UPDATED! Chaos ensues when Baja California's first gay marriage is denied

(Editor's note: Update is below.)

MEXICALI, Baja California, Mexico -- This morning was supposed to be one for the history books in Baja California, when Victor Aguirre Espinoza and Fernando Urías Amparo were scheduled to become the first same-sex couple allowed to marry in the Mexican state just south of the California border.

But instead of a joyful wedding ceremony, the couple, dressed in matching white suits, were thrust in the middle of an ugly homophobic nightmare.

Outside the Mexicali City Hall, anti-gay protesters prayed and shouted slurs.

The World Bank's uneasy relationship with LGBTI rights

The U.S. Agency for International Development and other bilateral donors announced last week a new commitment to infuse lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex rights into their development agendas.

The move, however, left some activists and civil society leaders to wonder: Where does the world’s largest multilateral donor stand on LGBTI rights?

Chinese activists worry as landmark gay "conversion" case stalls

The excitement that coursed through China’s gay rights community in July when a Beijing court heard the country’s first case challenging gay “conversion” therapy has turned to apprehension after the deadline for a decision passed without news.

The lawsuit, filed with Beijing’s Haidian District Court in May, accuses a psychiatric counseling clinic in the southwestern city of Chongqing of exceeding the bounds of its license in offering to “cure” homosexuality. Search engine Baidu, which published ads promoting the clinic, is also named in the suit as a co-defendant.

Draconian anti-gay bill signed into law in The Gambia

BANJUL, The Gambia -- Yahya Jammeh, the brazenly homophobic president of The Gambia who has called gay people "vermin" and should be exterminated like mosquitoes that cause malaria, has signed into law one of the most horrific anti-gay laws in the world.

The draconian law puts anyone convicted of certain "homosexual acts" with life imprisonment, according to the Associated Press.

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SoCal to honor Transgender Day of Remembrance

In solidarity with transgender-serving organizations and activists around the globe, events in honor of the 16th annual Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR) will be held today across Southern California, including in Hillcrest, Oceanside, Long Beach, Palm Springs, Orange County and Riverside.

Iraq: "When Coming Out is a Death Sentence"

NEW YORK – The rising tide of violence and turmoil in Iraq poses grave threats to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) individuals who are experiencing levels of persecution that puts many at imminent risk of death, according to two publications released today by the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC), MADRE, an international women’s human rights organization, and the Organization of Women’s Freedom in Iraq (OWFI).

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Justices Thomas, Scalia appear to be in minority on gay marriage

Justices Clarence Thomas and Antonin Scalia are apparently unhappy with the Supreme Court’s decision last month not to hear appeals of cases striking down five state bans on marriages for same-sex couples.

The views were expressed, unusually, in an order denying a request by Arizona officials on an immigration issue.

Mexico's Supreme Court backs gay marriage in Baja California

MEXICALI, Baja California, Mexico -- The Mexican Supreme Court on Wednesday cleared the way for the first same-sex marriage in Baja California.

According to a news release from the court, the ruling stated that a provision in the Baja California Constitution limiting marriage to heterosexual couples is unconstitutional.

U.N. panel raises concern about "ex-gay" therapy in U.S.

GENEVA, Switzerland -- For the first time in its history, the United Nations Committee Against Torture (CAT) today expressed concern over the dangerous and discredited practice of conversion therapy being used on LGBT youth in the United States.

This historic development comes a day after leaders from the National Center for Lesbian Rights' (NCLR) #BornPerfect campaign, Samantha Ames and Samuel Brinton, testified before the Committee and the U.S. State Department and asked them to address the practice with the U.S. government.

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Canada: Lesbian couple's torched home target of likely hate crime

A video taken at a Kilbride home in Newfoundland, Canada hit by fire twice last week suggests it may have been a hate crime, according to a family member of the lesbian couple who live there.

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