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Same-Sex Marriage in West Virginia: What's Next?
January 26, 2015
JURIST Guest Columnist Kendra Huard Fershee, of West Virginia University College at Law, discusses the legal and social issues within West Virginia's struggle to uphold same sex marriage ...Same-sex marriage supporters in West Virginia?and several other states?went to bed on Sunday night....... [more]

Federal judge puts Alabama same-sex marriage decision on hold
January 26, 2015
A judge for the US District Court for the Southern District of Alabama on Sunday put a two-week hold on a decision overturning Alabama's same-sex marriage ban. Judge Callie VS Granade stated that the two-week stay is not intended to become lengthy hold on current same-sex couples' right to marry. La....... [more]

Michigan Must Recognize "Stay Window" Marriages
January 26, 2015
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 Michiga....... [more]

Federal judge rules Alabama marriage laws unconstitutional
January 25, 2015
The United States District Court for the Southern District of Alabama on Friday struck down the Alabama Sanctity of Marriage Amendment and the Alabama Marriage Protection Act, ruling them unconstitutional. Applying strict scrutiny, Judge Callie V.S. Granade found the marriage laws violated the Due....... [more]

The Evolution of a More Perfect Union: The Development of Same-Sex Marriage in the United States
January 24, 2015
JURIST Guest Columnist Chris Wester, New England School of Law, Class of 2016, discusses how rights for same-sex couples in the US have evolved...Many of the rights that our society refers to today as basic, uninhibited and fundamental to the lives of all American citizens were not constitutionally....... [more]

Malaysia appeals court restricts Islamic law in transgender case
January 22, 2015
The second highest court in Malaysia ruled Wednesday in a high-profile transgender case that Islamic law is restricted to familial matters such as marriage, divorce and inheritance, and the constitution provides a secular federal government. The ruling is based on the 1988 Supreme Court case, Che Om....... [more]

No Excuses: The "N-Word" Does Not Belong in the Workplace
January 21, 2015
JURIST Guest Columnist Ayanna Thomas, St. John's University School of Law Class of 2015, is the author of the tenth article in a twelve-part series from the staffers of the Journal of Civil Rights and Economic Development. Thomas discusses racial discrimination in the workplace... A federal jury i....... [more]

Supreme Court hears arguments on housing discrimination, traffic stops
January 21, 2015
The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments in two cases on Wednesday. In Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs v. Inclusive Communities Project, the Supreme Court heard arguments on whether discrimination claims under the Fair Housing Act (FHA) require plaintiffs to show that a policy is....... [more]

Judge denies request for new grand jury in Ferguson case
January 21, 2015
A request to St. Louis County Judge Maura McShane for a new grand jury review of the case against Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson for the fatal shooting of teenager Michael Brown has been denied. The request was made early in January by the NAACP's Legal Defense and Educational Fund (LDF) aft....... [more]

Supreme Court hears arguments on Florida judicial campaign law
January 21, 2015
The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments Tuesday in two cases. In Williams-Yulee v. The Florida Bar the court must determine whether a rule of judicial professional conduct that prohibits candidates for judicial office from personally soliciting campaign funds violates the First Amendment. Lanell....... [more]

Federal judge puts North Dakota same-sex marriage case on hold
January 21, 2015
A judge for the US District Court for the District of North Dakota on Tuesday put on hold a case challenging North Dakota's same-sex marriage ban, pending the US Supreme Court's upcoming decision on the issue. The lawsuit, initially filed in June by seven same-sex couples, challenges North Dakota....... [more]




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