February 2018

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26 February 2018

Appeals court: Homosexuality is a protected class like race and sex

UNITED STATES, New York: On 26 February 2018, the US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit en banc ruled 10-3 (in Zarda v. Altitude Express, Inc.) that under Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act the prohibition of discrimination based on one's sex also applies to ''sexual orientation''.
• Opinion: Melissa Zarda & Anor v. Altitude Express Inc No. 15-3775 PDF 404.52kb 26 FEB 18
Supreme Court refuses to hear appeal of lesbian's recognition as child's legal parent

UNITED STATES, Arizona: On 26 February 2018, the US Supreme Court denied certiorari so declining to take up an appeal of a case where the Arizona Supreme Court found that lesbian woman Suzan McLaughlin should be recognized as the legal parent of the child she and her former wife conceived through artificial insemination during their marriage.
• Order List: 583 U.S.: Certiorari Denied 17-878 PDF 105.59kb 26 FEB 18
Turkish court upholds ruling to dismiss gays from the army

TURKEY: On 26 February 2018, it was reported that the Constitutional Court upheld a ruling that will allow the dismissal of members Turkey's armed forces on the grounds of ''unnatural intimacy''.

24 February 2018

Appeals court upholds ruling against B&B owner who refused room to gay couple

UNITED STATES, Hawaii: On 23 February 2018, the Intermediate Court of Appeals upheld a previous ruling (11 April 2013) that found a Hawaii Kai bed and breakfast was discriminatory for refusing lesbian couple Diane Cervelli and Taeko Bufford a room because of their sexual orientation.
• Opinion: Diane Cervelli & Taeko Bufford v. Aloha Bed & Breakfast & Anor CAAP-12-0000806 PDF 940.91 23 FEB 18

23 February 2018

Adoption bill passes despite LGBT concerns

UNITED STATES, Georgia: On 23 February 2018, the Senate passed 35-19 Bill SB375 the ''Keep Faith in Adoption and Foster Care Act'' allowing a child-placing agency to decline to accept a referral from the department and decline to perform services not referred under a contract with the department based on the child-placing agency's sincerely held religious beliefs. The Bill now proceeds to the House.

20 February 2018

To Call Someone Gay in Public Places is Defamation: Court

INDIA: On 20 February 2018, a Pune Court judicial magistrate first class hearing a defamation case (Prasad Nayak v. Gayatri Nayak, Jayanti Garad and Ashok Garad) observed that calling someone gay was indeed defamatory.

17 February 2018

Arkansas to pay attorney for same-sex couples in lawsuit

UNITED STATES, Arkansas: On 16 February 2018, Pulaski County Circuit Court Judge Tim Fox reportedly ruled that the state must pay attorney Cheryl Maples for her work leading to the ruling (in Nathaniel Smith, et al. v. Marisa N Pavan and Terrah D Pavan, et al) that Arkansas must issue birth certificates to married lesbian couples that list both spouses as the parents of their children.

16 February 2018

Panama Supreme Court judge withdraws draft ruling against marriage

PANAMA: On 15 February 2018, Supreme Court Justice Luis Ramón Fábrega, who in October 2017 drafted a ruling against marriage rights for same-sex couples, reportedly has withdrawn it.
Judge gives grandparents custody of Ohio transgender teen

UNITED STATES, Ohio: On 16 February 2018, Judge Sylvia Sieve Hendon in the Hamilton County Juvenile Court gave custody of a 17-year-old transgender teen who identifies as male to his maternal grandparents rather than his parents, allowing them to make medical decisions regarding his transition and prohibit the treatment that his medical team had recommended. The grandparents can also petition to change the child's name in probate court.
• Orders (Registration): In re: JNS No. F17-334 X PDF 138.72kb 16 FEB 18
First transgender officer joins Philippine army

PHILIPPINES: On 15 February 2018, the Defence Department reportedly said the Philippine military welcomed its first transgender officer, swearing in a prominent member of Congress as a reservist.

