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30 June 2014

Lawsuit against Abele for same-sex marriage support dismissed

UNITED STATES, Wisconsin: On 30 June 2014, Court Commissioner Grace Flynn dismissed a lawsuit filed by Robert Braun alleging the decision of Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele and three other county clerks to issue marriage licenses after US District Court Judge Barbara Crabb struck down the state's ban on same-sex marriage violated the public's civil rights and ignored the constitutional ban on same-sex marriage, ruling there was no valid claim stated.

High Court Says For-Profit Corporations Can Claim Religious Exemptions

UNITED STATES, Washington DC: On 30 June 2014, in a decision with the potential to open up wide gaps in nondiscrimination protections for sexual minorities, the Supreme Court has ruled 5-4 that a family-owned corporation could claim an exemption from complying with the Affordable Care Act (ACA) because of the owners' religious objections to funding certain forms of contraception.
• Opinion: Burwell, Secretary of Health and Human Services, et al. v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. No. 13-354 PDF 511.31kb, 30 JUN 14

Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals expedites Indiana same-sex marriage appeal

UNITED STATES, Indiana: On 30 June 2014, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals ordered an expedited briefing schedule for hearing the challenges to the same-sex marriage ban in Indiana.
• Order: Marilyn Rae Baskin et al., v. Penny Bogan, et al., Midori Fujii, et al. v. Commissioner for the Indiana State Department of Revenue, Pamela Lee, et al. v. Brian Abbott, et al. Nos, 14-2386, 14-2387, 14-2388 PDF 1.10MB, 30 JUN 14

Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals to hear three same-sex marriage cases on September 8

UNITED STATES, Idaho, Hawaii, Nevada: On 30 June 2014, it was reported that the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals set 08 September 2014 for hearing the challenges to same-sex marriage bans in Hawaii, Idaho and Nevada.
• 9th Circuit Court of Appeals Calendar for San Francsico, California, September 8-12, 2014: Natasha Jackson v. Neil Abercrombie, Susan Latta v. C Otter, Beverly Sevcik v. Brian Sandoval Nos. 12-16996 and 12-16998, 14-35420 and 14-35421, 12-17668

Supreme Court declines to hear challenges to Californiaís ban on LGBT 'conversion therapy'

UNITED STATES: California: On 30 June 2014, the US Supreme Court declined to take up the appeals in the reparative therapy cases “Pickup v. Brown” and “Welch v. Brown”, leaving the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruling that the law banning reparative therapy is a permissible regulation of the medical profession.
• Order List: 573 U.S.: Certiorari - Summary Dispositions Nos. 13-949, 13-1282 PDF 146.20kb, 30 JUN 14

27 June 2014

Judge to issue opinion in Tennessee divorce case

UNITED STATES, Tennessee: On 27 June 2014, Roane County Circuit Court Judge Russell Simmons Jr, announced he would issue an opinion as to whether a divorce in the case of Frederick Michael Borman and Larry Kevin Pyles-Borman, who married in Iowa in 2010, should proceed in the face of the Tennessee ban on same-sex marriage.

ACLU files second lawsuit challenging Missouri same-sex marriage ban

UNITED STATES, Missouri: On 24 June 2014, the ACLU filed a lawsuit in Jackson County on behalf of Kyle Lawson and Evan Dahlgren and Angela Curtis and Shannon McGinty alleging the state constitutional provision limiting marriage to one man and one woman violates the equal protection and due process clauses of the U.S. Constitution in denying marriage licences to same-sex couples.

Same-Sex Marriages Halted in Indiana

UNITED STATES, Indiana: On 27 June 2014, the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals ordered a stay of the marriage equality cases “Marilyn R Baskin and Esther Fuller et al. v. Penny Bogan et al.” pending resolution of the appeal. The stay puts same-sex marriages in the State on hold.
• Order: Marilyn Rae Basking et al. v. Penny Bogan et al, Midori Fujii et al., v. Commissioner of the Indiana State Department of Revenue et al., Pamela Lee et al v. Brian Abbott, et al. Nos. 14-2386, 14-2387, 14-2388 PDF 139.89, 27 JUN 14

26 June 2014

Russian Court Orders Local Authorities to Recognize Transsexual's New Gender

RUSSIA, Chelyabinsk: On 26 June 2014, the Chelyabinsk court was reported to have ruled in favor of a f2m transsexual who took the local civil registry office to court over its refusal to recognize his newly acquired gender. The decision has not yet taken effect, and may be appealed by the registry office.

