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Indian Gay Rights Case opens gateways for Article 15 and Intersectionality

Aradhana Cherupara Vadekkethil 19th October 2018

In a landmark judgment on 6th September, 2018, a five judge constitution bench of the Supreme Court of India in Navtej Johar v Union of India decriminalised same-sex relations. In a unanimous verdict, the Supreme Court held that Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code, in so far as it criminalises consensual sexual conduct between […]

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The Consequences of the Ashers Cake Judgment

Daphne Romney QC 12th October 2018

The Supreme Court has allowed the appeal by Belfast bakery Ashers Bakery and its managers Mr and Mrs McArthur in refusing to bake a cake for Gareth Lee, who had asked for it to be iced with the message Support Gay Marriage. The Supreme Court found that Mr Lee had not been discriminated against on […]

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Religious symbols in schools: Passive and harmless or a powerful threat?

Olivia Rani Bessant 9th October 2018

In Lautsi v Italy (2012), the applicant argued that the presence of crucifixes in state school classrooms violated students’ Article 9 ECHR right to religious freedom, but the ECtHR deemed the cross a ‘passive symbol’ and Article 9 respected. Yet in Dahlab v Switzerland (2001),an earlier case the applicant cited, banning a teacher from wearing her hijab […]

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Gender Recognition Reform – The Current Debate is Misconceived

Rachel Bowyer 4th October 2018

The Gender Recognition Act 2004 (‘GRA’) allows transgender people in England and Wales to be legally recognised in their new gender. The government has acknowledged that the current process is problematic and is consulting on reforms. The debate around the reforms has been fraught and filled with tension. The Home Affairs Select Committee is investigating […]

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Justice Kennedy’s Gay Rights Legacy

Luke A. Boso 3rd October 2018

Justice Anthony Kennedy’s announced retirement left progressives reeling over what the Court’s inevitable rightward shift will mean for civil rights given Kennedy’s swing-vote status on cases implicating social issues.  Indeed, his presence was pivotal for gay rights.  Kennedy authored the Court’s most famous pro-gay decisions, many decided 5-4.  Kennedy’s gay rights legacy is complicated, however, […]

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