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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]

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]

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]

Supreme Court justice blocks Idaho same-sex marriage
October 8, 2014
Justice Anthony Kennedy of the US Supreme Court on Wednesday temporarily blocked same-sex marriage in Idaho. An earlier order blocked same-sex marriage in Nevada as well, but Kennedy vacated that stay on Wednesday afternoon. The orders follow a Tuesday decision from the US Court of Appeals for the N....... [more]

Nevada, Idaho same-sex marriage bans struck down
October 7, 2014
The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit on Tuesday struck down same-sex marriage bans in Nevada and Idaho. The court found that the bans violate same-sex couples' due process and equal protection rights. The three-judge panel rejected arguments that same-sex marriages are harmful to children....... [more]

US Supreme Court refuses nationwide ruling on same-sex marriage
October 6, 2014
The US Supreme Court on Monday denied seven pending appeals, rejecting calls for a nationwide ruling on same-sex marriage. The rebuff puts into effect three federal appeals decisions, legalizing same-sex marriage in Utah, Oklahoma, Virginia, Wisconsin and Indiana. Other states including Colorado....... [more]

Why "Federalism" Should Not Prevent Nationwide Marriage Equality
September 29, 2014
JURIST Guest Columnist David Glasgow, a fellow at the New York University School of Law Public Interest Law Center, discusses the reasons why the Windsor decision was not based on federalism...Advocates and opponents of same-sex marriage are breathlessly waiting for news from the Supreme Court that....... [more]




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