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An Affirmative Decision for Transgender Marriage in Texas
September 16, 2014
JURIST Guest Columnist Francesca Acocella, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, Class of 2016, discusses the recent decision by the Thirteenth Court of Appeals of Texas to recognize transgender identity in determining the validity of marriage ...Think about all the times you need to show ID: seeing a....... [more]

Indiana same-sex marriage put on hold
September 16, 2014
The US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit on Monday approved a stay blocking same-sex marriage in Indiana until the US Supreme Court weighs in on the issue. The stay will put on hold the September 4 decision upholding lower courts' rulings striking down the same-sex marriage bans in Wisconsin....... [more]

Female Inmates and Sexual Assault
September 15, 2014
JURIST Guest Columnist Christina Piecora, St. John's University School of Law, Class of 2015, is the author of the first article in a twelve-part series from the staffers of the Journal of Civil Rights and Economic Development. Piecora discusses possible solutions to the issue of sexual assault agai....... [more]

Bangladesh officials approve child marriage prevention law
September 15, 2014
Bangladesh officials on Monday approved the Child Marriage Prevention Act of 2014, a law that sets a two year jail term for any person who marries a girl under the age of 18. The law, which was approved during a Cabinet meeting presided over by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, sets the minimum age of....... [more]

Federal judge orders Arizona to recognize same-sex marriage
September 13, 2014
A judge for the US District Court for the District of Arizona on Friday ordered Arizona to issue a death certificate listing the deceased man as married and his same-sex partner as his surviving spouse. District Judge John Sedwick cited rulings in the past year overturning state bans on same-sex mar....... [more]

Federal appeals court upholds New Jersey ban on gay conversion therapy
September 12, 2014
The US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit on Thursday upheld a ban on gay conversion therapy in New Jersey. The lawsuit was filed by two licensed therapists, among others, who practice "sexual orientation change efforts." In November a federal judge in Trenton dismissed the lawsuit, rejecting t....... [more]

ACLU files motion to unseal information about lethal injection drugs in Pennsylvania
September 12, 2014
The American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania (ACLU-PA) filed a motion Thursday on behalf of the Guardian, the the Philadelphia Inquirer, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and the Philadelphia City Paper asking the US District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania to unseal court records which in....... [more]

Federal judge strikes down Ohio false statements election law
September 12, 2014
Judge Timothy Black of the US District Court for the Southern District of Ohio on Thursday struck down a contested law in Ohio, known as the false statements law, which barred people from knowingly or recklessly making false statements about candidates in the course of a campaign or nomination for....... [more]

Wisconsin judge approves same-sex adoption
September 11, 2014
A judge for Wisconsin's Dane County Circuit Court on Wednesday ruled that the marriage of a lesbian couple who wed in Iowa was constitutionally valid and that such marriages must be recognized under state adoption laws, approving the couple's adoption of their two children. The attorney for the Rile....... [more]

Indiana, Wisconsin ask Supreme Court to hear same-sex marriage cases
September 10, 2014
Indiana and Wisconsin each asked the US Supreme Court on Tuesday to determine if same-sex marriage should be legal in all 50 states. These petitions bring the total number of same-sex marriage cases before the court to seven. The main questions asked in these cases are whether states can refuse to a....... [more]

Federal appeals court hears arguments on same-sex marriage in Idaho, Nevada, Hawaii
September 9, 2014
The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit heard oral arguments Monday in three cases involving same-sex marriage in Idaho, Nevada and Hawaii. The three-judge panel consists of judges Stephen Reinhardt, appointed by Jimmy Carter, and Marsha Berzon and Ronald Gould, appointed by Bill Clinton. R....... [more]




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