Supreme Court of Brazil Classifies Homophobia and Transphobia as Criminal Offenses

(Blogmensgo, gay blog of June 19, 2019) The Supreme Court of Brazil (STF = Supremo Tribunal Federal) decided by eight to three votes on June 13, 2019 that homophobia and transphobia must be punished in the same way as racist crimes and offenses, even though there is no specific law for them. The highest Brazilian [...]

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Ecuador Takes a Major Constitutional Step Towards Gay Marriage

(Blogmensgo, gay blog of 19 June 2019) The Constitutional Court of Ecuador, by decision of 12 June 2019 and by a narrow majority (5 votes to 4), allowed two gay couples to marry. Since the decisions of the supreme court in Ecuador are legally binding, legalization of gay marriage is only a formality. Ecuador has [...]

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Botswana Ends Punishments for Homosexuality

(Blogmensgo, gay blog of June 12, 2019) The Botswana High Court in Gaborone (i.e. the Supreme Court) has declared the articles of the Penal Code that punish consensual homosexual relationships between adults to be unconstitutional, discriminatory and against the public interest. The immediate consequence of the judgment of June 11, 2019, unanimously delivered by a [...]

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