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From the Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — 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.

As is typical the justices said nothing about the case in declining to hear it, and it was among many the court declined.


  • 1. VIRick  |  October 11, 2022 at 6:44 pm

    Edomex Becomes Jurisdiction #29 to Legalize Marriage Equality in Mexico

    Per Altavoz LGBT:

    ¡El Matrimonio (y el Concubinato) Igualitario YA ES LEY en el Estado de México!

    El 11 de octubre 2022, tras 20 años de la primera iniciativa en el tema, con 50 votos a favor, 16 en contra, 6 abstenciones, y 3 ausencias (de 75), el EDOMEX se convierte en el estado número 29 en permitir las uniones de parejas del mismo género. El Congreso estatal aprueba modificación a la ley.

    Marriage (and Cohabitation) Equality IS NOW LAW in the State of Mexico!!

    On 11 October 2022, 20 years after the first initiative on this issue, with 50 votes in favor, 16 against, 6 abstentions, and 3 absences (of 75), Edomex becomes state #29 to permit unions of same-gender couples. The state Congress approves modification to the law.

    Said law takes effect on the day following its publication in the official gazette of Edomex. Only the states of Guerrero, Tabasco, and Tamaulipas remain without marriage equality, while over 93% of the population of Mexico will now live in a jurisdiction with it. Having a population of 17 million, Edomex is by far the most populous jurisdiction in all of Mexico, almost twice that of Mexico City (CDMX).

    Meanwhile, on the very same date, in a truly bizarre juxtaposition of events, over at the Vatican, Pope Francis (Papa Francisco) rejects the Governor of Edomex, Alfredo del Mazo (PRI), from kissing him on the hand. Watch the odd performance here:

  • 2. VIRick  |  October 12, 2022 at 12:07 pm

    Tabasco: New Marriage Equality Bill Presented in State Congress

    Per Gonzalo Kinich Fernández Bravo:

    El 12 de octubre 2022, el diputado de Morena, Jesús Hernández, presenta iniciativa para reconocer el matrimonio igualitario en el Congreso estatal de Tabasco. Se turna a comisiones para su dictaminación.

    On 12 October 2022, in the Tabasco state Congress, the Morena deputy, Jesús Hernández, presented a bill to recognize marriage equality. It is turned over to committee for its drafting.

    The race to not be "last in line" has now officially commenced.

  • 3. scream4ever  |  October 12, 2022 at 1:23 pm

    We all already know it'll be Tamaulipas lol.

  • 4. ianbirmingham  |  October 12, 2022 at 4:40 pm

    War On 2 Fronts: Openly Gay Ukrainian Soldiers Fight For Their Country And Against Homophobia

    Homophobia is diminishing and has declined greatly since 2014.

  • 5. ianbirmingham  |  October 12, 2022 at 7:15 pm

    Federal judge upholds Florida Medicaid ban on covering gender-affirming care

    Judge Robert Hinkle denied a preliminary injunction request from a coalition of transgender rights groups seeking to stop the rule. The groups previously filed a lawsuit against Florida over its ban on Medicaid covering the cost of gender affirming care.

    Hinkle said the lawsuit addressed a potential violation of Medicaid law rather than a broader constitutional issue. The lawsuit alleged the state violated parts of the equal protections clause of the Constitution and anti-discriminatory language in the Affordable Care Act and the Medicaid Act.

    The groups filed the lawsuit on behalf of four people — August Dekker, Brit Rothstein, and two 12-year-old children identified in the lawsuit as “Susan,” who is a transgender girl, and “K.F.,” who is a transgender boy. Rothstein was already pre-approved by AHCA, which regulates the state Medicaid program, to have gender-affirming surgery in December.

    Florida is one of at least 10 states in the country that blocks Medicaid coverage for gender-affirming care, which can include behavioral therapy, hormone-blocking medications and, in rare instances, surgery.

    Lambda Legal Counsel Omar Gonzalez-Pagan told Hinkle that Rothstein’s surgery was cancelled after AHCA finalized the new rule.

  • 6. VIRick  |  October 12, 2022 at 8:39 pm

    Ohio: Cleveland Bans Anti-LGBT "Conversion Therapy" on Minors

    Per LGBT Marriage News:

    On 10 October 2022, the City of Cleveland joined Cincinnati, Columbus, South Euclid, and Cleveland Heights, when its city council unanimously passed an ordinance outlawing so-called LGBTQ "conversion therapy" on minors within the Cleveland city limits. Nine of the city's legislators co-sponsored the bill prohibiting mental health professionals from engaging in sexual orientation, gender identity, or expression change efforts with a minor.

