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January 20, 2015

Supreme Court rules in favor of two non-operative transgender women

Transgender Israelis are no longer required to undergo sex reassignment surgery (SRS) to change the gender designation on their ID cards.

The change comes after the Supreme Court ordered the ministry of interior to legally change the gender of two transgender citizens from male to female, Haaretz newspaper reported.

A petition was filed at the court by a lawyer and an ex-soldier who started transitioning during her compulsory military service.

January 18, 2015

Finally married! After being turned away three times and having their ceremony last Saturday cancelled due to a complaint that they 'suffer from madness'

Victor Manuel Aguirrre and Fernando Urias have become the first same-sex couple get married in the Mexican city of Mexicali, near the border with California, on Saturday after local officials ended an 18-month fight that led to a Mexican Supreme Court order to permit the wedding.

The lawyer for the couple had filed a complaint on Friday against Mexicali officials after authorities again blocked the marriage despite the high court ruling.

Only the capital Mexico City and the northern state of Coahuila permit same-sex unions.

January 18, 2015

'The Supreme Court of the United States, 15 times over the last 120 years, has said that marriage is a fundamental right'

Ted Olson, one of the lawyers who argued against California's Prop 8, went toe-to-toe with anti-gay marriage advocate Tony Perkins on today's (18 January) Fox News Sunday show.

The two were invited to discuss the Supreme Court's announcement that in April it will hear four marriage equality cases.

January 17, 2015

'...The history of the Supreme Court is a history of case after case after case holding that marriage is a fundamental right —that it protects individual freedom...'

David Boies, the attorney who argued against Proposition 8 in front of the US Supreme Court, thinks the country's highest court is ready to make a definitive legal answer on marriage equality.

January 13, 2015

'Shirvell's conduct reasonably could have created the impression that neither he nor the department enforced the law in a fair, even-handed manner without bias'

A court has found a former Michigan state's lawyer one-man campaign against an out college student does not fall under First Amendment protection.

Last week the Michigan appeals court ruled against Andrew Shirvell. The former state assistant attorney general was fired in 2010 for harassing the student body president of the University of Michigan, who happened to be gay.

December 24, 2014

Governor wants to take his gay marriage battle to the Supreme Court

A federal judge has ordered Idaho to pay more than $400,000 to the lawyers who successfully fought the state's gay marriage ban.

US Magistrate Judge Candy Dale on Friday (19 December) awarded the six lawyers a total $401,663, which is still about 10% less than what they requested.

'There is no dispute that plaintiffs are the prevailing parties and are therefore entitled to an award of reasonable attorney fees and litigation expenses,' she wrote in an order.

December 10, 2014

Activists call on the international community to pressure Mayor Park into passing his scrapped human rights charter

The occupation of Seoul city hall by LGBTI activists enters day five as the mayor remains silent on a human rights charter he indefinitely postponed last week.

Today is World Aids Day and was the scheduled date for the enactment of the charter, which includes provisions banning discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

A coalition of 20 LGBTI groups started the sit-in on Saturday 'out of rage' that Mayor Park Won-soon nullified the charter after anti-gay protests, despite a citizens committee passing the measure.

December 6, 2014

Auckland lawyer Matthew Muir was sworn in as the first openly gay judge to sit on New Zealand’s High Court bench on Friday

One of the lawyers behind the campaign to legalize homosexuality in New Zealand in 1986 has seen his career come full circle as he was just appointed to sit on the bench of the High Court of New Zealand.

Auckland lawyer Matthew Muir was one of a group of lawyers who advised the authors of the Homosexual Law Reform Bill which legalized sex between men in New Zealand in 1986 after decades of activism by the LGBTI community.

November 28, 2014

Vitaly Cherkasov was accosted by a group of men after leaving a courthouse where he had been defending activist Kirill Kalugin

The Moscow Times reports that a human rights lawyer has been attacked whilst leaving a St. Petersburg court.

The lawyer, Vitaly Cherkasov, was employed to defend an LGBT activist and says that one of his assailants is the aide to a local anti-gay lawmaker.

November 12, 2014

Maxim Martsinkevich, known as 'Machete', will now be out of jail in under three years

A man who lured gay teens to a home, tortured them and reportedly drove several to suicide will now be free in under three years.

Maxim Martsinkevich, the leader of the anti-LGBTI group Occupy Pedophilia, had his sentence in a labor camp reduced by over two years yesterday at Moscow City Court.

He was not jailed for pioneering the horrific videos in which gay teens are 'punished for their sins', which have been imitated by several others across the country, but for 'hooliganism'.

November 7, 2014

Michael Adam Hamilton appeared in this week's episode of ABC legal drama

Michael Adam Hamilton found himself in very tight quarters with Jack Falahee in this week's episode of ABC's How to Get Away with Murder.

Hamilton was cast as a gay young lawyer named Julian who the gay character of Connor (Falahee) runs into at the courthouse.

It seems the two had hooked up in the past but Julian did not remember the encounter right away.

November 7, 2014

Would replace Anti-Homosexuality Act that was struck down earlier this year

Anti-gay legislators in Uganda aren't giving up.

Three months after the Anti-Homosexuality Act was struck down on technical grounds, new legislation has been drafted that is even more draconian than what was previously in place.

A human rights lawyer, Nicholas Opiyo, obtained a leaked copy of the proposed legislation and describes it as 'even worse, even more draconian,' according to BuzzFeed.

