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Professional Commentary
5 Jul 2015
by Christopher M. Kieser of Pacific Legal Foundation

JURIST Guest Columnists Brian Hodges and Christopher Kieser discuss the recent ruling by the Supreme Court in Horne v. Department of Agriculture...On June 22 2015, the Supreme Court of the United States ruled [PDF] in favor of Fresno-area raisin farmers Marvin and Laura Horne, concluding that a program requiring raisin … [read more]


Legal News
2 Jul 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] Indiana's controversial Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) [text, JURIST commentary] law took effect on Wednesday, one of many such bills to take effect today around the country. The bill, as originally written, made it legal for private businesses to refuse service to potential customers because of their sexual orientation. … [read more]


Legal News
12 Jun 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] The North Carolina House of Representatives [official website] on Thursday passed a law that would allow some court officials to refuse to perform same-sex marriages [JURIST backgrounder] based on their religious beliefs, overriding a veto [JURIST report] by Governor Pat McCroy [official website]. The law requires that officials who … [read more]


Legal News
11 Jun 2015
by William Helbling

An Arkansas judge on Tuesday ordered [opinion, PDF] that 500 same-sex marriages performed in the state last year be recognized as valid. Pulaski County Circuit Judge Wendell Griffen ordered the recognition of the marriages performed during a six-day window last year after another Arkansas court struck down the state's same-sex … [read more]


Legal News
29 May 2015
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory [official website] vetoed legislation [SB 2 summary] Thursday that would allow officials to avoid performing same-sex marriages. The bill, which would permit court officials and magistrates to avoid any marriage duties if they have a sincere religious objection, was passed on Thursday by both … [read more]


Legal News
28 May 2015
by Laura DeGeer

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit [official website] on Wednesday struck down [opinion, PDF] abortion restrictions in Arkansas, ruling that the 12-week limit on seeking an abortion places an unconstitutional burden on women within the state. The restrictions included tests to determine if there was a … [read more]


Academic Commentary
27 May 2015
by Joyce Lee Malcolm of George Mason University School of Law

JURIST Guest Columnist Joyce Lee Malcolm of George Mason University School of Law discusses Vermont's evolving gun law... Much to the frustration of gun control advocates who rate Vermont as "F," the state with the highest per capita gun ownership in the country and virtually no gun restrictions, has a … [read more]


Legal News
21 May 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] Louisiana legislatures on Tuesday rejected a religious objections bill that was pushed by Governor Bobby Jindal [official website]. A House legal committee voted 10-2 [AP report] to kill the bill, ending weeks of serious debate. However, in an effort to solicit Christian conservatives for his likely presidential bid in … [read more]


Academic Commentary
22 Apr 2015
by Jeremiah Ho of University of Massachusetts School of Law

JURIST Guest Columnist Jeremiah A. Ho of the University of Massachusetts School of Law, discusses the amended Indiana "religious freedom" bills and marriage equality issues in the US... Despite a gaining momentum for extending marriage rights to same-sex couples nationwide, tension still exists in the evolutionary struggle for LGBTQ anti-discrimination … [read more]


Legal News
17 Apr 2015
by Ashley Hogan

[JURIST] The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) [advocacy website] announced [press release] a settlement agreement [text, PDF] Friday over early voting in Ohio. The now settled lawsuit was filed last year by the ACLU challenging the decreased availability of early voting opportunities in the state as a result of the … [read more]


Legal News
16 Apr 2015
by Alison Sacriponte

[JURIST] Alabama and 12 other states filed an amicus brief [text, PDF; press release] with the US Supreme Court [official website] on Wednesday in support of the three-drug combination being used in Oklahoma for executions. Lethal injection executions in many states have been put on hold until the Supreme Court … [read more]


Academic Commentary
14 Apr 2015
by James G. Hodge Jr. and Gregory Measer of Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law

JURIST Guest Columnists James G. Hodge Jr. and Gregory Measer of the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law, Arizona State University, discuss the potential impact of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act in Indiana and other states on protecting and promoting the public's health ...Fierce debates and extensive media coverage have … [read more]


Legal News
3 Apr 2015
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] Fifteen states, led by Louisiana, urged [amicus brief, PDF] the US Supreme Court [official website] on Thursday to uphold same-sex marriage bans. The brief asserts that voters should decide for themselves whether to allow same-sex marriages in their respective states. Alaska, Arizona, Idaho, Kansas, Montana, Oklahoma, Utah and West … [read more]


Legal News
3 Apr 2015
by Colleen Mallick

[JURIST] Indiana Governor Mike Pence [official website] signed into law on Thursday an amended [text, PDF] version of the controversial Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) [text], which critics argued gave business owners the legal right to deny service based on sexual orientation. The amended legislation states that the religious freedom … [read more]


Legal News
3 Apr 2015
by Valerie Howell

[JURIST] US District Judge Jon Tigar [official profile] for the Northern District of California issued a decision [opinion, PDF] on Thursday ordering the California Department of Corrections to grant a transgender inmate's sex reassignment surgery. Michelle-Lael Norsworthy began living as a woman in the 1990s while in state prison, where … [read more]


Legal News
2 Apr 2015
by Steven Wildberger

[JURIST] Indiana's Republican legislative leaders announced Thursday that they are proposing an amendment [text, PDF] to the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) [text] in an attempt to remedy the perception that the act permits discrimination based on sexual orientation. State Senate President Pro Tem David Long and House Speaker Brian … [read more]


Legal News
1 Apr 2015
by William Helbling

[JURIST] The Arkansas House of Representatives [official website] on Tuesday approved a controversial bill [HB 1228, PDF] intended to protect religious freedoms of businesses.Those supporting the Republican-backed bill say it will protect religious freedoms for businesses, and those opposed say that businesses may be allowed to go too far with … [read more]


Legal News
30 Mar 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] The Arkansas Senate [official website] on Friday approved a controversial bill [bill backgrounder] intended to protect religious freedoms of businesses. Those supporting the Republican-backed say it will protect religious freedoms for businesses, and those opposed say that businesses may be allowed to go too far with the law and … [read more]


Legal News
27 Mar 2015
by Alison Sacriponte

[JURIST] Kansas and Arizona on Wednesday filed notice of an appeal to the US Supreme Court [official website] asking that federal elections officials force residents of their states to prove US citizenship before registering to vote. In November the US Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit [official website] ruled … [read more]


Legal News
26 Mar 2015
by Steven Wildberger

[JURIST] The Ohio House of Representatives [official website] on Wednesday approved a bill that would make illegal any abortion performed once a fetal heartbeat can be detected. The bill, HB 69 [text], passed the House with a 55-40 vote, but is opposed by Governor John Kasich [official website] on constitutional … [read more]

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