code. Vice-chairman Bryan Chamberlain introduced the motion. Council member Lorelai DeCora seconded it. However, four members – the majority of the council – voted against the resolution to recognize same-sex marriage in the tribe’s legal code.

    The social media campaign that followed this initial negative vote led to the council’s reconsideration during their 11 April 2022 meeting. Council member Isaac Smith, one of the four who had voted to ban same-sex marriage from the tribal code, introduced a motion to reconsider that vote. It passed 5-0 with two abstentions. Then the council voted to add same-sex marriage to the tribal court code. (The council previously voted to add same-sex divorce to the code during the 24 March meeting.)

    Same-sex marriage is now legally recognized by the Winnebago Tribe.

  • 10. VIRick  |  June 10, 2022 at 7:44 pm

    Wisconsin: La Crosse City Council Bans Anti-LGBT "Conversion Therapy"

    Per LGBT Marriage News:

    On Thursday, 9 June 2022, after a short but spirited debate, the La Crosse Common Council voted 6-4 to ban "conversion therapy" on minors, a controversial practice that seeks to change a person’s sexual preferences or gender identity.

  • 11. VIRick  |  June 10, 2022 at 8:31 pm

    Montenegro: State Sued for Discrimination Against Same-Sex Couples

    A Montenegrin NGO launched a lawsuit against the state for discriminating against same-sex couples who were married abroad but who cannot register their partnerships at home. The Podgorica-based NGO, LGBT Forum Progress, brought the legal case against the state of Montenegro at the local court on 8 June 2022 for alleged discrimination against same-sex couples who married abroad.

    LGBT Forum Progress’s executive director, John Barac, said that Montenegro has failed to make legal changes to allow Montenegrins in same-sex partnerships to register their marriages in their home country.

    By law, the government had a deadline of last July (2021) to harmonize the country’s legislative framework with the new law under which same-sex couples can enter into a legal union at their local registry office. On 26 July 2021, the first same-sex marriage was registered in the coastal resort of Budva, which was praised by officials who promised that the legislative framework would be harmonized to take account of the new law. This did not happen, however.

  • 12. VIRick  |  June 10, 2022 at 8:56 pm

    Colombia: 1703 LGBT Couples Have Married Since 2016

    Colombia: 1.703 Parejas LGBT se Han Casado desde 2016

    According to the Superintendencia de Notariado y Registro, the majority of LGBT marriages occurred in Bogotá, Antioquia (Medellín), and Valle del Cauca (Cali). The largest number, 360, took place in 2019.

  • 13. VIRick  |  June 10, 2022 at 9:24 pm

    Perú: Constitutional Tribunal Rejects Marriage Equality

    Per Perú Legal:

    El Tribunal Constitucional declaró improcedente el reconocimiento del matrimonio de Susel Paredes y Gracia Aljobit celebrado en Miami, Estados Unidos.

    The Constitutional Tribunal declared inadmissible the recognition of the marriage of Susel Paredes and Gracia Aljobit celebrated in Miami, United States.

    Per Jonathan Castro:

    El Tribunal Constitucional declaró improcedente la demanda de Susel Paredes y Gracia Aljovín para que reconozcan su matrimonio celebrado en el extranjero. Lleva las firmas de los salientes Blume, Miranda, y Sardón, y del actual presidente, Ferrero.

    El TC señala que no todos los derechos adquiridos por los peruanos en el extranjero tienen que ser reconocidos como válidos en el Perú. Solo valen los "compatibles con el orden público internacional y las buenas costumbres."

    The Constitutional Tribunal declared inadmissible the demand of Susel Paredes and Gracia Aljovín to recognize their marriage celebrated abroad. It bears the signatures of the outgoing Blume, Miranda, and Sardón, and the current president, Ferrero.

    The TC points out that not all the rights acquired by Peruvians abroad have to be recognized as valid in Perú. Only those "compatible with international public order and good customs" are valid.

    The decision in its entirety is here:

  • 14. ianbirmingham  |  June 11, 2022 at 9:19 am

    Breaking News!! Huge Drama As International Chaos Spreads From Miami Marriage!!!

    Oh, wait… that's just the psycho imaginations of some delusional Peruvian judges…

  • 15. VIRick  |  June 11, 2022 at 10:42 am

    These same Peruvian judges also expressed their annoyance with the "politicized" judges of the CIDH for ever having issued their marriage equality/gender identity ruling, OC24/17, in the first instance, one that is definitively binding on all signatory members to the accord, including Perú, a point they obliquely acknowledge, despite doing so negatively.

    In fact, they even back-pedaled further back in time to express specific annoyance with Costa Rica for having approached the CIDH seeking "guidance" on what they should to do regarding both matters, "guidance," of course, which ultimately led to the binding CIDH ruling, OC24/17, much to Costa Rica's satisfaction and these Peruvian judges' disdain.

    Needless to say, everyone with any education fully understands precisely how Costa Rica views itself within the arena of Latin American foreign affairs, as the little country that could, one that is quite proud of its leading role as the "tail wagging the lazy old dog." And these Peruvian judges, being hide-bound Peruvian judges, definitely see themselves as that "lazy old dog" being wagged by "utterly insignificant" Costa Rica.

    In my previous post, I see that Perú Legal managed to mis-spell one of the women's names, a point that I can not correct now that there are replies. Her correct name is: Gracia Aljovín.

    Simultaneously, on the same date, 10 June 2022, the TC handed down a second negative marriage equality ruling, that of Martinot Sevant.