  • 7. VIRick  |  October 13, 2022 at 2:24 pm

    Tamaulipas: Marriage Equality Bill Being Analyzed in Committee

    Per 4C News:

    Matrimonio igualitario: Analizan diputados del congreso de Tamaulipas la iniciativa, explica la diputada Nayeli Lara Monroy (Morena).

    Marriage equality: The deputies of the Tamaulipas congress are analyzing the initiative, explains the deputy, Nayeli Lara Monroy (Morena).

  • 8. Randolph_Finder  |  October 14, 2022 at 6:58 pm

    Analyzing it because they have absolutely no idea what the need is for Marriage Equality. 🙁

  • 9. ianbirmingham  |  October 13, 2022 at 9:34 pm

    Report projects major growth in LGBTQ voters in coming decades

    LGBTQ voters are poised to become one of the fastest-growing blocs in the country. By 2030, approximately 1-in-7 voters will be LGBTQ. Researchers expect to see that share grow to nearly 1-in-5 by 2040.

    Ahead of the midterm election this year, 11 percent of the voting-eligible population identifies as LGBTQ. The projections are a conservative estimate, the researchers noted, because more people continue to come out as they age.

    The report suggests that momentum is driven by the growing number of youth voters and more people coming out in younger generations. Nationally, Gen Z has the highest share of those who are LGBTQ — 27 percent — followed by millenials, with 16 percent who identify as LGBTQ. In 2020, youth turnout was 11 points higher than the previous presidential election, and 17 million young people have turned, or are turning, 18 between the 2020 election and the 2022 midterms.

    LGBTQ voters had a historically high turnout in the 2020 presidential election, representing an estimated 7 percent of the electorate. In the 2018 midterms, that was 6 percent.

  • 10. VIRick  |  October 14, 2022 at 7:11 pm

    Cuba: Ex-Evangelical LGBT Activist and His Partner Feature in Gay Wedding

    Per "El Sol Latino," 14 de octubre 2022:

    Cuba: Activista LGBT y Ex Evangélico y Su Pareja Protagonizan Boda Gay

    Adiel, un teólogo de 32 años, tuvo que romper con su iglesia bautista y transformarse en un férreo activista defensor de los derechos LGBT para poder casarse con su novio, Lázaro. Ambos protagonizaron uno de los primeros matrimonios igualitarios de Cuba.

    “Para nosotros que nos involucramos tan directamente” para que se aceptara el matrimonio gay en Cuba “que lo hicimos parte de nuestra cotidianiedad, que fue nuestro pan diario durante siete años consecutivos, lograr casarnos fue el cierre, la culminación," dijo Adiel González, al lado de Lázaro González, un artista independiente de 52 años, en su casa del pueblo de Bolondrón en la central provincia de Matanzas, luego de contraer nupcias. La pareja se casó en la sala del único registro civil del pueblo de unos 7.000 habitantes.

    Adiel, a 32-year-old theologian, had to break with his Baptist church and transform himself into a staunch LGBT rights activist in order to be able to marry his "novio," Lázaro. Both featured in one of the first equal marriages in Cuba.

    “For us who became so directly involved” in order that gay marriage be accepted in Cuba “that we made it part of our daily lives, that it was our daily bread for seven consecutive years, to achieve our marriage was the closure, the culmination,” Adiel González said, next to Lázaro González, a 52-year-old independent artist, in their house in the town of Bolondrón in the central province of Matanzas, after contracting nuptials. The couple married at the only civil registry office in the town of some 7,000 inhabitants.

  • 11. ianbirmingham  |  October 15, 2022 at 8:38 pm

    Dearborn, Michigan school board meeting cut short as protests over LGBTQ books grow unruly

    Hundreds of protesters, upset about books in school libraries that they consider too sexually explicit for students, carried signs that read, “Keep your porno books to yourself,” “If democracy matters, we’re the majority” and “Protect the children,” the last one written out in five languages.

    Others were there to support the LGBTQ community and champion inclusivity.

    Conservative Christians were the first to raise fears about books with LGBTQ content in the Michigan school district, which serves the city of Dearborn and part of Dearborn Heights in the Detroit metro area, the Detroit Free Press reported. They then rallied the significant Muslim population in both cities to join them.

