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Academic Commentary
2 days ago
by Kermit Roosevelt of University of Pennsylvania Law School
edited by Dave Rodkey

JURIST Guest Columnist Kermit Roosevelt of the University of Pennsylvania Law School discusses abortion rights in America ...In 1973, over 40 years ago now, the US Supreme Court entered the abortion fray in Roe v. Wade. Roe offered the nation the court's view of the competing interests in the abortion … [read more]


Legal News
3 Feb 2016
by Taylor Gillan

The UK Supreme Court [official website] ruled [case materials] Wednesday in favor of a lesbian woman seeking the return of her IVF-born daughter to the UK from Pakistan, giving her the right to fight for custody. The seven-year-old child was taken to Pakistan by her biological mother and legal parent … [read more]


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
27 Jan 2016
by Alexis Wheeler

French Minister of Justice Christiane Taubira [official profile, in French] resigned Wednesday after expressing disagreement with the President Francois Hollande's proposal to strip convicted terrorists of their French citizenship. The plan, proposed as a revision to the French constitution [text], went before the French parliament [official website, in French] just … [read more]


Legal News
27 Jan 2016
by Miracle Jones

The Supreme Court of Mexico [official website, in Spanish] struck down [press release, in Spanish] language in a Jalisco state law on Tuesday defining marriage as being between a man and a woman. The ruling effectively ends the same-sex marriage ban in one of the largest states in the country … [read more]


Legal News
25 Jan 2016
by Shriram T. Eachambadi

Portuguese President Anibal Cavaco Silva [official website, in Portuguese] on Monday vetoed bills aimed at granting full adoption rights to same-sex couples and at removing restrictions on abortions [press releases, in Portuguese]. The president stated that the legislation represents a radical change that requires broader public consultation. He further added … [read more]


Legal News
21 Jan 2016
by Kasey Tuttle

The US Supreme Court [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Wednesday that an insurer cannot recover equitable relief under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) [official website] for settlement funds a participant has already spent. The court found that nontraceable assets are not recoverable under 502(a)(3). This decision overturned the … [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
7 Jan 2016
by Kasey Tuttle

Alabama chief justice Roy Moore on Wednesday instructed state judges not to issue same-sex marriage licenses [order]. The Alabama Supreme Court [official website] had ruled [order, PDF] in March that the state's ban on same-sex marriage is legal, and Moore's order states that ruling remains in effect despite the June … [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
23 Dec 2015
by William Helbling

[JURIST] Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin [official website] on Tuesday signed an executive order [text, PDF] to no longer require county clerks' names to appear on marriage licenses. The follows the refusal by county clerk Kim Davis [JURIST report] to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, arguing that her Christian faith … [read more]


Legal News
22 Dec 2015
by Taylor Isaac

Justice Minister Samuel Tembenu announced this weekend that there will be a moratorium placed on anti-homosexuality laws in Malawi, effectively suspending enforcement of these laws until a decision is made regarding repeal. Along with this decision [BBC report] came the release of two men that were arrested under these laws. … [read more]


Legal News
21 Dec 2015
by Taylor Isaac

Voters in Slovenia on Sunday rejected a law [results, in Slovenian] that would have allowed same-sex couples to marry and adopt children. The measure was defeated by a large margin [CNN report], with more than 63 percent of voters rejecting the legislation, although voter turnout was only about 36 percent. … [read more]


Legal News
14 Dec 2015
by Alexis Wheeler

The Supreme Court [official website] Monday stayed [order, PDF] an Alabama court decision that repudiated the parental rights of a woman (VL) who had been raising the three children she shared with her same-sex partner. The Alabama Supreme Court [official website] decision [text, PDF] had reversed the ruling of a … [read more]


Legal News
11 Dec 2015
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] The Arkansas Supreme Court [official website] on Friday temporarily blocked lower court ruling allowing both partners in same-sex couples to be listed as the "birth parents" on birth certificates of their children. The court and state health department will, however, allow [Arkansas News report] the three same-sex couples who … [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
20 Nov 2015
by William Helbling

[JURIST] A California judge on Wednesday ordered [opinion, PDF] the destruction of five embryos following a couple's divorce. In 2010, Mimi Lee and her former husband Stephen Findley participated in in vitro fertilization (IVF). While participating in IVF, the couple signed an agreement stating that the embryos would be destroyed … [read more]

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