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Legal Victories For Gay Parents Across The Globe: Roundup

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Last week, gay parents in three different nations celebrated several significant wins within the court systems of their respective countries. The courts granted fundamental custodial rights to gay families in Colombia, Italy and Switzerland.

On Thursday, Colombia's Constitutional Court ruled that Veronica Botero could legally adopt the biological child of her lesbian partner, Ana Leiderman. Five years ago, Leiderman underwent artificial insemination to have the child, whom her partner helped raise since birth. The AFP news agency reports:

With six votes for and three abstentions, the court ruled that Leiderman, who underwent artificial insemination to conceive her daughter and raised her together with Botero, had the right to request an adoption by her partner regardless of sex.

"The court considered that the discriminatory criterion the administrative authority had used to deny the adoption procedure... was unacceptable in this case, which involves a consensual adoption in which the biological father or mother consents to an adoption by his or her permanent partner," said chief justice Luis Ernesto Vargas Silva.

This ruling, however, does not allow adoption by gay couples in cases wherein neither is the biological parent of the child.

Meanwhile in Italy, a court in that country also ruled that a woman could adopt the biological child of her partner. The online news site The Local reports:

In this case, the non-biological parent was allowed to adopt the child due to a clause in Article 44 of Italy’s adoption law of 1983, which prioritises “the best interest of the child in order to maintain the emotional relationship and cohabi-tation with the ‘social’ parent,” Pili added, such as the person who has raised the child other than the biological parent.

“This particular article of adoption law does not discriminate between heterosexual and homosexual parents,” she said

The court ruling was described as an “historic step for our country” by the gay rights group, Mario Mieli Society for Gay Culture.

In Switzerland, a court in the northern part of that country has ruled that a gay couple are legally the parents of a child born to the men via surrogate in California. 

The American birth certificate was based on a California court decision by which the surrogate mother and her husband abandoned their parental responsibilities for the newborn. The Saint Gallen cantonal department responsible for births and marriages supported the two men but the Swiss federal justice department appealed the canton’s decision, which brought the case to court.

The court ruling dated August 19th partially recognized one concern of the justice department by requiring the genetic parentage of the child to be registered as part of the birth certificate. However, in its decision the court clearly recognizes the two men as fathers. “The administrative court recognized the judgment from the United States,” Karin Hochl, the lawyer for the gay couple told SDA.

This ruling can be appealed and then brought to the Swiss Supreme Court. No word yet if there are plans to do so.


NEWS: Lohan's Interview, Gaga V. Perez, Hostages, Ambush In Egypt, Public Sex Boxes

Road During a post-rehab interview with Oprah Winfrey, Lindsay Lohan confessed to being an "addict", and blamed the start of her troubles on the success that she met immediately following the release of Mean GirlsLindsay Lohan

Road Conflict in Egypt continues to rage on as an ambush claimed the lives of 25 soldiers earlier today in the Sinai Peninsula. 

Road Lady Gaga and Perez Hilton took to Twitter yesterday in an apparent feud after Hilton allegedly tried to enter Gaga's apartment. 

Road Gaga also released the video to her new single, "Applause" today. 

Road The U.S. Navy released a guide for gay service members about same-sex partner benefits

Road Oscar Pistorius appeared in court earlier today and apparently wept during his hearing. His trial is set to begin on March 3rd. 

Road A hostage situation continues as an armed man keeps several people captive in the German city of Ingolstadt. Twitter Feud 

Road Ashton Kutcher's jOBS didn't seem to draw very many crowds this weekend. They were apparently too busy watching The Butler

Road At least 37 people were killed in Bihar, India when an express train crossed tracks at a remote station. 

Road Mexican authorities have captured the leader of a major drug cartel: Mario Ramirez Trevino. 

Road Alexander Skarsgard bared it all on last night's episode of True Blood (ALERT: link contains spoilers).  Prince-shares-breakfast-can-wait-cover-art-featuring-dave-chappelle1-400x400

Road Sen. Rand Paul, who has vowed a "government shutdown" as Obamacare laws take effect, confessed yesterday that he "doesn't think it's a good idea."

Road Prostitutes in Zurich will now be able to offer their services under the cover of private drive-in sex boxes

Road Apparently, Prince has no problem taking a joke...

Road Beyonce dares you to hate on her new hairstyle.

Road Nick Jonas is apparently putting his beefy bod to work for a good cause.

Road While Princess Diana has been dead for over a decade, conspiracy theories surrounding her death are still alive and well. 

Road Russell Simmons had no idea that a "Harriet Tubman Sex Tape" might offend a few people.


