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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]

Florida senate votes to repeal ban on same-sex adoption
April 15, 2015
The Florida Senate voted Tuesday to repeal the State's ban on same-sex adoption. The Senate voted 27-11 to repeal the law, which has been on the books in Florida since 1977. The bill, which already passed the Florida House of Representatives in March, now heads to Governor Rick Scott. The Florida....... [more]

Guam AG directs issuance of same-sex marriage licenses
April 15, 2015
The Attorney General of Guam on Wednesday directed officials to begin processing same-sex marriage applications. The action by Attorney General Elizabeth Barrett-Anderson comes two weeks after a same-sex couple brought a suit in the US territory challenging its marriage law upon being denied a licen....... [more]

Chile president signs same-sex civil union law
April 14, 2015
Chilean President Michelle Bachelet signed a law on Monday that recognizes civil unions between same-sex couples, a move hailed by advocates as a step toward full marriage rights. The law, which will take effect in six months, gives same-sex and unmarried couples the right to inherit each other's pr....... [more]

Indiana's Religious Freedom Restoration Act, Needle Exchanges and the Public's Health
April 14, 2015
JURIST Guest Columnists James G. Hodge Jr. and Gregory Measer of the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law, Arizona State University, discuss the potential impact of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act in Indiana and other states on protecting and promoting the public's health ...Fierce debates and e....... [more]

15 states urge US Supreme Court to uphold same-sex marriage bans
April 3, 2015
Fifteen states, led by Louisiana, urged the US Supreme Court on Thursday to uphold same-sex marriage bans. The brief asserts that voters should decide for themselves whether to allow same-sex marriages in their respective states. Alaska, Arizona, Idaho, Kansas, Montana, Oklahoma, Utah and West Virgi....... [more]

Tokyo district recognizes same-sex partnerships
March 31, 2015
A Tokyo district assembly became the first municipality in Japan to recognize same-sex partnerships on Tuesday. The measure, passed by Tokyo's Shibuya ward, will become effective April 1, when Shibuya will begin issuing partnership papers that allow couples to rent apartments together and grant hos....... [more]

Arkansas Senate approves 'religious freedom' bill
March 30, 2015
The Arkansas Senate on Friday approved a controversial bill intended to protect religious freedoms of businesses. Those supporting the Republican-backed say it will protect religious freedoms for businesses, and those opposed say that businesses may be allowed to go too far with the law and refuse s....... [more]




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