September 20, 2014
by Alison Sacriponte
Officials at the referendum in Glasgow are investigating ten counts of suspected electoral fraud at polling stations across the city. The suspect votes are thought to be cases of impersonation, where people cast a vote pretending to be someone else and the real person shows up later to vote. Each ...[read more]
September 19, 2014
by Julie Deisher
Voters in Scotland on Thursday voted against independence from the UK in the country's first national referendum on the matter. The Scottish Parliament unanimously approved a bill last November to hold a Scottish independence referendum. Eighty-four percent of eligible voters cast ballots in the ...[read more]
February 5, 2014
by Theresa Donovan
The Scottish Parliament on Tuesday passed the Marriage and Civil Partnership Bill, in a 105 to 18 vote. The final vote in favor of the bill came after a detailed consideration of the bill by parliamentary committees. Same-sex couples in Scotland currently have the right to enter into civil ...[read more]
November 21, 2013
by Amy Mathieu
The Scottish Parliament completed the first step towards the passage of the Marriage and Civil Partnership Bill on Wednesday by a 98-15 vote in favor of the bill. Same-sex couples currently have the right to enter a civil partnerships in Scotland, but this bill would introduce same-sex marriage. ...[read more]
November 15, 2013
by Cynthia Miley
The Scottish Parliament unanimously approved a bill on Thursday to hold a Scottish independence referendum. The bill outlines the referendum rules. Both independence opponents and supporters in parliament supported the bill, which will permit a 16-week campaign period and impose financial limits ...[read more]
October 12, 2013
by Matthew Pomy
A Northern Ireland judge ruled Friday that Health Minister Edwin Poots could not continue to enforce the lifetime ban on gay men donating blood, calling the law "irrational." The lifetime ban was introduced in the UK in the 1980s in an effort to prevent the spread of diseases that can be carried ...[read more]
February 11, 2013
by Peter Snyder
If Scotland became independent it would have to reapply for European Union (EU) membership, according to a report released Monday by the HM Treasury, the UK's economic and finance ministry. A referendum on Scottish independence is scheduled for fall 2014. The possibility of secession has raised ...[read more]
January 7, 2013
by Peter Snyder
A Scottish court on Monday granted a request to extradite an alleged member of the Basque separatist group Euskadi Ta Askatasuna (ETA) to France. Benat Atorrasagasti Ordonez, who had relocated to Scotland in 2001, was sentenced in absentia by a French court in 2008 to five years imprisonment on ...[read more]
January 3, 2013
by Kyle Webster
On January 3, 2005, Britain's Freedom of Information Act took effect, four years after its passage by Parliament. The Act, in conjunction with the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act, make most government documents accessible to citizens through a request process. An amendment providing various ...[read more]
November 29, 2012
by Theresa Donovan
JURIST Columnist Paul Johnson, Anniversary Reader at the University of York, in the first of two pieces on laws pertaining to homosexual acts in Dependencies of the UK, argues that male, homosexual-specific criminal offenses in Guernsey should be modernized to parallel the laws of the UK...The ...[read more]

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