Romanians vote on constitutional ban on same-sex marriage

Romania is voting this weekend on whether to define marriage as a union between a man and a woman. Currently, the law defines marriage as a union of “spouses.” The conservative EU nation decriminalized homosexuality in 2001, but it neither allows same-sex marriage, nor recognizes same-sex unions sealed abroad. In order to be valid, the […]

Germany lifts strict constitutional ban on Nazi symbols in video games

Germany has softened its longstanding and strict ban on swastikas and other Nazi symbols, to allow their inclusion in computer and video games, after a heated public debate over the Wolfenstein video game franchise. The lifting of the ban on Nazi symbols, if used in a “socially adequate” way, was announced by a German industry […]

Surfing terrorist websites isn’t a crime, France’s top constitutional body says

Published time: 16 Dec, 2017 02:17 The top French constitutional authority has for the second time this year scrapped proposed legislation to criminalize visiting terrorist websites, ruling in favor of civil liberties over increased security from terrorism. The bill proposes to sentence anyone who visits jihadist websites “without any legitimate reason” to “two years of […]

Kuwait’s Constitutional Court: Mandatory DNA collection law is no good

Enlarge / Kuwait’s Palace of Justice, which houses the Constitutional Court, as seen on June 16, 2013. (credit: YASSER AL-ZAYYAT/AFP/Getty Images) Kuwait’s controversial mandatory DNA collection law has been overturned by the country’s Constitutional Court in a Thursday ruling. “Forcing civilians who have not been accused of violating the law to take and save their […]

There’s a constitutional right to use social media, Supreme Court says

Enlarge (credit: NurPhoto/Getty Images) The US Supreme Court on Monday declared as unconstitutional a 2008 North Carolina law barring registered sex offenders from accessing commercial social media sites where minors may become members or create personal pages or profiles. The justices ruled that the law, used to prosecute more than 1,000 registered sex offenders, was […]

‘Constitutional crisis’: Trump’s firing of FBI director ignites Twitter frenzy

The unexpected firing of FBI Director James Comey has ignited a war of words and tweets. Will President Donald Trump’s decision restore confidence, or, was this a sudden move to undermine investigations into alleged Russian meddling of US elections? President Donald Trump fired FBI Director James Comey on Tuesday after he testified before Congress on […]

The Supreme Court’s next big gun case could determine whether you have a constitutional right to carry concealed guns in public

AP Edward Peruta is a litigious Vietnam veteran who spends part of each year living out of a trailer home in San Diego. Neil Gorsuch is a conservative Coloradan with impeccable Ivy League judicial credentials. Peruta’s legal challenge to San Diego County’s concealed carry permitting system has been winding its way through the federal court […]

Armenia elects new parliament in first vote following constitutional reform

Over 2.5 million Armenians are eligible to vote as the country elects its new one-chamber parliament, the National assembly. The poll forms part of Armenia’s transition to a parliamentary system. According to the changes adopted after the referendum in December 2015, Armenia’s current leader, president Serzh Sargsyan, will become the last president elected in a […]

’It’s not bigoted’: Arkansas may seek constitutional convention banning same-sex marriage

Only heterosexual love is in the air in the Arkansas Senate this Valentine’s Day, as lawmakers convened a hearing to decide whether to ask the US Congress to amend the Constitution to define marriage as between one man and one woman. The committee hearing considered Senate Joint Resolution 7. If passed by the Arkansas legislature, […]