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30 October 2014

Philadelphia Adds Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity To List Of Hate Crimes

UNITED STATES, Pennsylvania: On 30 October 2014, Philadelphia City Council unanimously approved a bill amending Title 10 of The Philadelphia Code adding sexual orientation, gender identity and disability to the city's list of hate crimes.

29 October 2014

Singapore upholds law that criminalizes gay sex

SINGAPORE: On 29 October 2014, Judge Andrew Phang Boon Leong for the Court of Appeal upheld Section 377A of the Penal Code that makes consensual sex between men unlawful as complying with the constitutional right of equality.
• Judgment: Lim Meng Suang v Attorney-General and Tan Eng Hong v Attorney-General [2014] SGCA 53 PDF 2.13MB, 29 OCT 14

28 October 2014

Kazakhstan: Court fines agency over 'kissing poster'

KAZAKHSTAN: On 28 October 2014, a court was reported to have imposed a 34 million tenge ($186,000; £115,000) fine on advertising agency Havas Worldwide Kazakhstan for a poster of revered Kazakh bard Kurmangazy locked in a passionate kiss with Alexander Pushkin, Russia's national poet. The Agency plans to appeal.

Lewiston passes law protecting gays, lesbians

UNITED STATES, Idaho: On 27 October 2014, the Lewiston City Council passed an ordinance 5-2 vote banning discrimination in housing, employment and public accommodation based on sexual orientation or gender identity.

25 October 2014

Process to be eased for transgender people in R.I. to revise gender designation on birth certificates

UNITED STATES, Rhode Island: On 23 October 2014, new “vital records” regulations were filed with the secretary of state's office that will, effective 11 November, enable transgender people to revise their gender designation on their birth certificates, based on a medical provider's certification that the individual has undergone surgical and/or hormone treatment “or other treatment appropriate for the individual”.

Attorney General Holder Announces Federal Government to Recognize Same-Sex Married Couples in Six Additional States

UNITED STATES, Washington DC: On 25 October 2014, Attorney General Eric Holder announced that following the Supreme Court's decision earlier this month to decline to hear any pending cases regarding same-sex marriage, the federal government will now recognize same-sex married couples in six new states: Alaska, Arizona, Idaho, North Carolina, West Virginia, and Wyoming.

24 October 2014

Appeals court: Jefferson County judge should not have granted child visitation rights to woman's former same-sex partner

UNITED STATES, Alabama: On 24 October 2014, the Alabama Court of Civil Appeals ruled that Jefferson County District Court Judge Raymond P Chambliss erred in granting a woman (V.L.) visitation rights to three children she had parented with her former same-sex partner (the birth mother E.L.), based on a Georgia court ruling that approved the woman's adoption of the children four years before the couple separated. The Court also found that the Georgia court, under its state laws, did not have the authority to grant that adoption.
• Opinion: E.L. v. V.L. No. 2130683 PDF 79.12kb, 24 OCT 14

Utah Supreme Court lifts stay on same-sex adoption

UNITED STATES, Utah: On 23 October 2014, the Utah Supreme Court reportedly lifted the temporary stay granted 16 May 2014 blocking same-sex married couples from adoption, meaning that the Department of Health can issue birth certificates listing same-sex adults as a child's legal parents.

23 October 2014

New South Wales passes bill to extinguish historic gay sex convictions

AUSTRALIA, New South Wales: On 23 October 2014, the upper house Legislative Council unanimously passed the 'Criminal Records Amendment (Historical Homosexual Offences) Bill 2014', enabling people who were prosecuted for engaging in consenting homosexual sex to have the convictions expunged when the Bill is assented to.

Ugandan Court Dismisses Charges Against Two People Accused Of Sodomy

UGANDA: On 22 October 2014, the Court dismissed the case against Kim Mukisa and Rehana Mukasa (charged as Jackson Mukasa) who were arrested and charged under the old colonial penal code after Mukisa was attacked by a mob during the period leading up to final approval of the Anti-Homosexuality Act. The prosecution failed to produce any evidence.

