February 23, 2015
by Alison Sacriponte
The US Supreme Court on Monday refused to reinstate the appeal of Bobby Chen in his legal dispute with the city of Baltimore. Chen has been fighting city officials for years on a claim that the city illegally demolished his house. Without the help of an attorney, Chen managed to get his case to ...[read more]
February 14, 2015
by Cassandra Baubie
JURIST Guest Columnist Steven Smith, of the University of San Diego School of Law, discusses the significance surrounding the decision made in Holt v. Hobbs and our nation's commitment to religious freedom ...In Holt v. Hobbs, the US Supreme Court methodically applied the Religious Land Use and ...[read more]
February 9, 2015
by William Helbling
Alabama began issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples Monday after the US Supreme Court refused to extend a two-week stay on a federal judge's ruling. Last month a judge for the US District Court for the Southern District of Alabama struck down the Alabama Sanctity of Marriage Amendment and ...[read more]
February 7, 2015
by Megan Miller
In January 2015, the US Supreme Court granted certiorari in Obergefell v. Hodges, a case from the US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit which upheld state bans on same-sex marriages. The Sixth Circuit's opinion created a circuit split. The US Courts of Appeals for the Fourth, Seventh, Ninth ...[read more]
February 7, 2015
by Vanessa Griffith
The debate over the legalization of same-sex marriage is one of the most polarizing issues currently facing the American legal community. Several major cases shaped the course of the debate over the past 40 years. Loving v. Virginia is a 1967 US Supreme Court case which declared laws prohibiting ...[read more]
February 7, 2015
by Zachariah Rivenbark
In the wake of US v. Windsor, federal courts across the US confronted the issue of whether individual state bans on same-sex marriage violated the US Constitution. A circuit split emerged after the US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit upheld state bans on same-sex marriage, departing from the ...[read more]
February 5, 2015
by Steven Wildberger
Michigan Governor Rick Snyder said Wednesday that his state will not challenge a decision by the US District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan ordering the state to recognize more than 300 same-sex marriages performed in March. The couples wed on March 22, a day after US District Judge ...[read more]
February 5, 2015
by Laura DeGeer
The US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit on Wednesday put all pending same-sex marriage appeals on hold until the US Supreme Court rules on the issue. The court issued similar orders on pending appeals from Alabama and Florida. The Eleventh Circuit has refused to delay same-sex marriages ...[read more]
January 30, 2015
by Colleen Mallick
A prosecutor on Thursday argued that a military court order barring female guards at Guantanamo Bay from touching an alleged al Qaeda commander violates Pentagon sex discrimination guidelines. At Thursday's hearing on the ban, Prosecutor Army Lieutenant Colonel David Long also argued that the ...[read more]
January 29, 2015
by Alison Sacriponte
Chilean lawmakers on Wednesday gave final approval to a bill that recognizes civil unions between same-sex couples. The legislation will now go to President Michelle Bachelet next, who is expected to sign it. The bill's passage will give same-sex couples many of the rights granted to married ...[read more]

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