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Updates: Germany’s President Signed “Marriage for All” Legalized #SameSexMarriage “It’s not about special rights but about equal rights” #MarriageEquality #LGBTQ+

Pete Earthlé, IdeasNConversations @IdeasN

Updates: As of July 21, 2017 – Germany’s Marriage Equality has been signed into law by President Frank-Walter Steinmeier which will take effect in October 1, 2017. Please click on the image below for more details of the story. (credit source: dw.com)

Indeed, on June 30, 2017, Germany’s Bundestag (Parliament) voted for the legalization of #SameSexMarriage across Germany.

Our Congratulations to the LGBTQ+ community across Germany. There is nothing more essential that to get recognized with equal marriage to those of the heterosexuals. More Power across the globe for #MarriageEquality.

“It is very positive for the self-esteem of gays and lesbians; it’s very important for people coming out, knowing that they have this equality,; and it sends clear message to any homophobic refugees coming to Germany; We have equality here.” – said Arndt Bächler, Counselor and Addiction Therapist, Berlin’s Gay Counselling Center.

“The law was not about ‘special rights for anyone but about equal rights’; the law would play significant role in combating discrimination, by helping make same-sex relationships a social norm in Germany, as they have been as many countries across Europe.  Last week, the German Parliament voted to void the convictions of 50,000 men punished under anti-gay law repealed in 1994.

I am certain that just a few years from now, as a society we will look back on this decision on Marriage Equality, and ask ourselves, “Why on earth did it take us so long?” – said, Christine Lüders, Director of Germany’s Anti-discrimination Agency (source credit: NYTimes)

Germany On a Path to Marriage Equality #SameSexMarriage

By: Jalenn Turre, Marketing, Business & Social Media Strategist

In a recent development, Germany is on its path for Marriage Equality.

Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel encouraged the Bundestag Members to weigh-in on “question for conscience”.  Her Parliamentary Leader Volker Kauder asked CDU’s members of the Bundestag to show for the vote. CDU (Christian Democratic Union of Germany) is Angela Merkel’s political party. The Social Democrats, Merkel’s  grand coalition partner are expected to table the voting sooner than September 24, 2017. (credit source: dw.com)

Speculations indicate that the vote may pass as majority of the Germans do not opposed to SameSex Marriage according to a study that was released  early this year by Germany’s Anti-discrimination Agency. Perhaps in the coming days or weeks Germany’s Marriage Equality will become a reality.

More power to the #LGBTQ community of Germany. #lovewins #loveislove #MarriageEquality

This year the US #LoveWins celebrates its second year anniversary of Marriage Equality;

#LGBTI Australians Gain Support From Religious Leaders for #MarriageEquality

Pete Earthlé, IdeasNConversations @IdeasN

Perhaps Australia will be coming at age to accept ‘#MarriageEquality‘ among its citizens.

Hopefully, their divisive political leaders will come to an agreement in supporting this socially impactful legislation for their #LGBTI citizens.

Recently, Australia’s Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull was called by religious leaders to legislate marriage equality now.  Here are some of their highlights; (source: equalitycampaign.org.au)

  • More than 100 Australian Religious Leaders have called on the PM Malcolm Turnbull to legislate for marriage equality now.
  • Support from all major Australian religions – leaders from Catholic, Anglican, Uniting, Buddhist, Muslim and Jewish Faiths, the Salvation Army and the Quakers.
  • This is about Civil Marriage Equality – ensuring every Australian is afforded the same dignity and respect.

    Quotes from Religious Leaders

Worldwide Equality for the LGBTQI+

Source: Worldwide Equality for the LGBTQI+

#LGBTPride Will Be Celebrated Across the World During the Month of June and Beyond

By: Jalenn Turre, Marketing, Business & Social Media Strategist

Today, across the world begins the Pride Celebrations. Let’s keep in our hearts the true meaning of #LGBTPride within our inclusive communities.

Regardless of location globally, the #LGBT communities play a big role in various capacities professionally, economically, socially and responsibly.

