April 15, 2014
by Julie Deisher
The Maltese Parliament passed new legislation on Monday legalizing same-sex civil unions, and providing such unions with the same rights as are afforded heterosexual marriages in the country. The bill also provides for the recognition of same-sex marriages legally performed abroad. Notably, the ...[read more]
February 15, 2014
by William Helbling
Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev announced a decree on Thursday banning gay couples or single people from countries that legally allow same-sex marriage from adopting Russian children. The Russian government resolution is purportedly aimed at helping to "improve the procedure for the ...[read more]
February 13, 2014
by Theresa Donovan
The UN Special Rapporteur on torture Juan Mendez on Wednesday urged the Tajikistan government to implement policies and laws that have been previously adopted by the government in order to end torture and ill-treatment within the country. Mendez was encouraged by Tajikistan's response to his last ...[read more]
February 11, 2014
by Bradley McAllister
The Idaho Supreme Court ruled unanimously Monday that a woman in a same-sex marriage may adopt her partner's birth children. The couple was legally married in California in 2013 and Jane Doe I is the legal mother of two boys, aged 12 and 15. On appeal from a magistrate ruling which denied the ...[read more]
January 24, 2014
by Addison Morris
The Supreme Court of Nepal settled a major political dispute on Thursday when it ruled that the selection of a new president was not an immediate need, and should be postponed until the adoption of a new constitution. Though President Ram Baran Yadav was initially elected to serve only two years, ...[read more]
December 13, 2013
by Jaimie Cremeans
The EU Court of Justice ruled Thursday that in countries in which same-sex couples cannot legally marry, same-sex couples in a legal union are entitled to the same legal benefits as married couples. The case stemmed from an employment benefits issue in France that was appealed to the court before ...[read more]
December 12, 2013
by Jaclyn Belczyk
Same-sex couples in Northern Ireland will soon be able to adopt children, officials said Wednesday. The announcement came after the Supreme Court rejected an appeal by Health Minister Edwin Poots, finding that it did not meet the criteria. The Northern Ireland High Court ruled last year that the ...[read more]
October 27, 2013
by Benjamin Minegar
UN Special Rapporteur on the right to food, Olivier De Schutter, on Friday praised the international community's collective adoption of laws, policies and strategies further entrenching the right to food over the past decade. De Schutter emphasized in his final report to the UN General Assembly ...[read more]
October 17, 2013
by Sung Un Kim
A judge for the US District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan on Wednesday decided not to rule on the constitutionality of the state's ban against same-sex marriage. Judge Bernard Friedman stated that there are still issues to be resolved and set a trial date for February 25, noting that ...[read more]
September 26, 2013
by Alexandra Cabonor
JURIST Guest Columnist Amy Miller of the ACLU Nebraska discusses the recent challenge to Nebraska's ban on same-sex couple's rights to adopt and serve as foster parents...Those practicing in family law—no matter which state you're in—are used to one simple formulation in cases involving ch... ...[read more]

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