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Senate moves forward on Respect for Marriage Act

DOMA Repeal

From CBS News:

Washington — The Senate on Wednesday advanced legislation that would provide federal protections for same-sex and interracial marriages, endorsing the measure in a bipartisan vote that moves it closer to becoming law.

The 62 to 37 vote was a crucial test of support for the bill, called the Respect for Marriage Act. With the backing of 12 Republican members, the Senate easily cleared the 60-vote procedural hurdle needed to move the legislation forward. Drafters of the plan were optimistic it would garner enough backing from the GOP after a bipartisan group of senators made changes to the bill to protect religious liberty.

The bill has been around in various forms for years. It repeals both sections of the Defense of Marriage Act and requires states to recognize same-sex and interracial marriages performed out of state.

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  • 1. ianbirmingham  |  November 16, 2022 at 2:32 pm

    Same-sex marriage protections clear critical Senate hurdle

    The Senate on Wednesday narrowly advanced legislation to protect same-sex marriage, sending it on to near-certain passage.

    In a 62-37 vote, 12 Republicans voted with all Democrats to move forward on the bill, after negotiators reached a bipartisan deal to include protections for religious liberty. The vote on final passage could occur as soon as this week.

    “We can ease the fear that millions of same-sex and interracial couples have that their freedoms and their rights could be stripped away,” said Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.), who is lead sponsor along with Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine). “We are guaranteeing same-sex and and interracial couples, regardless of where they live, that their marriage is legal.”

    The GOP senators who supported advancing the bill included Sens. Joni Ernst (Iowa), Cynthia Lummis (Wyo.), Todd Young (Ind.), Dan Sullivan (Alaska), Shelley Moore Capito (W.Va.) and Richard Burr (N.C.), who is retiring.

  • 2. ianbirmingham  |  November 16, 2022 at 2:35 pm

    12 Republican senators voted for same-sex marriage protections

    Twelve Republican senators supported advancing a bill codifying same-sex marriage protections during an initial procedural vote on Wednesday. The result signifies the legislation has enough support to ultimately pass the chamber.

    Here's the list:

    Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.)
    Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.)
    Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.)
    Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine)
    Sen. Joni Ernst (R-Iowa)
    Sen. Cynthia Lummis (R-Wyo.)
    Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska)
    Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio)
    Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah)
    Sen. Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska)
    Sen. Thom Tillis (R-N.C.)
    Sen. Todd Young (R-Ind.)

    Minority Leader Mitch McConnell voted no.

  • 3. VIRick  |  November 17, 2022 at 8:47 pm

    Another who voted against it was Lindsey Graham (R-SC).

    So, while McConnell voted against his own marriage, Graham voted against himself.

  • 4. ianbirmingham  |  November 16, 2022 at 4:48 pm

    Republicans take control of the US House of Representatives

    ABC News has reported that Republican Rep. Mike Garcia is projected to win reelection in California’s 27th District, which according to their estimates gives Republicans 218 seats and ensures they have a majority at the start of the next Congress.

  • 5. VIRick  |  November 16, 2022 at 7:55 pm

    Maine: Golden (i)(D) Beats Poliquin (R) in ME-2 in Ranked-Choice Tabulation

    Maine’s election officials have run the ranked-choice voting tabulation for Maine’s 2nd District, and Democratic Rep. Jared Golden has won re-election over Republican Bruce Poliquin by about 6 points, 53 percent to 47 percent. This was a rematch of the 2018 race in this district, when Golden turned then-Rep. Poliquin out of office in Maine’s first use of ranked-choice voting in a general election.

    Unlike their first meeting, Golden actually led in the first-choice vote count this time. He also won about 70 percent of the second-choice votes that were cast, thus clearing the majority mark to win the seat.

  • 6. VIRick  |  November 16, 2022 at 7:59 pm

    California: Garcia (i)(R) Beats Smith (D) in CA-27

    ABC News has reported that incumbent Republican Rep. Mike Garcia is projected to win re-election in California’s 27th District over Democrat Christy Smith, which according to their estimates gives the Rs 218 seats (and the Ds 212) and ensures that Republicans will have a majority at the start of the next Congress.

    As matters currently stand, Republicans won a net gain of five House seats. We do not yet know which party will win the final 5 districts, but those results will reveal just how large (or small) a majority the GOP ends up enjoying in Congress’s lower chamber. These are the last handful still undetermined:

    CA-3 – R leading by 4.6%
    CA-13 – D leading by 0.5%
    CA-22 – R leading by 5.6%
    CA-47 – D leading by 2.7%
    CO-3 – R leading by 0.3% (under 0.5%, so headed for an official recount)

    Also, in AK-1, the Democrat, Mary Peltola, will win (and has been counted accordingly). Thus, if the remaining numbers continue to hold, the Rs will probably have 220-221 seats to the Ds 214-215, a rather narrow 3 or 4-seat majority.