    In due course, we will have much more to say regarding this latter source, la Defensoría del Pueblo del Perú, un organismo constitucionalmente autónomo del Estado peruano (the Ombudsman of Perú, a constitutionally autonomous body of the Peruvian State), particularly since Susel Paredes, a sitting member of the current Peruvian Congress, fully intends to appeal her case to the CIDH.

  • 16. ianbirmingham  |  June 11, 2022 at 9:14 am

    Florida: Republican US Senator Marco Rubio: "drag shows for little kids is crazy"

  • 17. VIRick  |  June 11, 2022 at 12:20 pm

    North Carolina Illegally Discriminated against Trans State Workers

    On Friday, 10 June 2022, a federal court ruled that the state of North Carolina illegally discriminated against transgender employees by excluding gender-affirming treatment from their health care plans.

    The blanket exclusion of such care for state workers is discrimination based on sex and transgender status, and it violates the US Constitution’s guarantee of equal protection of the laws and the sex discrimination ban in Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Judge Loretta Biggs ruled in US District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina. State insurance plans must begin providing the coverage, she wrote.

    Her decision came in the case of "Kadel v. Folwell," in which several current and former state employees and their dependents sued after the North Carolina State Health Plan, which covers state workers, denied coverage for their medically necessary gender-affirming care. They are represented by Lambda Legal and the Transgender Legal Defense and Education Fund. Folwell is Dale Folwell, the state treasurer.

    The state had tried to claim that it was protected from lawsuits due to sovereign immunity, “the legal doctrine that precludes bringing a lawsuit against the state without its consent,” as Lambda Legal explains. But the District Court and a federal appeals court had rejected that argument, and the US Supreme Court declined to review it, thereby allowing the suit to proceed. Judge Biggs’ decision comes just five months after the Supreme Court let the case move forward.

    The Memorandum Opinion and Order in "Kadel v. Folwell" is here:

  • 18. VIRick  |  June 12, 2022 at 10:56 am

    Ecuador: Third Anniversary of Marriage Equality

    Per Dome Rodríguez:

    Hace 3 años, el 12 de junio 2019, un día como hoy, la Corte Constitucional del Ecuador dio paso al matrimonio igualitario.

    On a day like today, 12 June 2019, three years ago, the Constitutional Court of Ecuador gave passage to marriage equality.

    Per Silvia Buendía:

    No se destruyó la familia tradicional, no se dejaron de casar las parejas heterosexuales, no hubo una debacle apocalíptica en el país.

    It did not destroy the traditional family, nor stop heterosexual couples from marrying, nor cause an apocalyptic debacle in the country.

  • 19. ianbirmingham  |  June 12, 2022 at 4:15 pm

    Nepal: Thousands march in Kathmandu to celebrate Pride Month and LGBTQ+ community

  • 20. VIRick  |  June 13, 2022 at 10:04 am

    Perú: Marriage Equality Cases Are Heading to the CIDH

    Per Hunter T. Carter:

    La Corte Constitucional del Perú, 4-2, en 2 sentencias de 80 páginas, rechazó peticiones (para el reconocimiento) del matrimonio igualitario por parejas del mismo sexo. Estas merecen un examen más detenido, pero se niegan descaradamente a adherirse a la opinión definitiva de la CIDH (de acuerdo con) el tratado vinculante.

    The Constitutional Court of Peru, 4-2, in 2 rulings of 80 pages, rejected requests (for recognition) of equal marriage by same-sex couples. These deserve further examination, but they blatantly refuse to adhere to the definitive opinion of the CIDH (in accordance with) the binding treaty.

    Hunter T. Carter was instrumental in assisting with the numerous marriage equality cases presented before the Constitutional Court of Colombia that finally led to that court's decision in favor of marriage equality, a decision reached in 2016, over 1 1/2 years BEFORE the CIDH arrived to the same conclusion in its binding decision.

    Per Susel Paredes:

    Si se trata de defender derechos, claudicar no es opción. El TC falló en contra del reconocimiento de mi matrimonio con Gracia Aljovín, y eso significa que llevaremos el caso a la CIDH. La pelea para nuestra dignidad continúa.

    When it comes to defending rights, giving up is not an option. The TC ruled against the recognition of my marriage to Gracia Aljovín, and that means that we will take the case to the IACHR. The fight for our dignity continues.

    Susel Paredes, of course, is the lead plaintiff in one of the two cases that were just negatively ruled upon as "improcedente" by the TC on 10 June 2022, over 6 years after the favorable decisions rendered in Colombia and 3 years after the favorable decisions issued in neighboring Ecuador, all on the same matter.

  • 21. VIRick  |  June 13, 2022 at 11:57 am

    Veracruz: Marriage Equality Legislation Has Been Published, 13 June 2022

    Per Raúl Albores

    El día de hoy, lunes, 13 de junio de 2022, se publicaron en la Gaceta Oficial del Estado el decreto (número 234) para matrimonio igualitario en Veracruz.

    Late today, Monday, 13 June 2022, in Veracruz, the marriage equality decree (number 234) was published in the Official Gazette of the State.

    Thus, by law, marriage equality has finally become legal statewide, effective from 14 June 2022 (the day following its publication), as can be noted here:

  • 22. ianbirmingham  |  June 14, 2022 at 4:19 am

    Florida’s LGBTQ community deserves better than Marco Rubio

    In February, Rubio gave a full-throated endorsement of the “Don’t Say Gay” bill, bucking public opinion, mental health experts and the pleas of LGBTQ youth, families and teachers across the state. Polls show that 75% of Floridians support fully inclusive laws to protect the LGBTQ community from discrimination. They don’t want to see the civil rights of their family, friends and coworkers stripped away.

