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Legal News
28 Aug 2015
by Taylor Brailey

[JURIST] Three individuals in a polygynous domestic relationship on Friday filed a lawsuit [complaint, PDF] in the US District Court for the District of Montana [official website], challenging Montana's law [text] banning polygamy, following Yellowstone County officials' denial of a marriage license to them. The three wish for their polygamous … [read more]

Legal News
28 Aug 2014
by Addison Morris

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the District of Utah [court website] on Wednesday struck down [opinion, PDF] portions of the state's Anti-Bigamy Statute [statute, text] that were challenged by the family of TLC's reality TV show Sister Wives [media website]. The lawsuit was brought in 2011 … [read more]

Legal News
29 Apr 2014
by Jaclyn Belczyk

[JURIST] Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta [official website; JURIST news archive] on Tuesday signed into law [press release] a controversial bill allowing polygamy. The Marriage Act 2014 brings civil law in line with customary law [BBC report], where some cultures allow a man to have multiple wives. The bill was approved … [read more]

Academic Commentary
31 Mar 2014
by Haider Ala Hamoudi of University of Pittsburgh School of Law
edited by Kenneth Hall

JURIST Guest Columnist Haider Ala Hamoudi of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law discusses the hasty and sloppy manner in which Iraq's highly controversial draft Shi'i Personal Status Law was prepared ... There has been much controversy over the Iraqi cabinet's approval of a draft Shi'i Personal Status Law … [read more]

Academic Commentary
6 Feb 2014

JURIST Guest Columnist James Dwyer of William & Mary Law School argues that the many incremental successes the same-sex marriage movement has had actually make it more difficult plausibly to argue now that every state is constitutionally required to issue marriage certificates to same-sex couples. The legal and factual premises … [read more]

Legal News
15 Dec 2013
by Samuel Franklin

[JURIST] The US District Court for the District of Utah [official website] struck down part of Utah's anti-bigamy law [statute, text] on Friday in the case of Brown v. Buhman [opinion, PDF], holding that the cohabitation prong of the state law is a facial violation of the free exercise of … [read more]

Academic Commentary
24 Jan 2013

JURIST Guest Columnist Beverley Baines of the Queen's University Faculty of Law says that the new framework forged by the Supreme Court of Canada in the recent niqab ban case, R. v. N.S., weakens the protections offered to niqab-wearing women...In their December 2012 decision in R. v. N.S. the Supreme … [read more]

Legal News
19 Aug 2012
by Keith Herting

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the District of Utah [court website] on Friday refused to dismiss [opinion] a case challenging the state's prohibition on bigamy. The lawsuit was filed by the stars of the reality TV show "Sister Wives." Judge Clark Waddoups ruled that even though … [read more]

Legal News
26 Jul 2012
by Dan Taglioli

[JURIST] The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (SJC) [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Thursday that an individual who is party to a Vermont civil union must first dissolve that civil union before entering into a marriage with a different person in Massachusetts. The case concerns Richard Elia, who in 2005 discovered … [read more]

Legal News
22 Jun 2012
by Rebecca DiLeonardo

[JURIST] The US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] on Thursday filed a lawsuit [press release] against the town of Colorado City, Arizona, the city of Hildale, Utah, as well as local utility companies, alleging that the authorities have engaged in systematic discrimination against nonmembers of the dominant local church, … [read more]

Legal News
5 Feb 2012
by Jaimie Cremeans

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the District of Utah [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Friday that the Browns, a publicly polygamist family living in Utah, have standing to bring a suit challenging Utah's anti-bigamy law against Utah County Attorney General Jeffrey Buhman. The court dismissed challenges … [read more]

Academic Commentary
3 Dec 2011

JURIST Guest Columnist Nicholas Bala of Queen's University Faculty of Law says the recent ruling in British Columbia holding that Canada's criminal prohibition of polygamy is constitutionally justified despite violating the guarantee of freedom of religion is strong and should prevent the spread of polygamy in Canada...The recent ruling of … [read more]

Legal News
24 Nov 2011
by Michael Haggerson

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of British Columbia [official website] ruled [judgment] on Wednesday that a law banning polygamy [Criminal Code §293 text] was constitutional. The law was under challenge by two bishops of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (FLDS) who claimed that the law infringed … [read more]

Legal News
25 Oct 2011
by Alexandra Malatesta

[JURIST] Interim Libyan leader Mustafa Abdul-Jalil [official profile] said Tuesday that he intends to make Islamic Sharia law the basic source of legislation and reject any tenets in contradiction the teachings of Islam, but all in moderation to reflect Libya's political landscape, cultural norms and religious makeup. Though Abdul-Jalil says … [read more]

Legal News
13 Jul 2011
by Julia Zebley

[JURIST] A polygamous family filed a lawsuit [complaint text, PDF] on Wednesday in the US District Court for the District of Utah [official website] seeking to overturn the state's prohibition on bigamy [Utah Code 76-7-101] as a violation of their civil rights. While the complaint acknowledges that the US Supreme … [read more]

Legal News
6 Sep 2010
by Carrie Schimizzi

[JURIST] French President Nicolas Sarkozy [official website, in French] said Monday his government would proceed to draft a law [press release, in French] that would make it easier to deport illegal immigrants and strip immigrants accused of violent crimes of their French citizenship. The proposal targets immigrants who kill or … [read more]

Professional Commentary
8 Aug 2008

Farzana Hassan and Hasan Mahmud [President and Director, Muslim Canadian Congress]: "The Iranian government's decision to commute its earlier stoning sentence against four adults convicted of adultery is the right decision and a welcome move. It is also encouraging news that Iran has put a moratorium on such punishments, however, … [read more]

Professional Commentary
25 Feb 2008

Khalid Sekander [former legal advisor to USAID]: "An Afghan university journalism student was recently convicted of blasphemy and sentenced to death by an Afghan trial court for expressing the idea that polygamy may be an inappropriate practice under Islam. The sentence is on appeal, and, meanwhile a majority of the … [read more]

Professional Commentary
6 Feb 2008

Michele Granda [staff attorney, Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (GLAD)]:"The New York State appeals court decision to recognize the valid legal marriage of Patricia Martinez and Lisa Ann Golden contrasts starkly with a recent decision of Rhode Island's Supreme Court on the same issue. Our Nation has faced marriage … [read more]

Legal News
1 Feb 2008
by Eric Firkel

[JURIST] The UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women [official website] Friday called for Saudi Arabia [JURIST news archive] to abolish laws that give men complete guardianship over women. Under current Saudi law, women have few or no rights as regards marriage, divorce, child custody, and property ownership. … [read more]

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