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  • 1. VIRick  |  September 28, 2022 at 7:54 pm

    Honduras: A-G Requests Congress to Name Negotiator to Implement Marriage Equality

    Per LGBT Marriage News:

    La Procuraduría General de la República (PGR) pidió al Congreso Nacional que designe una persona con poder de decisión a fin que pueda iniciar conversaciones con dicha institución que posee la representación del Estado de Honduras, a fin de lograr que se cumpla una recomendación de la Comisión Interamericana de Derechos Humanos (CIDH) que viabilice el matrimonio igualitario.

    La nota fue enviada por el Procurador General Manuel Díaz Galeas y leída por la secretaria del Congreso Nacional, Luz Angélica Smith Mejía, en la cual se pide que se designe a una persona para negociaciones que permitan el cumplimiento de las recomendaciones de la CIDH.

    The Attorney-General's Office (PGR) requested that the National Congress designate a person with decision-making power so that he can initiate conversations with said institution that possesses the representation of the State of Honduras, in order to achieve compliance with a recommendation of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) to make marriage equality viable.

    The note was sent by Attorney-General Manuel Díaz Galeas and read by the secretary of the National Congress, Luz Angélica Smith Mejía, in which it is requested that a person be designated for negotiations to allow compliance with the recommendations from the IACHR.

    The note to the press from the Attorney-General on this matter is here:

  • 2. Randolph_Finder  |  September 29, 2022 at 6:04 am

    I *think*, if I'm properly combining the "maps" in the Western Hemisphere of who currently has Marriage Equality (including Cuba) and which countries accept *full* jurisdiction of the IACHR (at least theoretically) which means that they should be implementing ME based on the IACHR, that the largest countries (land area) without Marriage Equality would be Venezuela, Guyana, Belize and Jamaica. The others without ME would be in the Lesser Antilles. (Note, I'm getting conflicting information from Wikipedia as to whether the Dominican Republic accepts jurisdiction of the IACHR.

  • 3. VIRick  |  September 29, 2022 at 6:04 pm

    See Rex Wockner's "Marriage Equality Watch List" where he enumerates many of the 14 Latin nations upon which the OC 24/17 ruling of the CIDH is binding, but which have yet to comply. That number includes Bolivia, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Jamaica, Panamá, Paraguay, Perú, and Venezuela.

    Not cited in Wockner's individual listing, but also bound by the same CIDH ruling are: Barbados, Dominican Republic, Haiti, Nicaragua, and Suriname.

    The 8 member-nations already in compliance are: Argentina, Brasil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Mexico (except for 4 states), and Uruguay.

    Cuba is not a party to the CIDH, nor are almost all of the ex-British Caribbean nations. For these latter, individual cases will need to be brought against each, either in the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court or the Trinidad-based Caribbean Court of Justice.

    The 10 independent ex-British nations not party to the CIDH, but subject to either the ECSC or the CCJ, are: Antigua/Barbuda, Bahamas, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, St. Kitts-Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent/Grenadines, and Trinidad/Tobago.

  • 4. VIRick  |  September 28, 2022 at 8:28 pm

    Cuba: Marriage Equality/Family Code Enters into Force from 27 September 2022

    El nuevo Código de las Familias de Cuba se publicó este martes, el 27 de septiembre 2022, en la Gaceta Oficial y entró en vigor luego de su aprobación mediante referendo popular celebrado el pasado domingo.

    Con este paso comienza la implementación de dicha norma jurídica, para lo cual se crean las condiciones necesarias en notarías, registros civiles, palacios de matrimonios, y bufetes colectivos, declaró a medios locales el ministro de Justicia, Oscar Silveira Martínez.

    The new Cuban Family Code was published this Tuesday, 27 September 2022, in the Official Gazette and entered into force following its approval by popular referendum held last Sunday.

    With this step begins the implementation of said legal norm, by which the necessary conditions are created in notaries, civil registries, marriage palaces, and group law firms, Justice Minister Oscar Silveira Martínez told local media.

  • 5. Randolph_Finder  |  September 29, 2022 at 5:49 am

    To be fair, given the destruction caused by Ian and the failure of the National power grid, if the first SSM in Cuba didn't happen for a few days/a week, I wouldn't necessarily blame anyone.

