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Mexico: lesbians forced to live as sisters for 30 years seek legal protection as they age

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Sara and Carmen are false names. They use them because they don’t want to make their identity known, but Sara and Carmen are a couple of Mexican lesbians who have been together for over 30 years. They live in Tabasco which still has not passed equal marriage legislation.

Mexico is not a good place for diversity and so they have been posing as sisters for neighbours and some friends for 30 years. … One of them has diabetes, in addition to an amputated leg and other ailments that mean her life may be nearing its end. That would mean that one of them would be a widow without any pension and without being able to control her possessions.

“On this occasion they decided to make the trip to another state instead of processing an amparo that takes 12 to 18 months in Mexico City to finalize equal marriage, because one of the members of the couple is very sick , and there is no time to wait for a judge’s decision. With the money raised (from a neighbourhood activity) the couple will be supported with their transfer, the witnesses and the expenses of the procedures, because what is sought with the legalization of the union is to guarantee the rights of the pension and inheritance of assets that they have achieved in 30 years of living together, ”said the president of the Community Center for Inclusion AC Armando Cornelio Dionisio.
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Sara y Carmen son nombres falsos. Los utilizan porque no quieren dar a conocer su identidad, pero Sara y Carmen son una pareja de lesbianas mexicanas que llevan juntas más de 30 años. Viven en Tabasco y allí aún continúa sin aprobarse el matrimonio igualitario.

México no es un lugar agradable con la diversidad y, por eso, llevan estos 30 años haciéndose pasar por hermanas para vecinos y algunos amigos. … Una de ellas tiene diabetes, además de una pierna amputada y otras dolencias que hacen que su vida pueda estar próxima a su fin. Eso supondría que una de ellas quedaría viuda sin pensión alguna y sin poder tener dominio sobre sus posesiones.

“En esta ocasión decidieron hacer el viaje a otro estado en lugar de tramitar un amparo que se lleva de 12 a 18 meses en la Ciudad de México para concretar el matrimonio igualitario, debido a que una de las integrantes de la pareja, está muy enferma, y ya no hay tiempo para esperar el resolutivo de un juez. Con el dinero recaudado (de una actividad vecinal) se apoyará a la pareja con su traslado, el de los testigos y los gastos de los trámites, pues lo que se busca con la legalización de la unión es garantizar los derechos de la pensión y de herencia de bienes que han logrado en 30 años de vivir juntas”, ha declarado el presidente del Centro Comunitario para la Inclusión A.C. Armando Cornelio Dionisio.
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Continue reading at: http://www.mirales.es/una-pareja-de-lesbianas-se-hace-pasar-por-hermanas-durante-30-anos/ (Source)

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(LVD) Japan: Lesbian Couple To Sue Government to Stay Together

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Lesbian couple Ai Nakajima and Kristina Baumann (pictured) are one of ten same-sex couples who are expected to file a joint lawsuit next month against the central government to challenge its current law prohibiting them from getting married.
Ai Nakajima of Yokohama wed her partner German Kristina Baumann in Berlin two years ago, but after presenting their German marriage certificate to be listed on the Japanese ancestral register, their application was met with a resounding ‘no’.
Nakajima said told Japanese newspaper The Asahi Shimbun that while the current reality was difficult, she and her wife plan to challenge how her native country sees same sex couples.
“We are facing a reality where a same-sex couple cannot get married in Japan,” she said.
“We would like to challenge the current situation with the lawsuit, which will also be helpful for a number of people from sexual minorities,” Nakajima said.

Continue reading: https://qnews.com.au/same-sex-couples-to-sue-japanese-government-for-marriage-rights/ (source)

(LVD) Japan: Forbidden marriage, lesbian couples rebel

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Chizuka Oe and Yoko Ogawa have been living together for 25 years. But in attempting to formalize their union by a marriage act in a Tokyo borough hall, they knew in advance that they would suffer an end of inadmissibility.
This lack of recognition weighs on the daily lives of the two women. At the funeral of Mrs. Ogawa’s mother, relatives looked at her companion with an evil eye. “They did not know anything about her and asked who she was, I was tired and sad to have to explain that we were a lesbian couple, just like an ordinary heterosexual couple.”
For her, it is certain, “if there was a legal system of marriage between people of the same sex, it would have been easier”.
(Translated)

