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Russia: Mandatory HIV Testing Before Marriage Proposed

(Sept. 15, 2015) On September 9, 2015, legislation aimed at establishing additional requirements for marriage registration was introduced in the State Duma (legislature) of the Russian Federation. (Bill No. 878942-6 on Amending Article 26 of the Federal Law on Civil Status Acts, Russian Federation State Duma website (last visited Sept. 14, 2015) (in Russian) [click […]

Burma: Four “Race and Religion Protection Laws” Adopted

(Sept. 14, 2015) Four laws known collectively as the Race and Religion Protection Laws, which were submitted to the Parliament of Burma (Myanmar) in December 2014, were adopted this spring by the Parliament and recently signed by Thein Sein, Burma’s President. (Myanmar: Parliament Must Reject Discriminatory ‘Race and Religion’ Laws, Amnesty International website (Mar. 3, […]

European Court of Human Rights: Decision on Gay Marriage in Italy

(Sept. 14, 2015) On July 21, 2015, the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) issued a landmark judgment concerning homosexuals and their right to marry in Italy. In the case of Oliari and Others v. Italy, the ECHR found in favor of six male applicants who were in committed, stable relationships with other men, but […]

Indonesia: Local Government Puts Curfew on Dating

(Sept. 10, 2015) On September 1, 2015, the Regent of Purwakarta, a region in West Java Province, Indonesia, announced a new regulation that limits the hours in which unmarried couples may date. The new curfew of 9 p.m. will be enforced, Regent Dedi Mulyadi stated, by routine raids carried out by local security officers. Offenders […]

Indonesia: Defense Ministry Circulates Polygamy Rules

(Aug. 12, 2015) As of July 22, 2015, Indonesia’s Defense Ministry has explicitly allowed employees to enter into polygamous marriages. (Defense Ministry Permits Polygamy, JAKARTA POST (Aug. 7, 2015).) Such marriages are legal in Indonesia in limited circumstances under the Marriage Law. That Law states, “(1) [i]n principle, a man may be married to one […]

Uganda: Court Declares Refund of Bride-Price Under Customary Law Unconstitutional

(Aug. 12, 2015) Eight years after it began, a legal battle challenging the constitutionality of a customary practice of refunding the bride-price at the dissolution of customary marriages ended with Uganda’s Supreme Court, the highest court of the land, declaring the practice unconstitutional. (Uganda Bride Price Refund Outlawed by Top Judges, BBC NEWS (Aug. 6, […]

Ireland: Gender Recognition Bill Passed

(July 31, 2015) On July 15, 2015, the Gender Recognition Bill 2014 was passed by the Oireachtas (Irish legislature). (Gender Recognition Bill 2014, No. 116/2014, HOUSES OF THE OIREACHTAS.) The bill was signed into law by the President of Ireland on July 22. (2015 Legislation, PRESIDENT OF IRELAND.) The bill enables transgender people to obtain […]

Indonesia: Court Rejects Two Challenges to Marriage Act

(June 25, 2015) On June 18, 2015, the Indonesian Constitutional Court (Mahkamah Konstitusi) released its decisions on two petitions for judicial review of Law No. 1 of 1974 on Marriage (Marriage Law). (Undang-undang Nomor 1 Tahun 1974 Tentang Perkawinan, Ministry of Religious Affairs website,(in Indonesian); Law of the Republic of Indonesia Number 1 of the […]

Greenland: Same-Sex Marriage Bill Passes

(June 11, 2015) As of October 1, 2015, Greenland, a semi-autonomous region of Denmark, will permit same-sex couples to marry. Lawmakers in the parliament, the Inatsisartut, approved the measure by a vote of 27-0 on May 26, following a campaign for the right to marry that began in 2010. (Chris Bolwig, Greenland Passes Same-Sex Marriage […]

Italy: Summary Divorce Proceedings Revised

(May 20, 2015) On May 26, 2015, new legislation amending the procedural rules on the declaration of a divorce will enter into effect in Italy. (Law No. 55 of May 6, 2015, Provisions on the Dissolution or Cessation of the Civil Effects of Marriage as well as Cohabitation Between Spouses [Law No. 55], GAZETTA UFFICIALE […]