    Whether the issue is marriage equality or protecting workers from discrimination, Rubio has consistently opposed giving LGBTQ Floridians equal treatment. He has raised money in favor of conversion therapy, said that LGBTQ parents are part of a “social experiment” and vowed to support Supreme Court Justices who want to overturn marriage equality.

  • 23. ianbirmingham  |  June 14, 2022 at 2:12 pm

    Pride month marred by rising anti-LGBTQ hate

    On Saturday, 31 members of a white supremacist group called the Patriot Front were arrested in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, where they allegedly planned a riot to disrupt a Pride event.

    Those arrests came hours before a group of Proud Boys, the far-right militia, disrupted a children’s book reading in San Lorenzo, Calif., given by a local drag queen who is also a social worker.

    Baptist ministers in Idaho and Texas have gone viral in recent weeks for calling on the government to execute gay people.

    And three people were assaulted as they left a Pride event in Salt Lake City last week, while flags celebrating Pride were vandalized along a major arterial in Boise.

    Experts who follow the national conversation over LGBTQ rights say the growing acceptance of gay and lesbian people has forced opponents to target a new minority group — the transgender community.

    Many of the threads connecting fear of and violence against transgender people rehash common slurs once used against gays and lesbians.

  • 24. ianbirmingham  |  June 14, 2022 at 3:19 pm

    Democrats, GOP take contrasting views on LGBTQ survey bill

    Democrats and Republicans took starkly contrasting views Tuesday of proposed legislation that would put voluntary questions about sexual orientation and gender identity on federal demographic surveys.

    The Democratic-controlled U.S. House Committee on Oversight and Reform approved a bill requiring federal agencies that collect demographic data through surveys to ask about sexual orientation and gender identity, but no one would be required to give the information nor would they be penalized for refusing to do so.

    Supporters of the legislation said it could help provide much better data about the LGBTQ population nationwide at a time when views about sexual orientation and gender identity are evolving and as right-wing extremists are firing up anti-LGBTQ rhetoric online.

    The legislation was debated at a time when the Census Bureau separately is requesting $10 million to study over several years the best ways to ask about sexual orientation and gender identity for its annual American Community Survey.

    Some federal agencies already ask about sexual orientation and gender identity, but they are limited primarily to health and criminal justice surveys. The once-a-decade census and several Census Bureau surveys give same-sex couples a chance to answer if they are in a marriage or domestic partnership. But that omits LGBTQ people who are single or not living in the same household with their partner, and for the gender question, “male” and “female” are the only options.

    The online Household Pulse Survey is the only Census Bureau survey that asks these questions, but it is categorized as experimental and may not meet some of the quality standards for the nation's largest statistical agency.

  • 25. ianbirmingham  |  June 14, 2022 at 8:27 pm

    Disney's 'Lightyear' banned in 14 markets after same-sex kiss controversy

    Countries across Asia and the Middle East have refused to give Pixar's "Toy Story" spinoff a showing, in the latest development for parent company Disney as it tries to navigate differing public and political attitudes on LGBTQ issues.

    Regulators in the United Arab Emirates this week announced they were banning the movie for "violation of the country's media content standards," tweeting a picture of titular hero Buzz Lightyear in a red "No" symbol.

    Indonesia — the world's largest Muslim-majority country — said it had not banned the film, "but suggested the owner of the movie think about their audience in Indonesia where an LGBT kissing scene is still considered sensitive."

    In neighbouring Malaysia, the Film Censorship Board said if cuts were not made the film would not be screened in the country.

    "It is not appropriate to show the two scenes, and they are not suitable to be viewed by children," an official, who declined to be named, told AFP.

    Disney is understood to have declined to make any cuts, offering the film "as is" in all markets.

    As a result, a total of 14 countries and territories where the company wanted to show "Lightyear" have not granted the film a release, AFP has learned.

    The others are: Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, the Palestinian Territories, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Syria.

  • 26. ianbirmingham  |  June 15, 2022 at 3:27 am

    Largest ever Arabic language LGBTQ campaign launched across Israel

    Israel's largest-ever public campaign in support of LGBTQ people in Arab society has been launched across the country by Beit el-Meem – the organization set up specifically to help LGBTQ people in Arab communities.

    The organization has placed dozens of signs around the country, including in Nazareth, Iksal and Kafr Kanna, with the slogan "There is a home for all sexualities and gender identities in Arab society" in the largest campaign of support for LGBTQ people that Israel's Arab sector has seen.

    The campaign is part of a larger project aimed at creating solutions, institutions and infrastructure for LGBTQ Arabs in Israel.

    Beit el-Meem operates an Arabic language hotline five days a week from Sunday-Thursday and offers both free psychological and legal assistance to those who need. They also hold various meetings and social events year-round.

    "The LGBTQ Arab community has lived in secret in the past, but today our community is beginning to organize, as it deserves, to promote the rights to equality and security that all of us have," said the organization in a statement regarding the new project.

    Israel's Association for LGBTQ Equality in Israel – widely known as The Agudah – also reacted to the project, saying they were "proud of the activists who are making their voices heard and leading the way for a safe space for LGBTQ Arabs. We all deserve the right to be who we are, wherever we are, in every city, village and locality."

    Back in February of this year, Israel announced that it was set to open the country's first-ever shelter designated specifically for LGBTQ Arab-Israeli youth who were forced to leave home due to their sexualities or gender identities.

