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Georgia same-sex marriage ban challenged
April 22, 2014
Gay rights group Lambda Legal on Tuesday filed a lawsuit challenging Georgia's ban on same-sex marriage. The lawsuit was filed in the US District Court for the Northern District of Georgia on behalf of a widow and three same-sex couples. The widow, who married her spouse in New York last year, is s....... [more]

Supreme Court upholds Michigan affirmative action ban
April 22, 2014
The US Supreme Court ruled 6-2 Tuesday in Schuette v. Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action that the judiciary lacks the authority to overturn a Michigan voter initiative that amended the state's constitution to prohibit race- and sex-based discrimination or preferential treatment in public univer....... [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]




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