Matrimonio homosexual

Cancel Culture Works. We Wouldn’t Have Marriage Equality Without It

Anyone looking to understand how same-sex marriage went from legal in one state to the law of the land a decade later should not overlook the small crowd that gathered outside San Diego’s Manchester Grand Hyatt hotel just past noon one Friday in July 2008, holding signs that said, “The Hyatt of hypocrisy.”

Those present had been rallied by a retired Republican political operative named Fred Karger. His aim was the defeat of Proposition 8, a ballot measure that if passed, would ban same-sex marriage in California. Instead of aiming to mobilize voters or move public opinion against the measure, however, he decided to target the money behind it.…  Seguir leyendo »

Pastoral worker Brigitte Schmidt blesses Ralf-Michael Berger and Andreas Helfrich in a Catholic church in Cologne, Germany, on May 10. (Thilo Schmuelgen/Reuters)

More than 100 Roman Catholic churches across Germany gave blessings on Monday to same-sex couples. The priests were acting in open defiance of Pope Francis, who signed a statement in March from the Vatican forbidding such blessings, because, in the words of the Curia, God “cannot bless sin.”

It is an age-old temptation for popes and their bureaucracies to edge across the line between interpreting God and playing God. The Almighty is so darned aloof, so circumspect — who can blame humans for speaking on God’s behalf?

But here’s what it means to believe in a force of infinite scope and power, a self-defining Creator who makes all things and knows all things: God can do whatever God feels like doing.…  Seguir leyendo »

La celebración civil de un matrimonio igualitario en Roma, a unos kilómetros del Vaticano. Credit Gregorio Borgia/Associated Press

Una versión actualizada del evangelio de san Juan podría recrear de esta manera la escena en que los fariseos ponen ante Jesús a una mujer adúltera:

A la salida del templo, un grupo de cardenales y obispos se acercan al Señor. Traen con ellos a un hombre joven. Uno de los clérigos encara a Jesús y le dice: “Este hombre vive con otro hombre, sin ocultar que son pareja”. Otro sentencia: “Es un pervertido”. Jesús baja la cabeza, mira su celular y, lentamente, con su dedo, comienza a deslizar unas imágenes en la pequeña pantalla. El acoso continúa: “Según nuestra doctrina —dice uno de los prelados—, este hombre vive en pecado, no puede ser bendecido”.…  Seguir leyendo »

Supporters hold rainbow flags and a banner that reads: "Unconstitutional judgment" in Sapporo, Japan, on Wednesday. (Yohei Fukai/AP)

In 2019, the first lawsuits in Japan were filed in five district courts directly challenging the constitutional violation of not recognizing same-sex marriages. On Wednesday, the Sapporo District Court ruled that the current law, which does not recognize same-sex marriage, is unconstitutional because it violates the principle of equality stipulated in Article 14 of the Japanese constitution.

This is the first ruling on same-sex marriage in Japan — and it is groundbreaking.

The decision is the culmination of years of work by many individuals. Our organization, Marriage for All Japan, was founded in January 2019 to achieve marriage equality. Our members include lawyers such as myself, as well as others.…  Seguir leyendo »

El Papa Francisco se reúne con los obispos en el salón Pablo VI con motivo de la audiencia general semanal en el Vaticano, el miércoles 21 de octubre de 2020 (Gregorio Borgia/AP Photo). (Gregorio Borgia/AP)

El papa Francisco lo hizo otra vez: dijo algo sobre nosotros lo suficientemente positivo, lo suficientemente ambiguo, lo suficientemente provocador.

“Los homosexuales tienen derecho a estar en una familia. Son hijos de Dios y tienen derecho a una familia. Lo que tenemos que hacer es crear una ley de uniones civiles. Así están cubiertos legalmente. Yo apoyé eso”. Estas palabras, originalmente parte de una entrevista que dio a la reportera Valentina Alazraki en 2019, son parte del documental Francesco que el director ruso Evgeny Afineevsky estrenó el 21 de octubre en el Festival de Cine de Roma.

Su postura sobre las uniones civiles, como él explicó, no es una novedad: cuando fue arzobispo de Buenos Aires, apoyó la iniciativa de ley que buscaba reconocer las uniones civiles para gays y lesbianas en vez de la propuesta de reconocer el matrimonio igualitario.…  Seguir leyendo »

Pope Francis visits the Saint Louis Hospital on Nov. 21, 2019, in Bangkok, Thailand. (Lauren DeCicca/Getty Images)

In a surprising announcement, Pope Francis told a documentary filmmaker that same-sex couples should “legally covered” by civil union laws. The Pope’s response suggests a softening of the Vatican’s views of the issue, which for centuries has contended that homosexuality constitutes sinful behavior and that gay marriages would not be allowed in the Catholic church or recognized by the church as a familial relationship.

