Mexico’s Supreme Court paves way for nationwide marriage equality, though battles remain
  • Being the fifth of its kind from the Court, the ruling last Wednesday on a case from the state of Colima has crossed the threshold necessary for it to be considered “generic jurisprudence,” or binding on all national judges.
  • While most of Mexico’s 31 states have seen rulings in favor of same-sex marriage, they have typically been applied only to the plaintiff couples.
  • However, the ruling only applies to judges, so were registrars to refuse to issue a marriage license to same-sex couples, the couples would have to sue in order to gain the license and federal judges would have to rule five times in order to nullify local marriage code fully.

“The law of whatever federal entity that, on the one hand, considers the goal of marriage is procreation and/or defines marriage as celebrating the union of a man and a woman is unconstitutional.”

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Pope Francis establishes new department investigating child abuse cover-ups within the Catholic Church
  • The Pope approved the proposals increasing bishop accountability submitted by Cardinal Sean O’Malley, head of the special advisory commission convened to investigate sexual abuse by Church leaders.
  • The unit will be housed within the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, which defends the Church against heresy.
  • The new measures follow increased international calls for policy changes in the Vatican’s approach to the sexual abuse of minors, including the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child and the UN Committee Against Torture.

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New South African visa regulations produce ambivalent response in the travel community
  • The new regulations include an unabridged birth certificate for traveling minors and biometric applications.
  • The birth certificate measure hopes to curb child trafficking, but industry officials express worry over growth slowdown and access issues in places like India and China where difficulties emerge with completing biometric applications.
  • In addition, South African aviation officials note economic problems with some of the national carrier’s longhaul routes (including to Beijing and Argentina), potentially constraining South Africans’ own mobility.

“I cannot criticise the reason for wanting an unabridged birth certificate, but in the global village we live in we compete, for instance, with Kenya for wild life safaris…It is, therefore, a complex issue and I wish it did not have a direct impact. I am not an expert on the issue, but from an airline standpoint I think it will have a negative impact.”

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