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Step by Daunting Step to the Altar

Step by Daunting Step to the Altar

BY GARY M. KRAMER | The road to same-sex marriage was fraught with obstacles, but the setbacks faced by Victor Manuel Aguirre and Fernando Urias, a couple in Baja California, Mexico, were beyond the pale. Same-sex marriage was legal in some states in Mexico when this long-term couple wanted to wed. However, in Mexicali, where Aguirre […]

A Better Politics on the Screen

A Better Politics on the Screen

BY STEVE ERICKSON | The name of the Human Rights Watch Film Festival is a little deceptive. It’s not exactly a festival of films about human rights, although it comes close. Instead, it’s sponsored by the NGO Human Rights Watch, which is akin to Amnesty International though with a broader mission, and it would be more […]

Appeals Court Finds Transgender Mexican Refugees Entitled to US Protection

Appeals Court Finds Transgender Mexican Refugees Entitled to US Protection

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | A federal appeals court has found that conditions for transgender women are so dire in Mexico that they may qualify for protection in the US under the international Convention Against Torture (CAT) based on the likelihood they would face torture if deported. On September 3, a three-judge panel of the Ninth […]

Mexican Supreme Court Strikes Down Gay Marriage Ban

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | A legal ban on same-sex marriage in the Mexican state of Oaxacan was declared unconstitutional by that nation’s Supreme Court on February 18, the Washington Blade reports. The ruling cited two US precedents –– a 1967 Supreme Court ruling that struck down bans on interracial marriage and the high court’s 1954 Brown […]