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News and announcements from the Comparative Constitutions Project

June 2, 2017

Taiwan court legalizes same-sex marriage. Last week, the Constitutional Court of Taiwan ruled that the nation must legalize same-sex marriage within two years, making Taiwan the first Asian nation to authorize marriage equality. While some credit the decision to Taiwan’s uniquely independent judiciary, activists maintain hope that the ruling will trigger similar developments across Asia.
Venezuela persists on constitutional revision. Despite intense protests, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro is moving ahead with his plans to rewrite the country’s constitution. The government is currently accepting applications for seats on the constituent assembly, and Maduro has pledged to put a final draft constitution to a national referendum.
Bahrain dissolves secular opposition group. The High Civil Court of Bahrain has dissolved the National Democratic Action Society (Wa’ad), Bahrain’s main secular opposition group, after the group asserted that the country is in the midst of a constitutional crisis. The Ministry of Justice prosecuted the group for “advocating and inciting terrorism,” a claim which Amnesty International called “baseless and absurd.”
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