June 18, 2013 § Leave a Comment
Supposedly, the bill will protect orphans from the dangers of gay parents, because they will have much better chances being raised in large orphanages where they don’t get individualized attention or parental guidance…yeah, makes perfect sense, doesn’t it?
Not only are gay couples from abroad banned from adopting Russian children, but also single citizens of nations that permit same-sex marriage are also prohibited from adopting or becoming legal guardians of Russian orphans.
I feel bad for the children who may have been adopted into a loving home with supportive parents if this ban passes the Upper House of the Russian Parliament and is signed into law later by Vladimir Putin. Let’s hope the Russian Federation gets some sense.
June 17, 2013 § Leave a Comment
Last week, the lower house of the Russian Parliament passed a ban on public discussion, events, or the provision of information about LGBT lifestyles to any minor in Russia. This means there can be no advertisements or other public displays that acknowledge same-sex lifestyles. The ban was passed in a 436 to 0 vote. Now it will move on to the upper house of Parliament before a final approval by Vladimir Putin. The ban is expected to be passed by the 1st of July 2013.
Many lesbian and gay olympians have expressed concern over the measure and their own safety in Russia. For any foreigner who violates the law, they may face up to 15 days in jail as well as deportation.
Although it was nice of Russia to commit to the safety of olympians from prosecution, why can’t they do the same for their own people who pay taxes and work toward Russia’s progression daily?
Read more: The Huffington Post
May 12, 2013 § Leave a Comment
Well it appears to have been a busy week for gaybashers, because there have been two attacks on New York City gay couples in the last 7 days.
Last Sunday, a gay couple was walking between 34th and 35th Streets on Eighth Avenue, near Madison Square Garden, when they began being harassed by a group of Knicks fans. The fans yelled gay slurs at the couple, calling them “faggots” and ironically criticizing the couple for their fashion choices. One of the gay men was wearing jeans he had made himself, apparently these straight men moonlight as fashion police. Eventually the group of Knicks fans began physically beating the couple on the street. One of the victims, Nick Porto, suffered a broke nose while his boyfriend had his wrist broken. The police have not yet located the attackers, but the video above shows Knicks fans wanted for questioning about the incident. Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477). The public can also submit on the Crime Stoppers Website or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577.
Then on Friday, a gay couple was attacked outside of a Midtown Manhattan PATH station. The couple was attacked by 5 or more men including Asllan Berisha and Brian Ramirez. The couple claims they were beaten outside the 33rd St. and Ninth Avenue station because they are gay. One of the victims had to undergo eye surgery after the attack.
Be careful everyone, cities aren’t as safe for gays as we may have thought.
May 8, 2013 § 1 Comment
(Kapiri Mposhi, Zambia) Two men were arrested by police over the weekend for allegedly engaging in homosexual behavior. The men’s bail has been revoked by the police, and the two will remain behind bars until their hearing.
This is not the first time the two gay men, James Mwape and Philp Mubiana, both aged 21 have been arrested for same-sex sexual activity in the central province of Kapiri Mposhi, Zambia. That is why police have decided to revoke the men’s bail so they must stay in prison until they are heard in court.
The two have been living together as “man and wife” according to news outlets, I am guessing in an attempt to fit Zambian cultural norms. One partner played a more “female role”. This so outraged his family that they turned the couple into police. The two were arrested and Standwell Lungu, police chief in Zambia’s central province, was quoted as saying: “The two have been charged with the offence of sodomy or having sex against the order of nature contrary to the laws of Zambia under the Zambian Penal Code Cap 87 Section 115.
Not only did the two suffer being betrayed by their families and turned over to police, but the men were then subjected to medical exams which somehow concluded that they have been committing sexual acts “against nature”.
Somebody needs to pray for these people…Instead of focusing on climbing out of increasing poverty, the nation is concerned about what two adult men do behind closed doors.
Read more: The Guardian
May 7, 2013 § 1 Comment
Great news comes from Delaware today after the state became the 11th in the U.S. to make same-sex marriage legal.
The news comes only a week after Rhode Island became the 10th state to legalize same-sex marriage. Currently, Delaware provides civil unions to same-sex relationships providing their only means of being recognized legally as couple. On July 1, 2013, same-sex marriage will be made legal in the state providing same-sex couples with equal rights to heterosexual couples who marry within the state. Although the new measure will not provide any rights beyond what civil unions previously did within Delaware, it creates a system of marriage without differentiation whether it be by name or by rights awarded. All civil unions previously performed in Delaware will automatically be converted into marriages. Also, same-sex marriages performed in other states will be recognized by Delaware as valid.
The same-sex marriage bill passed the Delaware Senate by a slim margin, 12-9, before being sent to the governor for approval. The bill passed in the state House two weeks ago by a vote of 23-18. It was later signed by Governor Jack Markell into law today.
Now all we need is for the Supreme Court to knock down the Defense of Marriage Act permitting same-sex married couples to receive federal rights and benefits!
Read more: OutsidetheBeltway
May 6, 2013 § Leave a Comment
Anti-gay citizens of Estonia have been distributing a petition to prevent Estonia’s legal recognition of same-sex marriage. The group has amassed a surprising 35,000 signatures so far.
The Foundation for the Protection of Family and Tradition, headed by Varro Vooglaid, originally released the petition in March and plans to deliver it to the Estonian Parliament on May 14 despite protests by pro-LGBT rights activists. LGBT rights activists claim the petition will only incite discrimination against the LGBT communities and possibly hate crimes.
All of this comes only a few years after Estonia’s prime minister, Andrus Ansip, said, in 2010, he could see same-sex relationships gaining equal social footing with heterosexual married couples. Currently, the government is only legally prohibited from providing differential, or unequal, treatment against sexual minorities in the workplace, but nowhere else. Similar to the Defense Against Marriage Act in the United States, Estonia has strictly defined marriage as between a man and a woman.
Estonia is one of few EU member states which lacks legislation allowing civil partnerships. It, along with Bulgaria, Italy, Malta, Romania, Poland, Latvia, Lithuania, Slovakia and Greece, do not recognise registered civil partnerships from other states.
Read more at Pink News
April 1, 2013 § Leave a Comment
According to the Russia Times, President Vladimir Putin has requested that the Russian Supreme Court and government come up with measures to prohibit the adoption of Russian children by foreign same-sex couples as they gain rights abroad.
This order has come on the heels of France’s recent law permitting French same-sex couples to marry and adopt. Upon hearing the news, Pavel Astkhov, the children’s rights ombudsman of the Russian Federation promised that he would do everything within his power to prevent Russian children from joining same-sex led households.
Putin expects legislative drafts to be submitted by July 1, 2013. Whatever the government comes up with will be executed by the Ministry of Education and Science. The ministry oversees orphans and adoptions in the Russian Federation.
The Foreign Ministry will also get involved in substantiating the nation’s homophobic stance on same-sex couples rearing children. In February, the Russian Foreign Ministry reported that it planned to verify the possible “psychological damage” inflicted on Russian orphan Yegor Shabatalov. The boy was adopted by an American lesbian who lied about her sexuality during the adoption process. Eventually she separated from her lesbian partner, and a child custody battle ensued.
All we can hope for is that as Russia’s economy improves the way it has been, the nation will become more progressive and even liberal. The past months of anti-gay propaganda cases amongst other measures are depressing accomplishments for a country that legalized homosexuality in 1993 and began allowing gay men to donate blood in 2008. The more recent public outcries against homosexuality seem out of place, and I wonder why the government is so on board with homophobia. But we’ll have to figure that out another day. Dosvedanya!