  • 6. ianbirmingham  |  September 29, 2022 at 6:14 am

    LGBTQ-friendly church OK with getting Southern Baptist boot

    The College Park church found itself in the news last week when the Southern Baptist Convention's Executive Committee voted to remove it from its rolls because of its “open affirmation, approval and endorsement of homosexual behavior." That action came 23 years after the congregation itself voted to leave the SBC, but according to the Executive Committee, it had remained on its rolls until now.

    They'd been receiving registered letters from Southern Baptist officials in recent months, explaining that the church was still listed on its rolls and seeking more information, Usey said.

    “At first they were kind of demanding we clarify our position on homosexuality,” Usey said. The Baptist State Convention of North Carolina, the Southern Baptists’ state affiliate, sent similar inquiries, he said.

    College Park Baptist Church voted in 1999 to leave the SBC, shortly after the convention's annual meeting approved a doctrinal statement that a wife should “submit herself graciously” to her husband's authority.

    The congregation's website makes clear that College Park is an "LGBTQIA Affirming Baptist Church” that “fully welcomes and affirms all persons without distinction regarding race, ethnicity, national origin, class, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other human category.”

    Usey said the church, with about 400 members, has a progressive legacy. Founded by Southern Baptists in 1906, it supported the civil rights sit-in at the Greensboro Woolworth's in 1960, began ordaining women in the 1980s and became openly LGBTQ-affirming about two decades ago, he said.

  • 7. ianbirmingham  |  September 29, 2022 at 6:19 am

    Gov DeSantis' County Commission Appointee For FL's Only Predominantly Black County Is Shown Partying In A White Ku Klux Klan Robe & Hood

    The shocking photo shows Gadsden County Commissioner Jeffery Moore celebrating in a KKK robe and hood at a Halloween party with other guests dancing around him.

    Moore submitted his letter of resignation to the governor's office last week, offering no explanation or mention of the photo circulating in his county.

    Moore, the only Republican on the five-member commissioner board, also pulled his campaign for the District 2 race this November.

    Local pastor Tracy Stallworth, who is helping efforts to get answers over Moore's resignation, told the local outlet that she was shocked when she saw the photo.

    'It's a very sad day in our history and a sad time for this county… the blackest county in the state,' he said. 'This is not OK.'

    Mutaqee Akbar, resident of the NAACP Tallahassee Chapter, slammed DeSantis for appointing Moore.

    'I'm not surprised Gov. DeSantis would appoint someone with this ideology,' Akbar told Politico. 'Even if they didn't know about the picture, it's the kind of person I can see him picking.'

  • 8. ianbirmingham  |  September 29, 2022 at 6:20 am

    Women Have Swung Toward Democrats Since The Dobbs Decision; Men Have Too.

    Women — in particular, reproductive-aged women who support legal abortion — are more likely than men to feel personally threatened by the sudden loss of abortion rights.

    But there have also been reports of higher-than-usual voter registration among young men. An analysis of a series of polls by the nonpartisan firm PerryUndem, shared with FiveThirtyEight, before and after the Dobbs ruling found that men of reproductive age were more likely to prioritize “safe and legal abortion” as a voting issue.

    In our polling average, we found that the gender gap for both Democrats and Republicans grew from June through September, but the gap grew more for Republicans than for Democrats. The two gaps are lopsided because men’s share of support for Democrats has grown as well as women’s, which means that the full magnitude of the shift doesn’t show up in that party’s side.

    Meanwhile, the shift in the Republicans’ gender gap shows something different: While the share of men supporting Republicans hasn’t changed meaningfully since June, the share of women supporting Republicans has declined, causing the gap to increase.

  • 9. VIRick  |  September 29, 2022 at 11:47 am

    Edomex: Marriage Equality to Be Approved by Full Congress in October

    Per AD Noticias:

    El próximo 11 de octubre se aprobará el matrimonio igualitario en el Edomex, aseguró el presidente de la Junta de Coordinación Política (JUCOPO) del Congreso del Estado de Mexico.

