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,
Good morning all, and to those of you in the Boston area, happy Marathon Monday! Here's the latest in the world of civil rights and civil liberties from the past week.
"House Votes Down Bill to Repeal La. Sodomy Laws"
Despite sodomy laws being ruled unconstitutional over
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 news rests for no man or woman. Last week, it looked like this:
Shield Law Likely to Pass – New York Times
Senator Charles Schumer said last week that it was “very likely” the Senate would pass a shield law protecting journalists this year. Congress
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
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
And in the wake of Valentine’s Day, the battle for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties rages on:
“Federal Judge Struck Down Va. Gay-Marriage Ban” – Washington Post
A Valentine’s Day gift from the courts: a step towards marriage equality in Virginia. In the wake of United States v. Windsor, Utah, Oklahoma, Ohio, Kentucky and now Virginia have sided with same-sex marriage proponents.
“Florida Self-Defense Law Complicated Jury’s Job in Michael Dunn Trial” – NYT
Yet another black teen slain in Florida. Yet another jury failed to recognize the value of a black boy’s life. This weekend saw a flurry of articles on this topic; however, this particular article discusses the broader implications of Florida’s Stand Your Ground law.
Video – “Being Black at UCLA Law” – Huffington Post
As part of an awareness campaign, black students at UCLA Law School highlight the lack of diversity on campus and its effects. The viral video is being referred to as “33,” the number of black students in a total student body of over 1,000. (Ironically (or perhaps, not so ironically), UCLA Law is also home to Richard Sanders, a staunch critic of affirmative action. Sanders will be at Harvard Law S
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