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Barbados: Government Fails to Respond to IACHR Complaint

Per LGBT Marriage News:

As of 15 November 2019, the Mia Mottley-administration of Barbados has yet to respond to a challenge lodged by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) against the country’s sodomy and indecency laws, leaving a local activist disappointed and planning her next move. The end of October marked three months since the IACHR sent official correspondence to the Government of Barbados demanding a response to its petition which identified human rights violations inherent in the country’s Sexual Offences Act.

In a recent interview, Alexa Hoffmann, who originally submitted the petition to the commission, told "Barbados TODAY" that after it was presented to the current administration in July, she expected the request would be acknowledged and some discussion would take place. However, Government has failed to address the matter, and according to Hoffmann, gave a clear indication that it did not intend to uphold the human rights of the entire population.

The IACHR’s petition has been followed by the announcement by the Eastern Caribbean Alliance for Diversity and Equality (ECADE) regarding its intention to launch legal challenges to anti-gay laws in Barbados and four other Eastern Caribbean countries.

Sections nine and 12 of the Barbados Sexual Offences Act have been under most scrutiny. According to the legislation, persons found guilty of buggery are subject to a life imprisonment and ten-year sentence is prescribed for acts of “serious indecency”.

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El Salvador: Probable Marriage Equality Ruling before Year's End

Per Rex Wockner:

A Salvadoran journalist's tweet restates that Justice Aldo Cader of the Constitutional Chamber of the Supreme Court of Justice says that the court could rule in the marriage equality cases before the end of this year.

Per Leo R,, Radio El Salvador:

Magistrado Aldo Cader de la Sala Constitucional de El Salvador dice que antes que finalice este año podrían resolver demandas sobre matrimonio igualitario.

Apparently, Justice Cader gave an interview to said journalist in which he mentioned the status of any number of pending cases presently before the Constitutional Court, including those concerning the demand for marriage equality. For example, a different case is to be decided in early December (en la primera quincena de diciembre), while a third case is in process (en trámite), as is a fourth. A fifth case is still being analyzed (aún están analizando la solicitud). Reading between the lines, it would thus appear as if the marriage equality cases are currently second-in-line for a decision.

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Illinois' Largest School District Votes to Allow Transgender Students Equal Access

On Thursday night, 14 November 2019, Illinois’s largest high school district voted to allow transgender students equal access to locker rooms and bathrooms. The 5-2 board decision from Palatine-Schaumburg High School District 211 was years in the making, reported the local ABC affiliate.

In 2015, the US Department of Education said that District 211, located in Chicago's northwest suburbs, was violating federal law when it banned a trans student from having unrestricted access to the girls’ locker room. School officials eventually said that she could use the locker room, prompting a separate lawsuit from two dozen students and parents, backed by the conservative hate-group litigation mill, Alliance Defending Freedom. That suit was finally dropped earlier this year.

In 2017, Nova Maday, then a 17-year-old junior, filed a lawsuit asking Palatine High School to be able to change in the common area of the girls’ locker room rather than in the (compromise), separate, private stall. In 2018, Cook County Circuit Judge Thomas R. Allen denied Maday a preliminary injunction, continuing to block her access to the common area of the locker room while her case made its way through the courts.

The new policy approved by the school board on Thursday night allows students who publicly identify as trans to use the locker room corresponding with their gender identity. It is consistent with that of nearby Chicago Public Schools, which states, “All students are allowed to use restrooms and locker rooms that correspond with their gender identity.”

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Missouri: Kansas City Bans "Conversion Therapy" for Minors

Per Matthew Shurka, Co-Founder of Born Perfect:

On 14 November 2019, the Kansas City MO city council unanimously passed a city ordinance to protect LGBTQ youth from "conversion therapy."

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Kentucky: It's Official. Andy Beshear (D) Is the New State Governor

Today, 14 November 2019, Republican incumbent Matt Bevin finally conceded the Kentucky governor's race to the LGBTQ-supportive Democratic candidate, Andy Beshear. After Beshear's unofficial narrow win last week with 49.2% of the vote, compared to Bevin's 48.9%, or about 4600 more votes statewide, Bevin continued to fight for the office, with many believing he'd force a recount. However, the Republican governor with a long streak of anti-LGBTQ beliefs and actions has now officially bowed out of the race.

The remaining 1.9% of the vote went to the Libertarian contender, John Hicks.

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Baja California: Comprehensive Marriage Equality Bill Introduced to Congress

Per UNE Ensenada Red:

Baja California: Iniciativa para Legalizar Matrimonios Igualitarios

En breve, presentará la diputada Miriam Cano Núñez la initiativa para legalizar los matrimonios igualitarios. La propuesta de Morena, propone derogar el segundo párrafo del Artículo 7 de la Constitución Política del Estado de Baja California, así como derogar el Artículo 144 y se reforman los Artículos 143, 145, 161, 169, 170, 174, 176, 177, 179, 181, 182, 184, 186, 205, 208, 213, 214, 215, 216, 217, 218, 220, 224 y 291 del Código Civil del Estado de Baja California, relativo al matrimonio igualitario.

Shortly, representative Miriam Cano Núñez will present the bill to legalize equal marriages. Morena's measure proposes to repeal the second paragraph of Article 7 of the Political Constitution of the State of Baja California, as well as repealing Article 144 and amending Articles 143, 145, 161, 169, 170, 174, 176, 177, 179, 181, 182, 184, 186, 205, 208, 213, 214, 215, 216, 217, 218, 220, 224 and 291 of the Civil Code of the State of Baja California, all relating to marriage equality.

Later today, 14 November 2019, the measure was duly introduced and then passed on to committee, despite the presence of noisy, placard-carrying "religious" nut-jobs.

