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]
October 21, 2012
by Matthew Pomy
Prosecutors investigating the Lockerbie bombing are examining evidence that may implicate acquitted Libyan Al Amin Khalifa Fhimah for allegedly working with Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed al-Megrahi who was convicted for the December 1988 bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over the town of Lockerbie, Scotland. ...[read more]
October 15, 2012
by Dan DeRight
UK Prime Minister David Cameron and Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond on Monday formally agreed to hold a referendum regarding the independence of Scotland, potentially ending the union between the two nations in place since the Union with England Act of 1707. The agreement to allow the ...[read more]

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