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Why An Anti-Gay Court Decision In Texas Could Become The Next Great Gay Rights Victory
Pennsylvania Governor Endorses LGBT Nondiscrimination Protections
The Morning Pride: December 18, 2013
Why Obama Is Sending Openly Gay Athletes To Russia’s Olympics
Pennsylvania Lawyers Demand Marriage Equality Plaintiffs’ Relationship Histories
Both stories are awesome!
I've been hoping and hoping Illinois would pass marriage equality. Having been born in Illinois, educated there, and lived a third of my life there, I still feel like I have one foot in the state.
Well, maybe not a foot. A toe maybe.
And the German precedent is so meaningful. I think they are the first country to recognize intersex people. I hope many more follow soon.
Another marriage victory!
Illinois House clears the way for gay marriage bill
SPRINGFIELD --- The House today narrowly approved a gay marriage bill, clearing the way for Illinois to become the 15th state to legalize same-sex unions.
The bill got 61 votes, one more than the bare minimum needed to send the measure back to the Senate for final approval that’s expected later today. Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn has said he would sign the bill into law should it reach his desk.
The bill initially needed 71 votes to pass, but that threshold fell to 60 after the legislation was amended to change the effective date to next June 1. Because the bill was altered, it will have to return to the Senate, where Senate President John Cullerton says his members are prepared to approve it for the second time.
Some great news coming from Germany.......
Germany allows third gender option on birth certificates
Under new legislation, the field for gender can be left blank on birth certificates, effectively creating a category for indeterminate sex in the public record.
Germany will soon also allow the gender field on passports be filled with an "X" instead of "M" or "F."
Activists promoting the rights of so-called intersex people said they hoped the creation of a third gender option would open the door to broader changes that would limit genital surgery on newborns with both male and female characteristics.
"It's a first, important step in the right direction," said Lucie Veith, an intersex person from the northern German city of Hamburg.
But Veith said leaving the gender undefined on birth certificates was never the main lobbying point for the Association of Intersexed People in Germany, or others in the intersex community.
"Forbid cosmetic genital surgeries for newborns, that is our first demand," said Veith, who leads the organization.
Experts estimate one in 1,500 to 2,000 births result in a baby of indeterminate gender, or both male and female gender features.
Surgeries such as clitoral reductions, removal of undescended testicles, and vaginoplasty, or the surgical creation of a vagina, can be performed to physically assign a gender.
According to a 2012 European Commission report on the topic, surgeries are performed on intersex babies and infants in many European countries without adequate informed consent by the patients.
The report also found that many intersex-born people are angry that these surgeries were performed without their consent.
Other countries that recognize a third gender on their passports include: Australia, Bangladesh, India, Nepal and New Zealand. Pakistan’s national identity cards began allowing the option for a third gender in 2011. Thailand’s military officially recognizes a third gender as well.
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HOT DAMN! Great news, Carl, thanks for posting it!
This stone is gathering no moss.
Hawaii Senate passes bill to legalize gay marriage
Reuters news article
The 20-4 vote in favor of the bill, with three Democrats joining the state Senate's lone Republican to oppose the measure, came two days after the start of a special session called by Democratic Governor Neil Abercrombie to take up the legislation. One senator was absent for the vote.
If the bill is approved, as expected, by the state House of Representatives - where Democrats outnumber Republicans 44-7 - Hawaii would become the 15th vote to make it legal for gay and lesbian couples to wed.
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