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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.

July 21, 2022

Tunisia
Pope Francis Goes to Canada, Petition for Same-Sex Marriage in Ukraine, Pivotal Tunisian Referendum, and More

Pope Francis travels to Canada seeking forgiveness from Indigenous communities for Catholic Church abuses; President Volodymyr Zelensky must respond to a petition for same-sex marriage in Ukraine; an…

Podcast Demonstrators hold flags as they gather during a protest in opposition to a referendum on a new constitution called by President Kais Saied, in Tunis, Tunisia June 18, 2022.

December 10, 2021

Human Rights
Marriage Equality: Global Comparisons

A growing number of countries are legalizing same-sex marriage amid a steady advance in rights for LGBTQ+ people, but opposition remains strong in many countries.

Two young women sitting in ornate white chairs and holding hands surrounded by members of the media.

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.

December 2, 2021

Americas
U.S. Detention of Child Migrants

Tens of thousands of unaccompanied children have been arriving at the U.S.-Mexico border each year, sparking debate over how to respond. A recent rise in their numbers has challenged the Biden admini…

A young girl carries a child inside an immigrant holding area. Barbed wire and other people frame the photo.

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.

December 18, 2013

Human Rights
Child Marriage

Child marriage remains widespread in developing countries, disproportionately affecting girls and endangering their lives and livelihoods. Rooted in cultural tradition and poverty, the practice not o…

Child Marriage InfoGuide

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

May 22, 2013

United States
Child Marriage and U.S. Foreign Policy

Dr. Helene D. Gayle and Deputy Administrator Donald K. Steinberg speak about the challenges of combatting child marriage at the launch event for CFR's new report on child marriage.

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January 7, 2014

Human Rights
Teaching Notes: Child Marriage

Teaching Notes for CFR's InfoGuide on Child Marriage; examining the threat child marriage poses both to the prosperity and stability of the countries.

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