    On 11 October, marriage equality will be approved in Edomex, assured the president of the Political Coordination Board (JUCOPO) of the Congress of the State of Mexico.

  • 10. VIRick  |  September 29, 2022 at 5:19 pm

    6th Circuit Court of Appeals: Kim Davis Loses Again

    Per Equality Case Files:

    Kim Davis, the former Kentucky clerk who refused to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples following the SCOTUS ruling in "Obergefell," again loses in the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals, this time, in the combined second and third federal damage suits, "Ermold v. Davis, individually" and "Yates v. Davis, individually," that have proceeded against her.

    Per the latest ruling of 29 September 2022, "Davis was not entitled to qualified immunity at the motion-to-dismiss stage. At the summary-judgment stage, discovery proved the facts plaintiffs pleaded. Thus, Davis is still not entitled to qualified immunity, and we again affirm the district court."

    The full Opinion with Notice and Judgment is here:

    Davis lost every decision and every appeal in the first federal case against her, and is quite well along in duplicating that feat in both the second and third cases against her.

  • 11. ianbirmingham  |  September 29, 2022 at 6:41 pm

    Liberty Counsel has money to burn, and they're burning it

  • 12. VIRick  |  September 29, 2022 at 8:05 pm

    Guerrero: New Marriage Equality Bill Introduced into Congress

    Per LGBT Marriage News:

    El 28 de septiembre 2022, el representante de la comunidad LGBT en el Congreso de Guerrero, Héctor Fernando Agüero García, confirmó que la iniciativa en pro de los matrimonios igualitarios presentada por su antecesor en el cargo, Jacinto González Varona, estaba mal fundamentada y por esa razón es que tuvo que presentar una nueva propuesta.

    On 28 September 2022, the representative of the LGBT community in the Congress of Guerrero, Héctor Fernando Agüero García, confirmed that the initiative in favor of marriage equality presented by his predecessor in office, Jacinto González Varona, was poorly worded and for that reason is why he had to present a new proposal.

  • 13. scream4ever  |  September 29, 2022 at 11:43 pm

    Hopefully it'll pass by the end of the year.

  • 14. VIRick  |  September 29, 2022 at 8:36 pm

    Dominica: High Court Hears Challenge to Sodomy Ban

    Per LGBT Marriage News:

    A constitutional challenge against laws that criminalize same-sex intimacy in the Caribbean country of Dominica was to be heard on 28 September 2022 at the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court, acting as the High Court of Justice of Dominica. The hearing comes a few months after the same court (ECSC) decriminalized same-sex intimacy in near-by St. Kitts-Nevis and Antigua/Barbuda.

    Below is a link to a press release on the hearing from Minority Rights Dominica (MiRiDom) and the HIV Legal Network, two organizations that are supporting the claim that has been filed by a claimant who cannot be named because of the risk to his safety:

  • 15. VIRick  |  September 30, 2022 at 6:04 pm

    Puebla: Marriage Equality Summary by the Numbers

    Per Rodolfo Sosa:

    A un año de que se aprobara (por ley) el matrimonio igualitario en Puebla, se han dado a conocer (por INEGI) que son 121 matrimonios los que se han realizado en el estado, destacando la capital, San Pedro Cholula, y Texmelucan.

    One year after marriage equality was approved (by law) in Puebla, it has been announced (by INEGI) that there were 121 marriages that have been realized in the state, highlighting Puebla capital, San Pedro Cholula, and Texmelucan.

    Of these 121 marriages, 81 took place in Puebla capital, 23 in San Pedro Cholula, 3 in Texmelucan, and 14 more in scattered municipalities throughout the rest of the state. In total, 66 marriages were between women and 55 between men.

    San Pedro Cholula holds a special place in the history of marriage equality in Mexico, as they were one of the very first municipalities in all of Mexico, and the only one in Puebla state, to begin marrying same-sex couples from mid-2015, without requiring an amparo, as soon as the Supreme Court issued its jurisprudence. They based said decision strictly on that jurisprudence, and not on state law, and have continued doing so without pause for over 7 years, still catering to LGBT couples.

