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Australia lawmakers reject same-sex marriage legislation

 

Australia lawmakers reject same-sex marriage legislation
Keith Herting at 10:00 AM ET

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[JURIST] Legislation intended to legalize same-sex marriage [JURIST backgrounder] in Australia was overwhelmingly voted down on Wednesday. The Marriage Amendment Bill 2012 [bill, PDF], introduced to the House of Representatives by Labor MP Stephen Jones[official websites], was rejected by a vote of 42-98. The legislation failed despite 64.3 percent of the population supporting the bill, according to a survey [report, PDF] of 276,000 people conducted by the House of Representatives. The uneven vote may be partly attributed to Liberal MPs not being allowed a free vote by their party; Labor MPs were allowed to vote their conscience. At the close of debate on the bill, Jones argued [transcript]:

The case for the bill is simple. It is about equality, it is about recognition of relationships-the validation of those relationships-and it is about saying to people who are often excluded, alienated or discriminated against, “You know what? You are okay. What’s more, you are better than okay: your relationship is just as valid as mine is in my marriage to my wife.”

Same-sex marriage advocates are expected to re-focus their effort towards recognizing the unions on a state-by-state level.

Same-sex marriage recognition has been a contentious issue both internationally as well as within the US. Thus far in 2012 FranceGermany and Scotland [JURIST reports] have all seen new efforts to get same-sex marriages recognized. Earlier this month the US Department of Justice asked the US Supreme Court toconsider two more challenges [JURIST report] to the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) [text], which prohibits federal recognition of same-sex marriages. In July a lesbian couple filed a lawsuit in the US District Court for the Central District of California [official website] in a DOMA challenge that seeks to achieve for gay and lesbian couples the same federal immigration rights afforded to heterosexual couples [JURIST report].

Fonte: Jurist

 

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Mitt Romney é desavisadamente confrontado por um veterano do Vietnã que é Gay e legalmente casado

Mitt Romney, former governor of Massachusetts,...

Mitt Romney, former governor of Massachusetts, 2008 US presidential candidate. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Em dezembro de 2011, durante uma parada de campanha em New Hampshire, Mitt Romney decidiu se sentar para conversar com Bob Garon no café da manhã.

O que Romney não sabia é que Garon estava sentado com seu marido, com quem se casara poucos meses antes.

O que se seguiu pode ser descrito como a maior lição de cidadania que Romney já deve ter tido em toda a sua vida…… Enjoy (o vídeo está em inglês):

No original:

Mitt Romney Accidentally Confronts A Gay Veteran; Awesomeness Ensues

Back in December 2011 during a campaign stop in New Hampshire, Mitt Romney decided to drop by Vietnam War veteran Bob Garon’s breakfast table for a quick photo-op. What Romney didn’t realize is that Garon was sitting with his husband, whom he had married just a few months earlier.

What followed might be the single greatest “oblivious Romney” moment of the entire campaign. Enjoy.

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Homofobia: Comissão Interamericana de Dir. Humanos da OEA cobra, DE NOVO, ações do Brasil

 

 CIDH condena assassinato de adolescente gay

Em 07/07/2012, a Comissão Interamericana de Direitos Humanos da OEA condenou o assassinato de dois travestis – um em Curitiba e outro em Bauru, SP – e cobrou do Brasil a investigação dos crimes e punição dos culpados, de modo a não incentivar a cultura da impunidade.

