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Professional Commentary
29 Sep 2015
by David Christensen of Christensen Law

JURIST Guest Columnist David Christensen from Christensen Law discusses the impact of spousal benefits on the LGBT community...When the US Supreme Court ruled that states could not ban gay marriage earlier this year, it did more than just given them access to marriage certificates. The legal designation of "spouse" opens … [read more]

Legal News
2 Sep 2015
by Matt Belenky

The Maryland Court of Special Appeals on Wednesday published a ruling [opinion, PDF] holding that a lesbian woman has no visitation or custody rights to a boy given birth by her partner before they were married. Writing for the court, Judge Robert A. Zarnoch [official profile] said that Maryland law … [read more]

Legal News
13 Aug 2015
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] Mississippi civil rights groups filed [complaint, PDF] a federal lawsuit Wednesday challenging the policy of the Mississippi Department of Human Services [official website] that bans adoption by married same-sex couples. The Campaign for Southern Equality, Family Equality Council [advocacy websites] and two female same-sex couples are the plaintiffs in … [read more]

Academic Commentary
1 Aug 2015
by Peter J. Hammer of Wayne State University Law School

JURIST Guest Columnist Peter Hammer, of Wayne State University Law School, discusses the controversy surrounding Caitlyn Jenner and rights for transgender individuals...Please call me by my true names, so I can wake up, and so the door of my heart can be left open, the door of compassion. Call Me … [read more]

Legal News
19 Jul 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] Over a dozen states that have decided to expand Medicaid [official website] under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) [official website] have seen enrollment numbers surge over recent months, raising concerns over state budgets as federal aid is set to reduce in two years. Lawmakers have warned that the price … [read more]

Professional Commentary
18 Jul 2015
by David Christensen of Christensen Law

JURIST Guest Columnist David Christensen of Christensen Law discusses the benefits of Michigan's No-Fault Insurance Act and the need to protect it... Michigan has the most comprehensive no-fault auto insurance laws in the nation, but a series of no-fault reform bills have threatened the law this legislative session. The efforts … [read more]

Legal News
14 Jul 2015
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] US Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter [official profile] released a statement [press release] on Monday announcing the comprehensive plan of the US Department of Defense (DOD) [official website] to move in the direction of allowing transgender troops to serve in the military. The DOD has ordered a six-month study … [read more]

Legal News
29 Jun 2015
by William Hibbitts

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] 5-4 on Monday that the EPA [official website] could not make regulations regarding the toxic emissions of power plants without considering costs. In Michigan v. Environmental Protection Agency [SCOTUSBLOG materials], the court considered the question of whether the EPA could … [read more]

Legal News
21 Jun 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] A bill [text] approved by Indiana lawmakers earlier this year repealing the statewide ban on sawed-off shotguns will go into effect July 1. The bill, sponsored by Senator Jim Tomes [official profile], will allow the manufacture, selling and ownership of shotguns with barrels 18 inches or less in length. … [read more]

Legal News
12 Jun 2015
by Devin Montgomery

Michigan governor Rick Snyder [official website] on Thursday signed into law a bill [materials] that allows private adoption agencies to deny placements they object to for religious reasons, including placements with same-sex couples. Snyder said the law reflects existing practices [press release] by the state and that his objective is … [read more]

Legal News
9 Jun 2015
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] on Monday denied certiorari in Jackson v. San Francisco [docket; cert. petition, PDF], a case challenging a San Francisco law [text, PDF] requiring gun owners to keep handguns "stored in a locked container or disabled with a trigger lock that has been approved … [read more]

Student Commentary
3 Jun 2015
by João Gonçalves of University of Lisbon

JURIST Guest Columnist João Gonçalves of the Universidade de Lisboa, Faculty of Law discusses the advantages of VAT for an economic system... Europe may seem the worst class of students for the US to find for fiscal lessons, but as the necessity for a new revenue strengthens and a call … [read more]

Legal News
22 May 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and ACLU of Michigan [advocacy websites] on Thursday filed a federal lawsuit [complaint, PDF; press release] on behalf of six Michigan transgender individuals against Secretary of State Ruth Johnson [official website] challenging a state policy that they claim makes it nearly impossible for … [read more]

Legal News
18 May 2015
by Taylor Brailey

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Monday in Coleman v. Tollefson [SCOTUSblog materials] that a dismissal of a prisoner's lawsuit that is still appealable does count as one of three allotted "strikes" that limits other suits by the prisoner. The "three-strike" provision of the Prison Litigation … [read more]

Legal News
15 May 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] The Republican led Missouri General Assembly [official website] on Wednesday approved a "right to work" bill that would stop workers from being required to be part of a union or pay dues, but the bill did not garner enough votes to overcome a likely veto by Governor Jay Nixon … [read more]

Legal News
10 May 2015
by Jacqueline Jones

[JURIST] The Illinois supreme court [official website] on Friday overturned [opinion, PDF] the 2013 Illinois Pension Law [98-599 text] that attempted to reduce the state's pension deficit by eliminating automatic cost of living increases and extending the retirement age. The law itself would apply to four of the state's five … [read more]

Professional Commentary
7 May 2015
by Jordan Lorence of Alliance Defending Freedom

JURIST Guest Columnist Jordan Lorence of Alliance Defending Freedom discusses the benefits of religious freedom to liberty protections ... Listening carefully to objections to state religious freedom laws, two assumptions emerge that are demonstratively false. Those who assert them should weigh their implications carefully and reconsider their opposition to … [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]

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
7 Apr 2015
by Addison Morris

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Monday that some requirements of the 1994 Michigan Sex Offenders Registration Act [text] are so vague that they are unconstitutional. One of these is the requirement that convicted sex offenders stay … [read more]

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