  • 7. VIRick  |  November 16, 2022 at 10:43 pm

    California: Porter (i)(D) Beats Baugh (R) in CA-47

    Democratic Rep. Katie Porter defeated Republican Scott Baugh in California's 47th congressional district. Porter was first elected to the House in 2018, flipping the seat held by former Republican Rep. Mimi Walters to become the first Democrat in history to flip the 45th congressional district, a longtime Republican stronghold. In 2020, she retained her seat against Republican Greg Raths.

    She is a strong supporter of abortion rights and helped pass the Women's Health Protection Act in the House, a measure that would codify Roe v. Wade abortion protections if enacted.

    After the new district lines were finalized, Porter announced that she would switch districts from the 45th to run in the newly re-drawn 47th District, a coastal district encompassing her hometown of Irvine.

    California's 47th Congressional District is an affluent coastal district that covers a large swath of Orange County. It includes the inland city of Irvine, where Porter taught consumer law at the University of California, Irvine, as well as the coastal cities of Huntington Beach, Laguna Beach, and Newport Beach.

    This win gives the Democrats 213 seats to the Republicans 218, with 4 seats undecided.

  • 8. scream4ever  |  November 17, 2022 at 7:49 am

    With her victory it now means one can travel down the entire western coastline of the United States without passing through a single Republican held House district.

  • 9. ianbirmingham  |  November 17, 2022 at 4:02 pm

    “Groomer”-obsessed Gov. Ron DeSantis partied with students as a 23-year-old teacher

    Last year, the blog Hill Reporter unearthed a 2002 photo of DeSantis with three female Darlington students. One of the young women in the photo appears to be holding a beer bottle, and the photo was reportedly taken prior to graduation.

    Another former student remembers seeing a memo reminding teachers that fraternizing with students was inappropriate. “‘That’s got to be about Mr. DeSantis!’ That’s what I remember everyone saying,” recalled 2003 Darlington grad Gates Minis.

    DeSantis also made waves as a history teacher. His counter-factual views on the Civil War were so notorious that students made a clip for the school’s video yearbook mocking them. In the clip, a student imitating DeSantis says, “The Civil War was not about slavery! It was about two competing economic systems.”

    “In history class, he was trying to play devil’s advocate that the South had good reason to fight that war, to kill other people, over owning people — Black people,” Danielle Pompey, a 2003 graduate, said. Pompey also alleges that during her time at Darlington, DeSantis was “hostile” toward her because she is Black.

    Passed earlier this year, Florida’s Don’t Say Gay bill bans teachers and schools from discussing gender identity and sexual orientation with students in third grade and under and restricts such discussions in older grades. Opponents of the law cite high suicide rates among LGBTQ youth as a reason LGBTQ identities shouldn’t be treated as shameful, and they also said that students being raised in LGBTQ households shouldn’t be forced to hide what their family is like.

  • 10. VIRick  |  November 17, 2022 at 8:57 pm

    Colorado: Race Further Tightens in CO-3

    New results were released on Thursday afternoon, 17 November 2022, and Boebert is now leading Frisch by just 556 votes, with some ballots still left to be counted, The AP reports. This is a margin of around 0.34 percent, and under Colorado state law, a recount is automatically triggered at 0.5 percent. Both campaigns have spent the last few days "curing" ballots, meaning they attempt to fix issues with ballots that were rejected due to things like mismatched signatures.

    Boebert, a vocal Trump and gun rights supporter, was the favorite to win re-election, as redistricting made the area she represents more conservative, AP reports. Frisch is a businessman and former member of the Aspen City Council, who sought support from Democrats, moderates, and disillusioned Republicans.

    Frisch told AP the fact that the race is so close shows that voters are ready for change. He wouldn't be surprised if he ended up winning the election, Frisch added, but "we obviously can't be surprised if we lose. We're not that wacko."

  • 11. ianbirmingham  |  November 18, 2022 at 6:07 pm

    ABC News is reporting that Republican Rep. Lauren Boebert is projected to win reelection. She currently leads Democrat Adam Frisch by just 554 votes in Colorado’s 3rd District, an R 14 district that had little business being this competitive. But it appears Boebert will barely eke out a victory: Although the race’s narrow margin should precipitate an automatic recount by the state, Frisch clearly isn’t expecting it to save him as he conceded earlier today.

    Republicans flipped the chamber, winning at least 219 seats to Democrats’ 212. Four seats are still undecided.

    Districts where ABC News has not yet reported a projected winner
    Race Democrat Republican Percent reporting Leading by
    AK-1 Peltola Palin 81% 53,297 (D by 22.1%)
    CA-13 Gray Duarte 71% 827 (R by 0.7%)
    CA-22 Salas Valadao 51% 4,445 (R by 6.0%)
    CA-3 Jones Kiley 60% 9,479 (R by 4.9%)

  • 12. ianbirmingham  |  November 18, 2022 at 6:15 pm

    Looks like the final total will be 221 R vs. 214 D, meaning that even if all Ds vote in unison, 4 Republican votes are still needed to help Democrats pass anything.

