Constitution Digest

News and announcements from the Comparative Constitutions Project

December 8, 2017

South African court finds shelter rules unconstitutional. Last week, the Constitutional Court of South Africa found that the rules of a Johannesburg shelter, which was established as temporary housing for evicted persons, did not satisfy constitutional rigor. Specifically, the court ruled that requiring husbands and wives to live separately, and forbidding residents from being at the shelter during the daytime, violated the temporary residents’ rights to dignity, privacy, and security.
Australia, Austria legalize same-sex marriage. On Thursday, Australia’s parliament voted overwhelmingly to legalize same-sex marriage, following a recent referendum that showed widespread support for legalization. On Tuesday, the Constitutional Court of Austria ruled that laws which deny marriage to same-sex couples are unconstitutionally discriminatory; the laws will be repealed effective December 31, 2018.
Country of Georgia decriminalizes marijuana use. Last week, the Constitutional Court of Georgia overturned laws that criminalized the possession and repeated use of marijuana. The court stated that criminalizing marijuana use violated the right to choose one’s means of relaxation.

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