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Idaho governor asks entire Ninth Circuit to review same-sex marriage ruling
October 23, 2014
The governor of Idaho CL "Butch" Otter filed a petition Tuesday night asking for the entire US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit to review an earlier Ninth Circuit ruling against the Idaho constitution's definition of marriage. The petition is a major positional change for Otter, coming two wee....... [more]

HRW condemns LGBT discrimination in Jamaica
October 22, 2014
Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) individuals in Jamaica are facing violence and discrimination, Human Rights Watch (HRW) reported Tuesday. The report, entitled "Not Safe at Home," summarizes findings during a five-week period last year through interviews with LGBT citizens and Jamaican....... [more]

Federal judge dismisses challenge to Puerto Rico same-sex marriage ban
October 22, 2014
A judge for the US District Court for the District of Puerto Rico on Tuesday dismissed a lawsuit challenging Puerto Rico's same-sex marriage ban. Puerto Rico Para Todos brought the lawsuit on behalf of the plaintiffs, five same-sex couples, arguing that Article 68 of Puerto Rico's civil code, which....... [more]

Mississippi same-sex marriage ban challenged
October 21, 2014
Two same-sex couples filed a lawsuit against the state of Mississippi on Monday challenging the state's same-sex marriage ban. The Campaign for Southern Equality, which filed the suit on behalf of the couples in the US District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi, works to promote equal....... [more]

The First Step: Ending the Use of Gay and Trans Panic Defenses
October 20, 2014
JURIST Guest Columnist D'Arcy Kemnitz, Executive Director of the National LGBT Bar Association discusses reasons why the "gay panic" defense should be outlawed...Just over a year ago, barely a dozen states recognized lesbian and gay marriages. Today, following a sea of change spurred on by rapidly e....... [more]

Courts in Arizona, Wyoming, Alaska strike down same-sex marriage bans
October 18, 2014
As of Friday same-sex marriage has become legal in Arizona, Wyoming and Alaska. US District Courts for the Districts of Arizona and Wyoming struck down same-sex marriage bans in Wyoming and Arizona, respectively, on Friday. Additionally the US Supreme Court rejected a petition by Alaska to stay th....... [more]

HRW urges Bangladesh not to lower marriage age
October 13, 2014
Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Sunday urged the Bangladeshi government not to revise its law to lower the minimum age for marriage, calling for it to set the minimum age for marriage at 18 instead. HRW's statement came in response to media reports that the cabinet of Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Ha....... [more]

Federal judge overturns Alaska same-sex marriage ban
October 13, 2014
A judge for the US District Court for the District of Alaska on Sunday overturned Alaska's same-sex marriage ban. Five same-sex couples living in Alaska brought the action pursuant to 42 USC 1983 and filed a motion for summary judgement. Judge Timothy Burgess found that Alaska's ban on same-s....... [more]

Kansas Supreme Court puts same-sex marriage on hold
October 12, 2014
The Kansas Supreme Court on Friday temporarily halted the issuance of marriage licenses to same-sex couples. On the same day, the American Civil Liberties Union filed a federal lawsuit challenging the state's same-sex marriage ban. The stay is set to last until November 6, when oral arguments will b....... [more]

US courts allow same-sex marriage in North Carolina, Idaho
October 11, 2014
Federal courts on Friday cleared the way for same-sex marriage in North Carolina and Idaho. A judge for the US District Court for the Western District of North Carolina struck down that state's ban on same-sex marriage on constitutional grounds. US District Judge Max Cogburn stated that the issue b....... [more]

Estonia parliament legalizes same-sex partnerships
October 9, 2014
The Estonian Parliament, the Riigikogu, passed legislation Thursday legalizing same-sex partnerships. The act passed by a narrow 40-38 vote with another 23 lawmakers abstaining. The new law grants couples in same-sex partnerships similar rights as married couples, including legal protection for chi....... [more]




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