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New Zealand: Turkish woman denied visa for same-sex marriage

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A New Zealand woman’s wedding plans is in limbo after Immigration New Zealand refused to grant a visitor visa for her female partner from Turkey.

Elisa Garcia, 20, a student from Te Puke, met her partner Nour Malla, 22, a graphic design student, online in March last year.

Garcia travelled in July and October to Lebanon, where Malla was currently staying with family, and stayed with them for a month each time.

Love developed, they got engaged and planned to get married in New Zealand on their first anniversary this March.

However, their plans have hit a brick wall after INZ declined Malla’s visitor visa application.

The decision to decline Malla’s visa was made by officers in INZ’s Beijing office.

“I believe the reason for declining the visa is because we are a same sex couple, and the application was assessed in Beijing, China, a country where… people are being put into camps for being gay,” Garcia said.

Same-sex couples are generally frowned upon in China, and until 2001 being gay was regarded as a mental illness.

Garcia said they felt “hopeless and hurt” because there were no avenues for them to appeal the INZ decision.

Continue reading: https://www.newstalkzb.co.nz
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U.S: Catholic diocese denies lesbian judge communion

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A church in Michigan denied Holy Communion to a state district court judge because she is married to a woman.

Judge Sara Smolenski, the chief judge of Michigan’s 63rd District Court, received a call from the priest at St. Stephen Catholic Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan, requesting she not attend communion.

Judge Sara Smolenski was told she could no longer receive communion at her Catholic Church because she is married to a woman.

“This is not about me against the priest, and it’s not really me against the church,” Smolenski told CNN. “This feels like selective discrimination. Why choose gay people, and why now?”

Smolenski, 62, said that the Rev. Scott Nolan, the priest at St. Stephen for approximately three years, called her on November 23 and told her, “‘It was good to see you in church on Sunday. Because you and Linda are married in the state of Michigan, I’d like you to respect the church and not come to communion.'”

Continue reading: https://edition.cnn.com/2019
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U.S: Lesbian Expelled From Christian College For Marrying Another Woman

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Joanna Maxon of Fort Worth, Texas was almost able to complete her degree from Fuller Theological Seminary last year. The 53-year-old was studying for a master of arts in theology, and she only needed a few more classes to finish her degree.

Then she was suddenly expelled for being in a same-sex marriage.

“I was approaching the end and looking forward to graduation and all that stuff,” Maxon told NBC OUT. “To have that taken away unexpectedly — I was a really good student — I was devastated by it.”

Maxon attempted to resolve the issue with the college directly. But since that was unsuccessful, she’s taking them to court. Her attorney filed a federal suit in California, where Fuller’s main campus is based, last week.

Continue reading: http://gomag.com/article/woman-expelled-from-christian-college-for-marrying-another-woman/ (source)