22 October 2014

Idaho governor pursues new test of same-sex marriage

UNITED STATES, Idaho: On 21 October 2014, lawyers for Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter filed a plea for a new review by the full US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit., seeking to have the three-judge panel's decision issued on 07 October wiped out and en banc (full court) review to begin, arguing that the panel ruling was “judicial policymaking masquerading as law”. The Ninth Circuit Court has told lawyers for same-sex couples who challenged the Idaho ban to reply by 12 November to the en banc rehearing petition.
• Petition of Defendant-Appellant: Susan Latta v. C L "Butch" Otter & State of Idaho Nos. 14-35420, 13-35421 PDF 584.17kb, 21 OC 14

Court dismisses pro-same sex marriage suit

NIGERIA: On 22 October 2014, Federal High Court Judge Abdu Kafarati dismissed action of London based Teriah Joseph Ebah contesting the constitutionality of the Same-Sex Marriage (Prohibition) Act 2013. The Court held that Ebah, being married, lacked the requisite standing to sue on behalf of other Nigerians and was not personally injured by the law.

Marriage Equality Comes To Wyoming

UNITED STATES, Wyoming: On 21 October 2014, state attorney general filed notice that the State will not appeal last week's decision that the state cannot bar same-sex couples from marrying. US District Court Judge Scott Skavdah ordered his temporary stay lifted and preliminary injunction granted, enabling same-sex marriages to proceed in Wyoming.
• Order: Anne Marie Guzzo and Bonnie Robinson, et al., v. Mathew H Mead, et al. No. 2:14-cv-00200-SWS PDF 384.52kb, 21 OCT 14
• Notice: Anne Marie Guzzo and Bonnie Robinson, et al., v. Mathew H Mead, et al. No. 2:14-cv-00200-SWS PDF 149.34kb, 21 OCT 14

21 October 2014

Puerto Rico's gay marriage ban upheld by federal judge

PUERTO RICO: On 21 October 2014, US District Judge Juan M. Pérez-Giménez dismissed a challenge to the ban on same-sex marriage with prejudice, saying the US Supreme Court established a binding precedent in the 1971 case of 'Baker v. Nelson', in which two men sought to marry in Minnesota.
• Opinion and Order: Ada Conde-Vidal, et al., c. Alejandro Garcia-Padilla No. 14-1253 (PG) PDF 971.11kb, 21 OCT 14

18 October 2014

Rome mayor registers gay marriages against national law

ITALY, Rome: On 18 October 2014, Rome Mayor Ignazio Marino registered 16 gay marriages entered into abroad in open defiance of Italy's Interior minister Angelino Alfano's recently sent notice to local prefects saying any registrations of gay marriages celebrated abroad would be voided.

17 October 2014

After Supreme Court Declines to Hear Same-Sex Marriage Cases, Attorney General Holder Announces Federal Government to Recognize Couples in Seven New States

UNITED STATES, Washington DC: On 17 October 2014, US Attorney General Eric Holder announced that the federal government will recognize same-sex marriages taking place in Colorado, Indiana, Nevada, Oklahoma, Utah, Virginia, and Wisconsin following the US Supreme Court's decision to decline to review rulings from the 4th, 9th and 10th Circuit Court of Appeals.

Arizona same-sex marriage ban is unconstitutional

UNITED STATES, Arizona: On 16 October 2014, Judge John W Sedwick in the US District Court declared in two cases that the State constitution denying same-sex couples the equal protection of the law and right to marriage unconstitutional and ordered the state to permanently cease enforcement of those provisions. The judge also declined to effect a stay noting the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals binding precedent striking down bans in Idaho and Nevada.
• Order: Joseph Connolly, et al., v. Michael K Jeanes, et al No. 2: 14-cv--00024-JWS PDF 67.38kb, 17 OCT 14
• Order: Nelda Majors, et al., Tom Horne, et al. No: 2:14-cv-00518 JWS PDF 68.04kb, 17 OCT 14

Wyoming barred from enforcing same-sex marriage ban

UNITED STATES, Wyoming: On 17 October 2014, Judge Scott W Skavdahl in the US District Court in Wyoming granted a preliminary injunction and temporary stay ordering the state not to enforce or apply the state statute denying marriage to same-sex couples or to deny recognition of otherwise valid same-sex marriages entered into elsewhere. The Court stayed the order until 23 October 2014 or until the State files notice that they will not appeal to the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals.
• Order: Anne Marie Guzzo and Bonnie Robinson, et al., v. Matthew M Mead, et al. No. 14-CV-200-SWS PDF 792.19kb, 17 OCT 14