Ontem, 16/07/2012, a CIDH volta a emitir outra nota, de conteúdo semelhante. Agora em razão do assassinato de Lucas Pimentel Ribeiro, de 15 anos, cujo corpo foi encontrado em 28 de junho no Rio Paraiba do Sul, em Volta Redonda.
Enquanto isso, a Presidenta Dilma Rousseff, que em seu ato de posse jurou ser uma intransigente defensora dos Direitos Humanos e governar para todos, segue em seu silêncio desqualificador. Nenhuma nota, nenhuma declaração, nada. Passam-se as datas comemorativas para o Movimento LGBT mundial – 17 de maio, dia mundial de combate à homofobia, 28 de junho, dia mundial do orgulho LGBT -, passa a II Conferência Nacional de Políticas Públicas para LGBT e nada. Silêncio sepulcral de parte da primeira mulher a exercer a presidência do Brasil; da mulher que colocou em risco até mesmo a sua vida e integridade, na luta contra a ditadura militar.
A Ministra da Secretaria Especial dos Direitos Humanos (SEDH), Maria do Rosário Nunes, tambem tem evitado fazer declaraçõesLimitou-se a mencionar o atentado contra os gêmeos de forma incidental, ao anunciar, em 28 de junho último, a intenção de criar Comitês Estaduais de enfrentamento à homofobia.
Nesse dia, Maria do Rosário antecipou alguns números do Relatório de Violência Homofóbica, resultante de denúncias formuladas perante o Disque Direitos Humanos (disque 100) e o Disque 180, da Secretaria das Mulheres e do Ministério da Saúde, ainda hoje não inteiramente divulgado.
Estranhamente, porém, a noticia constante do portal da SEDH omite o número de mortos:  278. Este número, pela primeira vez apurado  pelo governo federal e a partir de recomendações dos organismos internacionais de direitos humanos,  é maior do que o contabilizado pelo Grupo Gay da Bahia, GGB, que foi de 266. Isso significa que o governo federal apurou 12 homicídios a mais que o GGB, comprovando a tese de que os dados do GGB eram subnotificados.
Segundo a divulgação prévia, entre janeiro e dezembro de 2011, foram denunciadas 6.809 violações aos direitos humanos contra a população LGBT, envolvendo 1.713 vítimas e 2.275 suspeitos.
A média de violações diárias no período foi de 18,6.  A maioria dos agressores (61,9%), são conhecidos da vítima.
O perfil das vítimas é de 34% do gênero masculino, 34,5% do gênero feminino, 10,6% travestis, 2,1% de transexuais e 18,9% não informado. A maioria das denuncias (41,9%), foram feitas ao Disque 100 pela própria vítima.
Embora esses dados alarmantes, pesquise no portal da SEDH e nenhuma menção será encontrada sobre a população LGBT após o dia desse anúncio, ou seja, 28 de junho. Muito embora tenham ocorrido  esses dois assassinatos bastante noticiados pela mídia virtual  – o do gêmeo heterossexual e o do menor em Volta Redonda.
Na rubrica Disque Denúncia – O que somos, referente ao serviço de denúncia de violações de direitos humanos, este é referido apenas como sendo serviço nacional de denúncias de abuso e exploração contra crianças e adolescentes.O relatório de 2011 constante nesse portal, contendo os números e tipologia dos crimes denunciados, refere-se unicamente ao “módulo criança e adolescente” (“Relatório Disque Direitos Humanos”).O relatório sobre as violações referentes à população LGBT até hoje não foi divulgado.
Também o Legislativo é omisso. Nem ao menos os Presidentes das Comissões de Direitos Humanos da Câmara e do Senado fazem qualquer pronunciamento, exortando o Parlamento para que cumpra as reiteradas recomendações da ONU (CDH, Alto Comissariado e RPU) e da OEA, CIDH.
 
Nos anos 60 e 70 nosso Congresso era fictício, mero homologador das decisões dos militares. Nos tempos atuais, vemos esse Poder da República deixar-se manter sob o cabresto da ideologia de setores fundamentalistas e totalitários, embora estejamos, formalmente, sob um regime democrático, republicano e constitucionalista. Triste. Nefasto. Humilhante.
Vejam a íntegra do Comunicado da CIDH-OEA:

 CIDH condena assassinato de adolescente gay 

16 de julho de 2012 

Washington, D.C. – A Comissão Interamericana de Direitos Humanos (CIDH) condena o homicídio do adolescente de 15 anos, Lucas Ribeiro Pimentel, quem se auto-identificava como gay, no Rio de Janeiro, Brasil. 

De acordo com a informação recebida, o corpo de Lucas Ribeiro Pimentel foi encontrado flutuando no dia 28 de junho de 2012, no rio Paraíba do Sul, em Volta Redonda, Estado do Rio de Janeiro. A informação disponível indica que ele teria sido vítima de um roubo, espancado e empalado, e seus olhos teriam sido perfurados. As autoridades policiais informaram que a investigação inclui a hipótese de motivações homofóbicas, além da motivação de roubar.

 A CIDH lembra que é obrigação do Estado investigar de ofício fatos dessa natureza e sancionar àqueles que resultarem responsáveis. A Comissão insta ao Estado a abrir linhas de investigação que tenham em consideração se este assassinato foi cometido em razão da expressão de gênero, identidade de gênero ou da orientação sexual da vítima. Asimismo, la CIDH reitera que el Estado tiene un deber de protección especial respecto de niños, niñas y adolescentes, quienes por su edad se encuentran en especial situación de vulnerabilidad. 

A Comissão continua recebendo informações sobre assassinatos, torturas, detenções arbitrárias e outras formas de violência e preconceito contra lésbicas, gays e pessoas trans, bissexuais e intersex. Além disso, a Comissão observa que existem problemas nas investigações destes crimes, o que conduz, em parte, a que não se abram linhas de investigações que considerem se o delito foi cometido em razão da identidade de gênero ou orientação sexual das vítimas. A inefetividade da resposta estatal fomenta altos índices de impunidade, os quais, por sua vez, propiciam uma repetição crônica, submetendo vítimas e seus familiares a uma situação de desamparo. 

