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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 […]

South Korea: Criminal Provision on Adultery Held Unconstitutional

(Mar. 24, 2015) South Korea’s Constitutional Court has struck down the provision that defined the crime of adultery in the Criminal Act, ending a decades-long controversy. (2009 Hun-Ba 17, Con. Ct., Feb. 26, 2015, Constitutional Court website (in Korean); Criminal Act, Act No. 293 (Sept. 18, 1953, as last amended by Act No.12898 of Dec. […]

Brazil: Alimony Now Permitted for Gay Couples

(Mar. 9, 2015) On March 3, 2015, the Brazilian Superior Tribunal of Justice (Superior Tribunal de Justiça, STJ) unanimously granted to one of the partners of a gay union the right to request alimony in a case involving a separation. (STJ Garante a Gays Direito de Pedir Pensão Alimentícia, VEJA (Mar. 4, 2015).) The case […]

Slovenia: Law on Same-Sex Marriage and Adoption Rights Passed

(Mar. 9, 2015) It was reported on March 3, 2015, that Slovenia’s National Assembly had passed amendments to the country’s Law on Marriage and Family Relations that grant equal status to same-sex and heterosexual unions. Fifty-one Deputies of the 90-member body voted in favor of the changes; 28 voted against it. (Press Release, Republic of […]

Chile: Congress Approves Civil Unions Legislation

(Feb. 25, 2015) On January 28, 2015, both houses of Chile’s Congress approved legislation that would allow same-sex and heterosexual couples to enter into civil unions, called Acuerdos de Unión Civil (AUC). The draft law is now awaiting President Michele Bachelet’s signature for promulgation. (Pablo Cádiz, Proyecto de Unión Civil Finaliza Su Trámite Legislativo y […]

Malawi: Parliament Passes Comprehensive Marriage, Divorce and Family Relations Legislation

(Feb. 24, 2015) On February 12, 2015, Malawi’s 193-member unicameral National Assembly passed the Marriage, Divorce and Family Relations Bill, 2015. (Malawi Parliament Overwhelmingly Passes Marriage, Divorce and Family Relations Bill Without Amendment, MALAWI VOICE (Feb. 13, 2015).) The legislation, which is awaiting a presidential signature in order to by formally enacted, consolidates various laws […]