However, Pope Francis’s new messaging on this issue of same-sex relations may be coming as a result of a seismic shift in the way that many Catholics, especially Catholics in the United States, view homosexuality and the legal recognition of same-sex marriage.…  Seguir leyendo »

El mundo tal vez desconoce el pasado del papa Francisco como Jorge Mario Bergoglio, arzobispo de Buenos Aires antes de llegar al Vaticano. Quizás por eso han considerado sorprendentes sus comentarios recientes. El papa admitió al fin que las personas gays tenemos derecho a una familia, y agregó: “Lo que tenemos que hacer es crear una ley de uniones civiles. Así están cubiertos legalmente. Yo apoyé eso”. Sus palabras integran el documental Francesco, de Evgeny Afineevsky.

A simple vista, parece un progreso para la Iglesia católica, tras siglos predicando odio y prejuicios contra la población LGBT. Sin embargo, el diablo está en los detalles.…  Seguir leyendo »

El Papa y el matrimonio gay

Recuerdo el sangrante comentario de un religioso muy próximo a la Curia Romana a las pocas semanas de haber sido elegido Papa Jorge Bergoglio, nada menos que con el nombre del santo de Asís: Francisco. Decía el descreído religioso con bastante gracia: «Benedicto XVI sabía muy bien lo que tenía que hacer, pero no sabía cómo. Francisco no sabe muy bien lo qué debe hacerse, pero sí sabe cómo». Estaba claro que la elección del nuevo Papa, después de la dimisión del anterior, no le había gustado nada de nada a este clérigo. Porque la realidad era que Francisco sabía perfectamente lo que debía hacerse y, además, también sabía cómo hacerlo.…  Seguir leyendo »

I had no advance knowledge either of Evgeny Afineevsky’s documentary, Francesco, or the interview in it that contains Pope Francis’ new formulation of his earlier position on same-sex civil unions. However, it didn’t come as a surprise to me. Anyone with any pastoral experience knows that in dealing with an individual’s personhood, you start from where they are. Given a very gay and very closeted episcopate in many countries, for whom serene and adult conversation about these things has, until recently, been almost impossible, the question has largely been: how long would it take for the basic good sense of the majority of Catholic people and what they have learned about human sexuality to percolate upwards so that senior clergy needn’t be frightened of it?…  Seguir leyendo »

La bandera de Costa Rica ondea junto a la bandera LGBT en la residencia presidencial en San José, la capital, en mayo de 2014. Credit Jeffrey Arguedas/EPA vía Shutterstock

El 26 de mayo, Costa Rica legalizó el matrimonio igualitario. En un momento en el que tantas democracias viven asaltos conservadores, el logro de Costa Rica parece excepcional.

Lo que ocurrió en Costa Rica es el tipo de victoria de los derechos civiles que se puede esperar cuando un país adopta un modelo de gobierno que fusiona la inclusión social con instituciones liberales y rechaza el populismo en favor del Estado de derecho.

El matrimonio igualitario se ha convertido en un estándar en muchas democracias ricas, pero sigue siendo poco común en casi todo el mundo. Hay una razón para ello.…  Seguir leyendo »

It’s official. Taiwan is the first place in Asia to perform and legally recognize same-sex marriages. The first such marriages were registered Friday, less than a week after May 17, when the self-ruling island’s legislative body overwhelmingly passed a special bill enabling them. The bill includes a prescription that all the rights and duties Taiwan’s civil code grants to married couples will apply to married same-sex couples. This is a historic victory for the LGBT community in Taiwan.

The path to this new law was not easy — and reveals Taiwanese society’s mixed attitude toward LGBT rights. Here’s what you need to know to understand how these marriages were won and what it means for LGBT rights in Asia.…  Seguir leyendo »

En ce cinquième anniversaire de la promulgation de la loi n° 2013-404 ouvrant le mariage aux couples de personnes de même sexe, et à quelques semaines du début des travaux parlementaires sur la révision des lois de bioéthique, une mise en perspective des enjeux politiques s’impose. Celle-ci est d’autant plus importante que, malgré un changement apparent, le même paradigme conservateur hostile au pacs et au mariage pour tous réapparaît sur la scène publique.

Tout d’abord, il ne faut pas oublier que l’objet de la controverse ne fut pas tant le mariage gay que sa principale conséquence : la filiation homoparentale. Il semble nécessaire de rappeler que la production d’arguments contre l’égalité des filiations homoparentales ne provenait pas de la droite réactionnaire mais plutôt de la gauche socialiste.…  Seguir leyendo »

‘Women in Northern Ireland should not have to cross the Irish Sea to access medical care that is their right.’ Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

Owen Smith, the shadow secretary of state for Northern Ireland, has a plan. He says that if Northern Ireland is to have a sustained period of unwelcome direct rule, he favours putting marriage equality and abortion to referendums so that Westminster can feel empowered to make change happen.

