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Marriage Equality in New Zealand – Part II: Public Interest Litigation

Guest Contributor - 3rd May 2013

By Max Harris Editor’s Note: Last week, Max Harris examined the religious exemptions of New Zealand’s recently passed Marriage (Definition of Marriage) Amendment Act 2013.  Today, he takes a closer look at the issues that the Act raises about public interest litigation. As noted last week, on April 17, the New Zealand Parliament passed the […]

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Marriage Equality in New Zealand – Part I: Religious Exemptions

Guest Contributor - 1st May 2013

By Max Harris – On 17 April, the New Zealand Parliament passed the Marriage (Definition of Marriage) Amendment Act 2013 following a powerful nationwide campaign—led by the Campaign for Marriage Equality, Legalise Love, and others. The Act received Royal Assent from the Governor-General (the standard procedure for legislation in New Zealand) on 19 April and […]

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Gender-Neutral Marriage and ‘Attenuated Discrimination’: Legal Developments in France

Guest Contributor - 24th April 2013

by Professor Daniel Borrillo- During his election campaign, French president François Hollande announced as part of his political program: I want to fight against all forms of discrimination and to make available new civil rights : I will make available to homosexual couples the rights to marriage and adoption. Following this commitment, on November 7, 2012, […]

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Same-Sex Marriage: Bill N°344 Amidst France’s Wider Political Landscape

Guest Contributor - 19th April 2013

By Delphine Rooz – On 12 April 2013, the French Senate adopted Bill n°344, which opens marriage to same-sex couples—a key issue among François Hollande’s promises during the 2012 presidential campaign. Earlier, the French Constitutional Court had ruled that the prohibition of same-sex marriage was not contrary to the Constitution. It therefore had to be addressed […]

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LGBTI Federal Anti-Discrimination laws are a significant first step

Guest Contributor - 11th April 2013

By Heidi Yates- The proposed introduction of ‘sexual orientation’, ‘gender identity’ and ‘intersex status’ as protected attributes under the Sex Discrimination Act (SDA) is a significant step forward for many lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) Australians. Over the past 17 years, these issues have been the subject of at least five government and […]

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Reversing Roles: Bringing men into the frame

Sandra Fredman - 9th March 2013

On Tuesday 12 March, the fifty-seventh session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW57) turns its attention to the ‘equal sharing of responsibilities between men and women’. In anticipation of these discussions, Professor Sandra Fredman comments on recent European case law extending women’s parenting rights to men. It is now readily acknowledged that […]

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What’s love got to do with it?- Framing the same-sex marriage debate.

Karl Laird - 8th February 2013

While listening to MPs debating the Marriage (Same Sex) Couples Bill, it was interesting to note how many instances the phrase “loving same-sex relationships”, or some variation thereof, was invoked by those who supported the Bill.  For example, Steve Reed MP, said “[t]o those who do not like gay marriage, I say, ‘Don’t marry someone […]

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What's love got to do with it?- Framing the same-sex marriage debate.

admin - 8th February 2013

While listening to MPs debating the Marriage (Same Sex) Couples Bill, it was interesting to note how many instances the phrase “loving same-sex relationships”, or some variation thereof, was invoked by those who supported the Bill.  For example, Steve Reed MP, said “[t]o those who do not like gay marriage, I say, ‘Don’t marry someone […]

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The Ironies of Gay Divorce in Israel

Guest Contributor - 20th December 2012

By Dr Amir Paz-Fuchs It is a rare occasion that decisions by Family Courts in Israel receive front page headlines, as well as media attention abroad. But such an occasion materialized last week when a Ramat Gan Family Court approved a divorce between two gay men, Prof. Uzi Even and Dr. Amit Kama. To understand why […]

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