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The El Salvador Supreme Court Denied A Measure That Would Have Banned Marriage Equality

El Salvador’s Supreme Court sided with the LGBTQ community.

The El Salvador Supreme Court has blocked a measure that would have banned same-sex marriage. The Supreme Court claims that the measure was voted on too hastily to allow public debate on the issue, according to The Associated Press. The Legislative Assembly voted in favor of the measure in April 2015 but the decision by the Supreme Court blocked legislators from ratifying the ban. The same legislation would have also legally defined marriage as a union only between a man and a woman, and aimed to bar same-sex couple from adopting children. It would have required 56 of the 84 legislators to ratify the measure, as reported in The Associated Press.

El Salvador is one of 16 countries that were ordered to legalize same-sex marriages by the Inter-American Court of Human Rights. Twenty countries agreed to follow the court’s rulings when they voted to be part of an association of states. Sixteen of them still do not recognize same-sex marriage. Those countries include Peru, Bolivia, Chile, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, and Mexico. The IACHR ruled on a petition that was filed by Costa Rica’s president asking for the court to allow same-sex marriage in the region. The court ruled on Jan. 10 that all the countries under the jurisdiction of the court must legalize and allow same-sex marriages.

According to The Economist, the court, which is based in San Jose, Costa Rica, was first established in the 1970s to rule on human rights cases. Over time, the court has become something of a supreme court on human rights in Latin America.

READ: A Court Ruled That These Men Could Get Married In Costa Rica But They Are Being Forced To Wait For A Law Change

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ICE Had A Super Bowl Campaign But Immigrant Advocates Clapped Back With #TackleICE

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ICE Had A Super Bowl Campaign But Immigrant Advocates Clapped Back With #TackleICE

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U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) first began promoting their agency during the Super Bowl last year in Houston. The tactic is a new one for ICE as they attempt to reach more people than ever in their recruitment efforts. Yet, people on social media had a different idea when they saw the ads and responded with a hashtag of their own: #TackleICE.

This is an example of how ICE used #ICEatSB52 during the Super Bowl to promote the agency.

They tweeted throughout the Super Bowl event, while promoting that they are hiring and looking for new agents to join the team.

ICE included their collaboration with the Super Bowl on their website.

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Who knows how much the government agency spent on pushing this narrative throughout the Super Bowl. But as we know, any kind of marketing ploy during the Super Bowl cost millions.

Civil rights organizations such as Mijente fought back against their messaging by implementing a new hashtag that showed what some think ICE is all about.

People used #TackleICE on Twitter in order to fight back against ICE’s narrative.

The hashtag turned into a virtual protest against the immigration authorities.

The #TackleICE hashtag ran from the start of the game till the very end. People were tweeting about the impact that ICE has had in their communities for the past few years.

People are calling ICE out for how they have separated families at sensitive sites, like churches and schools.

The American Civil Liberties Union is calling on Congress to change how ICE conducts raids and arrests. The same sentiment echoed in these tweets.

“In the past year, ICE has gone after parents dropping off their children at school; primary caregivers to family members with disabilities; domestic abuse survivors seeking legal protections; religious minorities who fear persecution; political activists; community leaders; and people who work everywhere from convenience stores to dairy farms,” By Brian Tashman, Political Researcher and Strategist at the American Civil Liberties Union writes. “Politicians who want to lead on immigration need to speak up and deal with the reality that ICE needs to be held to account for its abuses and lawlessness.”

READ: Bay Area Prepares For Possible Massive Raids of Undocumented Immigrants

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