Note: Currently, 4 of the 5 municipalities in Baja California are following an executive directive allowing them to marry same-sex couples, despite the fact that state law itself has yet to be altered. Only Mexicali refuses to abide by this directive.

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Oaxaca: Muxhe Activist Amaranta Gómez Obtains Legal Certainty before the SAT

Per Sonora Pride:

Oaxaca: Obtiene Activista Muxhe Amaranta Gómez Certeza Jurídica ante el SAT

Este martes, el 12 de noviembre 2019, la activista muxhe Amaranta Gómez Regalado recibió la certeza jurídica por parte del Servicio de Administración Tributaria (SAT), después de años de luchar por sus derechos como persona transgénero.

La activista originaria de Juchitán, quien hasta este martes era reconocida en el SAT como Jorge, logró su reconocimiento integral por parte de todas las instituciones de gobierno, con el apoyo de su abogado, Pedro Santiago Rasgado.

En 2003 participara en las elecciones como candidata del partido político México Posible, siendo la primera ocasión que una candidata transgénero participó en unos comicios en el país.

On Tuesday, 12 November 2019, Muxhe activist Amaranta Gómez Regalado received legal certainty from the Tax Administration Service (SAT), after years of fighting for her rights as a transgender person.

The activist, originally from Juchitán, who until Tuesday was recognized by the SAT as Jorge, has achieved her full recognition at all government institutions, with the support of her lawyer, Pedro Santiago Rasgado.

In 2003, she participated in the elections as a candidate of the Mexico Posible political party, it being the first time that a transgender candidate participated in elections in Mexico.

Note: All the Zapoteca Muxe who wish to do so have been taking full advantage of the fact that the Oaxaca state congress recently passed a comprehensive, progressive Gender Identity Law, thus allowing transgender persons (after waiting more than 400 years) to finally change gender, based solely on their own self-identification.

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Prince Edward Island: Bill Banning "Conversion Therapy" Passes Second Reading

Per Dr. Kristopher Wells and LGBT Marriage News:

Prince Edward Island is one step closer to banning "conversion therapy," a term which refers to any practice intended to change a person's sexual orientation or gender identity. On Wednesday, 13 November 2019, a bill that would ban said practice for minors, and prohibit the use of public funds to provide the practice, passed its second reading in the provincial legislature.

The current bill, which would amend several health-care related acts, was introduced by Health Minister James Aylward.

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Armenia: Parliament Rejects (Redundant) Bill Banning Same-Sex Marriage

Per LGBT Marriage News:

Armenia's parliament has rejected consideration of a bill seeking to expressly outlaw same-sex marriages in the Caucasus nation. On 12 November 2019, a majority of lawmakers dismissed consideration of a draft law proposed by the opposition Prosperous Armenia Party (BHK), saying it was redundant given that the country's constitution already defines marriage as a union between "a woman and a man."

The bill's co-author, lawmaker Gevork Petrosian, who in the past has expressed anti-LGBT sentiments, demanded that lawmakers "simply put into the Family Code a provision expressly banning same-sex and transgender marriages." Lawmakers also rejected a proposal by Petrosian to add a provision in the Family Code banning adoption by homosexuals.

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Yucatán: State Judiciary Submits New Marriage Equality/Adoption Bill to Congress

Per LGBT Marriage News:

Enviarán nueva iniciativa al Congreso para aprobar matrimonio igualitario. La reforma también incluiría pautas para la adopción homoparental en Yucatán.

Ayer, miércoles, 13 de noviembre, el Poder Judicial del Estado de Yucatán envió una iniciativa de reforma al Código de Familia del Estado que contempla cambios en la definición de matrimonio y concubinato, suprimiendo las referencias al hombre y la mujer, y en su lugar considera a las parejas sin distinción de sexo, entre otras modificaciones. Esta iniciativa reabre el tema del matrimonio igualitario que el Congreso yucateco ya rechazó en dos ocasiones con votación en secreto.

"En ejercicio de una facultad constitucional, el Poder Judicial pretende la modernidad, adecuación jurisprudencial y social en reconocimiento de determinados derechos que establecemos como esenciales del ser humano, para que el Congreso del Estado haga el ejercicio que le corresponda, y así poder determinar lo que a derecho proceda," manifestó Jorge Rivero Evia, magistrado presidente de la Sala Colegiada Civil y Familiar del Tribunal Superior de Justicia (TSJ).

Yesterday, Wednesday, 13 November, the Judiciary of the State of Yucatán sent a reform bill concerning the State Family Code contemplating changes in the definition of marriage and cohabitation, suppressing references to men and women, and instead considering couples without distinction of sex, among other modifications. This initiative reopens the issue of marriage equality that the Yucatán Congress has already twice rejected by secret ballot.

"In the exercise of a constitutional power, the Judiciary (itself) seeks modernity, jurisprudential and social adaptation in recognition of certain rights that we establish as essential for human beings, in order that the State Congress can do the corresponding exercise, and thus is able to determine (for themselves) what is appropriate (for us)," said Jorge Rivero Evia, presiding judge of the Civil and Family Collegiate Chamber of the Superior Court of Justice (TSJ).

That quote was fairly difficult to translate, as the judge has been very careful with his wording, leaving several angles unstated, as this is not a court order. But, basically put, the state judiciary of Yucatán is telling the Yucatán Congress what to do,-- and what they, as the collective judiciary, at the initiative of the highest-ranking state Family Court judge, want them to approve on the subjects of both marriage equality and adoption rights. This is not the first time that this has happened at the state level on the subject of marriage equality. Several years ago, the Chief Justice of the State Supreme Court in Baja California Sur personally submitted his own legislation to that state's congress, telling them precisely what to do. In that state, they eventually complied.