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Idaho top court grants adoptive rights to same-sex couple
February 11, 2014
The Idaho Supreme Court ruled unanimously Monday that a woman in a same-sex marriage may adopt her partner's birth children. The couple was legally married in California in 2013 and Jane Doe I is the legal mother of two boys, aged 12 and 15. On appeal from a magistrate ruling which denied the adopti....... [more]

Idaho couples file same-sex marriage lawsuit
November 9, 2013
Four Idaho couples filed a lawsuit in the Idaho District Court Friday challenging the state's same-sex marriage ban. The plaintiffs are bringing the lawsuit in light of the recent Supreme Court ruling in US v. Windsor claiming that Idaho's refusal to recognize valid same-sex marriages from other sta....... [more]

July 20, 2013
Due to the controversial nature of DADT, it was the subject of numerous legal challenges during its lifespan. The US Court of Appeals for the First Circuit has dismissed two lawsuits challenging DADT, one brought by the Servicemembers Legal Defense Network (SLDN) in 2006 and the other filed by 12 ga....... [more]

President Benjamin Harrison signed law granting Idaho statehood
July 3, 2013
On July 3, 1890, US President Benjamin Harrison signed the Idaho Admission Bill into law, making Idaho the forty-third state admitted to the Union. Idaho became a territory in 1863 following the signing of an act of Congress by President Abraham Lincoln. At that time, the Idaho Territory consisted o....... [more]

President Roosevelt established two forest reserves
June 3, 2013
On June 3, 1905, US President Theodore Roosevelt established the Payette Forest Reserve and the San Juan Forest Reserve. Under Section 24 of the Forest Reserve Act of 1891, President Roosevelt had the authority to establish forest reserves by public proclamation "in any State or Territory having pub....... [more]

Federal judge overturns Idaho abortion law
March 7, 2013
Judge Lynn Winmill of the US District Court for the District of Idaho on Wednesday struck down Idaho's "fetal pain" statute, which banned most abortions after 20 weeks. The bill, called the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, was based on disputed medical evidence suggesting that a fetus can....... [more]

Expanding the Role of Competition in US Broadband Policy to Achieve Faster Speeds and Lower Prices
December 3, 2012
JURIST Guest Columnist Andrew Lipkowitz, St. John's University School of Law Class of 2013, is the author of the thirteenth article in a 15-part series from the staffers of the Journal of Civil Rights and Economic Development. He argues that Congress should enact legislation to spur competition in t....... [more]

Ninth Circuit restricts injunction on Idaho abortion law
September 12, 2012
The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit on Tuesday narrowed the scope on a preliminary injunction against a 1972 Idaho law that makes it a felony to end one's own pregnancy. Mother of three Jennie Linn McCormack was prosecuted in May 2011 under the criminal statute. McCormack filed suit in Aug....... [more]

Idaho Supreme Court to stream oral arguments live from courtroom
August 19, 2012
The Idaho Supreme Court announced Friday that on Monday it will begin streaming video of all oral arguments held in Boise live for the public to see. The live videos will be available on the court's online calendar for free and will be streamed via Idaho Public Television's Idaho Legislature Live ....... [more]

Environmental groups filed emergency injunction to halt wolf hunts
August 13, 2012
On August 13, 2011, three environmental groups filed an emergency motion in the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit requesting a halt to wolf hunting scheduled to begin in Idaho and Montana. The motion came after a judge for the US District Court for the District of Montana ruled that Congress....... [more]

Ninth Circuit allows media full access to future executions
June 9, 2012
The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit on Friday ruled unanimously to allow 17 media groups unfettered viewing access at future executions, overturning a Tuesday ruling from Idaho. The court declared that the Associated Press and 16 other news organizations have the right to view all stages o....... [more]