  • 27. ianbirmingham  |  June 15, 2022 at 10:02 am

    Students at religious Seattle Pacific University hand interim school president rainbow Pride flags during commencement ceremony instead of shaking his hand in protest at ban on hiring LGBTQ+ people

    In an act of defiance, a graduating student from Seattle Pacific University hands interim president Pete Menjares (right) a rainbow pride flag instead of a handshake during the university's commencement ceremony on Sunday.

    The Board of Trustees at SPU voted last month to uphold a school policy that bars the hiring of LGBTQ+ people. According to the university's non-discrimination policy , the institution 'reserves the right to prefer employees or prospective employees on the basis of religion.' Students have been protesting the board's decision for weeks, even holding a sit-in outside Menjares' office since May 24, chanting 'we want gay faculty!'

  • 28. VIRick  |  June 15, 2022 at 12:43 pm

    Veracruz: First Equal Marriage in the State since Legalization

    Per Rafa Fararoni:

    El 15 de junio 2022, San Andrés Tuxtla fue testigo del primer matrimonio igualitario en Veracruz después de su aprobación en el Congreso estatal. Muchas felicidades a Wendy Segovia Aguilar y Lucía González en este día de felicidad.

    On 15 June 2022, San Andrés Tuxtla was witness to the first equal marriage in Veracruz after its approval in the state Congress. Congratulations to Wendy Segovia Aguilar and Lucía González on this happy day.

    Per "Diario del Istmo:"

    Celebran el Primer Matrimonio Igualitario en Veracruz

    Luego de la promulgación del decreto que reforma los Artículos 75 y 77 del Código Civil, esta pareja de mujeres acudió al Registro Civil de San Andrés Tuxtla (para casarse).

    Celebrating the First Equal Marriage in Veracruz

    After the promulgation of the decree that reforms Articles 75 and 77 of the Civil Code, this female couple went to the Civil Registry of San Andrés Tuxtla (to marry).

    It is also worth noting that Gonzalo Iván Durán Chincoya (Morena), the first openly non-binary deputy to the Veracruz Congress, and the lead sponsor of the marriage equality legislation in the state congress, was also a witness to this civil marriage that took place at the Civil Registry in San Andrés Tuxtla on 15 June 2022.

  • 29. VIRick  |  June 15, 2022 at 2:10 pm

    Iowa: Linn County Bans Anti-LGBT "Conversion Therapy"

    Per LGBT Marriage News:

    On 13 June 2022, in a 2 to 1 vote, the Linn County Board of Supervisors (Cedar Rapids) approved an ordinance banning anti-LGBT "conversion therapy" of minors under 18 years of age.

    Linn County is the second-most-populous county in Iowa.

  • 30. VIRick  |  June 15, 2022 at 6:02 pm

    Thailand: Parliament Takes First Step toward Same-Sex Marriage

    Per LGBT Marriage News:

    On 15 June 2022, Thailand took a first step towards marriage equality as lawmakers gave initial approval to legaliinzg same-sex unions, prompting celebrations outside the parliament building. It is a significant landmark in the Buddhist-majority country with a highly visible LGBTQ community, but whose members still face major barriers and discrimination.

    The lower house approved two bills that would allow same-sex marriages, and also two others that would permit civil partnerships. A committee of lawmakers will now scrutinize the bills in detail and consolidate them into two bills overall, thus giving MPs a choice between backing civil partnerships or full marriage equality.

    The legislation must clear several more major hurdles before becoming law,

    Per Luis Eduardo Costa:

    Un primer paso hacia el reconocimiento de las parejas del mismo género en Tailandia. La Cámara de Diputados aprobó un proyecto de ley de uniones civiles (gobierno) y otro de matrimonio igualitario (oposición) en su primera lectura.

    A first step toward the recognition of same-sex couples in Thailand. The Chamber of Deputies approved a civil unions bill (government) and another for marriage equality (opposition) in their first reading.

  • 31. VIRick  |  June 15, 2022 at 6:25 pm

    Japan: Tokyo Metropolitan Assembly Enacts Same-Sex Partnership System

    Per LGBT Marriage News:

    Tokyo (Metro) is home to 30% of Japan's entire population, and is the most-populous of the 11 prefectures (of 47) that now recognize same-sex couples' partnerships. All together, these 11 prefectures are home to more than 67 million people, that is, to more than 50% of Japan's population.

    On 15 June 2022, the Tokyo Metropolitan Assembly enacted a bill to introduce a system aimed at recognizing same-sex partnerships involving sexual minorities as equivalent to that of married couples, allowing them to have the same access to family-use housing and the right to visit their partners in hospital. The revised ordinance will come into force from 1 November 2022.

    Eligible for the system are partnerships between people aged 18 or over without spouses. At least one of them must be a sexual minority living in or commuting to Tokyo for work or school. Applications for same-sex partner certificates will be made online in principle. The certificates will include the names of children within the partnerships.

  • 32. VIRick  |  June 15, 2022 at 7:46 pm

    Guererro: New Marriage Equality Bill Introduced

    Per Congreso de Guerrero:

    El 15 de junio 2022, presenta Diputado Jacinto González (Morena) reformas al Código Civil y al Código Procesal Civil Estado con el objeto de que se reconozca jurídicamente el matrimonio y concubinato para todas las personas, sin discriminación alguna.

    On 15 June 2022, Deputy Jacinto González (Morena) presented reforms to the Civil Code and to the State Civil Procedure Code in order to legally recognize marriage and cohabitation for all persons, without any discrimination.

    Per Antonio Medina:

    Se prevé que el dictamen se vote en septiembre próximo.

