April 3, 2015
by Emelina Perez
Fifteen states, led by Louisiana, urged the US Supreme Court on Thursday to uphold same-sex marriage bans. The brief asserts that voters should decide for themselves whether to allow same-sex marriages in their respective states. Alaska, Arizona, Idaho, Kansas, Montana, Oklahoma, Utah and West ...[read more]
March 7, 2015
by Emelina Perez
The West Virginia Legislature on Friday overrode the governor's veto, passing a bill banning abortion after 20 weeks. Governor Earl Ray Tomblin said he vetoed the law because of concerns over its constitutionality and would have preferred a later gestational period for banning abortion. The bill ...[read more]
February 26, 2015
by Steven Wildberger
West Virginia's senate on Wednesday approved House Bill 2586, otherwise known as the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, which bans abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy. The legislation is based on the controversial premise that the unborn can feel pain starting around 20 weeks. The act, ...[read more]
February 5, 2015
by Joseph Macklin
JURIST Guest Columnist Christopher Edwards, of Bowles Rice, LLP in Charleston, WV, discusses the proposed legislative changes to West Virginia's workers' compensation scheme ... Workers' Compensation programs provide important benefits to both employees and employers. If an employee is injured or ...[read more]
February 5, 2015
by Alexandra Farone
The West Virginia House of Delegates on Wednesday approved legislation to make the state's judicial elections nonpartisan. The bill is sponsored by Republican delegate Kayla Kessinger, and it would apply to magistrates, family courts, circuit courts and the state supreme court. This legislation ...[read more]
February 5, 2015
by Laura DeGeer
California state senators Dr. Richard Pan and Ben Allen on Wednesday announced plans to propose legislation requiring parents to vaccinate all school children. This legislation will "repeal the personal belief exemption that currently allows parents to effectively opt their child out of vaccines," ...[read more]
January 26, 2015
by Cassandra Baubie
JURIST Guest Columnist Kendra Huard Fershee, of West Virginia University College at Law, discusses the legal and social issues within West Virginia's struggle to uphold same sex marriage ...Same-sex marriage supporters in West Virginia—and several other states—went to bed on Sunday ...[read more]
November 12, 2014
by Taylor Brailey
A judge for the US District Court for the District of South Carolina ordered state officials on Wednesday to stop enforcing South Carolina's same-sex marriage ban. Judge Richard Mark Gergel based this decision on a recent US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit opinion on Virginia, which held ...[read more]
November 8, 2014
by Elizabeth LaForgia
A federal judge for the US District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia on Friday ruled that West Virginia's ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional, several weeks after state officials began issuing marriage licenses to gay and lesbian couples. US District Judge Robert Chambers ...[read more]
October 26, 2014
by William Helbling
US Attorney General Eric Holder on Saturday announced that the federal government will recognize same sex marriage in six additional states. The addition of Alaska, Arizona, Idaho, North Carolina, West Virginia and Wyoming will now bring the total number of states recognizing same-sex marriage to ...[read more]

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