UK civil partnerships will stay, but straights are still banned

UNITED KINGDOM: On 26 June 2014, culture secretary Sajid Javid announced 10 December 2014 as the date that gay couples in civil partnerships will be allowed to convert their partnerships into marriage. Civil partnerships will remain an open option for same-sex couples only. Married transgender people will be able to change their legal gender without ending their marriage, provided their partner agrees.

25 June 2014

Mexican Supreme Court rules against same-sex marriage ban

MEXICO, Baja California: On 25 June 2014, the Mexican Supreme Court ruled a law that bans same-sex marriage in the state of Baja California is unconstitutional, saying “The exclusion of marriage to same-sex partners goes against the self-determination of people and each individualís right to freely develop their personality”.

Pennsylvania county to require same-sex couples to marry to retain benefits

UNITED STATES, Pennsylvania: On 25 June 2014, Allegheny County officials reportedly announced a change in policy effective 01 August, cutting off benefits to same-sex partners of its employees unless the couple are married. This follows Court decision in Deb Whitewood, et at., v. Michael Wolf striking down the statutory ban on same-sex marriage.

Finland votes against gay marriage - again

FINLAND: On 25 June 2014, the parliamentary legal affairs committee was reported to have rejected 10-6 a bid to legislate for equal marriage, despite a petition in support signed by over 166,000 people. The parliament is expected to consider the bill after September.

Indiana same-sex marriage ban struck down

UNITED STATES, Indiana: On 25 June 2014, federal district court judge Richard L Young struck down Indiana's same-sex marriage ban. The ruling holds that the ban violates the Equal Protection Clause of the United States Constitution. There is no stay however, the State lodged a Notice of Appeal to the 7th Circuit Court of Appeal requesting a stay.
• Opinion: Marilyn R Baskin and Esther Fuller et al. v. Penny Bogan et al. No: 1:14-cv-00355-RLY-TAB PDF 151.03kb, 25 JUN 14
• Notice of Appeal: Marilyn R Baskin and Esther Fuller et al. v. Penny Bogan et al. No: 1:14-cv-00355-RLY-TAB PDF 24.21kb, 25 JUN 14

Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals strikes down Utah same-sex marriage ban

UNITED STATES, Utah: On 25 June 2014, the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals in Colorado affirmed 2-1 the district court's ruling that Utahís same-sex marriage ban is unconstitutional, finding “ … A state may not deny the issuance of a marriage license to two persons, or refuse to recognize their marriage, based solely upon the sex of the persons in the marriage union … ”. A stay was issued pending appeal.
• Opinion: Derek Kitchen et al. v. Gary S Herbert et al. No: 13-4178 PDF 316.67kb, 25 JUN 14

24 June 2014

Lesbian couple awarded NIS 60,000 after wedding hall turned them away

ISRAEL: On 24 June 2014, Judge Moshe Yoad Cohen in the Jerusalem District Court upheld a lower court's ruling ordering an events hall to pay ₪60,000 compensation to a lesbian couple, after the venue's operators refused to let them hold their wedding reception at the hall because of the women's sexual orientation, finding the refusal violated the law prohibiting discrimination in the provision of goods and services, and entry to places of entertainment and public sites.

New bill will 'ban homosexuality' and LGBT rights groups

GAMBIA: On 20 June 2014, Secretary General and Minister of Presidential Affairs Momodou Sabally reportedly said the government plans to further toughen anti-LGBT laws by 'banning homosexuality' and LGBT rights organisations.

Puerto Rico Senate confirms first openly gay justice to Supreme Court

PUERTO RICO: On 23 June 2014, the Senate confirmed 16-10 Maite Oronoz Rodriguez as an Associate Justice on the US island territory's Supreme Court, making her the first openly gay person to serve on the Court.

