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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]

US city files suit against Brazil's Petrobras for securities fraud
December 28, 2014
The City of Providence, Rhode Island filed a class action suit against Brazil's state-run oil company Petrobras on Wednesday in the US District Court for the Southern District of New York. The complaint alleges Petrobras engaged in a fraudulent scheme to inflate the value of the company's net incom....... [more]

Supreme Court to rule on threats, administrative rule interpretations
June 16, 2014
The US Supreme Court on Monday granted certiorari in two cases. In Elonis v. United States the question presented is: "Whether, consistent with the First Amendment and Virginia v. Black, ... conviction of threatening another person requires proof of the defendant's subjective intent to threaten, as....... [more]

Rhode Island Senate passed 'homeless bill of rights'
June 13, 2013
On June 13, 2012, the Rhode Island Senate passed legislation aimed at protecting the rights of homeless persons. This "homeless bill of rights" included the rights to vote and to move freely in public spaces and on public transportation, among others. Governor Lincoln Chaffee signed the bill, which....... [more]

Delaware governor signs same-sex marriage bill into law
May 8, 2013
Delaware Governor Jack Markell signed a same-sex marriage bill into law on Tuesday, making Delaware the eleventh US state to legalize same-sex marriage, and the second to do so in the past week. Markell signed the bill shortly after a 12-9 vote in the Delaware State Senate Tuesday afternoon. Introdu....... [more]

North Carolina voters approved gay marriage ban
May 8, 2013
On May 8, 2012, North Carolina voters passed a constitutional amendment that banned same-sex marriage, bringing the number of states with constitutional amendments banning same-sex marriage to thirty-one. Since then, Maine, Maryland and Washington have voted to legalize same-sex marriage. In April 2....... [more]

Rhode Island governor signs same-sex marriage bill
May 3, 2013
Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Chafee on Thursday signed into law a bill legalizing same-sex marriage. The bill was signed shortly after the House of Representatives approved it by a vote of 56 to 15 earlier that day, finally passing the legislation that was first introduced in Rhode Island in 1997....... [more]

Rhode Island Senate approves same-sex marriage bill
April 25, 2013
The Rhode Island Senate voted 26 to 12 Wednesday in favor of a bill that would legalize same-sex marriage. The House passed its own version of the bill in January, but must now vote on Senate amendments. A vote is expected as early as next week. Governor Lincoln Chafee, who last year signed an exec....... [more]

Rhode Island House approves same-sex marriage bill
January 25, 2013
The Rhode Island House of Representatives on Thursday approved a bill that would legalize same-sex marriage in the state. The bill passed by a vote of 51-19 after a lengthy debate on the House floor. Rhode Island is currently the only state in New England that has not legalized same-sex marriage, an....... [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]

States Must Enact Comprehensive Legislation to Protect Homeless
August 14, 2012
JURIST Guest Columnist Sapphire Jule King of the International Freedom Coalition argues that states need to enact comprehensive legislation to protect the homeless...Rhode Island's Homeless Bill of Rights, the first in the nation, makes history by protecting individuals and families experiencing hom....... [more]