 

During  your travel in this month of June, you may find at certain cities that they are celebrating their #PrideEvents.

The following link shows the dates of the North American #Pride Celebrations For specific international location; you can search the dates on the same link provided, just locate the link of “World Cities” on the right side of the page title “2016 Gay Pride Calendar“, then click it to see the schedules of international #PrideEvents. Have fun and enjoy the celebrations.

President Obama Issued the US Presidential Proclamation: LGBT Pride Month (June 2016)

“LGBT individuals deserve to know their country stands beside them.  That is why my Administration is striving to better understand the needs of LGBT adults and to provide affordable, welcoming, and supportive housing to aging LGBT Americans.  It is also why we oppose subjecting minors to the harmful practice of conversion therapy, and why we are continuing to promote equality and foster safe and supportive learning environments for all students.

We remain committed to addressing health disparities in the LGBT community — gay and bisexual men and transgender women of color are at a particularly high risk for HIV, and we have worked to strengthen our National HIV/AIDS Strategy to reduce new infections, increase access to care, and improve health outcomes for people living with HIV.” (source: WhiteHouse.gov)

Supporting the #LGBT Community:

Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau raised the #PrideFlag at the Parliament Hill today, June 1st!

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Celebrating LGBT Rights & Achievements: ACLU will be at the 2015 Pride of Bellingham

By: Jalenn Turre, Marketing, Business & Social Media Strategist

ACLU representatives will be participating in Bellingham’s 2015 Pride Parade this coming Sunday;  be one among the spectators or join in the parade.

Dr. Linda Kehoe, Dignity+Respect=Inclusion Campaign Consultant and her party will be marching during the parade. Let’s give them a cheer when you see them. 

Mark your calendar for Sunday, July 12, 2015 to participate in the 2015 Bellingham Pride. Find your way to Cornwall Street and participate in the parade either as a cheerer/supporter or march with everyone in the parade.  It will end at Depot Market Square, 1100 Railroad Avenue.

The actual Pride 2015 Festival begins at Noon, on Saturday, July 11 with Family picnic at Bloedel Donovan Park, 2214 Electric Ave, Bellingham, Washington #Pride2015  #LGBT #LoveWins

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“Let us celebrate the Marriage Equality Rights and Achievements of the Lesbian, Bisexual, Gay, Transgender Community during the 2015 Pride Festival. Demonstrating equality, progress, and inclusion across America and across our international organizations is a reflection of our democratic society” – said Juntee Terrenal, GMS, Founder of ReloNavigatorSM & Chair of IBBAsSM

For social media conversations tweet us: @IntlBusinesses or @ReloNavigator; or click on the link to learn more about our ReloNavigator’s professional services, and for additional information please call +1 (360) 312-4300 or send your inquiries via email to: info@relonavigator.com.

Justice Issued on Same Sex Marriage in America – “The Constitution Grants Them That Right”

By: Jalenn Turre, Marketing, Business & Social Media Strategist

On June 26, 2015, at the second year anniversary from the time when Supreme Court of United States ruled DOMA as unconstitutional, the most anticipated ruling about Gay Marriage or Same-Sex Marriage decision by the US Supreme Court have equalized the constitutional rights among all married couples in America, delivered by Justice Anthony Kennedy. #LoveWins

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled 5-4 on Friday that it is legal for all Americans, no matter their gender or sexual orientation, to marry the people they love. (source: huffingtonpost)

Here in the Huffington Post office we immediately broke out the pink champagne — and we’re not the only ones partying. (source: huffingtonpost)

“No longer may this liberty be denied,” said Justice Anthony Kennedy. (source: Associated Press)

Justice Anthony Kennedy, seen as a pivotal swing vote in the case, wrote the majority opinion. All four justices who voted against the ruling wrote their own dissenting opinions: Chief Justice John Roberts and Justices Antonin Scalia, Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito. (source: npr.org)

In the majority opinion, Kennedy again pointed to the idea that marriage was such a longstanding part of humanity, but he framed that differently, pointing out that the men and women who wanted the right to get married were only seeking to join this institution. (source: WashingtonPost)

Recently, IRS released that “legal same-sex marriages are recognized federally“.

