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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]

Ruling would permit Florida same-sex marriages in January
December 4, 2014
The US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit on Wednesday declined to further stay a lower court's ruling that overturned Florida's ban on same-sex marriage. The ruling would allow same-sex marriage to begin in Florida when the stay expires after January 5. In August a US District Judge for the....... [more]

Louisiana asks Supreme Court to review same-sex marriage ruling
December 3, 2014
Louisiana officials on Tuesday asked the US Supreme Court to hear a case concerning its same-sex marriage ban. The state's Attorney General asked for a writ of certiorari before judgment, meaning that the Supreme court could hear the case before the US Appeals Court for the Fifth Circuit rules. Thes....... [more]

Arkansas, Mississippi same-sex marriage bans struck down
November 26, 2014
Two federal judges on Tuesday struck down same-sex marriage bans in Arkansas and Mississippi. The rulings overturned the voter-approved bans that had been in place for over a decade. US District Judge Carlton Wayne Reeves of Jackson placed his decision declaring the ban a violation of the Fourteent....... [more]

Supreme Court asked to rule on Louisiana same-sex marriage case
November 21, 2014
Seven same-sex couples submitted a petition on Thursday asking the US Supreme Court to review the district court's decision to uphold Louisiana's same-sex marriage ban before it proceeds to the federal appeals court. The petition presents the court with the question of whether a state's constitution....... [more]

Why "Federalism" Should Not Prevent Nationwide Marriage Equality
September 29, 2014
JURIST Guest Columnist David Glasgow, a fellow at the New York University School of Law Public Interest Law Center, discusses the reasons why the Windsor decision was not based on federalism...Advocates and opponents of same-sex marriage are breathlessly waiting for news from the Supreme Court that....... [more]

Louisiana court rules state's ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional
September 23, 2014
The Fifteenth Judicial District Court of Louisiana issued a ruling Monday holding the state's ban on the recognition of same-sex marriages performed outside of the state unconstitutional. The ruling comes just days after the US District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana became the first fe....... [more]

Federal judge finds BP bears majority of responsibility for Deepwater Horizon disaster
September 4, 2014
A judge for the US District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana ruled Wednesday that BP was grossly negligent and bears a majority of the blame for the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster. In his 153-page decision, Judge Carl Barbier determined that 67 percent of the blame for the disaster rest....... [more]

Louisiana same-sex marriage ban upheld
September 3, 2014
A federal judge on Wednesday upheld Louisiana's ban on same-sex marriage, saying that same-sex marriage supporters had failed to prove that the ban violates the equal protection or due process provisions of the Constitution. The ruling by Judge Martin Feldman of the US District Court for the Eastern....... [more]

Federal judge temporarily blocks Louisiana abortion law
September 1, 2014
A federal judge on Sunday temporarily blocked the enforcement of Louisiana's new abortion law, which was scheduled to take effect on Monday. The measure requires doctors who perform abortions to have patient admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of their clinic, allowing for clinics to....... [more]

Louisiana abortion clinic challenges new state law
August 23, 2014
Louisiana abortion clinic Hope Medical Group for Women and the Center for Reproductive Rights on Friday filed a lawsuit in the US District Court for the Middle District of Louisiana to block a law that requires doctors to have hospital admitting privileges, which would likely force clinics to shut d....... [more]




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