News Brief: Texas Bill Would Fine Men $100 for Masturbating

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News Brief Texas Bill Would Fine Men $100 Masturbating

News Brief:  Texas Bill Would Fine Men $100 for Masturbating

A bill introduced in the US state of Texas would fine men $100 for masturbating, unless they do it in an approved medical facility.  Bill 4260, introduced by Representative Jessica Farrar, is in response to debates around women’s reproductive health across the US.

Intended as a satirical attack on male politicians’ dealings in issues concerning women’s bodies, the bill would restrict men in the same way that some seek to restrict women’s access to abortions and contraceptives.

“A lot of people find the bill funny,” Farrar told The Houston Chronicle.  “What’s not funny are the obstacles that Texas women face every day, that were placed there by legislatures making it very difficult for them to access healthcare.”

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News Brief: Italian Court Recognizes Gay Parents for the First Time

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News Brief Italian Court Recognizes Gay Parents

News Brief:  Italian Court Recognizes Gay Parents for the First Time

A landmark court ruling in Italy recognizes a gay couple as the legal parents of their children born to a surrogate.  The Court of Appeals in the city of Trento ruled that both men could be names as fathers to the children.

According to the court judges, parental relationships are not solely defined by a biological link.  “On the contrary, one must consider the importance of parental responsibility, which is manifested in the conscious decision to raise and care for the child,” the panel wrote. 

The details of the ruling were published on the Article 29 website, which links it to an article to do with family in the country’s constitution.

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News Brief: Royal Prince of India Calls for Decriminalization of Homosexuality

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News Brief Royal Prince of India Decriminalization of Homosexuality

News Brief:  Royal Prince of India Calls for Decriminalization of Homosexuality

Prince Manvendra Singh Gohil made global headlines when he came out as gay in 2007 on the Oprah Winfrey Show.  He’s now campaigning for the country to end its historic anti-gay sex rules.

Speaking at the Nagpur pride march, Prince Gohil said the outdated rules in his country should be dropped.  “As the largest democracy, it is high time that India scrap the outdated laws imposed by the colonial government and give equal rights to the LGBT people.”

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New Brief: Chile Moves Towards Marriage Equality

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New Brief Chile Moves Towards Marriage Equality

New Brief Chile Moves Towards Marriage Equality

New Brief:  Chile Moves Towards Marriage Equality

Chile has taken its first steps towards marriage equality.

President Michelle Bachelet has announced that a public discussion on same-sex marriage would take place.  She said the aim of the consultation was to produce a “satisfactory bill on marriage equality, recognizing the same rights for everyone.”  Ms. Bachelet added that it was “not only a demand of the international justice system but a legitimate demand of Chilean society.”

In September of last year, the President promised she would introduce a same-sex marriage bill in the first half of 2017.  She made that announcement during a UN General Assembly panel on LGBT rights.

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News Brief: Donald Trump, the Least Popular President in U.S. History

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News Brief Donald Trump the Least Popular President in U.S. History

News Brief Donald Trump the Least Popular President in U.S. History

News Brief:  Donald Trump, the Least Popular President in U.S. History

Donald Trump is the least popular president in U.S. history.  Despite having been in office a month, the new POTUS has already suffered a sharp decline in popularity.

Controversial policies such as the Muslim Ban – now suspended thanks to the courts – and attacks on popular figures such as Meryl Streep have drastically damaged his reputation.  President Trump has, however, resisted using an Executive Order to remove LGBT rights, after daughter Ivanka allegedly intervened to stop him.

Such unpopularity is unprecedented for a new president.

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