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Re: Marriage Equality: Toward victory in U.S.--On to the rest of the world?
« Reply #600 on: December 22, 2019, 05:03:47 PM »
Last Wednesday an LGBT delegation presented a proposal to the chair of the House Committee on children, youth and gender diversity of the Thai parliament to change the Civil and Commercial Code to allow same-sex marriage. Two men in the delegation staged a symbolic kiss during the press conference (In the photo it looks pretty real.)

Public reaction has apparently been overwhelmingly negative. People say it was inappropriate in such a sanctified place. Some politician called it "shameful and beyond forgiveness". This from a post-coup, military-dominated government (elected under a rigged constitution) that includes a minister who served a prison sentence in Australia for trafficking drugs. There are differing reports on whether the kiss was planned or not. The Speaker has ordered an investigation of the role of MPs and staff with a view to punitive action. The chair and deputy chair of the committee have apologised.
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Re: Marriage Equality: Toward victory in U.S.--On to the rest of the world?
« Reply #601 on: January 28, 2020, 03:43:04 PM »
This is so nice to read. The law is inoperable of course, but it was still on the books.

https://www.joemygod.com/2020/01/virginia-house-repeals-2006-same-sex-marriage-ban/

The one who wrote the bill that was passed by ballot was defeated in 2017 by a trans woman, I had forgotten that tidbit.

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Re: Marriage Equality: Toward victory in U.S.--On to the rest of the world?
« Reply #602 on: July 15, 2020, 02:14:58 PM »
Russia Moves to Ban Gay Marriage


Russian lawmakers have swiftly moved to ban same-sex marriage in line with President Vladimir Putin’s recent changes to the Constitution.

Seven senators submitted a draft bill late Tuesday to amend Russia’s Family Code and legally ban gay marriage and adoptions, including, according to its authors, by transgender people. The move comes two weeks after voters overwhelmingly approved a set of constitutional amendments that include a provision defining marriage as a “union between a man and a woman.”

“The bill ends the practice of marriage between persons of the same sex, including those who changed genders,” its co-author, senator Yelena Mizulina, told Interfax.

The text of the draft bill submitted to Russia’s lower house of parliament, the State Duma, makes no mention of banning transgender marriages or adoptions.

“The bill must be adopted due to changes in public life, including the public demand to preserve traditional family values and strengthen and protect family institutions,” it reads.

Russia does not currently register same-sex marriages. However, Russia’s Family Code recognizes marriages that were registered abroad as long as they aren’t between close relatives or people who are already registered as married.

https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/07/15/russia-moves-to-ban-gay-marriage-a70878

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Re: Marriage Equality: Toward victory in U.S.--On to the rest of the world?
« Reply #603 on: September 25, 2020, 07:10:22 PM »
Gay Couple Married By Ruth Bader Ginsburg Recalls Their Special Wedding Day

BY SHANNON CATURANO SEP. 19, 2020

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was a lifelong trailblazer, most famously as a woman but also as an advocate for LGBTQ+ rights. She played a role in legalizing gay marriage in 2015, though her work toward equality also included personal, private moments.

As the first Supreme Court member to perform same sex marriage ceremonies, Justice Ginsburg helped many men and women break barriers — and form their families.

She began officiating gay marriages just a few months after she joined a landmark Supreme Court decision that made the federal government recognize gay marriages in June 2013.

One of the first weddings she officiated was for Ralph Pellecchio and Dr. James Carter Wernz. The Manhattan couple was together for more than 30 years before tying the knot on October 26, 2013. They say they were the first gay couple to get married at the Supreme Court.

“I grew up in a very small town in Eastern Washington State with 365 people, very closeted when I was younger, of course. And to realize, there I was with my family in the Chambers of the United States Supreme court in front of Justice Ginsburg, it was overwhelming,” Wernz said. “It was one of the most significant points of my life.”

It was a wedding that the couple thought would never be allowed to happen.

Pellecchio first met Ginsburg in 1975 when he was a student in one of her classes at Columbia Law School.

“She was brilliant, inspirational in terms of her teaching of the law and also the most wonderfully warm human being,” he said. “It was one of the best experiences I had in law school.”


https://www.ny1.com/nyc/all-boroughs/news/2020/09/19/gay-couple-married-by-ruth-bader-ginsburg-recalls-wedding-day