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4 days ago @ Equality on Trial - Open thread 1/16 BREAK... · 1 reply · +5 points

Randolph, perhaps that is why the Venezuelan half of this couple is now resident in Costa Rica, rather than still be in Venezuela.

At last report, there were an estimated 460,000 Venezuelans domiciled in Colombia (most without visas or work permits), and many more in Ecuador (which does not require visas) and other near-by Latin nations, like Panamá and Costa Rica.

At the same time, there's an embargo between us (Puerto Rico/Virgin Islands) and Venezuela,-- no trade, no communications, no flights, nada. Only a few years go, Venezuela was our most important foreign investment source (and neighbor). Now, nothing.

4 days ago @ Equality on Trial - Open thread 1/16 BREAK... · 4 replies · +6 points

Allan, here's an additional thought:

One of them is a Costa Rican, while the other is a Venezuelan resident in Costa Rica. So, after they are married, perhaps they can think about travelling to Venezuela to demand that Venezuela recognize their marriage.

4 days ago @ Equality on Trial - Open thread 1/16 BREAK... · 7 replies · +9 points

Wait! Here we go!

Costa Rica: First Same-Sex Marriage Scheduled for Saturday, 20 January 2018

Per Mario Arturo Arias:

Vieras que Roberto Castillo y yo (Mario Arturo Arias) queremos contarles una historia. Hoy,16 de enero 2018, con mucho miedo, vinimos a reunirnos con la notaria. Y decidimos la fecha de la boda con un 99,9% de seguridad será el sábado, 20 de enero 2018.

You can see that Roberto Castillo and I (Mario Arturo Arias) want to tell you a story. Today, January 16, 2018, with much fear, we came to meet with the notary. And we decided our marriage date with 99.9% security will be Saturday, 20 January 2018.

4 days ago @ Equality on Trial - Open thread 1/16 BREAK... · 0 replies · +6 points

Ecuador: Pamela Troya to Hold Press Conference Tomorrow at 10 AM

Per Pamela Troya:

Mañana, 17 de enero 2018, 10h00, en el Colegio de Abogados de Pichincha, el Dr. Ramiro García Falconí, Presidente del Colegio y abogado patrocinador de la causa; el Dr. Mauricio AIarcón-Salvador, especialista en el Sistema Interamericana de Derechos Humanos; y yo (Pamela Troya), daremos una rueda de prensa sobre las implicaciones de Opinión Consultiva OC-24/7 de la CIDH en derechos LGBTI; luego iremos a la Corte Constitucional del Ecuador a dejar un oficio para que atienda Matrimonio Igualitario.

Tomorrow, 17 January 2018, 10 AM, at the Pichincha Bar Association, Dr. Ramiro García Falconí, President of the association and legal sponsor of the case, Dr. Mauricio AIarcón-Salvador, specialist in the Inter-American Human Rights System , and I (Pamela Troya), will give a press conference on the implications of Advisory Opinion OC-24/7 of the IACHR on LGBTI rights; then we will go to the Constitutional Court of Ecuador to leave notice (for them) to attend to Marriage Equality.

She goes on to explain that the Constitutional Court will be hearing the so-called "Satya" case tomorrow, a case involving another female same-sex couple, and their daughter who was conceived by artificial insemination, but for whom the courts have refused to recognize as legal parents.

4 days ago @ Equality on Trial - Open thread 1/16 BREAK... · 0 replies · +8 points

If the person who wrote that extremely well-phrased analysis on Nicaragua, already posted here higher up, were to turn out to have been the President of Nicaragua, or someone well-placed in the higher levels of government, I would then say that Nicaragua is next, and that we would then have a three-way race. Instead, that analysis was prepared in Nicaragua by an extremely well-informed blogger named Melissa Morales.

But to answer your immediate question, I am not certain in either case as to how long this official notification process takes. However, what I do know is that procedures are procedures, and government bureaux all up and down the line must be duly notified of any official changes so that everyone, even to include the very last clerk, are properly informed. Thus, once notified (as they just were), each department head, in turn, will then inform their subordinates. In Mexico, this official notification process can drag on and take months. However, neither Costa Rica nor Panamá are anywhere near as insane as Mexico.