Chizuka Oe et Yoko Ogawa vivent ensemble depuis 25 ans. Mais en tentant de faire officialiser leur union par un acte de mariage dans une mairie d’arrondissement de Tokyo, elles savaient d’avance qu’elles essuieraient une fin de non-recevoir.
Cette absence de reconnaissance pèse sur la vie quotidienne des deux femmes. Aux funérailles de la mère de Mme Ogawa, des proches ont regardé sa compagne d’un mauvais oeil. “Ils ne savaient rien d’elle et m’ont demandé qui elle était ? J’étais fatiguée et triste de devoir expliquer que nous étions un couple de lesbiennes, tout comme un couple hétérosexuel ordinaire”.
Pour elle, c’est certain, “s’il existait un système juridique de mariage entre personnes de même sexe, cela aurait été plus facile”.
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Continue reading: https://www.challenges.fr/societe/japon-interdits-de-mariage-des-couples-homosexuels-se-rebellent_642203 (source)

U.S: Lesbian married parents aren’t treated the same, legally, as straight couples

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Half of married gay women in Minnesota are forced to adopt their own children under Minnesota law.
That inequity — man-woman married couples don’t have this hurdle — is a paradox, since same-sex married couples are supposed to have the same rights in the state. In 2013, same-sex marriage became legal.
The legal inequity is the result of other laws — with gender-specific language — that were never changed when same-sex marriage was legalized. Outside of gay-rights advocates and the affected parents themselves, the situation appears to have received little public attention, until now.

Continue reading at: https://www.twincities.com/2019/01/29/
marriage-equality-lesbian-married-parents-actually-arent-treated-the-same-legally-as-straight-couples-will-it-change/
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South Dakota, US: lesbian widow fights for survivor benefits

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A former Rapid City police officer has asked South Dakota’s Supreme Court to allow her to collect state retirement system survivor benefits after her wife, a former police captain, died of cancer.

An attorney for retired Rapid City officer Debra Anderson argued Tuesday to the high court that South Dakota’s previous unconstitutional prohibition against same-sex marriage can’t be used to deny Anderson the benefits.

Continue reading at: https://www.thetelegraph.com/news/article/The-Latest-Supreme-Court-to-decide-same-sex-13517495.php (Source)

Lesbian survival in rural Bundelkhand, India

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For the past six years, Abhilasha and Deepshika had endured forced separation, marriages to men they did not desire, humiliation and constant taunts from their families. Their “marriage by media” was the result of love, fear that their families might kill them, and confusion as they — and their lawyer — mistakenly thought that same-sex marriage was legal in India. It isn’t. In September 2018, the Indian Supreme Court judgement overturned a colonial-era law banning gay sex. The court stopped short of legalising gay marriage but, as Abhilasha and Deepshika’s story reveals, people in love are forcing a national reckoning in pockets of India long considered too parochial, socially conservative, or outright dangerous to consider the possibility that two women may want to spend the rest of their lives together.

Continue reading at: https://www.huffingtonpost.in/entry/in-rural-bundelkhand-a-lesbian-couple-tries-to-make-a-life_in_5c3c1289e4b0922a21d62164 (Source)

U.S: Social Security discriminated against lesbian after partner died, lawsuit says

A Washington woman whose lesbian partner died before same-sex marriage was legal in her state filed a lawsuit against the Social Security Administration on Tuesday for denying her benefits she would have been entitled to if they had been allowed to marry.

According to the lawsuit, Helen Thornton and Marge Brown were in a committed relationship from 1979 until 2006, when Brown died of cancer at age 50. The two women also have a son whom they raised since birth.

Despite being together for 27 years and raising a son together, the SSA denied Thornton survivor’s benefits on the grounds that they were not married before Brown died in 2006. However, the state of Washington didn’t allow same-sex marriage until 2012.

By withholding benefits, the lawsuit says, the federal government is discriminating against Thornton because of her sexual orientation.