Supreme Court declines to halt Alaska same-sex marriages

UNITED STATES, Alaska: On 17 October 2014, in the US Supreme Court “the application for stay (of the District Court 12 October order) presented to Justice Kennedy and by him referred to the Court is denied”. On 15 October 2014 the 9th Circuit Court of Appeal granted a temporary stay that expired at noon on 17 October 2014, meaning that same-sex marriages may proceed in Alaska.
• Supreme Court Order in Pending Case: Parnell, Governor of Alaska, et al., v. Matthew Hanby, et al. No: 14A13 PDF 23.36kb, 17 OCT 14
• 9th Circuit Order: Matthew Hamby, et al., v. Sean C Parnell No. 14-35856 PDF 56.02kb, 15 OCT 14

16 October 2014

NSW passes legislation expunging historical convictions for gay sex

AUSTRALIA, New South Wales: On 16 October 2014, the lower house Legislative Assembly passed the 'Criminal Records Amendment (Historical Homosexual Offences) Bill 2014'. When passed by the upper house Legislative Council and assented to the Bill will enable people who were prosecuted for engaging in consenting homosexual sex to have the convictions expunged.

Victoria expunges historic gay sex convictions, legal groups hope other jurisdictions will follow

AUSTRALIA, Victoria: On 15 October 2014, the upper house Legislative Council passed the 'Sentencing Amendment (Historical Homosexual Convictions Expungement) Bill 2014', previously passed by the lower house Assembly on 14 October, enabling people who were prosecuted for engaging in consenting homosexual sex to have the convictions expunged when the Bill is assented to.

15 October 2014

Wisconsin state benefits agency opens 30-day enrollment for same-sex spouses

UNITED STATES, Wisconsin: On 14 October 2014, the Wisconsin Department of Employee Trust Funds said it has opened a 30-day benefits enrollment period ending 14 November 2014, for members who are married to same-sex spouses. Benefit changes can be made effective from 06 October by submitting a health insurance change application form or making an online request for changes. After the 14 November deadline members will need to wait until the next open enrollment period or until the time of a qualifying event such as a birth or adoption.

Palau legalizes gay sex

PALUA: On 29 April 2014, the new criminal law decriminalizing consensual sex between same-sex couples was signed into law by President Tommy Remengesau Jr and came into effect on 23 July 2014.

Anti-gay law passed in Kyrgyzstan in landslide vote

KYRGYZSTAN: On 15 October 2014, in its first reading the Kyrgyzstan parliament voted 79-7 in favor of a law making it illegal to spread information about 'non-traditional sexual relations', with fines and up to a year in goal for doing so. LGBTI groups will also be banned and journalists who oppose the law will also face punishment. The law faces two more parliamentary stages before being sent to the President Almazbek Atambayev for signature.

14 October 2014

Second judge nullifies North Carolina marriage ban

UNITED STATES, North Carolina: On 10 October 2014, U.S. District Judge Max O. Cogburn, Jr. in the US District Court found that “any source of state law that operates to deny same-sex couples the right to marry in the State or prohibits recognition of same-sex marriages lawfully solemnized in other States, Territories, or a District of the United States, or threatens clergy or other officiants who solemnize the union of same-sex couples with civil or criminal penalties, are UNCONSTITUTIONAL as they violate the Due Process and Equal Protection Clauses of the Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution”.
• Memorandum of Decision and Order: General Synod of the United Church of Christ, et al., v. Drew Resinger and Roy Cooper No. 3:14-cv-00213-MOC-DLH PDF 164.64kb, 10 OCT 14

Ohio judges divided on same-sex divorce

UNITED STATES, Ohio: On 25 September 2014, visiting Judge Judith Nicely (quaere for Judge Norman Zemmelman) in the Lucas County Court of Common Please, Domestic Relation Division, Toledo, granted the divorce to Gregory Ethan Stone and Stewart Mack Swanson, who were married in Massachusetts in 2004. Although Ohio bans same-sex marriage, the Judge ruled the court has jurisdiction because “Ohio gives full faith and credit to all marriages that were legally entered into and recognized in another state”.
• Appearance Docket: Gregory Ethan Stone v. Stewart Mack Swanson DR20140634, 25 SEP 14

13 October 2014

CONGRATULATIONS Scotland: Gay couples set to marry from New Year's Eve

UNITED KINGDOM, Scotland: On 13 October 2014, the Scottish Government announced that gay and lesbian couples will be able to marry or convert their Civil Partnerships to marriage in Scotland on 31 December 2014, after giving the required 15 days notice when the The Marriage and Civil Partnership (Scotland) Act 2014 comes into force on 16 December 2014. Also, from 16 December 20914, married transgender people will no longer be forced to divorce before they are allowed to have their gender recognised in law.

