Legal news from Saturday, October 12, 2013

[JURIST] California Governor Jerry Brown [official website] signed into law and vetoed several gun control bills [press release] on Friday. Of the 17 bills awaiting gubernatorial approval, 11 were signed into law [Reuters report], including measures requiring buyers of long guns to obtain firearm safety certificates, phasing out the use … [read more]

[JURIST] A court in Chambery, France, ruled Friday that a Ministry of Justice [official website, in French] circular [text, PDF, in French], which stipulated that some foreign nationals would not be able to take advantage of France's same-sex marriage laws, is incorrect. The circular explained that France's bilateral agreement with … [read more]

[JURIST] Spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights [official website], Rupert Colville, applauded [statement] Tunisia's newly formed torture prevention body on Friday. The law establishing the organization was passed unanimously on Wednesday, and the Committee should be up and running once the law is published. Tunisia adopted the … [read more]

[JURIST] A Northern Ireland judge ruled [judgment summary] Friday that Health Minister Edwin Poots could not continue to enforce the lifetime ban on gay men donating blood, calling the law "irrational." The lifetime ban was introduced in the UK in the 1980s in an effort to prevent the spread of … [read more]

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