Sexual Orientation

The Indian Supreme Court Reserves Judgment on the De-criminalisation of Homosexuality

The Indian Supreme Court Reserves Judgment on the De-criminalisation of Homosexuality

In 2009, the High Court of Delhi handed down a landmark judgment in Naz Foundation v NCT of Delhi. It read down Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code, which...
A Masterpiece of Judicial Avoidance?   

A Masterpiece of Judicial Avoidance?  

Masterpiece Cakeshop, Ltd. v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission, 584 U.S. (2018), the U.S. Supreme Court’s blockbuster case, has been decided. The questions in dispute: 1. Can a person, exercising religious...
Paying Lip Service to the CJEU: The Unsurprising Decision of the Constitutional Court of Romania in the Coman Case

Paying Lip Service to the CJEU: The Unsurprising Decision of the Constitutional Court of Romania in the Coman Case

On June 5, the Court of Justice of the European Union (‘CJEU’) held in Coman and Others that Member States should grant a right of residence to same–sex spouses of...
“A New Form of Discrimination”: Civil Partnerships for Different-Sex Couples in the UK Supreme Court

“A New Form of Discrimination”: Civil Partnerships for Different-Sex Couples in the UK Supreme Court

Civil partnerships were introduced by the New Labour government in the UK in 2005 to give same-sex couples many of the protections and rights afforded to married couples without actually...
Are Christian bakers part of the wedding cakes they make; and what follows if they are?

Are Christian bakers part of the wedding cakes they make; and what follows if they are?

Is making a cake for a gay wedding the same as making a cake with an anti-gay message? This equivalence was drawn by conservative judge, Justice Gorsuch, in the US...
Adrian Coman v. Romania: A Small Victory with Wasted Potential

Adrian Coman v. Romania: A Small Victory with Wasted Potential

On 5 June 2018, the CJEU released its much-anticipated judgment on Adrian Coman and Others v. Romania. This followed from Advocate General Wathelet’s Opinion on 11 January 2018. In the...
Masterpiece Cakeshop and Discriminatory Intent

Masterpiece Cakeshop and Discriminatory Intent

On July 19, 2012, Charlie Craig and David Mullins visited Masterpiece Cakeshop in suburban Colorado, asking the owner, Jack Phillips, to design and create a cake for their upcoming wedding....
Fighting for the Right to Donate Blood: Reviewing Changes to the UK’s Separate, but Equal, Policy Towards LGBT+

Fighting for the Right to Donate Blood: Reviewing Changes to the UK’s Separate, but Equal, Policy Towards LGBT+

The UK’s current policy guidelines on donating blood have a complex history of misassumptions and homophobic rhetoric that, to this day, still requires people to divulge intimate information around their...
Cakes and the Conscience Wars

Cakes and the Conscience Wars

Last week, the U.K. Supreme Court heard argument in Lee v. Ashers Baking Company. The case involves a baker whose Christian beliefs led him to refuse to bake a cake...
A Step Closer to Equality: LGBTQ+ Rights in the Inter-American Court of Human Rights

A Step Closer to Equality: LGBTQ+ Rights in the Inter-American Court of Human Rights

In a landmark advisory opinion delivered on January 9th, the Inter-American Court of Human Rights stated that the twenty-three states parties to the American Human Rights Convention must legalize same-sex...
Decriminalising homosexuality in India: The Long, Twisted Road of Section 377

Decriminalising homosexuality in India: The Long, Twisted Road of Section 377

Section 377, Indian Penal Code: Unnatural offences – Whoever voluntarily has carnal intercourse against the order of nature with any man, woman or animal shall be punished with imprisonment for...
Same-Sex Marriage in Australia: A Bittersweet Victory

Same-Sex Marriage in Australia: A Bittersweet Victory

In a giant step forward for LGBTIQ rights, same-sex marriage (SSM) in Australia was legalised on 7 December 2017. This result was uplifting, but also bittersweet. The Australian Government could...

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