Legal news from Saturday, March 5, 2011

[JURIST] The Washington House of Representatives [official website] on Friday voted 58-39 to approve a bill [materials] recognizing out-of-state same-sex marriages as legal domestic partnerships. House Bill 1649 amends current law that recognizes out-of-state domestic partnerships and civil unions, but excludes same-sex marriage [JURIST news archive]. The vote took place … [read more]

[JURIST] The Constitutional Court of Benin [official website, in French] on Friday approved a second postponement of presidential elections following complaints that over one million people were not registered to vote. The court delayed the date [AFP report] of the presidential election from March 6 to March 13, holding that … [read more]

[JURIST] House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) [official website] on Friday announced that he is launching a legal advisory group to defend [press release] the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) [text; JURIST news archive]. "The constitutionality of this law should be determined by the courts, not by the president unilaterally, and … [read more]

[JURIST] Federal prosecutors on Friday filed a 49-count indictment [text, PDF] against Jared Lee Loughner, the suspect in the recent Tucson, Arizona shooting. The new indictment carries more severe charges than the original indictment [text, PDF; JURIST report] filed in January, accounting for all victims of the attack and carrying … [read more]

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