    The draft legislation is expected to be voted upon this September.

  • 33. Elihu_Bystander  |  June 16, 2022 at 3:46 am

    Leading Theology Society Calls on U.S. Bishops to Reconsider Its Anti-LGBTQ+ Efforts

    “As the CTSA convenes in Atlanta for its 2022 annual meeting, its members deplore the unprecedented wave of attacks on the community across the nation. Legislative restrictions or attacks are frequently combined with dehumanizing and abusive rhetoric, which have predictably led to a surge in hate crimes and murders against the transgender community and others dehumanized by these policies and rhetoric. As Catholics it is our responsibility to denounce this systematic marginalization and disenfranchisement of transgender persons and any other vulnerable communities subjected to a comprehensive assault on their basic dignity and rights of citizenship.

    “We call upon the USCCB along with local and state legislators to reconsider any policy positions that may have contributed to the current explosion of anti-LGBTQIA+ hate. We implore church leaders to consider how these policies alienate LGBTQIA+ persons, their families, and young Catholics from their parishes and from the Church, frequently discrediting Christianity itself.”

  • 34. ianbirmingham  |  June 16, 2022 at 7:21 am

    Republicans love parental choice, but not when it comes to drag queens

    And now, the party of parental rights wants state entities to investigate parents who take their children to family-friendly drag shows.

    “I’ve asked my folks to look — I mean, we have child-protective statutes on the books. We have laws against child endangerment,” DeSantis said at a news conference in Lee County. “And that is totally inappropriate. That is not something that children should be exposed to.”

    Florida Rep. Anthony Sabatini, R-Lake County, said he wants to ban drag shows aimed at children and charge the parents, the Sun Sentinel reported.

    Republicans’ issue appears to be not with exposing children to booty dancing — which they can easily watch in pop artists’ music videos — but with the “perverted adults,” to quote a Texas GOP lawmaker, dressed as the opposite gender.

    There’s no political uproar about parents taking their child to sports bars to watch fighters in a cage-like UFC rink draw blood from each other.

    Republicans used the “parents know best” line to pass the “Don’t say gay” bill, which banned instructions in K-3 public school classrooms about sexual orientation and gender identity. They said parents, not teachers, should explain to their children what LGBTQ means.

    Wouldn’t bringing their child to a drag show qualify as parents exercising that autonomy?

    Republicans, your hypocrisy is showing.

  • 35. ianbirmingham  |  June 16, 2022 at 7:26 am

    ‘Still largely underrepresented’: LGBTQ+ candidates seeking statewide office celebrate milestones, but see work ahead

  • 36. ianbirmingham  |  June 16, 2022 at 7:56 am

    Thailand will be the first country in Southeast Asia to recognize same-sex unions

    Thailand has taken a step toward marriage equality as lawmakers gave initial approval to legalizing same-sex unions, prompting celebrations outside the parliament building.

    It is a significant landmark in a Buddhist-majority country with a highly visible LGBTQ community but whose members still face major barriers and discrimination.

    The lower house approved two bills that would allow same-sex marriages and also two others that would permit civil partnerships.

    A committee of lawmakers will now scrutinize the bills in detail and consolidate them into two proposals to give MPs a choice between backing civil partnerships and full same-sex marriage.

    After the vote a small but enthusiastic group of activists celebrated noisily outside parliament, weeping, hugging and waving rainbow flags.

    Demands for marriage equality were a theme at Bangkok's Pride parade earlier this month — the Thai capital's first such event in nearly 16 years.

    Ryan Figueiredo, executive director of LGBT rights campaign group the Equal Asia Foundation, welcomed the vote but warned "there is a lot of work to be done on the ground in terms of moving the needle of public opinion and also talking to parliamentarians."

    Figueiredo also urged the Thai parliament to back full marriage. "Civil partnerships are not equal to marriage equality; it creates an entire different class of people. Civil partnerships seem like a consolation prize," he said.

  • 37. VIRick  |  June 16, 2022 at 12:22 pm

    Tamaulipas: Marriage Equality as "Controversia Constitucional" Goes to Supreme Court

    Per "Hoy Tamaulipas:"

    La legisladora Nancy Ruiz Martínez viajó hasta la CDMX para entregar el documento firmado por ella y 11 diputados estatales más. Así, presentó ayer, el 15 de junio 2022, la "Controversia Constitucional" ante la SCJN, con el folio 26798, para que se permita el matrimonio igualitario en Tamaulipas.

    Legislator Nancy Ruiz Martínez traveled to CDMX in order to deliver the document signed by her and 11 more state deputies. Thus, yesterday, 15 June 2022, she presented the "Constitutional Controversy" before the SCJN, with folio 26798, in order that marriage equality be allowed in Tamaulipas.

    Once this filing has been certified, it will simply be a matter of time before Tamaulipas inevitably has marriage equality legalized for it by the Supreme Court. Estimates have been made that this should occur by October of this year.

  • 38. VIRick  |  June 16, 2022 at 3:38 pm

    Veracruz: First Equal Marriage in the Port City of Veracruz

    La tarde de este jueves, el 16 de junio 2022, se llevó acabo la celebración de un matrimonio igualitario en el Registro Civil de la ciudad de Veracruz (puerto). Se trató de la hondureña Rita Galindo Galeas y la veracruzana Suhemy Isabel Movis Solano. Ellas pudieron legalizar su unión gracias a las modificaciones que llevó a cabo el Congreso Estatal al Código Civil del Estado de Veracruz.

