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UK lawmakers approve three-parent IVF law
UK lawmakers on Tuesday voted in favor of a law that would make the UK the first country to allow an in vitro fertilization (IVF) technique that uses DNA from two women and one man. In the House of Commons , members of Parliament voted 382 in favor (More)
Regional rights court strikes down Costa Rica in vitro fertilization ban
The Inter-American Court of Human Rights ruled [judgment, PDF, in Spanish; press release, PDF, in Spanish] Thursday that Costa Rica's ban on in vitro fertilization (IVF) violates the rights to privacy, liberty, personal integrity and to form a fami (More)
Illinois AG files notice in support of challenge to same-sex marriage ban
Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan on Friday filed notice with the Cook County Circuit Court stating that her office will present arguments in support of two lawsuits filed in opposition of the state's same-sex marriage ban. Last week 25 gay a (More)
Illinois same-sex couples sue for right to marry
Twenty-five gay and lesbian couples filed two lawsuits on Wednesday against Illinois Governor Pat Quinn challenging the constitutionality of the state's same-sex marriage ban. The lawsuits are supported by the American Civil Liberties Union of Il (More)
Rights group sues Costa Rica for failure to legalize in vitro fertilization
The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) on Monday filed suit in the Inter-American Court of Human Rights to challenge Costa Rica's longstanding ban on in vitro fertilization (IVF) . The suit will be filed on behalf of 50 Costa Rican (More)
Colorado Senate approves same-sex civil unions bill
The Colorado Senate on Thursday approved a bill that would grant same-sex couples the legal right to civil unions . The Colorado Civil Unions Act says that the legal benefits, protections and responsibilities that the law gives married couples wi (More)
Hawaii governor signs same-sex unions bill into law
Hawaii Governor Neil Abercrombie (D) signed the same-sex civil unions bill into law on Wednesday, legalizing same-sex civil unions in the state. The legislation will go into effect on January 1, 2012, and extends the same rights, benefits, prote (More)
Hawaii legislature passes same-sex civil unions bill
Hawaii's Senate voted 18-5 on Wednesday to give final approval to a bill that will allow civil unions for same-sex couples. Governor Neil Abercrombie (D) must now sign the bill into law within 10 days, and the law could come into effect in Jan (More)
Hawaii House passes bill recognizing same-sex civil unions
The Hawaii House of Representatives on Friday voted 31-19 to pass a bill that would recognize same-sex civil unions . The bill will now advance to the state Senate for a vote before reaching the desk of Hawaii's new democratic governor, Neil Aber (More)
Illinois governor signs civil union bill into law
Illinois Governor Pat Quinn (D) signed a bill on Monday legalizing same-sex civil unions in the state. The "Illinois Religious Freedom and Civil Union Act," seeks to provide "adequate procedures for the certification and registration of a civil u (More)