Posts Tagged ‘Europe’

Northern Ireland court: Gay couples can adopt

October 25, 2012

The High Court of Justice in Northern Ireland has ruled that same-sex couples must be allowed to adopt. In  Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission’s Application (for judicial review), [2012] NIQB 77, the court held that a government policy restricting adoption to married couples violated the European Convention on Human Rights.  A previous ruling by the House of […]

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Ukraine Moves to Outlaw “Promotion of Homosexuality”

October 8, 2012

Another battle has erupted between an eastern European state and broader European norms regarding homosexuality. Last Tuesday, the Ukrainian Parliament voted to outlaw the “promotion of homosexuality.” By the end of the week, the United Nations Human Rights Commissioner warned that the legislation “runs counter toUkraine’s international commitments to ensure freedom of expression and information.” […]

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France to Legalize Gay Marriage and Adoption in 2013

October 1, 2012

Making good on President Hollande’s campaign promise, France’s Socialist government has unveiled their proposed same-sex marriage and adoption law, which will make the country Europe’s ninth to take this important step. Parliament’s Socialist majority makes passage of the bill (knock on wood) virtually certain in early 2013.Also included in the draft bill are two more key […]

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No Polish civil union law…for now

July 27, 2012

On July 24th, Poland’s Parliament voted to reject, without allowing a reading or debate, two bills that would have legalized civil unions in the country. Witold Pahl, member of the ruling Civic Platform party and ranking member of the parliament’s legislative committee, said both bills had (unspecified) “constitutional flaws which are not capable of being removed.” […]

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Marriage is coming to Scotland

July 26, 2012

Yesterday the Scottish Government announced its intent to pass a same-sex marriage law, making it the first country of the UK  to do so (although the English and Welsh governments are developing similar legislation currently). Public support for the measure is mixed, as detailed in the consultation reports on the government’s web site. However, the Scottish National Party, the majority party in […]

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Spanish court bars transgender asylum seeker

July 22, 2012

Spain’s National Court (Audencia Nacional) has denied the asylum claim of a transgender Colombian national. The individual, whose identifying details were not reported in the original story by Spain’s El Diaro De Cádiz, had been living in Spain since 2000 but entered deportation proceedings in March 2011. Despite urging from no less an advocate than […]

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