LGBT Outrage over Alabama Adoption Bill

Alabama is close to passing “discriminatory” law

Vice News reports that the Alabama house unanimously voted to pass the “Child Placing Agency Inclusion Act” that protects the right of adoption agencies and foster care agencies to deny applications on the grounds of religious freedom.

HB 24 was initially approved by the Senate and thereafter passed by the Alabama house with a 87-0 vote with 6 abstentions.

Heavily criticized the LGBT community for what they consider a “thinly veiled assault on LGBTQ rights”, the bill makes no mention of the LGBT community and claims that it is meant only 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.”

The bill only requires the signature of Governor  Kay Ivey. Ivey to become law.

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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Portugal to Revamp Divorce Laws

The laws have been untouched for more than 50 years

Portugal is set to make changes to the country’s divorce laws including lessening the amount of time couples are required to wait in order to remarry.

According to The Portugal News, the current law requires males to wait 180 days after termination of the marriage to remarry whereas women are required to wait 300 days.

The tenth month delay was introduced as the law states that a women’s husband at the time of conception is automatically the father of a child.

Portugal is one of the few countries that require couples to wait before remarrying. Thailand divorce law does not mandate a waiting period for remarriage. Couples can remarry immediately after getting divorced.

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Bill Proposed to Refuse Rapists Custody Rights

Nebraska lawmakers fighting to stop rapists from seeking visitation rights

Nebraska lawmakers are working on a bill that would refuse rapists the rights to child custody or child visitation with regards to offspring that arise from assault they inflicted.

The bill comes after a rapist was awarded one-on-one visitation rights with a child from the woman he had sexually assaulted.

To the woman’s disbelief, the man is now seeking overnight custody rights.

State Sen. Sara Howard of Omaha is sponsoring the bill to prevent such a ruling from happening again.

Child custody lawyers have praised the bill saying that no mother should have to undergo such a traumatic experience.

 

According to One News Now(https://www.onenewsnow.com/), a similar case took place in the state in which a “Nebraska man convicted of assaulting and impregnating a 13-year-old girl sued to block a couple from adopting the baby after its birth. State lawmakers passed legislation to prevent a rapist’s intervention in such a case.”

 

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Saudi Offers Safer Space for Child Visitations

Currently, divorced parents have to meet their children in police stations

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Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Justice announced that it will be setting up child visitation centers to offer divorced parents a safer and healthier space to visit their children.

Under the current child custody law, parents are only allowed to meet their children in police stations, which, according to Mohammed Al-Radi, general manager and consultant at a non-profit Al-Mawaddah Society for Family Development said could have a lifelong negative impact on the children.

“We started receiving cases from law firms, police stations and sometimes we get cases from people who voluntarily approach us seeking help without going to courts,” Al-Radi told Arab News. “They see us as a neutral ground.”

The non-profit organization is working in collaboration with the Ministry to implement the initiative in 60 centers around the country.

“We do not only aim to execute this initiative,” said Al-Radi. Our goal is to provide the right environment for children after their parents get divorced.”

Read more at Zawya

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Interview with David Robinson

Interview with David Robinson, Director of Bangkok River Partners and Co-founder of the Creative District

David Robinson is the Director of Bangkok River Partners, an organization that is working towards reviving the Chao Phraya River districts and promoting them as spots for leisure and tourism. He is also the co-founder of the Creative District in Bangkok, an up-and-coming artistic hub in the Klongsan-Bangrak district.

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This video is sponsored by Thailand’s leading international law firm, Chaninat and Leeds.

 

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Muslim Women Divorced Via Whatsapp

The 2 women have also been thrown out of the house by their in-laws

Two Muslim women in India are fighting back after their husbands proclaimed divorce via a messaging app reports NDTV.

Heena Fathima and Bahrain Noor were married to two brothers who live in the U. S. They filed a police complaint against their in laws for throwing them out of the house after the brothers had divorced them via messages and email.

