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Old Jun 18th, 2014, 07:43 PM   #151
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The Luxembourg House of Representatives, in approving a bill on June 18, 2014, to legalize same-sex marriage, has moved to guarantee marriage equality and diminish discrimination based on sexual orientation, Human Rights Watch said today. The vote was 56 to 4. Luxembourg is the seventeenth country to pass legislation providing for the right to same-sex marriage in its national laws.

“This is a happy day for Luxembourg and for those who favor equal rights for all, irrespective of their sexual orientation or gender identity,” said Boris Dittrich, advocacy director of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) rights program at Human Rights Watch. “The law will enable gays and lesbians in Luxembourg to marry the person they love and will strengthen the fundamental rights of everyone in Luxembourg to equality and non-discrimination.”

Following the formation of a political coalition after the 2013 parliamentary elections, Prime Minister Xavier Bettel publicly announced that his government would introduce legislation guaranteeing the right to marriage equality and adoption by same-sex couples. In a meeting with Human Rights Watch on June 10, Prime Minister Bettel said that Archbishop Jean-Claude Hollerich of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Luxembourg had not publicly opposed the draft legislation and had not engaged in a public campaign to mobilize opinion against its adoption.

The archbishop’s position to refrain from a campaign against marriage and adoption by same-sex couples in Luxembourg starkly contrasts with the vehement opposition of local Roman Catholic authorities in France to marriage equality law being debated in Parliament in 2013.

Dittrich, a former member of the Dutch Parliament, initiated the debate on marriage equality in the Dutch Parliament in 1994. After heated debates in parliament and in society at large, the Netherlands implemented same-sex marriage legislation in 2001, becoming the first country in the world to provide for marriage equality.

Other countries have followed suit. Same-sex marriage is now legal in the Netherlands, Luxembourg, Belgium, Spain, Canada, South Africa, Norway, Sweden, Portugal, Iceland, Argentina, Denmark, France, Brazil, Uruguay, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom, as well as in parts of Mexico, and in 19 states in the United States (California, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Iowa, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Washington and the District of Columbia).

“The decision to approve marriage equality in Luxembourg is a pivotal moment amid international efforts to guarantee the rights of LGBT people worldwide,” Dittrich said. “We look forward to other European countries also moving quickly to ensure marriage equality, including Ireland, which will hopefully endorse the right for same sex couples to marry in a 2015 constitutional referendum.”
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She makes members of the southern GOP seem less obnoxious. Talk about hypocrisy. How much empty sloganeering can one fit into a single speech?
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Old Jun 19th, 2014, 02:49 AM   #154
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Not every gay person wants to marry.
That some don't want to marry is only relevant if the marriage law requires that everyone marry.
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Many gay people accept that they won't be accepted by some and they live their lives accepting that
Too many accepts here. Acceptance is a level of prejudice when it comes to "accepting" a minority group. All the sugar coating rationalizations in the world won't change that. Such acceptance is bigoted. Gay people who are satisfied with bigoted attitudes toward them are too easily satisfied.
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many don't even care because most minority groups know that many in the majority will despise them till the day they die. There really is no reason to dwell on it too much, life is too short to care who does and does not like you.
Unless, of course, you need to have your civil rights recognized.
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But as I said rights are a different issue from societal acceptance.
They're not. Rights are civil contracts.
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Old Jun 19th, 2014, 02:52 AM   #155
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Said this before, you can change the law but you can't change the way people think. Even if all states will be forced to pass the gay marriage & child adoption laws the LGBT community will always find something to moan about
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I don't believe LGBT doesn't care about social acceptance or lack thereof
Everyone cares about being valued in their society. As for heterosexist chauvinism ("acceptance"), some of us can do without it.
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Gay dads don't have right to their biological twin babies

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It’s heartbreaking to think that a state has erased the parents of children and put a family in legal jeopardy, simply because of discrimination against gay and lesbian couples. But that’s what happened to a gay couple in Texas after what they described as the "magical" birth of their twin boys.

Jason Hanna and Joe Riggs are the proud fathers of Lucas and Ethan, who were born in April, after they'd connected with a surrogate mom, CharLynn.

Each of the men is a biological father to one of the babies. But, because Texas has a ban on gay marriage (it was ruled unconstitutional by a federal judge last February, but the decision was stayed pending appeal), and because a judge can use his or her own discretion in these cases, neither of the men is currently on the birth certificates of either of the boys, nor have they been able to co-adopt each other’s biological child.

