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    Quote Originally Posted by tomcat View Post
    self-interested enlightenment
    I am not familiar with this phrase TC. What does it mean?

    I am not going to google it as google is killing the art of online jovial banter.

    Quote Originally Posted by tomcat View Post
    like putting lipstick on a serf
    You leave those serfs alone Tom.

    They are minding their own business and getting along fine without any gay-arsed girly make-up!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Looper View Post
    I am not going to google it as google is killing the art of online jovial banter.
    ...I admire your courage...

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    Costa Rica legalises same-sex marriage in first for Central America

    Costa Rica legalised same-sex marriage on Tuesday, becoming the first Central American country to do so, as a court ruling came into force at midnight.


    Planned celebrations did not take place because of the coronavirus pandemic, but a special program about LGBT rights was broadcast on public television and online as the first weddings were held.

    "This change will bring about a significant social and cultural transformation, allowing thousands of people to marry," said President Carlos Alvarado in the program.

    Costa Rica is the eighth country in the Americas to recognise same-sex marriage -- a group that includes Brazil, Ecuador and Argentina, as well as Canada and the US.

    The move was triggered by a 2018 ruling of the Supreme Court which declared the part of the law banning gay marriage was unconstitutional.

    That ruling gave parliament 18 months to legislate on the matter -- but it did not, so the provision was automatically annulled.

    "Costa Rica is celebrating today: marriage equality has become a reality in the country -- the first one in Central America," said the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association (ILGA) in a tweet.

    "We rejoice with you: congratulations to all those who worked so hard to make it happen!"

    Victor Madrigal-Borloz, the UN's Independent Expert on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity, called it "an extraordinary moment of celebration" in a tweet posted hours before midnight.

    He expressed "gratitude to the work of so many activists, and of quiet reflection of the lives of those who lived without seeing this moment".: Costa Rica legalises same-sex marriage in first for Central America - France 24
    Keep your friends close and your enemies closer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by S Landreth View Post
    "Costa Rica is celebrating today: marriage equality has become a reality in the country -- the first one in Central America," said the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association (ILGA) in a tweet.
    ...well, hooray, I guess: better late than never...

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    Latest earthquake news for Costa Rica:-

    Latest earthquakes in Costa Rica interactive map & list: past 30 days / VolcanoDiscovery

    ...2 small magnitude 3 events for Tuesday 26th May


    No cyclone warnings:-

    Storms Now - Good (and Bad) Weather Forecasts

    ...fingers crossed

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    Costa Rica celebrates first same-sex weddings

    The first same-sex weddings have taken place in Costa Rica, the first Central American country to equalise its marriage legislation.
    A lesbian couple became the first to tie the knot in a ceremony that took place just after the new law came into effect at midnight.

    The wedding was shown on national TV.

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    Costa Rica celebrates first same-sex weddings - BBC News

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    ...meanwhile:

    Zambian jailed gay couple pardoned in presidential amnesty


    Image copyright: GEORGE WAFULA/BBCImage caption

    Many African countries still enforce strict laws governing homosexualityZambia's President Edgar Lungu has pardoned two men who were jailed last year for having sex with each other.

    Their 15-year sentence triggered a diplomatic row, which ended in the recalling of the US ambassador.
    The two men, Japhet Chataba and Steven Samba, were listed among the names of nearly 3,000 prisoners to be pardoned to mark Africa Freedom Day, which fell on Monday.

    Zambia is a deeply conservative society where homosexual acts are illegal.
    This was legislation inherited from the British colonial era.


    • Last November, a High Court in the capital, Lusaka, sentenced the two men for having sex "against the order of nature".

    They had booked into a lodge, and a worker peeped through an open window and saw them having sex, the court heard.

    Image copyrightUNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF STATE Image caption: Ambassador Daniel Foote was outspoken in his condemnation of the jailing of the two men

    At the time, US ambassador Daniel Foote said he was "horrified" by the sentencing.
    He implored the Zambian government to review the case and its homosexuality laws, but then faced a backlash for his comments.

    'We want him gone'


    The government felt that the ambassador was trying to use the aid money that the US gives as leverage.

    At the time, Zambia's Foreign Minister Joseph Malanji told the BBC the government could not be forced to make decisions "at gunpoint" because of aid.
    In response the diplomat's comments, President Lungu then said that he did not "want such people in our midst. We want him gone".

    Mr Foote was recalled to Washington in December.
    Majestically enthroned amid the vulgar herd

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    • Workers can't be fired for being gay or transgender, Supreme Court rules




    The Supreme Court on Monday ruled 6-3 in a landmark decision that gay and transgender employees are protected by civil rights laws against employer discrimination.

