The North Carolina state Senate voted yesterday to allow government officials to refuse to perform same-sex marriages.
The ban on same-sex marriages was struck down last year, but some magistrates threatened to resign instead of carry them out. With the passing of this vote, magistrates can opt-out of performing marriages that they are opposed to due to “sincerely held religious objection”. It also applies to those who issue marriage licenses and certificates.
The bill makes provisions to ensure couples are not denied the right to marry. It does not specifically mention same-sex couples, referring to any marriage government officials may potentially object. Campaigners point that this may mean magistrates objecting to carrying mixed-race marriages.
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NEW DELHI: A Delhi-based lawyer has filed a criminal complaint against Snapdeal, India’s largest online marketplace, accusing the company, among other issues, of abetting gay sex, an offence under Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code.
The complaint, which was filed in Delhi’s Tis Hazari District Court, names Snapdeal and Chennai-based adult sexual wellness and products website OhMySecrets.com of exhibiting and selling ‘obscene’ products and accessories, such as vibrators and lubricants.
However, according to various media reports, advocate Suhaas Joshi, who filed the complaint, has claimed that he was not against homosexuality, but that his intent of filing the complaint was “to test the limits of India antihomosexuality law.”
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Today’s House hearing on West Virginia’s so-called Intrastate Commerce Improvement Act, HB 2881, received overwhelming opposition from LGBT and straight advocates, business leaders, community members and elected officials.
One of the bills in front of the Oregon House this session is House Bill 2307, the Youth Mental Health Protection Act.