Same-sex marriages to be treated as civil partnerships in Isle of Man

UNITED KINGDOM, Isle of Man: On 24 June 2014, Policy and Reform Minister Chris Robertshaw was reported to have told the Tynwald that same-sex marriages recorded in England and Wales will be treated as civil partnerships in the island.

Major gay rights ruling left intact

UNITED STATES, California: On 24 June 2014, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals the panel filed an order rejecting a sua sponte en banc call that failed to received a majority of the votes of the nonrecused active judges necessary to rehear the SmithKline Beecham v. Abbott Laboratories case, leaving in place the earlier judgment that in jury selection equal protection prohibits peremptory strikes based on sexual orientation.
• Order: Smithkline Beecham Corporation v. Abbott Laboratories Nos. 11-17357, 11-17373 PDF 93.66kb, 24 JUN 14

Ugandan Court Rules Government Can Stop LGBT Groups

UGANDA: On 24 June 2014, it was reported that High Court Judge Steven Musota dismissed the case alleging that Minister of Ethics Simon Lokodo had violated the rights of LGBTI activists when he shut down a training workshop for LGBTI activists organized in 2012 because the event was promoting homosexuality, an illegal activity.
• Case: Jacqueline Kasha Nabagesera, Frank Mugisha, Julian Pepe Onziema, and Geoffrey Ogwaro v. The Attorney General and Hon. Rev. Fr Simon Lokodo, High Court Miscellaneous Cause No. 33 of 2012

20 June 2014

Immigration Law for the LGBT Community: Know Your Rights!

UNITED STATES: Since 25 June 2013, when DOMA was ruled unconstitutional, the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) allows those in valid same-sex marriages between US. citizens and non-citizens or green card holders if they are lawfully resident, the same rights and benefits as everyone else however, it is advisable to obtain accurate and current advice from a legal source.

New York Senate blocks 'gay cure' therapy ban, trans anti-discrimination bill

UNITED STATES, New York: On 19 June 2014, the Senate leadership ended the legislative session without allowing bills banning 'gay cure' therapy for minors, and protecting trans people from discrimination to go to a vote, effectively blocking the bills.

20 June 2014

Massachusetts to boost transgender health care coverage

UNITED STATES, Massachusetts: On 20 June 2014, Governor Deval Patrick signed off on a new policy that would provide insurance coverage to transgender residents to undergo gender reassignment surgery and hormone therapy as a standard benefit in its government health plan for lower-income and disabled people.

Obama Administration expands federal benefits for married same-sex couples

UNITED STATES, Washington DC: On 20 June 2014, the Obama administration granted an array of new benefits to married same-sex couples, including those who live in states where same-sex marriage is against the law. The benefits range from Social Security survivor and death benefits and veterans benefits to work leave for caring for sick spouses under the Family and Medical Leave Act.

19 June 2014

Automatic same-sex marriages kick in this month in Washington

UNITED STATES, Washington: On 30 June 2014, some state registered domestic partnerships will automatically be converted into marriages. If couples want to opt-out of marriage, they must legally end their partnership by applying to the court. If one person in a domestic partnership is over the age of 62, the partnership will not be converted into a marriage.

Six months after Supreme Court verdict, seven booked under homophobic law

INDIA, Karnataka: On 19 June 2014, in possibly the first case in the country after the Supreme Court upheld Section 377 of the Penal Code, making gay sex a punishable offence, it was reported that Bangalore Police had charged seven youths under the Section in a homosexual encounter extortion case.

18 June 2014

Nashville approves domestic partner benefits for city, county workers

UNITED STATES, Tennessee: On 17 June 2014, the Nashville Metropolitan Council voted 27-7 (2 abstentions) to offer health insurance and pension benefits to the same-sex domestic partners of city and Davidson county “Metro” workers beginning 01 January 2015.

St. Petersburg Repeals 'Homosexual Propaganda' Law

RUSSIA, St Petersburg: On 18 June 2014, it was reported that the City of St Petersburg repealed the city's “gay propaganda” law. The lawmakers decided to repeal the local measure since there is now a federal ban that prohibits all of Russia from spreading “homosexual propaganda”

Gay marriage bill passes in Luxembourg

LUXEMBOURG: On 17 June 2014, the House of Representatives approved a bill by a vote of 56-4 to make legalization of same-sex marriage a part of its national laws. The Bill also grants same-sex couples adoption rights and is expected to be in effect by early 2015.