  • 16. VIRick  |  September 30, 2022 at 6:43 pm

    Slovenia: Upcoming Final Vote on Marriage Equality Codification Bill

    Per LGBT Marriage News:

    The final vote on the marriage equality codification bill (per requirement of the Supreme Court ruling) will take place in the Slovenia Parliament on Tuesday, 4 October 2022.

  • 17. VIRick  |  September 30, 2022 at 7:32 pm

    Japan: Tokyo Court Rules on Residency for Same-Sex Couple

    Per LGBT Marriage News:

    On 30 September 2022, a Tokyo court has ruled that it is unfair and unconstitutional for the government to deny residency status to a non-Japanese spouse in a same-sex marriage. The ruling came in a damages suit filed by an American man who was denied long-term residency to live in Japan with his Japanese partner. The couple married in 2015 in a US state where same-sex marriage is lawful. They later moved to Japan.

    The Tokyo District Court ruled that the man should have been granted residency with a "specified activities" visa. The presiding judge said that such visas are already issued to same-sex couples consisting of two foreign nationals who legally marry in their home countries, and that not applying the same standard to a couple in which one spouse is Japanese denigrates the non-Japanese partner. He ruled that the government's handling of residency rules violated the constitutional principle of equality under the law.

    The court, however, rejected the plaintiffs' claim for long-term residency status, saying he does not meet the necessary conditions. The judge explained that the man lacks the official status of a spouse in Japan, where same-sex marriage is not legally recognized.

  • 18. VIRick  |  September 30, 2022 at 8:50 pm

    Lithuania: Parliamentary Committee Approves Same-Sex Civil Unions

    Per LGBT Marriage News:

    On 27 September 2022, in Lithuania, a parliamentary committee approved a civil unions bill, sending it on to the full body of the Seimas for a final vote. The committee vote was 6 in favor, 1 against, and 2 abstentions.

  • 19. VIRick  |  October 1, 2022 at 11:48 am

    Tamaulipas: New Morena Governor Takes Office, 1 October 2022

    Per LGBT Marriage News:

    On 1 October 2022, the new Morena Governor took office in Tamaulipas state. We are watching to see whether an executive order legalizing marriage equality materializes there, just as the newly sworn-in Governor of Durango did last week upon assuming office, given that the Supreme Court has ordered Tamaulipas to legalize marriage equality since 2018. To date, the state congress has refused to comply with the court order.

    Los gobiernos de Tamaulipas y de Aguascalientes concretaron relevos este sábado. En sesiones solemnes esta mañana en cada Congreso estatal, asumieron sus respectivas gubernaturas Américo Villarreal y Teresa Jiménez.

    The governments of Tamaulipas and Aguascalientes completed changes this Saturday. In solemn sessions this morning in each state Congress, Américo Villarreal and Teresa Jiménez assumed their respective governorships.

  • 20. VIRick  |  October 2, 2022 at 7:02 pm

    Brasil: Presidential Election Will Go to a Second Round

    The President of Brasil, Jair Bolsonaro, and a former president, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, will face off in the second round of the country’s presidential election on 30 October, after neither of them received a majority vote in Sunday's election, 2 October 2022. Da Silva was ahead of Bolsonaro by a 47.9 – 43.6 percent margin with 97.5 percent of electronic voting machines counted, according to the Supreme Electoral Tribunal of Brasil.

    The incumbent president, a member of the right-wing Liberal Party, has faced sharp criticism because of his rhetoric against LGBTQ and intersex Brazilians, women, people of African and indigenous descent, and other groups. Bolsonaro has expressed his opposition to “gender ideology,” supports legislation that would limit LGBTQ-specific curricula in the nation's schools, and has condemned the 2019 Supreme Court ruling that criminalized homophobia and transphobia.

    Da Silva, who was president of Brasil from 2003-2010, is a member of the country’s leftist Workers’ Party. In 2004, he created the Health Ministry’s “Brasil without Homophobia” campaign. Da Silva also created the Culture Ministry’s Diversity Secretariat that, among other things, funded community centers and sought to make police officers and other law enforcement officials more friendly to LGBTQ and intersex persons.