15 February 2018

He was arrested for a sex act that’s no longer a crime. Years later, he remains convicted

UNITED STATES, Georgia: On 09 February 2018, the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals reversed a ruling of the federal district court saying the court lacked authority to entertain a challenge to Charlton Green's sodomy conviction. Green was convicted because the incident happened in 1997, when oral and anal sex between consenting adults was prohibited under Georgia's sodomy law. The conviction required him to register as a sex offender. With the reversal he remains convicted of sodomy and failure to register as a sex offender.
• Opinion: Charlton Paul Green v. State of Georgia et al No. 14-14635 PDF 126.81kb 09 FEB 178
Court overturns conviction of HIV-positive man who didn't disclose status

CANADA, Nova Scotia: On 15 February 2018, the Nova Scotia Court of Appeals overturned the conviction of an HIV-positive man Claude Allan Thompson who failed to disclose his condition to sexual partners. Justice Duncan Beveridge wrote for the three-member appeal panel ''Failure by a sexual partner to disclose that he or she has a sexually transmitted disease is morally reprehensible, but it is not usually a crime''.
• Decision: Claude Thompson v. HM The Queen 2018 NSCA 13 PDF 246.69kb 15 FEB 18

14 February 2018

Japan's Fukuoka city to recognize LGBT couples from April

JAPAN: On 14 February 2018, the southwestern Japanese city of Fukuoka reportedly announced it will start recognizing partnerships of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender couples in April, becoming the seventh municipality to do so despite such a system not existing at national level.

13 February 2018

Russian Court Pronounces Woman a ‘Man in Same-Sex Marriage’ in Custody Saga

RUSSIA: On 13 February 2018, a court in Yekaterinburg reportedly justified the removal of Yulia Savinovskikh's two foster sons by declaring her a ''man in a same-sex marriage''. The Court said ''Savinovskikh's self-identification as a male ­ taking into account her marriage with a man, the desire to adopt a social role peculiar to a male ­ in essence contradicts the principles of our country's family law, the traditions and mentality of our society''.

10 February 2018

Judge: Missouri prisons must OK hormone therapy for inmate

UNITED STATES, Missouri: On 09 February 2018, US District Court Magistrate Judge Noelle C Collins ruled that the Missouri state prison system must provide hormone therapy for 37-year old transgender inmate Jessica Hicklin, who is serving life in prison without parole for first-degree murder.
Memorandum and Order: Jessica Hicklin v. George Lombardi et al HTML No. 4:16-cv-01357-NCC 09 FEB 17

09 February 2018

A Little Case with Big Implications

UNITED STATES, North Carolina: On 09 February 2018, the ruling of Administrative Law Judge Michael J Devine that the State of North Carolina violated federal law when it forced Magistrate Sandra G Myrick to resign, because of her religious beliefs about marriage prevented her from personally performing same-sex wedding ceremonies, reportedly became final. Under a settlement agreement Myrick will receive $210,000 in damages and $115,000 in attorneys fees.
• Initial Decision and Order: Sandra G Myrick v. Marion Waren et al No. 16-EEOC-0001 PDF 1.11MB 08 MAR 17
Moscow Court Overrules Expulsion Order of Uzbek Journalist

RUSSIA: On 09 February 2018, the Moscow City Court reportedly overturned an expulsion order against gay Journalist Khudoberdi Nurmatov, whose pen name is Ali Feruz, opening the way for him to leave the immigration detention facility where he has been held since August 2017 and enabling him to leave Russia for a third country. The European Court of Human Rights issued a temporary injunction on August 4, 2017, barring Nurmatov's transfer to Uzbekistan, which he had fled in 2008.

07 February 2018

California judge sides with baker in 'gay cake' row

UNITED STATES, California: On 04 February 2018, Superior Court Judge David R Lampe ruled that Tastries Bakery owner Cathy Miller can refuse service to same-sex couples over her religious objections and right to free speech, finding that the act of making cakes is protected as artistic expression and does not violate a state anti-discrimination law. The Court made dubious distinction: ''The difference here is that the cake in question is not yet baked. The State is not petitioning the court to order defendants to sell a cake. The State asks this court to compel Miller to use her talents to design and create a cake she has not yet conceived with the knowledge that her work will be displayed in celebration of a marital union her religion forbids''.
• Minute Order: Department of Fair Employment v. Cathy's Creations, Inc No. BCV-17-102855 PDF 605.31kb 05 FEB 18

03 February 2018

Indonesia classifies homosexuality as 'mental disorder'

INDONESIA: On 02 February 2018, the Health Ministry reportedly said it is about to publish a medical guide where it has classified homosexuality as a mental disorder. According to the guide of the pseudo-psychiatric body - lesbians, gays, bisexuals, and transsexuals (LGBT) community are at risk of mental disorders owing to their sexual orientation.

01 February 2018

Equal marriage legislation passed by Jersey politicians

JERSEY: On 01 February 2018, the legislature passed Marriage and Civil Status (Jersey) Law 42-1 with 1 abstention. States members voted by 40-5 to reject a clause in equal marriage legislation which would have allowed traders to refuse to serve same-sex couples if it was deemed incompatible with their religious beliefs. The law now has to go to Privy Council for Royal Assent anticipated early May 2018.

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