    This Thursday afternoon, 16 June 2022, the celebration of an equal marriage took place in the Civil Registry of the port city of Veracruz. It was between the Honduran Rita Galindo Galeas and Suhemy Isabel Movis Solano from Veracruz. They were able to legalize their union thanks to the modifications carried out by the State Congress to the Civil Code of the State of Veracruz.

  • 39. ianbirmingham  |  June 16, 2022 at 3:55 pm

    Blinken: 'I press Saudis on LGBTQI issues every time'

    The secretary of State warns that attacks on LGBTQI communities are “canary in the coal mine” for broader anti-freedom efforts.

    Asked if foreign leaders point out that LGBTQI rights are under attack in states across America, Blinken admitted, “I, not infrequently, get that response.”

  • 40. VIRick  |  June 17, 2022 at 10:52 am

    Tabasco: Morena to Introduce New Marriage Equality Bill Next Session

    Per "El Heraldo de Tabasco:"

    El diputado estatal de Morena, José de Jesús Hernández, adelanto que en el próximo periodo la bancada (de Morena) presentará una iniciativa en materia de matrimonio igualitario. "Es cuestión de Derechos Humanos mandatado por la Suprema Corte," refiere.

    The Morena state deputy, José de Jesús Hernández, announced that in the next session the (Morena) caucus will present an initiative on marriage equality. "It is a question of Human Rights mandated by the Supreme Court," he reiterated.

    Of the 5 remaining recalcitrant hold-outs, it is also a question of their not wanting their state to be "last in line" in finally passing the required marriage equality legislation. With Tamaulipas now in the "inevitable" category, and with an estimated date of October 2022 as to when the Supreme Court will rule against it, the once-dormant Morena majorities in both the Guerrero and Tabasco State Congresses, having done nothing but procrastinate to date, have suddenly awakened to the reality of the tight time constraints facing them.

  • 41. VIRick  |  June 17, 2022 at 12:10 pm

    Veracruz: There Are Now 87 Requests for Equal Marriages in the State

    Veracruz: Hay 87 Solicitudes de Matrimonio Igualitario en el Estado

    El diputado de Morena, Gonzalo Durán Chincoya, dio a conocer que hay 87 solicitudes en el estado de Veracruz para el matrimonio igualitario sin necesidad de amparo.

    The Morena deputy, Gonzalo Durán Chincoya, announced that there are 87 applications in the state of Veracruz for an equal marriage without the need for an amparo.

    In this group photo, Gonzalo Durán Chincoya is the extremely handsome, self-assured individual wearing the signature pink sports jacket, and who is assisting in raising the rainbow flag outside the state congress building in Xalapa.

  • 42. VIRick  |  June 17, 2022 at 1:26 pm

    Veracruz: First Equal Marriage in Xalapa without Needing Amparo

    Per "Diario de Xalapa:"

    El 17 de junio 2022, Rafael Meléndez Terán y JuanManuel Vázquez Barajas fueron los primeros en formalizar su unión en Xalapa tras la reforma al Código Civil del Estado de Veracruz que avala el matrimonio igualitario.

    On 17 June 2022, Rafael Meléndez Terán and JuanManuel Vázquez Barajas were the first to formalize their union in Xalapa following the reform of the Veracruz State Civil Code that endorses marriage equality.

    Gonzalo Durán Chincoya also attended this equal marriage ceremony in the Civil Registry of Xalapa, as can be seen in this group photo of the various officials and participants who had gathered together for the event. That is him again, holding the Pride flag, standing next to the couple who had just married:

  • 43. guitaristbl  |  June 18, 2022 at 9:27 am

    Btw today in Greece the major opposition left wing party SYRIZA officially submitted in Parliament a bill to legalize marriage equality and adoption. It is unlikely to pass given the right wing government that has a majority in Parliament is great at virtue signalling and fake declarations of support for the LGBT community but little in terms of action.

  • 44. ianbirmingham  |  June 18, 2022 at 4:10 pm

    The Texas Republican Party has voted to shut out the Log Cabin Republicans, an organization of gay Republicans, from participating in their convention


    In today's Republican party, not even these despicable Quislings can say 'Gay'…

    Will the Log Cabin Republicans accept this as the final defeat of their decades-long analingus strategy for the Republican Party? Or will they just double down and lick harder?

  • 45. VIRick  |  June 18, 2022 at 10:02 pm

    Eeewww! So many questions! So little time! So many asses to lick!

    Next question: Will they even find time to stop so as to give you an answer??

  • 46. ianbirmingham  |  June 19, 2022 at 8:36 am

    Apparently not…

    Texas Republican Party includes anti-LGBT ideology in its new platform

    In the platform voted on by delegates at the party’s biennial convention, one section — called ‘Homosexuality and Gender Issues’ — states “homosexuality is an abnormal lifestyle choice.”

    Chris Halbohn called that line “an unnecessarily gratuitous addition to the Republican Party of Texas’ platform.” Halbohn is president of the Log Cabin Republicans of Houston, an organization that represents LGBT conservatives.

    “We exist to advance that niche voice within the Republican Party, because there are plenty of gay conservatives out there, there are plenty of lesbian conservatives out there, and plenty of trans conservatives out there,” Halbohn told The Texas Newsroom Saturday.

    The delegates also agreed on language that said Republicans don’t believe on “granting” special status to LGBTQ+ people, and also agreed on a plank that states the party opposes “all efforts to validate transgender identity.”

    Halbohn said he does agree the state should not grant special treatment for people who identify as LGBTQ+.

