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Senate passes Respect for Marriage Act

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The Associated Press reports

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate passed bipartisan legislation Tuesday to protect same-sex marriages, an extraordinary sign of shifting national politics on the issue and a measure of relief for the hundreds of thousands of same-sex couples who have married since the Supreme Court’s 2015 decision that legalized gay marriage nationwide.

The bill, which would ensure that same-sex and interracial marriages are enshrined in federal law, was approved 61-36 on Tuesday, including support from 12 Republicans. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said the legislation was “a long time coming” and part of America’s “difficult but inexorable march towards greater equality.”

The bill goes back to the House for one final vote before heading to the White House for President Biden to sign.


  • 1. VIRick  |  November 30, 2022 at 6:33 am

    Venezuela: After 8 Days (Actually 13 Years,) Activists Finally Win One Demand

    Per LGBT Marriage News:

    LGBT activists claim victory after the National Electoral Council finally agrees to allow trans persons to change their names on their documents (after the law itself was changed in 2009 to allow it). The activists also wanted marriage equality and the decriminalization of same-sex sexual relations in the military.

    Venezuela permitirá cambio de nombre a transgéneros desde la próxima semana, (desde el 7 de diciembre 2022,) informaron los cuatro activistas que permanecieron ocho días encadenados en Caracas en protesta por la falta de avances para la población LGBTI, así como por el incumplimiento de derechos para este colectivo.

    Venezuela will permit change of name for transgenders from next week, (from 7 December 2022,) reported the four activists who remained chained for eight days in Caracas to protest the lack of progress for the LGBTI population, as well as the non-compliance of rights toward this group..

    So, it took 8 days and 8 nights of non-stop protest by these LGBT activists outside the Ombudsman's Office in Caracas before the Venezuelan government finally agreed to actually implement a 2009 gender identity law, "only" a mere 13 years after its passage.

  • 2. ianbirmingham  |  November 30, 2022 at 11:02 pm

    A flag flap has come to the Miami-Dade County Public Schools Board, and it involves fling the American flag at schools and outlawing others.

    Alex Serrano with CCDF, County Citizens Defending Freedom, explained why.

    “The rainbow flag is a specific example,” he said. “There was an issue of a mural in CGHS of a BLM flag, so those are specific examples of controversial, political and special interests groups from outside of our education system utilizing it for their objectives which deviates from the foundation learning focus that our school district should have.”

    Maxx Fleming with PRISM calls the rainbow flag a source of safety and comfort for LGBTQ students, and fears less of both.

    “We know that this is more than just displaying the flag properly,” he said. “Being able to have empathy and understanding of people who may be different, have different experiences than you is extremely important for emotional and social development.”

    The item is on the agenda for the meeting taking place on Dec. 14.

  • 3. ianbirmingham  |  November 30, 2022 at 11:06 pm

    Rubio, Scott explain votes against bill protecting same-sex marriage

    Under the bill, states wouldn’t be obligated to perform same-sex marriages if Obergefell v. Hodges, the 2015 Supreme Court decision ruling that same-sex couples have the fundamental right to marry, were to be struck down.

    But it would require states to recognize valid same-sex marriages performed in other states.

    It also allows for protections for religious groups that oppose same-sex marriage.

    “Yesterday’s decision was enormous,” Orlando Gonzales, the executive director of South Florida-based LGBTQ group SAVE, said. “You have seen a change in attitude about the American public being more favorable and more accepting of same-sex marriage.”

    Gonzales said he wasn’t surprised by their decisions to vote against the bill.

    “I don’t expect them to be supportive of the community,” he said. “They never have been and they probably never will (be).”

    Gonzales said today’s Republican Party is rewarding politicians who take hard-line positions against the gay community.

    “At the very primal level is bigotry,” Gonzales said.

  • 4. Elihu_Bystander  |  December 1, 2022 at 5:33 am

    Just a gaggle of bigots and homophobes.

  • 5. VIRick  |  December 1, 2022 at 3:05 pm

    Colombia: Constitutional Court Rules LGBT Adoptive Parents Have Same Parental Leave as Other Couples

    Colombia: Corte Constitucional Avala Licencia Parental para Parejas del Mismo Sexo Adoptantes

    La Corte Constitucional estableció que las parejas adoptantes del mismo sexo que conforman una familia requieren el mismo tiempo de cuidado para los niños que una pareja heterosexual adoptante.

    The Constitutional Court established that same-sex adoptive couples that comprise a family require the same childcare time as a heterosexual adoptive couple.

  • 6. VIRick  |  December 2, 2022 at 4:10 pm

    Liechtenstein: LGBT Adoption Rights Bill Advances

    Per LGBT Marriage News:

    On 1 December 2022, Parliament voted 22-3 to advance the bill codifying full adoption rights for LGBT couples, as proposed by government in response to a court order and parliamentary demand.

    Der Landtag muss aufgrund des beschlossenen Adoptionsrecht für gleichgeschlechtliche Paare notwendige Gesetzesanpassungen vornehmen. Die Abgeordneten begrüssten die rasche Vorlage.