    As my article (above) about gerrymandering explains, the DeSantis uber-gerrymander (in a state with an independent redistricting commission!) is exactly what gave Rs the US House. Without that, Ds would still be in control.

  • 13. scream4ever  |  November 18, 2022 at 7:00 pm

    Likely 222/213 Republican majority. Also NY Dems botching the entire process bear some of the responsibility.

  • 14. ianbirmingham  |  November 18, 2022 at 7:25 pm

    CA-13 is very close (leaning R by only 0.7%, leading by only 827 votes with 71% of the vote counted). This one can easily go either way. Chances of Democratic victory in CA-13 are quite good.

  • 15. scream4ever  |  November 18, 2022 at 7:28 pm

    Do you know much about the areas of CA-13 that are yet to be counted?

  • 16. ianbirmingham  |  November 18, 2022 at 7:35 pm

    San Joaquin is a blue area with plenty of uncounted votes.

  • 17. ianbirmingham  |  November 18, 2022 at 3:07 pm

    ‘Positively dystopian’: Florida judge blocks DeSantis’ anti-woke law for colleges

    A federal judge on Thursday halted a key piece of the “Stop-WOKE” Act touted by Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis, blocking state officials from enforcing what he called a “positively dystopian” policy restricting how lessons on race and gender can be taught in colleges and universities.

    The 138-page order from Chief U.S. District Judge Mark Walker is being heralded as a major win for campus free speech by the groups who challenged the state.

    In his ruling Thursday, Walker determined those policies violate First Amendment free speech protections along with due-process rights in the 14th Amendment on college campuses.

    “The law officially bans professors from expressing disfavored viewpoints in university classrooms while permitting unfettered expression of the opposite viewpoints,” wrote Walker. “Defendants argue that, under this Act, professors enjoy ‘academic freedom’ so long as they express only those viewpoints of which the State approves. This is positively dystopian.”

    ACLU, ACLU of Florida and Legal Defense Fund sued the state over the “anti-woke” legislation on behalf of students and educators. They claim it is a “discriminatory classroom censorship law that severely restricts” how race and gender can be taught and talked about in schools.

    “This is a huge victory for everyone who values academic freedom and recognizes the value of inclusive education,” Emerson Sykes, senior staff attorney with the ACLU Speech, Privacy, and Technology Project, said in a statement. “The First Amendment broadly protects our right to share information and ideas, and this includes educators’ and students’ right to learn, discuss, and debate systemic racism and sexism.”

  • 18. ianbirmingham  |  November 18, 2022 at 6:41 pm

    Key state lawmakers and a top aide to Gov. Ron DeSantis are to be questioned in court about a controversial Florida congressional redistricting plan which flipped the US House from Democratic control to Republican control

  • 19. VIRick  |  November 18, 2022 at 6:58 pm

    Tamaulipas: Equal Marriages Now Possible; Reform to Civil Code Published

    Tamaulipas: Matrimonio Igualitario Ya Es Posible; Publican Reforma a Código Civil

    Per LGBT Marriage News:

    Después de tres semanas, finalmente se publicó en el Periódico Oficial del Estado la reforma al Código Civil de Tamaulipas para que los matrimonios igualitarios sean legales en el estado y no se requiera de una amparo para hacer la unión ante el Registro Civil.

    El pasado 26 de octubre, el Congreso de Tamaulipas aprobó que el matrimonio igualitario sea posible en el estado. Finalmente, este viernes, el 18 de noviembre 2022, se publicó en el Periódico Oficial del Estado la reforma al Artículo 132 del Código Civil de Tamaulipas

    After three weeks, the reform to the Civil Code of Tamaulipas was finally published in the Official State Newspaper so that equal marriages will be legal in the state and an amparo is not required in order to make the union before the Civil Registry.

    On 26 October, the Tamaulipas Congress approved that marriage equality will be possible in the state. Finally, this Friday, 18 November 2022, the reform to Article 132 of the Civil Code of Tamaulipas was published in the Official State Newspaper.

    The law enters into force in Tamaulipas state tomorrow, 19 November 2022. We are still waiting for the publication of the marriage equality legislation in Guerrero state.

  • 20. Randolph_Finder  |  November 19, 2022 at 8:47 am

    Huh. I guess that Tamaulipas wasn't last.

  • 21. VIRick  |  November 19, 2022 at 2:50 pm

    The Guerrero Congress passed its marriage equality legislation on 25 October 2022. The Tamaulipas Congress did likewise, one day later, on 26 October. So, as far as the state congress actually passing any legislation, Tamaulipas was last.

    Then in each instance, the respective state governor must sign the bill and order its publication in the official state gazette. In most states, the governor has 40 days to do so. The window in which they can veto the bill is much shorter, usually just 10 days. The new law takes effect one day after its publication.

    The Tamaulipas marriage equality decree was published on 18 November, and went into force today, 19 November. Guerrero will be last to publish, and will do so shortly.

