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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]

Genetic Testing and the Need for a Federal Regulation
October 21, 2014
JURIST Guest Columnist Angie Lin, St. John's University School of Law Class of 2015, is the author of the fourth article in a twelve-part series from the staffers of the Journal of Civil Rights and Economic Development. Lin discusses inadequate federal regulation of donated reproductive tissue in as....... [more]

Ebola, Human Rights and Health Discrimination
October 20, 2014
JURIST Guest Columnist Stefan Kirchner, of the University of Lapland, discusses the possibility of global discrimination during the ongoing Ebola outbreak ...The current Ebola outbreak has lead to discrimination against those infected with Ebola as well as against health care workers caring for thos....... [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]

Australia parliament lifts ban on facial coverings
October 20, 2014
Australia's Parliament House on Monday lifted a ban on face veils including burqas and niqabs. The short-lived ban was announced earlier this month, prohibiting persons with facial coverings from being in open public galleries. The ban was condemned for segregating Muslim women and potentially breac....... [more]

Executive Orders
October 18, 2014
07/21/2014: Obama signed order on LGBT job discrimination 04/08/2014: Obama announced the signing of executive actions targeting gender wage gap 11/01/2013: Obama administration established climate change task force through executive order 09/25/2012: Obama signed order strengthening protecti....... [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]

EXTRA: Stand Your Ground Laws and Implicit Bias
October 16, 2014
The United States Commission on Civil Rights invited Professor David A. Harris of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law to testify at the Commission's hearing on October 17, 2014. The subject of the hearing is Stand Your Ground laws. The state of Florida passed the first such law in 2005, and....... [more]

Equal Protection Test: Lessons from Judge Posner's Opinion on Equal Marriage
October 16, 2014
JURIST Guest Columnist Amaury Reyes-Torres of Iberoamerican University (UNIBE), discusses Baskin v. Bogan and argues that the opinion presents an alternative approach to the equal protection standard of review for discriminatory acts...The right to equality or the right to equal protection of the la....... [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]

US condemns Kyrgyzstan proposed 'gay propaganda' ban
October 13, 2014
The US Embassy in Kyrgyzstan issued a press release Friday condemning proposed legislation that would ban "gay propaganda." According to Reuters the proposed bill would allow for fines and imprisonment up to one year for individuals found "'forming a positive attitude to untraditional sexual relatio....... [more]




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