The controversy began in the International Association of Athletics (IAAF) World Championships in August, where Semenya won a gold medal in her first major event. The IAAF immediately questioned whether Semenya should be allowed to run in the women’s events, and called for gender testing.
“I am thrilled to enter the global athletics arena once again and look forward to competing with all the disputes behind me,” Semenya said about her green light to get back into competition.
In other news, Governor Linda Lingle vetoed a civil union bill that would have granted same-sex couples the same benefits that heterosexual married couples enjoy—without sanctioning same-sex marriage itself. Lingle stated the reason for the veto was that she believed voters, not legislators, should decide on the issue for the state. “It would be a mistake to allow a decision of this magnitude to be made by one individual or a small group of elected officials,” she explained.
Meanwhile, Mexico City is seeing a surge in same-sex weddings, as the capital recently enacted the first same-sex marriage law in Latin America.
According to government officials, 271 gay and lesbian couples have been wed since the law took effect on March 4—among them only 18 foreign couples, with the remainder being Mexican citizens. It’s a long flight from Hawaii, but that number may swell if things keep going the way they’re going here.