The top court in the world’s second-largest nation says it’s up to parliament to decide on undoing the law criminalizing same-sex intercourse. This is “a major setback to LGBT rights,” says the legal group that brought the case. Updated with details from the written judgement.
Can the strategies that turned the U.S. LGBT movement into a money machine work when the fight goes abroad? Melissa Etheridge headlined a celebrity fundraiser for a new coalition that hopes to make that true.
“Do not be like us, do not be like Britain, do not sit idly by as so-called ‘LGBT activists’ manipulate words and laws to achieve dominance in your country,” Peter LaBarbera, founder of Americans for the Truth About Homosexuality, told a conference of Christian conservatives in the Caribbean country this weekend.
Carlos Bruce, a Peruvian congressman, is leading a major campaign for civil unions in one of South America’s most religious countries. The church has put his sexuality at the center of the debate — not that he seems to mind.
Activists say the ban, passed by popular referendum on Sunday, could lead to further efforts to curtail rights by the ballot box. “At this point we’re more concerned about what’s going to happen with other minority rights,” one Croatian LGBT activist said.
The organizations demanded the IOC press the Russian government for specifics on how the law will be enforced during the Sochi games.
The unusually heavy sentence may be a sign that law enforcement is finally getting serious about the widespread violence targeting black lesbians in South Africa.
“To permit someone to discriminate on the ground that he did not believe that persons of homosexual orientation should be treated equally with persons of heterosexual orientation would be to create a class of people who were exempt from the discrimination legislation,” ruled the high court unanimously.
A lesbian couple from Medellín is poised to win joint parental rights after a years-long legal battle. But the decision could plant the seed to undo court victories for marriage equality.
“Instead of supporting Putin’s anti-gay terror, [Ikea] was supposed to stand up for us,” one of the organizers said.