The shadow Northern Ireland secretary is right to want to see progress on both these issues – it is appalling that the people of Northern Ireland do not have the same equal marriage laws or reproductive rights as their fellow citizens in the rest of the United Kingdom. For the avoidance of doubt, our preference would be for the institutions to get back up and running as soon as possible.…  Seguir leyendo »

Members of the Australian Parliament celebrate the passing of a same-sex marriage law on Thursday. Credit Mick Tsikas/Australian Associated Press, via Associated Press

As former Prime Minister Tony Abbott stood in Parliament this week complaining that the bill legalizing same-sex marriage in Australia was somehow being rushed, it represented a moment of profound political defeat for him.

Mr. Abbott has been the most vocal and high-profile opponent of same-sex marriage in the country. In his tenure as prime minister, he tried everything to delay the inevitable, including denying Parliament a vote on the matter before insisting that the public give its opinion on it.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull inherited Mr. Abbott’s plan: a voluntary, nonbinding opinion survey, conducted through the mail. Last month, the survey result revealed what every poll has been screaming for years: a strong public preference in favor of same-sex marriage that hangs around 60 percent.…  Seguir leyendo »

People celebrate after the announcement of the same-sex marriage postal survey result in front of the State Library of Victoria in Melbourne, Australia on Nov. 15. (David Crosling/AAP Image via Associated Press)

Social conservatism, as an international political movement, may have just scored one of its greatest-ever own goals.

Here in Australia — like in many parts of the world — social conservatives have long argued that they speak for the silent majority, for people silenced by “political correctness.” But on gay marriage in Australia, the silent majority was firmly on the side of inclusion. In the coming weeks, the Australian Parliament will finally legislate in favor of same-sex marriage — but only after a process which traumatised many lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Australians, sent shock waves through families, and cost a small fortune.…  Seguir leyendo »

he Brandenburg Gate is seen with a rainbow flag projected onto it during a vigil for victims of a shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando nearly a week earlier, in front of the U.S. Embassy in Berlin on June 18, 2016. (Adam Berry/Getty Images)

After years of defending her party’s opposition to same-sex marriage, German Chancellor Angela Merkel stunned many by announcing this week that members of her center-right, governing Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party would no longer be asked to toe the party line. Instead, she would let parliamentarians vote “according to conscience.”

In the current Bundestag, a conscience vote — without wrangling by the party whip — is widely believed to be an almost certain win for equal marriage. Parliamentarians, including those of the CDU, responded speedily, calling for a vote as early as this Friday.

Why now? Domestic and international politics explain this development.…  Seguir leyendo »

Across Western Europe, marriage equality is fast becoming the norm: From Scandinavia through the Netherlands and Denmark; even the Catholic countries of Ireland, France and Spain. But there’s one glaring exception: Germany. It stands out not only because it is the largest country in Western Europe, but also because on many measures, it is among the most progressive.

Germany’s outlier status (it allows “registered partnerships,” but not full marriage) is even more curious because much of the country is in favor. But not its leadership: Chancellor Angela Merkel and her party, the Christian Democratic Union, have stood athwart the Continentwide movement and yelled no.…  Seguir leyendo »

«Me sentiría honrada de que asistiese al enlace de Sunny Lee, o de que participase en él en espíritu». Esta es la invitación, en coreano, que me llegó a París el pasado junio. En Corea, una boda es una celebración que puede durar varios días. Sunny Lee, fundadora de una empresa de reciente creación que cuenta con Samsung entre sus clientes, me había invitado con ocho meses de antelación para asegurarse de que asistiría: los surcoreanos valoran el reconocimiento exterior, y la presencia de europeos en una boda es tan fundamental como la de un grupo pop de Corea. Lo que la invitación de Sunny Lee no mencionaba era el nombre del cónyuge, ya que no lo había: Sunny Lee se casaba consigo misma.…  Seguir leyendo »

Pope Francis Credit Pool photo by Tony Gentile

Has the cool pope left the building?

For days after the revelation that Pope Francis met the Kentucky county clerk and anti-gay-marriage activist Kim Davis during his visit to Washington, church officials would neither confirm nor deny that it had happened, allowing Ms. Davis’s claim that the pope “validates” her actions to stand.

Only on Friday did a Vatican spokesman say that the encounter “should not be considered a form of support of her position in all of its particular and complex aspects.” Intended to “contribute to an objective understanding of what transpired,” the Vatican statement raised as many questions as it answered.…  Seguir leyendo »

Los jueces filósofos y legisladores

Dos recientes sentencias dictadas casi el mismo día por los Tribunales guardianes de la Constitución en Estados Unidos y en España, sobre el matrimonio homosexual y sobre la objeción de conciencia para dispensar la llamada píldora del día después, respectivamente, han puesto sobre la mesa el intrincado debate en torno al papel de los jueces en una democracia. Pese a que progresistas y conservadores las han enjuiciado de manera opuesta, alabando cada uno la que apoya sus tesis y denostando la contraria, en el fondo son muy parecidas: las dos convierten a los jueces en legisladores o, quizás más propiamente, en filósofos-reyes.…  Seguir leyendo »