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Indiana same-sex marriage put on hold
September 16, 2014
The US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit on Monday approved a stay blocking same-sex marriage in Indiana until the US Supreme Court weighs in on the issue. The stay will put on hold the September 4 decision upholding lower courts' rulings striking down the same-sex marriage bans in Wisconsin....... [more]

Federal judge orders Arizona to recognize same-sex marriage
September 13, 2014
A judge for the US District Court for the District of Arizona on Friday ordered Arizona to issue a death certificate listing the deceased man as married and his same-sex partner as his surviving spouse. District Judge John Sedwick cited rulings in the past year overturning state bans on same-sex mar....... [more]

Federal appeals court upholds New Jersey ban on gay conversion therapy
September 12, 2014
The US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit on Thursday upheld a ban on gay conversion therapy in New Jersey. The lawsuit was filed by two licensed therapists, among others, who practice "sexual orientation change efforts." In November a federal judge in Trenton dismissed the lawsuit, rejecting t....... [more]

Wisconsin judge approves same-sex adoption
September 11, 2014
A judge for Wisconsin's Dane County Circuit Court on Wednesday ruled that the marriage of a lesbian couple who wed in Iowa was constitutionally valid and that such marriages must be recognized under state adoption laws, approving the couple's adoption of their two children. The attorney for the Rile....... [more]

Indiana, Wisconsin ask Supreme Court to hear same-sex marriage cases
September 10, 2014
Indiana and Wisconsin each asked the US Supreme Court on Tuesday to determine if same-sex marriage should be legal in all 50 states. These petitions bring the total number of same-sex marriage cases before the court to seven. The main questions asked in these cases are whether states can refuse to a....... [more]

Gambia lawmakers pass bill punishing homosexual acts with life imprisonment
September 9, 2014
Gambia's National Assembly passed a bill on Monday that imposes life imprisonment for some homosexual acts. The bill amends the criminal code to bring life sentences for "aggravated homosexuality," which encompasses repeat offenders, those living with HIV/AIDS, and where a minor is involved. The bil....... [more]

Federal appeals court hears arguments on same-sex marriage in Idaho, Nevada, Hawaii
September 9, 2014
The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit heard oral arguments Monday in three cases involving same-sex marriage in Idaho, Nevada and Hawaii. The three-judge panel consists of judges Stephen Reinhardt, appointed by Jimmy Carter, and Marsha Berzon and Ronald Gould, appointed by Bill Clinton. R....... [more]

Egypt prosecutor orders arrest of seven men over same-sex marriage video
September 7, 2014
Egypt's top prosecutor on Saturday ordered the arrest of seven men who appeared in a video of what is said to be the country's first same-sex marriage. The men have been accused of inciting debauchery and spreading a video that violates public morals. In a statement the prosecutor's office said the....... [more]

International Law and the Uncertainty of Rights for LGBT People
September 6, 2014
JURIST Guest Columnist, Graeme Reid, of Human Rights Watch, discusses the weakening of LGBT rights in international law ...For lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people the law is a paradox. The law can operate as an instrument of repression and control, but also as a tool for resistance....... [more]

US states ask Supreme Court to issue definitive ruling on same-sex marriage
September 5, 2014
Thirty-two states asked the US Supreme Court on Thursday to issue a definitive ruling on same-sex marriage. Fifteen states that allow gay marriage, led by Massachusetts, filed a brief asking the court to take up three cases from Virginia, Utah and Oklahoma and overturn the bans. Seventeen states tha....... [more]

Seventh Circuit upholds rulings striking down same-sex marriage bans in Indiana, Wisconsin
September 5, 2014
The US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit on Thursday upheld lower courts' decisions striking down the same-sex marriage bans in Wisconsin and Indiana. The court heard oral arguments on the bans in August. Writing for a unanimous court, Judge Richard Posner states that neither state has suppl....... [more]




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