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July 26, 2022

Japan
Mixed Messages from Japanese Courts on Same-Sex Marriage

The Osaka District Court ruled against the constitutionality of same-sex marriage in Japan while local government in Tokyo increased access to same-sex civil partnerships this summer.

The four plaintiffs, two men and two women, walk down a sidewalk holding a banner calling for marriage equality in Japan, followed by a small group of supporters.

December 2, 2022

United States
A Divided Congress May Still Get Things Done

The experience of the soon-to-be-concluded 117th Congress offers some hope for the next two years

U.S. President Joe Biden signs the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act on the South Lawn at the White House in Washington, U.S. November 15, 2021.

June 23, 2022

International Law
A Callous Disregard for Child Victims of Gun Violence is American Exceptionalism Run Amok

As a developed economy, the United States' failure to protect its youth is as uniquely American as its aversion to ratifying international treaties. That exceptionalism, however, goes too far in the …

People attend a march and rally against gun violence on June 3, 2022, in Newtown, Connecticut, where almost a decade ago a gunman shot and killed twenty-six people including twenty children at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

June 8, 2018

Women and Women's Rights
A Decrease in Child Marriage is Good for Everyone

New data from UNICEF indicates that 25 million child marriages were averted over the last decade, proving that child marriage is not an intractable problem. Despite good news, progress has been uneve…

Omayma al Hushan, 14, who launched an initiative against child marriage among Syrian refugees, speaks at a school in Al Zaatari refugee camp.

August 4, 2015

Americas
Child Marriage in Latin America

Over the past decade, world leaders and practitioners alike have increasingly recognized that the practice of child marriage undermines development and stability. This is especially true in regions l…

Flower girls wait next to the bride's carriage before a wedding ceremony on Paqueta island in Rio de Janeiro

January 2, 2014

Human Rights
Child Marriage and Religion

Last month, academics, advocates, and religious leaders gathered at an event organized by the Council on Foreign Relations during the American Academy of Religion conference to discuss the relationsh…

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March 30, 2021

Japan
Japanese Court Puts Same-Sex Marriage on the Nation’s Agenda

Erin Gallagher is a research associate for Japan studies at the Council on Foreign Relations.   On March 17, three couples in Hokkaido won a landmark case in the Sapporo District Court. Thousan…

Plaintiffs' lawyers and supporters show a banner stating the ruling found the government measures unconstitutional, after a district court ruled on the legality of same-sex marriages outside Sapporo District Court

April 14, 2016

Wars and Conflict
Action on Ending Child Marriage

Voices from the Field features contributions from scholars and practitioners highlighting new research, thinking, and approaches to development challenges. This article is authored by Dr. Babatunde O…

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July 10, 2017

Human Rights
Child Marriage, Family Planning, Population, and Development

Voices from the Field features contributions from scholars and practitioners highlighting new research, thinking, and approaches to development challenges. This piece is authored by Quentin Wodon, le…

Child brides in India

February 25, 2014

Challenging Child Marriage in India

Emerging Voices features contributions from scholars and practitioners highlighting new research, thinking, and approaches to development challenges. This article is from Pinaki Halder, West Bengal s…

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