November 4, 2014

Ifeanyi Orazulike was arrested on the same day a challenge to the country's anti-gay law was dismissed

Nigerian LGBTI rights activist Ifeanyi Orazulike was arrested and detained without charge on the night of 22 October, the same day a constitutional challenge to the country's anti-gay law was dismissed.

The executive director of the International Center for Advocacy on the Rights to Health was arrested at his office in Abuja while celebrating his birthday with friends and colleagues.

He has filed a motion in Abuja High Court alleging he was arrested, detained and dehumanized without charge.

October 29, 2014

Action by Melissa Rivers could be first step in wrongful death lawsuit

t’s not known if Melissa Rivers will be filing a wrongful death lawsuit in shocking death last month of her mother, Joan Rivers.

But she seems to be laying the groundwork for the possibility.

Rivers has hired a law firm to look into the legendary comedian's death which occurred after what was to be a routine throat procedure on 4 September.

Although Rivers was 81, she appeared to be in good health even performing a stand-up routine in New York City the night before the procedure.

October 29, 2014

Court of Appeal rejects two constitutional challenges to the country's sodomy law

Singapore's highest court today ruled the country's sodomy law which criminalizes gay sex is constitutional.

The Court of Appeal found that section 377A of the penal code did not infringe on the rights of 51-year-old artistic therapist and social volunteer Tan Eng Hong.

Tan was arrested for having in oral sex with man in a public toilet in 2010. He contested the law but the High Court dismissed his application in 2013.

October 28, 2014

Judge tells Michael Egan: 'You understand this is a court of law.… You understand if you lie to me you'd get in trouble'

Michael Egan, the man who accused X-Men director Bryan Singer and other Hollywood players of sex abuse before dropping his case, did not have a very good day in court.

Egan appeared before a judge in Hawaii on Friday (24 October) in a malicious prosecution lawsuit brought by Garth Ancier, one of the other men he accused.

The judge called Egan out for lying when he claimed to not have had legal assistance in preparing his legal documents.

Judge J. Michael Seabright was not buying it.

October 28, 2014

'I do not believe that the United States Supreme Court could rule that all of those laws prohibiting marriage are suddenly constitutional after all these individuals have gotten married and their rights have changed'

The lawyer who defeated California's Proposition 8 doubts the US Supreme Court will reverse recent gains in marriage equality.

October 28, 2014

He says there is no 'probable cause for murder or any other crime'

A US marine accused of killing a transgender woman will stand trial in the Philippines but it is unclear whether he will face charges of murder of homicide.

Private First Class Joseph Scott Pemberton, 19, was in the Philippines for joint military exercises and was the last person to be seen with Jennifer Laude, 26.

She was drowned in a hotel toilet in Olongapo city, northwest of Manila.

Pemberton skipped the preliminary investigation in Olongapo and failed to answer a murder complaint by yesterday's deadline.

October 23, 2014

Korea University council is the first student body to ban discrimination against LGBTI people

The student council of Korea University in Seoul has revised its rules to ban discrimination against LGBTI people after several homophobic incidents on campus.

It is the first student body of a South Korean university to do so.

Earlier this year, a placard welcoming new LGBTI students was torn down by unidentified individuals. A similar incident occured at Ewha Womans University, sparking concerns about homophobia on campuses.

October 23, 2014

Judge says the law does not affect the straight man who filed the suit

A Nigerian court has dimissed a challenge to the country's anti-gay law because the man who filed the suit is straight and it does not affect him.

Joseph Teriah Ebah sued the government in Abuja High Court for passing the ‘Jail All The Gays’ law last year, which he said violated the fundamental human rights of LGBTI Nigerians as enshrined in the constitution and the African Charter on Human and Peoples' Rights.

October 15, 2014

A 60-year-old married Indian man threw his 20-year-old male lover through a third story window Tuesday morning after a dispute broke out between the pair while they were apparently having sex

A 20-year-old gay man is dead after being thrown through a third story window during a lovers quarrel in the Indian city of Hyderabad in the early hours of Tuesday morning.

Police had been nearby at the time of the incident and heard a scream and the sound of the body hitting the ground and spotted a broken window on the third floor of a building above where the man had fallen from.

The still unidentified 20-year-old was naked and when police entered the building they discovered V. Narsingh Rao, 60, in an office belonging to his lawyer.

October 15, 2014

State's governor and attorney general accused of 'playing politics with our families'

The state of South Carolina was sued Wednesday (15 October) by two LGBTI groups for continuing to block same-sex marriages from taking place there.

Lambda Legal and South Carolina Equality claim that last week's decision by the US Supreme Court’s to let stand a 4th Circuit ruling striking down Virginia’s same-sex marriage ban also applies to South Carolina because it is in the same jurisdiction.

They want the marriages to begin immediately.

October 12, 2014

'They deserve the right to equality, and the same respect and decency that other people have that are living right next door'

October 9, 2014

Former law dean says the concept of marriage as between a man and woman is 'obsolete'

The former law dean of the University of the Philippines said saying denying LGBTI couples the right to marry was unconstitutional.

Pacifico Agabin made the comments at a professional lecture given by retired Supreme Court Associate Justice Jose Vitug.

The Inquirer quoted Agabin as saying, ‘The Family Code’s concept of marriage as a contract between a man and a woman aside from being obsolete, violates the equal protection clause of the Constitution.