Speed Flying Mont Blanc: VIDEO

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Happy Mother's Day! Please begin your morning with something beautiful -- such as this video of several "speed flyers" descending Mont Blanc, the highest mountain in the Alps. It's a ten-minute video, in which the speed flyers descend from a height of 4,304 meters to a height of 930 meters. The descent is captured in a single, continuous, and unceasingly gorgeous take, which is one of the greatest cinematographic feats I know of.

Watch AFTER THE JUMP. In full screen, preferably on a large-ish monitor with decent speakers. 

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NEWS: Danger In The Castro, Lies About Apple, Abortions And Poultry, And The Improbability of Warp Speed

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Towleroad-roadicon Gay men being drugged and robbed in the Castro:

It seems there have been too many instances lately in which older gay men are being targeted by (straight) criminals who are coming into gay bars, flirting with men, and then robbing them after they take them home.

Towleroad-roadicon Rosie leaves OWN.

Towleroad-roadicon Upper house of Swiss parliament narrowly votes to allow gay adoption. 

Towleroad-roadicon Producers of This American Life, the world's greatest radio program, are "horrified" that lies about Apple appeared in their show:

MikeDaisyA highly popular episode of This American Life in which monologuist Mike Daisey tells of the abuses at factories that make Apple products in China contained "significant fabrications," the show said today.

... The 39-minute piece aired in January and TAL says after 888,000 downloads, it became its most popular podcast. The story is compelling: It tells of the awful working conditions of Chinese workers making shiny Apple products like iPhones and iPads at factories owned by a company called FoxConn, which also manufactures products for other electronics giants.

The piece essentially made Daisey Apple's chief critic and it also inspired a Change.org petition that collected more than 250,000 signatures demanding that Apple better the working conditions at the factories.

Towleroad-roadicon Georgia rep: Stop killing babies, and you'll get chickens.

Towleroad-roadicon New York Times: How Bain Capital supplies the Chinese police state with surveillance technology, and how Mitt Romney stands to profit:

In December, a Bain-run fund ... purchased the video surveillance division of a Chinese company that claims to be the largest supplier to the government’s Safe Cities program, a highly advanced monitoring system that allows the authorities to watch over university campuses, hospitals, mosques and movie theaters from centralized command posts.

The Bain-owned company, Uniview Technologies, produces what it calls “infrared antiriot” cameras and software that enable police officials in different jurisdictions to share images in real time through the Internet. Previous projects have included an emergency command center in Tibet that “provides a solid foundation for the maintenance of social stability and the protection of people’s peaceful life,” according to Uniview’s Web site.

Such surveillance systems are often used to combat crime and the manufacturer has no control over whether they are used for other purposes. But human rights advocates say in China they are also used to intimidate and monitor political and religious dissidents. “There are video cameras all over our monastery, and their only purpose is to make us feel fear,” said Loksag, a Tibetan Buddhist monk in Gansu Province. He said the cameras helped the authorities identify and detain nearly 200 monks who participated in a protest at his monastery in 2008.

Moonevolution Towleroad-roadicon Joe Nocera on corporate morality.

Towleroad-roadicon Accused Nazi war criminal John Demjanjuk is dead; his life was bookended by horrors. 

Towleroad-roadicon Seinfeld actor Daniel von Bargen shoots himself in the head; survives.

Towleroad-roadicon Barack Obama can't take sole credit for rescuing Detroit. 

Towleroad-roadicon Those neutrinos almost certainly did not travel faster than light. Bummer.

Towleroad-roadicon Watch the evolution of the moon, AFTER THE JUMP ...

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Swiss Politician Compares Letting Gay Couples Adopt to Legalizing Cocaine

Switzerlands's Council of States, the legal committee of the upper house, voted last week in favor of rules that would facilitate adoption by gay couples. A Swiss politician's objections to changing the law are now under fire, The Local reports:

DarbellayChristophe Darbellay, head of the center-right Christian Democrats (CVP) is deeply opposed to any change in the legislation governing adoption. He said he didn’t see why the law should be extended to include gay couples.

“I wouldn’t suddenly legalize cocaine just because half a million people consume it,” he said to Le Temps newspaper last Friday.

His comments have caused uproar. The Association for Rainbow Families said that it was “insulting” that Darbellay would “compare same-sex parents with cocaine addicts.”

“His homophobia shocks us,” co-president Chatty Ecoffey told the 20 Minuten newspaper.

Added Darbellay:  “I didn’t want to insult anyone. I simply wanted to say that just because something exists, does not mean that it has to be legalized."


Swiss Soldiers Lip Dub Britney Spears: VIDEO

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Military lip dubs of Britney Spears' "Hold It Against Me" are not limited to American troops. Here's an entry from the Swiss, and I think I see a few borrowed moves.

The Local reports: "The four-minute video is performed by members of a sanitary division from the German-speaking part of Switzerland. The SanBoys, as they call themselves, spiced up their stay at the camp by lip-synching to Britney while performing a series of choreographed moves."

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

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