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Academic Commentary
8 Jul 2015
by Amaury A. Reyes-Torres of Ibero-American University

JURIST Guest Columnist Amaury A. Reyes-Torres, of Ibero-American University, discusses the recent Supreme Court decision on same-sex marriage in the US... The Supreme Court of the United States ("SCOTUS") issued its anticipated opinion on Obergefell v. Hodges [PDF]. Regardless of what your view on the decision might be, Obergefell v. … [read more]


Academic Commentary
3 Jun 2015
by Amaury A. Reyes-Torres of Iberoamerican University

JURIST Guest Columnist Amaury A. Reyes-Torres, of Iberoamerican University in the Dominican Republic, discusses the constitutional questions the US Supreme Court justices are facing when deciding same sex marriage cases ... The case for equal marriage is the case of Constitution, tradition and time. We witnessed during the oral arguments … [read more]


Legal News
17 Apr 2015
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] Malawi enacted the Marriage, Divorce and Family Relations Act of 2015 (Marriage Act) on Wednesday, a move that Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] welcomed [press release] as "an important step toward preventing child marriage." The act was passed by Parliament in February and approved [BBC report] by President … [read more]


Features
7 Feb 2015

In the wake of Windsor, there has been a series of challenges to various states' statutory and constitutional bans on same-sex marriage. When Windsor was decided, same-sex marriage had been legalized in only 12 states and the District of Columbia. Many of these states had passed legislation legalizing same-sex marriage, … [read more]


Legal News
18 Jan 2015
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] A Qatari man arrested shortly after the 9/11 attacks and labeled an "enemy combatant" was released and returned to his home nation on Saturday. Ali bin Kahlah al-Marri was held by US authorities for six years and later pleaded guilty [Al Jazeera report] to one count of conspiracy to … [read more]


Legal News
14 Feb 2014
by Michael Finley

[JURIST] The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) [advocacy website] on Thursday announced a lawsuit [complaint, PDF] filed in US District Court for the Middle District of Alabama [official website] on behalf of widower Paul Hard [university profile] challenging Alabama's Marriage Protection Act and Sanctity Marriage Amendment (Sanctity Laws) which refuse … [read more]


Legal News
12 Oct 2013
by Julie Deisher-Edwards

[JURIST] A court in Chambery, France, ruled Friday that a Ministry of Justice [official website, in French] circular [text, PDF, in French], which stipulated that some foreign nationals would not be able to take advantage of France's same-sex marriage laws, is incorrect. The circular explained that France's bilateral agreement with … [read more]


Features
20 Jul 2013

President Obama advocated for the closure of the Guantanamo Bay detention facility and civilian trials for the alleged 9/11 conspirators since his election in 2008. Despite initial progress and attempts to release or transfer detainees to third party countries, as of the tenth anniversary of September 11, 2001, the facility … [read more]


Features
20 Jul 2013

D uring his 2008 presidential campaign, President Barack Obama began advocating the closure of the Guantanamo Bay detention facility and holding civilian trials for detainees. Soon after his November 2008 election, reports revealed that Obama's advisers had already begun working on a legal strategy to try large numbers of Guantanamo … [read more]


Features
19 Jul 2013

While DOMA has effectively blocked the implementation of same-sex marriage at the federal level, there have been several states that have taken independent legislative and judicial action regarding same-sex marriage. The laws passed at the state level have typically adopted one of two stances towards same-sex marriage: either imposing additional … [read more]


Legal News
13 May 2013
by Benjamin Minegar

[JURIST] Hong Kong's Court of Final Appeal ruled Monday that a law prohibiting a transgender woman from marrying her boyfriend was invalid under the Chinese constitution. The law [text] had been interpreted to hold that only a person's gender at birth could be considered for the purposes of marriage, which … [read more]


Legal News
25 Jan 2013
by Benjamin Minegar

[JURIST] Lawmakers for the Sejm of the Republic of Poland [official website] on Friday dismissed three pieces of proposed legislation that would have given restricted legal rights to unmarried same-sex and opposite-sex couples by way of civil union. The legislation collectively sought to grant unmarried couples a means of official … [read more]


Legal News
12 Dec 2012
by Julia Zebley

[JURIST] The UK Minister for Women and Equalities [official website] announced [press release] Tuesday the Conservative [party website] government's intent to legalize same-sex marriage [JURIST backgrounder] in the coming year, with a provision that the state Church of England [religious website] will be barred from performing any marriages. Minister Maria … [read more]


Legal News
6 Nov 2012
by Sung Un Kim

[JURIST] The parliament of Slovakia [official website, in Slovak] on Tuesday rejected [press release, in Slovak] a proposed bill recognizing same-sex partnerships within the country. In a 94-14 vote in which 129 members were present, the bill was heavily criticized during the two-day debate for its possible detrimental effect on … [read more]


Professional Commentary
27 Sep 2012

JURIST Contributing Editor Gabor Rona, International Legal Director of Human Rights First, argues that the new wave of lawsuits regarding the NDAA stem from the poor detention policies of the US...This week, the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit will consider whether to stay US District Judge Katherine … [read more]


Legal News
20 Sep 2012
by Keith Herting

[JURIST] The Australian Senate on Thursday joined the House of Representatives [official websites] in rejecting legislation to recognize same-sex marriage [JURIST backgrounder] in the nation. The Marriage Amendment Bill [text, PDF], introduced by Senator Trish Crossin [official website], was defeated in the Senate by a margin of 26-41. The vote … [read more]


Legal News
19 Sep 2012
by Keith Herting

[JURIST] Legislation intended to legalize same-sex marriage [JURIST backgrounder] in Australia was overwhelmingly voted down on Wednesday. The Marriage Amendment Bill 2012 [bill, PDF], introduced to the House of Representatives by Labor MP Stephen Jones [official websites], was rejected by a vote of 42-98. The legislation failed despite 64.3 percent … [read more]


Legal News
22 Feb 2012
by Katherine Getty

[JURIST] Proponents of Proposition 8 [text; JURIST news archive], California's same-sex marriage ban, on Tuesday requested a new hearing [petition, PDF] before the full US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit [official website]. The request comes after a three-judge panel voted 2-1 to overturn the law [JURIST report], finding … [read more]


Legal News
30 Oct 2009
by Brian Jackson

[JURIST] Suspected al Qaeda sleeper agent Ali Saleh Kahlah al-Marri [JURIST news archive] was sentenced [judgment, PDF] Thursday to eight-and-a-half years in prison for conspiracy to help the terrorist organization, including researching potential targets within the US for chemical weapon attacks. The sentence was less than the 15 years [Chicago … [read more]


Legal News
21 May 2009
by Andrew Morgan

[JURIST] US President Barack Obama [official profile] on Thursday reaffirmed [speech transcript] his commitment to closing the Guantanamo Bay detention facility while upholding the rule of law by trying some detainees in federal courts and others in modified military commissions [JURIST news archives]. In a speech focusing on national security … [read more]

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