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Supreme Court asked to rule on Louisiana same-sex marriage case
November 21, 2014
Seven same-sex couples submitted a petition on Thursday asking the US Supreme Court to review the district court's decision to uphold Louisiana's same-sex marriage ban before it proceeds to the federal appeals court. The petition presents the court with the question of whether a state's constitution....... [more]

Federal judge strikes down Montana same-sex marriage ban
November 20, 2014
A judge for the US District Court for the District of Montana ruled Wednesday Montana's ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional because it violates the equal protection clause of the Fourteenth Amendment. In the order US District Court Judge Brian Morris stated that Montana was the last state i....... [more]

Supreme Court refuses to block same-sex marriage in South Carolina
November 20, 2014
The US Supreme Court refused a request to block same-sex marriages in South Carolina on Thursday, making it the thirty-fifth US state where same-sex marriage is legal. The lower court in South Carolina had lifted the state's same-sex marriage ban earlier this month, and the Attorney General had aske....... [more]

ACLU challenges Nebraska same-sex marriage ban
November 19, 2014
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), the ACLU of Nebraska and the Nebraska law firm Koenig| Dunne on Monday filed a lawsuit challenging Nebraska's exclusion of same-sex couples from marriage. The lawsuit, which was filed in the US District Court for the District of Nebraska, was drafted in....... [more]

South Carolina AG asks Supreme Court to delay same-sex marriage
November 19, 2014
South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson on Tuesday requested an emergency stay postponing same-sex marriage in the state. The request comes after the US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit refused to block same-sex marriage in the state. Wilson requested that Chief Justice Roberts issue a s....... [more]

Kansas Supreme Court allows same-sex marriage in state's most populous county
November 19, 2014
The Kansas Supreme Court decided Tuesday to allow same-sex marriage licenses to be issued in the most populous county in Kansas. Johnson County had begun issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples in October and was challenged in state court. A federal court decision earlier in November declared....... [more]

Supreme Court asked to review Michigan, Kentucky same-sex marriage bans
November 18, 2014
The US Supreme Court was asked Monday to review same-sex marriage cases from Kentucky and Michigan following a US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit ruling that upheld bans. Same-sex couples in both states states submitted petitions asking the high court to decide whether state same-sex marriage....... [more]

A Woman's Right To Secure Employment Despite Her Beauty
November 18, 2014
JURIST Guest Columnist Pardis Camarda, St. John's University School of Law Class of 2015, is the author of the sixth article in a twelve-part series from the staffers of the Journal of Civil Rights and Economic Development. Camarda discusses attractiveness discrimination within the Title VII protect....... [more]

Federal appeals court upholds Mississippi campaign contribution law
November 16, 2014
The US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit on Friday upheld a Mississippi campaign finance law that requires disclosure of political contributions. The Mississippi campaign finance law states that a person or group who contributes more than $200 to any ballot initiative must file a financial rep....... [more]

ACLU petitions Supreme Court to rule on same-sex marriage
November 15, 2014
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) filed a petition for certiorari on behalf of same-sex couples in Ohio with the US Supreme Court on Friday asking the court to resolve a circuit split on the issue of same-sex marriage. Earlier this month the US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit became t....... [more]

ACLU sues US Army for denying Sikh student enrollment in ROTC
November 13, 2014
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), along with United Sikhs, filed a lawsuit on Wednesday against the US Army for refusing to allow a Sikh college student to enlist in the Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) program unless he shaves his beard, removes his turban and cuts his hair. The stud....... [more]




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