Kyrgyzstan human rights group passes 'gay propaganda' bill

KYRGYZSTAN: On 17 June 2014, a Kyrgyzstan human rights group passed a gay propaganda bill 4-3 in parliament that is similar to Russia's own anti-gay laws, making it unlawful to spread information about 'non-traditional sexual relations' in the former Soviet country and imposing punishments of fines and up to six months imprisonment.

17 June 2014

In a First, Senate Confirms Two Gay Federal Judges

UNITED STATES, Washington DC: On 17 April 2014, US Senate confirmed Judge Darrin Gayles, the first openly gay African-American man to be confirmed as a lifetime-appointed federal judge to the US District Court for the Southern District of Florida and attorney Staci Yandle, was confirmed to the US District Court for the Southern District of Illinois, and is the first African-American to serve on her court and the first openly gay lifetime-appointed federal judge in Illinois.

Judge denies Texas dads parental rights to biological twin sons

UNITED STATES, Texas: On 17 June 2014, it was reported that a judge denied the petition to adopt of Jason Hannah, 36, and Joe Riggs, 33, fathers of twins Lucas and Ethan, who were born of the same surrogate mother . Each biologically fathered one of the twins. The couple were married in Washington DC last year and sought to add each of their names to their biological sons' birth certificates and to cross-adopt, or second-parent adopt.

16 June 2014

StarMiami Beach Will Offer Transgender Benefits This Fall

UNITED STATES, Florida: On 11 June 2014, the City of Miami Beach Commission unanimously voted to offer transgender health and medical benefits to city employees - including include gender-reassignment surgery, such as mastectomies for female-to-male transgendered people, and hormone treatments - starting this October.

Appeals court sets August 6 for marriage arguments in four states

UNITED STATES, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, Tennessee: On 16 June 2014, the US Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinatti, in four separate notices, set 06 August at 1 pm as the single day to hear arguments in the five marriage equality cases pending before the court.

Obama plans to sign executive order protecting LGBTI employees who work for federal contractors

UNITED STATES, Washington DC: On 16 June 2014, it was reported that President Barack Obama is planning to sign an executive order banning federal contractors from discriminating against employees based on their sexual orientation or gender identity, as the US Congress continues to be stalled on the long-delayed Employment Non-Discrimination Act.

Kansas county granting divorces to same-sex couples married in other states

UNITED STATES, Kansas: On 16 June 2014, it was reported that Douglas County is currently the only county in Kansas that has issued divorces for same-sex couples whilst at least two other counties, Shawnee and Johnson, will grant an annulment to end the marriages. Other counties find the marriage is invalid and dismiss the divorce petitions.

15 June 2014

Transgender Alberta boy gets new birth certificate

CANADA, Alberta: On 15 June 2014, Alberta's culture minister, Heather Klimchuk presented 12-year-old f2m transgender boy Wren Kauffman with a new birth certificate that simply has an “M” instead of an “F”, recognizing him as male. Kauffman had filed a complaint with the Alberta Human Rights Commission over the inability to change the sex on his birth certificate.

14 June 2014

Alabama law used to prosecute gay sex struck down by appeals court, AL.com reports

UNITED STATES, Alabama: On 13 June 2014, the Court of Criminal Appeals ruled that the part of Title 13A-6-65(a)(3) of the Alabama Code 1975, the sexual misconduct law used against consensual oral and anal sex, was unconsititutional.
• Opinion: Dewayne Williams v. State of Alabama CR-112-1395 PDF 85.85kb, 13 JUN 14

13 June 2014

Supreme Court of Canada rules in favour of online privacy

CANADA: On 13 June 2014, the Supreme Court of Canada ruled that internet providers cannot disclose private information, like names, addresses and phone numbers, to authorities without a warrant.
• Judgment: R. v. Spencer 2014 SCC 43 PDF 364.08kb, 13 JUN 14

Dominican Republic reiterates ban on gay cops and soldiers

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC: On 13 June 2014, the national chief of police Manuel Castro and defense minister Sigfrido Pared were reported to have reiterated that the country will not allow gays and lesbians to serve in its police force or armed forces.

