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05 March 2018

Judge slams 'illogical' decision that homosexuality is fixed at birth

AUSTRALIA, New South Wales: On 02 March 2018, Justice Jagot in the Federal Court of Australia ruled that the premise that homosexuality is fixed at and immutable from birth prevented the Administrative Appeals Tribunal from engaging with claims and material and was an irrational and illogical reasoning process.
Judgment: Abboud v. Minister for Immigration and Border Protection [2018] FCA 185 Judgment: HTML 02 MAR 18

04 March 2018

Washington State sends bill to ban gay ‘cure’ therapy on kids to Governor for approval

UNITED STATES, Washington: On 03 March 2018, the Senate concurred with House amendments and passed 33-16 Senate Bill SB 5733 that now goes to Governor Jay Inslee for signing in to law. The bill would ban the widely condemned practice of gay 'cure' (or reparative) therapy on minors. [Ed: The Bill was delivered to the Governor 09 March].

03 March 2018

Queensland Government scraps ''discriminatory and outdated'' divorce-rule for transsexuals

AUSTRALIA, Queensland: On 03 March 2018, it was reported that the Government announced the amendment of the Births, Deaths and Marriages Registrations Act 2003 so that transsexual people in Queensland will no longer be forced to divorce their partners to have their new gender legally recognised. Under Section 22 of the current Act, anyone who undergoes sexual reassignment surgery in Queensland is made to divorce their partners in order for their new gender to be legally recognised.
Brazil transgender groups welcome landmark court rulings

BRAZIL: On 03 March 2018, it was reported that the Superior Electoral Court ruled trans candidates are now authorized to run for elected office using their preferred name that will appear on electronic ballot boxes across the country. Also, the Supreme Court on 01 March (unanimously) ruled people can have their preferred name on their civil documents without surgery or hormonal therapy and without the need of a judicial document or medical report.

02 March 2018

Divided 7th Circuit upholds dismissal of transgender man’s name-change suit

UNITED STATES, Indiana: On 02 March 2018, the US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit ruled 2-0 that Mexican native John Doe, a biological woman, with asylum in the United States cannot continue with his suit against various Indiana officials challenging the citizenship requirement in Indiana's name-change statute after the Court found he lacked standing to bring his case.
Opinion: John Doe v. Eric Holcomb No. 17-1756 PDF 02 MAR 18

01 March 2018

Justice Secretary urges armed forces to consider gay convictions pardon

UNITED KINGDOM: On 01 March 2018, it was reported that Scotland's Justice Secretary Michael Matheson said he would ''encourage'' the armed forces to formally pardon men convicted of discriminatory historic sexual offences and disregard these convictions, it being ''difficult'' for the Ministry of Defence (MoD) to refuse to take action on men who were criminalised under military rules given UK and Scottish legislation.
Netizen Report: Tunisian Court Refuses to Ban Online LGBTQ Radio Shams Rad

TUNISIA: On 01 March 2018, a primary court in Tunis was reported to have refused to ban the online radio station Shams Rad, which caters to the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) community. The decision was in response to a legal complaint filed by a union representing imams (worship leaders at mosques). The group asked the court to request that the Tunisian Internet Agency block access to Shams Rad under the pretext that it threatens ''social and family values''.
Gay couples have until end of May to marry

BERMUDA: On 01 March 2018, home affairs minister Walton Brown reportedly revealed that same-sex couples will be able to marry until the end of May as the introduction of the Domestic Partnership Act had been delayed to 01 June to allow planned same-sex marriages in Bermuda, and on island-registered ships, to take place.
Lesbian couple ‘can’t stop grandparents from seeing donor sperm boy’

UNITED KINGDOM, England and Wales: On 20 February 2018, the Court of Appeal dismissed an appeal by a lesbian couple Jane and Carol attempting to stop the parents of a sperm donor Brian seeing Aiden, their biological grandson. Three top judges ruled that fostering the boy's relationship with his paternal family would help him understand the ''big picture of his birth story''.
• Judgment: Re G (A Child) [2018] EWCA Civ 305 HTML 20 FEB 18
Another Victory for Married Lesbian Parents

UNITED STATES, New York: On 21 February 2018, the Supreme Court Appellate Division Second Department followed a precedent set on 25 January by the State Appellate Division's Albany-based Third Department, dismissing sperm donor Joseph O's attempt to establish legal parentage and win visitation rights with a child born to married lesbian couple Danielle B and Joynell B.
• Decision and Order: In the Matter of Joseph O. (Anonymous) v. Danielle B. (Anonymous), et al. 2017-00316 PDF 45.79kb 21 FEB 18
Court: Retired gay teacher is entitled to spousal benefits

UNITED STATES, Pennsylvania: On 28 February 2018, the Commonwealth Court affirmed the Order of the Court of Common Pleas of Allegheny County that a teacher who retired before same-sex marriage was legalized is entitled to health care benefits for his husband.
Opinion: Gateway School District v. Gateway Education Association No. 738 C.D. 2017 PDF 259.19kb 28 FEB 18
Manitoba Appeal Court upholds ruling that cost anti-gay marriage commissioner his certification

CANADA, Manitoba: On 12 February 2018, the Court of Appeal unanimously (3-0) ruled against Kevin Kisilowsky, a self-described ''Christian missionary evangelist'' who said he would never perform ceremonies for same-sex couples and was stripped of his certification by a November 2016 judgment of the Court of Queen's Bench.
• Judgment: Kevin Richard Kisilowsky v. HM The Queen 2018 MBCA 10 PDF 379.73kb 12 FEB 18

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