    However, in Guerrero, we must remember that a fair number of municipalities (covering about 40% of the state's population) have been allowing same-sex couples to marry based strictly upon their interpretation of Supreme Court jurisprudence. The State Civil Registry and its Director have been recognizing such marriages as valid since 2016.

  • 22. ianbirmingham  |  November 20, 2022 at 12:55 pm

    Popular Vote Numbers Show Lame Democratic Turnout

    Republican voter turnout: 53.9 million

    Democratic voter turnout: 50.6 million

    Democratic Shortfall: 3.3 million votes

    This is with 96% of the vote counted.

  • 23. VIRick  |  November 20, 2022 at 6:18 pm

    Tamaulipas: At Least 31 LGBTQ Couples to Marry in the Coming Week

    En la próxima semana, al menos 31 parejas LGBTQ se casarán en el estado de Tamaulipas, 9 en Tampico, 6 en Reynosa, 5 en Matamoros, 5 en Ciudad Victoria, 4 en Nuevo Laredo y 2 en El Mante. Según su representante, Mercurios Espinoza del Ángel, las 31 parejas han solicitado acompañamiento y asesoría a la asociación civil, México Igualitario.

    In the coming week, at least 31 LGBTQ couples will marry in Tamaulipas state, 9 in Tampico, 6 in Reynosa, 5 in Matamoros, 5 in Ciudad Victoria, 4 in Nuevo Laredo, and 2 in El Mante. As per its representative, Mercurios Espinoza del Ángel, all 31 couples have requested accompaniment and advice from the civil association, México Igualitario.

  • 24. VIRick  |  November 20, 2022 at 7:03 pm

    Venezuela: Same-Sex Couple Marries in Maturín Via Zoom under Laws of Utah

    Per "El Pitazo:"

    Pareja Venezolana Logra Matrimonio Igualitario a Través de Zoom bajo Leyes de Utah

    Los protagonistas de esta historia son dos jóvenes que viven en Maturín, estado de Monagas, al oriente de Venezuela, y que, buscando alternativas para unirse bajo las leyes fuera de su país, encontraron en Utah la opción más indicada, alejada de la burocracia y de las etiquetas.

    Las 9:00 PM nunca fue una hora tan importante en la vida de Cristian Guarnizo y Esteban Jaramillo como la de aquel jueves, 10 de noviembre 2022. Las protagonistas esperaban frente a una laptop, en cuya pantalla estaba a punto de aparecer Brennen Rampton. Es el oficiante de la boda, residenciado en Utah, Estados Unidos, a más de 5.000 kilómetros de distancia de los novios.

    El matrimonio igualitario entre dos jóvenes maturineses, válido en Utah, también es válido en más de otros 30 países (excepto Venezuela).

    The participants in this story are two young men who live in Maturín, Monagas state, in eastern Venezuela, and who, looking for alternatives to unite under the laws outside their country, found in Utah the most suitable option, far from the bureaucracy and the labels.

    So, 9:00 PM was never such an important time in the lives of Cristian Guarnizo and Esteban Jaramillo as that of that Thursday, 10 November 2022. The participants waited in front of a laptop, on whose screen Brennen Rampton was about to appear. He is the officiant of the wedding, residing in Utah, United States, more than 5,000 kilometers away from the couple.

    The equal marriage between two young men from Maturín, valid in Utah, is also valid in more than 30 other countries (except Venezuela).

  • 25. ianbirmingham  |  November 21, 2022 at 3:56 pm

    USA soccer reporter Grant Wahl is refused entry to stadium in Qatar ahead of game against Wales, for wearing rainbow t-shirt

    In Qatar, male homosexuality is punishable by a prison sentence and same-sex marriages are not recognized by the government.

    As recently as this month, a Qatar World Cup ambassador told a German TV broadcaster that homosexuality was 'damage to the mind', and it remains illegal to be gay in the conservative Muslim country.

    Wahl was attending the USA's first game of the World Cup against Wales on Monday and wore a black t-shirt with a circle in the colors of the rainbow wrapping around a soccer ball on the front, in support of the LGBTQ+ community.

  • 26. ianbirmingham  |  November 23, 2022 at 4:38 pm

    Qatar authorities confiscate Brazilian fan's flag after mistaking Pernmbuco state colors for banned LGBTQ rainbow colors

    Two Brazilian women had their home state's flag thrown to the ground and stepped on after a man misinterpreted it for an LGBTQ pride flag outside Lusail Stadium in Qatar on Tuesday. The shocking incident took place after the fans were leaving the stadium following Saudi Arabia's miraculous 2-1 win over Argentina. The women were carrying the colorful flag of the northeastern state Pernambuco and were approached by Brazilian journalist Victor Pereira so that they could pose for a photo together, according to the G1 news outlet.

  • 27. VIRick  |  November 24, 2022 at 10:00 pm

    The Pernambuco state flag, first adopted upon independence in 1817, and later modified in 1917, has always featured a prominent multi-colored rainbow. In the current version, the rainbow is red-yellow-green on a blue field. But, it is a rainbow! Period.

