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Federal judge strikes down New Jersey sports betting
November 22, 2014
A federal judge for the US District Court for the District of New Jersey on Friday ruled that New Jersey cannot partially lift a prohibition on sports betting, a move the state was taking to boost the struggling horse racing and casino industries. The Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act ....... [more]

Judge rules Illinois pension law unconstitutional
November 22, 2014
An Illinois judge on Friday ruled a law intended to fix the pension crisis in the state violates the Illinois constitution. Sangamon Country Circuit Judge John Belz ruled in favor of state employees and retirees who sued to block the law. Last December state lawmakers passed the bill, which amended....... [more]

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]

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]

Supreme court agrees to hear two cases involving mortgage liens
November 17, 2014
The US Supreme Court on Monday granted certiorari in two bankruptcy cases on appeal from the US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, consolidating them for one hour of oral argument. The two cases, Bank of America, NA v. Caulkett and Bank of America, NA v. Toledo-Cardona, both involve mortga....... [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]

Federal appeals court upholds exception requirements to contraception mandate
November 15, 2014
The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit on Friday ruled that religious non-profit groups' rights were not violated when required to certify that they are opting out of the contraception mandate, a provision of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA). Priests for L....... [more]




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