    One of the most prominent Muslim leaders in the state, Imam Sayed Hassan Al-Qazwini of the Islamic Institute of America in Dearborn Heights, used his sermon on Friday to urge his followers to go to the meeting to protest.

    “Some of those books are completely inappropriate for our children to read,” Al-Qazwini said, according to the Free Press. “Some of those books promote pornography. Some of them promote homosexuality. We don’t need this.”

    Officials are allowing parents to block their children from checking out certain items or to block them from using the district’s library and other media centers entirely.

  • 12. ianbirmingham  |  October 16, 2022 at 5:52 am

    Vermont: WCAX removes story that led to transphobic attacks on Randolph student

    WCAX is “working on a message” to its viewers that acknowledges how the story has been used to attack the transgender teen. “We strongly condemn anyone who uses our journalism to cause harm to others,” he said.

  • 13. josejoram  |  October 17, 2022 at 9:18 am

    Mexivo is a sharp example of what SCOTUS is unable or unwiling to do, due to their wacko conservative majority. Mexican SCJN recognizes that rights do not have to be written in order to be fully recognized by the State. I have not yet read the Mexican Constitution but I assume that it`s of a iusnaturalist orientation (just as the American one).

  • 14. VIRick  |  October 17, 2022 at 11:40 am

    Article I of the Mexican Constitution contains a non-discrimination clause that has been very broadly interpreted to cover a whole range of matters. Furthermore, and perhaps most importantly, once an implied right has been defined as jurisprudence, the SCJN never reverses course. In effect, the issue is settled, and is no longer subject to debate. Marriage equality, gender identity, and the right to abortion all fall into this settled category. The problem has always come from the state congresses (frequently dominated by a cabal of petty opportunists) and the need to push them to comply.

    For the remainder of Latin America, per the CIDH ruling, OC 24/17, marriage equality and self-perceived gender identity are settled matters. Again, the problem is one of incomplete compliance.

  • 15. VIRick  |  October 17, 2022 at 1:05 pm

    Tabasco: Congress Committee Approves Marriage Equality Bill

    Per "El Sol de Mexico:"

    Tabasco: Aprueban en Comisiones Legalizar el Matrimonio Igualitario

    El 17 de octubre 2022, con cuatro votos a favor, dos abstenciones, (y una ausencia) en la Comisión de Gobernación y Puntos Constitucionales, el dictamen de reforma al Código Civil para la legalización del matrimonio igualitario, presentada por el diputado morenista José de Jesús Hernández Díaz, al bajaría al pleno en próximas horas.

    On 17 October 2022, with 4 votes in favor, 2 abstentions, (and 1 absence) in the Governance and Constitutional Points Committee, the final draft of the reform to the Civil Code for the legalization of marriage equality, presented by the Morena deputy José de Jesús Hernández Díaz, will move on to the full congress in a few hours.

    A final vote on this reform measure by the full congress could come as quickly as tomorrow, 18 October.

    Per Ángel Viveros:

    By political party, the 35-member Tabasco Congress consists of:
    21 Morena
    06 PRD
    04 PRI
    03 Verde
    01 MC

  • 16. VIRick  |  October 18, 2022 at 10:38 am

    Tabasco: Congress to Vote on Marriage Equality Bill Tomorrow, 19 October 2022

    Per Antonio Medina:

    Pues, no será hoy sino mañana, miércoles, el 19 de octubre, la sesión donde se discutirá el matrimonio igualitario en el pleno, así lo decidió el Congreso de Tabasco de último momento.

    Well, it will not be today but tomorrow, Wednesday, 19 October, the session where marriage equality will be discussed by the full body, as decided at the last moment by the Tabasco Congress.

  • 17. VIRick  |  October 17, 2022 at 8:06 pm

    Slovakia: LGBTIQ People Looking to Gain More Rights after Bratislava Murders

    Per LGBT Marriage News:

    A bill in the National Council proposes to create an institute of civil cohabitation, one that would give LGBTIQ people more rights. After the double murder of two gay men at a gay bar in Bratislava, the bill has a chance to pass.

    Slovakia currently does not allow same-sex marriages or even civil partnerships. The debate about LGBTQ rights has started again following the killing of two people outside of a gay bar last week, one which is proving to be a hate crime against a minority.

    Institute of civil cohabitation would be “a half-step” towards civil partnership, as Minister of Environment Ján Budaj put it. If implemented, civil cohabitation will allow two people regardless of sex or sexual orientation to have the right to inherit and the right to look into the medical records of their partners.

