Mexico City: Homophobe & Bigoted Local Congressman Juan Pablo Castro Blasts Left Party For Allowing Faggots To Marry
The National Action Party (PAN, right) posted on its Twitter account (@AccionNacional) that itregrets the statements of Juan Pablo Castro, who made offensive remarks against the union between gay couples, which are allowed in Mexico City.
After the young congressman Juan Pablo Castro, who participated in the Youth Parliament of the Federal District Legislative Assembly, apologized for his remarks, the National Action issued confirming its position that Castro does not belong to that political institution.
"We regret the comment in a personal capacity by #JuanPabloCastro, goes against our principles and he’s not a member of #PAN", published the Party in the social network.
Previously, in his apology messages, Juan Pablo Castro had said that he wasn’t a member of PAN.
"And again, my expressions are personal and do not represent PAN or PAN youth, for I am not a member of this institution," he said on Twitter.
This Thursday, during his participation in the tribune of the Legislative Assembly of the capital, during the development of the Youth Parliament session, Castro stated: “What has the Revolutionary Democrat Party done (PRD, left) in Mexico City ?: simply destroy all the institutions, such as allowing marriage for faggots, allowing abortion. We can not let these people rule us. “
These words altered the atmosphere of the meeting of young people, who accused Juan Pablo of discrimination and even asked a public apology.
For its part, the PAN presidential candidate, Josefina Vazquez Mota, retweeted a message from Jhonatan Garcia, national secretary of Youth Action, who published in his Twitter account (@ JhonatanGarcia) that the PAN is a vanguard party that created the National Council to Prevent Discrimination (CONAPRED).
"RT @ JhonatanGarcia: The PAN is a vanguard party. In 2003 we created the CONAPRED to combat all forms of discrimination."
An LGBT Organisation, Agenda for Sexual Diversity, is already planning to sue Juan Pablo Castro, based on discrimination grounds. Jaime Lopez Vela, President of ASD, said that on Monday will proceed with the lawsuit against the Congressman, given that discrimination and homophobia are indeed offenses under the Criminal Code of the Federal District (Mexico City).
Of course, this son of a bitch has already shut down his Twitter account.
CORRECTION: His official Twitter account is @jpcastrogamble
Canada: You Married Here? Think Again
The Advocate reports:
Thousands of non-resident same-sex couples married in Canada may not be legally wed if the marriage is not recognized in their home country or state, according to the Canadian government.
The Globe and Mail reports on the sudden shift, which could cast legal doubt on thousands of same-sex weddings performed in Canada for couples from abroad. More than one-third of the 15,000 same-sex marriages that have taken place since the law took effect in 2005 have involved couples from the United States and other countries.“The reversal of federal policy is revealed in a document filed in a Toronto test case launched recently by a lesbian couple seeking a divorce,” according to the Globe and Mail. “Wed in Toronto in 2005, the couple have been told they cannot divorce because they were never really married – a Department of Justice lawyer says their marriage is not legal in Canada since they could not have lawfully wed in Florida or England, where the two partners reside.”Martha McCarthy, an attorney for the couple, wrote in the divorce application that it was “legally and procedurally unfair” for the government to promote same-sex marriage and then leave the women with no way to dissolve the union. The women, who cannot be identified due to court order, are professionals in their early 30s. When the Ontario Superior Court considers the divorce application next month, McCarthy is asking the judge to craft an exemption or strike down any legislative provision that would prevent them from divorcing. She also suggested that the government could pass legislation to recognize the validity of same-sex marriages for non-residents in order that couples can obtain divorces, which the state of California did.Prime Minister Stephen Harper said the submission from the government lawyer did not represent an attempt by his Conservative party to reopen the question of same-sex marriage. ”When we first came to office we had a vote on this issue,” he said Thursday, according to the CBC. Although Harper said he was not familiar with the details of the case, he added, “We have no intention of further reopening or opening this issue.”
Thousands of marriages licenses given to binational couples are now invalid, if one of them happens to reside where Gay Marriage isn’t in the books. One of those thousands of couples being affected by this measure, is Dan Savage & his now boyfriend Terry Miller. He weighted on earlier this day:
These women, married in Canada, were trying to get a divorce in Canada. This they may not do, says Canada’s conservative government, because—surprise!—these women are not and never were married. Not even in Canada. Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s comments this morning are hilarious:
Sorry, motherfucker, but this “issue”—the civil equality of gays and lesbians—is wide open now and your fucking government opened it. The debate over same-sex marriage and the civil equality of gays and lesbians has been returned to the frontpages of Canada’s newspapers and a renewed debate over same-sex marriage will dominate Canadian television and radio news programs. And Canada’s religious conservatives will doubtless complain—loud and long—about their precious children having to hear about homosexuality every time they turn on the news. Stephen Harper’s government reopened this issue, not the gays, and Stephen Harper’s government deserves the blame. There will be lawsuits, time and money will be wasted, oceans of ink and pixels will be spilled, before this issue—the full civil equality of gays and lesbians—winds up before the Supreme Court of Canada. I’m confident that justice will prevail—God bless the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms—but the decision to reopen this issue is going to be one massive distraction for the Canadian government.