9th Circuit lifts stay on gay marriage in Idaho

UNITED STATES, Idaho: On 13 October 2014, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals issued an order lifting the stay that blocked same-sex marriage from starting in Idaho with effect from Wednesday morning when marriage licenses can legally be issued to same-sex couples statewide.

Gay marriages from June will be recognized

UNITED STATES, Wisconsin: On 13 October 2014, Governor Scott Walker announced that hundreds of same-sex marriages performed in June will be recognized by the state, ending uncertainty for those couples and likely putting a stop to a federal lawsuit filed over the issue.

12 October 2014

Alaska same-sex marriage ban ruled unconstitutional

UNITED STATES, Alaska: On 12 October 2014, US District Court Judge Timothy M Burgess ruled that Alaska's ban on same-sex marriage and refusal to recognize same sex marriages lawfully entered in other states is unconstitutional as a deprivation of basic due process and equal protection principles under the Fourteenth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. The mooted appeal to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals is expected to be refused.
• Order: Matthew Hamby, et al., v. Sean C Parnell, et al. No 3:14-cv-00089-TMB PDF 177.05kb, 12 OCT 14

11 October 2014

Married same-sex couples in Virginia are told they can adopt or foster children

UNITED STATES, Virginia: On 10 October 2014, Governor Terry McAuliffe directed the Virginia Department of Social Services that adoption between same-sex spouses is now legal across the Commonwealth.

Kansas has one legally married same-sex couple - for now

UNITED STATES, Kansas: On 10 October 2014, the Kansas Supreme Court blocked the issuance of marriage licenses to same-sex couples pending a hearing set for 06 November to consider if the state's ban is constitutional. One same-sex couple were married prior the state Supreme Court order.

Married same-sex couples in Virginia are told they can adopt or foster children

UNITED STATES, Virginia: On 10 October 2014, Governor Terry McAuliffe directed the Virginia Department of Social Services that adoption between same-sex spouses is now legal across the Commonwealth.

10 October 2014

US Supreme Court: Same-sex couples can begin getting married in Idaho

UNITED STATES, Idaho: On 10 October 2014, the US Supreme Court turned down the state's request for a reprieve on issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples following this week's ruling by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals declaring the state's gay marriage ban unconstitutional.

09 October 2014

South Carolina's Supreme Court orders a halt of marriage licenses to same-sex couples

UNITED STATES, South Carolina: On 09 October 2014, the State Supreme Court ordered probate judges not to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples following Charleston County Probate Judge Irvin Condon order on 8 October that a license be given to Charleston County Councilwoman Colleen Condon and Nichols Bleckley.

West Virginia attorney general effectively clears path for same-sex marriages

UNITED STATES, West Virginia: On 09 October 2014, Attorney General Patrick­ Morrisey (R) said he will “respect” the US Supreme Court's decision earlier this week not to hear appeals on lower-court decisions that overturned bans in other states including one from the US Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit, which ruled in a Virginia case but whose jurisdiction includes West Virginia, and will seek to end all litigation surrounding the state's ban on same-sex marriage, effectively clearing a path for gay and lesbian couples to get married.

Missouri health, retirement benefits expanded to same-sex spouses

UNITED STATES, Missouri: On 08 October 2014, the Missouri Consolidated Health Care Plan cited Jackson County Circuit Court Judge J Dale Young's order that requires same-sex couples who were legally married in another state to be recognized by the state of Missouri, while announcing on its website that it will begin covering same-sex spouses of state employees or retirees who have valid marriage certificates.

Sensitivity training required in California

UNITED STATES, California: On 26 September 2014, Governor Jerry Brown signed Assembly Bill AB 496 into law, requiring health care providers across the state receive expanded training to better understand and accommodate the needs of LGBT residents.

Estonia Approves Same-Sex Partnerships

ESTONIA: On 09 October 2014, parliament voted 40-38 vote (with 23 absentees or abstentions) to approve the Cohabitation Act that recognizes the civil unions of all couples regardless of gender, extending financial, social and health benefits provided by the government and legal protection for children to same-sex couples. It does not give adoption rights for couples in such unions but does allow one partner to adopt the biological child of the other. The law comes into effect on 01 January 2016.

