07 December 2017 - NPWJ News Digest on LGBTI rights


Marriage equality law passes Australia's parliament in landslide vote
By The Guardian, 07 Dec 2017

 Australia’s parliament has legislated for marriage equality, passing a bill almost unanimously to allow two people, regardless of sex, to marry. On Thursday the House of Representatives passed a cross-party bill after an unprecedented national postal survey gave unstoppable momentum to legislate the historic social reform. Australia, which changed the law in 2004 to say that marriage is only between a man and a woman, now becomes the 25th country to recognise same-sex marriage.



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Gays Arrested in Thailand: Ugly Americans Come in All Shapes
By Advocate, 06 Dec 2017

During the hustle and bustle of the Thanksgiving holiday, the drama of the GOP’s monstrous tax bills, and Donald Trump's basic confession of guilt in a tweet, a story got largely overlooked in the LGBTQ community but deserves revisting. 

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Austria: Court Allows Marriage Equality
By Human Rights Watch, 06 Dec 2017

 The Austrian Constitutional Court’s ruling on December 4, 2017, that a ban on same-sex marriage was unconstitutional is a powerful victory for equal marriage rights, Human Rights Watch said today. It is the first time a Constitutional Court in Europe has held that the exclusion of gay people from civil marriage is unconstitutional. The Austrian government and parliament should quickly adopt marriage equality legislation.

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Justin Trudeau's Apology Will Resonate Globally
By The Advocate, 06 Dec 2017

With “shame, sorrow, and deep regret,” a tearful Prime Minister Justin Trudeau apologized for the “systematic oppression, criminalization and violence” that the Canadian government meted out to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and two-spirit citizens. Thunderous applause and a sustained standing ovation greeted his frank acknowledgement: “We were wrong. We apologize. I am sorry. We are sorry.”

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