September 23, 2014
by Alison Sacriponte
The US Department of State on Tuesday announced it will not use anti-personnel landmines outside of the Korean Peninsula, underscoring its commitment to the aims of the Ottawa Convention, the treaty that prohibits the use, stockpiling, production and transfer of anti-personnel landmines. The ...[read more]
September 23, 2014
by Julie Deisher
The Fifteenth Judicial District Court of Louisiana issued a ruling Monday holding the state's ban on the recognition of same-sex marriages performed outside of the state unconstitutional. The ruling comes just days after the US District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana became the first ...[read more]
September 18, 2014
by Addison Morris
A judge for the US District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia on Thursday delayed ruling on a lawsuit challenging the state's ban on same-sex marriage. Judge Robert Chambers stated that the case, brought on behalf of three same-sex couples and the child of one couple, has issues ...[read more]
September 18, 2014
by Bradley McAllister
The American Civil Liberties Union (ALCU) filed a complaint on Wednesday on behalf of four same-sex couples who were legally married in Wisconsin last June, but whose marriages are not currently recognized due to a stay on the district court ruling striking down the same-sex marriage ban. The ...[read more]
September 13, 2014
by Kimberly Bennett
Germany passed a bill banning on all images and activities in support of the Islamic State (IS) Friday, effectively outlawing support for the group. The ban takes immediate effect and covers the recruitment of jihadist fighters, the use of IS symbols and social media propaganda. Interior Minister ...[read more]
September 12, 2014
by Elizabeth LaForgia
The US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit on Thursday upheld a ban on gay conversion therapy in New Jersey. The lawsuit was filed by two licensed therapists, among others, who practice "sexual orientation change efforts." In November a federal judge in Trenton dismissed the lawsuit, rejecting ...[read more]
September 8, 2014
by Taylor Gillan
The UN General Assembly on Monday met to discuss "the responsibility to protect" adopted by world leaders in 2005, with UN officials stressing the urgency of this responsibility as crises rage around the world. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon addressed the assembly, saying that the world now faces ...[read more]
September 5, 2014
by Julie Deisher
The US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit on Thursday upheld lower courts' decisions striking down the same-sex marriage bans in Wisconsin and Indiana. The court heard oral arguments on the bans in August. Writing for a unanimous court, Judge Richard Posner states that neither state has ...[read more]
September 3, 2014
by Taylor Gillan
A federal judge on Wednesday upheld Louisiana's ban on same-sex marriage, saying that same-sex marriage supporters had failed to prove that the ban violates the equal protection or due process provisions of the Constitution. The ruling by Judge Martin Feldman of the US District Court for the ...[read more]
August 30, 2014
by Ann Schober
The California Legislature on Friday enacted a ban on the use of plastic grocery bags in the state. The bill , if signed into law, will become the first law of its kind in the US. Some cities and counties within the state have successfully enacted the ban but the law had not yet passed at the ...[read more]

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