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Ecuador’s Highest Court Approves Gay Marriages in Landmark Ruling

Ecuador’s Constitutional Court approved the marriage of two gay couples in a landmark ruling on Wednesday. Reuters reports: “Five of nine judges in Ecuador’s top court on Wednesday ruled in favor of two gay couples who sued after their request to be married was denied by the country’s civil registry. The Latin American nation is the 27th country to allow same-sex marriage with the move coming during the annual gay Pride month and events to mark the 50th year of the Stonewall riots in New York that gave rise to...
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Iran Defends Executions of Gay People

At a press conference with the German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas in Tehran on Monday, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammed Javad Sarif deefended his country’s policy of executing gay people, Deutsche Welle reports. Sarif was asked, “Why are homosexuals executed in Iran because of their sexual orientation?” He replied: “Our society has moral principles. And we live according to these principles. These are moral principles concerning the behavior of people in general. And that means that the law is respected and the law is obeyed.” Germany’s foreign ministry and U.S. Ambassador...
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Mike Pence Defends Ban on LGBTQ Pride Flag at U.S. Embassies: WATCH

Vice President Mike Pence was asked by NBC News if the administration directed U.S. embassies to not fly the LGBTQ Pride flag. Replied Pence: “I’m aware that the State Department indicated that on the flagpole of our American embassies, that one flag should fly and that’s the American flag and I support that.” RELATED: Trump Administration Bans U.S. Embassies Worldwide from Flying LGBT Pride Flag — a Blanket Permission Granted by Obama “As the president said on the night that we were elected,” Pence added, “we’re proud to serve every...
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Botswana High Court Decriminalizes Gay Sex in Landmark Ruling

Botswana’s high court has struck down laws decriminalizing gay sex, in place since 1965. Scenes of joy as decriminalization Of homosexuality made official in Botswana #repeal164 pic.twitter.com/pBch7o6kdh— Ryan Brown (@ryanlenorabrown) June 11, 2019 History made in BotswanaHuman rights for all. pic.twitter.com/Jlv7KisZYq— Keikantse E. Phele (@ke_phele) June 11, 2019 The Guardian reports: ‘Jubilant activists in the packed courtroom cheered the unanimous decision, which came a month after a setback in Kenya when a court rejected an attempt to repeal similar colonial-era laws. The ruling was welcomed enthusiastically by campaigners across the African continent,...
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LGBTQ World News Digest: 20 International Stories You Need to Know About

KENYA. High court upholds law making gay sex illegal: ‘Same-sex relations have been banned since the British colonized Kenya in the late 19th century. Kenya’s penal code criminalizes “carnal knowledge against the order of nature.” Anyone found engaging in same-sex relationships could face up to 14 years in prison.The Kenyan High Court declined to decriminalize same-sex relations. The decision was a setback to the LGBTQI moment in Africa, where same-sex relationships are largely seen as taboo.’ ALSO: First Gay Couple Marries in Taiwan as Marriage Equality Comes to Asia: WATCH...
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First Gay Couple Marries in Taiwan as Marriage Equality Comes to Asia: WATCH

Gay couples began marrying today in Taiwan on Friday, bringing marriage equality to a part of the world it has never seen. Shane Lin and Marc Yan married at the Xinyi District Household Registration Office in Taipei this morning. The couple was the first to arrive at the government office to officially register as a married couple, MSN reports: “Outside the government building, crowds gathered as Taiwan officially opened for the first time the Household Registration Office for same-sex couples on May 24. LGBT rights supporters were delighted at the...
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U.S. Sanctions Chechen Officials Responsible for Torture and Detention of Gay Men

Chechen Leader Ramzan Kadyrov The U.S. Treasury Department on Thursday sanctioned several Chechen officials and a law enforcement agency in relation to a new wave of persecution of gay men in the southern Russian Republic: Abuzayed Vismuradov, the Terek Special Rapid Response Team (a special division of first responders), Sergey Leonidovich Kossiev, Ruslan Geremeyev. Radio Free Europe reports: ‘The individuals targeted were sanctioned under the 2012 Magnitsky Act. That law, and a wider one passed four years later, gives U.S. officials the authority to sanction people and entities for human...
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Taiwan Legalizes Same-Sex Marriage in First for Asia

Taiwan’s parliament passed Asia’s first marriage equality law overnight as more than 40,000 stood in the streets outside the legislature. Taiwan is the first Asian country to legalize marriage between same-sex couples. The moment marriage equality passed in Taiwan today @lborogeog pic.twitter.com/UOAcyBddud— Sarah Holloway (@ProfSLHolloway) May 17, 2019 The Guardian reports: “Lawmakers on Friday comfortably passed part of a bill that would allow gay couples to enter into “exclusive permanent unions” and apply for marriage registration with government agencies.” The NYT adds: “The legislature faced a deadline imposed by Taiwan’s...
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Taiwan Legalizes Same-Sex Marriage in First for Asia

Taiwan’s parliament passed Asia’s first marriage equality law overnight as more than 40,000 stood in the streets outside the legislature. Taiwan is the first Asian country to legalize marriage between same-sex couples. The moment marriage equality passed in Taiwan today @lborogeog pic.twitter.com/UOAcyBddud— Sarah Holloway (@ProfSLHolloway) May 17, 2019 The Guardian reports: “Lawmakers on Friday comfortably passed part of a bill that would allow gay couples to enter into “exclusive permanent unions” and apply for marriage registration with government agencies.” The NYT adds: “The legislature faced a deadline imposed by Taiwan’s...
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Mob Beats Priest in India, Chops Off His Hair for Being Gay: VIDEO

Videos of a priest being beaten by a crowd in Mangaluru, India have gone viral on social media. The News Minute reports: ‘In the two videos, one of which was 1:11 minutes and another 4:31 minutes, the mob speaking in Tulu alleged that Rajesh Poojary was indulging in sexual acts with a man and assaulted him. The victim Rajesh Poojary, a Daiva Patri is seen being questioned by the crowd. He was also dragged by the crowd and repeatedly assaulted by them. The crowd while questioning (inaudible) Rajesh, hurled abuses...
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