March 6, 2015
by Taylor Brailey
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 ...[read more]
March 5, 2015
by Steven Wildberger
Paul Black, a prisoner at HMP Wymott, won a contentious judgment in the UK High Court on Thursday banning smoking in prisons and all Crown premises. Under current regulations, prisoners are permitted to smoke in cells but forbidden to smoke in corridors and other places of high prisoner traffic. ...[read more]
March 5, 2015
by Jacqueline Jones
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Wednesday urged South Sudanese Vice President Riek Machar and President Salva Kiir to put their issues aside for the well-being of South Sudan in order to create lasting peace. He urged them to make the necessary compromises and create a power-sharing agreement ...[read more]
March 5, 2015
by Matt Belenky
The Alabama Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that the state's ban on same-sex marriage is legal, despite an earlier decision by a federal judge to the contrary. The Supreme Court ordered 68 probate judges in Alabama to halt the issuance of marriage licenses to same-sex couples, stating, "Alabama law ...[read more]
March 2, 2015
by Sarah Boehme
A judge for the US District Court for the District of Nebraska ruled Monday that Nebraska's same-sex marriage ban is unconstitutional, but the decision will not take effect until March 9 and has immediately been appealed to the US Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit. US District Judge Joseph ...[read more]
February 26, 2015
by Alexandra Farone
The Supreme Court of South Korea on Thursday decriminalized extramarital affairs. The 7-2 decision held as unconstitutional a 1953 law that made marital infidelity punishable by jail. South Korea was one of only three Asian countries to criminally ban adultery, and the law was presented to the ...[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 25, 2015
by Peter Snyder
The implementation of California's plastic bag ban, which was set to go into effect in July, has been halted by a successful referendum petition. The trade group American Progressive Bag Alliance (ACPA) collected more than 800,000 signatures on their petition. A random sampling of these ...[read more]
February 21, 2015
by Kimberly Bennett
A spokesperson for UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in a statement yesterday revealed that Ban had spoken with Ukraine Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin regarding the ceasefire in Ukraine. Ban expressed concern over the situation and informed Klimkin that the UN would continue to follow the Security ...[read more]
February 20, 2015
by Taylor Brailey
The Supreme Court of Texas on Thursday granted an emergency stay of two trial court decisions in Travis County, which held that an amendment to Texas's constitution banning same-sex marriage violates the equal protection and due process clauses of the Fourteenth Amendment to the United States ...[read more]

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