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Academic Commentary
1 day ago
by Peter J. Hammer of Wayne State University Law School

JURIST Guest Columnist Peter Hammer, of Wayne State University Law School, discusses the controversy surrounding Caitlyn Jenner and rights for transgender individuals...Please call me by my true names, so I can wake up, and so the door of my heart can be left open, the door of compassion. Call Me … [read more]


Legal News
17 Jul 2015
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] Ireland's Parliament, the Houses of Oireachtas [official website], passed the Gender Recognition Bill [text, PDF] on Wednesday, which allows transgender people over 18 legal recognition of their preferred gender and changes in their birth certificate. Ireland President Michael Higgins [official website] is expected to sign the bill into law … [read more]


Legal News
14 Jul 2015
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] US Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter [official profile] released a statement [press release] on Monday announcing the comprehensive plan of the US Department of Defense (DOD) [official website] to move in the direction of allowing transgender troops to serve in the military. The DOD has ordered a six-month study … [read more]


Legal News
2 Jul 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] Indiana's controversial Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) [text, JURIST commentary] law took effect on Wednesday, one of many such bills to take effect today around the country. The bill, as originally written, made it legal for private businesses to refuse service to potential customers because of their sexual orientation. … [read more]


Legal News
12 Jun 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] The North Carolina House of Representatives [official website] on Thursday passed a law that would allow some court officials to refuse to perform same-sex marriages [JURIST backgrounder] based on their religious beliefs, overriding a veto [JURIST report] by Governor Pat McCroy [official website]. The law requires that officials who … [read more]


Legal News
3 Jun 2015
by Taylor Brailey

[JURIST] Members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community continue to face discrimination and human rights abuses, according to a report [text, DOC] from the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) [official website] released Tuesday. The commission found that while LGBT rights have increased … [read more]


Legal News
29 May 2015
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory [official website] vetoed legislation [SB 2 summary] Thursday that would allow officials to avoid performing same-sex marriages. The bill, which would permit court officials and magistrates to avoid any marriage duties if they have a sincere religious objection, was passed on Thursday by both … [read more]


Legal News
22 May 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and ACLU of Michigan [advocacy websites] on Thursday filed a federal lawsuit [complaint, PDF; press release] on behalf of six Michigan transgender individuals against Secretary of State Ruth Johnson [official website] challenging a state policy that they claim makes it nearly impossible for … [read more]


Legal News
21 May 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] Louisiana legislatures on Tuesday rejected a religious objections bill that was pushed by Governor Bobby Jindal [official website]. A House legal committee voted 10-2 [AP report] to kill the bill, ending weeks of serious debate. However, in an effort to solicit Christian conservatives for his likely presidential bid in … [read more]


Legal News
17 May 2015
by Jacqueline Jones

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Mexico [official website, in Spanish] on Friday ordered [press release, in Spanish] a school and teacher to compensate a student for their role in bullying, ruling that the teacher encouraged it. The private school, known as Universal Truth and Science Institute, and the teacher have … [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
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
4 Apr 2015
by Julie Deisher-Edwards

[JURIST] The US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] filed a statement of interest [text, PDF] on Friday with the US District Court for the Middle District of Georgia [official website] stating that the Eighth Amendment requires individualized assessment and treatment for inmates suffering from gender dysphoria. The Southern Poverty … [read more]


Legal News
3 Apr 2015
by Colleen Mallick

[JURIST] Indiana Governor Mike Pence [official website] signed into law on Thursday an amended [text, PDF] version of the controversial Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) [text], which critics argued gave business owners the legal right to deny service based on sexual orientation. The amended legislation states that the religious freedom … [read more]


Legal News
3 Apr 2015
by Valerie Howell

[JURIST] US District Judge Jon Tigar [official profile] for the Northern District of California issued a decision [opinion, PDF] on Thursday ordering the California Department of Corrections to grant a transgender inmate's sex reassignment surgery. Michelle-Lael Norsworthy began living as a woman in the 1990s while in state prison, where … [read more]


Legal News
2 Apr 2015
by Steven Wildberger

[JURIST] Indiana's Republican legislative leaders announced Thursday that they are proposing an amendment [text, PDF] to the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) [text] in an attempt to remedy the perception that the act permits discrimination based on sexual orientation. State Senate President Pro Tem David Long and House Speaker Brian … [read more]


Legal News
1 Apr 2015
by William Helbling

[JURIST] The Arkansas House of Representatives [official website] on Tuesday approved a controversial bill [HB 1228, PDF] intended to protect religious freedoms of businesses.Those supporting the Republican-backed bill say it will protect religious freedoms for businesses, and those opposed say that businesses may be allowed to go too far with … [read more]


Legal News
30 Mar 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] The Arkansas Senate [official website] on Friday approved a controversial bill [bill backgrounder] intended to protect religious freedoms of businesses. Those supporting the Republican-backed say it will protect religious freedoms for businesses, and those opposed say that businesses may be allowed to go too far with the law and … [read more]


Legal News
26 Mar 2015
by Jacqueline Jones

[JURIST] The Indiana Senate on Wednesday gave final approval to a "religious freedom" bill [SB 101] that would allow business owners to turn away customers on the basis of sexual orientation. The bill, approved by a vote of 40-10, will now head to Governor Mike Pence [official website], who is … [read more]


Legal News
22 Mar 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] on Sunday urged [press release] EU leaders France, Germany and Switzerland to raise human rights concerns directly with Kyrgyzstan President Almazbek Atambaev [Russia Profile] about abuses occurring in his country. HRW has called on the leaders to "seek firm promises" that the country … [read more]

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