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It's Time to End Public University Speech Zones
May 21, 2014
JURIST Guest Columnist David Hacker of Alliance Defending Freedom discusses free speech zones on public university campuses... Free speech zones on public university campuses sound wonderful in the abstract?a special zone just for free speech! But don't be fooled. College's sell the idea of f....... [more]

Supreme Court upholds Hawaii redistricting plan
January 22, 2014
The US Supreme Court on Tuesday affirmed the case of Kostick v. Nago without issuing an opinion, upholding the Hawaii state legislature's redistricting plan. The case was on appeal from the US District Court for the District of Hawaii, which ruled in favor of the redistricting plan. The plan's oppo....... [more]

Hawaii judge upholds same-sex marriage law
November 15, 2013
A Hawaii Circuit Court judge on Thursday upheld the state's recently enacted same-sex marriage law despite a challenge from opponents who argue the state's Constitution prohibits it. The new law, which will take effect December 2 and make Hawaii the fifteenth US state to legalize same-sex marriage....... [more]

Hawaii legalizes same-sex marriage
November 14, 2013
Hawaiian Governor Neil Abercrombie on Wednesday signed into law a bill legalizing same-sex marriage. The new law will take effect December 2 and will make Hawaii the fifteenth US state to legalize same-sex marriage. The Hawaii Marriage Equality Act of 2013 seeks to ensure that "same-sex couples are....... [more]

Hawaii senate passes same-sex marriage bill
November 13, 2013
The Hawaii Senate on Tuesday passed a bill legalizing same-sex marriage by a vote of 19-4. The Hawaii House of Representatives approved the same-sex marriage bill last week after adding amendments that allow religious organizations to withhold services if the same-sex marriage would be a violation o....... [more]

Hawaii House approves same-sex marriage bill
November 9, 2013
The Hawaii House of Representatives voted 30-19 Friday to pass a bill legalizing same-sex marriage. A point of contention during the committee hearing was the introduction of religious exemptions to the bill, allowing religious organizations to withhold services if the same-sex marriage would be a....... [more]

Hawaii judge refuses to block same-sex marriage legalization
November 8, 2013
A Hawaiin judge on Thursday denied a request for a temporary restraining order against lawmakers to prevent the legalization of same-sex marriage. Oahu Circuit Court Judge Karl Sakamoto said he would hear any challenges made against such legislation if passed by the legislature. The suit was brought....... [more]

Hawaii senate approves same-sex marriage bill
October 31, 2013
The Hawaii Senate on Wednesday approved a measure to legalize same-sex marriage in the state. The legislation, which has been sent on to the House after a 20-4 vote in favor of the bill, recognizes marriages between people of the same sex and grants to these couples the same rights, benefits and pro....... [more]

Federal court rejects challenge to Hawaii same-sex marriage prohibition
August 10, 2012
The US District Court for the District of Hawaii on Wednesday denied a state law challenge brought by a lesbian couple who seek to be married rather than enter into a civil union. Natasha Jackson and Janin Kleid filed the lawsuit in December, claiming they are being denied the "fundamental right" to....... [more]

Federal judge dismisses largest US human trafficking case
July 21, 2012
A judge for the US District Court for the District of Hawaii on Friday dismissed human trafficking charges against six executives and other business associates. The charges relate to a 2010 indictment that alleged the defendants enticed approximately 600 Thai nationals to come to the US by falsely....... [more]

Rhode Island governor signed same-sex civil unions bill
July 2, 2012
On July 2, 2011, Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Chafee signed into law H6103, which legalized same-sex unions in the state. The bill, modeled on bills already passed in Illinois, Delaware and Hawaii, defines a civil union as a "legal union between two individuals of the same sex" who are consenting a....... [more]




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