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 11, 2014
by Bradley McAllister
The Idaho Supreme Court ruled unanimously Monday that a woman in a same-sex marriage may adopt her partner's birth children. The couple was legally married in California in 2013 and Jane Doe I is the legal mother of two boys, aged 12 and 15. On appeal from a magistrate ruling which denied the ...[read more]
December 13, 2013
by Jaimie Cremeans
The EU Court of Justice ruled Thursday that in countries in which same-sex couples cannot legally marry, same-sex couples in a legal union are entitled to the same legal benefits as married couples. The case stemmed from an employment benefits issue in France that was appealed to the court before ...[read more]
December 12, 2013
by Jaclyn Belczyk
Same-sex couples in Northern Ireland will soon be able to adopt children, officials said Wednesday. The announcement came after the Supreme Court rejected an appeal by Health Minister Edwin Poots, finding that it did not meet the criteria. The Northern Ireland High Court ruled last year that the ...[read more]
October 17, 2013
by Sung Un Kim
A judge for the US District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan on Wednesday decided not to rule on the constitutionality of the state's ban against same-sex marriage. Judge Bernard Friedman stated that there are still issues to be resolved and set a trial date for February 25, noting that ...[read more]
September 26, 2013
by Alexandra Cabonor
JURIST Guest Columnist Amy Miller of the ACLU Nebraska discusses the recent challenge to Nebraska's ban on same-sex couple's rights to adopt and serve as foster parents...Those practicing in family lawno matter which state you're inare used to one simple formulation in cases involving ch... ...[read more]
July 19, 2013
by Zachariah Rivenbark
The legal controversy over same-sex marriage has also implicated debate over the parental and adoption rights of homosexual couples. Although many states have yet to officially address the issue, several states have had notable legal conflicts. In recent years, the courts have abrogated many ...[read more]
July 19, 2013
by Zachariah Rivenbark
On September 21, 1996, President Bill Clinton signed DOMA into law. The act defines marriage as between one man and one woman for the purpose of excluding homosexual couples from the institution of marriage. DOMA also exempts state-recognized same-sex marriages from the Full Faith and Credit ...[read more]
June 22, 2013
by Samuel Franklin
Russia's lower house of parliament, the Duma, on Friday unanimously approved a ban on the adoption of orphans by foreign same-sex couples and single foreign nationals who reside in countries where same-sex marriage is legal. The bill will need approval from the upper house and President Vladimir ...[read more]

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