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Supreme Court expands First Amendment protections for public employees
June 19, 2014
The US Supreme Court ruled unanimously Thursday in Lane v. Franks that a public employee's sworn testimony outside the scope of his ordinary job duties is entitled to First Amendment protection. Edward Lane was fired from his job at Central Alabama Community College (CACC) after he determined that a....... [more]

Alabama appeals court strikes down anti-sodomy law
June 15, 2014
The Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals on Friday struck down a portion of a state law banning consensual oral and anal sex, aimed at criminalizing homosexual conduct, as unconstitutional. The appeal was brought by a Dallas County, Alabama, man who was charged with engaging in consensual sodomy with a....... [more]

ACLU challenges Alabama same-sex marriage ban
June 10, 2014
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) filed a lawsuit Tuesday that challenges Alabama's same-sex marriage ban. The lawsuit was filed on behalf of April Aaron-Brush and Ginger Aaron Brush, a same-sex couple who were legally married in Massachusetts in June 2012. The lawsuit specifically challenge....... [more]

Supreme Court to rule in Alabama redistricting cases
June 2, 2014
The US Supreme Court on Monday agreed to hear two cases challenging Alabama's redistricting plans, consolidating them for one hour of oral argument. In Alabama Democratic Conference v. Alabama, the court limited review to question 1: 1(a). Whether, as the dissenting Judge concluded, this effort amo....... [more]

Alabama's Law Setting Standards of Medical Care for Abortion Providers Challenged
May 9, 2014
JURIST Guest Columnist Michael J. DeBoer of the Faulkner University Thomas Goode Jones School of Law discusses the recently passed Women's Health and Safety Act and the challenges facing this legislation... On April 9, 2013, Alabama Governor Robert Bentley signed into law the Women's Health and Safe....... [more]

Alabama Senate approves abortion bill requiring guardian consent
April 4, 2014
The Alabama Senate on Thursday approved a bill that requires a parent or guardian's approval before a minor can have abortion. Under the law, a minor wishing to get an abortion without parental consent must prove in court that she cannot consult her parents, and the court can appoint a guardian ad l....... [more]

Federal judge to decide on constitutionality of Alabama abortion law
April 3, 2014
Judge Myron Thompson of the US District Court for the Middle District of Alabama on Wednesday set a trial date of May 19 to determine the constitutionality of an Alabama law passed last year requiring doctors who perform abortions to obtain hospital admitting privileges. The Women's Health and Safe....... [more]

Alabama federal judge to hold trial on abortion law
March 31, 2014
Judge Myron Thompson of the US District Court for the Middle District of Alabama announced on Monday that he would hold a trial on Alabama's new law requiring abortion clinic to have approval to admit patients to nearby hospitals. The Women's Health and Safety Act, which was signed into law last Ap....... [more]

Alabama House approves execution drug secrecy bill
March 7, 2014
On Thursday the Alabama House of Representatives approved a bill that would require information related to suppliers of drugs used in lethal injections to be kept confidential, citing current difficulties obtaining the drugs. The bill is being pushed by the Alabama Department of Corrections, and pa....... [more]

Alabama House approves fetal heartbeat abortion ban
March 5, 2014
The Alabama House of Representatives passed a bill Tuesday that would ban abortions after a fetal heartbeat detected. The measure passed by a vote of 73-29. A fetal heartbeat can be detected as early as five weeks into pregnancy. Three other abortion bills were also passed by the House Tuesday. The....... [more]

Alabama widower seeks same-sex marriage recognition
February 14, 2014
The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) on Thursday announced a lawsuit filed in US District Court for the Middle District of Alabama on behalf of widower Paul Hard challenging Alabama's Marriage Protection Act and Sanctity Marriage Amendment (Sanctity Laws) which refuse to recognize same sex marriag....... [more]




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