Saturday, December 20, 2014

Same-sex marriage will begin Jan. 6 in Florida

The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday evening denied Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi’s request to Justice Clarence Thomas that he extend a stay preventing the state from recognizing the marriages of eight gay and lesbian couples.
“The application for stay presented to Justice Thomas and by him referred to the Court is denied”, the Supreme Court announced Friday night, allowing Florida to become the 36th state, plus the District of Columbia, to recognize same-sex marriage.
In a statement Friday night, Bondi conceded: “Tonight, the United States Supreme Court denied the State’s request for a stay in the case before the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals. Regardless of the ruling, it has always been our goal to have uniformity throughout Florida until the final resolution of the numerous challenges to the voter-approved constitutional amendment on marriage. Nonetheless, the Supreme Court has now spoken, and the stay will end on Jan. 5”.
The case, however, isn’t over. Legal arguments haven't been heard before the 11th Circuit, which hasn’t ruled on the merits of the case.
Also still unresolved: whether clerks in the state’s 67 counties will adhere to the federal court ruling that declared Florida’s gay-marriage ban unconstitutional. The law firm representing the clerks’ association has warned them they could be in violation of Florida law if they issue same-sex marriage licenses before the U.S. Supreme Court settles the issue.
What was clear Friday night is that the Supreme Court refused to extend U.S. District Court Judge Robert L. Hinkle’s stay allowing same-sex marriage to be recognized in Florida on Jan. 6.

It´s time Florida!

Chinese court rules homosexuality doesn’t need to be cured

A court in China has ruled that a psychological clinic must re-pay costs to a gay man for trying to cure his homosexuality.
The man had been submitted to hypnosis and electric shocks in an attempt to turn him straight. The court ordered the clinic to pay him 3,500 yuan (£360) to cover the costs of the therapy, but did not award him damages.
The most interesting is that the court also ruled that homosexuality did not require treatment. Remember that China stopped classifying homosexuality as a disease in 2001.
Great news from the Asian giant.

A Chinese couple at their symbolic wedding

Friday, December 19, 2014

80 members of US Congress demand repeal of gay blood ban

80 Democrats in both the House and Senate have sent a letter demanding the repeal of a discriminatory and un-scientific decades-old ban on gay men giving blood.
The letter, addressed to HHS Secretary Sylvia Burwell, spans four pages, plus another five of signatures, and states they are "steadfastly committed to ending the outdated MSM blood donation policy and moving forward with securing the nation's blood supply in a scientifically sound manner".
The lawmakers say: "we must embrace science and reject outdated stereotypes". And they add: "Low-risk individuals who wish to donate blood and help to save lives should not be categorically excluded because of outdated stereotypes".

US Senators Elizabeth Warren and Tammy Baldwin
sponsoring this demand