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Legal News
6 days ago
by Ashley Hogan

[JURIST] US President Barack Obama on Saturday called on Kenya and other African countries to provide for the equal treatment of gay and lesbian people at a press conference [statement, video] with the president of Kenya, Uhuru [official website]. The Obama Administration [official website] has said it is committed to … [read more]


Legal News
6 Jul 2015
by Devin Montgomery

A Singapore court on Monday released sixteen-year-old video blogger Amos Yee [YouTube profile], who had been jailed after posting images and video insulting the country's first prime minister, Lee Kuan Yew [BBC backgrounder]. The court released Yee after sentencing him [Straits Times report] to four weeks in prison, time he … [read more]


Legal News
13 Jun 2015
by Ashley Hogan

[JURIST] Mexico's Supreme Court [official website, in Spanish] has declared it unconstitutional for Mexican states to ban same-sex marriages. The court's June 3 ruling, made public this week, is considered a "jurisprudential thesis" [AP report] and does not invalidate any state laws making it necessary for same-sex couples to seek … [read more]


Legal News
11 Jun 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] Greece's Ministry of Justice [official website, in Greek] on Wednesday unveiled plans to introduce legislation [materials, in Greek] giving civil union rights to same-sex [JURIST backgrounder] couples. This marks the first time in the country's history that such legislation will be introduced. The bill will give rights to go … [read more]


Legal News
29 May 2015
by William Helbling

[JURIST] The Parliament of Greenland [official website] voted Wednesday to enact laws that will legalize same-sex marriage and allow for same-sex couples to participate in adoption. The new marriage law, which passed with unanimous support, reforms previous legislation enacted in 1989 that allowed [LifeSiteNews report] for same-sex "civil partnerships." The … [read more]


Legal News
28 May 2015
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] Kazakhstan's Constitutional Council [official website] on Wednesday declared unconstitutional a bill seeking to ban the dissemination to minors of information supporting homosexual relationships. The council found [HRC press release] the bill contained poor wording and incorrect formulation, according to Human Rights Campaign (HRC) [advocacy website], but it could be … [read more]


Legal News
23 May 2015
by Ashley Hogan

[JURIST] On Saturday Ireland became the first country to legalize [USA Today] same-sex marriage by national referendum. The results showed that 62.1% of voters were in favor of legalizing same-sex marriage. The traditionally conservative Catholic country surprised the international community and moved from criminalizing homosexuality to embracing same-sex marriage rights … [read more]


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

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
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]


Legal News
16 Apr 2015
by Colleen Mallick

[JURIST] A French court on Thursday permitted four lesbian women to adopt their wives' children born in foreign countries through artificial insemination. France has legalized same-sex marriage and adoption, but only heterosexual couples are authorized to have medically assisted fertilization. In April 2014 a lower Versailles court ruled that a … [read more]


Legal News
9 Apr 2015
by Colleen Mallick

[JURIST] The Obama administration on Wednesday voice support [press release] for banning sexual orientation conversion therapy on minors in response to an online petition [text] with more than 120,000 signatures. Conversion therapy is practiced by medical health providers with the goal of changing an individual's sexual orientation or gender identity. … [read more]


Legal News
31 Mar 2015
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] A Tokyo district assembly became the first municipality in Japan to recognize same-sex partnerships on Tuesday. The measure, passed by Tokyo's Shibuya ward [official website], will become effective [Reuters report] April 1, when Shibuya will begin issuing partnership papers that allow couples to rent apartments together and grant hospital … [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 Mar 2015
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Singapore [official website] fined blogger Alex Au of the website Yawning Bread [website] 8,000 Singapore dollars (USD $5,845) on Thursday for contempt of court. Au faces charges over comments he made in 2013 concerning the timing of two cases involving sexual acts between same-sex individuals. … [read more]


Features
7 Feb 2015

The debate over the legalization of same-sex marriage is one of the most polarizing issues [JURIST op-ed] currently facing the American legal community. Several major cases shaped the course of the debate over the past 40 years. Loving v. Virginia is a 1967 US Supreme Court case which declared laws … [read more]


Legal News
29 Jan 2015
by Alison Sacriponte

[JURIST] Chilean lawmakers on Wednesday gave final approval to a bill that recognizes civil unions between same-sex couples. The legislation will now go to President Michelle Bachelet next, who is expected to sign it. The bill's passage will give same-sex couples many of the rights granted to married couples, such … [read more]


Legal News
28 Jan 2015
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] France's highest court [official website, in French] ruled Wednesday that a same-sex French-Moroccan couple may legally marry [press release, in French]. Although Morocco refuses to recognize marriage between two men, France legalized same-sex marriage in 2013. The case was originally brought [AP report] after a French city hall refused … [read more]


Legal News
22 Jan 2015
by Jacqueline Jones

[JURIST] The Parliament of the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia voted Tuesday [EU Parliament's Intergroup on LGBT Rights report] to ban same-sex marriage by defining marriage as between a man and a woman. The law defines marriage as "a life union solely of one woman and one man" and further … [read more]


Legal News
12 Jan 2015
by William Helbling

[JURIST] An Egyptian court on Monday acquitted 26 men arrested during a police raid of a bathhouse in search of gay men. The raid and ensuing trial were highly publicized, leading many of the charged men to hide their faces throughout the process. The charges [AP report] against the men … [read more]


Legal News
29 Dec 2014
by Colleen Mallick

[JURIST] The Islamic State (IS) [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive] executed 1,878 people in Syria over the past six months, reported [press release] the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) [official website] on Sunday. Of those killed, 120 were members of IS who were foreign fighters trying the leave … [read more]

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