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Lawsuit filed against Ferguson and St. Louis alleging police brutality
August 29, 2014
Five people brought a lawsuit on Thursday against the city of Ferguson, Missouri and several officials for the use of unnecessary and unwarranted force by St. Louis County Police and Ferguson Police against demonstrators protesting the shooting death of Michael Brown. The complaint describes the e....... [more]

Florida Supreme Court asked to rule on same-sex marriage
August 28, 2014
The Florida Second District Court of Appeal on Wednesday issued an opinion calling upon the Florida Supreme Court to rule on the constitutionality of the state's ban on same-sex marriage. The case involves a same-sex couple that married in Massachusetts in 2010 and subsequently relocated to Florida....... [more]

Federal appeals court dismisses final challenge to Oregon same-sex marriage
August 28, 2014
The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit on Wednesday dismissed an appeal by the National Organization for Marriage (NOM) over the lifting of Oregon's same-sex marriage ban. NOM attempted to appeal the recent lifting of Oregon's 2004 ban under the assertion that ending the ban would bring harm....... [more]

Federal appeals court hears arguments on same-sex marriage
August 27, 2014
A three-judge panel from the US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit heard arguments Tuesday on Wisconsin and Indiana's ban on same-sex marriage. The oral arguments lasted an hour and 40 minutes, during which judges directed tough questions to both sides. Some judges called the states' support o....... [more]

Federal judge rules Florida same-sex marriage ban unconstitutional
August 22, 2014
A judge for the US District Court for the Northern District of Florida ruled Thursday that Florida's ban on same-sax marriage is unconstitutional and the state must recognize same-sex couples that were lawfully married in other states. The combined cases of Brenner v. Scott and Grimsley v. Scott inv....... [more]

Supreme Court blocks Virginia same-sex marriages
August 21, 2014
The US Supreme Court on Wednesday put a hold on same-sex marriage in Virginia as it takes time to decide whether same-sex couples should be allowed to wed nationwide. The hold, which is the result of the court granting a stay application filed on behalf of opponents of same-sex marriage, means that....... [more]

Virginia same-sex marriage supporters urge Supreme Court not to block ruling
August 19, 2014
Groups supporting same-sex marriage on Monday urged the US Supreme Court not to put a hold on a lower court ruling that would allow same-sex couples in Virginia to marry. After the US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit declined to stay its decision declaring Virginia's voter-approved same-sex m....... [more]

FBI announces next steps in civil rights investigation in Missouri
August 16, 2014
The FBI, US Attorney General for the Eastern District of Missouri Richard G. Callahan and Acting Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division Molly Moran on Friday released a statement announcing the next steps in the federal civil rights investigation into the recent killing of Michael....... [more]

Virginia official asks Supreme Court justice to block same-sex marriage
August 15, 2014
Prince William County clerk of court Michele McQuigg in Virginia filed an emergency stay application at the US Supreme Court seeking to block the US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit ruling declining to stay its decision declaring Virginia's voter-approved same-sex marriage ban to be unconstit....... [more]

Federal judge denies stay of Wisconsin voter ID ruling
August 14, 2014
A federal judge on Wednesday denied a request by Wisconsin's Attorney General JB Van Hollen to stay the his April ruling against the state's voter identification law. The April ruling found that the Act 23 requirement that all residents present photo ID when voting violated the Voting Rights Act and....... [more]

Federal appeals court allows Virginia same-sex marriages to proceed
August 14, 2014
The US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit on Wednesday declined to stay its decision declaring Virginia's voter-approved same-sex marriage ban to be unconstitutional. Citizens of Virginia voted to amend the Virginia Constitution in 2006 to define marriage as solely between one man and one woma....... [more]




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