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  • 1. Randolph_Finder  |  July 8, 2022 at 11:34 am

    According to Wikipedia, *SLOVENIA* just got marriage equality by a 6-3 decision of their "Supreme Court". The link is to… which is Slovenian, but the google Automatic translation *seems* to support that. I can't quite tell if it is an "immediately ordered" and marriage equality is there now. The Legislature has 6 months to change the laws, but apparently this didn't catch the ruling party unprepared.

    (edit)… says immediate effect!

  • 2. scream4ever  |  July 8, 2022 at 5:19 pm

    Wonderful news, and a first for Eastern Europe. It was a long, hard fought road for them with many ups and downs.

  • 3. VIRick  |  July 10, 2022 at 5:46 pm

    Slovenia Constitutional Court Rules that Same-Sex Couples Can Marry, Adopt

    With immediate effect, beginning from 8 July 2022, same-sex couples in Slovenia can now marry and adopt children, after the Slovenia Constitutional Court, in a 6-3 decision, ruled that the law limiting marriage and adoption to heterosexual partners is unconstitutional. Media reports indicate that the court ordered the Slovenian National Assembly to amend the law within six months.

    In 2015, in a constitutionally dubious referendum, Slovenian voters rejected a law that extended marriage rights to same-sex couples. Instead, since 2017, same-sex couples have been able to enter into civil unions.

  • 4. Elihu_Bystander  |  July 9, 2022 at 12:01 am

    I hope this is accurate. Democrats need to push their support for abortion rights. Maybe that way we can convince pro-choice Republicans to vote for Democratic representatives.

  • 5. ianbirmingham  |  July 13, 2022 at 10:58 pm

    Multiple sources indicate that women are furious about SCOTUS trying to take away their rights, and not just Democratic women either. Here's the latest example:

    U.S. actor and humanitarian Ashley Judd has responded to the U.S. Supreme Court’s overturning of Roe v. Wade, telling CNBC that individuals should be free to make their own choices. Ashley, specifically speaking about reproductive choices, said “every individual should be autonomous in their reproductive choices because democracy starts at our skin.”

  • 6. ianbirmingham  |  July 16, 2022 at 2:32 pm

    Women in Tampa protesting against attempts to take away their reproductive rights; their protest signs include: "If abortion is murder, then Blowjobs are Cannibalism" –

  • 7. ianbirmingham  |  July 9, 2022 at 4:52 pm

    A petition on the website of @APUkraine on the legalization of same-sex marriages in Ukraine has received the necessary 25,000 votes (and even more).

    Now President Volodymyr @ZelenskyyUa has to consider it.

    The collection of signatures will continue for another 56 days.

  • 8. VIRick  |  July 14, 2022 at 6:03 pm

    Ivana Trump Has Died

    Ivana Trump, the first wife of a serial philanderer, and the mother of Ivanka, Uday, and Qusay, her only children (the majority of the philanderer's brood), died on 14 July 2022 of cardiac arrest at her upper East Side apartment in New York City at age 73.

    As is noted from her own self-prepared obituary, she was born in Czechoslovakia, and is survived by her mother, her three children, and by her 10 grandchildren. No other parties or in-laws, dead or alive, past or present, were mentioned.

  • 9. VIRick  |  July 14, 2022 at 7:15 pm

    Veracruz: First Equal Marriage in Municipality of Nogales

    Este jueves, 14 de julio 2022, se convirtió en una fecha histórica para el municipio de Nogales, Veracruz, tras el matrimonio igualitario de Noé y Emmanuel, esto tras el decreto que reforma los Artículos 75 y 77 del Código Civil del Estado de Veracruz.

    This Thursday, 14 July 2022, became an historic date for the municipality of Nogales, Veracruz, after the equal marriage of Noé and Emmanuel, this after the decree that reforms Articles 75 and 77 of the State Civil Code of Veracruz.

    This less-famous Nogales is located in the mountainous high-altitude western region of Veracruz state, adjacent of Ciudad Mendoza, an area with an "eternal spring" climate.

  • 10. VIRick  |  July 14, 2022 at 8:13 pm

    Durango: Congress Ordered to Vote on Marriage Equality Bill

    Per Diversidad Sexual PRD, el 14 de julio 2022:

    Un juez federal ordenó al Congreso de Durango discutir ya el dictamen que sobre matrimonio igualitario se ha negado a subir al pleno para su votación y pronta resolución.

    A federal judge ordered the Durango Congress to now discuss the draft marriage equality bill that was denied submission to the full congress for its vote and prompt resolution.

  • 11. VIRick  |  July 14, 2022 at 8:47 pm

    Veracruz: First Equal Marriage in Córdoba

    Per Ayuntamiento Córdoba Veracruz:

    El 14 de julio 2022, la oficina del Registro Civil de Córdoba realizó la primera unión legal a una pareja del mismo sexo, derivado de las reformas al Artículo 75 del Código Civil de Veracruz, aprobadas en junio por el Congreso del Estado.

    On 14 July 2022, the Córdoba Civil Registry office realized the first legal union of a same-sex couple, derived from the reforms to Article 75 of the Veracruz Civil Code, approved in June by the State Congress.

