Switzerland Approves a Marriage Equality Bill

Switzerland Approves a Marriage Equality Bill

Author: Jade MacEwan Photo source Unsplash After working on a marriage equality bill for the past seven years, Switzerland has finally brought the legalisation of marriage for same-sex couples to the vote. Registered partnerships have been legal for same-sex couples in Switzerland since 2007, but it has taken the Swiss parliament until now to work out…

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The Hungarian Government Proposes a Ban on Adoption by Same-Sex Couples

The Hungarian Government Proposes a Ban on Adoption by Same-Sex Couples

Author: Jade MacEwan Photo by Andrew Kondrakov on Unsplash The government of Hungary has recently proposed an amendment to the constitution to ban adoption by same-sex couples. If the amendment is passed, it will mean that only married couples will now be able to adopt children, and it specifically states that “the mother is a…

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Protests Against the New Anti-Abortion Ruling in Poland

Protests Against the New Anti-Abortion Ruling in Poland

Author: Jade MacEwan Photo by Zuza Gałczyńska on Unsplash On 22 October, Poland’s Constitutional Court ruled that abortion would be banned in the case of foetal defects, meaning that abortion would now only take place if a woman has become pregnant through rape or if her life is threatened by the pregnancy. In Poland, which…

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Situation of LGBT+ people in Poland, October 2020

Situation of LGBT+ people in Poland, October 2020

Author: Jade MacEwan Fifty ambassadors from various countries around the globe, as well as representatives of international organisations, recently signed a letter expressing their support for LGBT+ people in Poland. It was published as an open letter on 27 September and presented by the Belgian, Danish and UK ambassadors to the organisers of the Polish…

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CfA: Feminist perspectives in political sciences in Central and Eastern Europe

CfA: Feminist perspectives in political sciences in Central and Eastern Europe

This post originally appeared here: http://www.politickevedy.fpvmv.umb.sk/  CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: Feminist perspectives in political sciences in Central and Eastern Europe The journal Political Sciences announces a call for abstracts for a special issue Feminist perspectives in political sciences in Central and Eastern Europe edited by guest editors Oľga Gyárfášová, Pavol Hardoš, Veronika Valkovičová (Faculty for Social…

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Can The EU Protect Human Rights and Democratic Values in its Member States by Means of Financial Sanctions?

Can The EU Protect Human Rights and Democratic Values in its Member States by Means of Financial Sanctions?

Author: Jade MacEwan The European Union’s Equality Commissioner, Helena Dalli, announced on 28 July that six Polish cities had been refused grants under a twinning programme due to their anti-LGBT+ rights stance. The six cities had adopted resolutions declaring themselves to be “LGBT-free zones” or “zones free of LGBT+ ideology”, or had adopted so-called “family…

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Could Thailand Become The Second Country in South-East Asia to Legalise Same-Sex Unions?

Could Thailand Become The Second Country in South-East Asia to Legalise Same-Sex Unions?

Author: Jade MacEwan On the 8th of July, the Thai Cabinet approved a bill which would allow same-sex couples in Thailand to enter into civil partnerships. While the word “marriage” is not explicitly used in the bill, the civil partnerships would include many of the same rights for same-sex couples as heterosexual marriages. Same-sex partners…

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Montenegro Votes to Approve Civil Partnerships

Montenegro Votes to Approve Civil Partnerships

Autor: Jade MacEwan Montenegro passed a bill on the 2nd of July to legalise civil partnerships, becoming both the first country in the Balkans to do so. Forty-two out of eighty-one MPs voted to approve it, with only five MPs voting against the bill (EuroNews, 2020). Montenegro’s leaders welcomed the new law, with Prime Minister…

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Same-Sex Marriage Moves Closer to Becoming Reality in Switzerland

Same-Sex Marriage Moves Closer to Becoming Reality in Switzerland

Autor: Jade MacEwan On the 11th of June, the lower house of the Swiss Parliament, the National Council, voted to approve draft legislation for same-sex marriage and access to sperm donation for women in same-sex partnerships. All parliamentary groups in the House of Representatives argued in favour of the draft legislation for same-sex marriage, although…

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Homophobic viral video in Russia

Homophobic viral video in Russia

Autor: Jade MacEwan You will not find any reference to the original video within this article due to the fact that it embodies hate speech. Images that we include serve the purpose of visual illustrations accompanied by our commentary.  A homophobic political advert has gone viral in Russia in the run up to the referendum…

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