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Federal judge puts Alabama same-sex marriage decision on hold
January 26, 2015
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. La....... [more]

Federal judge rules Alabama marriage laws unconstitutional
January 25, 2015
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 Due....... [more]

Mich-issippi Burning: Marriage Equality, Anti-Gay Animus and Majoritarian Politics
December 7, 2014
JURIST Guest Columnist Peter J. Hammer, of Wayne State University Law School, discusses the socioeconomic disparities that gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender individuals experience in Michigan ...In an increasing number of domains, from worker rights, to marriage inequality, to state-imposed "E....... [more]

Shooting Blanks: Alabama's New Gun Rights Amendment
November 21, 2014
JURIST Guest Columnist Fredrick Vars, of the University of Alabama School of Law, discusses the new Alabama Gun Control Law and argues that the state's gun regulations will be largely unaffected by the new constitutional amendment...Alabama voters, on November 4, overwhelmingly approved a state cons....... [more]

Supreme Court hears arguments on Alabama redistricting
November 12, 2014
The US Supreme Court hear oral arguments in two cases Wednesday. In Alabama Legislative Black Caucus v. Alabama the court heard arguments on Alabama's redistricting plans. The question before the court is "Whether Alabama's legislative redistricting plans unconstitutionally classify black voters by....... [more]

Washington and Alabama vote on gun laws
November 5, 2014
Ballot measures in both Washington and Alabama passed in Tuesday's midterm elections, altering the states' gun laws. Washington Initiative 594, a measure requiring background checks for all gun purchases, passed with more than 59 percent of the vote. This new law will alter the state's existing prac....... [more]

Alabama voters approve prohibition against foreign law
November 5, 2014
Alabama voters on Tuesday passed Foreign Laws in Court Amendment One, a ballot measure that prohibits the use of foreign law to make decisions in Alabama courts. The amendment will be added to the state's constitution after a legislative committee determines where it will best fit and how it should....... [more]

Alabama death row inmate challenges new lethal injection mix
October 11, 2014
Alabama death row inmate Christopher Lee Price on Wednesday filed a federal lawsuit against the Alabama Department of Corrections claiming that the new lethal injection mix planned for use in his execution is unconstitutional. According to the complaint, filed in the US District Court for the Southe....... [more]

Congressional study: voter ID laws lower minority turnout
October 9, 2014
States that have toughened voter identification laws have experienced steeper drops in election turnout than those that have not, including disproportionate falloffs among black and younger voters, according to a nonpartisan congressional study released on Wednesday by the US Government Accountabili....... [more]

Federal court rules Alabama abortion restrictions unconstitutional
August 4, 2014
The US District Court for the Middle District of Alabama, Northern Division on Monday ruled that Alabama's recently enacted requirement that all doctors who provide abortions must have staff privileges to perform designated procedures at a local hospital is unconstitutional. Following a ten-day benc....... [more]

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]




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