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)
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”.
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”.
Continue reading: https://www.challenges.fr/societe/japon-interdits-de-mariage-des-couples-homosexuels-se-rebellent_642203 (source)
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/
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)
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)
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)
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/
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)
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.
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
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
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)
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)
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)
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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)
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)
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)
So, what changed? Well, it turns out that Merkel’s views were changed the same way that so many people’s are — by meeting a same-sex couple and spending time with them and their family. At a recent event with women’s magazine Brigitte, Merkel said she had “a life-changing experience in my home constituency,” after being invited to have dinner with a lesbian couple and their eight foster children.
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