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Kenya: Parliament Passes Comprehensive Marriage Bill, Changes Process for Contracting Customary Marriages

(Mar. 28, 2014) On March 20, 2014, the 349-member lower chamber of the National Assembly (Kenya’s parliament) passed the Marriage Bill No. 13 of 2013. Among other objectives, the purpose of the Bill is to consolidate the seven different marriage laws in the country. (Kenya Parliament Passes Polygamy Measure, VOICE OF AMERICA (Mar. 21, 2014).) […]

Croatia: Constitutional Amendment Banning Gay Marriage Passed by Referendum

(Jan. 13, 2014) On December 1, 2013, a national referendum was held in Croatia on the inclusion in the country’s Constitution of the definition of marriage as a union between a woman and a man. About 65% of the voters supported the amendment and the proposed definition. Immediately after the referendum, a government spokesperson confirmed […]

Nigeria: Bill Prohibiting Same-Sex Marriage Moves Forward

(Dec. 26, 2013) On December 17, 2013, the Nigerian Senate unanimously adopted a Conference Committee report on the Same Sex Marriage (Prohibition) Bill, 2011, bringing the bill one step closer to enactment. (Senate Passes Harmonised Report on Same Sex Marriage Bill, THIS DAY LIVE (Dec. 18, 2013).) Aimed at criminalizing same-sex marriages and civil unions, […]

Australia: High Court Strikes Down Territory’s Same-Sex Marriage Law

(Dec. 19, 2013) On December 12, 2013, the High Court of Australia (Australia’s highest court) ruled that a law granting same-sex couples the ability to marry in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) is invalid because it is inconsistent with the federal Marriage Act 1961. (The Commonwealth of Australia v. The Australian Capital Territory [2013] HCA […]

Denmark: New Family Law Regulation: Co-Mother from Birth

(Dec. 11, 2013) On December 1, 2013, the new amendment to Denmark’s Børneloven (Child Act) that allows the non-birth mother in a lesbian relationship to become a co-mother immediately at the birth of the child, entered into force. The new legislation gives legal certainty to couples who previously could become co-parents only through adoption proceedings […]

Israel: Property Division in Divorce Agreement Voided After Wife Discovers Husband’s Fraudulent Double Life

(Dec. 6, 2013) Judge Tova Sivan, President of the Tel Aviv Family Court, established a new precedent in her November 4, 2013, decision that voided a final divorce agreement’s division of marital property. (Family Court (TA) 6771-07 Anonymous v. Anonymous, NEVO LEGAL DATABASE [by subscription] (last visited Dec. 2, 2013).) In this case, after the […]

Kenya: Parliament Passes Matrimonial Property Bill, Affects Equal Sharing of Assets in Divorce

(Nov. 18, 2013) On November 12, 2013, Kenya’s Parliament passed the Matrimonial Property Bill, 2013, with key amendments that some argue will adversely affect the ability for stay-at-home women to gain an equal share of assets in divorce. (John Ngirachu, MPs Pass Contentious Matrimonial Property Bill, DAILY NATION (Nov. 12, 2013).) The amendments passed due […]

Israel: Minimum Marriage Age Raised to 18

(Nov. 12, 2013) On November 4, 2013, the Knesset passed the Marriage Age Law (Amendment No. 6), 5774-2013 (Israel's parliament) passed the Marriage Age Law (Amendment No. 6), 5774-2013. (Marriage Age Law (Amendment No. 6), 5774-2013 [in Hebrew], Knesset website (hereinafter Amendment Law); for an authorized English translation of the original Marriage Age Law, see […]

New Zealand: Same-Sex Marriage Bill Passed

(Apr. 18, 2013) On April 17, 2013, the New Zealand Parliament passed the Marriage (Definition of Marriage) Amendment Bill by a margin of 77-44. (Isaac Davison et al., Same-Sex Marriage Law Passed, THE <?NEW ZEALAND HERALD (Apr. 17, 2013).) The bill amends the Marriage Act 1955 to add a definition of “marriage” that states that […]

Australia: Australian Parliament Votes Down Two Marriage Equality Bills

(Sept. 26, 2012) On September 20, 2012, the Australian Senate (the upper house of the federal parliament) voted 41-26 against the Marriage Amendment Bill (No. 2) 2012. (Marriage Amendment Bill (No. 2) 2012; Marriage Amendment Bill (No. 2) 2012, Parliament of Australia website (last visited Sept. 24, 2012).) This action followed a vote taken on […]