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Legal News
14 Aug 2015
by Colleen Mallick

[JURIST] A Colorado state appeals court [official website] ruled [text, PDF] on Thursday that a baker violated Colorado's public accommodations law when he refused to make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple. The baker, Jack Phillips, refused to make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple, claiming that creating … [read more]

Academic Commentary
11 Aug 2015
by Nancy Marcus of Indiana Tech Law School
edited by Elizabeth Dennis

JURIST Guest Columnist Nancy Marcus of Indiana Tech Law School discusses religious freedom in the US...In a recent battle between reproductive rights and religious freedom, the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in Stormans, Inc. v. Wiesman rejected claims brought by a pharmacy owner and two pharmacists seeking … [read more]

Legal News
1 Jul 2015
by Taylor Brailey

[JURIST] US Secretary of State John Kerry [official profile] on Tuesday appointed [press release] Lee Wolowsky [professional profile] the new envoy to lead the Obama administration's efforts to close the US military prison at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST backgrounder]. Wolowsky is a former National Security Council director under the Clinton and … [read more]

Legal News
12 Jun 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] The North Carolina House of Representatives [official website] on Thursday passed a law that would allow some court officials to refuse to perform same-sex marriages [JURIST backgrounder] based on their religious beliefs, overriding a veto [JURIST report] by Governor Pat McCroy [official website]. The law requires that officials who … [read more]

Academic Commentary
9 Jun 2015
by Sarah Lamdan of CUNY School of Law
edited by Marisa Rodrigues

JURIST Guest Columnist Sarah Lamdan of the CUNY School of Law discusses the urgent need for federal agencies to reform their records management and data preservation and search functions so that they are not crippled by FOIA requests for email account data and other types of Internet generated electronic records … [read more]

Legal News
29 May 2015
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory [official website] vetoed legislation [SB 2 summary] Thursday that would allow officials to avoid performing same-sex marriages. The bill, which would permit court officials and magistrates to avoid any marriage duties if they have a sincere religious objection, was passed on Thursday by both … [read more]

Legal News
21 May 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] Louisiana legislatures on Tuesday rejected a religious objections bill that was pushed by Governor Bobby Jindal [official website]. A House legal committee voted 10-2 [AP report] to kill the bill, ending weeks of serious debate. However, in an effort to solicit Christian conservatives for his likely presidential bid in … [read more]

Academic Commentary
22 Apr 2015
by Jeremiah Ho of University of Massachusetts School of Law
edited by Yuxin Jiang

JURIST Guest Columnist Jeremiah A. Ho of the University of Massachusetts School of Law, discusses the amended Indiana "religious freedom" bills and marriage equality issues in the US... Despite a gaining momentum for extending marriage rights to same-sex couples nationwide, tension still exists in the evolutionary struggle for LGBTQ anti-discrimination … [read more]

Legal News
3 Apr 2015
by Colleen Mallick

[JURIST] Indiana Governor Mike Pence [official website] signed into law on Thursday an amended [text, PDF] version of the controversial Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) [text], which critics argued gave business owners the legal right to deny service based on sexual orientation. The amended legislation states that the religious freedom … [read more]

Legal News
2 Apr 2015
by Steven Wildberger

[JURIST] Indiana's Republican legislative leaders announced Thursday that they are proposing an amendment [text, PDF] to the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) [text] in an attempt to remedy the perception that the act permits discrimination based on sexual orientation. State Senate President Pro Tem David Long and House Speaker Brian … [read more]

4 Feb 2015
by Sarah Steers

After Fidel Castro's authoritarian regime took control of Cuba in 1959, the US responded in 1960 by imposing a trade embargo - a prohibition against commercial, financial and economic dealings with Cuba enforced over time by a minimum of six statutes. In 1961, the US severed diplomatic relations with Cuba … [read more]

Student Commentary
23 Jan 2015
by Justin Camper of Valparaiso University Law School
edited by Cassandra Baubie

JURIST Guest Columnist Justin Camper, Valparaiso University Law School Class of 2016, discusses the issues facing voters at the polls..."Voting is the most precious right of every citizen and we have a moral obligation to ensure the integrity of our voting process." No sentiment concerning voting rings truer than this … [read more]

Legal News
22 Dec 2014
by Laura DeGeer

[JURIST] China aims to "regulate" foreign non-governmental organizations (NGOs) under a law being discussed this week, which aims to step up supervision of the fast-growing sector, state media said [Xinhua report] on Monday. The bill, which was submitted to the National People's Congress Standing Committee, running from Monday to Sunday, … [read more]

Legal News
21 Nov 2014
by Julie Deisher-Edwards

[JURIST] UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein [official profile] on Thursday criticized Gambia [press release] for its passage and enforcement of legislation criminalizing homosexual acts. In October Gambia President Yahya Jammeh [BBC profile] signed into law a bill [JURIST report] which imposes a sentence of life … [read more]

Legal News
20 Nov 2014
by Elizabeth LaForgia

[JURIST] Ugandan politicians have drawn up new anti-gay legislation with cross-bench support to be presented before parliament by the end of the year, according to Thursday media reports. The new legislation comes nearly a year after the Ugandan parliament passed the Anti-Homosexuality Act [text, PDF] that would have sentenced homosexuals … [read more]

Legal News
15 Nov 2014
by Elizabeth LaForgia

[JURIST] The Botswana High Court on Friday ruled [judgment, PDF] that members of a lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights group could formally register their organization, Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] announced [press release]. The ruling was made in response to a petition filed by Lesbians, Gays and … [read more]

Legal News
10 Nov 2014
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] on Friday that Alaska's lawsuit challenging the Roadless Rule [text] can be heard because it falls within the statute of limitations. This decision overturns the ruling by the US District Court of the … [read more]

Legal News
24 Sep 2014
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] said [press release] Wednesday that a draft anti-homosexuality bill in Chad will represent a major step backwards for human rights in the country if passed into law. The proposed amendment to the penal code would criminalize [AP report] same-sex conduct in Chad, carrying the … [read more]

Academic Commentary
16 Sep 2014
by Sandy Davidson of University of Missouri School of Law
edited by Josh Guckert

JURIST Guest Columnist Sandy Davidson, of the University of Missouri School of Journalism and School of Law, discusses the recent revelations of Yahoo and the potential fallout...At least the Yahoo case has now shed a little sunshine on secret government surveillance. The US government, as part of its foreign surveillance … [read more]

Legal News
9 Sep 2014
by Alison Sacriponte

[JURIST] Gambia's National Assembly [official website] passed a bill on Monday that imposes life imprisonment for some homosexual acts. The bill amends the criminal code to bring life sentences for "aggravated homosexuality," which encompasses repeat offenders, those living with HIV/AIDS, and where a minor is involved. The bill will become … [read more]

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