18 January 2018 - NPWJ News Digest on LGBTI rights


Gay spouses have rights in all EU countries, says European court official
by The Guardian, 18 Jan 2018

 The rights of same-sex spouses must be recognised by every member of the EU, even if a country’s government has not authorised gay marriage, the European court of justice has been advised. In what has been hailed as a major step forward for equal rights, Melchior Wathelet, a Belgian advocate general in the Luxembourg court, said gay spouses had standing in countries even where governments were implacably opposed to same-sex marriage. 

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Gay And Intersex Asylum Seekers Find A Place To Call Home In Britain
by HuffPost, 16 Jan 2018

Micro Rainbow International (MRI), a charity working to eliminate discrimination and poverty among LGBTI people, set up Britain’s first safe house for LGBTI refugees and asylum seekers last October and has since opened a second one.

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India’s Supreme Court Will Reconsider the Nation’s Gay Ban
by Care2, 15 Jan 2018

India’s Supreme Court has announced it will once again review Section 377 of the penal code that bans same-gender relationships. The decision comes after LGBT rights campaigners petitioned the court to reexamine the issue, claiming that the ban breaches their fundamental rights.

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Landmark Ruling Could Bring Marriage Equality Across Latin America
by Care2, 12 Jan 2018

The Inter-American Court of Human Rights has ruled that LGBT people should be free to live their lives without discrimination, a decision that seems set to bring marriage equality to Costa Rica — and potentially expand LGBT rights across Latin America.

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