January 30, 2015
by Emelina Perez
Virginia officials reached a $520,000 settlement Wednesday over attorney's fees with challengers of the commonwealth's same-sex marriage ban. The plaintiffs are allowed to seek attorney's fees because they successfully challenged the marriage ban under a federal civil rights law. Two law firms ...[read more]
January 30, 2015
by Taylor Brailey
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) on Friday filed a lawsuit in federal court that effectively challenges debt collection practices that have resulted in the jailing of many low-income people. The ACLU brought the case in the US District Court for the Northern District of Georgia after a ...[read more]
January 27, 2015
by Laura DeGeer
The state of Ohio, along with several universities, filed a lawsuit in the US District Court for the Southern District of Ohio Monday challenging taxes imposed on the state through the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA). The state claims that:the federal government has ...[read more]
January 26, 2015
by William Helbling
A judge for the US District Court for the Southern District of Alabama on Sunday put a two-week hold on a decision overturning Alabama's same-sex marriage ban. Judge Callie VS Granade stated that the two-week stay is not intended to become lengthy hold on current same-sex couples' right to marry. ...[read more]
January 26, 2015
by Joseph Macklin
JURIST Guest Columnist Robert A. Sedler, of Wayne State University Law School, discusses the constitutionality of Michigan's ban on marriage for same-sex persons ... In Caspar v. Snyder, decided on January 15, 2015, Judge Mark A. Goldsmith of the US District Court for the Eastern District of ...[read more]
January 25, 2015
by Emelina Perez
The United States District Court for the Southern District of Alabama on Friday struck down the Alabama Sanctity of Marriage Amendment and the Alabama Marriage Protection Act, ruling them unconstitutional. Applying strict scrutiny, Judge Callie V.S. Granade found the marriage laws violated the ...[read more]
January 24, 2015
by Josh Guckert
JURIST Guest Columnist Chris Wester, New England School of Law, Class of 2016, discusses how rights for same-sex couples in the US have evolved...Many of the rights that our society refers to today as basic, uninhibited and fundamental to the lives of all American citizens were not ...[read more]
January 23, 2015
by Valerie Howell
A judge for the US District Court for the District of Arizona on Thursday made permanent an injunction that requires the state to issue driver's licenses to immigrants who were brought illegally to the US as children. The young people, known as Dreamers, were granted a deferral of deportation by ...[read more]
January 23, 2015
by Valerie Howell
The US House of Representatives passed a bill on Thursday that would ban abortions supported by federal funding. The bill explicitly denies any health plans or facilities that are federally funded from expending tax-payer funds from being used for abortion services. Voting on the bill was timed to ...[read more]
January 22, 2015
by Colleen Mallick
The second highest court in Malaysia ruled Wednesday in a high-profile transgender case that Islamic law is restricted to familial matters such as marriage, divorce and inheritance, and the constitution provides a secular federal government. The ruling is based on the 1988 Supreme Court case, Che ...[read more]

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