  • 28. Elihu_Bystander  |  November 22, 2022 at 1:14 am

    Thank you for all your work.

  • 29. Deeelaaach  |  November 22, 2022 at 8:17 am

    In the D-R spread on Madera County, there's supposed to be a negative sign – it's supposed to be -12.60%. It didn't line up, and I had to go in and put in all periods to get it to line up properly. The negative sign must have been accidentally deleted at that time, and I didn't notice it until just now. Sorry for the error.

  • 30. VIRick  |  November 22, 2022 at 8:27 pm

    Tamaulipas: First Same-Sex Couple Marries without Needing an Amparo

    Tamaulipas: Se Casó la Primera Pareja del Mismo Sexo sin Necesidad de un Amparo

    Se realizó en Tampico el primer matrimonio igualitario en Tamaulipas, entre Carlos Rojas Hernández y Alejandro Tenorio del Angel, luego de la reforma al Código Civil del Estado, el cual llevaron a cabo sin la necesidad de un amparo. El sitio fue en la Segunda Oficialía del Registro Civil de Tampico, ubicada en el Edificio Melik sobre la Avenida Hidalgo. La cita era a las 8 de la mañana el 22 de noviembre 2022.

    Following the reform to the State Civil Code, the first equal marriage in Tamaulipas took place in Tampico, between Carlos Rojas Hernández and Alejandro Tenorio del Angel, and was carried out without the need of an amparo. The marriage site was in the Second Office of the Civil Registry of Tampico, located in the Melik Building on Hidalgo Avenue. Their appointment time was at 8:00 AM on 22 November 2022.

  • 31. VIRick  |  November 23, 2022 at 6:00 pm

    Alaska: Peltola (D) Re-Elected to US House

    As of 23 November 2022, incumbent Representative Mary Peltola of Alaska, a Democrat first elected in August, was re-elected to a full two-year term, beating two Republicans, former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin and businessman Nick Begich.

    Peltola came out on top after Alaska finished tabulating all ballots in a publicly broadcast session using its new "ranked choice" system, which allows voters to list candidates in order of preference.

    Peltola, the first Alaska Native elected to Congress, was endorsed by the state's longtime incumbent US Senator, Lisa Murkowski, a moderate Republican who also won her re-election over a second Republican, the Trump-backed Kelly Tshibaka (R).

  • 32. VIRick  |  November 23, 2022 at 6:33 pm

    California: Two Republicans Win, Boosting House Majority to 220 Seats

    Republican Kevin Kiley defeated Democratic challenger Kermit Jones to win the seat for California's 3rd Congressional district, raising the GOP's House majority to 220 seats. Kiley won the race with 52.8% compared to Jones's 47.2%, with 84% of the vote counted.

    In another GOP win in California, incumbent Rep. David Valadao (R) will once again represent its 22nd Congressional District after defeating Assemblyman Rudy Salas (D).

    Two House races still remain too-close-to-call: California's 13th Congressional District and Colorado's 3rd Congressional District, the latter being subject to a mandatory recount.

    In the US House, the Ds presently have 213 seats to the Rs 220 seats.

  • 33. VIRick  |  November 23, 2022 at 7:39 pm

    New Jersey: Governor Moves to Protect Transgender Citizens

    Per Erin Reed:

    With effect from 30 November 2022, Governor Phil Murphy of New Jersey has signed an executive order that will seal all name changes in order to protect transgender citizens. Name Changes will no longer be open to public inspections and will be confidential. Likewise the $50 fee is waived.

  • 34. VIRick  |  November 23, 2022 at 7:58 pm

    Baja California Sur: Congress Approves Adoption by Same-Sex Couples

    Per LGBT Marriage News:

    Baja California Sur: Congreso Aprueba Adopción Homoparental y Lesbomaternal

    El 21 de noviembre 2022, con 12 votos a favor, 0 en contra, 4 abstenciones, y 5 ausencias, el Congreso estatal aprobó la adopción homoparental y lesbomaternal en Baja California Sur, esto al aceptar las modificaciones al Código Civil del estado propuestas por el diputado del Partido del Trabajo (PT), Luis Armando Díaz.

    Con la aprobación de la reforma, la Dirección Estatal del Registro Civil tiene un plazo de 60 días para realizar las adecuaciones necesarias para garantizar el derecho de las parejas homoparentales y lesbomaternales a adoptar, incluyendo la capacitación del personal.

    On 21 November 2022, with 12 votes in favor, 0 against, 4 abstentions, and 5 absences, the state Congress approved homoparental and lesbomaternal adoption in Baja California Sur, this by accepting the modifications to the state Civil Code proposed by the Labor Party (PT) deputy, Luis Armando Díaz.

    With the approval of this reform, the State Directorate of the Civil Registry has a period of 60 days to make the necessary adjustments to guarantee the right of homoparental and lesbomaternal couples to adopt, including the training of personnel.

