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Gambian President Signs Bill to Lock up Gays for Life

Friday, November 21st, 2014

Gambia - Apple MapsAfrica took another huge step backwards on LGBT rights this week.

Pink News reports:

The president of Gambia has signed into law a bill which calls for life imprisonment for people caught having gay sex. The law was passed by the National Assembly in September, and amends the criminal code to bring life sentences for “aggravated homosexuality.” The Associated Press reports that a draft bill contains identical language to Uganda’s Anti-Homosexuality Act, which was signed into law earlier this year.

I guess it’s easier to scapegoat the LGBT community than to deal with the real problems afflicting your country.

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Mexico City Lawmakers Approve Transgender Rights Bill

Friday, November 14th, 2014

Transgender FlagA bill that would legally allow transgender people to change their gender without a court order was approved by lawmakers.

The Washington Blade reports:

Members of Legislative Assembly of the Federal District, in which Mexico City is located, approved the measure by a 42-0 vote margin. Six lawmakers abstained from the vote on the measure that Mexico City Mayor Miguel Angel Mancera proposed. Manuel Granados Covarrubias of the Party of the Democratic Revolution, known by the Spanish acronym PRD, welcomed the proposal’s approval. “It eliminates cumbersome trials and judicial proceedings, procedures, to generate the administrative change of a legal action to which everyone has the right,” said Granados in a press release the Legislative Assembly of the Federal District released after lawmakers approved the measure. “Their dignity is also recognized.”

Since the mayor proposed it, it seems likely he will sign it. :)

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Marriage Equality Bill Filed in Texas Legislature

Tuesday, November 11th, 2014

Texas mapA marriage equality bill has been filed in the Texas legislature.

KRWG reports:

S.J.R. 13 by Senators Rodriguez and Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa proposes a constitutional amendment that would repeal the existing same-sex marriage ban in the Texas Constitution. “Texas is now only one of 18 states that deny legalized same sex marriage to its residents,” said Senator Rodriguez. “This not only shows the rest of the country that we remain mired in our history of inequality, it sends the message that our leadership would rather listen to the voice of intolerance than provide many of its residents the dignity and respect that they deserve. The time to change that is now.”

Not that it has a snowball’s chance in hell of passage, but it’s great to see the effort being made.

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Could Tiny Norfolk Island Be Next for Marriage Equality?

Wednesday, September 17th, 2014

Norfolk Island

The self-governing Australian territory us considering a bill to legalize gay marriage.

Gay Star News reports:

At 10.30 today, Sydney time, a bill to create legal same-sex marriages was tabled in the parliamentary Assembly of the autonomous Australian territory of Norfolk Island – putting it on a course to become the first part of Australia where same-sex couples will be able to legally marry. The bill was put forward by Norfolk Island Assembly member Hayden Evans and aims to allow Australian same-sex couples to marry on their home soil rather than having to travel overseas.

‘Over the years, gay and lesbian Norfolk Islanders have made a really important contribution to our community and I want to recognize this by giving them equality and dignity in return,’ Evans said. ‘That’s why I am tabling a draft Bill to allow same-sex couples to commit to each other through marriage and have the same rights and recognition heterosexual couples have. If the bill becomes law it will showcase to the world that Norfolk Island is an accepting and supportive community where everyone is valued.’

Norfolk Island would be the third South Pacific same sex wedding destination, by my calculations, after Hawaii and New Zealand.

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Kenya Considers “Stone the Gays” Bill

Monday, August 11th, 2014

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More bad news out of Africa as yet another country considers a draconian anti-gay bill.

Pink News reports:

A new Anti-Homosexuality Bill has been submitted by the Republican Liberty Party in the National Assembly. It would introduce harsh punishments for homosexuality, with life imprisonment or the death penalty for ‘aggravated homosexuality’.

The bill’s author, Edward Onwong’a Nyakeriga, said: “The petition aims at providing a comprehensive and enhanced legislation to protect the cherished culture of the people of Kenya, legal, religious and traditional family values against the attempts of sexual rights activists seeking to impose their values of sexual promiscuity on the people of Kenya.