What this means to international organizations that employ married members of the LGBT community?

“Adjusting all guidelines, policies and begin extending the benefits due to american married couples;  must be dealt with at the earliest to accommodate this most recent constitutional rights of same-sex couples”, said Juntee Terrenal, GMS, Founder of ReloNavigatorSM & Chair of IBBAsSM

ACLU will participate at the Bellingham’s Pride Parade 2015:

Mark your calendar for Sunday, July 12, 2015 to participate in the 2015 Bellingham Pride. Find your way to Cornwall Street and participate in the parade either as a cheerer/supporter or march with everyone in the parade.  It will end at Depot Market Square, 1100 Railroad Avenue.

The actual Pride 2015 Festival begins Noon, on Saturday, July 11 with Family picnic at Bloedel Donovan Park, 2214 Electric Ave, Bellingham, Washington

For social media conversations tweet us: @IntlBusinesses, @ReloNavigator; or wanted to learn more about ReloNavigator’s professional services, please call +1 (360) 312-4300 or send your inquiries via email to: info@relonavigator.com.

Spousal Equality for Same Sex Spouses under ERISA

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The Department of Labor – Employee Benefits Security Administration issued guidance pertaining to equal treatment of  same-sex spouses who are otherwise eligible for coverage under a plan are entitled to the same ERISA (Employee Retirement Income Security Act. ) protections as spouses of the opposite sex. This was prompted by the recent decision of the Supreme Court’s United States v. Windsor case on the Employee Retirement Income Security Act.

“By providing greater clarity,” said Assistant Secretary of Labor for Employee Benefits Security Phyllis C. Borzi, “we are contributing to greater equality and greater protection for America’s working families.”

For purposes of this guidance, the term “state” means any state of the United States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, American Samoa, Guam, Wake Island, the Northern Mariana Islands, any other territory or possession of the United States, and any foreign jurisdiction having the legal authority to sanction marriages.

The terms “spouse” and “marriage,” however, do not include individuals in a formal relationship recognized by a state that is not denominated a marriage under state law, such as a domestic partnership or a civil union, regardless of whether the individuals who are in these relationships have the same rights and responsibilities as those individuals who are married under state law. The foregoing sentence applies to individuals who are in these relationships with an individual of the opposite sex or same sex.

A rule that recognizes marriages that are valid in the state in which they were celebrated, regardless of the married couple’s state of domicile, provides a uniform rule of recognition that can be applied with certainty by stakeholders, including employers, plan administrators, participants, and beneficiaries.

A rule for employee benefit plans based on state of domicile would raise significant challenges for employers that operate or have employees (or former employees) in more than one state or whose employees move to another state while entitled to benefits. Furthermore, substantial financial and administrative burdens would be placed on those employers, as well as the administrators of employee benefit plans. For example, the need for and validity of spousal elections, consents, and notices could change each time an employee, former employee, or spouse moved to a state with different marriage recognition rules. To administer employee benefit plans, employers (or plan administrators) would need to inquire whether each employee receiving plan benefits was married and, if so, whether the employee’s spouse was the same sex or opposite sex from the employee. In addition, the employers or plan administrators would need to continually track the state of domicile of all same-sex married employees and former employees and their spouses. For all of these reasons, plan administration would grow increasingly complex, administrators of employee benefit plans would have to be retrained, and systems reworked, to comply with an unprecedented and complex system that divides married employees according to their sexual orientation. In many cases, the tracking of employee and spouse domiciles would be less than perfectly accurate or timely and would result in errors or delays.

To read the complete Guidance, please click on the link “Guidance to Employee Benefit Plans on the Definition of “Spouse” and “Marriage” under ERISA and the Supreme Court;s Decision in United States v. Windsor”