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Legal News
2 Feb 2016
by Jacqueline Jones

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of India [official website] agreed Tuesday to review its 2013 decision reinstating [JURIST report] an 1861 law prohibiting sex between consenting adults of the same sex. The law, Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code, was passed during the British colonial era and calls for a … [read more]


Legal News
30 Jan 2016
by Steven Wildberger

[JURIST] A group of UN experts on people of African descent stated [press release] Friday that "ideology ensuring the domination of one group over another continues to negatively impact the civil, political, economic, social, cultural and environmental rights of African Americans today." Following a tour of several US cities, including … [read more]


Legal News
28 Jan 2016
by Kasey Tuttle

An Indiana legislative committee approved a bill [SB 344] Wednesday that would repeal the controversial religious freedom law [SB 101] passed last year [JURIST report] that allowed businesses to deny service based on sexual orientation. The Senate Rules committee voted 7-5 to approve the bill, which will grant civil rights … [read more]


Legal News
27 Jan 2016
by Taylor Gillan

Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] on Wednesday released its annual report [text, PDF] discussing human rights issues in more than 90 countries throughout 2015. World Report 2016, the rights group's twenty-sixth edition of the report, which spans 659 pages, includes short summaries of important rights topics before breaking down … [read more]


Legal News
19 Jan 2016
by William Helbling

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] issued a letter [text, PDF] Tuesday to the Indian Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment [official website], urging it to strengthen provisions of the 2015 Rights of Transgender Persons Bill [text, PDF]. In the letter, dated last week, HRW South Asia Director Meenakshi … [read more]


Legal News
6 Jan 2016
by Bradley McAllister

[JURIST] A court in Changsha, the capital of Hunan province, on Wednesday agreed to hear China's first legal challenge over a refusal to issue same-sex marriage applications. A 26-year-old man filed a case [Telegraph report] against a civil affairs bureau for refusing to grant a marriage application to him and … [read more]


Student Commentary
6 Jan 2016
by Ryan Matthews of St. John's University School of Law
edited by Adam Shirer

JURIST Guest Columnist Ryan Matthews of St. John's University School of Law Class of 2016, is the eighth author in a twelve-part series from the staffers of the Journal of Civil Rights and Economic Development. Matthews discusses discriminatory No Promo Homo laws... The US Supreme Court recently decided in favor … [read more]


Legal News
24 Dec 2015
by Alexis Wheeler

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) on Thursday announced [UN report] that, in response to the unique prejudice and violence lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) refugees face, it has implemented a new effort [press release] to train humanitarian workers on the protection of minority rights. The … [read more]


Legal News
23 Dec 2015
by William Helbling

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Central District of California [official website] ruled [order] Tuesday that sexual orientation discrimination is prohibited under a law that protects gender-based discrimination. The order pertains to the motion to dismiss brought by Pepperdine University challenging two female students' claims that … [read more]


Legal News
10 Dec 2015
by Ashley Hogan

Maurice Tomlinson, a Jamaican human rights activist, on Thursday challenged [press release] the constitutionality of Jamaica's Offences Against the Person Act of 1864 [text, PDF], which criminalizes consensual sexual conduct between men, in the Supreme Court of Jamaica [official website]. The complaint alleges that sections 76, 77 and 79 of … [read more]


Legal News
9 Dec 2015
by Miracle Jones

A group of same-sex couples filed a federal lawsuit [complaint, PDF] Wednesday challenging [press release] a North Carolina law that permits magistrates to refuse to perform same-sex marriages on religious grounds. The lawsuit was filed on behalf of six plaintiffs who seek to overturn North Carolina SB 2 [text, PDF], … [read more]


Academic Commentary
8 Dec 2015
by James Dwyer of College of William & Mary
edited by Cassandra Baubie

JURIST Guest Columnist James Dwyer of the College of William & Mary School of Law discusses the controversy surrounding recent removal of a foster child from a same-sex couple...A November foster care review hearing in Utah captured national news attention because the foster parents are a lesbian couple, and, … [read more]


Legal News
15 Nov 2015
by Steven Wildberger

[JURIST] Following significant criticism, Utah Juvenile Court judge Scott Johansen [official profile] on Friday amended [order] an earlier ruling to allow a same-sex couple to remain foster parents. Johansen had initially ruled against married women April Hoagland and Beckie Peirce on Tuesday, writing in his order, "[t]he Court orders the … [read more]


Legal News
12 Nov 2015
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] The Ukrainian Parliament [official website] approved legislation Thursday to protect individuals from sexual orientation discrimination in the workplace, removing the last barrier to EU visa-free travel into the country. The bill failed several times [Kiev Post report] before receiving 234 votes, surpassing the requisite 226 votes needed to pass … [read more]


Legal News
11 Nov 2015
by Gwenyth Gamble

A White House spokesperson on Tuesday expressed President Barack Obama's support for legislationy [press briefing] that would ban discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity through an amendment to the 1964 Civil Rights Act. The legislation had been under consideration for several weeks, and the White House … [read more]


Legal News
5 Nov 2015
by Ashley Hogan

The Constitutional Court of Colombia [official website, in Spanish] on Wednesday ruled [decision, in Spanish] that same-sex couples can legally adopt children. In a 6-2 decision, the court said that allowing same-sex couples to form a family upholds equality and is in the best interest of children and teens. The … [read more]


Legal News
4 Nov 2015
by Justin Cosgrove

Houston voters rejected the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance on Tuesday by a margin of 61 to 39 percent. Ordinance No. 2014-530 [text, PDF], known by its opponents as the "bathroom bill," prohibited discrimination based on sex, race, age, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity and other protected characteristics. The ordinance focused … [read more]


Legal News
23 Oct 2015
by Ashley Hogan

The Indonesian province of Aceh has begun to enforce a law [BBC report] based on Sharia law [BBC backgrounder] which bans homosexual sex as well as adultery. Both locals and foreigners may now be punished with "100 strokes of the cane" upon proof that they engaged in an outlawed liaison. … [read more]


Professional Commentary
14 Oct 2015
by Arvind Narrain of ARC International
edited by Marisa Rodrigues

JURIST Guest Columnist Arvind Narrain of ARC International discusses the issues with assigning a gender to intersex born children... International recognition of sexual and gender diversity has grown from the protection of sexual orientation (Toonen v Australia) to gender identity (Resolution of the Human Rights Council in 2011) to an … [read more]


Legal News
13 Oct 2015
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] Home Office statistics [materials] revealed Tuesday that hate crimes in England and Wales have risen by 18 percent over the last year. Police recorded [Huffington Post report] 52,528 hate crimes between 2014 and 2015, which were motivated by factors including race and religious hatred, disability, sexual orientation and gender … [read more]

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