  • 12. VIRick  |  July 15, 2022 at 6:44 pm

    Durango: Court-Ordered Marriage Equality Bill Before Full Congress on 26 July 2022

    Per Diversidad Sexual PRD, el 15 de julio 2022:

    Será el próximo 26 de julio cuando el Congreso de Durango finalmente suba al pleno el dictamen que pretende reformar el Artículo 142 del Código Civil para reconocer el matrimonio igualitario.

    It will be on 26 July when the Durango Congress finally submits to the full body the draft bill that intends to reform Article 142 of the Civil Code so as to recognize marriage equality.

  • 13. ianbirmingham  |  July 16, 2022 at 5:20 am

    South Korea: Seoul Celebrates Its 1st Gay Rights Pride Parade In 3 Years

    Thousands of gay rights supporters marched under heavy police guard in the South Korean capital on Saturday as they celebrated the city’s first major Pride parade in three years after a COVID-19 hiatus.

    Revelers wearing or waving rainbow banners cheered during speeches and swayed to music from a stage in front of city hall at the Seoul Queer Parade. They later formed a queue of umbrellas as they marched toward a downtown business district amid drizzling rain, calling for laws banning discrimination based on sexual orientation.

    Police established perimeters to separate them from conservative Christian protesters, also numbering in the thousands, who marched in nearby streets. They held up banners and chanted slogans opposing homosexuality as their leader shouted prayers into a microphone pleading that God “save the Republic of Korea from anti-discrimination legislation.”

    Some of the protesters denounced conservative Seoul Mayor Oh Se-hoon over the city’s unwillingness to block the “lewd” Pride parade. Gay rights activists are also unhappy with Oh, who in an interview with a Christian newspaper last week said the city may prohibit the Pride event from using the city hall plaza starting next year if this year’s participants “exhibit indecent materials or overexpose their bodies.”

  • 14. ianbirmingham  |  July 16, 2022 at 3:03 pm

    Federal judge blocks Education Department’s Title IX guidance that protects transgender students

    A federal judge temporarily blocked the Education Department’s Title IX guidance, which prohibits discrimination based on gender identity and sexual orientation.

    Eastern District of Tennessee Judge Charles Atchley in an order late Friday said the agency’s guidance “directly interferes with and threatens Plaintiff States’ ability to continue enforcing their state laws” that restrict transgender people from playing on sports teams and using bathrooms that match their gender identity.

    The Education Department, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and Justice Department, along with their leaders, are listed as defendants. They had urged the court to dismiss the lawsuit, which Atchley denied.

    “As it currently stands, plaintiffs must choose between the threat of legal consequences — enforcement action, civil penalties, and the withholding of federal funding — or altering their state laws to ensure compliance with the guidance and avoid such adverse action,” wrote Atchley, a Donald Trump appointee.

    The preliminary injunction essentially ties the department’s hands when it comes to protecting transgender students from discrimination in 20 states that have laws or are attempting to pass laws that restrict their access to facilities and sports. The department will have to finalize its Title IX rule to enforce its guidance.

    The Education Department published its Title IX proposed rule in June, which would codify its guidance protecting transgender students once it’s finalized. The comment period on the rule runs through September.

    The department is expected to undertake a separate rulemaking process for determining sports eligibility. A timeline for that process has not been established yet.

  • 15. Elihu_Bystander  |  July 18, 2022 at 2:06 am

    no surprise here.

  • 16. VIRick  |  July 18, 2022 at 11:52 am

    "Tennessee v. US Dept of Education"

    Per Equality Case Files:

    The case is "Tennessee v, US Dept of Education," Eastern District of Tennessee, No. 3:21-cv-00308.

    Judge Atchley's Memorandum Opinion and Order of 15 July 2022 granting the preliminary injunction is here:

  • 17. ianbirmingham  |  July 16, 2022 at 3:06 pm

    The European Commission has taken Hungary to the EU's top court for allegedly violating laws on media freedom and LGBTQ rights

    The Commission Friday announced it was sending Hungary to the Court of Justice of the European Union for refusing to renew a radio license for independent Hungarian media Klubradio. Hungary will also have to face European judges over an anti-LGBTQ law. The law seeks to prevent children and teenagers from accessing content and ads about LGBTQ issues.

    Budapest's actions go against several European telecom, audiovisual and digital laws, including the Audiovisual Media Services Directive and the e-Commerce Directive, the Commission argues. The anti-LGBTQ rules also infringe on crucial foundational European texts — the Treaty on the Functioning of the EU and Treaty of the EU — and the EU Charter of fundamental rights.

  • 18. ianbirmingham  |  July 16, 2022 at 7:58 pm

    US Senator Ted Cruz says SCOTUS "clearly wrong" to legalize gay marriage

  • 19. ianbirmingham  |  July 17, 2022 at 12:10 pm

    2022 is already a record year for state bills seeking to curtail LGBTQ rights

    (CNN) – State lawmakers across the US have introduced at least 162 bills targeting LGBTQ Americans this year through July 1, according to a CNN analysis of data compiled by the American Civil Liberties Union, already marking a record-breaking year for such legislation.

    The slew of bills is spread across 35 states, 27 of which have legislatures controlled by Republicans. The 162 bills that were introduced through July of this year tally just above the 151 considered for all of 2021, and more than double the 76 considered in 2020.

    Most of the bills introduced this year target transgender and nonbinary people, with a particular emphasis on trans youth.

    2022 also already marks a record-breaking year for the number of measures that went into effect: 21 anti-LGBTQ bills have been enacted into law during the 2022 legislative session, according to the ACLU.

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