08 October 2014

Federal judge lifts stays in North Carolina same-sex marriage cases

UNITED STATES, North Carolina: On 08 October 2014, Chief US District Court Judge William L. Osteen, Jr. issued a late afternoon order lifting his earlier stays and dismissing all motions in two cases challenging the state's ban on same-sex marriages after the office of North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper filed documents with the court essentially dropping all further defense of the 2012 ban approved by voters.

Florida issues first death certificate recognizing a same-sex couple

UNITED STATES, Florida: On 08 October 2014, the State Department of Health issued its first death certificate recognizing Arlene Goldberg as the surviving spouse of Carol Goldwasser (who married in New York in 2011) enabling Goldberg to get Goldwasser's Social Security survivor's benefits.

Mandate in Idaho marriage case temporarily stayed by Justice Kennedy

UNITED STATES, Idaho: On 08 October 2014, on the application of Governor Otter and others, US Supreme Court Justice Kennedy put the mandate in the Idaho marriage case, Latta v. Otter, temporarily on hold “pending further order” either by himself or the full Court.
• Order: C L "Butch" Otter v. Susan Latta, et al. PDF 39.19kb, 08 OCT 14

Kansas Judge OK's Issuing Same-Sex Marriage Licenses

UNITED STATES, Kansas: On 08 October 2014, Tenth Judicial District Court of Johnson County Chief Judge Kevin P Moriarty issued an amended administrative order that the county begin issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples, in light of the US Supreme Court denying a review of the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals ruling in Kitchen v. Herbert.
• Amended - Administrative Order No. 14-11: Re: Same-sex marriage licenses PDF 128.10kb, 08 OCT 14

07 October 2014

Gay Rights Activist Wins Russian Court Case Over Canceled Pride Parade

RUSSIA, Sverdlovsk Oblast: On 06 October 2014, the Sverdlovsk District Court of the city of Kostroma held that gay rights activist Nikolai Alexeyev should be financially compensated for the city's unlawful ban of a gay pride parade and two protests against the so-called “gay propaganda law” in 2013, awarding him more than 8,000 rubles ($200) in compensation for pecuniary damage and legal fees.

Transgender Activist Wins Battle to Change Name From Andrew to Audrey on School Certificates

KENYA: On 07 October 2014, (High Court) Justice (Weldon Kipyegon) Korir (in Nairobi) ordered the Kenya National Examination Council (KNEC) to issue Audrey Mbugua Ithibu (formerly Andrew Mbugua) new KCSE examination certificates bearing no gender mark in the next 45 days.

Colorado Supreme Court, Suthers clear way for same-sex licenses

UNITED STATES, Colorado: On 07 October 2014, the Colorado Supreme Court lifted injunctions against three county clerks on Tuesday, and Colorado Attorney General John Suthers gave the order for all county clerks to begin issuing same-sex marriage licenses. The Court also has lifted a stay and dismissed an appeal in the state case challenging Colorado's voter-approved ban on gay marriage.
• Order: The State of Colorado v. Hillary Hall No. 2014SC582 PDF 107.83kb, 07 OCT 14
• Order: Rebecca Brinkman and Margaret Burd v. State of Colorado and G Kristian McDaniel-Miccio & Ors v. State of Colorado No. 2012SA212 PDF 30.84kb, 07 OCT 14

Ninth Circuit strikes down Idaho, Nevada same-sex marriage bans

UNITED STATES, Idaho, Nevada: On 07 October 2014, the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit struck down same-sex marriage bans in Idaho and Nevada, finding that the laws at issue violate the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment. The opinion notes the court will issue a separate ruling in the Hawaii case soon.
• Order: Susan Latta, et al., v. C L Otter, et al. and Beverly Sevcik et al., v. Brian Sandoval Nos. 14-35420 (Utah), 12-17668 (Nevada) PDF 628.66kb, 07 OCT 14

06 October 2014

Tenth Circuit lifts stay: Same-sex marriage now legal in Utah, Oklahoma

UNITED STATES, Oklahoma, Utah: On 06 October 2014, the US Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit issued its orders in the Bishop v. Smith (Oklahoma) and Kitchen v. Herbert (Utah) cases, allowing same-sex marriages to proceed in both states. The lifting of the stays in these cases may also affect such cases in Kansas and Wyoming. The stays in Colorado likely will be lifted shortly." alt="News item summary" /> US (OK), (UT) 06 OCT
• Order: Kitchen v. Herbet PDF 39.71kb, 06 OCT 14
• Order: Bishop v. Smith PDF 40.02kb, 06 OCT 14

