Politics of Union

France: Conservatives protest bill allowing IVF for lesbians

Some shouting “Liberty, Equality, Paternity” — a play on the national French motto — marchers argued that the bill deprives children of the right to a father.

France debates allowing single women and lesbian couples access to IVF

The head of the French bishops conference suggested Catholics had a duty to protest. The far-right National Rally has said the issue should be put to a referendum.

Taiwan: Effect of Same-Sex Marriage Referendums on the Suicidal Ideation Rate among Nonheterosexual People

The suicidal ideation rate significantly increased in nonheterosexual individuals affected by the same-sex marriage referendums in Taiwan.

US: First Amendment trumps anti-discrimination ordinance in Arizona

The decision drew dissent from retired Justice Scott Bales: “Our (federal and state) constitutions and laws do not entitle a business to discriminate among customers based on its owners’ disapproval of certain groups, even if that disapproval is based on sincerely held religious beliefs,” he wrote.

China: Guardianship law still falls short for most LGBT couples

Same-sex couples have been able to register as each others’ legal guardians for the past two years, but so far only a handful of people have taken advantage of the change. Advocates say that while the change brings some benefits, it falls short of the protections that having the right to marry would bring

US: Refusal of Interracial Couple Shows How Slippery the Slope of LGBTQ Refusal Really Is

After the owner of a wedding hall was caught on tape refusing an interracial couple "because of our Christian race," questions are resurfacing about the possibility that anti-LGBTQ "religious exemptions" might be paving the way for legalized racial discrimination.

Czech Republic: Hundreds of people have demonstrated to legalize marriage for all

On September 12, 2019, several hundred people in Prague demonstrated for the enactment of an amendment to the Civil Code that would allow gays and lesbians to marry. The event on Malostranské náměstí was organized by the We Are Fair initiative. The protest wanted to point out that the draft amendment year and a quarter lies in the Chamber of Deputies and have not yet voted on it