  • 21. ianbirmingham  |  October 3, 2022 at 8:21 pm

    Democrats introduce bill to create an LGBTQ history museum in Washington D.C.

    Out Congressman Mark Pocan (D-WI) has introduced two bills to establish an LGBTQ history museum in Washington, D.C. The announcement comes as LGBTQ History Month is about to begin.

    The first bill establishes an 8-person commission that would have eighteen months to develop a fundraising plan, assess the feasibility of creating the museum, and determine if the museum should be part of the Smithsonian Institution – the largest museum complex in the world that includes the National Museum of African Art, the National Museum of African American History and Culture, the National Air and Space Museum, the National Museum of American History, the National Portrait Gallery, the National Zoo, and more.

    Once all of that takes place, the second bill would then create the actual museum.

    Pocan is a co-chair of the Congressional LGBTQ Equality Caucus and said that all nine out LGBTQ members of Congress – plus 50 other members – are sponsoring the bills.

  • 22. VIRick  |  October 4, 2022 at 7:15 pm

    Slovenia: Parliament Approves Marriage Equality/Same-Sex Couple Adoption as Law

    Per "El Periodico" y "Diario El País:"

    Este martes, el 4 de octubre 2022, Eslovenia ha igualado por completo los derechos de las parejas homosexuales y heterosexuales, al adoptar el Parlamento una enmienda que permite a las personas del mismo sexo casarse y adoptar a niños. El legislativo esloveno ha convertido así, con 48 votos a favor y 29 en contra, en el primero entre los países ex comunistas de la Europa del Este que reconoce este derechos a los homosexuales.

    On Tuesday, 4 October 2022, Slovenia fully equalized the rights of homosexual and heterosexual couples, as Parliament adopted an amendment that allows same-sex couples to marry and to adopt children. With 48 votes in favor and 29 against, the Slovenian legislature has thus become the first among the former communist countries of Eastern Europe to recognize these rights for homosexuals.

  • 23. VIRick  |  October 4, 2022 at 8:06 pm

    Two Truckers from Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas, Marry in Saltillo, Coahuila

    Per "El Mañana de Nuevo Laredo:"

    Pareja de traileros se enamoran en Nuevo Laredo y se casan en Saltillo

    El amor llega de la manera más inesperada, y así sorprendió a una pareja de traileros que se casaron en Saltillo. Después de un tórrido romance decidieron unir sus vidas de manera legal, con acta de matrimonio en mano. La mañana de hoy viernes, el 30 de septiembre 2022, los camioneros decidieron asistir al juez civil, acompañados de sus respectivas familias, amigos, y testigos.

    No se tiene conocimiento de alguna otra boda anterior entre traileros en Coahuila, por lo que este enlace nupcial podría tratarse de la primera boda gay entre guerreros del volante. La pareja de traileros que se casan en Coahuila rompieron de esta manera estereotipos dominantes en esta y otras profesiones.

    Cabe señalar que ellos trabajan en líneas diferentes, pero el destino quiso que en uno de sus viajes de trabajo se conocieran y quedaran flechados. Los ahora esposos informaron que ellos se conocieron en la aduana de Nuevo Laredo, durante el tiempo de espera de un semáforo rojo. Uno es transfer y el otro es conductor de carretera. Hace tres años, cuando se conocieron en la aduana, nunca se imaginaron que a partir de ese día se iniciaría una historia de amor sobre ruedas.

    Cabe señalar que desde el 2014, los matrimonios entre dos personas, sin importar su sexo, son permitidas en el estado norteño por lo que muchas parejas acuden a los juzgados civiles de Coahuila a legalizar su unión.

  • 24. VIRick  |  October 5, 2022 at 6:04 pm

    Latvia: Civil Unions/Registered Partnerships for Same-Sex Couples since 1 June 2022

    Per LGBT Marriage News:

    In November 2020, the Constitutional Court of Latvia gave the government until June 2022 to pass a law giving same-sex couples some way to register their relationships. In December 2021, the Supreme Court confirmed said ruling.