Continue reading at: https://www.upi.com/Top_News/US/
2018/09/25/Social-Security-discriminated-against-lesbian-after-partner-died-lawsuit-says/3061537917490/
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New Zealand: Lesbian couple “shocked” by Kiwi baker who refused to make wedding cake

Moe Barr, left, and Sasha Patrick had their request for a wedding cake refused by a Warkworth cake maker.

A same-sex couple is “shocked and upset” that their request for a wedding cake was refused by a Warkworth baker who said marriage equality was against her beliefs.

Moe Barr and Sasha Patrick both live in Brisbane, but since Australia had not yet legalised same-sex marriage when they got engaged last year, they planned their wedding at Waipu in Northland for next January.

When they approached Kath’s Devine Cakes in Warkworth to make the cake, “Kath” refused, saying despite the New Zealand government legalising same-sex marriage, she believed it was not correct and therefore she would not make the wedding cake.

Continue reading at: https://www.stuff.co.nz/life-style/weddings/105324741/lesbian-couple-shocked-by-kiwi-baker-who-refused-to-make-wedding-cake  (source)

Lesbian Miami Catholic school teacher fired for marrying girlfriend

The first-grade teacher, who had taught at the school for nearly seven years, returned to her job Wednesday after marrying her partner in a same-sex wedding ceremony over the weekend. That’s when she learned she was no longer employed.

Continue reading at: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/
national/lesbian-miami-school-teacher-fired-marrying-girlfriend-article-1.3812762
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Tanzania: Couple involved in viral lesbian proposal granted bail

Four people facing charges of engaging in homosexual acts have been released by the Mwanza Residents Magistrates Court despite an affidavit submitted by prosecuting asking that court deny them bail. ‘‘The ruling has been made today, December 15, by the Principal Magistrate in Charge, Mr. Wilbert Chuma after agreeing with the argument by the defence lawyers Mashaka Tuguta, Ogastini Kulwa and Jebra Kambole that the arguments submitted by the prosecution are weak and baseless before the law,’‘ read the ruling. The accused are Milembe Selemani, 35, and Janeth Shonza, a 25-year-old university student, who the state accuses of committing offences of lesbianism when they fit engagement rings despite both being women.

Continue reading at: http://www.africanews.com/2017/12/15/tanzanian-couple-involved-in-viral-lesbian-proposal-granted-bail/ (Source)

 

Australia: Lesbian claims Centrelink asked her to pay back $7k after SSM vote

The woman claims that Centrelink retroactively recognised her 2016 overseas marriage and then told her she was not entitled to the payments she had been receiving. Picture: Tracey Nearmy/AAP

A TASMANIAN woman was left shocked after Centrelink allegedly ordered her to hand back over her welfare payments following the legalisation of same-sex marriage in Australia. The unnamed woman married her wife overseas in 2016 and says that, because of this, Centrelink claimed that she wasn’t entitled to any of the family payments she had received over the past year and requested that she pay back $6600 in welfare she had been given. The woman’s partner is not an Australian citizen and lives overseas and the couple do not share finances. This meant that they did not satisfy the Centrelink requirements for a de facto relationship, which is why the Australian woman was claiming family tax benefits.

Taiwan: Taipei court rejects third lesbian couple

The Taipei High Administrative Court yesterday handed a setback to lesbian couple Jennifer Lu (呂欣潔) and Chen Ling (陳凌) when it decided the court cannot order local government offices to register their same-sex marriage.
They were the third lesbian couple to see their requests denied by the court since October last year, just nine days after the court rejected a similar request by Liang Tzung-huei (梁宗慧) and Chu Pei-shuan (朱珮諠).

Continue reading at:  http://www.taipeitimes.com/News
/taiwan/archives/2018/01/05/2003685224

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Australia: Centrelink website tells lesbian that same-sex marriage isn’t legal

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A BRISBANE woman has been left furious after a glitch on Centrelink’s website saw a message appear informing her that her marriage to her wife was “not recognised”.

