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France court allows women to adopt same-sex spouses' children
April 16, 2015
A French court on Thursday permitted four lesbian women to adopt their wives' children born in foreign countries through artificial insemination. France has legalized same-sex marriage and adoption, but only heterosexual couples are authorized to have medically assisted fertilization. In April 2014....... [more]

Florida senate votes to repeal ban on same-sex adoption
April 15, 2015
The Florida Senate voted Tuesday to repeal the State's ban on same-sex adoption. The Senate voted 27-11 to repeal the law, which has been on the books in Florida since 1977. The bill, which already passed the Florida House of Representatives in March, now heads to Governor Rick Scott. The Florida....... [more]

Guam AG directs issuance of same-sex marriage licenses
April 15, 2015
The Attorney General of Guam on Wednesday directed officials to begin processing same-sex marriage applications. The action by Attorney General Elizabeth Barrett-Anderson comes two weeks after a same-sex couple brought a suit in the US territory challenging its marriage law upon being denied a licen....... [more]

Chile president signs same-sex civil union law
April 14, 2015
Chilean President Michelle Bachelet signed a law on Monday that recognizes civil unions between same-sex couples, a move hailed by advocates as a step toward full marriage rights. The law, which will take effect in six months, gives same-sex and unmarried couples the right to inherit each other's pr....... [more]

Indiana's Religious Freedom Restoration Act, Needle Exchanges and the Public's Health
April 14, 2015
JURIST Guest Columnists James G. Hodge Jr. and Gregory Measer of the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law, Arizona State University, discuss the potential impact of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act in Indiana and other states on protecting and promoting the public's health ...Fierce debates and e....... [more]

15 states urge US Supreme Court to uphold same-sex marriage bans
April 3, 2015
Fifteen states, led by Louisiana, urged the US Supreme Court on Thursday to uphold same-sex marriage bans. The brief asserts that voters should decide for themselves whether to allow same-sex marriages in their respective states. Alaska, Arizona, Idaho, Kansas, Montana, Oklahoma, Utah and West Virgi....... [more]

Tokyo district recognizes same-sex partnerships
March 31, 2015
A Tokyo district assembly became the first municipality in Japan to recognize same-sex partnerships on Tuesday. The measure, passed by Tokyo's Shibuya ward, will become effective April 1, when Shibuya will begin issuing partnership papers that allow couples to rent apartments together and grant hos....... [more]

Arkansas Senate approves 'religious freedom' bill
March 30, 2015
The Arkansas Senate on Friday approved a controversial bill 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 refuse s....... [more]

Indiana lawmakers approve 'religious freedom' bill
March 26, 2015
The Indiana Senate on Wednesday gave final approval to a "religious freedom" bill 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, who is expected to sign it. Proponents of the le....... [more]

Same-Sex Marriage, Heightened Scrutiny and the Problem of "Animus"
March 21, 2015
JURIST Guest Columnist Eric Berger, of the University of Nebraska College of Law, considers whether the US Supreme Court is ready to finally invalidate bans on same-sex marriages on the national scale and tries to predict what issues the US Supreme Court would address in such decision ...The US Supr....... [more]

Puerto Rico officials to stop opposing same-sex marriage
March 21, 2015
Puerto Rican officials announced Friday that Puerto Rico is ending its defense of a same-sex marriage ban. Article 68 of Puerto Rico's Civil Code contains the territory's same-sex marriage rules. Justice Secretary CÚsar Miranda stated, "It neither fair nor correct to defend the constitutionality of....... [more]




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