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Greenland enacts law allowing same-sex marriage
May 29, 2015
The Parliament of Greenland voted Wednesday to enact laws that will legalize same-sex marriage and allow for same-sex couples to participate in adoption. The new marriage law, which passed with unanimous support, reforms previous legislation enacted in 1989 that allowed for same-sex "civil partnersh....... [more]

Kazakhstan gay information ban deemed unconstitutional
May 28, 2015
Kazakhstan's Constitutional Council on Wednesday declared unconstitutional a bill seeking to ban the dissemination to minors of information supporting homosexual relationships. The council found the bill contained poor wording and incorrect formulation, according to Human Rights Campaign (HRC), but....... [more]

Ireland legalizes same-sex marriage by national referendum
May 23, 2015
On Saturday Ireland became the first country to legalize same-sex marriage by national referendum. The results showed that 62.1% of voters were in favor of legalizing same-sex marriage. The traditionally conservative Catholic country surprised the international community and moved from criminalizing....... [more]

Virgin Islands top court permits second-parent adoptions by same-sex couples
May 21, 2015
The Supreme Court of the US Virgin Islands ruled Wednesday that second-parent adoptions by same-sex couples are permitted under Virgin Islands law. The children's fathers are anonymous sperm donors who knowingly waived all of their parental rights. The biological mother and her same-sex partner file....... [more]

FDA plans to ease restrictions on gay blood donors
May 14, 2015
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Tuesday released a set of proposed guidelines outlining a plan to end the national lifetime ban on blood donations from homosexual individuals. The ban, which many activists and medical groups say after 32 years in no longer justified, was enacted to prevent....... [more]

EU court restricts bans on gay blood donors
April 29, 2015
The European Court of Justice (ECJ) on Wednesday restricted bans on blood donations from homosexual men. Since 1983, France automatically and permanently banned blood donations from all men who had ever had sex with another man, calling it a measure of safety against spreading the HIV virus. This ba....... [more]

Supreme Court hears arguments on same-sex marriage
April 28, 2015
The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments Tuesday on same-sex marriage. The court heard two-and-half hours of oral arguments in Obergefell v. Hodges, which was consolidated with three other cases. The first question before the court was "Does the Fourteenth Amendment require a state to license a m....... [more]

A Tale of Two Liberties: Indiana's Religious Freedom Laws and Implications beyond Marriage Equality
April 22, 2015
JURIST Guest Columnist Jeremiah A. Ho of the University of Massachusetts School of Law, discusses the amended Indiana "religious freedom" bills and marriage equality issues in the US... Despite a gaining momentum for extending marriage rights to same-sex couples nationwide, tension still exists in....... [more]

Supreme Court hears arguments on knowledge requirement for drug conviction
April 21, 2015
The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments Tuesday in McFadden v. United States to determine what level of knowledge is required for a narcotics conviction. The question originally before the court was whether, to convict a defendant of distribution of a controlled substance analogue, the government....... [more]

El Salvador lawmakers advance constitutional measure to limit marriage to one man and one woman
April 18, 2015
The Legislative Assembly of El Salvador on Thursday approved a measure to amend the constitution to limit marriage and adoption to couples with only one man and one woman. The bill would make same-sex marriages made outside of El Salvador have no legal validity in El Salvador. A similar legislative....... [more]

France court allows women to adopt same-sex spouses' children
April 16, 2015
A French court on Thursday permitted four lesbian women to adopt their wives' children born in foreign countries through artificial insemination. France has legalized same-sex marriage and adoption, but only heterosexual couples are authorized to have medically assisted fertilization. In April 2014....... [more]




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