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Indiana lawmakers approve 'religious freedom' bill
March 26, 2015
The Indiana Senate on Wednesday gave final approval to a "religious freedom" bill that would allow business owners to turn away customers on the basis of sexual orientation. The bill, approved by a vote of 40-10, will now head to Governor Mike Pence, who is expected to sign it. Proponents of the le....... [more]

Supreme Court revives pregnant worker's discrimination suit
March 25, 2015
The US Supreme Court on Wednesday ruled 6-3 in Young v. United Parcel Service that a plaintiff may satisfy the requirement to show a prima facie case of discrimination under the Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA) by showing that the employer accommodates a large percentage of nonpregnant workers whi....... [more]

Same-Sex Marriage, Heightened Scrutiny and the Problem of "Animus"
March 21, 2015
JURIST Guest Columnist Eric Berger, of the University of Nebraska College of Law, considers whether the US Supreme Court is ready to finally invalidate bans on same-sex marriages on the national scale and tries to predict what issues the US Supreme Court would address in such decision ...The US Supr....... [more]

Puerto Rico officials to stop opposing same-sex marriage
March 21, 2015
Puerto Rican officials announced Friday that Puerto Rico is ending its defense of a same-sex marriage ban. Article 68 of Puerto Rico's Civil Code contains the territory's same-sex marriage rules. Justice Secretary CÚsar Miranda stated, "It neither fair nor correct to defend the constitutionality of....... [more]

Texas AG challenges plan to extend benefits to same-sex couples
March 19, 2015
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton filed suit on Wednesday against the US Department of Labor (DOL) over a plan that would allow same-sex couples medical leave benefits. The proposed legislation involves the Family Medical Leave Act, which requires employers to allow employees time off for certain f....... [more]

Alabama federal judge declines to stay same-sex marriage order
March 17, 2015
Judge Callie Granade of the US District Court for the Southern District of Alabama on Monday refused to stay her order to a probate judge that he must begin issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples. This new order states that the Probate Court of Mobile County must comply with her ruling in Str....... [more]

Crazy in Alabama: But Not for the Reasons Everyone Thinks
March 14, 2015
JURIST Guest Columnist Howard M. Wasserman of Florida International University College of Law discusses the intricacies of Alabama judiciary and their effect on same-sex marriage recognition describing the reasons behind Alabama judges' stance on same-sex marriage issue...Alabama has an unfortunate....... [more]

Same-Sex Marriage: From Legal Uncertainty to Legal Chaos
March 9, 2015
JURIST Guest Columnist Mary Margaret Penrose, of Texas A&M University School of Law, discusses the disarrayed nature of same-sex marriage law in the US today ... Molly Ivins, the renowned Texas satirist, once remarked, "The thing about democracy, beloveds, is that it is not neat, orderly or quie....... [more]

UK Parliament to pass amendment to equal pay law
March 7, 2015
The UK House of Lords on Wednesday will debate a bill recently passed through Parliament that will require certain businesses to reveal whether there are differences in the pay of male and female employees. The bill calls for the Secretary of State to make changes to the 2010 Equality Act, requirin....... [more]

US appeals court blocks same-sex marriage in Nebraska
March 6, 2015
The US Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit on Thursday stayed a ruling of the US District Court for the District of Nebraska, which would have allowed same-sex couples in Nebraska to marry beginning on March 9. The case arose out of a challenge to Nebraska's ban on same-sex marriage brought by....... [more]

UN: Progress made on women's equality under constant threat
March 6, 2015
The UN Working Group on the issue of discrimination against women in law and practice warned on Friday that the progress made in achieving women's rights remains under continuous threat. They stressed that, "no country in the world has achieved full substantive equality of women." The Working Group....... [more]




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