In a 2-1 ruling, the Tenth Circuit declared today that Utah's ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional, affirming a 2013 district court opinion. The ruling would make Utah the 21st state with marriage equality. Appellate reviews are still pending in 8 states: Ohio, Texas, Kentucky,
Hope you got the classes and clinics you wanted! In the meantime, several civil rights issues have been hot topics in the news.
Same Sex Marriage and Religious Exemptions – Scotus Blog
Last Monday, the Supreme Court refused to weigh in on the debate on religious exemptions
Civil rights and civil liberties dominated the first week of April:
1. McCutcheon v. FEC
On Wednesday, April 2, the Supreme Court delivered a powerful blow to campaign contribution limits in McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission. Chief Justice John Roberts stated that limits on aggregate contributions “intrude without
In light of the Supreme Court hearing oral argument today in Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc., we are excited to release an early online-only version of RFRA Exemptions from the Contraception Mandate: An Unconstitutional Accommodation of Religion, by Frederick Mark Gedicks and Rebecca G.
Welcome back from Break! While we were away from classes, civil rights legal news still plugged on:
Same-Sex Marriage in Michigan - SCOTUSBlog
Last week, Senior Judge Friedman invalidated Michigan’s constitutional ban on same-sex marriages and entered a permanent injunction against its enforcement. After a full trial,
We bring you a special Spring Break Edition of the legal news roundup. Pull up a beach chair and read on.
Tennessee federal judge Aleta Trauger wrote a decision recognizing the legitimacy of out-of-state marriages between same-sex spouses. Judge Trauger’s memorandum is here: http://sblog.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/Tanco-opinion-3-14-14.pdf Reuters
Serving a death sentence upon a person with severe intellectual disabilities is a violation of the Eighth Amendment. Several Supreme Court cases from the past few decades have explored the intersection between capital punishment and intellectual disabilities. In Ford v. Wainwright (1986), the Supreme Court
The last week has had several civil rights updates on several different fronts:
"Senate Democrats help block Obama nominee for civil rights post" - Washington Post
The Senate rejected the nomination of Debo P. Adegbile to lead the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division. Adegbile was the leading
The end of February delivered a flurry of civil rights and civil liberties news. Here are a few stories to kick off your week:
1. Arizona Did Us All a Favor - NY Times
On Wednesday, Arizona Governor Jan Brewer, in response to a storm of protests from
Justice Scalia is (in)famous for his view that when the Court struck down Texas’ criminal sodomy statute in Lawrence v. Texas, it undermined bans on “bigamy, same-sex marriage, adult incest, prostitution, masturbation, adultery, fornication, bestiality, and obscenity.” To some, this slippery slope argument is coming