    The State Parliament must make the necessary legal adjustments due to the agreed-upon adoption rights for same-sex couples. Members of Parliament welcomed the quick submission.

    A month ago, by the same majority, the State Parliament also voted to commission the government to draft a marriage equality law. It appears that there are two separate measures in process of passage, with the one concerning LGBT adoption rights further along than that of marriage equality.

  • 7. VIRick  |  December 2, 2022 at 7:56 pm

    US House: In CA-13,: Duarte (R) Barely Ekes Out Win over Gray (D)

    With virtually all of the ballots counted, John Duarte had just over 50% of the vote. Adam Gray conceded, saying, “I accept the results and have called to congratulate my opponent. This was one of the closest races in the country. More than 130,000 ballots were cast, and the outcome will be decided by just a few hundred votes," Gray said.

    With Duarte's victory, Republicans will hold 221 seats next year, Democrats 213, with one Colorado race (CO-3) still undecided and going to a recount.

    The 13th District has a prominent Democratic tilt and a large Latino population, similar to other districts in the sprawling farm belt region. But the most likely voters tend to be white, older, more affluent homeowners, while working-class voters, including many Latinos, are less consistent in getting to the polls.

  • 8. scream4ever  |  December 2, 2022 at 8:45 pm

    I fully expect this one to flip blue in 2024

  • 9. Elihu_Bystander  |  December 3, 2022 at 4:41 am

    One of the things that has happened in the central valley is that a significant number of registered Republicans have changed their registration to No Political Party (NPP). That means they cannot vote in the partisan primary, but they do vote Republican in the general elections.

  • 10. Elihu_Bystander  |  December 5, 2022 at 6:38 am

    SCOTUS has an easy out of this case if they don't really want to get involved. Petitioners, 303 Creative, LLC, Lorie Smith, does not have standing to bring this case because they have not experienced a concrete harm. However, the conservative Christian nationalist justices have already indicated they are willing to throw out the test for standing in favor of "just discrimination" masquerading as "religious liberty."

  • 11. scream4ever  |  December 5, 2022 at 9:16 am

    Based on questioning today, I predict it will be thrown out based on a lack of standing. If they do rule on the merits, it will be very narrow.

  • 12. VIRick  |  December 5, 2022 at 3:18 pm

    Mexico: Registered Homoparental Families by the Numbers

    Desde el 2010 y hasta la fecha (2021), por lo menos 2 mil 511 parejas del mismo sexo (como parejas) han logrado registrar el nacimiento de su hija o hijo en el Registro Civil en 17 estados de la República, de acuerdo con datos oficiales obtenidos por La-Lista mediante solicitudes de información.

    La Ciudad de México, donde el matrimonio igualitario fue aprobado por primera vez y entró en vigor en 2010, es donde más familias homoparentales y lesbomaternales hay. En la capital del país, mil 995 parejas han registrado a sus hijos e hijas, el 79% de los casos a nivel nacional, así:

    According to official data obtained by La-Lista through information requests, from 2010 to date (2021), at least 2511 same-sex couples (as couples) have managed to register the birth of their daughter or son in the Civil Registry in 17 states of the Republic.

    Mexico City, where. marriage equality was first approved and entered into force in 2010, is where there are the most homoparental and lesbo-maternal families. In the capital of the country, 1995 couples (as couples) have registered their sons and daughters, 79% of the instances nationwide, as follows:

    11 Aguascalientes
    08 Campeche
    30 Chihuahua
    72 Coahuila
    14 Colima
    05 Edomex
    04 Guanajuato
    34 Hidalgo
    04 Michoacán
    01 Morelos
    146 Nuevo León
    125 Oaxaca
    01 Querétaro
    13 Sinaloa
    08 Sonora
    40 Yucatán
    1995 CDMX

    The remaining 15 states indicate that through 2021 their Civil Registries have recorded zero such homoparental families.

  • 13. VIRick  |  December 5, 2022 at 4:59 pm

    A Colombia/Venezuela Same-Sex Marriage in Colombia

    El 3 de diciembre 2022, la reina de la Feria Internacional de San Sebastián 2022 (de San Cristóbal, Táchira), Olga Chacín, contrajo matrimonio en Cúcuta, Colombia, con Paola Camacho, hija de la diputada oficialista venezolana, Nellyver Lugo.

    On 3 December 2022, the queen of the 2022 San Sebastián International Fair (in San Cristóbal, Táchira), Olga Chacín, contracted marriage in Cúcuta, Colombia, with Paola Camacho, daughter of the Venezuelan officialist deputy, Nellyver Lugo.

    Nellyver Lugo is a Chavista Deputy to the State Assembly, el Consejo Legislativo, Estado Táchira.

    Although both are resident in Venezuela, Olga Chacín is also a Colombian citizen. Thus, despite Venezuela not yet having legalized marriage equality, the couple was able to legally marry before a notary just across the border in Colombia. By law, Colombia does not marry foreign couples; at least one person in the pairing must be a Colombian citizen, as was the case in this instance.

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