US: Utah asks for US Supreme Court to block ruling to recognise same-sex marriages

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The US state of Utah has asked the US Supreme Court in an emergency appeal to block a ruling instructing the state to recognise the marraiges of hundreds of same-sex couples in the state.

Over 1000 gay couples married in the state, where same-sex marriage was legalised for 17 days after a judge ruled in December that the state’s marriage ban is unconstitutional.

However, on January 6, the US Supreme Court stayed the ruling, putting the marriage ban back in place and causing some to doubt the legality of the marriages.

The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled last week that the state must begin to recognise those marriages, despite the ongoing battle over marriage equality.

On Wednesday state officials filed the emergency appeal, asking the US Supreme Court to block the ruling by the appeals court, saying recognising those marriages would be too disruptive.

The appeal was addressed to Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, and was sent by Governor Gary Herbert and Attorney General Sean Reyes.

It said ordering the state to recognise the marriages was “premature and unwarranted.”

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Uganda’s Anti-Gay Ruling Criticized By Human Rights Watch

Ugandans supportive of their government’s anti-gay stance attend a march and rally organized by a coalition of Ugandan religious leaders and government officials, at the Kololo Independence Grounds in Kampala, Uganda, Monday, March 31, 2014. President Yoweri Museveni of Uganda has launched fresh condemnation of gays, saying they deserve punishment because homosexuality “is criminal and it is so cruel.” Museveni, who last month signed a bill strengthening criminal penalties against homosexuals, s

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Human Rights Watch: Ugandan ruling against gay rights activists ‘deeply flawed’

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The Human Rights Watch (HRW) has strongly criticised a ruling against gay activists who sued a Ugandan official for violating their rights.

A group of four Uganda gay rights activists sued Ethics Minister Simon Lokodo after he took action to close a workshop back in 2012.

Participants and organisers of the workshop were threatened with arrest.

The HRW criticised the judge’s ruling in favour of Lokodo as “deeply flawed”. The judge ruled in the minister’s favour, saying those involved in the workshop had promoted homosexuality.

Uganda’s Anti-Homosexuality Act, a law further criminalising same-sex sexual activity, allowing repeat offenders to be sentenced to 14 years in prison, was given presidential approval by President Yoweri Museveni in February.

Minister for Ethics and Integrity Simon Lokodo, defended the law, nicknamed the

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France: Landmark ruling allows gay Senegalese man visa to wed his partner

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A gay man from Senegal was granted a French visa following a landmark court ruling on Wednesday, to allow him to marry his partner.

The man, who lived in Morocco, had taken steps last year to marry his partner there, just after France legalised same-sex marriage in May.

After filling in an application for a short-term visa, he was denied entry, as the consulate in Casablanca said he had previously been ordered to leave France because of visa issues.

Consular staff said they had doubts that his relationship with his partner was genuine.

The Council of State, France’s top administrative court, on Tuesday ruled that the decision amounted to “a serious and manifestly illegal breach of the fundamental right to marry,” reports France24.

The Interior Ministry was then ordered to issue a visa to the man within a day, in order to allow the couple to marry on Saturday. The man will receive compensation of 5,000 Euros.

Noting that the couple had owned a property in Casablanca together for years, the judge questioned why there would be any reason to suspect that the relationship was fabricated.

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US: Wisconsin appeals against ruling to allow same-sex couples to marry

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The Attorney General of the US state of Wisconsin has appealed against a federal judge’s ruling which struck down the state’s same-sex marriage ban.

JB Van Hollen filed an appeal against the June ruling by District Judge Barbara Crabb.

The case, originally brought by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) in Wisconsin, will now go to the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals for consideration.

Judge Barbara Crabb on Wednesday declined a request by the ACLU to speed up the case.

The ACLU, and others, had accused Van Hollen of using stalling tactics to put of a ruling in favour of same-sex couples.

His office previously said it would file by the deadline, but would not be rushed.

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George Takei Blasts High Court’s Birth Control Ruling, Calls For Hobby Lobby Boycott

Actor and human rights activist George Takei condemned the Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby ruling Monday as a “stunning set-back for women’s reproductive rights” in a post Tuesday on his personal blog, That Blog Is So Takei.

“Hobby Lobby is not a church. It’s a business — and a big one at that. Businesses must and should be required to comply with neutrally crafted laws of general applicability,” Takei wrote. “Your boss should not have a say over your healthcare. Once the law starts permitting exceptions based on ‘sincerely held religious beliefs’ there’s no end to the mischief and discrimination that will ensue.”

In a 5-4 decision Monday, the Supreme Court ruled that closely held corporations can opt out of providing contraception coverage if it violates their sincere religious beliefs, a ruling Takei viewed as potentially skewed by the plaintiffs’ Christian faith.

“In this case, the owners happen to be deeply Christian; one wonders whether the case would have come out differently if a Muslim-run chain business attempted to impose Sharia law on its employees,” Takei said.

The “Star Trek” actor also criticized the craft store chain for spending millions of dollars on employee retirement plans that are invested in a variety of manufacturers that produce the same contraceptive products the company protested in its lawsuit.

“It also buys most of its inventory from China, where forced abortions are common,” Takei added. “The hypocrisy is galling.”

Takei urged readers to boycott Hobby Lobby and other for-profit businesses that deprive their employees of health coverage based on invasive religious beliefs.

“We are a nation that respects religious beliefs, but also the right not to have those beliefs imposed upon you by others. Our personal beliefs stop at the end of our noses,” Takei concluded. “The only way such companies ever learn to treat people with decency and tolerance is to hit them where it counts — in their pocketbooks.”

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