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Academic Commentary
22 Jul 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 substantial federal question underlining in Obergefell v. Hodges... Last month the US Supreme Court ruled on marriage equality in Obergefell v. Hodges and ushered in the decision that the fundamental right to marriage applies … [read more]


Legal News
29 Jun 2015
by Devin Montgomery

The US Supreme Court on Monday ruled [opinion, PDF] 5-4 in Glossip v. Gross [SCOTUSblog materials] that Oklahoma's use of the sedative midazolam [RxList materials] as part of its lethal injection protocol does not violate the Eighth Amendment ban on cruel and unusual punishment [LII backgrounder]. The issue came before … [read more]


Features
13 Jun 2015

Following a debate in Congress over reauthorizing the USA PATRIOT Act, three sections were allowed to expire on June 1, 2015. Earlier, House of Representative passed the USA Freedom Act. Despite this Sunday night session of Congress in which some members attempted to extend sections of the USA PATRIOT Act, … [read more]


Academic Commentary
30 Apr 2015
by John D. Bessler of University of Baltimore School of Law

JURIST Guest Columnist John D. Bessler, of the University of Baltimore School of Law, discusses new changes in the evolution of capital punishment... Increasingly, US death penalty states are no longer content to have just one method of execution on the books. Instead, with a persistent shortage of lethal injection … [read more]


Legal News
28 Apr 2015
by Jaclyn Belczyk

The US Supreme Court [official website] heard oral arguments [day call, PDF] Tuesday on same-sex marriage [JURIST backgrounder]. The court heard two-and-half hours of oral arguments in Obergefell v. Hodges [SCOTUSblog materials], which was consolidated with three other cases. The first question [argument audio; transcript, PDF] before the court was … [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
15 Apr 2015
by William Helbling

[JURIST] The Attorney General of Guam [official website] on Wednesday directed officials to begin processing same-sex marriage applications. The action by Attorney General Elizabeth Barrett-Anderson comes two weeks after a same-sex couple brought a suit in the US territory challenging its marriage law [press release, PDF] upon being denied a … [read more]


Legal News
17 Mar 2015
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] Judge Callie Granade of the US District Court for the Southern District of Alabama [official website] on Monday refused to stay [order] her order to a probate judge that he must begin issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples. This new order states that the Probate Court of Mobile County … [read more]


Legal News
5 Mar 2015
by Matt Belenky

The Alabama Supreme Court [official website] ruled [order, PDF] Tuesday that the state's ban on same-sex marriage is legal, despite an earlier decision by a federal judge to the contrary. The Supreme Court ordered 68 probate judges in Alabama to halt the issuance of marriage licenses to same-sex couples, stating, … [read more]


Legal News
9 Feb 2015
by William Helbling

[JURIST] Alabama began issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples Monday after the US Supreme Court refused to extend [press release] a two-week stay [JURIST report] on a federal judge's ruling. Last month a judge for the US District Court for the Southern District of Alabama [official website] struck down [JURIST … [read more]


Features
7 Feb 2015

In January 2015, the US Supreme Court granted certiorari in Obergefell v. Hodges, a case from the US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit which upheld state bans on same-sex marriages. The Sixth Circuit's opinion created a circuit split. The US Courts of Appeals for the Fourth, Seventh, Ninth … [read more]


Features
7 Feb 2015

In the wake of Windsor, there has been a series of challenges to various states' statutory and constitutional bans on same-sex marriage. When Windsor was decided, same-sex marriage had been legalized in only 12 states and the District of Columbia. Many of these states had passed legislation legalizing same-sex marriage, … [read more]


Legal News
5 Feb 2015
by Steven Wildberger

[JURIST] Michigan Governor Rick Snyder [official website] said Wednesday that his state will not challenge [press release] a decision [JURIST report] by the US District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan [official website] ordering the state to recognize more than 300 same-sex marriages performed in March. The couples wed … [read more]


Legal News
5 Feb 2015
by Laura DeGeer

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit [official website] on Wednesday put all pending same-sex marriage appeals on hold until the US Supreme Court rules on the issue. The court issued similar orders on pending appeals from Alabama and Florida [orders, PDF]. The Eleventh Circuit has refused … [read more]


Legal News
4 Feb 2015
by William Helbling

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit [official website] on Wednesday declined to further stay a lower court's ruling that overturned Alabama's ban on same-sex marriage. Last month a judge for the US District Court for the Southern District of Alabama [official website] struck down [JURIST report] … [read more]


Legal News
26 Jan 2015
by William Helbling

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Southern District of Alabama [official website] on Sunday put a two-week hold on a decision overturning Alabama's same-sex marriage ban. Judge Callie VS Granade stated [AP report] that the two-week stay is not intended to become lengthy hold on current … [read more]


Academic Commentary
26 Jan 2015
by Robert A. Sedler of Wayne State University Law School

JURIST Guest Columnist Robert A. Sedler, of Wayne State University Law School, discusses the constitutionality of Michigan's ban on marriage for same-sex persons ... In Caspar v. Snyder, decided on January 15, 2015, Judge Mark A. Goldsmith of the US District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan issued a … [read more]


Legal News
21 Jan 2015
by William Helbling

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the District of North Dakota [official website] on Tuesday put on hold a case challenging North Dakota's same-sex marriage ban [text, PDF], pending the US Supreme Court's upcoming decision on the issue. The lawsuit [complaint], initially filed in June by seven … [read more]


Legal News
16 Jan 2015
by Jaclyn Belczyk

The US Supreme Court [official website] agreed Friday to rule on same-sex marriage, granting certiorari [order list, PDF] in four cases. The court consolidated appeals from Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee after the US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit upheld bans [JURIST report] in those states. The court … [read more]


Legal News
16 Jan 2015
by Steven Wildberger

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan [official website] on Thursday issued a preliminary order [text, PDF] forcing the state to recognize more than 300 same-sex marriages performed on March 22, 2014. The couples wed a day after US District Judge Bernard Friedman … [read more]

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