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Holy See: New Procedural Rules on Nullity of Marriage

(Nov. 4, 2015) As we previously reported (Dante Figueroa, Holy See: Amendments to Latin Code of Canon Law on Nullity of Marriage, GLOBAL LEGAL MONITOR (Oct. 22, 2015)), on September 8, 2015, Pope Francis issued an Apostolic Letter, titled Mitis Iudex, on the Amendment of the Canonical Procedure for the Causes on the Declaration of […]

Holy See: Amendments to Latin Code of Canon Law on Nullity of Marriage

(Oct. 22, 2015) On September 8, 2015, Pope Francis issued two Apostolic Letters, motu proprio (on his own initiative), in matters concerning Catholic marriage, which will enter into effect on December 8, 2015. The Pontifical Council for Interpretation of Legislative Texts performed the legislative work. (Pontifical Council for the Interpretation of Legislative Texts, The Vatican […]

Vietnam: New Family Law Adopted

(Sept. 15, 2015) Vietnam’s legislature has adopted a new Law on Marriage and Family that will come into effect on January 1, 2016. The Law has 133 articles, arranged in nine chapters, and institutes a number of significant reforms. The primary goal of the Law is to give citizens a legal means to exercise their […]

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 […]

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 […]