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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
28 Jan 2016
by Kasey Tuttle

An Indiana legislative committee approved a bill [SB 344] Wednesday that would repeal the controversial religious freedom law [SB 101] passed last year [JURIST report] that allowed businesses to deny service based on sexual orientation. The Senate Rules committee voted 7-5 to approve the bill, which will grant civil rights … [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
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]


Legal News
24 Dec 2015
by Alexis Wheeler

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) on Thursday announced [UN report] that, in response to the unique prejudice and violence lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) refugees face, it has implemented a new effort [press release] to train humanitarian workers on the protection of minority rights. The … [read more]


Legal News
23 Dec 2015
by William Helbling

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Central District of California [official website] ruled [order] Tuesday that sexual orientation discrimination is prohibited under a law that protects gender-based discrimination. The order pertains to the motion to dismiss brought by Pepperdine University challenging two female students' claims that … [read more]


Student Commentary
18 Dec 2015
by Kendra Julian of Valparaiso University School of Law
edited by Alix Ware

JURIST Guest Columnist Kendra Julian of Valparaiso University School of Law, Class of 2017, discusses the need for states to enact hate crime legislation...We don't like you. Get out. You don't belong. We're superior to you. These phrases all lead to a common message—a message of fear and intimidation. Unfortunately, … [read more]


Legal News
10 Dec 2015
by Ashley Hogan

Maurice Tomlinson, a Jamaican human rights activist, on Thursday challenged [press release] the constitutionality of Jamaica's Offences Against the Person Act of 1864 [text, PDF], which criminalizes consensual sexual conduct between men, in the Supreme Court of Jamaica [official website]. The complaint alleges that sections 76, 77 and 79 of … [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]


Legal News
24 Nov 2015
by Emelina Perez

Lawmakers in Vietnam voted on Tuesday to pass a law granting transgender people the right to change their gender on legal documents. The new law was approved [AFP Report] by 282 of 366 law makers after the National Assembly's Standing Committee submitted [Thanh Nien News report] a report on a … [read more]


Legal News
15 Nov 2015
by Steven Wildberger

[JURIST] Following significant criticism, Utah Juvenile Court judge Scott Johansen [official profile] on Friday amended [order] an earlier ruling to allow a same-sex couple to remain foster parents. Johansen had initially ruled against married women April Hoagland and Beckie Peirce on Tuesday, writing in his order, "[t]he Court orders the … [read more]


Legal News
12 Nov 2015
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] The Ukrainian Parliament [official website] approved legislation Thursday to protect individuals from sexual orientation discrimination in the workplace, removing the last barrier to EU visa-free travel into the country. The bill failed several times [Kiev Post report] before receiving 234 votes, surpassing the requisite 226 votes needed to pass … [read more]


Legal News
11 Nov 2015
by Gwenyth Gamble

A White House spokesperson on Tuesday expressed President Barack Obama's support for legislationy [press briefing] that would ban discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity through an amendment to the 1964 Civil Rights Act. The legislation had been under consideration for several weeks, and the White House … [read more]


Legal News
5 Nov 2015
by Ashley Hogan

The Constitutional Court of Colombia [official website, in Spanish] on Wednesday ruled [decision, in Spanish] that same-sex couples can legally adopt children. In a 6-2 decision, the court said that allowing same-sex couples to form a family upholds equality and is in the best interest of children and teens. The … [read more]


Legal News
4 Nov 2015
by Justin Cosgrove

Houston voters rejected the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance on Tuesday by a margin of 61 to 39 percent. Ordinance No. 2014-530 [text, PDF], known by its opponents as the "bathroom bill," prohibited discrimination based on sex, race, age, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity and other protected characteristics. The ordinance focused … [read more]


Legal News
3 Nov 2015
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] The US Department of Education ruled on Monday that the Palatine Township School District 211 [official websites] in Illinois violated federal law when it refused to provide gender-appropriate locker rooms for a transgender student. In December 2013 the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) [advocacy website] filed a federal complaint … [read more]


Legal News
23 Oct 2015
by Ashley Hogan

The Indonesian province of Aceh has begun to enforce a law [BBC report] based on Sharia law [BBC backgrounder] which bans homosexual sex as well as adultery. Both locals and foreigners may now be punished with "100 strokes of the cane" upon proof that they engaged in an outlawed liaison. … [read more]


Legal News
21 Oct 2015
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] Following a landmark settlement allowing transgender inmates to receive sex-reassignment surgery [LAT report], California prison officials on Tuesday announced [AP report] the criteria inmates must meet to qualify for the surgery. Seeking to standardize the process, California prison officials will require that mental health professionals refer the inmates for … [read more]


Legal News
13 Oct 2015
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] Home Office statistics [materials] revealed Tuesday that hate crimes in England and Wales have risen by 18 percent over the last year. Police recorded [Huffington Post report] 52,528 hate crimes between 2014 and 2015, which were motivated by factors including race and religious hatred, disability, sexual orientation and gender … [read more]


Legal News
9 Oct 2015
by Ashley Hogan

Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] criticized [press release] the Malaysia Federal Court [official website] on Thursday for overturning a prior ruling that declared a discriminatory transgender law unconstitutional. The November 2014 ruling by the Putrajaya Court of Appeal reviewed Section 66 of the Sharia, or Islamic law, that prohibited … [read more]

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