A CIDH urge ao Estado a adotar ações para evitar e reagir a esses abusos aos direitos humanos e garantir que as pessoas LGTBI possam exercer efetivamente seu direito a una vida livre de discriminação e violência, incluindo a adoção de políticas e campanhas públicas, assim como as reformas necessárias para adequar as leis aos instrumentos interamericanos em matéria de direitos humanos. 

A CIDH é um órgão principal e autônomo da Organização dos Estados Americanos (OEA), cujo mandato provém da Carta da OEA e da Convenção Americana sobre Direitos Humanos. A Comissão Interamericana tem o mandato de promover a observância dos direitos humanos na região e atua como órgão consultivo da OEA na matéria. A CIDH é integrada por sete membros independentes, eleitos pela Assembléia Geral da OEA a título pessoal.

Fonte: Boteco COMER DE MATULA: Homofobia: CIDH-OEA cobra ações do Brasil outra vez.

 

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Homofobia no brasil, resoluções internacionais e a constituição de 88

Senado Federal – Palestra do Prof. Alexandre Gustavo Melo Franco Bahia dada no Seminário “Diferentes mas Iguais”, organizado pela Exma. Senadora Marta Suplicy no dia 15/05/2012.

Versão completa da palestra no Seminário “Diferentes mas Iguais”- http://jus.com.br/revista/texto/21999/homofobia-no-brasil-resolucoes-internacionais-e-a-constituicao-de-1988/1

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Otis Moss, III Challenges Fellow Black Clergy On Marriage Equality For Gays And Lesbians

See video: http://youtu.be/k7Ktjqf9Vi4

The Rev. Dr. Otis Moss, III is the Pastor of Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago, Illinois. During an address to his church on May 13th, Pastor Moss read a letter he had sent to a fellow clergyman who took issue with the President’s recent support of Gay marriage.

Find the transcript below:

My Brother:

Tell your brethren who are part of your ministerial coalition to “live their faith and not legislate their faith” for the Constitution is designed to protect the rights of all. We must learn to be more than a one-issue community and seek the beloved community where we may not all agree, but we all recognize the fingerprint of the Divine upon all of humanity.

There is no doubt people who are same-gender-loving who occupy prominent places in the body of Christ. For the clergy to hide from true dialogue with quick dismissive claims devised from poor biblical scholarship is as sinful as unthoughtful acceptance of a theological position. When we make biblical claims without sound interpretation we run the risk of adopting a doctrinal position of deep conviction but devoid of love. Deep faith may resonate in our position, but it is the ethic of love that forces us to prayerfully reexamine our position.

The question I believe we should pose to our congregations is, “Should all Americans have the same civil rights?” This is a radically different question than the one you raised with the ministers, “Does the church have the right to perform or not perform certain religious rites.” There is difference between rights and rites. We should never misconstrue rights designed to protect diverse individuals in a pluralistic society versus religious rites designed by faith communities to communicate a theological or doctrinal perspective. These two questions are answered in two fundamentally different arenas. One is answered in the arena of civic debate where the Constitution is the document of authority. The other is answered in the realm of ecclesiastical councils where theology, conscience and biblical mandates are the guiding ethos. I do not believe ecclesiastical councils are equipped to shape civic legislation nor are civic representatives equipped to shape religious rituals and doctrine.

The institution of marriage is not under attack as a result of the President’s words. Marriage was under attack years ago by men who viewed women as property and children as trophies of sexual prowess. Marriage is under attack by low wages, high incarceration, unfair tax policy, unemployment, and lack of education. Marriage is under attack by clergy who proclaim monogamy yet think nothing of stepping outside the bonds of marriage to have multiple affairs with “preaching groupies.” Same-gender couples did not cause the high divorce rate, but our adolescent views of relationships and our inability as a community to come to grips with the ethic of love and commitment did. We still confuse sex with love and romance with commitment.

My father, who is a veteran of the civil rights movement and retired pastor, eloquently stated the critical nature of this election when speaking to ministers this past week who claim they will pull support from the President as a result of his position. He stated, “Our Ancestors prayed for 389 years to place a person of color in the White House. They led over 200 slave revolts, fought in 11 wars, one being a civil war where over 600,000 people died. Our mothers fought and were killed for women’s suffrage, our grandparents were lynched for the civil rights bill of 1964 and the voting rights act of 1965…my father never had the opportunity to vote and I believe it is my sacred duty to pull the lever for every member of my family who was denied the right to vote. I will not allow narrow-minded ministers or regressive politicians the satisfaction of keeping me from my sacred right to vote to shape the future for my grandchildren.”

