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Massachusetts, A Leader in Transgender Human Rights Protections
In the recent voting, Massachusetts heartily defeated a referendum that would have rolled back state transgender protections. In 2004, Massachusetts was the first state to recognize marriage equality. Subsequently, the Commonwealth enacted legislatio (More)
Nothing New
The New York Times ran a front-page story on October 21, 2018 with the headline: “‘Transgender’ Could be Defined out of Existence under Trump Administration.” The story reported that “the Trump administration is considering narrowly defining gender a (More)
The Clash of Gun Rights and Federalism
JURIST Guest Columnist Allen Rostron of the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law discusses policy and constitutional concerns about the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act, which would expand the right to carry concealed guns outside one's ho (More)
Federal judge strikes Louisiana law requiring foreign-born marriage applicants to present birth certificates
A federal judge in Louisiana ruled against the state on Tuesday in a constitutional challenge to a law that requires naturalized citizens who were born outside the US to present a valid birth certificate from their home country before they can obta (More)
DOJ orders increased criminal immigration enforcement
US Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Tuesday announced his office has mandated immigration enforcement as a priority. In order to limit the number of undocumented immigrants in the country, the Department of Justice (DOJ) sent a memo to all fede (More)
Massachusetts top court extends parental rights to unmarried same-sex partner
The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court on Tuesday ruled that same-sex couples that never marry are entitled to the same parental rights as heterosexual couples. This decision arose out of a suit seeking parental rights filed by Karen Partanen, f (More)
Italy parliament approves same-sex civil unions
Italian members of parliament on Wednesday voted in favor of a law recognizing civil unions of same-sex couples. The Italian Parliament voted 372 to 51 with 99 abstentions in favor of the law. The vote makes Italy the last major Western country and (More)
Anti-LGBTQ Legislations: The Extent of Religious Protections and Sexual Orientation Antidiscrimination
JURIST Guest Columnist Jeremiah A. Ho of the University of Massachusetts School of Law, discusses the recent anti-LGBTQ legislations in several conservative states and suggests that marriage equality is not enough to protect the LGBTQ minority group. (More)
Animus and Dignity: Justice Kennedy's Anti-Stereotyping Principle in Obergefell v. Hodges
JURIST Guest Columnist Jeremiah A. Ho of the University of Massachusetts School of Law, discusses the substantial federal question underlining in Obergefell v. Hodges...Last month the US Supreme Court ruled on marriage equality in Obergefell v. Hod (More)
A Tale of Two Liberties: Indiana's Religious Freedom Laws and Implications beyond Marriage Equality
JURIST Guest Columnist Jeremiah A. Ho of the University of Massachusetts School of Law, discusses the amended Indiana "religious freedom" bills and marriage equality issues in the US...Despite a gaining momentum for extending marriage rights to sa (More)
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