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Chinese gay rights movement sees win in court loss

Though a Chinese court rejected a same-sex marriage lawsuit, many believe the case affirmed a growing acceptance of LGBT rights in China. This article examines the implications of the decision for country’s gay rights movement. On Wednesday morning, Sun Wenlin and his male partner Hu Mingliang entered a court in the central Chinese province Hunan,

2016-04-15

Chinese court rejects first same-sex marriage case

A judge in China has dismissed a suit brought against the local government by a gay couple. Despite the decision, the plaintiffs and their supporters have said the fight isn’t over. The court in central Changsha on Wednesday dismissed the suit brought against the civil affairs bureau for refusing to issue a marriage license to

2016-04-13

LGBTI hate crime victims failed by Romanian authorities

An investigation by Romanian police into an attack on two Bucharest Pride participants in the aftermath of the 2006 march was ineffective, marred by shortcomings and failed to take an-LGBTI bias into account, according to the European Court of Human Rights. In a judgment released yesterday (Tuesday, 12 April 2016), the ECtHR found that the

2016-04-11

Tunisian court praised for releasing eight men convicted under ‘sodomy’ laws

Eight men who were arrested and charged with offences relating to gay sex have been released. The court has been praised by local LGBT rights group Shames for making the “courageous” decision of rescinding the charges. Local reports had originally suggested that only three men were arrested, and that they had been charged with offences

2016-03-17

Botswana government loses battle to ban gay group

Botswana’s highest court has said the organization Lesbians, Gays and Bisexuals of Botswana (LEGABIBO) can be allowed to register. A five-judge bench at the Court of Appeals said the refusal had been unconstitutional. Activists launched their legal battle after the Home Affairs Ministry rejected an application to register the gay rights lobby group. But judges

2016-02-25

Strasbourg Court: family reunification rights also count for same-sex couples

Yesterday, the Strasbourg-based European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) ruled that refusing same-sex couples residence permits with the purpose of family reunification on the basis of their sexual orientation is discriminatory. The case was brought to the European Court after Ms Pajić, a woman from Bosnia-Herzegovina, was refused a Croatian residence permit that she requested

2016-02-03

India’s Supreme Court to review sodomy ruling

India’s Supreme Court on Tuesday said it would review its controversial ruling that recriminalized consensual same-sex sexual acts. The Guardian reported the Supreme Court asked a five-judge panel to reconsider its 2013 decision that reinstated India’s colonial-era Sodomy law known as Section 377. “This is an undeniably thrilling action by India’s highest court,” James Robertson,

2016-01-28

Mexican Supreme Court strikes down state marriage ban

The Mexican Supreme Court on Tuesday struck down the state of Jalisco’s same-sex marriage ban. The justices in their 11-0 ruling said the portion of the Jalisco Civil Code that defines marriage as between a man and a woman amounts to discrimination based on sexual orientation under the Mexican constitution. Milenio, a Mexican newspaper, quoted

2016-01-06

China’s first marriage equality case accepted by court

China’s first marriage equality has been accepted by a court in Hunan province. Sun Wenlin, 26, sued a civil affairs bureau in Changsha last month for rejecting his marriage application – in what has been hailed as the first gay marriage case in the communist country. Sun received notification from Furong district court that his

2015-09-28

Indian court protects trans man ‘forced into arranged marriage’ with another man

The court has provided protection for a man tricked into visiting the country by his parents. Shivy, 18, is technically an Indian citizen – but has been living in the USA for fifteen years. The court move comes after he alleged that his parents tried to forcibly marry him off to a man after tricking him