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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News Brief: Mother “Stabbed her Son to Death” because He was Gay

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News Brief Mother Stabbed Son to Death because He was Gay

News Brief Mother Stabbed Son to Death because He was Gay

News Brief:  Mother “Stabbed her Son to Death” because He was Gay

32-year-old Tatiana Lozano Pereira was arrested in December over the killing of her 17-year old son, Itaberli Lozano, in their house in Cravinhos, Brazil.

According to reports in local media outlets, Lozano Pereira has long rejected her son because he was gay.  Her resentment for her son worsened over Christmas after a dispute between them, and escalated to the point that Lozano Pereira hired two thugs to “teach [her son] a lesson.”  The killing took place on December 29. 

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News Brief: Sri Lanka just Took a Decision on Whether to Legalize Homosexuality

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News Brief Sri Lanka Decision on Whether to Legalize Homosexuality

News Brief:  Sri Lanka just Took a Decision on Whether to Legalize Homosexuality

Sri Lanka’s top politicians have taken a decision on legalizing homosexuality. 

Currently, same-sex acts, by a person of any gender, are illegal under Sri Lankan law.  Households headed by same-sex couples are not eligible for any protection given to married couples.  Additionally, some private clinics in Sri Lanka claim to be able to “cure” patients of their homosexuality, despite the fact it’s widely recognized same-sex thoughts cannot be changed by therapy.

Sri Lanka’s Daily Mirror reports that cabinet members decided to reject plans to criminalize same-sex acts.  Instead they agreed to place a provision in their new Human Rights Action Plan.  The plan says it will seek to stop discrimination based on sexual orientation.

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News Brief: Man Charged with Federal Hate Crime in Fatal Beating of a Gay Man

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News Brief Idaho Man Charged with Federal Hate Crime Gay Murder

News Brief Idaho Man Charged with Federal Hate Crime Gay Murder

News Brief:  Man Charged with Federal Hate Crime in Fatal Beating of a Gay Man

An Idaho man has been charged with a federal hate crime after prosecutors said he lured a gay man to a remote location then beat him to death.  Kelly Schneider, 23, was indicted by a grand jury earlier this month, but the case was kept under seal until he was taken into federal custody, U.S. Attorney Wendy Olson said in a prepared statement.  Schneider is to be arraigned on January 24th.

Schneider has already pleaded not guilty in a first-degree murder charge in Idaho state court in connection with the April 2016 death of Steven Nelson, 49.  State prosecutors say Schneider posed as an escort on the website Backpage in order to rob those who responded to his ad.  Three others have been charged in state court in connection with the case.  Schneider and Nelson are both from Nampa in southwestern Idaho.

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