    A set of cases that came before the court had asked the justices to decide whether Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, which forbids discrimination on the basis of "sex," applies to gay and transgender people.

    Justice Neil Gorsuch, who wrote the opinion for the six-member majority, said that it does.

    "Today, we must decide whether an employer can fire someone simply for being homosexual or transgender," Gorsuch wrote. "The answer is clear. An employer who fires an individual for being homosexual or transgender fires that person for traits or actions it would not have questioned in members of a different sex. Sex plays a necessary and undisguisable role in the decision, exactly what Title VII forbids."

    Gorsuch was joined by Chief Justice John Roberts and Justices Stephen Breyer, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Elena Kagan and Sonia Sotomayor. Justices Samuel Alito, Brett Kavanaugh and Clarence Thomas dissented from the decision.

    The decision was one of the most highly anticipated of a Supreme Court term stacked with high-profile cases. It was delivered in the middle of LGBT Pride Month.: Workers can't be fired for being gay or transgender, Supreme Court rules | TheHill - Supreme Court rules workers can'''t be fired for being gay or transgender - Supreme Court Says LGBTQ Employees Are Protected By Civil Rights Employment Statutes | HuffPost

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    Quote Originally Posted by S Landreth View Post
    Samuel Alito, Brett Kavanaugh and Clarence Thomas dissented from the decision.
    ...of course they did...

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    The Trump administration sided with the employers, a position that put it at odds with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, which decided in 2015 that gay and transgender people were federally protected.
    ...of course it did...

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    As an aside, it seems these SCOTUS zoom meetings are letting them get some work done and it isn't going well for baldy orange cunto and his spiteful trumpanzees.

    The Supreme Court on Monday declined to take up new cases for next term that gun rights groups claimed denied Second Amendment rights.

    The court did not accept a batch of nearly a dozen cases that gun groups had hoped the court, fortified with more conservative members, might consider. Among them were cases involving restrictions in Maryland and New Jersey to permits for carrying a handgun outside the home.
    and

    The Supreme Court on Monday declined to take up California’s “sanctuary” law that forbids local law enforcement in most cases from cooperating with aggressive federal action to identify and deport undocumented immigrants.

    The court let stand the law passed after President Trump took office and challenged by his administration. The most significant measure limits police from sharing information unless the immigrants have been convicted of violent or serious crimes.

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    If a couple of fruits want to get hitched to each other and then pretend they're in a respectable relationship then i couldn't care any less, but just don't start taking offence and making a big deal of your 'preferred' pronouns. If you're a bloke then you're getting called 'he', and it makes no difference if you wear a dress and camp it up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tomcat View Post
    This was legislation inherited from the British colonial era.
    Those nasty British colonials spoiling all the pre-civilised 3rd world bum fun again. They must have been a crowd of closet shirt-benders I reckon.

    Quote Originally Posted by tomcat View Post
    They had booked into a lodge, and a worker peeped through an open window and saw them having sex
    Old school... Respect. They really need to get those tiny wi-fi cameras hidden inside the smoke detectors to stay one step ahead of the Grindr gamblers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by English Noodles View Post
    If a couple of fruits want to get hitched to each other and then pretend they're in a respectable relationship then i couldn't care any less, but just don't start taking offence and making a big deal of your 'preferred' pronouns. If you're a bloke then you're getting called 'he', and it makes no difference if you wear a dress and camp it up.

    "I couldn't care any less".

    "I will still knowingly offend you".

    Yeah OK Noodles, whatever.


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    Quote Originally Posted by harrybarracuda View Post
    "I couldn't care any less".

    "I will still knowingly offend you".

    Yeah OK Noodles, whatever.
    Offend? How is it offensive to refer to a man as 'he'?

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    Quote Originally Posted by English Noodles View Post
    Offend? How is it offensive to refer to a man as 'he'?
    Well ain't that just the dumb fucking question given that you brought it up?

    just don't start taking offence and making a big deal of your 'preferred' pronouns.

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    Quote Originally Posted by harrybarracuda View Post
    Well ain't that just the dumb fucking question given that you brought it up?
    It's not offensive to refer to a man as 'he'. If you're offended by it then that's your problem Harriet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by English Noodles View Post
    It's not offensive to refer to a man as 'he'. If you're offended by it then that's your problem Harriet.
    Yeah Noodles....

    If a couple of fruits want to get hitched
    I would talk to a therapist about how your fragile masculinity makes you lash out.

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    The thing is Harry, we don't live in some gender neutral utopia. What people like you call mis-gendering is in fact correct-sexing and what 'preferred pronouns' demand is mis-sexing. What you wish to do is condition everyone around you for authoritarianism, you want people to override their own perceptions and replace them with what they are told. You don't get to manage my perceptions, manage your own perceptions, you don't get to control mine.

