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15 November 2017

Gay man found guilty of deliberately infecting dates with HIV

UNITED KINGDOM, England & Wales: On 15 November 2017, a Lewes Crown Court jury found Daryll Rowe guilty of deliberately infecting his Grindr dates with HIV. The jury found Rowe guilty of five counts of grievous bodily harm (GBH) and five counts of attempted GBH. He infected at least five people after attempting to infect at least 10.
Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey

AUSTRALIA, Federal: On 15 November 2017, the Australian Bureau of Statistics announced that the Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey was mailed out to 16,006,180 eligible Australians. 12,727,920 (79.5%) submitted a response. 7,817,247 (61.6%) answered ''YES'' to the question ''Should the law be change to allow same-sex couples to marry?''. 4,873,987 (38.4%) answered ''No''. The Parliament must now pass legislation amending the Marriage Act 1961.

09 November 2017

Imam in Denmark Gets Suspended Sentence for Anti-Gay Remarks

DENMARK: On 09 November 2017, the city court in Viborg reportedly imposed a two-week suspended jail sentence on Imam Mohamad Jammal for violating the penal code by making public remarks in newspaper interviews against homosexuals, whom he compared to pedophiles.

08 November 2017

Court dismisses Anwar’s lawsuit against govt

MALAYSIA: On 08 November 2017, Justice Datin Azizah Nawawi in the High Court allowed the government's application to strike out former Opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim's originating summons and ruled that the plaintiff's case relating to his conviction for sodomising his former aide Mohd Saiful Bukhari Azlan was groundless and without any supporting evidence.
Civil Status Law Must Allow a Third Gender Option

GERMANY: On 10 October 2017, the Federal Constitutional Court ruled that the provisions of civil status law are incompatible with the Basic Law's requirements to the extent that § 22(3) of the Civil Status Act (Personenstandsgesetz - PStG) does not provide for a third option - besides the entry ''female'' or ''male'', allowing for a positive gender entry. The Court called on the legislature to correct these violations.
• Order (in German): Constitutional complaint against the refusal to register the sex of intersex persons with the designation "inter" or "divers" in the birth register ("third sex") 1 BvR 2019/16 HTML 10 OCT 17

07 November 2017

Australia Same Sex Marriage Survey Draws 78.5 Percent Response Rate

AUSTRALIA, Federal: On 07 November 2017, the Australian Bureau of Statistics estimated it has received a total of 12.6 million (78.5 per cent) Australian Marriage Law Postal Surveys (does not include forms received or processed since Friday, 03 November 2017).

02 November 2017

Court: Governor can't protect LGBT rights by issuing order

UNITED STATES, Louisiana: On 01 November 2017, a three-judge panel of the First Circuit Court of Appeal unanimously upheld a lower court's December decision that the executive order of Democratic Governor John Bel Edwards order aimed at protecting the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people in state government was an unconstitutional attempt to expand state law.
• Opinion: The Louisiana Department of Justice and Jeff Landry v. John Bel Edwards No. 2017 CA 0173 PDF 488.21kb 01 NOV 17

01 November 2017

Judge's secretly recorded HIV insult could undo Palm Springs killers' convictions

UNITED STATES, California: On 01 November 2017, it was reported that convicted murderer Kaushal Niroula, who preyed upon rich Palm Springs retiree Clifford Lambert, could get a new trial because now retired judge David B. Downing may have been caught in a secret recording saying he ignored court motions submitted by the gay, HIV-positive defendant, saying he didn't read motions from Kaushal Niroula specifically because Niroula has HIV and his documents came in envelopes that were licked closed. The recordings were made on co-accused Daniel Garcia’s laptop that had been secretly recording the court proceedings for about seven weeks in 2012. The recordings were later confiscated by the court and have been sealed for five years.
Saskatchewan judge denies Forsberg's request for removal of gender marker from ID

CANADA, Saskatchewan: On 30 October 2017, Justice Jennifer Pritchard in the Court of Queen's Bench denied the request of Fran Forsberg on behalf of her transgender daughter Renn to remove gender markers from government identification, finding it was ''too broad in its scope for an interim order''. ''In reality, the requested orders are more akin to permanent injunctions''.
Transgender sailor files petition in Delhi HC after being discharged from Navy

INDIA: On 30 October 2017, Justice GS Sistani and Justice V Kameswar Rao in the Delhi High Court reportedly called for the Indian Navy to assign an alternative job to M2F transsexual sailor Manish Giri, who has now changed his name to Saba Giri. Giri disclosed having had gender reassignment surgery last month and the Navy contended that since the petitioner is now a woman, she cannot be reinstated in the job she once held as the position is not open to women. The case is listed for hearing 23 November 2017.
New York City Hall denied a gay couple a divorce even though they were married there

UNITED STATES, New York: On 31 October 2017, Supreme Court Justice Matthew Cooper reportedly ruled that the city should grant Andrzej Gruszczynski and Wiktor Jerzy Twarkowski a divorce, since it saw fit to marry them in the first place, calling it a matter of ''basic fairness and simple justice''.
• Decision and Order (Registration): Gruszczynski, Andrzej Francisek v. Twarkowski, Wiktor Jerzy No. 308268-2016 HTML 26 OCT 17

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