LGBTI news wrap for the weekend of December 19/20, 2015.
By
Drew Sheldrick

21 Dec 2015 - 9:39 AM  UPDATED 21 Dec 2015 - 9:43 AM

Slovenia looks likely to repeal its same-sex marriage laws following a referendum in the European Union member state last week. Preliminary results from the referendum, which began on December 15, show more than 60 per cent in favour of stripping same-sex couples of the right to marry, which Slovenia's Parliament allowed following a successful vote in its Parliament in March this year.

India's Parliament has blocked attempts to decriminalise homosexuality in the country. A private member's bill by Parliamentarian Shashi Tharoor sought to amend a section of the Indian penal code which bans homosexual acts. It was voted down 71-24.

Kylie and Dannii Minogue got the drag queen flashmob treatment at Bondi Beach for Christmas. Check out the video from Bright Spark Pictures below.

Canada has appointed its first transgender judge. Kael McKenzie, a Crown attorney from Winnipeg, was officially designated a judge of a provincial court in Manitoba on December 17 and will begin his new job immediately.

Cate Blanchett sat down with 7.30's Leigh Sales on Friday night to discuss her role in lesbian romance Carol, as well as her thoughts on marriage equality. You can watch the full interview here.

Andy Murray has been voted the BBC Sports Personality of the Year for the second time in three years, beating controversial nominee Tyson Fury. Fury, a boxer, was the subject of a petition calling for him to be removed from the award's shortlist because of his previous comments about homosexuality.

The US state of Idaho has cost taxpayers approximately US$715,000 in attempts to defend the state's ban on same-sex marriage. Gay marriage became legal in Idaho in 2014 after a court ruling that declared the state's same-sex marriage ban violated the US Constitution.