Individuals are now required to submit a copy of their civil registry form, a copy of the identification card and a sworn declaration expressing their wish to change their gender identity. Subsequent changes to an applicant’s gender identity can only be made after ten years.
Additionally, an individual can only change his or her gender identity twice. Openly lesbian congresswoman Angélica Lozano (right) tweeted photos of the celebrations outside the notary building and said people were shouting "My gender, my name."
El Notario explica el trámite y felicita a cada solicitante. Acaban con aplauso y alguien grita: ¡IMPARABLE! pic.twitter.com/ur9WngDLoJ— Angélica Lozano (@AngelicaLozanoC) June 9, 2015
Minister for Justice Yesid Reyes said:
“Judges used to order bodily inspections to determine if people had physically changed their sex, or demanded a psychiatric exam to know if the applicant had gender dysphoria. Both exams were profoundly invasive of privacy rights and were rooted in unacceptable prejudice. The construction of sexual and gender identity is an issue that doesn’t depend on biology.”
Colombia: Justice Ministry tweets info on how transgender individuals can apply for a change of name & gender on ID. pic.twitter.com/4Pm6W9fuiM — Andrés Duque (@Blabbeando) June 9, 2015
David Barton - who recently kindly explained why the government has a moral duty to ban homosexuality - has warned that same-sex marriage will lead to male and female college athletes sharing the same bathroom, reports Right Wing Watch.
Appearing on Glenn Beck’s radio programme on Tuesday, anti-gay wingnut and historical revisionist Barton said:
"Title IX, which is what all the colleges use for sports, it goes out the door as well. So all your locker rooms now become one locker room, you can't distinguish between male and female. This destroys all of society."
He went on to make one of the most bizarre claims yet, arguing that marriage equality will force churches to hire "a homosexual youth director.”
Back in 2013, Barton said that Christians "can't drink Starbucks and be biblically right on [same-sex marriage]."
Watch Barton obsess about End Times, AFTER THE JUMP...
Las Vegas is known to many as the Wedding Capital of the World. So it will come as no surprise then that Vegas was one of the first to celebrate and cheer on LGBT couples when the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals overturned Nevada’s ban on same-sex marriage. While Las Vegas has always been welcoming, it's now more open than ever: not only can you celebrate, relax and indulge in style, you can tie the knot and walk down the aisle with pride alongside the one you love.
Check out our tips on how to get the most out of Vegas for all your wedding-related festivities, be it your bachelor(ette) party, your wedding or your honeymoon, below:
Bachelors and Bachelorettes At Play
Heading to Vegas for bachelor and bachelorette parties is a famous tradition that now more than ever has plenty to entertain LGBT brides and grooms to be. Those looking to go out on the town will want to check out SHARE Nightclub. Known for its go-gos, unique dance floor and VIP rooms and cabanas, this two floor ultra lounge is one of the most popular in Vegas. Other nightlife highlights include Piranha Nightclub and 8 1/2 Ultra Lounge, FreeZone, Charlie’s and Snick’s. For shows, see Jersey Boys at the Paris Las Vegas or Frank Marino as comic icon Joan Rivers at The LINQ. Should you be looking for male revues, take in favorites like Chippendales, Thunder From Down Under and Men of Sapphire. The Strip’s many summer pool parties also provide playful daytime activities perfect for bachelor and bachelorette getaways.
Where To Get Hitched
Perhaps one of the best things about getting married in Vegas is the variety of ways you can say ‘I do.’ Whether you’re eloping or planning a large celebration for all your family and friends, there’s a venue just right for you.
Almost every major hotel and resort in Vegas has a chapel on its premises, each with its own flair. The exotic Island Chapel at the Tropicana and the spectacular Eiffel Tower Observation Deck at the Paris are just two of the romantic options that the city’s landmark hotels offer.