“The institution of marriage is not under attack as a result of the President’s words.”

Gay and lesbian citizens did not cause the economic crash, foreclosures, and attack upon health care. Poor underfunded schools were not created because people desire equal protection under the law. We have much work to do as a community, and to claim the President of the United States must hold your theological position is absurd. He is President of the United States of America not the President of the Baptist convention or Bishop of the Sanctified or Holiness Church. He is called to protect the rights of Jew and Gentile, male and female, young and old, Gay and straight, black and white, Atheist and Agnostic. It should be noted the President offered no legislation, or executive order, or present an argument before the Supreme Court. He simply stated his personal conviction.

If we dare steal away from the noise of this debate, we will realize as a church we are called to “Do justice, live mercy and walk humbly with God.” Gay people have never been the enemy; and when we use rhetoric to suggest they are the source of our problems we lie on God and cause tears to flow from the eyes of Christ.

I am not asking you to change your position, but I am stating we must stay in dialogue and not allow our own personal emotional prejudices or doctrines to prevent us from seeing the possibilities of a beloved community.

November is fast approaching, and the spirits of Ella Baker, Septima Clarke, Fannie Lou Hammer, Rosa Parks, A. Phillip Randolph, James Orange, Medgar Evers and Martin Luther, King Jr. stand in the balcony of heaven raising the question, “Will you do justice, live mercy and walk humbly with our God?” Emmitt Till and the four little girls who were assassinated in Alabama during worship did not die for a Sunday sermonic sound bite to show disdain for one group of God’s people. They were killed by an evil act enacted by men who believed in doctrine over love. We serve in ministry this day because of a man who believed in love over doctrine and died on a hill called Calvary in a dusty Palestinian community 2,000 years ago. Do not let the rhetoric of this debate keep you from the polls, my friend.

Asking you to imagine a beloved community, your brother and friend,

Otis Moss, III
Senior Pastor
Trinity UCC

viaOtis Moss, III Challenges Fellow Black Clergy On Marriage Equality For Gays And Lesbians.

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NAACP endorses same-sex marriage – The Washington Post

The NAACP’s board of directors voted Saturday to endorse same-sex marriage rights – adding the influential voice of the country’s leading black civil rights organization to a debate that has divided the African-American community.

The decision has political implications for President Obama, who needs an enthusiastic turnout from black voters to help him win reelection in November but angered some African-American church pastors with his announcement this month that he believes gays and lesbians should have the right to marry.

The NAACP now presents itself as a counterbalance to the influence of the traditionally socially conservative black church. It can also help establish closer ties between blacks and gays, two of Obama’s most loyal constituencies.

Some pro-Republican conservative evangelical activists have said Obama’s announcement gives them an unusual opportunity to deflate enthusiasm among black voters for reelecting the country’s first black president, who tends to win more than 90 percent support in that community.

“Civil marriage is a civil right and a matter of civil law,” NAACP president Benjamin Todd Jealous said in a statement released Saturday. “The NAACP’s support for marriage equality is deeply rooted in the Fourteenth Amendment of the United States Constitution and equal protection of all people. The well-funded right wing organizations who are attempting to split our communities are no friend to civil rights, and they will not succeed.”

The Human Rights Campaign, a leading gay rights group, issued a jubilant statement following the NAACP announcement. “We could not be more pleased with the NAACP’s history-making vote today – which is yet another example of the traction marriage equality continues to gain in every community,” said HRC president Joe Solmonese. “It’s time the shameful myth that the African-American community is somehow out of lockstep with the rest of the country on marriage equality is retired — once and for all. The facts and clear momentum toward marriage speak for themselves.”

Surveys show blacks remain generally uncomfortable with same-sex marriage. A Washington Post-Kaiser Family Foundation poll in November found that 58 percent of African Americans called same-sex marriage “unacceptable,” while 35 percent said it was “acceptable” in terms of their own values and morals.

More than half of all African Americans in a new Post-ABC News poll backed the president’s statement in support of marriage, suggesting there may be an opening to for Obama to help push support for gay rights among black Americans.

The resolution approved Saturday states: “The NAACP Constitution affirmatively states our objective to ensure the ‘political, education, social and economic equality’ of all people. Therefore, the NAACP has opposed and will continue to oppose any national, state, local policy or legislative initiative that seeks to codify discrimination or hatred into the law or to remove the Constitutional rights of LGBT citizens. We support marriage equality consistent with equal protection under the law provided under the Fourteenth Amendment of the United States Constitution. Further, we strongly affirm the religious freedoms of all people as protected by the First Amendment. “

viaNAACP endorses same-sex marriage – The Washington Post.

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