    The Constitutional Court case concerned parental leave for LGBT parents. Importantly, the court found that while the constitution defines "marriage" as reserved for opposite-sex couples, the right to a "family" was not gendered. Thus, the Court ruled that the right to a family and the right to marriage are separate; Family does not rely on Marriage. As a result, in order for LGBT couples to enjoy their right to found a family, the court has required that the government give said couples some other means besides marriage to register their family relationship.

    Thus, civil unions were proposed as an alternative to marriage. But the previous Latvia Parliament showed little interest in passing a bill approving such. And the newly-elected Latvia Parliament appears to be even more hostile/apathetic to LGBT rights than the previous one, as supporters only hold 36 of the 100 seats. Meanwhile, in December 2021, the Supreme Court has ruled that if Parliament continues to refuse to act, the courts will apply the constitutional right to family directly.

    Thus, because Parliament has failed to pass a civil union bill, beginning from the original deadline date, 1 June 2022, Latvian LGBT couples can now go to court to have their relationships registered. As a result, same-sex couples in Latvia can and are registering their civil unions right now. Four couples did precisely that during the first two months of validity, that is, in June/July 2022.

  • 25. ianbirmingham  |  October 7, 2022 at 8:54 am

    Young women are trending liberal. Young men are not.

    Forty-four percent of young women counted themselves liberal in 2021, compared to 25 percent of young men, according to Gallup Poll data analyzed by the Survey Center on American Life. The gender gap is the largest recorded in 24 years of polling. The finding culminates years of rising liberalism among women ages 18 to 29, without any increase among their male peers.

    Several societal forces have conspired to push young women to the left in recent years, including the #MeToo movement, former President Trump, rising LGBTQ identification and, most recently, abortion policy. Slower-cooking trends in marital status and educational attainment have also nudged the needle.

    The share of men who identify as liberal has held fairly steady for almost 25 years, according to annual Gallup surveys. Roughly one-quarter of men ages 18 to 29 term themselves liberal, year after year.

    Meanwhile, among young women, liberalism has exploded. In the late 1990s and early 2000s, fewer than 30 percent of women identified as liberal. The liberal camp grew through the second term of former President George W. Bush. It expanded further during the tenure of former President Obama. It reached 39 percent in 2017 with the inauguration of Trump. In the last two years, liberalism surged anew.

    [Chart: Percentage of young men and women who identify as liberal:1998-2021]

    The rise of liberalism among young women has also marched apace with a dramatic increase in young people identifying as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or queer. In a recent survey, 56 percent of young women reported exclusive attraction to men, while three-quarters of young men said they were solely attracted to women. Prior research suggests LGBTQ Americans of all ages tend toward liberalism.

  • 26. ianbirmingham  |  October 7, 2022 at 9:04 am

    Italy adopts new LGBT strategy just before right-wing takeover

    The 30-page "National LGBT Strategy 2022-2025," formally approved on Oct. 6, aims to fight discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in schools, universities, hospitals, prisons, sport clubs, and the workplace in general.

    It recommends measures including LGBT-awareness courses for teachers, doctors, police officers and prison guards, monitoring homophobic language in the media, and adding specific anti-LGBT discrimination clauses in national labour agreements.

    Italy's incoming first female premier, Giorgia Meloni, has ruled out rolling back existing laws on LGBT rights and abortion, but has also excluded extending them. Her party is particularly hostile to same-sex parenting and "gender fluid" ideas.

  • 27. ianbirmingham  |  October 7, 2022 at 9:59 am

    The most important voting bloc is still undecided

    There are 34 days to go until Election Day 2022, and the largest bloc of voters — and the largest bloc of swing voters — is undecided. Only 17 percent of women over 50 have decided whom they plan on voting for in this year’s midterm elections, according to a recent survey by AARP. This group can make or break elections: While women over 50 make up a quarter of the voting-age population, they made up 30 percent of those who showed up to vote in 2020. And 82 percent of these voters say they are very motivated to vote in November.

  • 28. VIRick  |  October 7, 2022 at 2:39 pm

    Cuba: First Legally-Recognized Same-Sex Marriage

    Per "On Cuba News:"

    Una pareja homosexual legaliza unión tras reforma del Código de las Familias en Cuba
    La pareja, que mantenía una relación desde hace 18 años, oficializó su matrimonio el martes pasado ante un notario en Manzanillo (oriente), explicó en su perfil de Facebook el periodista Roberto Mesa Matos, de la emisora estatal CMKX Radio Bayamo. También el Centro Nacional de Educación Sexual (Cenesex) compartió la información en sus redes sociales.