- “We have no intention of further re-opening or opening this issue,” Stephen Harper told reporters when asked about The Globe and Mail’s report.
Gays and lesbians inside and outside of Canada are going to make sure of it.
Now if you’ll excuse me I need to go wake up my husband and tell him we got divorced last night…
… I’ve got a calls in… but… there are potentially serious consequences for same-sex couples in Washington state who married in Canada. Right now, if I’m not mistaken, Washington state recognizes same-sex marriages performed in states and countries where same-sex marriage is legal—but Washington treats these couples (me and Terry included) as domestic partners under WA state law. Washington’s DP law grants same-sex couples all the rights and responsibilities of marriage that the state controls. So… if same-sex marriage isn’t legal for foreigners in Canada, if our marriages aren’t valid in Canada, it’s possible that this move by Harper’s government means that couples like us—same-sex couples from WA who married in Canada—are no longer domestic partners under the law here in Washington state.
What a headache.
The Globe And Mail points out that this ain’t the first measure taken by PM Stephen Harper against Marriage Equality:
After provinces began legalizing same-sex marriage in 2003, Toronto and other Canadian cities enjoyed something of a gay marriage tourism boom: Couples who couldn’t tie the knot at home got married here. They knew their home state might not recognize these unions. Rules for determining the validity of marriages from one place to another are complicated. Same-sex marriage, which some places recognize but others don’t, makes it more complicated yet. But Canadian principles of equality support the view that Canada should recognize the marriages of couples married in Canada.
Instead, the federal government is intervening in a divorce case to state the view that gay couples aren’t validly married in Canada unless they could be married in their home jurisdiction. Government lawyers haven’t presented this view in the past. Why do so now?
The other case concerns the way Canadian authorities treat same-sex unions performed abroad. Britain legislated for gay equality by creating the civil partnership. It says a civil partnership is equal to marriage. The Ontario government makes no opposition. But at taxpayers’ expense, the federal government is intervening in legal proceedings to oppose recognition of the civil partnership formalized by a Canadian citizen in Britain. This action undermines British efforts to recognize the equality of same-sex relationships.
In both cases, we shouldn’t let the technicalities distract us from matters of principle. A government proud that Canada’s Parliament has granted equal marriage rights to gay men and lesbians would stand behind such marriages, however other countries saw them. And a government supportive of equality would affirm other countries’ efforts to recognize gay relationships.
I bet ya many LGBTs who voted for this asshole’s party last year regret now having done that.
UPDATE: Justice Minister vows to clarify laws on Same-Sex Marriage (Via The Globe And Mail):
The federal government will consider changing the law to ensure non-residents married in Canada can obtain divorces, Justice Minister Rob Nicholson said Thursday afternoon. Wading into a controversy that has quickly blown into an international cause célèbre, Mr. Nicholson made assurances the government “has no intention of reopening the debate on the definition of marriage.” [snip] Mr. Nicholson’s statement gave immediate hope to married same-sex couples who are seeking a divorce but appeared to have no prospect of obtaining a one in Canada. However, it left one central question unanswered: Does the government consider their marriages to be legal, or not?
In reaction to this, Lambda Legal, Freedom To Marry, the ACLU, and GLAD have issued a joint statement:
LGBT Legal Groups: Canadian Marriages Of Same-Sex Couples Are Not In Jeopardy
The following is a joint statement from Lambda Legal, the National Center for Lesbian Rights, the American Civil Liberties Union, Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders, and Freedom to Marry:
We write to respond to a news report from Canada that a lawyer in the current government has taken a position in a trial-level divorce proceeding that a same-sex couple’s marriage is not valid because the members of the couple were not Canada residents at the time that they married, and the law of their home jurisdiction did not permit them to marry at the time.
No one’s marriage has been invalidated or is likely to be invalidated. The position taken by one government lawyer in a divorce is not itself precedential. No court has accepted this view and there is no reason to believe that either Canada’s courts or its Parliament would agree with this position, which no one has asserted before during the eight years that same-sex couples have had the freedom to marry in Canada.
Canada permits non-residents to marry and thousands of non-resident same-sex couples have married there since Canada first began recognizing the freedom to marry for same-sex couples in 2003. Indeed, Canada’s Parliament codified the equal right to marry for same-sex couples in 2005.