    Biology is not irrelevant.

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    Quote Originally Posted by English Noodles View Post
    Biology is not irrelevant.
    ...neither is mentality, personality or any of the 100s of other elements that make up a human being...your insistence on one interpretation of existence reflects the ignorance normally demonstrated by deeply unenlightened trailer park bubbas...

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    Quote Originally Posted by English Noodles View Post
    The thing is Harry, we don't live in some gender neutral utopia. What people like you call mis-gendering is in fact correct-sexing and what 'preferred pronouns' demand is mis-sexing. What you wish to do is condition everyone around you for authoritarianism, you want people to override their own perceptions and replace them with what they are told. You don't get to manage my perceptions, manage your own perceptions, you don't get to control mine.

    Biology is not irrelevant.
    You should consider stopping being outraged about something so completely trivial and live and let live.

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    5 years.........

    Quote Originally Posted by S Landreth View Post


    Supreme Court Legalizes Gay Marriage Nationwide

    The U.S. Supreme Court ruled 5-4 on Friday that it is legal for all Americans, no matter their gender or sexual orientation, to marry the people they love.

    The decision is a historic victory for gay rights activists who have fought for years in the lower courts. Thirty-seven states and the District of Columbia already recognize marriage equality. The remaining 13 states ban these unions, even as public support has reached record levels nationwide.

    The justices found that under the 14th Amendment, states must issues marriage licenses to same-sex couples and recognize same-sex unions that were legally performed in other states. Justice Anthony Kennedy delivered the majority opinion and was joined by Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Elena Kagan, Stephen G. Breyer and Sonia Sotomayor.

    The lead plaintiff in Obergefell v. Hodges is Ohio resident Jim Obergefell, who wanted to be listed as the surviving spouse on his husband's death certificate. In 2013, Obergefell married his partner of two decades, John Arthur, who suffered from ALS. Arthur passed away in October of that year, three months after the couple filed their lawsuit.

    Obergefell was joined by several dozen other gay plaintiffs from Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee who were fighting both to be able to marry and to have their marriage recognized in every state in the country.

    The country's views of same-sex marriage have transformed since 2004, when Massachusetts became the first state to allow gay couples to wed. In 2013, the Supreme Court began chipping away at the country's legacy of discrimination against same-sex couples when it struck down part of the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act, which prevented same-sex couples whose marriages were recognized by their home state from receiving the hundreds of benefits available to other married couples under federal law.

    President Barack Obama became the first sitting president to support marriage equality when he came out in favor of it in 2012, the same year that the Democratic Party made it part of its platform for the first time. The Republican Party and its slate of 2016 presidential aspirants, however, remain opposed to same-sex marriage. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) support a constitutional amendment protecting states that want to ban marriage equality.

    Some conservatives have advocated for a civil disobedience effort against a Supreme Court decision in favor of same-sex marriage. However, officials in red states told The Huffington Post recently that they are prepared to implement the decision, going so far as to ready gender-neutral marriage licenses and set later office hours. Gerard Rickhoff, who oversees marriage licenses in Bexar County, Texas, said that if same-sex couples are discriminated against elsewhere in the state, "Just get in your car and come on down the highway. You'll be embraced here."

    Read the court's opinion here:

    Obergefell v. Hodges
    • SUPREME COURT OF THE UNITED STATES


    No union is more profound than marriage, for it embodies the highest ideals of love, fidelity, devotion, sacrifice, and family. In forming a marital union, two people become something greater than once they were. As some of the petitioners in these cases demonstrate, marriage embodies a love that may endure even past death. It would misunderstand these men and women to say they disrespect the idea of marriage. Their plea is that they do respect it, respect it so deeply that they seek to find its fulfillment for themselves. Their hope is not to be condemned to live in loneliness, excluded from one of civilization’s oldest institutions. They ask for equal dignity in the eyes of the law. The Constitution grants them that right.

    It is so ordered.

    • U.S. Support for Same-Sex Marriage Matches Record High


    Two in three Americans (67%) say marriages between same-sex couples should be recognized by the law as valid, matching the previous high Gallup measured in 2018.


    Boom: https://www.supremecourt.gov/opinion...4-556_3204.pdf - https://news.gallup.com/poll/311672/...cord-high.aspx

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    ...coincidentally, SD and I were married at San Francisco City Hall 6 days after the Supreme Court decision...the SF Pride parade that year was particularly exuberant: normally menacing Dykes on Bikes were smiling...

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    In a rush of enlightenment The Saudi government has announced the introduction of same sex stonings.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hugh Cow View Post
    In a rush of enlightenment The Saudi government has announced the introduction of same sex stonings.
    ...Christian wit...

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