Gay Father Explains How He and Husband Have No Legal Rights To The Others Child by SiriusXM News & Issues
Only the surrogate mother — who has no biological relationship to the boys, since embryos were transferred to her — is on the birth certificates. In essence, the men are not legally defined as the parents of their own children. And though they have DNA tests for proof, they’re worried, particularly if something were to happen to one of them while the other still has not been able to co-adopt the other’s biological child.

Gay Father Explains How He and Husband Petitioned TX Judge For parenthood Of Their Twins by SiriusXM News & Issues
“As of right now in Texas two men cannot be on the birth certificate,” Jason Hanna explained in an interview with me on SiriusXM Progress. “So our attorney followed the letter of the law. We petitioned the court. We had DNA testing there [in court] and petitioned the judge to ultimately remove the surrogate mother from the birth certificate, who has no biological ties to the boys. We would like each biological dad to be placed on the birth certificate of our own son, and then ultimately proceed to the second-parent adoption. The entire petition was denied.”

Jason Hanna and Joe Riggs met four years ago and knew they wanted to be together and raise children, so they saved their money, knowing it would be a costly process. They married last July in Washington DC, where gay marriage is legal, and then went back to Dallas to celebrate their wedding with family and friends in August. They found a surrogate mom, and this past April the twins were born.

“We were sworn in and ultimately the judge was saying that with the information she had in front of her, under Texas law she couldn’t grant it,” Riggs said of their appearance in court last week. “I was shocked. We had a ton of questions as we walked away from that courtroom.”

It was particularly jarring to Hanna and Riggs because other gay couples in Texas, including friends of theirs, have successfully completed this process. The couple’s lawyer has offered them several options on bringing the petition back, changing the paperwork and the process. But there’s no question that if their marriage was legally recognized they would not be having this problem at all.

“In order to grant a second-parent adoption [automatically under current law], it has to be between two married people,” Jason explained. “And so, considering we’re not legally married in the eyes of Texas, they don’t have to grant that second-parent adoption because they don’t recognize our marriage…It’s up to the judge’s discretion on whether or not to grant it.”

Gay Father Explains TX Marriage Ban Blocking Adoption Process by SiriusXM News & Issues
Hanna and Riggs worry, as they wait for the next step, because they’re in a scary legal limbo.

“Without [co-adoption], if something happened to either me or Joe we don’t have any legal recourse to keep the other’s biological child,” Hanna said. “The state could come in and separate these two brothers…We want to reiterate how important it is for a state to recognize each family, whether it's same-sex or opposite-sex, and really to ensure everyone has equal protection from the state.”
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Since it's Texas, I wouldn't be surprised to see them banned from contact with the boys.
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Since it's Texas, I wouldn't be surprised to see them banned from contact with the boys.
On a worldwide scale we are winning. Just a shame in supposedly developed countries things like this still have to happen now and then .
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Great news, Indiana and Utah's gay marriage has been legalised within ten minutes today So happy for those who will be getting married Let's hope they won't change their mind to ban it again
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Victory: Croatia adopts civil union law for gay couples

Eastern European country's parliament has voted overwhelmingly in favor to give gay couples the right to enter into life partnerships

Gay couples are celebrating as Croatia has adopted a law on life partnerships.

It allows couples to enter into a legal union that gives them many of the same rights that married couples enjoy, but does not allow them to adopt.

The law passed 89 votes in support and 16 against today (15 July).

Zoran Milanovic, Croatia’s liberal Prime Minister, proposed the legislation saying he was determined to bring in rights for same-sex couples.

The law will give same-sex couples access to equality in inheritance, pensions, tax and medical care.

Marko Jurčić, anti-discrimination coordinator for Zagreb Pride, told Gay Star News it was a ‘big step forward’.

‘Of course marriage equality is something we all demand, but it is still a huge step.

‘Almost every country that now has marriage equality has had this step in between.

‘While in one hand anyone who wants to get married can in the meantime still enjoy a huge number of rights, rights they deserve. On the other, this is a block in the path to marriage equality.’

Last year, the Catholic Church gathered 750,000 signatures – over one fifth of Croatia’s population – to demand the Constitution ban same-sex marriage.

It led to a change in the constitution, banning gay couples from marriage by defining it as between a man and a woman.
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Good news after that referendum banning gay marriage passed well done Croatia!
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