CIVIL RIGHTS
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Proposed Brazil anti-terrorism law sparks human rights concerns
April 20, 2014
A new anti-terrorism bill presented in the Brazilian National Congress on Saturday shortly before the 2014 World Cup is scheduled to begin in June has raised concern among human rights groups who allege the law threatens free speech and peaceful assembly. Brazilian lawmakers argue the legislation i....... [more]

Florida supreme court rules discrimination against pregnant women violates state law
April 18, 2014
The Florida Supreme Court ruled Thursday that employers cannot discriminate against pregnant women under Florida state law. The court held that the Florida Civil Rights Act of 1992 (FCRA), which makes it "an unlawful employment practice for an employer to discriminate based on an individual," inclu....... [more]

Couple files lawsuit urging Wisconsin Supreme Court to strike down state's same-sex marriage ban
April 17, 2014
A same-sex couple filed a lawsuit on Wednesday with the Wisconsin Supreme Court seeking to strike down the state's ban on same-sex marriage. The Wisconsin Constitution was amended in 2006 to include Article XIII, section 13 which states that, "Only a marriage between one man and one woman shall be v....... [more]

Council of Europe: continent facing worst human rights crisis since Cold War
April 17, 2014
The Council of Europe's (COE) Secretary General Thorbjorn Jagland issued a report Wednesday addressing the dire human rights issues Europe is facing. Jagland stated in the report that more action needs to be taken due to the Ukrainian crisis creating a negative impact on European society. In the pr....... [more]

Federal judge stays most of Ohio same-sex marriage ruling
April 17, 2014
Federal judge Timothy Black of the US District Court for the Southern District of Ohio said Wednesday that Ohio must immediately recognize four same-sex marriages but stayed the broader effects of the ruling pending appeal in the US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. Staying that portion of th....... [more]

The Stolen Valor Problem: Bringing Clarity to Speech Restrictions for False Claims of Military Honors
April 16, 2014
JURIST Guest Columnist David Hommel, St. John's University School of Law, Class of 2014, is the author of the ninth article in a ten-part series from the staffers of the Journal of Civil Rights and Economic Development. Hommel discusses false identification of military personnel who have engaged in....... [more]

Ohio AG approves proposed constitutional amendment to overturn gay marriage ban
April 15, 2014
Ohio Attorney General Mike Dewine determined on Monday that a proposed amendment to the state constitution that would overturn its current ban on gay marriage had obtained the requisite number of signatures and satisfied the requirement that it be a "fair and truthful statement of the proposed law....... [more]

The Best Argument for Same-Sex Marriage Isn't Love?It's Taxes
April 14, 2014
JURIST Guest Columnist Sara Benson of the University of Illinois College of Law discusses how the best argument for same-sex marriage is that same-sex partners should be treated equally under the law ... As you likely have heard, the US Supreme Court issued an opinion striking down part of the feder....... [more]

Virginia AG files appellate brief supporting same-sex marriage
April 12, 2014
Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring on Friday filed an appellate brief in support of the district court's ruling that the state's ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional. The brief, filed with the US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, argues that the state's statutory and constitution....... [more]

Federal judge in Indiana orders recognition of same-sex marriage
April 11, 2014
A judge for the US District Court for the Southern District of Indiana on Thursday granted an emergency request to force Indiana to immediately recognize a same-sex marriage in a death certificate of a spouse of a couple who wed in another state. The temporary order, which would last 28 days, was re....... [more]

ACLU files lawsuit challenging North Carolina same-sex marriage ban
April 10, 2014
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and the ACLU of North Carolina filed a lawsuit in federal court Wednesday seeking recognition of marriage from the state of North Carolina for three married, same-sex couples. In each couple, one member has a serious medical condition, and North Carolina's s....... [more]




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