    El matrimonio tuvo lugar el mismo día en el que el Consejo Electoral Nacional de Cuba (CEN) confirmó el triunfo del “Sí” en el referendo que puso en vigor el Código de las Familias.

    Dos hombres llamados Alberto y José conforman la primera pareja homosexual que en Cuba legaliza su unión después del referendo que ratificara el Código de las Familias. Al menos, se trata del primer matrimonio documentado por medios oficiales, desde el oriental territorio de Granma.

    La ceremonia nupcial se celebró en la vivienda que comparten los hombres, “matizada por un ambiente familiar y con la complicidad de decenas de amigos que deseaban la felicidad plena de Alberto y José”, según el relato del reportero.

  • 29. ianbirmingham  |  October 7, 2022 at 6:04 pm

    Same-sex couples from China are getting married in Utah over Zoom

    The state of Utah in the United States has no citizenship requirements for marriage licenses, and Utah County is the only place there that allows international couples to register their marriages online. Since the county rolled out virtual weddings during the Covid-19 pandemic, it became a wedding haven for same-sex couples who are not able to officially marry in their own countries.

    As sexual minorities in China face suppression at home, Utah County is allowing them to officially marry and celebrate their love — all for around $100. Although the marriages aren’t recognized in China, some 200 same-sex couples from mainland China and Hong Kong have gotten married via the county’s digital marriage license system since 2021.

    Sexual minorities struggle with discrimination and censorship in China. The country’s longest-running LGBTQ+ festival, Shanghai Pride, canceled its annual event indefinitely from 2020. Last year, messaging app WeChat shut down dozens of LGBTQ+ accounts. Queer content in films or TV shows often triggers censorship — related plot lines in Friends, Fantastic Beasts and Bohemian Rhapsody have been removed in China.

    Although same-sex marriage remains illegal in Hong Kong, under a different set of laws to mainland China, residents who get married in other places are able to apply for dependent visas in the city for their partners. Married gay people are also able to mark themselves as married in tax filings. Hong Kongers who were married virtually by an officiant in Utah include ex-legislator Raymond Chan, Hong Kong’s first openly gay lawmaker. (Chan, along with other pro-democracy figures, has been charged with subversion under a Beijing-imposed national security law.)

  • 30. VIRick  |  October 8, 2022 at 10:36 am

    Brasil: Two Transgender Women Elected to the Federal Congress

    For federal congress, voters in São Paulo elected Municipal Councilwoman Erika Hilton, a travesti and former sex worker who is a member of the leftist Socialism and Liberty Party. Voters in Minas Gerais state elected Belo Horizonte Municipal Councilwoman Duda Salabert, a member of the leftist Democratic Labor Party. Salabert noted that she received the highest number of votes of any candidate for congress in the history of Minas Gerais.

    Hilton and Salabert are two of the 324 openly LGBTQ candidates who ran in the recent presidential race, the federal congressional and state legislative races, and the elections for state governors. Of these, 18 won their respective seats, including Hilton and Salabert.

    Fábio Félix, an openly gay member of the Socialism and Liberty Party who is a member of the Federal District’s Legislative Chamber that governs Brasilia, won re-election with the highest number of votes of any candidate running for a seat on that body. Eduardo Leite, the openly gay governor of Rio Grande do Sul state and a member of the Social Democratic Party, will face off against Onyx Lorenzoni, a member of President Jair Bolsonaro’s right-wing Liberal Party, his former chief-of-staff, in a run-off on 30 October.

  • 31. ianbirmingham  |  October 9, 2022 at 10:43 am

    Analysis of 2,136 US counties: BLM protests had no significant effects on voter registration

    In contrast to previous studies, which reported substantial mobilization effects of local protests in other contexts, we show that voter registrations in the aggregate were insensitive to the presence of local BLM protests. We further disentangle the effects along party lines and the degree to which protests were associated with violent behaviors and find similarly insignificant effects.