    Jack Finger, a precinct chairman from San Antonio, agrees with excluding LGBT Republicans from the convention. He even protested the fact that the convention’s schedule made a mention of an event by the Log Cabin Republicans of Texas.

    “Their ideas we consider are, quite frankly, evil,” Finger said. “We think their ideals will destroy our society.”

    Throughout the conference, anti-LGBT flyers were passed around, including one that was titled "Be Alert and Aware of the Homosexual Agenda."

    On Saturday, delegates also voted on a different platform item that opposed same-sex marriage.

  • 47. ianbirmingham  |  June 18, 2022 at 9:20 pm

    Florida: Thousands travel to Wilton Manors to celebrate pride, equality, inclusiveness at Stonewall parade

    “It’s about freedom,” said Tony Cardile, an attendee of the parade from West Palm Beach. “You have to support who you are and what you stand for.”

    Shaunda, 52, of Pembroke Pines, attended the festival with her two daughters, Jennifer, 34, and Kaylah, 15. It’s Kaylah’s first parade and to have a safe space for Kaylah to celebrate and feel supported is important to Shaunda.

    “It’s important for my daughter to feel comfortable and not feel judged,” Shaunda said.

    And for Kaylah, the parade and festivities are an exciting moment to be a part of.

    “This is the best day of my life,” Kaylah said. “I love it here.”

  • 48. VIRick  |  June 18, 2022 at 9:37 pm

    Edomex: Gay Pride Marches Are Everywhere

    For the past week, LGBTTTIQ groups and individuals have been holding massive Pride Marches and events throughout the state in a concerted effort to maximize pressure on the state congress to finally pass marriage equality and adoption rights in Edomex. Here is a photographic sampling from some of the populous, less-wealthy municipalities on or near the periphery of Mexico City:

    From Nezahualcóyotl:

    From Texcoco:

    From Chicoloapan:

    From Metepec:

  • 49. VIRick  |  June 19, 2022 at 9:40 pm

    Colorado: Clela Rorex, Former Boulder County Clerk, Dies at 78

    Clela Rorex, the former Boulder County Clerk who has been recognized as the first government official to issue a marriage license to a same-sex couple, and who did so in 1975, died on Sunday, 19 June 2022. Rorex, 78, died at a hospice care facility in Longmont of complications after a recent surgery. Throughout her life, Rorex had been identified as a pioneering ally to the LGBTQ community after unintentionally becoming a trailblazer for equality.

    In March 1975, Rorex was given a request for a marriage license by two men from Colorado Springs. She reached out to Assistant District Attorney Bill Wise seeking clarification about any laws or codes that would prohibit the issuance, to which Wise replied that "there is no statutory law prohibiting the issuance of a license, probably because the situation was simply not contemplated in the past by our legislature," according to a release from Out Boulder County.

    Rorex issued the marriage license the next day.

  • 50. ianbirmingham  |  June 23, 2022 at 5:51 am

    Some historical context to put this into perspective:

    Lambda Legal's founder William J. Thom, Esq. submitted incorporation papers for approval to the New York Courts in 1971, but his application was denied on the grounds that its proposed activities would be "neither benevolent nor charitable in purpose" and "there was no demonstrated need for its existence". That decision was overturned in 1973 by the New York Court of Appeals.

    Before taking on legal work on behalf of same-sex marriage rights, Lambda Legal had to resolve an internal debate over the significance of marriage for its constituency and the strategic wisdom of taking on the issue. In 1990, it declined to represent the plaintiffs in the initial challenge to Hawaii's denial of marriage licenses to same-sex couples. It filed an amicus brief in that case at a later stage and (circa 1993) another in Dean v. District of Columbia, its first advocacy for same-sex marriage.

    This Colorado Springs SSM case arose 15-plus years before Lambda Legal could even summon up the courage to file its first SSM case!!!

  • 51. VIRick  |  June 23, 2022 at 8:38 pm

    And some clarification: The Boulder County Clerk and Recorder's Office has three locations. The main office is in the county courthouse in the city of Boulder. In addition, there are two branch offices, one in Longmont and the other in Lafayette.

    Clela Rorex was elected Boulder County Clerk and Recorder and took office in 1975. She served in the Boulder County Courthouse in the city of Boulder between 1975-77.

    Dave McCord and Dave Zamora had originally applied for a marriage license in Colorado Springs with the El Paso County clerk, but were turned down. The pair then applied for a marriage license with the Boulder County clerk, Clela Rorex, who accepted their application. After consultation with the Assistant District Attorney, she then issued the marriage license to this couple the very next day, 26 March 1975.

  • 52. VIRick  |  June 20, 2022 at 11:04 am

    Veracruz: First Equal Marriage in Pueblo Viejo

    El 20 de junio 2022, se realiza el primer matrimonio igualitario en la municipalidad de Pueblo Viejo, Veracruz, entre Blanca Anahí del Angel López y Dulce Angélica Rodríguez González.

    On 20 June 2022, the first equal marriage is realized in the municipality of Pueblo Viejo, Veracruz, between Blanca Anahí del Angel López and Dulce Angélica Rodríguez González.

    Pueblo Viejo is situated on the Gulf of Mexico in the very northeastern corner of Veracruz state and faces across the Pánuco River to Tampico in Tamaulipas state.

    Reportedly, on 20 June 2022, there were two additional equal marriages in the neighboring municipality of Pánuco, plus one more in the municipality of Paso de Ovejas.