    The bill has been proposed by the opposition Freedom and Solidarity party, which advocates for LGBTQ rights. Former Prime Minister Peter Pellegrini and his HLAS party will support the initiative, as well, while current Prime Minister Eduard Heger supports the LGBTQ community and even attended a march to honor the victims of the killing, where approximately 15,000 people attended.

  • 18. VIRick  |  October 19, 2022 at 2:48 pm

    Tamaulipas: Marriage Equality Bill Approved in Committee, 19 October 2022

    Per Congreso de Tamaulipas:

    En comisiones, se declara procedente, iniciativa que pretende reconocer el matrimonio igualitario dentro del Código Civil para el Estado de Tamaulipas.

    An initiative that seeks to recognize marriage equality within the Civil Code for the State of Tamaulipas is declared appropriate in committee.

    Per Diversidad Sexual PRD:

    En lo que parece ser ya una franca competencia por evitar ser el último estado en reconocer el matrimonio igualitario, este miércoles, el 19 de octubre 2022, el Congreso de Tamaulipas dio un paso adelante al aprobar en comisiones la iniciativa que avala esta figura jurídica.

    In what appears to be an open competition to avoid being the last state to recognize marriage equality, this Wednesday, 19 October 2022, the Tamaulipas Congress took a step forward by approving in committee the initiative that supports this legal framework.

    Per LGBT Marriage News:

    The Tamaulipas State Congress has been under Supreme Court orders to approve marriage equality legislation since 2018.

    This measure now moves to the full congress for a final vote on it next week.

    Per Luis Guzmán:

    Al momento, Guerrero se están quedando atrás.

    At the moment, Guerrero is falling behind.

  • 19. VIRick  |  October 19, 2022 at 5:11 pm

    Tabasco Congress Votes in Favor of Marriage Equality, Jurisdiction #30

    One can watch the live proceedings here:

    Per Congreso de Tabasco:

    El 19 de octubre 2022, se declara aprobado el Dictamen con proyecto de Decreto, por el que se reforman los Artículos 116, fracción I, 153, segundo párrafo, 154, 216, 217, 269, párrafo segundo, fracción III, 285, párrafos primero y segundo, 289, y 3275 del Código Civil para el Estado de Tabasco, en materia de matrimonio igualitario.

    On 19 October 2022, the final Draft with Decree is declared approved, by which Articles 116, section I, 153, second paragraph, 154, 216, 217, 269, second paragraph, section III, 285, first and second paragraphs, 289, and 3275 of the Civil Code for Tabasco State are reformed regarding marriage equality.

    Per Televisión Tabasqueña y Jaime Guerrero de Radio Fórmula Oaxaca:

    The Tabasco State Congress voted 22 in favor (Morena, PRD, MC) and 6 against (PRI, Verde), with 7 abstentions (Morena).

    From the live proceedings, those voting "a favor" tended to rise from their seats and shout it out quite loudly, while those voting "en contra" remained seated and were much more subdued. The "abstenciones" said nothing at all, while simply continuing to sit there.

  • 20. VIRick  |  October 21, 2022 at 9:31 pm

    Peru: Lesbian Couple Appeal to Constitutional Court for Recognition of Joint Parentage of Son

    El Poder Judicial dio la espalda a Dakarai, niño de 8 años, al decidir que en su Documento Nacional de Identidad (DNI) no figure el nombre de sus dos mamás. Así, impiden que acceda a varios de sus derechos humanos.

    Para el Registro Nacional de Identificación y Estado Civil (Reniec), solo tiene una madre, a pesar de que en su partida de nacimiento mexicana figura que es hijo de dos mujeres lesbianas: Jenny Trujillo y Darling Delfín.

    En 2017, ambas iniciaron una demanda de amparo para que se reconozca en el Documento Nacional de Identidad (DNI) de Dakarai que él tiene dos mamás. Ya transcurrieron cinco años y la última decisión del Poder Judicial fue negativa: el niño debe seguir viviendo con derechos restringidos.

    El último martes 18 de octubre, Jenny y Darling decidieron presentar un recurso de agravio constitucional ante el Tribunal Constitucional. Buscan que los magistrados ordenen al Reniec la inscripción de sus nombres en el DNI de Dakarai. También, que admitan que Jenny Trujillo fue discriminada por su orientación sexual al omitir sus datos en el documento de identidad de su hijo.

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