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The week ahead: December 5, 2011

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December 4, 2011

Monday, December 5 – Trial begins in Orozco v. Attorney General of Belize, the challenge to the law criminalizing homosexual conduct in Belize. Tuesday, December 6 – UPDATE: The Fourth Circuit announced that oral argument would be delayed in this case; no new date was set. Oral argument before the Fourth Circuit in Greater Baltimore Center […]

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Canadian law against polygamy upheld, but with no application to relationships outside of marriage

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November 29, 2011

The British Columbia Supreme Court has ruled that the Canadian anti-polygamy law is constitutional, on the ground that its violation of religious freedom is justified by the need to prevent harm "to women, to children, to society and to the institution of monogamous marriage." In Reference re Section 293 of the Criminal Code of Canada, […]

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Commonwealth Summit ends with continuing struggle over reforming anti-gay laws

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October 31, 2011

The Commonwealth Summit, a biennial meeting of heads of state of British Commonwealth nations, ended its weekend meeting in Perth Australia with no decision on a new mechanism for addressing human rights abuses in member nations. The human rights controversy has arisen around a cluster of issues including the continuing existence of criminal and other […]

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Rape statistics based on 80-year old definition of the crime

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September 29, 2011

From the NY Times: Thousands of sexual assaults that occur in the United States every year are not reflected in the federal government’s yearly crime report because the report uses an archaic definition of rape that is far narrower than the definitions used by most police departments… Many law enforcement officials and advocates for women […]

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Floridians divided on 19th century sex law

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September 12, 2011

The South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports that agitation is afoot in that state about the law criminalizing cohabitation between unmarried men and women, plus a criminal ban on adultery. (Doubtless the adultery law, too, has been historically limited to different-sex couples. But if a gay couple marries in New York, moves to Florida and hanky-panky begins…)  According […]

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Switzerland considers joining 8 other countries in de-criminalizing incest between adults

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December 14, 2010

The Swiss Justice Department has announced a proposed reform of the Swiss criminal code, including repeal of Article 271, the provision that criminalizes sexual relations between parent and child or between siblings. The Department is scheduled to issue a report making the argument for the proposal this spring, but in the meantime, this one item […]

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