February 4, 2015
by Taylor Gillan
UK lawmakers on Tuesday voted in favor of a law that would make the UK the first country to allow an in vitro fertilization (IVF) technique that uses DNA from two women and one man. In the House of Commons, members of Parliament voted 382 in favor of passing the law and 128 opposing it. The ...[read more]
January 22, 2015
by Colleen Mallick
The second highest court in Malaysia ruled Wednesday in a high-profile transgender case that Islamic law is restricted to familial matters such as marriage, divorce and inheritance, and the constitution provides a secular federal government. The ruling is based on the 1988 Supreme Court case, Che ...[read more]
March 31, 2014
by Kenneth Hall
JURIST Guest Columnist Haider Ala Hamoudi of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law discusses the hasty and sloppy manner in which Iraq's highly controversial draft Shi'i Personal Status Law was prepared ... There has been much controversy over the Iraqi cabinet's approval of a draft Shi'i ...[read more]
November 6, 2012
by Sung Un Kim
The parliament of Slovakia on Tuesday rejected a proposed bill recognizing same-sex partnerships within the country. In a 94-14 vote in which 129 members were present, the bill was heavily criticized during the two-day debate for its possible detrimental effect on the country's current legal ...[read more]
October 12, 2012
by Dan Taglioli
The High Court of Botswana on Friday struck down longstanding local customary laws that prevented women from inheriting their family home. Judge Key Dingake ruled that such laws are not in line with the Botswana constitution, which guarantees gender equality. According to the legal rights group ...[read more]
August 29, 2012
by Leigh Argentieri
JURIST Guest Columnist Daniel Perrone, St. John's University School of Law Class of 2013, is the author of the first article of a 15-part from the staffers of the Journal of Civil Rights and Economic Development. Perrone examines the lack of provision for posthumously conceived children under New ...[read more]
August 3, 2012
by Max Slater
A trial court in Minnesota ruled on Wednesday that the state's Defense of Marriage Act does not prohibit partners in same-sex couples from inheriting each other's assets. A judge for the Hennepin County District Court declared that while the Defense of Marriage Act bars same-sex couples from ...[read more]
April 21, 2012
by Meagan McElroy
On April 21, 2007, Washington Governor Chris Gregoire signed legislation that legalized domestic partnerships in the state. Gregoire's signature followed approval from both the Washington state House of Representatives and Senate. The law affords same-sex couples and heterosexual couples over age ...[read more]
December 5, 2011
by Cynthia Miley
On December 5, 2005, the UKCivil Partnership Act 2004 took effect, marking the first day that same-sex couples were allowed to apply for a civil partnership ceremony. Nearly 700 couples participated in civil partnership ceremonies on December 22, 2005 after the required 15 day waiting period. ...[read more]
August 10, 2011
by Maureen Cosgrove
Chilean President Sebastian Pinera on Tuesday proposed legislation that would legalize same-sex civil unions. The bill, entitled Acuerdo de Vida en Pareja, would extend inheritance and social welfare rights to same-sex couples and unmarried heterosexual couples. Pinera insisted that marriage is ...[read more]

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