October 9, 2014
by Peter Snyder
The Estonian Parliament, the Riigikogu, passed legislation Thursday legalizing same-sex partnerships. The act passed by a narrow 40-38 vote with another 23 lawmakers abstaining. The new law grants couples in same-sex partnerships similar rights as married couples, including legal protection for ...[read more]
October 2, 2014
by Bradley McAllister
A team of 12 independent human rights experts from the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights announced Monday the contents of a letter written to the government and the congress of the Republic of Colombia that argues Colombia should reconsider the possible adoption of Senate Bill- ...[read more]
September 24, 2014
by William Helbling
The French Court of Cassation ruled on Monday that a woman is allowed to adopt the child of her same-sex spouse conceived through in vitro fertilization (IVF). The ruling by the French high court comes following recently enacted laws regarding same-sex marriage rights. The court held each spouse ...[read more]
September 11, 2014
by Taylor Gillan
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 ...[read more]
June 26, 2014
by William Hibbitts
The New York Court of Appeals ruled 4-2 Thursday that the New York City Board of Health exceeded its powers as a regulatory authority by banning the serving of large portions of sugary drinks. The Portion Cap Rule bans the sale of sugary drinks over 16 ounces, although this does not apply to ...[read more]
June 22, 2014
by Julie Deisher-Edwards
Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal signed into law a bill prohibiting the practice of privately transferring custody of unwanted adopted children to unrelated individuals. This practice, called re-homing or non-legalized adoption, has come under scrutiny recently following a report documenting the ...[read more]
June 19, 2014
by Nicholas Tomsho
The Chambre des Deputes, Luxembourg's national legislative body, approved a bill on Wednesday extending marriage and adoption rights to same-sex couples. The bill was passed by an overwhelming majority of 54 in favor, four against. Openly gay prime minister Xavier Bettel announced after his ...[read more]
May 18, 2014
by Julie Deisher-Edwards
The Utah Supreme Court issued a stay on Friday temporarily halting adoptions by second parents in legally wed same-sex couples. In December, the US District Court for the District of Utah ruled that Utah's constitutional and statutory bans on same-sex marriage violate due process and equal ...[read more]
May 2, 2014
by Julie Deisher-Edwards
Brunei Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah proclaimed the enactment of Sharia in the country on Wednesday. The law will operate alongside Brunei's civil code, which Bolkiah explained to mean that Brunei "will have two criminal justice systems working hand in hand." Amnesty International (AI) has condemned the ...[read more]
April 24, 2014
by Kimberly Bennett
UN Independent Expert on the situation of human rights in the Ivory Coast Doudou Diene on Wednesday called on authorities in the Ivory Coast to undertake broad consultations on the reform of the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC). Diene's statements follow the recent adoption of a bill on the ...[read more]

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