Nebraska Supreme Court dismisses same-sex divorce appeal

UNITED STATES, Nebraska: On 13 June 2014, the Nebraska Supreme Court dismissed an appeal by Bonnie Nichols, legally wed to Margie Nichols in Iowa who is now seeking a divorce in the state where they live, finding that the court didn't have jurisdiction (because the appeal was from a conditional order and not a final judgment) and therefore could not address the constitutional arguments raised about same-sex marriage and divorce in Nebraska.
• Opinion: Bonnie Nichols v. Margie Nichols No. S-13-841 PDF 152.62kb, 13 JUN 14

Iowa Supreme Court Overturns Nick Rhoades' Conviction for Criminal Transmission of HIV

UNITED STATES, Iowa: On 13 June 2014, the Iowa Supreme Court majority overturned a guilty plea and conviction for Nick (Clayton) Rhoades for violating the state's HIV-specific law finding, “ … we are unable to take judicial notice that an infected individual can transmit HIV when an infected person engages in protected anal sex with another person or unprotected oral sex, regardless of the infected person's viral load …”
• Decision: Nick Rhoades v. State of Iowa No: 12-0180 PDF 141.91kb, 13 JUN 14

Same-Sex Marriages End in Wisconsin, for Now

UNITED STATES, Wisconsin: On 13 June 2014, Judge Barbara Crabb in the US District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin granted a permanent injunction enjoining state officers from denying a marriage license to a couple because both applicants for the license are the same sex and granted a stay of the injunction pending the conclusion of any appeal.
• Opinion and Order: Virginia Wolf and Carol Schumacher et al. v. Scott Walker et al. No. 14-cv-64-bbc PDF 107.31kb, 13 JUN 14

German gays get more adoption rights

GERMANY: On 13 June 2014, the upper chamber of Bundesrat (parliament) passed legislation that allows a gay parent's new partner to become the legal guardian of a previously adopted child. Though barred from initiating adoptions, a same-sex partnership can legally take over biological children from one partner's previous heterosexual marriage.

12 June 2014

Rural Border Town Becomes Idaho's 8th City To Approve Non-Discrimination Ordinance

UNITED STATES, Idaho: On 12 June 2014, it was reported that the Victor city council unanimously approved a non-discrimination ordinance making it unlawful to discrimination on the ground of sexual orientation or gender identity/expression in employment, housing and public accommodation. The ordinance goes into effect 16 June 2014.

Michigan sued over gay marriage from New York

UNITED STATES, Michigan: On 11 June 2014, Bruce Morgan and Brian Merucci filed a complaint in the Federal Court in Grand Rapids seeking recognition of their same-sex marriage performed in New York state in December 2013.

Marriage still valid after sex change: Italian court

ITALY: On 11 June 2014, Alessandra Bernaroli, a transsexual woman from Bologna, was granted the right to remain married to her wife by Italy's Constitutional Court, declaring the previous annulment of the marriage to be “illegitimate” and that the marriage could in fact be maintained through “other forms of registered partnership”.
• Judgment: 170/2014 (in Italian) PDF 115.59kb, 11 JUN 14

11 June 2014

Myrtle Beach passes far-reaching LGBT protections

UNITED STATES, South Carolina: On 10 June 2014, the six member Myrtle Beach city council voted to include the terms “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” in the human rights ordinance, which prohibits discrimination in “housing, employment, City services and programs, law enforcement, education and public accommodations”.

Disabled couple win discrimination case after being refused entry to Glasgow gay bar

UNITED KINGDOM, Scotland: On 11 June 2014, Sheriff Bryson in the Glasgow Sheriff Court ruled that G1 Group had unlawfully discriminated against disabled couple Nathan and Robert Gale by refusing them entry to the Polo Lounge on the ground that there were no disabled facilities. The court awarded the couple £2,000 in compensation.