    In order to remain in accord with the 2017 Supreme Court jurisprudence on this matter, 10 additional states in Mexico still need to change their state civil codes to allow same-sex couples the ability to adopt. They are:


  • 35. Deeelaaach  |  November 24, 2022 at 7:57 am

    CA-13 Update:
    Duarte (R)……66,808……50.2%
    Gray (D)……..66,215……49.8%

    County………..Remain……Last Update
    Fresno………..2,600………11/18/22 03:58:50 PM
    Madera……………..0………11/23/22 09:36:26 AM
    Merced………..……0………COMPLETED 11/23/22
    San Joaquin….3,770………11/22/22 08:57:17 AM
    Stanislaus………….0………11/22/22 08:43:17 AM

  • 36. scream4ever  |  November 24, 2022 at 8:22 am

    Given that the remaining votes are in Democratic leaning counties I expect that Gray will prevail in the end.

  • 37. ianbirmingham  |  November 24, 2022 at 9:46 am

    Maybe not. The percentages of CA-13 within counties are Fresno 44% and San Joaquin 16%, so really it mainly depends on Fresno county. And although Fresno preferred Biden over Trump 53-45, in this election so far Fresno has gone Republican 55-45. So unless the uncounted votes in Fresno county happen to be from Fresno's Democratic strongholds, CA-13 could ultimately slip away from us.

  • 38. VIRick  |  November 24, 2022 at 8:26 pm

    Venezuela: LGBTI Activists Chain Themselves Outside Ombudman's Office in Caracas

    Per Partido Socialismo y Libertad (PSL):

    Expresamos nuestro apoyo y solidaridad con la protesta de activistas de la comunidad LGTBI que tienen días encadenados en la sede de la Defensoría del Pueblo para exigir matrimonio igualitario, despenalización de la homosexualidad, e identidad de género para personas trans.

    We express our support and solidarity with the protest of the activists from the LGTBI community who have been chained for days at the office of the Ombudsman to demand marriage equality, decriminalization of homosexuality, and gender identity for trans persons.

    Per Espacio Inclusivo:

    Desde el lunes 21 de noviembre, 3 activistas LGBTIQ están encadenados en las afueras de la Defensoría del Pueblo en Plaza Morelos de Bellas Artes, protestando pacíficamente y exigiendo derechos humanos que se nos han negado en todos estos años.

    Since Monday, 21 November, 3 LGBTIQ activists have been chained outside the Office of the Ombudsman in Plaza Morelos de Bellas Artes, peacefully protesting and demanding human rights that have been denied to us all these years.

  • 39. VIRick  |  November 25, 2022 at 8:57 pm

    India: Supreme Court Hears New Case Seeking Recognition of Marriage Equality

    A new PIL has been filed before the Supreme Court of India by two gay men living in Hyderabad, seeking recognition of same-sex marriage under the Special Marriage Act, 1954. A Supreme Court bench headed by Chief Justice DY. Chandrachud will hear the matter today, 24 November 2022. The petitioners Supriyo Chakraborty and Abhay Dang, have been a couple for almost 10 years. They had a commitment ceremony in December 2021, where their relationship was blessed by their parents, family, and friends.

    Petitioners submitted that the Special Marriage Act is Ultra vires the Constitution of India to the extent it discriminates between same-sex couples and opposite-sex couples, denying same-sex couples both legal rights as well the social recognition and status that flow from marriage.

    Petitioners argue that the Indian Supreme Court has always protected the right of inter-caste and inter-faith couples to marry a person of their choice. Same-sex marriage is a continuation of this constitutional journey. In the Navtej Singh Johar and Puttaswamy cases, the Supreme Court has held that LGBTQ persons enjoy the right to equality, dignity, and privacy guaranteed by the Constitution on the same footing as all other citizens. Petitioners now argue that the right to marry a person of one's choice should extend to LGBTQ citizens, as well.

    There are presently 9 petitions pending before the Delhi High Court and the Kerala High Court seeking recognition of same-sex marriage under the Special Marriage Act, Foreign Marriage Act, and Hindu Marriage Act. Earlier this month, the Deputy Solicitor-General made a statement before the Kerala High Court that the Ministry is taking steps to get all the writ petitions transferred to the Supreme Court.

  • 40. Randolph_Finder  |  November 26, 2022 at 8:54 am

    Sometime I'd like to see a list of countries that fall into "the government is currently controlled by a right of center party and the current left of center opposition has promised Marriage Equality as soon as they get into office" (first one that comes to mind is Greece)

  • 41. scream4ever  |  November 27, 2022 at 9:27 am

    The Czech Republic as well.

  • 42. VIRick  |  November 27, 2022 at 10:58 am

    Italy, Poland, and Lithuania.

    Hungary, too, given that almost anything there would be more pro-LGBT than the current regime.

    Also, once Greece makes the move to marriage equality, watch Cyprus follow suit.

    And Japan, definitely.

