October 22, 2014
by Vanessa Griffith
A judge for the US District Court for the District of Puerto Rico on Tuesday dismissed a lawsuit challenging Puerto Rico's same-sex marriage ban. Puerto Rico Para Todos brought the lawsuit on behalf of the plaintiffs, five same-sex couples, arguing that Article 68 of Puerto Rico's civil code, ...[read more]
October 21, 2014
by Taylor Brailey
Two same-sex couples filed a lawsuit against the state of Mississippi on Monday challenging the state's same-sex marriage ban. The Campaign for Southern Equality, which filed the suit on behalf of the couples in the US District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi, works to promote ...[read more]
October 20, 2014
by Alison Sacriponte
Australia's Parliament House on Monday lifted a ban on face veils including burqas and niqabs. The short-lived ban was announced earlier this month, prohibiting persons with facial coverings from being in open public galleries. The ban was condemned for segregating Muslim women and potentially ...[read more]
October 19, 2014
by Dominic Yobbi
The semi-official news group Iranian Students' News Agency reported on Sunday that an Iranian court has banned a prominent human rights lawyer from practicing law for three years. Nasrin Sotoudeh, who has won numerous awards for her work, stated that she will not appeal the decision. However, she ...[read more]
October 13, 2014
by Peter Snyder
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 ...[read more]
October 13, 2014
by Alison Sacriponte
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... ...[read more]
October 12, 2014
by Dominic Yobbi
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 ...[read more]
October 12, 2014
by William Helbling
The Pakistan Government on Sunday wrote a letter to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon pleading for assistance in border protection after at least 14 people were shot and killed near Kashmir. Pakistan has accused India of deliberately violating the established ceasefire by allowing cross border ...[read more]
October 11, 2014
by Ann Schober
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 ...[read more]
October 10, 2014
by Julie Deisher-Edwards
Speaking at the Geneva presentation of a report by the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) Moving Away from the Death Penalty, UN Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights Ivan Simonovic urged the international abolition of the death penalty. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki- ...[read more]

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