By maxime68 on Wednesday, August 18, 2010 - 15:40
Get ready for another fresh pile of political news with a focus on European LGBT content, the latest developments regarding prop8 and why Mexico puts Europe to shame.
Around the Corner
Prop8 was ruled unconstitutional earlier this month by a federal judge, and same-sex couples who want to get married have been in limbo ever since. At first weddings were on hold for several days, then they were suddenly allowed thanks to an initiative by the state’s Governor and now have been put on hold by the federal Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals until December. Let’s cross all our fingers and toes that they will make the right decision by keeping Judge Walker’s argument in mind:
(...) that the proposition was unconstitutional as it failed to protect all citizens equally.
More confused than before? Check out what Queeried has to say on these latest developments and why this still could be a good thing… or not.
The Mexican Supreme Court ruled that gay marriages are constitutional nationwide, though leaving it to the states to adopt the gay marriage law from Mexico City. The same court also ruled that adoptions by gay couples would be compliant with the Mexican constitution.
From the European Parliament’s Intergroup on LGBT Rights:
On the 1st September, Marije Cornelissen MEP, together with other MEPs from the Women’s Rights and Gender Equality Committee and the Intergroup on LGBT Rights will organise a conference on transgender rights. The conference will explore how transgender people’s rights fit within wider EU gender equality legislation.
Elio Di Rupo, the possible future Prime Minister, was threatened in a letter sent to Belgian TV-news channel VTM. The letter has been signed with “in the name of Allah” and it is mainly this quote that provoked immediate precautionary measures by the Minister for Interior Affairs:
(...) under no circumstances a gay man will become Prime Minister, in a Muslim-country-to-be like Belgium.
Stuttgart (Baden-Württemberg): Referring to the official request by Pride Stuttgart for 'equal rights for gay marriage', the President of the Evangelischer Arbeitskreis CDU Stuttgart (protestant working committee within the Christian Democratic Party), Reverend Johannes Bräuchle, thought it important to stress that only the relationship of a man and a woman can produce offspring and that therefore 'straight' marriage will always be privileged.
Cologne, post Gay Games: Queer.de reports about homophobic violence at the GayGames, mentioning a young gay Dutch man being physically assaulted and that the specifically installed anti-violence hotline received calls about this and other attacks. While this article somehow leaves the reader with the impression that the Gay Games weren’t a safe event, the Kölner Stadtanzeiger reports a homophobic issue, this time a lesbian who was verbally attacked by a hotel owner. This article also mentions that the citizens still have a lot to learn and that the city needed the Gay Games to make them aware of that. Two homophobic attacks, one physical and one verbal, leaflets and vandalized posters – seriously? That was it? Without trying to downplay these reportings, that’s less than at every German Pride Parade that took place this year.
The Supreme Court (BGH: Bundesgerichtshof) kept busy despite or perhaps because of the political summer break. First they confirmed a ruling by the Federal Constitutional Court (BVG: Bundesverfassungsgericht) that the surviving partners of civil servants have the same rights as those who are married, i.e. in these specific rulings allocation of widower’s pension and funeral allowance.
The Federal Constitutional Court (Bundesverfassungsgericht) ruled yesterday that it is not compliant with the German constitution to treat civil unions different from marriages when it comes to inheritance, most specifically inheritance taxes.
If your German is good enough, please make sure to read these two interesting, pro gay marriage comments on sueddeutsche.de (nationwide the daily paper with most subscriptions) and tagesschau.de (news magazine on ARD, nationwide public tv channel).
You can read what we think about Germany’s Minister of Foreign Affairs to not taking his partner to gay-unfriendly nations later this week.