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West Virginia legislature overrides governor's veto on abortion bill
March 7, 2015
The West Virginia Legislature on Friday overrode the governor's veto, passing a bill banning abortion after 20 weeks. Governor Earl Ray Tomblin said he vetoed the law because of concerns over its constitutionality and would have preferred a later gestational period for banning abortion. The bill exc....... [more]

West Virginia lawmakers approve 20-week abortion ban
February 26, 2015
West Virginia's senate on Wednesday approved House Bill 2586, otherwise known as the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, which bans abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy. The legislation is based on the controversial premise that the unborn can feel pain starting around 20 weeks. The act, whi....... [more]

West Virginia Legislature Proposes Substantial Changes to Deliberate Intent Statute
February 5, 2015
JURIST Guest Columnist Christopher Edwards, of Bowles Rice, LLP in Charleston, WV, discusses the proposed legislative changes to West Virginia's workers' compensation scheme ... Workers' Compensation programs provide important benefits to both employees and employers. If an employee is injured or ex....... [more]

West Virginia legislature advances bill to make judicial elections nonpartisan
February 5, 2015
The West Virginia House of Delegates on Wednesday approved legislation to make the state's judicial elections nonpartisan. The bill is sponsored by Republican delegate Kayla Kessinger, and it would apply to magistrates, family courts, circuit courts and the state supreme court. This legislation is....... [more]

California lawmakers to propose strict vaccination legislation
February 5, 2015
California state senators Dr. Richard Pan and Ben Allen on Wednesday announced plans to propose legislation requiring parents to vaccinate all school children. This legislation will "repeal the personal belief exemption that currently allows parents to effectively opt their child out of vaccines," b....... [more]

Same-Sex Marriage in West Virginia: What's Next?
January 26, 2015
JURIST Guest Columnist Kendra Huard Fershee, of West Virginia University College at Law, discusses the legal and social issues within West Virginia's struggle to uphold same sex marriage ...Same-sex marriage supporters in West Virginia—and several other states—went to bed on Sunday night....... [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]

AG Holder announces federal recognition of same-sex marriage in six states
October 26, 2014
US Attorney General Eric Holder on Saturday announced that the federal government will recognize same sex marriage in six additional states. The addition of Alaska, Arizona, Idaho, North Carolina, West Virginia and Wyoming will now bring the total number of states recognizing same-sex marriage to 32....... [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]

West Virginia judge delays ruling on same-sex marriage ban
September 18, 2014
A judge for the US District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia on Thursday delayed ruling on a lawsuit challenging the state's ban on same-sex marriage. Judge Robert Chambers stated that the case, brought on behalf of three same-sex couples and the child of one couple, has issues that....... [more]




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