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Supreme Court refuses to block same-sex marriage in South Carolina
November 20, 2014
The US Supreme Court refused a request to block same-sex marriages in South Carolina on Thursday, making it the thirty-fifth US state where same-sex marriage is legal. The lower court in South Carolina had lifted the state's same-sex marriage ban earlier this month, and the Attorney General had aske....... [more]

South Carolina AG asks Supreme Court to delay same-sex marriage
November 19, 2014
South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson on Tuesday requested an emergency stay postponing same-sex marriage in the state. The request comes after the US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit refused to block same-sex marriage in the state. Wilson requested that Chief Justice Roberts issue a s....... [more]

Federal judge orders South Carolina officials to stop enforcing same-sex marriage ban
November 12, 2014
A judge for the US District Court for the District of South Carolina ordered state officials on Wednesday to stop enforcing South Carolina's same-sex marriage ban. Judge Richard Mark Gergel based this decision on a recent US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit opinion on Virginia, which held tha....... [more]

Judge officially ends West Virginia ban on same-sex marriage
November 8, 2014
A federal judge for the US District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia on Friday ruled that West Virginia's ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional, several weeks after state officials began issuing marriage licenses to gay and lesbian couples. US District Judge Robert Chambers wr....... [more]

US Supreme Court refuses nationwide ruling on same-sex marriage
October 6, 2014
The US Supreme Court on Monday denied seven pending appeals, rejecting calls for a nationwide ruling on same-sex marriage. The rebuff puts into effect three federal appeals decisions, legalizing same-sex marriage in Utah, Oklahoma, Virginia, Wisconsin and Indiana. Other states including Colorado....... [more]

South Carolina drops defense of controversial immigration law
March 4, 2014
The South Carolina Attorney General's Office said Monday that it would comply with a court order enjoining it from enforcing the controversial "show me your papers" provision of the state's recently enacted immigration law. In what is being called a victory for immigrants' rights, the state will no....... [more]

Chemical storage regulation proposed in wake of West Virginia spill
January 21, 2014
New legislation has been proposed to tighten regulations on chemical storage facilities following a chemical spill that contaminated the water supply for 300,000 West Virginia residents. 7,500 gallons of coal-cleaning chemicals leaked from an above-ground storage tank in Charleston owned by Freedom....... [more]

The Courts and Labor Law Today
December 17, 2013
Recently, the Boeing Company and the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) underwent a controversial legal battle that eventually resulted in the NLRB dropping the case in 2011. The charge against Boeing, a corporation that designs, manufactures and sells aircraft internationally, was led by Lafe So....... [more]

Right-to-Work
December 17, 2013
Nearly half of US states have adopted labor laws known as right-to-work laws. These laws have recently become established in traditionally union-strong states, and they allow companies to employ individuals without a mandate that the employees be union members. Labor and right-to-work laws have been....... [more]

Litigation Outside of the Supreme Court
November 15, 2013
Federal courts have deliberated a surfeit of cases implicating the Establishment Clause and recent contests have focused on both the relationships between private groups exercising religious customs and government action and possible endorsement. As evinced by this snapshot of recent developments, t....... [more]

The Establishment Clause Timeline
November 13, 2013
11/06/2013: Supreme Court heard oral arguments on legislative prayer. 07/03/2012: Federal judge upheld South Carolina program awarding credit for off-campus religious courses. 01/17/2012: Supreme Court declined to rule on board meeting prayers in North Carolina. 01/11/2012: Supreme Court upheld A....... [more]




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