4 days ago @ Equality on Trial - Open thread 1/16 BREAK... · 10 replies · +7 points

Panamanian Government Welcomes Opinion of the IACHR on Same-Sex Marriage

El Gobierno Panameño Acoge Opinión de la CIDH sobre Matrimonio Homosexual

Panamá, 16 de enero 2018 (EFE) - La vicepresidenta y canciller panameña, Isabel de Saint Malo, dijo hoy que la opinión consultiva emitida por la Corte Interamericana de Derechos Humanos (CIDH) a favor del matrimonio homosexual puede ayudar al Gobierno a "avanzar en la agenda de equidad y no discriminación."

"La Constitución panameña es una constitución que establece no discriminación, como de hecho ha establecido ese fallo de la CIDH. Así, que estamos seguros de que con ello podremos seguir avanzando en la agenda de equidad y no discriminación en todos los frentes," afirmó en declaraciones a los periodistas.

De Saint Malo reconoció también que "Panamá tiene todavía tareas pendientes para asegurar que no haya discriminación en ningún frente y este (los derechos de los homosexuales) es uno de ellos. Panamá forma parte de los mecanismos interamericanos. Nosotros hemos recibido la decisión de la corte y la estamos compartiendo con la Asamblea Nacional, la Corte Suprema de Justicia, el Tribunal Electoral, y con otras instancias del Órgano Ejecutivo, como por ejemplo el Ministerio de Gobierno," añadió de Saint Malo.

Panamá, 16 January 2018 (EFE) - Panamanian Vice-President and Foreign Minister Isabel de Saint Malo said today that the advisory opinion issued by the Inter-American Court of Human Rights (CIDH) in favor of same-sex marriage can help the Government to "advance the agenda of equity and non-discrimination."

"The Panamanian Constitution is a constitution that establishes non-discrimination, as was in fact established by that ruling of the Inter-American Court. So, we are sure that with this we can continue advancing the agenda of equity and non-discrimination on all fronts," she said in statements to journalists.

De Saint Malo also acknowledged that "Panamá still has pending tasks to ensure that there is no discrimination on any front and this (the rights of homosexuals) is one of them. Panamá is part of the Inter-American system. We have received the decision of the court and we are sharing it with the National Assembly, the Supreme Court of Justice, the Electoral Tribunal, and with other departments of the Executive Branch, such as the Ministry of Government," added De Saint Malo.

Note: A second report covering the same De Saint Malo press conference carried much the same verbiage, but did contain this one extra, cautionary sentence:

Sin embargo, De Saint Malo no respondió si Panamá permitiría de inmediato las bodas entre personas del mismo sexo.

However, De Saint Malo did not respond as to whether Panamá would immediately permit marriages between same-sex couples.

Still, the race to be first in Central America does appear to be on: The Costa Rican government sent out its official notices to its various governmental departments and branches on Friday, 12 January 2018, while that of Panamá did likewise on Tuesday, 16 January 2018.

4 days ago @ Equality on Trial - Open thread 1/16 BREAK... · 0 replies · +6 points

Bulgaria: Court Refuses to Recognize UK Marriage between Two Bulgarians

Per LGBT Marriage News:

Note: Originally written in Bulgarian, and then roughly translated, this article required heavy editing so as to present it in readable English.

The Sofia Administrative Court dismissed the complaint of a young woman with the initials of DK against Sofia City's refusal to recognize her marriage to another woman in the UK. On 8 January 2018, this dismissal was issued by Judge Snezhanka Kyoseva.

The marriage between DK and Lilia Babulkova was signed on 15 November 2016. Several months later, she filed a request with the Sofia Municipality, the Lyulin District, asking for her marriage to be reflected on her personal registration card and to show her current marital status as "married." The institution refused, due to DK and her wife being of the same sex.

According to the reasoning of the court, in order to be registered here, the marriage should have been concluded according to Bulgarian legislation, i.e., that it be between a man and a woman. Moreover, the court held that the recognition of marriage between the two Bulgarians would be contrary to the public order in Bulgaria.

At the end of this news article from Bulgaria, there's this amazing caveat, underlined and in bold face (and unedited), but written by a different party with much better English, and using British spelling:

We remind our readers that: The rights of same-sex spouses must be recognised by every member of the EU, even if a country’s government has not authorised gay marriage, the European Court of Justice has been advised.