  • 53. VIRick  |  June 20, 2022 at 7:21 pm

    Japan: Court in Osaka Rules that Ban on Same-Sex Marriage Is Constitutional

    In a ruling issued on Monday, 20 June 2022, a district court in Osaka said that the country’s ban on same-sex marriage was not unconstitutional. The case had been filed by three same-sex couples — two male, one female — and is only the second legal challenge to have been ruled upon in Japan.

    In March 2021, the Sapporo District Court ruled the country’s constitution does not ban same-sex couples from legally marrying and ensures them a right to marry. Under current Japanese law, same-sex couples are banned from legally marrying, which means partners cannot inherit each other’s assets upon death and have no parental rights over the other’s child.

    By contrast, in the Sapporo case, "Nikkei Asia" reported that three couples — also two male and one female — tried to register their marriages in 2019, but local officials turned them away. The couples then sued and the court in Sapporo ruled that the government’s actions violated two provisions of the Japanese Constitution: Article 14 that ensures the right to equal treatment, and Article 24, which does not expressly deny the right of marriage to same-sex couples.

    Reuters reported that the Osaka court ruling said that marriage was defined as being only between opposite genders and that not enough debate on same-sex marriage had taken place in Japanese society. “We emphasized in this case that we wanted same-sex couples to have access to the same things as regular couples,” said the lawyer for the couples, Akiyoshi Miwa, adding that they would appeal.

    A third case, still upcoming in Tokyo, will keep public debate on the issue alive, particularly in the capital, where an opinion poll by the local government late last year found some 70 percent of people were in favor of marriage equality.

  • 54. VIRick  |  June 22, 2022 at 3:59 pm

    New York: Stonewall Inn to Have National Park Visitors' Center with LGBTQ History

    The National Park Service will open a visitor center dedicated to LGBTQ history in New York City in the building adjacent to the Stonewall Inn, the iconic gay Manhattan landmark. Earlier this week, officials announced plans to reconnect the Stonewall Inn with its neighboring building in Greenwich Village, where the 1969 riot sparked the modern LGBTQ rights movement.

    The Stonewall National Monument Visitor Center will be home to rangers working to preserve Stonewall Inn, which was designated a national monument by President Obama in 2016. In addition to in-person and virtual tours, visitors will also be able to explore LGBTQ history and culture through lectures, exhibitions, and visual arts displays. The Stonewall Inn originally consisted of two buildings: 53 Christopher St., where the current bar is, and 51 Christopher St., where a 3,700-square-foot visitor center will open in 2024.

    "The new Stonewall National Monument Visitor Center will serve as an important memorial for the Stonewall Uprising, an iconic and pivotal moment in the essential effort to fully realize America's founding ideal that we are all created equal," said US Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer. "I'm proud New York will be home to the first LGBTQ visitor center within the National Park Service, honoring the LGBTQ community and their history. As a proud parent of a LGBTQ person, I won't stop fighting against the unprecedented and unjust discrimination the LGBTQ community continues to face today."

    As a bureau of the US Department of the Interior, the National Park Service is responsible for preserving national parks. Dedicated to the birthplace of the modern civil rights movement for LGBTQ individuals, Stonewall National Monument is the first monument honoring that movement in the USA.

  • 55. VIRick  |  June 22, 2022 at 8:01 pm

    Ukraine LGBTQ Community Struggles Amid Ongoing Russian Invasion

    The official Pride parade in Kyiv was canceled this year after a decade of hard-fought efforts for more acceptance of LGBTQ people.

    Before Russia invaded, Ukraine – a largely religious nation with a long history of oppression against sexual and gender expression – had increasingly become a rare bright spot for LGBTQ rights and a sanctuary of sorts for Eastern Europe. Ex-Soviet LGBTQ individuals would travel to experience a gay nightclub scene, especially in larger cities like Kyiv, Kharkiv, and Odesa, where they could feel safer to be open.

    Now, what would have been the 10th anniversary of the Equality March in Kyiv this month was relocated to Poland because of the ongoing war.

  • 56. VIRick  |  June 23, 2022 at 10:45 am

    Marriage Equality in Mexico: States Where LGBTs Can Marry

    Matrimonio Igualitario en México: Estados Donde LGBTs Pueden Casarse

    Per "Homosensual:"

    This is an excellent, detailed state-by-state account of the status of marriage equality in Mexico, and contain a plethora of specific, accurate information in each instance:

    One can only find 3 minor omissions, indicating that this accounting was originally written some months ago, likely at the very end of 2021, and has not been fully up-dated to include several additional subsequent points from early 2022:

    1. On 6 April 2022, the Jalisco Congress finally passed the bill to codify state law to include marriage equality, thus bringing state law into conformity with the Supreme Court ruling of 2016 that had previously governed Jalisco state.

    2. On 1 March 2022, the Yucatán Congress finally passed the secondary laws to allow for marriage equality. These laws took effect from 4 March 2022, and the first marriages occurred immediately thereafter.

    3. The legislation allowing marriage equality in Zacatecas state was published on 30 December 2021, and became effective the next day.

    Oddly, this accounting is perfectly accurate for the most-recent marriage equality up-dates pertinent to Veracruz state, major changes that have just occurred in early June 2022.

    To date, the Supreme Court has abrogated 6 states laws through "Actions of Unconstitutionality." Three have subsequently up-dated state law to conform: Puebla, Jalisco, and Veracruz. Three others have not: Chiapas, Nuevo León, and Aguascalientes.

    Thus, 27 of Mexico's jurisdictions presently have marriage equality, 21 due to legislative means, 3 due to judicial means, 2 due to administrative means, and one (Quintana Roo) because its marriage law was always gender neutral and needed no further change.

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