- - Monday, August 16, 2010

MEXICO

Supreme court upholds gay adoptions

MEXICO CITY | Mexico’s Supreme Court voted Monday to uphold a Mexico City law allowing adoptions by same-sex couples.

The justices voted 9-2 against challenges presented by federal prosecutors and others who had argued the law fails to protect adoptive children against possible ill effects or discrimination, or to guarantee their rights to a traditional family.


Justices voting with the majority argued that once same-sex marriages had been approved, it would be discriminatory to consider those couples less capable of parental duties than heterosexual couples.

The court voted earlier this month by the same margin to uphold same-sex marriages themselves under a Mexico City law enacted March 4.

The law applies only in Mexico City, but other states must respect marriages and adoptions made in the capital.

CANADA

Concern grows for Burma elections

OTTAWA | Canada has “serious concerns” that elections in Burma later this year will be held under “oppressive conditions,” Foreign Minister Lawrence Cannon said Monday.

“While Canada welcomes the Burmese military regime’s commitment to hold democratic elections, we have serious concerns that the elections will be held under oppressive conditions and that they will not be conducted in line with international standards,” Mr. Cannon said in a statement.

Burma’s junta said Friday it would hold its first election in two decades on Nov. 7, about a week before democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi’s current house arrest is due to expire on Nov. 13.

PERU

American apologizes for aiding rebels

LIMA | American activist Lori Berenson apologized Monday for aiding leftist rebels and asked a Peruvian court to let her remain free on parole after serving 15 years of her 20-year sentence behind bars.

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