May 17, 2013
by Arjun Mishra
On May 17, 2004, Massachusetts became the first state in the union to legalize same-sex marriage. The Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts ruled in Goodridge v. Department of Public Health that the state's constitution prohibited a ban on same-sex marriage passed in November 2003. Attempts to ...[read more]
November 7, 2012
by Jerry Votava
Voters passed ballot measures on Tuesday seeking to limit the amount of money that can be directed to political campaigns in Colorado and Montana. The measure in Colorado will amend that state's constitution to declare that the people of the state find that "large campaign contributions to ...[read more]
November 7, 2012
by Dan Taglioli
Marijuana will become legal in Colorado and Washington after voters passed ballot initiatives Tuesday to legalize marijuana for the first time on a statewide basis. In Washington voters approved an Initiative to the Legislature to allow the possession and distribution of marijuana through a state- ...[read more]
June 13, 2012
by Rebecca DiLeonardo
A referendum to overturn a new same-sex marriage law in Washington will appear on the ballots in November, the Secretary of State's office announced on Tuesday. Voters will have the option to accept or reject the new law, which legalizes civil marriage for same-sex couples. Last week, Preserve ...[read more]
November 17, 2011
by Michael Haggerson
The California Supreme Court ruled Thursday that sponsors of Proposition 8 and other ballot initiatives can defend them in court when the state refuses to do so. When the same-sex marriage ban was initially struck down last year by the US District Court for the Northern District of California, ...[read more]
November 9, 2011
by Dan Taglioli
Mississippi voters on Tuesday overwhelmingly approved an amendment to the state constitution limiting the power of eminent domain in the state. The approved measure would prohibit, with certain exceptions, state and local government from conveying acquired private property to other persons or ...[read more]
November 9, 2011
by Julia Zebley
Mississippi voters on Tuesday approved the Mississippi Voter Identification Petition by 62 percent, creating a new requirement that voters show government-issued photo identification at the polls. The ballot included a disclaimer explaining a government-issued photo identification costs ...[read more]
November 2, 2011
by Meagan McElroy
On November 2, 2010, ballot measures failed in California, Arizona, South Dakota, and Oregon that would have eased state regulation of marijuana. California's Proposition 19 would have legalized possession of up to an ounce of marijuana, authorized the cultivation of marijuana for personal ...[read more]
September 30, 2011
by Dwyer Arce
On September 30, 2008, a judge for the US District Court for the District of Nevada invalidated Nevada's County Population Rule as unconstitutional under the Fourteenth Amendment of the US Constitution. The order stemmed from a lawsuit filed by the Marijuana Policy Project (MPP) and the American ...[read more]
October 15, 2010
by Brian Jackson
US Attorney General Eric Holder has said the Department of Justice will continue to enforce the Controlled Substances Act (CSA) in California even if a state ballot measure legalizing marijuana passes in November, according to a Friday report by the AP. The measure, Proposition 19, would ...[read more]

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