However, it does not state who advised the European Court of Justice of this violation. Court...

4 days ago @ Equality on Trial - Open thread 1/16 BREAK... · 0 replies · +6 points

Nicaragua: The Court Said "Yes!"

Nicaragua: ¡La Corte Dijo que Sí!

La sede de la Corte Interamericana de Derechos Humanos, ubicada en el hermano país de Costa Rica, fue el escenario de la histórica pronunciación a favor de la legalización del matrimonio entre parejas del mismo sexo. La Corte, organismo judicial de la Organización de Estados Americanos (OEA) expresó a sus Estados miembros lo siguiente: “Deberán reconocer y garantizar todos los derechos que se derivan de un vinculo familiar entre personas del mismo sexo, incluyendo el matrimonio.”

Como era de esperarse, y aunque la Corte está sirviendo de ejemplo para todos los países firmantes, su opinión no obliga a los miembros de dicho organismo, en cuya legislación es ilegal la unión civil entre parejas del mismo sexo, a que cambien sus leyes a favor sobre este tema de forma inmediato. Sin embargo, ahora existe un precedente legal a nivel internacional para exigir el cumplimiento de esos derechos.

En Nicaragua, nuestra Constitución Política, en su artículo número 4, declara el compromiso del Estado de promover y garantizar los avances de carácter social y político para asegurar el bien común; asimismo el desarrollo humano de todos y cada uno de los nicaragüenses, protegiéndolos contra toda forma de explotación, discriminación, y exclusión. De igual manera el artículo número 5 de nuestra Constitución textualmente dice: “Nicaragua se adhiere a los principios que conforman el Derecho Internacional Americano reconocido y ratificado soberanamente."

The headquarters of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights, located in neighboring Costa Rica, was the scene of the historic pronunciation in favor of the legalization of marriage between same-sex couples. The Court, the judicial body of the Organization of American States (OAS), expressed to its member states the following: "They must recognize and guarantee all rights derived from a family bond between persons of the same sex, including marriage."

As was expected, and despite the fact the Court is serving as an example for all the signatory countries, its opinion does not obligate the members of said body, in whose legislation the civil union between same-sex couples is illegal, to change their laws to a favorable position on this subject immediately. However, there is now a legal precedent at the international level to demand compliance with those rights.

In Nicaragua, our Political Constitution, in Article 4, declares the commitment of the State to promote and guarantee the advances of a social and political nature to ensure the common good; as well as the human development of each and every Nicaraguan, protecting them against all forms of exploitation, discrimination, and exclusion. In the same way, Article 5 of our Constitución textually states: "Nicaragua adheres to the principles that conform to American International Law recognized and ratified sovereignly."

Note: The Spanish expression, "¡La Corte Dijo que Sí!" (The Court Said "Yes"), is quickly becoming a rallying point among LGBTI activists throughout Latin America.

4 days ago @ Equality on Trial - Open thread 1/16 BREAK... · 0 replies · +6 points

Arturo Zaldívar, Supreme Court Justice of Mexico, has more to say:

No hay un modelo de familia. La Constitución protege todos los tipos de familia. No hay familias de 1a y de 2a. Mi opinión, AI 2/2010, sesión 3 de agosto de 2010.

There is no single family model. The Constitution protects all types of families. There are no 1st-class and 2nd-class families. My opinion, AI 2/2010, session 3 August 2010.

Again, note the date: 2010.

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Latin American Nations Urged to Abide by Landmark LGBT Rights Ruling

LGBT advocacy groups across Latin America have urged their governments to abide by the Inter-American Court of Human Rights’ landmark ruling that recognizes same-sex marriage and transgender gender identity rights.

On Monday, 15 January 2018, México Igualitario, Visibles in Guatemala, Comunicado y Capacitando a Mujeres Trans in El Salvador, Fundación Igualitos in Costa Rica, Fundación Iguales in Panama, the Movement for Homosexual Integration and Liberation (MOVILH) in Chile, and more than two dozen other LGBT rights groups, signed a statement that notes the court “urges all the countries” that signed the American Convention on Human Rights “to embrace equality.”