The women claim they did not receive any warning of the divorce. “Every day he would ask to see the video of the children, how they were doing. Then suddenly, he said talaq. He has to tell me what I did wrong. What is my mistake? This is not right,” said Fathima who was divorced by Syed Fayazuddin six months ago.

Noor was married to Syed’s brother Usman Qureishi who ended the marriage shortly after his move to the U.S a few months ago by sending her a message on Whatsapp. The message read, ‘talaq, talaq, talaq’. Noor’s in-laws threw her out and that’s when the two women decided to take action reports NDTV.

Police have registered the case against the husbands and in-laws. South Zone Deputy Commissioner of Police V. Satyanarayana, said the police had told the father-in-law that he could not push them out of the house.

According to international divorce attorney in Thailand Jiraporn Thongphong, divorce via Whatsapp is not valid under Sharia law.

However, the men claim they have sent necessary documents.

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Australian Surrogate Babies Stuck in Cambodia

Surrogacy was flourishing in the country a year ago before the government banned it

The Sydney Morning Herald reports that up 10 surrogate babies with Australian biological parents are stuck in Cambodia because the government is refusing to issue exit visas.

According to the report, “The Cambodian government is refusing to issue exit visas for all surrogacy cases where the newborn babies have a foreign passport, in a developing human crisis in the country.”

The report also stated that the government “had previously warned that if intending Australian parents failed to present themselves to the authorities the government would not facilitate them bringing their babies to Australia.”

Cambodia’s Secretary of State at the Interior Ministry Chou Bun Eng, said that the government wants to ensure that promises made to the surrogate mothers are fulfilled and that the contract is completed.

Commercial surrogacy was flourishing in the country after it was banned in Thailand and India. However, government officials abolished the trade over human rights violation concerns.

Commercial surrogacy in Thailand is banned for foreigners, but couples residing in Thailand can choose to have a surrogate baby.

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Texas Fathers Fighting for Equal Custody Law

Mothers tend to gain sole custody of children during divorce

Texan fathers are working towards a law reform that will give them equal rights to child custody during a divorce.

Texas House Bill 453 aims to give children equal amounts of time with both parents.

Similar law reforms have taken place in other states such as Missouri. Usually, mothers are given sole custody of their children and the father receives visitation rights. However, reports indicate that “ children grow up healthier mentally and physically when they spend more time with their fathers.”

According to Thailand child custody lawyer Jiraporn Thongphong,there are innumerable instances in which a father would like to spend more time with his children after a divorce but is not allowed to by law.

“If this bill passes you’re going in there at an equal advantage with the other person,” said Geren, a father of two and who is among the vocal supporters of HB453, to WFAA. “It doesn’t touch on any child support. It doesn’t touch on anything that would be detrimental to the child. It’s still left in the courts hands on what they want to do.”

HB453 was authored by State Rep. James White, R-Woodville.  It has not yet been referred to a committee. A similar legislation was introduced in 2015 but quickly died.

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Gay People Can Now Marry and Adopt in Finland

The law was initially passed in 2014 but got held back due to conservationists

Gay marriage in Finland became legal starting the 1st of March this year. The law also gives gay couples the legal right to adopt.

Yle reports that according to a Local Register Office’s figures, 41 same sex couples across Finland are set to be married this week.

Although the law was passed back in November 2014, a separate citizens’ initiative petitioned by conservative activists was presented to lawmakers just before the law was supposed to go into effect

The initiative was rejected and now Finland joins 21 other countries around the world that have legalized same-sex marriage.

In Thailand, same sex- marriage is not recognized

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Talking Trump and TPP with Marc Faber

Interview with financial whiz Marc Faber

Marc Faber, Editor of the Gloom Boom and Doom report talks to Thailawforum’s Georgina Donn to discuss Trump’s recent win and its impact on the economies of the world.

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This video was sponsored by international law firm in Thailand, Chaninat & Leeds, with a team of Western and Thai lawyers 

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