Sexual Orientation

HIV and Caribbean Law: Case for Tolerance

HIV and Caribbean Law: Case for Tolerance

In the western hemisphere, the Anglophone Caribbean maintains some of the most regressive anti-gay laws in the world. The Republic of Trinidad and Tobago as well as Belize both have...
The Liberty-Equality Debate: Comparing the Lawrence and  Naz Foundation Rulings

The Liberty-Equality Debate: Comparing the Lawrence and Naz Foundation Rulings

Last month marked the 10 year anniversary of Lawrence v Texas, where the US Supreme Court ruled that laws that criminalised sodomy were unconstitutional. Like June 26 2013, June 26...
Justice Edwin Cameron on the United Nations Free and Equal Campaign

Justice Edwin Cameron on the United Nations Free and Equal Campaign

On Friday 26th July, in Cape Town, the United Nations launched a new international campaign to counter homophobia, dubbed the Free and Equal Campaign. I was privileged to share the...
Is it Time for the US Supreme Court to Come Out of the Closet?

Is it Time for the US Supreme Court to Come Out of the Closet?

In a follow-up post to his previous analysis of Windsor v. United States, Karl Laird examines which constitutional provisions were invoked in the US Supreme Court decision. Now that a...
The Questions Raised by Striking Down DOMA

The Questions Raised by Striking Down DOMA

In light of the release of Windsor v the United States, Karl Laird analyzes the US Supreme Court’s reasoning, noting the Court still avoids the hard questions. It took Justice...
Equality v Human Rights?: Same sex marriage and religious liberty

Equality v Human Rights?: Same sex marriage and religious liberty

This is an edited transcript of an address given by Aidan O’Neill QC on Thursday 13 June 2013, at Matrix Chambers on ‘Same Sex Marriage and Religious Liberty’ Some 50...
Same Sex Marriage: Scaremongering and Sacrilege

Same Sex Marriage: Scaremongering and Sacrilege

This is an edited transcript of an address given by Karon Monaghan QC on Thursday 13 June 2013, at Matrix Chambers on ‘Same Sex Marriage and Religious Liberty’ At stake...
Marriage Equality in New Zealand – Part II: Public Interest Litigation

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

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...
Marriage Equality in New Zealand – Part I: Religious Exemptions

Marriage Equality in New Zealand – Part I: Religious Exemptions

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

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

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

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

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...
LGBTI Federal Anti-Discrimination laws are a significant first step

LGBTI Federal Anti-Discrimination laws are a significant first step

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...

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