Diversity not welcome at “Gay Pride” event

green_zombies2_810_500_55_s_c1The Toronto Gay Pride is there to exalt perversity, not diversity. This is what one must conclude from the news that the organisers of the event, who definitely still have to learn a lesson or two on tolerance and open-mindedness, are launching a $104-million legal threat last week against a group of Christians led by Canadian activist Bill Whatcott who had infiltrated the Gay Pride Parade in July dressed as “gay zombies” in green skintight suits to hand out info packets about the physical and spiritual dangers of homosexual practices.  Continue reading

No need to legally recognize a “third sex”, says German Supreme Court

03010__bundesgerichtshof1According to a decision that the Bundesgerichtshof (BGH, the supreme instance in all civil law matters in Germany) has released last week, intersexuality is not “normal”, but a disorder. People who do not have a clear genetic identity as either “male” or “female” are not legally required to identify as “male” or “female”. However, there is no need for law-makers to adhere to, or create a legal basis for, the theory of a “third sex”. It suffices for intersex persons, when asked about their sex, to tick neither of the two boxes.

High suicide rates among sodomites not due to “homophobia”, study finds

rajnandgaon-suicide-1434374748According to a study published in the European Journal of Epidemiology Homosexuals who “marry” each other or live in a so-called “committed relationship” are almost three times more likely to commit suicide than their heterosexual counterparts. As the authors note, this is true “even in a country with a comparatively tolerant climate regarding homosexuality such as Sweden”. Continue reading

CJEU rejects abusive “anti-discrimination” claim

vexatious-litigant-family-lawIn a judgment released today the Court of Justice has at last recognized what legal experts have been warning about for many years: the EU’s sweeping “anti-discrimination” legislation can easily be misused by quarrelsome litigants.

In today’s decision in the case of Nils-Johannes Kratzer v R+V Allgemeine Versicherung AG (Case C-423/15), it is therefore clarified that law courts must verify whether a plaintiff has applied for a job because he was genuinely interested, or only for the purpose of making his application the basis of a vexatious lawsuit.

Mr. Kratzer claimed to have been the victim of “age discrimination”. The CJEU’s judgment can however apply to all kinds of discrimination claims, including those based on alleged discrimination on grounds of “gender” or “sexual orientation”.

Surrogacy: the ECtHR (yet again) fails to address the real issue

224657On 21 July 2016, the European Court of Human Rights has a new judgment concerning cases of two cases of (illegal) commercial surrogacy. The applications in Foulon and Bouvet v. France (Nos 9063/14 and 10410/14) challenged the refusal by the French authorities to transcribe the parentage established in India for children born through commercial surrogacy. Applying its established case-law in the cases of Mennesson and Labassee (2014), the Court found that France had violated the right to respect for their privacy of the children concerned, while rejecting the allegation of a violation of family life of the adult children-buyers. Continue reading

US Elections: What is really at stake

0412trumpclintonmissouriThe stream of incredible news about US presidential hopeful Donald Trump seems endless. We seem to have already grown use to his coarse language, and to his promises of shutting the frontier to Mexican and/or Muslim immigrants. The latest news is that he wants the US to leave the World Trade Organization (!) and that he does not consider it worthwhile to support Estonia or other NATO partners in the (hypothetical) case of a Russian aggression.

Both suggestions are of course nonsense. Dangerous nonsense. Dangerous both for the US and for the rest of the world.

With regard to Hillary Clinton, the (Western European) mass media seem far less critical. This is unfortunate. While there is no doubt that the possible election of Donald Trump should be a reason for concern for any serious-minded observer, the election of Hillary Clinton would hardly be better. Continue reading