Second lawsuit filed challenging North Dakota same-sex marriage ban

UNITED STATES, North Dakota: On 11 June 2014, a second complaint was reported as being filed by Lamda Legal on behalf of Jan Jorgensen and Cindy Phillips challenging the state ban on same-sex marriage.

Michigan: Canton adopts equal rights rules

UNITED STATES, Michigan: On 10 June 2014, the Canton Township Board of Trustees decided 7-1 to adopt an anti-discrimination ordinance.

Denmark scraps forced sterilisation for trans people

DENMARK: On 11 June 2014, the Minister for Economics Margrethe Vestager said that Denmark has scrapped a law requiring people to be sterilized before they can be legally recognized as another gender. As of 1 September, all Danes over 18 will be able to apply to be recognized as their true gender by simply stating they are that gender.

Boston City Council Votes Unanimously in Support of Gender Therapy Access Ordinance for Transgender Municipal Workers

UNITED STATES, Massachusetts: On 11 June 2014, the Boston City Council unanimously votes to pass an ordinance ensuring that the City does not contract with any health insurance provider that does not provide comprehensive coverage for gender therapy services, including mental health care, hormone therapy, and other transition-related care for transgender City employees.

10 June 2014

A Third Lawsuit Challenges Alabama's Marriage Ban

UNITED STATES, Alabama: On 10 June 2014, a complaint was filed in the US District Court for the Northern District of Alabama by the ACLU on behalf of same-sex couple April and Ginger Aaron-Brush who married in Massachusetts in 2012.
• Complaint: April Aaron-Brush and Ginger Aaron-Brush v. Robert Bentley et al. PDF 236.69kb, 10 JUN14
State drops bid for inheritance tax from same-sex widow

UNITED STATES, Pennsylvania: On 10 June 2014, it was reported that in light of the ruling recognizing same-sex marriage in Pennsylvania, the state would seek to have dismissed as moot the petition challenging its attempt to collect inheritance tax from Barbara Baus, a Northampton County woman whose wife Catherine C Burgi-Rios died of leukemia in 2012. A hearing is scheduled Friday.

Judge delays action on challenge to West Virginia gay marriage ban

UNITED STATES, West Virginia: On 10 June 2014, US District Court Judge Robert Chambers officially stayed the case, known as McGee v. Cole, until the US Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit delivers a ruling on a similar case filed in Virginia.
• Order: Casie Jo McGee and Sarah Elizabeth Adkins et al. v. Karen S Cole et al. No. 13BA-FC00363 PDF 59.26kb, 10 JUN 14

08 June 2014

British consulate banned from performing same-sex marriages

HONG KONG, UNITED KINGDOM: On 08 June 2014, the local government was reported to have banned the British Consulate in Hong Kong from performing same-sex marriages, despite permission in mainland China. Consulates in Australia, Azerbaijan, Bolivia, Cambodia, Chile, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Japan, Kosovo, Latvia, Mongolia, Montenegro, Nicaragua, Peru, Philippines, Russia, San Marino, Serbia, and Vietnam can marry same-sex couples.

06 June 2014

Federal challenge to North Dakota same-sex marriage ban filed

UNITED STATES, North Dakota: On 06 June 2014, a complaint was filed in the US District Court North Dakota on behalf of seven same-sex couples challenging the state constitutional ban on same-sex marriage.
• Complaint: Ron Ramsay and Peter Vandervort et al. v. Jack Dalrymple et al. No. 3:14-CV-57 PDF 2.24MB, 06 JUN 14

Gay, Lesbian Vets Can Rest in Peace With Partners

UNITED STATES, Washington DC: On 06 June 2014, the Department of Veterans Affairs announced that same-sex domestic partners and civil union partners of military personnel will be granted the same burial benefits that married spouses of service members receive.

Judge Strikes Down 2006 Marriage Ban

UNITED STATES, Wisconsin: On 06 June 2014, US District Court Judge Barbara Crabb ruled that the voter-approved state constitutional amendment, which passed with 59 percent support in 2006, violated the US Constitution. It was not immediately clear whether same-sex couples could begin marrying and an appeal was likely.
• Opinion and Order: Virginia Wolf & Carol Schumacher et al. v. Scott Walker et al. No. 14-cv-64-bbc PDF 432.37kb, 06 JUN 14

05 June 2014

Changing birth certificates eased for transgender people

UNITED STATES, New York: On 05 June 2014, the state Department of Health announced that residents born outside New York City are no longer required to produce surgical documentation of gender reassignment surgery, stating that sexual and reproductive organs had been removed. Instead, a letter from a licensed medical provider that states the applicant is receiving appropriate clinical treatment to transition from one gender to the other would suffice.

