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Academic Commentary
22 Jul 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 substantial federal question underlining in Obergefell v. Hodges... Last month the US Supreme Court ruled on marriage equality in Obergefell v. Hodges and ushered in the decision that the fundamental right to marriage applies … [read more]

Legal News
18 Mar 2015
by Ashley Hogan

[JURIST] The Oregon House [official website] on Tuesday approved House Bill 2307 [legislative materials], which prohibits health care professionals from providing therapy to change the sexual orientation or gender identity of young people. The lawmakers citde the mental and emotional damage the "conversion therapy" can cause and the doubted success … [read more]

Legal News
5 Feb 2014
by Benjamin Minegar

[JURIST] The UN Committee on the Rights of the Child (CRC) [official website] on Wednesday urged the Russian government to repeal legislation banning the dissemination of homosexual "propaganda" to minors. Reports indicate that the CRC is specifically concerned [AP report] that the law's broad definitions of "propaganda" will lead to … [read more]

Legal News
30 Jan 2014
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] on Wednesday released a report [text, PDF] detailing abuses against gay and bisexual men at the hands of police in Kyrgyzstan [HRW profile]. The report, entitled, "They Told Us We Deserved This: Police Violence against Gay and Bisexual Men in Kyrgyzstan," found that … [read more]

Legal News
9 Jan 2014
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] Human rights activists from various international organizations in late December called on Iranian President Hassan Rouhani [BBC profile] to end the country's persecution of LGBT Iranians in a letter citing various attacks and rights violations. The signatories of the letter, from Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International, the International Gay … [read more]

Legal News
8 Nov 2013
by Kimberly Bennett

[JURIST] Croatian lawmakers voted Friday to hold a referendum on December 1 on a same-sex marriage ban in the country. The referendum will decide [AP report] whether the nation's constitution should define marriage as a "union between a woman and a man." The referendum was called after approximately 700,000 people—more … [read more]

Legal News
27 Sep 2013
by Peter Snyder

[JURIST] The first UN ministerial meeting on the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) individuals was held [press release] Thursday during the General Assembly's annual high-level debate. Representatives from the US, France, Argentina, Brazil, Croatia, the Netherlands, Norway, Japan, New Zealand and the EU, along with executive directors … [read more]

Legal News
30 Jun 2013
by Blake Lynch

[JURIST] Russia President Vladimir Putin [official website, in Russian] on Sunday signed into law a bill banning the promotion of "homosexual propaganda" among minors. The law also imposes fines [AFP report] of up to 5,000 rubles ($166) and creates the power to suspend legal entities for 90 days for citizens … [read more]

Professional Commentary
3 Dec 2012

JURIST Guest Columnist Allison Jernow of the International Commission of Jurists argues that the international law's perception of public morality is beginning to incorporate various and diverse traditions...In November 2012, the UN Human Rights Committee (UNHRC) undid 30 years of bad law when it issued its views in Irina Fedotova … [read more]

Student Commentary
19 Oct 2012

JURIST Guest Columnist Gabriel Rodriguez-Rico, American University Washington College of Law Class of 2012, discusses the ramifications of conversion therapy on LGBT youth and examines the recent passage of legislation banning the practice in California...On September 29, California became the first state in the US to ban professional psychological conversion … [read more]

Professional Commentary
14 Jun 2012

JURIST Guest Columnist Paul Johnson, Anniversary Reader of the University of York, says the British government's proposed allowance of same-sex civil marriages, but not religious marriages, shows deference and support for the Church of England's canon laws, despite the Church's strong protests to the contrary...In March 2012 the UK government … [read more]

Academic Commentary
14 Dec 2011

JURIST Guest Columnist Shannon Gilreath of Wake Forest University School of Law says that the current litigation strategy seeking marriage rights for same-sex couples only tinkers around the edges of heteronormative institutions when it should be seeking separate institutions that reject these gender role-dominated institutions...JURIST recently reported that the American … [read more]

Student Commentary
17 Oct 2011

Melanie Lazarus, St. John's University School of Law Class of 2012, is the author of the ninth article in a ten part series from the staffers of the Journal of Civil Rights and Economic Development under the direction of Professor Leonard Baynes. She writes on the need for New York … [read more]

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