  • 43. VIRick  |  November 26, 2022 at 3:05 pm

    Tamaulipas: First Equal Marriage without Amparo in Reynosa

    El 25 de noviembre 2022, cumplen su sueño de unirse en matrimonio igualitario en Reynosa. Después de tres años de relación, Karina y Cecilio, quedaron unidos en matrimonio ante la leyes civiles a la Oficialía Primera del Registro Civil de la ciudad de Reynosa

    On 25 November 2022, they fulfilled their dream of uniting in an equal marriage in Reynosa. After a three-year relationship, Karina and Cecilio were joined in marriage before the civil laws at the First Office of the Civil Registry of the city of Reynosa.

    Karina happens to be a transgender woman and Tamaulipas state does not yet legally recognize self-determination of gender identity. As a result, she has undoubtedly been unable to up-date her documents to reflect her reality.

  • 44. VIRick  |  November 27, 2022 at 10:44 am

    Maine: US Military Dad Sues for Right of Dependent to Receive Gender-Affirming Surgery

    The Department of Defense provides gender-affirming surgeries for active-duty military personnel, but denies this lifesaving care to military dependents.

    A 21-year-old transgender college student is suing the Department of Defense (D0D) and Lloyd Austin for denying her gender-affirming surgery under her dad’s military health insurance. The plaintiff, identified as Jane Doe in court filings, lives in Sagadahoc County, Maine, as does her father and co-plaintiff, a retired Senior Master Sergeant in the Marine Corps and Air Force, identified as John Doe.

    The pair are suing in the US District Court in Maine for a declaratory judgment that denial of gender-affirming surgery for military dependents is unconstitutional. They are also seeking an injunction barring enforcement of the rule denying coverage and associated damages.

    The rule denying coverage is based on a federal statute from 1976 that mandates the exclusion of surgical treatments for gender transition in the military’s medical coverage for service members’ dependents. The suit describes DoD’s current policy regarding dependents as “arbitrary and capricious” and lacking “any rational basis.” The applicable section “purports to characterize such surgeries as cosmetic, not medically necessary, and akin to a ‘face lift,’ and yet Defendants acknowledge that those very surgeries are medically necessary and not cosmetic by authorizing them for active-duty service members.”

    The father-daughter plaintiffs want the rule, 10 U.S.C. Section 1079(a)(11), which categorically excludes surgical treatments for gender dysphoria in military dependents, declared unconstitutional, and for the court to award damages and “any such other and further relief as this Court deems just and proper.”

  • 45. ianbirmingham  |  November 28, 2022 at 2:39 pm

    Spectator carrying Pride rainbow flag storms World Cup clash between Portugal and Uruguay amid row over Qatar's anti-LGBT laws

    The man wore a blue Superman t-shirt with the words 'Save Ukraine' written on the front as he stormed onto the pitch in the second half of the group stage match. The T-shirt also had 'Respect for Iranian Women' written on the back in reference to the anti-regime protests in Iran.

  • 46. ianbirmingham  |  November 28, 2022 at 2:48 pm

    Living in fear: Iranian LGBTQ+ activists in Turkey

    Lately, Mikaeil Alizadeh has taken to dancing by night and protesting by day. She remains vigilant. Her eyes darting in every direction, anticipating the worst.

    Several Iranian dissidents, just like her, have been kidnapped and killed in Turkey, where Alizadeh now lives. Her home country has become notorious for deploying agents in foreign countries to kill those opposing the mullah’s regime, and with a 534-kilometer border, Turkey is the closest and easiest place to target them. Here, Iran’s hardcore militia, the Revolutionary Guards, hire mafia members to mete out their violence.

    “My biggest fear is being raped, it’s a nightmare I have,” Alizadeh says.

    LGBTQ+ members like Alizadeh, who identifies as gender fluid, are among the most vulnerable Iranians in Turkey. They are part of the most persecuted communities, both back home and among the 1,400 registered refugees from Iran in Turkey, who have applied for asylum to Western countries.

    In Iran, gay sex is illegal, and it’s punished by flogging, imprisonment or even execution. As recently as September, United Nations experts demanded Iran release two women on death row for homosexuality and trafficking. One of them, Zahra Sedighi-Hamadani, had tried to help members of the LGBTQ+ community escape to Iraq, when Iranian authorities arrested and disappeared her at the border last year.

    The current protests in Iran, however, signal a change. Fueled by the killing of Kurdish-Iranian Mahsa Amini, who was accused of breaking Iran’s dress code, these protests are now the first counterrevolution by women about women’s rights. And many of the protestors — the majority in their teens and early twenties — believe gender equality includes LGBTQ+ rights….

  • 47. VIRick  |  November 28, 2022 at 5:12 pm

    Argentina Marriage Equality Up-Date; San Luis Province

    El Registro Civil de San Luis informó que este año se han realizado 18 alianzas entre personas del mismo sexo (entre el 1 de enero y el 31 de octubre de 2022). Además, indicaron que en este mismo periodo se emitieron cinco documentos no binarios, que da la posibilidad de optar por la nomenclatura X fuera del binomio masculino-femenino.