Continue reading at: http://www.news.com.au/lifestyle/gay-marriage/centrelink-website-tells-woman-samesex-marriage-isnt-legal/news-story/f1aada89525d927e0a2b8ad5e593873e
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Bulgarian lesbians are fighting to have their marriage recognized

A trailblazing lesbian couple in Bulgaria have become the first to fight for having their marriage recognized. Lilia Babulkova and her wife, who goes by the initials DK, could set a court precedent in the battle for recognition by an EU court for their union being officially recognized as marriage in Bulgaria. They married in the UK last year and they have already filed a request to their local government, Sofia Municipality, to change their marital status on their identification cards. They were soon informed that they will be unable to do so because Bulgarian constitution defines marriage as a union of one man and one woman.

Continue reading at:  http://www.pinknews.co.uk/2018/01/03/lesbian-couple-sue-bulgarian-court-in-first-ever-fight-for-same-sex-marriage-recognition/ (Source)

TUI ruins lesbian couple’s nuptials by saying same-sex wedding isn’t allowed

TUI ruins lesbian couple's nuptials by saying same-sex wedding isn't allowed

Ashleigh, from Spalding, Lincolnshire, said: ‘I can’t believe that TUI would discriminate against us like this. They knew we wanted a beach wedding and that we were a same-sex couple. ‘I don’t want to book the beach they have offered us as it means that we wouldn’t be able to have all our friends and family there.

Continue reading at: http://metro.co.uk/2017/11/03/tui-ruins-lesbian-couples-nuptials-by-saying-same-sex-wedding-isnt-allowed-7052324/?ito=cbshare (Source)

Horrific abuse hurled at lesbian and gay Aussies during postal survey

A 23-year-old Sydneysider told Daily Mail Australia that her girlfriend has been unable to leave the house for fear of being harassed or abused again.

‘A couple of years ago, she was beaten severely enough to go into a coma because she kissed her [same-sex] partner goodbye in public,’ the woman said.

‘Despite this, she’s had mail in her letterbox telling her that she’s wrong and an abomination, and it we’ve also had our front door vandalised (graffiti with ‘die f*gs’) because we chalked a rainbow on our front wall.’It’s been horrible for her mental health; to top it off, because she hasn’t been able to make it into work, she recently lost her job.’

Continue reading at: Horrific abuse hurled at gay Aussies during postal survey | Daily Mail Online (Source)

New Documentary Highlights Lesbian Struggle for Equality in Alabama

On why they chose to follow only lesbian couples

“The reason we are focusing on lesbians is that in the Birmingham area they’ve been previously invisible,” Sherer says. “And partly that may be because of the AIDS crisis and the attention that was placed on what was going on in in the 80s in Birmingham.”

Continue reading at: New Documentary Highlights Lesbian Struggle for Equality in Alabama | WBHM 90.3 (Source)

British lesbian wins landmark spousal visa case in Hong Kong

A British lesbian has been granted a dependent visa in Hong Kong in what is being seen as a landmark judgement in a city which does not recognise same-sex marriage.

Dependent visas, which allow the holder to live and work in Hong Kong, are normally only granted for husbands or wives of those who move to the city for employment.

The woman, who was named as QT in court filings, entered into a civil partnership in the UK in 2011.

Continue Reading at: British lesbian wins landmark spousal visa case in Hong Kong (Source)

Ukraine: Lesbian couple keeping low profile, but open with family

Despite being open about their family with relatives and friends, Moskovchenko was the only one from her family who attended this year’s Kyiv Pride on June 18, a march of around 4,000 people in Kyiv in support of the rights of the lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgender people (LGBT).

They said they were worried about their children’s safety. Although nobody was hurt during the march, there were reports later that day that several participants were followed and attacked after the march.

“Staying safe and sound is our duty to our children,” Svidnitska said.Ukrainian law prevents gay couples from adopting children, so the couple don’t have legal rights to each other’s kids — if something happens to Moskovchenko, Svidnitska won’t get custody of her daughter, and vice versa.

Continue reading at: Lesbian couple keeping low profile, but open with family | KyivPost (Source)

Israel: Lesbian spouses to be recognized as parents from birth

The Central District Court decided on Tuesday to give more rights to lesbian couples who want to expand their families, ruling that the wife of the biological mother will also be considered the child’s parent from the moment of birth.  This followed a legal struggle by eight lesbian couples who had to endure difficulties stemming from lack of their recognition as their children’s parents.

Continue reading at: Ynetnews News – Lesbian spouses to be recognized as parents from birth (Source)