10th Circuit Court grants stay of same-sex marriage recognition in Utah

UNITED STATES, Utah: On 05 June 2014, the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals granted temporary stay on a request by the state to halt recognition of same-sex marriages. The judge set a Monday deadline for the state to appeal or begin recognizing more than 1,200 same-sex marriages performed after Amendment 3 was overturned.
• Order: Jonell Evans et al. v. State of Utah et al. No. 14-4060 PDF 92.76kb, 05 JUN 14

Bozeman, Montana Gives Final OK to Nondiscrimination Law

UNITED STATES, Montana: On 05 June 2014, the Bozeman City Commission unanimously approved an LGBT-inclusive antidiscrimination ordinance. The ordinance, makes unlawful discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression in employment, housing, and public accommodations and goes into effect in 30 days.

Slovakia slaps constitutional ban on same-sex marriage

SLOVAKIA: On 04 June 2014, parliament voted 102-18 to amend the constitution to define marriage as a union between man and woman, effectively closing the door to same-sex marriage and stirring protest among rights groups. The amendment required a two-thirds majority in the 150-member parliament.

04 June 2014

Human Rights Tribunal Finds Trails End Discriminated Against Transgender Individual

CANADA, Ontario: On 30 May 2014, the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal ruled that the London Trails End farmers market and general manager Victor Desa discriminated against business proprietor Karen Clarke-McIlwain by demanding she fire her transgender worker Daniella Freeman, awarding the pair damages for injury to dignity, feelings and self-respect in the sum of $20,000 and $10,000 respectively.
• Decision: Judith Salsman et al. v. London Sales Arena Corp. et al. 2014 HRTO 775, 30 MAY 14

US Supreme Court refuses to block Oregon same-sex marriages

UNITED STATES, Washington DC: On 04 June 2014, following an emergency appeal by the National Organization for Marriage, the full US Supreme Court refused to halt same-sex weddings in Oregon while a federal appeals court considers whether the group opposed to gay marriage can intervene in the case.
• Order in Pending Case: Nat'l Organization for Marriage v. Geiger, Deanna L., et al. No. 13A1173 PDF 25.98kb, 04 JUN 14

Mississippi's largest city embraces LGBT equality

UNITED STATES, Mississippi: On 03 June 2014, the Jackson City Council approved 3-1 a non-binding resolution declaring the City's commitment to non-discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.

Iowa revamps harsh HIV criminalization law

UNITED STATES, Iowa: On 30 May 2014, Governor Terry Branstad signed Senate File 2297 softening the punishment by making liable people who intend to transmit HIV or other infectious deseases without another person's knowledge or consent. Since 1998, Iowans living with HIV who knowingly exposed another person “in a manner that could result in the transmission” could be convicted of a felony and face up to 25 years in prison.
• Senate File 2297: An Act Relating to the Criminal Transmission of a Contagious or Infectious Desease

03 June 2014

Row erupts over gay marriage in Naples

ITALY, Campania: On 03 June 2014, Naples Mayor Luigi De Magistris reportedly said his administration will begin to include the weddings of gay couples, specifically citizens of Naples who married abroad, in the civil register.

Senate removes same-sex marriage loophole, all officials must comply

NETHERLANDS: On 03 June 2014, the Senate voted in favour of legislation - passed by the lower house last year - that will stop town councils employing registrars who refuse to carry out gay marriages.

01 June 2014

Illinois same-sex families can now apply for joint health insurance cover

UNITED STATES, Illinois: On 31 May 2014, “Get Covered Illinois” confirmed that following the enactment of same-sex marriage laws in the state, same-sex couples who get married will now be eligible for a Special Enrollment Period (SEP) in which they can enroll in private health coverage plans under the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

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