    A través de la sanción de la Ley de Matrimonio Igualitario en la Argentina, en la provincia (de San Luis) se contabilizaron 68 alianzas en el periodo comprendido entre el 2010 y el 2020. Las estadísticas reflejan que el 60 por ciento de los enlaces se dan entre hombres.

    En la Argentina la posibilidad de rectificar el documento de identidad con la categoría no binario esta en vigencia desde el año pasado (2021). Según datos del Renaper, en el primer año de la nueva reglamentación, 528 personas en todo el país decidieron optar por la nomenclatura X.

    The San Luis Civil Registry reported that 18 same-sex unions have been made this year (between 1 January 1 and 31 October 2022). In addition, they indicated that in this same period five non-binary documents were issued, which gives the possibility of opting for the X designation outside of the masculine-feminine binary.

    Through the enactment of the Marriage Equality Law in Argentina, in the province (of San Luis) 68 unions were counted in the period between 2010 and 2020. Statistics show that 60 percent of the links occurred between men.

    In Argentina, the possibility of rectifying the identity document with the non-binary category has been in force since last year (2021). According to data from Renaper, in the first year of the new regulation, 528 people throughout the country decided to opt for the X designation.

    San Luis Province is a mostly rural Pampas area in central Argentina between Mendoza and Córdoba.

  • 48. ianbirmingham  |  November 29, 2022 at 11:17 am

    Singapore decriminalises gay sex – but amends its constitution to ensure LGBT people will never have equal marriage rights

    Both the repeal and the constitutional amendment were passed with an overwhelming majority, though there is no timeline yet for when the new laws take effect.

    'I feel grateful and privileged to have witnessed the endpoint in our 12-year-long struggle to strike down Section 377A,' said Roy Tan, a medical doctor who was one of those who had unsuccessfully challenged the law in court.

    He described the repeal as 'the birth of a new chapter in the history of Singapore's LGBT community'.

    'With the law repealed, we can progressively dismantle impediments to the visibility and progress of queer citizens because there no longer remains a reason for prejudicial treatment,' he added.

  • 49. scream4ever  |  November 29, 2022 at 4:24 pm

    Senate approves Respect for Marriage Act 61/36

  • 50. VIRick  |  November 29, 2022 at 4:53 pm

    US Senate Passes Respect for Marriage Act

    On 29 November 2022, the US Senate passed a bill that would act as a fail-safe to protect the LGBTQ community should the Supreme Court’s right-wing majority do to marriage equality what it did to abortion rights. Some 61 Senators, including 12 Republicans, voted for the Respect for Marriage Act, which will give some measure of relief to everyone who had feared that the top US court would reverse its own precedent on marriage equality.

    This version of the bill will still need to pass in the House before it is sent to President Joe Biden for his signature, but that outcome is expected.

    Should the Supreme Court overturn Obergefell, the patchwork of state bans for marriages of same-sex couples would suddenly came back into force, as was the case with abortion trigger laws this past summer.

    First introduced to Congress in 2015 prior to Obergefell, the Respect for Marriage Act will not force states to grant marriage licenses to same-sex couples, but it would make clear that the federal government would recognize any married couple’s legal rights, benefits, and protections, even if they lived in a state that outlawed marriage between same-sex partners.

    Hence, even if some states decided to no longer allow same-sex or interracial couples to marry, the federal government would still recognize such marriages that were legally performed in other states. States would also be required to recognize such marriages that were legally performed elsewhere.

    The bill would also formally repeal the Defense of Marriage Act of 1996, which had denied such federal rights and benefits in the first instance.

  • 51. VIRick  |  November 29, 2022 at 5:54 pm

    Singapore Decriminalizes Gay Sex, Blocks Marriage Equality From Becoming Law

    On 29 November 2022, Singapore’s Parliament decriminalized same-sex sexual relations, but it also amended the nation’s constitution to prevent court challenges to legalize same-sex marriage.

    The parliament repealed Section 377A of its criminal code. The 1938 law, introduced while Singapore was under British control, outlawed “unnatural… carnal intercourse against the order of nature with any man, woman, or animal” including “penetration.” Singapore’s law punished the act with up to two years in jail, though similar laws remain active in 67 other former British colonies.

    The broadly worded law was historically used to prosecute same-sex couples. However, in 2007, Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said the law would no longer be enforced. However, until now, it remained on the books.

    While a majority of Parliament voted to repeal the anti-gay law, it also voted to amend the national constitution to define marriage as a relationship exclusively between a man and a woman. The new amendment also states that changes to the country’s marriage laws must be made exclusively through the executive and legislative branches of government rather than through its judicial courts.

    It is unclear when these changes will go into effect. It is also unclear whether the amendment itself will be found unconstitutional since it eliminates the judicial branch’s check on legislative and executive power.

  • 52. scream4ever  |  November 29, 2022 at 11:57 pm

    It's basically the same as what Hawaii used to have.

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