Las Vegas is also home to dozens of stand-alone chapels, many of which you might recognize from famous weddings over the years. Can’t wait to get hitched? Get a drive thru quickie wedding presided over by Elvis at the Special Memory Wedding Chapel. Or visit the home of the Elvis wedding ceremony, Graceland Chapel. Graceland has celebrated many celebrity nuptials, as has The Little Church of the West. Old Hollywood icons like Betty Grable, Judy Garland and Mickey Rooney were wed at this chapel which is listed on the National Registry of Historic Places. Other chapels have seen their fair share of celebrity “I do”s too, including the Little White Wedding Chapel. It was here that Frank Sinatra wed Mia Farrow and Bruce Willis married Demi Moore. If you’re looking for something a little more fantastical, however, you’ll want to tie the knot at Viva Las Vegas Weddings. They offer fantasy weddings with themes ranging from gothic to Egyptian to beach party. Art and music lovers will enjoy the art deco resplendence of The Smith Center for the Performing Arts whereas those looking for a more traditional ceremony or to renew their vows will enjoy the quaint elegance of the Chapel of the Flowers.
As for the technicalities, marriage licenses are available every day until midnight, and no blood test or state residency is required. There’s also no waiting period. All you need is proof of age (driver's license, passport or birth certificate will do) and a social security number. International visitors may require special documentation.
Honeymoon And Stay
In addition to being the Wedding Capital of the World, Las Vegas is also one of the world's top honeymoon destinations. Take your love on a gondola ride at The Venetian, pose for pictures at the Fountains of Bellagio or enjoy your first meal as a married couple courtesy of Wolfgang Puck. With a host of resorts and hotels, you have plenty of options for where to stay. Paris Las Vegas was one of the city's first hotels to cater to its LGBT clientele. Meanwhile Wynn and Encore have a special Pride concierge, dedicated to helping LGBT guests make the most out of their stay in Vegas. The city is also constantly refreshing its roster of hot hotels. Check out our guide to the latest in Las Vegas accommodations HERE. And with the city's Pride festivities coming up along with a long list of unforgettable experiences you'll have more than enough to keep you busy on your honeymoon this summer, with concerts like Mariah Carey at The Colosseum at Caesar's Palace, pool parties all over the Strip and comic fun courtesy of Kathy Griffin and Eddie Izzard.
For more information on the intersection of all things 'wedding' and 'Las Vegas' be sure to check out the city's guide to nuptials HERE.
Get Ready for the Return of 'Orange is the New Black' with These Criminally Addicting Sneak Peeks: VIDEOS
In anticipation of tomorrow's release of Orange is the New Black season three, Netflix has released two new sneak peeks for the series this week. Check them out and get excited.
The first trailer, released today, is a more traditional teaser, featuring quick highlights and quips from season three. The second, released Tuesday is a behind-the-scenes featurette, with interviews from leading cast members Laura Prepon (Alex) and Taylor Schilling (Piper). Also featured is actress Ruby Rose, who plays a new character, Stella, a new inmate at Litchfield who sets her sights on seducing Piper.
Check out both videos, embedded via YouTube AFTER THE JUMP...
JURASSIC PARK: 8 bit cinema
WHAT CONAN'S WATCHING: 19 Kids and Counting and more
ELLEN: Her favorite memorable cameos
CERES: NASA's fly over of the dwarf planet
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LGBT groups have come out strongly against new laws in Michigan and North Carolina that promote anti-LGBT discrimination under the guise of "religious freedom."
In Michigan, Gov. Rick Snyder signed three bills into law allowing adoption agencies to use their religious beliefs to refuse to work with same-sex couples. In North Carolina, meanwhile, the state House voted today to override Gov. Pat McCrory's veto of a bill allowing public officials to opt out of marrying same-sex couples for "sincerely held religious" objections.
Lambda Legal, called these measures "in some ways worse than what happened in Indiana because Michigan and North Carolina will be using tax dollars to support such discrimination. Good public policy helps people—it shouldn’t hurt them."
Via press release:
Posted Jun. 11,2015 at 5:04 PM EST by Kyler Geoffroy in Discrimination, Gay Adoption, Gay Marriage, Human Rights Campaign, Lambda Legal, Michigan, North Carolina, Pat McCrory, RFRA, Rick Snyder | Permalink | Comments (6)