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Post-Windsor Decisions in the Federal Courts
February 7, 2015
In the wake of Windsor, there has been a series of challenges to various states' statutory and constitutional bans on same-sex marriage. When Windsor was decided, same-sex marriage had been legalized in only 12 states and the District of Columbia. Many of these states had passed legislation legali....... [more]

New Hampshire woman sentenced to 10 years for role in Rwandan genocide
July 17, 2013
A judge for the US District Court for the District of New Hampshire sentenced Beatrice Munyenyezi to 10 years in prison for her role in the 1994 Rwanda genocide. Judge Steven McAuliffe imposed the maximum sentence for her crimes. Munyenyezi was convicted in February of having gained her US citizensh....... [more]

New Hampshire legislature passed civil unions bill
April 26, 2013
On April 26, 2007, the New Hampshire Senate voted by a 14-10 margin in approval of HB 437, which permitted same-sex civil unions in the state. The state's House of Representatives had voted three weeks earlier by a margin of 243-129 to pass the bill, and both votes fell mostly on party lines. Govern....... [more]

Proposal to evict Justice Souter in retaliation for eminent domain ruling was rejected
February 4, 2013
On February 4, 2006, residents of Weare, New Hampshire, voted down a proposal to evict US Supreme Court Justice David Souter from his farmhouse in that town, and instead called for the state legislature to strengthen laws regarding eminent domain. The vote was 94-59 against eviction. California resi....... [more]

Civil rights groups challenge New Hampshire education tax program
January 10, 2013
The American Civil Liberties Union of New Hampshire (ACLU) and Americans United for Separation of Church and State (AU) on Wednesday challenged the constitutionality of a tuition tax-credit program designed to divert taxpayer money to private religious schools across the state. According to the ACLU....... [more]

DOJ allows New Hampshire voter ID law
September 5, 2012
The US Department of Justice (DOJ) on Tuesday allowed a New Hampshire law requiring the use of photo identification in order to cast a regular ballot during elections. The new law is schedule to take effect on September 13. Voters who are unable to present a government issued will be permitted to ca....... [more]

New Hampshire Supreme Court revokes class action status in cigarette lawsuit
August 21, 2012
The Supreme Court of New Hampshire on Tuesday revoked class action status in a lawsuit challenging the labeling of "light" cigarettes. The plaintiff, Karen Lawrence, filed the lawsuit in 2002 alleging that Philip Morris, Inc. deliberately misled consumers to believe that "light" cigarettes decreased....... [more]

Connecticut federal judge rules DOMA unconstitutional
August 1, 2012
A judge for US District Court for the District of Connecticut on Tuesday ruled that the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is unconstitutional. Judge Vanessa Bryant granted summary judgment for the plaintiffs, six married same-sex couples and one widower from the states of Connecticut, New Hampshire and....... [more]

New Hampshire lawmakers override veto to ban 'partial-birth' abortion
June 28, 2012
The New Hampshire legislature on Wednesday passed a bill that bans "partial-birth" abortions, overriding last Friday's veto by Governor John Lynch. The House of Representatives voted 240-118 and the Senate 18-5 to override the governor's veto. The bill would require a physician to determine whethe....... [more]

New Hampshire House votes to ban abortions after 20 weeks
March 30, 2012
The New Hampshire House of Representatives on Thursday approved a bill that would prohibit abortion procedures to be performed after the 20th week of pregnancy. The bill, formerly titled "The Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act," finds substantial medical evidence that unborn fetuses can experi....... [more]

New Hampshire Senate passes medical marijuana bill
March 29, 2012
The New Hampshire Senate on Wednesday approved a bill to legalize medical marijuana. The proposed law would allow the state to issue cards to patients with illnesses such as cancer, glaucoma, HIV/AIDS, MS and others. A prospective recipient of a card would be required to get consent from a doctor a....... [more]