WINDY CITY TIMES
||Thailand, Switzerland go in opposite directions regarding marriage equality
This article shared 363 times since Thu Nov 18, 2021
Thailand's Constitutional Court ruled a law that defines marriage as between a man and a woman in the country is constitutional, The Washington Blade reported.
The Foundation for Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Rights and Justice, a Thai advocacy group, filed a lawsuit that challenged Section 1448 of the country's Civil and Commercial Code, which does not extend marriage rights to same-sex couples. Bloomberg said the Constitutional Court in its ruling said Thai lawmakers "should draft laws that guarantee the rights for gender-diverse people."
In 2019, Taiwan became the first Asian country to grant marriage equality.
Meanwhile, Switzerland has gone in the opposite direction from Thailand.
Same-sex couples can wed in the European country from July 1, 2022, the government said, enacting the results of a groundbreaking referendum on the issue in September, according to Reuters.
Voters approved the "Marriage for All" initiative by a nearly two-thirds majority, making Switzerland one of the last countries in Western Europe to legalize same-sex marriage.
In a two-stage process, same-sex couples who have married abroad will have their status recognized starting in January. Previously, the couples were seen as registered partnerships in Switzerland.
This article shared 363 times since Thu Nov 18, 2021
| ARTICLES YOU MIGHT LIKE|
|NATIONAL Asylum case, TDOR items, activist dies, trans hockey team|
Mattie Tux Hortona transgender woman from Zimbabwe who lives in Rockville, Marylandwon her asylum case in late October after living in the United States for the past five years, The Washington Blade reported. Although she has ...
|WORLD Queer mountaineers, race-car driver, Australian bill, German reforms|
At the end of this year's mountaineering season, a group of climbers raised LGBTQ+ symbols on top of Mont Blanc, the highest peak in Western Europe, as part of the Pink Summits campaign, a press release ...
|Three white men found guilty in fatal shooting of Ahmaud Arbery|
On Nov. 24, a jury found three white men guilty of murder and other charges in the fatal shooting of Ahmaud Arbery, who was Black, early last year, according to media reports. Father and son Gregory ...
|AFC commemorates passing of the HIV decriminalization law with World AIDS Day event Dec. 1 |
--From a press release - The World AIDS Day Community Celebration of the Historic Passage of HB1063, which ended criminal penalties against people living with HIV, will be hosted by AIDS Foundation Chicago (AFC). It will also commemorate World AIDS Day, ...
|Kyle Rittenhouse found not guilty on all charges|
On Nov. 19 in Wisconsin, a Kenosha County jury composed of seven women and five men acquitted Kyle Rittenhouse of all charges against him, finding the teenage gunman acted in self-defense when he fatally shot two ...
|LGBTQ+ equality in nine Illinois municipalities detailed in Human Rights Campaign Index|
--From a press release - WASHINGTON Today, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation, the educational arm of the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ+) civil rights organization, in partnership with The ...
|Biden nominates second lesbian as federal judge|
U.S. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer recommended that President Joe Biden elevate the Manhattan federal judge overseeing the sex-abuse trial of British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell to the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, Reuters reported. Biden ...
|Lightfoot signs order helping those returning from incarceration|
Chicago Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot, alongside Ald. Walter Burnett and community leaders, signed an executive order to create a first-of-its-kind Interagency Reentry Council, a press release noted. This newly established ...
|More than a quarter of LGBT state, local employees face discrimination at work|
--From a Williams Institute press release - More than one-quarter of LGBT state and local employees have experienced discrimination at work About half of LGBT people who work in education and law enforcement are not out to their supervisors Over 600,000 LGBT employees ...
|Fraternal Order of Police head says he will resign|
John Catanzara—the controversial head of the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 7, Chicago's largest police union—said Nov. 15 he will retire from the Chicago Police Department, The Chicago Tribune reported. He made the announcement after h ...
|WORLD China clinic, lesbian couple, Mr. Gay World, Ghana bill|
China launched its first medical clinic to treat transgender children and adolescents, NBC News reported. The Chinese state-backed media outlet The Global Times recently reported that the clinic opened at the Children's Hospital of Fudan University ...
|Oklahoma governor orders halt to non-binary birth certificates|
Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt has issued an executive order to stop the Oklahoma State Department of Health from issuing non-binary birth certificates, KFOR.com reported. "Neither this statute nor Oklahoma law otherwise [provides] OSDH or others any ...
|Death of Marquiisha 'Quii' Lawrence in South Carolina makes 2021 deadliest year for trans people|
--From a press release - GREENVILLE, SC- The National Black Justice Coalition (NBJC) mourns the death of Marquiisha 'Quii' Lawrence, a 28-year-old Black transgender woman. Lawrence was shot and killed in her home in Greenville, South Carolina, on November 4, 2021. ...
|Russia labels LGBTQ+ group 'foreign agents'|
On Nov. 8, Russia declared the main group defending LGBTQ+ rights a "foreign agent" as part of a continuing crackdown on media outlets and rights groups, The Moscow Times reported. The Russian LGBT Network, which was ...
|Iceland, Norway, Netherlands have highest levels of LGBTI acceptance|
--From a press release - The updated Global Acceptance Index ranks LGBTI acceptance in 175 countries and locations New research from the Williams Institute at UCLA School of Law finds that the average levels of acceptance for LGBTI people and their ...