Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Rainbow laces in the Spanish soccer

On the occasion of the International Day Against Homophobia in Sport, the Spanish Federation for LGTB people (FELGTB) launched a campaign to eliminate at soccer´s stadiums the discrimination produced by the sexual orientation of people.

To demonstrate their support publicly, the players of Rayo Vallecano (Madrid) has been welcomed the proposal and played last match with rainbow laces in his boots, becoming the first team in the top flight Spanish soccer seconding this great proposal.

Other Spanish premier league teams to assist this initiative are RCD Espanyol (Barcelona), Deportivo (A Coruña), Athletic Club (Bilbao), UD Almería, Eibar and Córdoba. Also several soccer teams at lower levels. 

In the sports world there are many obstacles faced by homosexuals, so a simple detail like wearing rainbow cords it´s a nice boost to extinguish homophobia at playing fields.

Maybe someday we will see Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo wearing them.

Well done guys!


Monday, March 2, 2015

Love Wins in Nebraska!

A federal judge on Monday ruled Nebraska's ban on gay marriage unconstitutional in a decision that could allow same-sex couples to marry in the state within a week.

U.S. District Judge Joseph Bataillon issued a preliminary injunction in the case brought by seven same-sex couples in the state, calling Nebraska's ban an "unabashedly gender-specific infringement of the equal rights of its citizens".

Bataillon denied a state request to stay his decision but said his injunction would take effect on March 9 to assuage Nebraska officials' concerns of possible administrative turmoil.

Nebraska state officials quickly appealed the ruling to the 8th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals.

"The definition of marriage is an issue for the people of Nebraska, and an activist judge should not substitute his personal political preferences for the will of the people", Governor Pete Ricketts said in a statement.

Nebraska voters in 2000 adopted a state constitutional amendment that defines marriage as only between one man and one woman and does not recognize civil unions, domestic partnerships or similar relationships for same-sex couples.

The news comes just after the state lifted a 20-year-old ban on gay people becoming licensed foster parents. The policy barred unmarried, unrelated adults who live together from fostering parents, extending its reach to same-sex couples and people who identify themselves as homosexual, even those living without a partner.

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Obama administration redefines 'spouse' to include married gay couples

Obama administration has redefined the term 'spouse' to give gay couples the same medical benefits.

The plans, which have been published by The Department of Labor in a new 52-page document, will grant gay couples the Federal right to job-protected leave from their place of work, so they can take care of a sick partner, child or parent under the 1993 Family and Medical Leave act (FMLA).

Under the revision, which will become law on March 27, anyone in a same-sex marriage, regardless of where they currently live, will be eligible for the benefit as long as they were married in a state that allows same-sex marriage.

Obama Administration continues to ensure all legally married couples have access to the same federal rights, protections and privilegis.

A new step for full equality in the U.S.

Tiffany L. Koebel from U.S. Department of Labor explained the change