The message for same-sex couples married in Canada remains the same as it is for same-sex couples validly married here in the United States: take every precaution you can to protect your relationship with legal documents such as powers of attorney and adoptions, as you may travel to jurisdictions that don’t respect your legal relationship. There is no reason to suggest that Canadian marriages of same-sex couples are in jeopardy, or to advocate that people try to marry again elsewhere, as that could cause these couples unnecessary complications, anxiety, and expense.
Freedom to Marry
Office: 415.392.6257 x324
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Media@ACLU.orgUPDATE 2: The Government wants you to know now that they’re working to assure that Gay Couples are still married, or will be soon.
Canada: MP’s Do An “It Gets Better” Video, But There’s Something Off
We all agree that Conservatives in Canada and in the United Kingdom tend to be more open minded on social issues like Gay Marriage, however, that doesn’t mean we don’t have our own Bachmann versions up there. In this case, we’ve got a couple of MP’s appearing on a “It Gets Better” video, but to those who have a good memory and/or are news junkies like myself, you’ll notice there’s something off here. In one word: Hypocrisy.
Dan Savage comments:
The video was released by Canadian conservatives—no national conservative elected official or leader in the United States has been able to bring himself or herself to say “please don’t kill yourselves” to LGBT kids. But my Canadian readers aren’t buying it:
- I am trying (but struggling very much) to be positive about Canadian cabinet minister Vic Toews’ appearance in an “It Gets Better” video. The video was posted by Conservative staffers and Members of Parliament in the wake of Jamie Hubley’s suicide this week in Ottawa. One side of me is glad. The other side is enraged. Toews, having repeatedly sought votes by peddling fear and homophobia, now has the gall to tell us that it gets better? The patronizing bastard.
- I think that maybe it will get better when hypocrites like him stop telling our neighbours and colleagues how we are a threat to their communities and families. And he pretends to wonder where the hate and bullying comes from? What a fucking miserable prick. To me, It Gets Better is supposed to be a source of positive energy and I hate to be a downer, but…
- Greetings from Canada. Our Conservative MPs have just recorded their own “It Gets Better” video and I thought you might want to expose their hypocrisy! Of the 10 MPs that I could identify I believe that only TWO—John Baird and Shelly Glover—voted to support the addition of “gender identity” and “gender expression” to our Criminal Code and Human Rights Act, in February of this year.
- Thought I’d pass this along and maybe you can SLOG it and get your loyal readers to start calling these hypocrites out!
- If you haven’t heard, some staffers, MP’s and a Senator of Canada’s Conservative (right wing) party just posted an It Gets Better video in response to a teen suicide in Ottawa. As you know, same-sex marriage is legal here, but the Conservative Party tried to re-open that debate in 2006. I looked into that, and out of the 6 MP’s who were in government at that time, 5 of them voted against same-sex rights. Pretty disgusting, but I thought you might find it interesting. Thanks for starting the project.
- P.S. Here’s the break down:
- Lois brown- unelected in 06
- Alice Wong - unelected in 06
- Vic Toews - against in 06
- Rona Ambrose - against in 06
- Mike Wallace - against in 06
- John Baird - for in 06
- Shelly glover - unelected
- Deepak Obhrai - against in 06
- Candice Hoeppner- unelected in 06
- David sweet - against in 06
- Don meredith (senator) - n/a
- Just thought I’d pass this on to you: it’s leading Canadian Federal Tory cabinet ministers and staffers and MPs making an It Get Better video. Can you imagine Republican big wigs doing the same? I cannot imagine it. This wasn’t an official video, but I’m sure if PMSH (the Prime Minister) or the party officially didn’t approve, it wouldn’t have happened.
- Also, a lot of those on the left are bashing these Tories (I vote Liberal, btw) for making this video, i.e. “well you were bad once, this is thus hypocrisy.” Surely we should be embracing them, not scolding them for being late to the party. I wonder how many Tories are afraid to fly blue at Pride Parades because they are afraid of being spit on.
"Savage Love" readers know how I feel about Vic Toews. But I’ll just say this about Canada’s conservatives contribution to the “It Gets Better” Project: People who are in a position to make it better—elected officials—but who have chosen, over the years, to make it worse, can come around. It’s essential that they do. People who have advanced the cause of ignorance and bigotry and hate—people, like Vic Toews, people who have empowered the bullies—are welcome to see the error of their ways, to come around, to make amends and make it up. But it’s going to take more than a video to undo the damage done by Vic Toews and Canada’s conservatives. This was, quite literally, the least Vic and his fellow conservatives could do. The very least.
Chris Barron: Marriage Has Been The Province Of The States For 225 Years
Here are some of the (according to BuzzFeed) 12 Appropriate Quotes From The Great American Conservative Women Of 2011, which I like to call The Great American Bimbos (with the exception of Ann Coulter, whom I think that thou she’s a bitch and mostly very radical, she ain’t no fool).
If You want to see the other 7 evolution abortions, click here.