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Hong Kong Court rules same-sex marriage is not protected under their constitution
The Hong Kong Court of First Instance ruled Friday against a lesbian woman who sought constitutional protections for same-sex marriage. The plaintiff, identified in the case as MK, a Hong Kong permanent resident, brought this case in hopes of havi (More)
Zimbabwe court outlaws child marriage
Zimbabwe's Constitutional Court ruled Wednesday that neither boys nor girls can legally marry under the age of 18, even in unregistered, customary or religious unions. Previously, the Marriage Act allowed girls to be married at the age of 18 and boys (More)
Olairi v. Italy: The First Step to Equal Marriage in Europe?
JURIST Guest Columnist Amaury A. Reyes-Torres of the Iberoamerican University (UNIBE) discusses the legal developments of same-sex marriage in Europe... Quite recently, the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) rendered a landmark decision in the p (More)
Obergefell and Equal Marriage: A Few Points for a Long Debate
JURIST Guest Columnist Amaury A. Reyes-Torres, of Ibero-American University, discusses the recent Supreme Court decision on same-sex marriage in the US... The Supreme Court of the United States ("SCOTUS") issued its anticipated opinion on Obergefell (More)
Equal Marriage, Tradition and Time: The Power of Public Deliberation
JURIST Guest Columnist Amaury A. Reyes-Torres, of Iberoamerican University in the Dominican Republic, discusses the constitutional questions the US Supreme Court justices are facing when deciding same sex marriage cases ... The case for equal marri (More)
HRW welcomes Malawi marriage act
Malawi enacted the Marriage, Divorce and Family Relations Act of 2015 (Marriage Act) on Wednesday, a move that Human Rights Watch (HRW) welcomed as "an important step toward preventing child marriage." The act was passed by Parliament in February (More)
Post-Windsor Decisions in the Federal Courts
In the wake of Windsor, there has been a series of challenges to various states' statutory and constitutional bans on same-sex marriage. When Windsor was decided, same-sex marriage had been legalized in only 12 states and the District of Columbia. (More)
US releases Qatari man held as 'enemy combatant'
A Qatari man arrested shortly after the 9/11 attacks and labeled an "enemy combatant" was released and returned to his home nation on Saturday. Ali bin Kahlah al-Marri was held by US authorities for six years and later pleaded guilty to one count o (More)
Alabama widower seeks same-sex marriage recognition
The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) on Thursday announced a lawsuit filed in US District Court for the Middle District of Alabama on behalf of widower Paul Hard challenging Alabama's Marriage Protection Act and Sanctity Marriage Amendment (Sa (More)
France court overrules prohibition on same-sex marriage for foreigners
A court in Chambery, France, ruled Friday that a Ministry of Justice circular , 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 (More)
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