Family law

LGBT update: The European Court of Human Rights

July 16, 2012

The European Court of Human Rights is a very active forum for LGBT-related cases this year. The Court’s web site and HUDOC database are comprehensive, easy-to-use resources for those wanting more details about these or other ECHR cases, but here’s a brief summary: As we reported last month, the Court ruled in favor of Moldovan LGBT advocacy organization GENDERDOC-M, who […]

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There’s Something About Iowa

July 15, 2012

Three LGBT-related cases are making their way through the Iowa state courts this month with Lambda Legal’s help… In Rhoades v. Iowa, the plaintiff, a gay man, was previously convicted of intentionally exposing another person to HIV. His attorney advised him to plead guilty; never mind that the sex was consensual, they used a condom, […]

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The end of gay marriage arguments

June 24, 2012

OK, the gay marriage debate isn’t going away entirely. After all, there are still debates going on in this country about creationism. And I’m not just saying that polls show rapidly changing public opinion – everyone knows that.  What is happening now that is new is the realignment of the politics of family issues, with […]

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The week ahead: January 9, 2012

January 8, 2012

January 10 – Oral argument before the U.S. Supreme Court in FCC v Fox (No. 10-1293). The United States is appealing lower court rulings that the FCC's indecency restrictions on broadcast television and the Internet are unconstitutionally vague.  The communications at issue include images of nudity in a NYPD Blue episode and the use of phrases […]

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Map of cousin-cousin marriage states

December 18, 2011

Kudos to Mac McClelland at Mother Jones for this fabulous map of where cousins can legally marry (click on image for sharper focus):

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Divorce and CP dissolutions increase in Britain with rockier economy

December 15, 2011

A total of 42,778 same-sex couples in England have entered civil partnerships; only 1,007 of those have sought dissolutions. Of late, however, there has been an upward trend for termination of both same-sex and different-sex couple relationships. From SoSoGay: A new report released by the [British] Office of National Statistics this week has shown that divorce figures in […]

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