It’s a scary thing to see people animated by such unjustified hatred toward gay people. Any US Pastors made the trip to Kenya recently? Interestingly, the article also notes that Polygamy is now legal in Kenya – for straights.

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Croatia Civil Partnerships Bill Passed 89-16

Wednesday, July 16th, 2014

CroatiaParliament passed the new Croatia civil partnerships bill by a lopsided majority Tuesday.

LGBTQ Nation reports:

The Eastern European country of Croatia on Tuesday approved a law granting civil partnerships for same-sex couples. Croatia-flagThe Life Partnership Act, approved in the Croatian parliament by a vote of 89-16, grants same-sex couples many of the same rights as marriage, with the exception of adoption. Prime Minister Zoran Milanovic proposed the legislation, saying he was determined to establish legal rights for same-sex couples.

It’s a great step forward for the country’s LGBT community, but it’s not marriage, and once again adoption proves to be a sticking point…

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US Virgin Islands Marriage Equality Bill Introduced

Sunday, July 13th, 2014

USVI Senator Judi BuckleyThere’s some surprising movement on US Virgin Islands marriage equality this week.

Towleroad.com reports:

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The Virgin Islands Daily News reports Senator Judi Buckley of the U.S. Virgin Islands has proposed a new bill that would allow people in the islands’ jurisdiction to marry. Until now there has been now proposal of such kind, but Buckley says this felt like the “right time” to introduce the bill, given the ongoing action on gay marriage in the U.S. The senator states that while she may not be still be in office by the time a decision is made on the bill (her term ends in 2015), she is happy to have started a conversation.

One step forward for equality in the Caribbean.

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Australia Marriage Equality Bill to Be Introduced by New Senator

Friday, July 11th, 2014

Australia MapSenator David Leyonhjelm plans to introduce a bill to recognize marriage equality.

Gay Star News reports:

Liberal Democratic Party David Leyonhjelm plans to move quickly to fulfill an election promise to push for same-sex marriage, with reports saying he will move forward with his own bill on the issue. Leyonhjelm is one of 8 senators from new parties that did not hold seats in the Australian Senate before July this year of who the Australian Government needs 7 to pass legislation if it is opposed by the opposition Labor and Greens parties. Leyonhjelm, a libertarian, had announced he planned to work closely in the Senate with Family First Senator Bob Day, a Christian conservative opponent of same-sex marriage.

Not sure if this will go anywhere with conservatives controlling the government, but it’s great to see some movement on the issue at the national level.

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It’s Baaaack… the Kansas Right to Discriminate Bill Returns

Monday, July 7th, 2014

KansasThe zombie armies of the religious right are mounting another attack, planning to revive the failed Right to Discriminate bill in the state in January.

LGBTQ Nation reports:

Same-sex marriage opponents argue that Kansas should shield their religious liberties before the state’s ban falls. The prospect is possible after the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which also has jurisdiction over Kansas, struck down Utah’s ban last month. The Rev. Terry Fox, a prominent Southern Baptist minister in Wichita and a leader in getting voters to approve Kansas’ gay marriage ban in 2005, said he and other pastors are determined to get legislators to take up the issue after reconvening in January. The Kansas Catholic Conference also views additional legal protections as vital. “We are not going to let it die. We are very committed,” Fox said. “The Body of Christ is a powerful movement when it comes together.”

Will it fare any better this time around? Expect to hear the phrase “Hobby Lobby” used incessantly during the debate.

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Finland Marriage Equality Bill Rejected – Again

Thursday, June 26th, 2014

Finland – Google MapsA Finland marriage equality bill was once again rejected in parliament.

Gay Star News reports:

Finland once again has proven to be the hold out among the Nordic countries, voting against same-sex marriage for the second time. The parliament’s legal affairs committee has rejected a bid to legislate for equal marriage. The vote was 10 against and six in support. This means the bill will now go to be discussed by the whole legislature… A full sitting parliament will now consider the bill at some point after September. After the previous attempt to introduce same-sex marriage in Finland, a petition gathered more than 166,000 signatures to force parliament to discuss the motion.

It’s amazing to me that countries with huge majorities in favor of marriage equality – Finland, Ireland, Australia – so far seem unable to bring themselves to pass it. What are they afraid of?

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