Court: Gay Marriages in Virginia Can Begin Monday

UNITED STATES, Virginia: On 06 October 2014, the US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit issued its mandate in the Bostic v. McQuigg case allowing same-sex marriages to proceed this day. The decision in this Virginia case, entered 28 July 2014, may also affect same-sex marriage cases in North Carolina, South Carolina and West Virginia.
• Mandate: Timothy B Bostic, et al., v. Michelle McQuigg, et. al. PDF 39.67kb, 06 OCT 14

SCOTUS denies review of marriage cases, bringing the freedom to marry to 5 states

UNITED STATES, Washington DC: On 06 October 2014, the U.S. Supreme Court denied review of five cases from Indiana, Oklahoma, Utah, Virginia and Wisconsin seeking the freedom to marry, leaving in force the five favorable marriage rulings reached in three federal appellate courts, meaning that soon, as many as 60% of the American people will be living in freedom-to-marry states.
• Orders: Order List: 574 U.S. PDF 433.43kb, 06 OCT 14

05 October 2014

Homosexuality in the "LC" will be punished with imprisonment up to 5 years

UKRAINE: On 05 October 2014, it was reported that the so-called “parliament” of the self-proclaimed “People's Republic of Luhansk” adopted a “Law on the Protection of the Christian traditions of the people of Lugansk region from the harmful effects of hostile states customs, such as the European Union, Canada and the United States” which provides for “criminal responsibility” for homosexuality in the form of deprivation sentence of up to five years.

03 October 2014

State Judge Rules Missouri Must Respect Marriages of Same-Sex Couples

UNITED STATES, Missouri: On 03 October 2014, Circuit Court Judge J Dale Youngs ruled that marriages between same-sex couples legally performed in other states must be respected in Missouri, finding that the state statute denied the “plaintiffs their right to equal protection of the laws in violations of the Fourteenth Amendment of the US Constitution”.
• Order and judgment: Janice Barrier, et al., v. Gail Vasterling, et al. No. 1416-CV03892 PDF kb, 03 OCT 14

Catalonia passes divisive anti-homophobia law

SPAIN, Catalonia: On 02 October 2014, the Catalan Parliament approved a law which will punish those who attack gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transsexuals with fines of up to €14,000 ($17,700).

02 October 2014

In Entangled Property Case, Unmarried Boyfriend Wins

UNITED STATES, New York: On 28 August 2014, Supreme Court Judge Debra A James ruled that Hunter Hill, boyfriend of deceased “Chronicles of Narnia” film producer Perry Moore, would not have to sell the couple's Soho apartment and give half of the money to Moore's family, finding that “Although no marital or other family relationship is present in this case, such is not essential for the existence of a confidential relation” sufficient to support a constructive trust.
• Opinion: William Perry Moore III v. Hunter Hill & Anor No. 150082/13 PDF 153.09kb, 28 AUG 14

Gay not an insult word, GALZ

ZIMBABWE: On 30 September 2014, the Gays and Lesbians Association of Zimbabwe (GALZ) said the continued use of 'gay' and 'homosexuality' as insult words by people in authority was not just offending to them as gays but was hate language.

Philippines largest city passes gay anti-hate law

PHILIPPINES: On 29 September 2014, Quezon City Council approved an ordinance banning discrimination against LGBTI people in employment, education, delivery of goods or services, insurance and access to accommodation.

01 October 2014

Florida county adds sexual orientation, gender identity to human rights ordinance

UNITED STATES, Florida: On 01 October 2014, Hillsborough County commissioners voted 7-0 in favor of expanding the county's Human Rights Ordinance to cover sexual orientation and gender identity in prohibiting discrimination in employment, public accommodations, real estate transactions, and county contracting and procurement.

Court rules against ousted gay pastor

SOUTH AFRICA: On 29 September 2014, the Supreme Court of Appeal of South Africa dismissed the appeal of Reverend Ecclesia de Lange against her being “discontinued” after announcing her same-sex marriage from the pulpit. The Court said that a proper respect for freedom of religion precludes our courts from pronouncing on matters of religious doctrine, which fall within the exclusive realm of the Church.
• Judgment: Ecclesia De Lange v The Presiding Bishop of the Methodist Church of Southern Africa No. 726/133 PDF 463.20kb, 29 SEP 14

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