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
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
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
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]
April 15, 2014
by Julie Deisher
The Maltese Parliament passed new legislation on Monday legalizing same-sex civil unions, and providing such unions with the same rights as are afforded heterosexual marriages in the country. The bill also provides for the recognition of same-sex marriages legally performed abroad. Notably, the ...[read more]
February 15, 2014
by William Helbling
Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev announced a decree on Thursday banning gay couples or single people from countries that legally allow same-sex marriage from adopting Russian children. The Russian government resolution is purportedly aimed at helping to "improve the procedure for the ...[read more]
February 13, 2014
by Theresa Donovan
The UN Special Rapporteur on torture Juan Mendez on Wednesday urged the Tajikistan government to implement policies and laws that have been previously adopted by the government in order to end torture and ill-treatment within the country. Mendez was encouraged by Tajikistan's response to his last ...[read more]

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