While Texas lawmakers are passing sweeping laws that shut down multiple abortion providers at a time, Ohio is taking a quieter but potentially more effective approach to cutting off access to safe and legal abortion.
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (RNS) A top Vatican official warned the nuns in April that honoring Sister Elizabeth Johnson, a longtime Fordham University professor, would be considered provoking the Holy See and U.S.
France passes sweeping gender-equality law Al Jazeera America France passed a sweeping gender-equality law this week that eases current restrictions on abortion, encourages paternity leave and promotes gender parity at home and in the workplace.
The Cincinnati-based 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals heard arguments Wednesday on six gay marriage fights from Ohio, Michigan, Kentucky and Tennessee on Wednesday, setting the stage for one ruling. Each case deals with whether statewide gay marriag...
Don't use religion as a cover for discrimination Jackson Clarion Ledger Mississippi's so-called “religious liberty” bill was completely unnecessary as — contrary to those who claim it is needed — there is no assault on Christianity, which continues...
A Nigerian court on Monday postponed the murder trial of a 14-year-old girl accused of poisoning the 35-year-old man she was forced to marry, a case that has thrown the spotlight on the influence of Islamic law in region.
Uganda's horrible law punishing "aggravated homosexuality" has been ruled illegal — not because anyone had a change of heart, but thanks to a procedural technicality.
The Constitutional Court ruled that a law passed earlier this year punishing "aggravated homosexuality" and the "promotion of homosexuality" with life imprisonment is illegal. According to the BBC, the law was annulled because not enough members of parliament were present to vote for the bill. "The speaker was obliged to ensure that there was a quorum," the court ruling reads. "We come to the conclusion that she acted illegally."
The ruling was in response to a case filed by activists who argued the law was passed illegally and violated discrimination protections in the country's constitution, according to ABC News. The court said that since the law was passed illegally in the first place, it wouldn't rule on whether it was discriminatory.
This is just a small step for human rights in Uganda. The February anti-homosexuality law only increased punishment on existing laws — being gay is still illegal. The annulled law was just more detailed: "aggravated homosexuality" included having sex while HIV-positive and was punishable with life imprisonment, and promoting homosexuality could get 5-7 years in prison.
The ruling also doesn't reflect a change in the way Ugandans view homosexuality. Supporters of the law argued that this was the West pushing its ideas on the country — several western countries withdrew aid after the ruling. That argument is ironic,considering it was American evangelicals who helped craft the law in the first place.
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (RNS) Sister Elizabeth Johnson, a theology professor at Fordham University, accepted the Leadership Conference of Women Religious' top award and then lambasted bishops saying its investigation of the nuns was wasteful.
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Happy to see someone slap George Will for this. Thanks Slate.
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