August 10, 2014
by William Helbling
A judge for the US District Court for the District of New Mexico ruled Thursday that a New Mexico city must remove a Ten Commandments monument placed outside of Bloomfield city hall. The lawsuit was initially filed in 2012 against the city of Bloomfield by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) ...[read more]
August 1, 2014
by Bradley McAllister
UN Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief Heiner Bielefeldt on Thursday reported serious violations of religious freedom persist in Vietnam. Bielefeldt announced three of his planned visits were interrupted and Vietnamese security agents monitored his visit closely. I received ...[read more]
July 16, 2014
by Jaclyn Belczyk
A judge for the US District Court for the Central District of California on Wednesday struck down California's death penalty, finding that it violates the Eighth Amendment to the US Constitution. US District Judge Cormac Carney ruled on a petition by death row inmate Ernest Dewayne Jones, who was ...[read more]
July 16, 2014
by Addison Morris
The US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit ruled Monday that Indiana must allow secular humanists to officiate at weddings, despite a state law that bars their participation. The court declared that the law unlawfully discriminates against nonreligious humanists who wish to have their ...[read more]
July 16, 2014
by Ann Schober
The US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit on Monday reversed a lower court ruling prohibiting the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles from issuing specialty license plates featuring the Confederate battle flag. The Texas Division of the Sons of Confederate Veterans (SCV), an organization ...[read more]
July 1, 2014
by William Hibbitts
A judge for the US District Court for the Western District of Kentucky on Thursday struck down a voter-approved amendment to the Kentucky constitution banning same-sex marriages. The lawsuit was filed by two same-sex couples who attempted to apply for a marriage license and were denied. The ...[read more]
June 27, 2014
by William Hibbitts
A judge for the US District Court for the District of Colorado on Thursday upheld two Colorado statutes that expanded mandatory background checks and banned high capacity magazines. CRS 18-12-302 and CRS 18-12-112 were challenged by a group of individuals and entities who claimed that... ...[read more]
June 26, 2014
by William Hibbitts
The US Supreme Court ruled Thursday that a Massachusetts law creating a 35-foot protester-free buffer zone around the entrance or driveway of an abortion clinic is unconstitutional. In McCullen v. Coakley the court considered the questions of whether the buffer zone, created by the Reproductive ...[read more]
June 26, 2014
by Julie Deisher
A panel of judges sitting for the US Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit on Wednesday upheld a lower court's ruling striking down Utah's constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage. The US District Court for the District of Utah struck down Utah's constitutional and statutory bans on ...[read more]
June 25, 2014
by William Hibbitts
A judge for the US District Court for the Southern District of Indiana on Wednesday struck down Indiana's ban on same-sex marriage as unconstitutional. Three lawsuits, including one filed by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) on behalf of 15 people, all sought to challenge parts of Indiana ...[read more]

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