Global Quickies: Marriage Equality in Mexico, Purification Rituals for Rape Victims, and Light Buddhas

With little fanfare, Mexican Supreme Court legalizes same-sex marriage. “The ruling does not automatically strike down the state marriage laws. But it allows gay couples who are denied marriage rights in their states to seek injunctions from district judges, who are now obligated to grant them.” This means only people who can afford the legal costs can fight for their right to marry.

“A woman who was gang raped for eight months in Gujarat, western India, is now not only pregnant as a result, but has been ordered to face “purification tests” by her community’s local courts.”

A Muslim Malaysian gymnast, who won six medals, including two golds, at last week’s Southeast Asian Games has been criticized for wearing a leotard that revealed the shape of her “aurat”. A senior Islamic cleric supported critics and suggested that gymnastics is not an appropriate sport for Muslim women.

The two giant Buddha statues carved into cliffs in the Bamiyan Valley that the Taliban destroyed in 2001, have been recreated by enormous 3-D light projections.

The teacher of a 7 year-old girl assaulted by her classmates “playing rape” told her mother the girl was somewhat to blame for being the prettiest in the class and sometimes flirty with the boys.

After a child was diagnosed with diphtheria, the first case in the country since 1987, the Medical College of Barcelona is studying the possibility of sanctions against anti-vaxx doctors.

The chief scientist at the Royal Pharmaceutical Society says it’s time for pharmacists to cast homeopathy from the shelves and focus on scientifically based treatments backed by clear clinical evidence.

Featured image: Projected image of a buddha


Born and raised in Mexico City, Daniela has finally decided to abdicate her post as an armchair skeptic and start doing some skeptical activism. She is currently living in Spain after having lived in the US, Brazil and Italy. You can also find her blogging in Spanish at

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