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Ireland legalizes same-sex marriage by national referendum
May 23, 2015
On Saturday Ireland became the first country to legalize same-sex marriage by national referendum. The results showed that 62.1% of voters were in favor of legalizing same-sex marriage. The traditionally conservative Catholic country surprised the international community and moved from criminalizing....... [more]

Paperwork as a Substantial Religious Burden
May 22, 2015
JURIST Guest Columnist Caroline Mala Corbin, of University of Miami School of Law, discusses whether filing paperwork in order to obtain a religious exemption is a substantial burden on religious liberty... Does filing paperwork in order to obtain a religious exemption from a law constitute a sub....... [more]

ACLU challenges Michigan ID policy on behalf of transgender individuals
May 22, 2015
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and ACLU of Michigan on Thursday filed a federal lawsuit on behalf of six Michigan transgender individuals against Secretary of State Ruth Johnson challenging a state policy that they claim makes it nearly impossible for transgender individuals to change the....... [more]

Terminally ill Nashville lawyer challenges Tennessee ban on assisted suicide
May 22, 2015
An 84-year old attorney, businessman and political candidate filed a lawsuit in a Tennessee court on Wednesday, challenging a law that makes it a felony for a doctor or another person helps someone commit suicide. John Jay Hooker, who once ran for Tennessee governor and worked for Robert F. Kennedy....... [more]

Federal appeals court rejects Notre Dame's plea for exemption from birth control mandate
May 21, 2015
The US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit ruled 2-1 Tuesday that the University of Notre Dame shall not, at the time being, be exempted from the federal government's birth control mandate. Last June, in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores, the US Supreme Court ruled that for profit businesses that....... [more]

Ninth Circuit reverses decision requiring Google to remove Islam video from YouTube
May 19, 2015
Sitting en banc, the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit overturned a three-judge panel decision against Google that had required it to remove the controversial, anti-Islam Innocence of Muslims video from its YouTube site. The court dissolved the takedown injunction, holding that the injunctio....... [more]

Supreme Court rules officers entitled to immunity for conduct towards mentally disabled woman
May 18, 2015
The US Supreme Court ruled Monday in City and County of SF v. Sheehan that two police officers who shot and injured a mentally disabled woman during the course of an arrest are entitled to qualified immunity from liability for the injuries suffered. The court held that the officers did not violate t....... [more]

Supreme Court rules against Maryland personal income tax scheme
May 18, 2015
The US Supreme Court ruled 5-4 Monday in Comptroller v. Wynne that Maryland's personal income tax scheme violates the dormant Commerce Clause. The question before the court was whether the US Constitution prohibits a state from taxing all the income of its residents—wherever earned—by m....... [more]

New Hampshire Supreme Court strikes down voter resident law
May 17, 2015
The New Hampshire Supreme Court on Friday struck down a 2012 law requiring voters to be state residents, not just domiciled in the state. In its decision to uphold the lower court ruling, the court stated that the law that essentially required voters to acquire a driver's license in New Hampshire wa....... [more]

Obama calls for elimination of phone data collection
May 13, 2015
US President Barack Obama on Tuesday called for a rewrite of the Patriot Act, including elimination of the National Security Agency (NSA) phone data collection program. Obama's call follows a decision by the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, which found that the Act does not authorize th....... [more]

Federal appeals court finds NSA mass surveillance not authorized under Patriot Act
May 7, 2015
The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit ruled Thursday that the Patriot Act does not authorize the National Security Agency (NSA) to collect millions of Americans' phone records. The court found that section 215 of the act did not preclude judicial review and remanded the case for further con....... [more]




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