Alabama to Pass Discriminatory Adoption Law

by admin on April 28, 2017

Despite best efforts from activists, lawmakers vote in favor of discriminatory law

State lawmakers on Tuesday voted in favor of an adoption bill that would allow adoption and foster care agencies to deny prospective same-sex or transgender applicants on the basis of religious freedom.

House Bill 24, also called the “Child Placing Agency Inclusion Act”, passed the Senate last week and was approved by the House in a unanimous 87-0 vote.

Althought the bill makes no mention of the LGBT community, it purpose is to “prohibit the state from discriminating against child-placing agencies on the basis that the provider declines to provide a child placement that conflicts with the religious beliefs of the provider.”

“This bill is not about prohibiting gay and lesbian couples from adopting or fostering a child,” said Rep. Rich Wingo, one of the sponsors of HB24 to “It’s about protecting and not discriminating against faith-based agencies that, due to their religious beliefs, could have their right to choose where to place a child taken away from them.”

The bill has unsurprisingly been heavily condemned by the LGBT community and human rights activists with some calling it “a thinly veiled assault on LGBTQ rights.”

Critics have warned Alabama that passing of the bill will have serious repercussions.

In Thailand, there are no specific laws against same-sex couples adopting, but under the Thailand adoption laws, a couple must be married to be able to adopt and Thai marriage laws do not recognize marriage between same-sex individuals, thereby barring the LGBT community from adopting.

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Teen Sexting Law Approved by Colorado House

by admin on April 28, 2017

The law was unanimously passed by the lower house in Colorado

Years after it was introduced, a teen sexting law in Colorado has moved closer towards becoming reality after it was passed by the state’s lower house on Wednesday.

According to Denver Post, “The measure to create several new crimes for juvenile sexting passed 65-0 and represents a compromise after years of debate over whether it should be illegal for minors to share explicit photos consensually.”

Currently, possession of images of anyone below 18 years of age is considered a felony.

Due to the fact that many teens participate in sexting consensually, some felt that the penalty was too severe for teenagers and proposed that such consensual activity among teens should be dealt with as a misdemeanor.

However, prosecutors want to keep the option of more serious charges in cases where nude image are shared with others against the consent of the depicted juvenile in cases of harassment or bullying.

The compromise bill makes it a crime to distribute sexually explicit images without the depicted juvenile’s consent. The crime would be a misdemeanor if the person sharing the image is also under 18,” reports Denver Post.

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Washington Legalizes Surrogacy

April 28, 2017

The bill was pushed by the state’s LGBTQ community Washington D.C finally passed a bill that legalizes surrogacy replacing the state’s old law which subjected parties in surrogacy agreements to a fine of up to $10,000 and a one-year prison sentence. Washington Blade reports, “After four years in the making, a bill ending D.C.’s longstanding […]

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Inheritance Tax Comes into Effect in January

April 27, 2017

The government hopes the tax will lessen wealth accumulation among families The Thailand inheritance and gift tax is set to take effect on January next year reports Bangkok Post. Under the laws which were first published in 2015, inheritance taxes will be charged to the beneficiaries for whom the rates are 5% of the amount […]

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