  • 32. ianbirmingham  |  October 10, 2022 at 8:53 am

    Democrats aren’t eager to talk about transgender athletes. The GOP can’t get enough.

    While transgender women have been allowed to compete in women’s categories in the Olympics since 2003 and in the NCAA since 2010, an NPR/Ipsos poll in June found that nearly two-thirds of Americans oppose allowing transgender women and girls to compete on women’s teams.

    Democratic Gov. Tony Evers of Wisconsin was criticized in an ad over “transgender videos for kindergarteners,” because the state Department of Public Instruction had made LGBTQ learning material available.

    In Florida, an ad in support of Republican Sen. Marco Rubio’s reelection took jabs at his challenger Democratic Rep. Val Demmings, saying she “voted to allow transgender youth sports and teach children radical gender identity without parental consent.” The dig referred to Demmings’ vote for the House-passed Equality Act, a bill that would’ve prohibited discrimination based on gender identity and sexual orientation.

    Democratic candidates have been responding to the ads by addressing funding for schools, Democratic Governors Association spokesperson David Turner said.

    “Republicans are trying to distract from the fact that they’re on the wrong side of how most Americans view public education should be funded, how teachers should be paid — the bread-and-butter issues of education,” he said. “They don’t want to have a conversation about how schools are funded and how teachers are paid because they know that is a losing issue for them.”

  • 33. VIRick  |  October 10, 2022 at 7:49 pm

    Edomex: Full Congress to Vote on Marriage Equality Bill Tomorrow, 11 October 2022

    Per "Tres PM:"

    Este martes, el 11 de octubre 2022, el dictamen de matrimonios igualitarios será sometido a consideración del pleno en el Congreso mexiquense,.y sólo hasta que eso ocurra, podrá conocerse si el Estado de México se convierte en la entidad 29 del país en reconocerlos.

    Organizaciones de la diversidad sexual en el oriente del estado advirtieron que, de no aprobarse la iniciativa, impugnarán ante la Suprema Corte de Justicia de la Nación.

    This Tuesday, 11 October 2022, the final draft of the marriage equality bill will be submitted for consideration by the full body of the Edomex Congress, and only once that happens, will it be possible to know if the State of Mexico becomes the 29th jurisdiction in the country to recognize such.

    Sexual diversity organizations in the eastern part of the state warned that if the initiative is not approved, they will file a challenge before the Supreme Court of Justice.

    Meanwhile, the mayor of Nezahualcóyotl, Adolfo Cerqueda Rebollo, announced that since he is a member of said "sexual diversity" group, he, of course, wants this legislation passed once and for all. Nezahualcóyotl is the seond-most populous municipality in Edomex. Cerqueda is the first openly gay mayor of any municipality in Mexico.

  • 34. ianbirmingham  |  October 11, 2022 at 8:45 am

    Supreme Court: Gay marriage case video can be made public

    Video of a landmark 2010 trial that cleared the way for gay marriage in California can be made public, the culmination of a years-long legal fight. The Supreme Court announced Tuesday that it would not intervene in the dispute over the recordings, leaving in place lower court rulings permitting the video’s release.

    The trial more than a decade ago led to the resumption in 2013 of gay marriage in the nation’s most populous state. That was two years before the Supreme Court ruled that same-sex marriage is a nationwide right.

    The case the justices rejected began in 2008 when a California Supreme Court ruling legalized same-sex marriage. Voters, however, responded by passing Proposition 8 forbidding it. Two gay couples then sued and proponents of Proposition 8 defended it when the state said it wouldn't.

    Because of the interest in the case, the judge overseeing it, Vaughn Walker, initially ordered that it be livestreamed to other courthouses. Proponents of the measure objected, and the Supreme Court stopped the proposed broadcast from happening. Walker did, however, record the trial under rules allowing the practice, but he said it was for his own use and not for the purpose of being broadcast or televised. The video became part of the record of the case but remained under seal.

  • 35. scream4ever  |  October 11, 2022 at 9:14 am

    Yay just in time for the Respect for Marriage Act vote!!!

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