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Purple Unions: Queer Rights Update

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Here are a smattering of news stories involving queer rights this week:


Bermuda Government Appeals Supreme Court Marriage Equality Ruling
The government in Bermuda has lodged an appeal to the country’s Supreme Court ruling which overturned a ban on same-sex marriage.


Court Rules for Marriage Equality, Says Weddings Can Start Now
The court ruled in favor of two lesbian couples, saying the Civil Registry should “immediately” allow the women to wed.


Marriage Equality Support Reaches 50%, Poll Says
It seems the tide is shifting in support of LGBTI issues in Hong Kong. A new study has shown public opinion on same-sex couples’ rights has changed significantly in recent years.


Knesset Blocks Surrogacy Services for Same Sex Couples
A Knesset committee on Wednesday approved a draft law sponsored by the government itself, allowing single women who cannot conceive to obtain surrogacy services in order to build a family. With the approval of the Knesset’s Labor, Welfare and Health Committee, The bill can now proceed to its second and third readings into law. The committee rejected propositions that the extension of the law to eligible single women encompass single-sex couples.


President Favors Civil Unions Over Marriage Equality
President of the Philippines Rodrigo Duterte welcomes the idea of same-sex civil unions, despite his opposition to equal marriage.


Government to Outlaw Conversion Therapy
The government has vowed to pursue all options to outlaw gay ‘cure’ therapy in the UK. In an action plan released today (June 3), Minister for Women and Equalities Penny Mordaunt set out a firm stance against the discredited practise of conversion therapy.


Conservative Christians Call for Supreme Court to Overturn Conversion Therapy Bans

The Court just issued a ruling in favor of conservative free speech. Could the “free speech” of conversion therapists be next?


Anti Trans Measure Fails to Make Ballot
An attempt to let Montana voters decide whether to prohibit transgender people from using the restrooms and locker rooms of their choice has come up short. Supporters of the “Montana Locker Room Privacy Act” got fewer than 10,000 of the more than 25,000 signatures needed to qualify for the November ballot.


GOP Rep Introduces Bill to Force Teachers to Report Gender Non-Conforming Behavior
Transgender rights advocates in Ohio are fighting a Republican bill at the state level that would require teachers to “out” transgender students to their parents. Critics say that if the bill becomes law, it would essentially turn educators into “gender cops.”