Costa Rica campaign seeks to bolster marriage equality support

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More than 30 groups have joined a campaign designed to increase support for marriage rights for same-sex couples in Costa Rica.

Sí, Acepto (“Yes I accept” in Spanish) formally launched in August and includes ads that feature LGBTI Costa Ricans’ relatives, friends and teammates. The campaign also includes workshops on the issue that will take place across the country.

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France OKs bill legalizing IVF for lesbians, single women

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PARIS (AP) | France’s lower house of parliament on Tuesday overwhelmingly passed a bill that aims to give single women and lesbian couples legal access to in vitro fertilization, egg freezing and fertility medication.

The assisted reproduction measures are part of a broader bioethics bill voted by the National Assembly, the lower house, where French President Emmanuel Macron’s government has a majority. The bill passed 359-114. It must still go to the Senate for debate.

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San Salvador mayor talks marriage equality in El Salvador during DC trip

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SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador | The mayor of El Salvador’s capital talked about marriage equality in his country during a visit to D.C. earlier this month.

El Tiempo Latino, a Spanish-language newspaper in D.C., asked Ernesto Muyshondt about the issue during an Oct. 2 interview.

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Polish conservatives win lower house but lose Senate

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WARSAW, Poland (AP) | Poland’s conservative ruling Law and Justice party capitalized on its popular social spending policies to win a majority of seats in the lower house of parliament but lost control of the Senate, according to results reported Oct. 14.

When exit polls were released after voting ended Oct. 13, the ruling Law and Justice party appeared headed for a strong victory. The results from the Senate, however, indicate that the opposition will have a tool to prevent the ruling party from rushing through laws without consulting opposition parties — something it has often done during its four years in power.

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Uganda government spokesperson: No plans to reintroduce ‘Kill the Gays’ bill

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A spokesperson for the Ugandan government says it will not reintroduce a bill that would impose the death penalty upon anyone found guilty of homosexuality.

“Government hereby clarifies that it does not intend to introduce any new law with regards to the regulation of LGBT activities in Uganda because the current provisions in the penal code are sufficient,” tweeted Ofwono Opondo on Oct. 12.

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Gay man in Rwanda notes ‘intense pressure’ after coming out

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KIGALI, Rwanda (AP) | A Rwandan gospel singer who recently came out as gay says he has quit his day job as an accountant after “intense pressure” from colleagues.

Albert Nabonibo says he felt alienated and no longer a part of the beverages company that employed him in the capital, Kigali.

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Uganda government says it plans to reintroduce ‘Kill the Gays’ bill

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The Ugandan government has announced it plans to reintroduce a bill that would impose the death penalty upon anyone found guilty of homosexuality.

“Homosexuality is not natural to Ugandans, but there has been a massive recruitment by gay people in schools, and especially among the youth, where they are promoting the falsehood that people are born like that,” Ethics and Integrity Minister Simon Lokodo told the Thomson Reuters Foundation Oct. 10.

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Polish politician rescues child and father from burning car

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WARSAW, Poland (AP) | A left-wing party leader in Poland has rescued a 2-year-old boy and his father from a burning car, winning praise across the political spectrum days before a national election.

The car collided with a truck and began to burn on the evening of Oct. 7 in Tabor, south of Warsaw. Robert Biedron witnessed the crash and helped the father and child until rescue officials arrived, fire officials reported.

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French conservatives protest bill allowing IVF for lesbians

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PARIS (AP) | Conservative activists marched through Paris Oct. 6 to protest a French bill that would give lesbian couples and single women access to in vitro fertilization and related procedures.

Traditional Catholic groups and far-right activists who held mass demonstrations against France’s legalization of same-sex marriage in 2013 organized the protest, arguing that it deprives children of the right to a father.

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Indonesian students rally against vote on new criminal code, changes to corruption law

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JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) | Police fired tear gas and water cannons on Sept. 24 to disperse thousands of rock-throwing students protesting a new law that they said has crippled Indonesia’s anti-corruption agency.

The university students are enraged that Indonesia’s Parliament passed the law last week that reduces the authority of the Corruption Eradication Commission, a key body in fighting endemic graft in the country.

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Luxembourg prime minister makes history at UN General Assembly

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ABOVE: Luxembourg Prime Minister Xavier Bettel on Sept. 24, 2019, made history when he became the first out head of government to speak about LGBTI-specific issues at a U.N. General Assembly. Bettel was among those who spoke at a U.N. LGBTI Core Group event. (Photo by Julien Becker; courtesy Wikimedia Commons)

On Sept. 24, Luxembourg Prime Minister Xavier Bettel became the first out head of government to speak about LGBTI-specific issues at a U.N. General Assembly.

“Being gay is not a choice, but not accepting it is a choice,” said Bettel at an U.N. LGBTI Core Group event that focused on efforts to end anti-LGBTI hate speech in social and traditional media, according to a tweet from Luxembourg’s Permanent Mission to the U.N. “Homophobia is a choice and we have to fight against it!”

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Security concerns prompt Montego Bay Pride cancellation

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ABOVE: Organizers of Montego Bay Pride in Jamaica have cancelled the event because of security concerns. (Photo courtesy of Maurice Tomlinson/Montego Bay Pride)

Organizers of a Pride that was to have taken place in the Jamaican resort city of Montego Bay next month say security concerns have prompted them to cancel the event.

A press release that Montego Bay Pride organizers released on Sept. 19 said Montego Bay Mayor Homer Davis and St. James Councilor Charles Sinclair “don’t feel that we belong in Jamaica” and have banned them from using a public cultural center.

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