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Idaho governor asks entire Ninth Circuit to review same-sex marriage ruling
October 23, 2014
The governor of Idaho CL "Butch" Otter filed a petition Tuesday night asking for the entire US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit to review an earlier Ninth Circuit ruling against the Idaho constitution's definition of marriage. The petition is a major positional change for Otter, coming two wee....... [more]

HRW condemns LGBT discrimination in Jamaica
October 22, 2014
Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) individuals in Jamaica are facing violence and discrimination, Human Rights Watch (HRW) reported Tuesday. The report, entitled "Not Safe at Home," summarizes findings during a five-week period last year through interviews with LGBT citizens and Jamaican....... [more]

Federal judge dismisses challenge to Puerto Rico same-sex marriage ban
October 22, 2014
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, which....... [more]

Mississippi same-sex marriage ban challenged
October 21, 2014
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 equal....... [more]

Genetic Testing and the Need for a Federal Regulation
October 21, 2014
JURIST Guest Columnist Angie Lin, St. John's University School of Law Class of 2015, is the author of the fourth article in a twelve-part series from the staffers of the Journal of Civil Rights and Economic Development. Lin discusses inadequate federal regulation of donated reproductive tissue in as....... [more]

Ebola, Human Rights and Health Discrimination
October 20, 2014
JURIST Guest Columnist Stefan Kirchner, of the University of Lapland, discusses the possibility of global discrimination during the ongoing Ebola outbreak ...The current Ebola outbreak has lead to discrimination against those infected with Ebola as well as against health care workers caring for thos....... [more]

The First Step: Ending the Use of Gay and Trans Panic Defenses
October 20, 2014
JURIST Guest Columnist D'Arcy Kemnitz, Executive Director of the National LGBT Bar Association discusses reasons why the "gay panic" defense should be outlawed...Just over a year ago, barely a dozen states recognized lesbian and gay marriages. Today, following a sea of change spurred on by rapidly e....... [more]

Australia parliament lifts ban on facial coverings
October 20, 2014
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 breac....... [more]

Executive Orders
October 18, 2014
07/21/2014: Obama signed order on LGBT job discrimination 04/08/2014: Obama announced the signing of executive actions targeting gender wage gap 11/01/2013: Obama administration established climate change task force through executive order 09/25/2012: Obama signed order strengthening protecti....... [more]

Courts in Arizona, Wyoming, Alaska strike down same-sex marriage bans
October 18, 2014
As of Friday same-sex marriage has become legal in Arizona, Wyoming and Alaska. US District Courts for the Districts of Arizona and Wyoming struck down same-sex marriage bans in Wyoming and Arizona, respectively, on Friday. Additionally the US Supreme Court rejected a petition by Alaska to stay th....... [more]

EXTRA: Stand Your Ground Laws and Implicit Bias
October 16, 2014
The United States Commission on Civil Rights invited Professor David A. Harris of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law to testify at the Commission's hearing on October 17, 2014. The subject of the hearing is Stand Your Ground laws. The state of Florida passed the first such law in 2005, and....... [more]




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