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Federal judge rules Florida same-sex marriage ban unconstitutional
August 22, 2014
A judge for the US District Court for the Northern District of Florida ruled Thursday that Florida's ban on same-sax marriage is unconstitutional and the state must recognize same-sex couples that were lawfully married in other states. The combined cases of Brenner v. Scott and Grimsley v. Scott inv....... [more]

Supreme Court blocks Virginia same-sex marriages
August 21, 2014
The US Supreme Court on Wednesday put a hold on same-sex marriage in Virginia as it takes time to decide whether same-sex couples should be allowed to wed nationwide. The hold, which is the result of the court granting a stay application filed on behalf of opponents of same-sex marriage, means that....... [more]

Virginia same-sex marriage supporters urge Supreme Court not to block ruling
August 19, 2014
Groups supporting same-sex marriage on Monday urged the US Supreme Court not to put a hold on a lower court ruling that would allow same-sex couples in Virginia to marry. After the US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit declined to stay its decision declaring Virginia's voter-approved same-sex m....... [more]

FBI announces next steps in civil rights investigation in Missouri
August 16, 2014
The FBI, US Attorney General for the Eastern District of Missouri Richard G. Callahan and Acting Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division Molly Moran on Friday released a statement announcing the next steps in the federal civil rights investigation into the recent killing of Michael....... [more]

Virginia official asks Supreme Court justice to block same-sex marriage
August 15, 2014
Prince William County clerk of court Michele McQuigg in Virginia filed an emergency stay application at the US Supreme Court seeking to block the US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit ruling declining to stay its decision declaring Virginia's voter-approved same-sex marriage ban to be unconstit....... [more]

Federal judge denies stay of Wisconsin voter ID ruling
August 14, 2014
A federal judge on Wednesday denied a request by Wisconsin's Attorney General JB Van Hollen to stay the his April ruling against the state's voter identification law. The April ruling found that the Act 23 requirement that all residents present photo ID when voting violated the Voting Rights Act and....... [more]

Federal appeals court allows Virginia same-sex marriages to proceed
August 14, 2014
The US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit on Wednesday declined to stay its decision declaring Virginia's voter-approved same-sex marriage ban to be unconstitutional. Citizens of Virginia voted to amend the Virginia Constitution in 2006 to define marriage as solely between one man and one woma....... [more]

UN rights experts urge intervention to protect minorities in Iraq
August 13, 2014
A group of UN human rights experts on Tuesday urged Iraq and the international community to intervene against the Islamic State (IS) jihadist advance on the displaced Yazidi people and other minority groups trapped in rebel-controlled territory in Northwestern Iraq. The UN experts are part of the Sp....... [more]

Tennessee judge upholds same-sex marriage ban
August 12, 2014
A Tennessee county judge has upheld Tennessee's same-sex marriage ban, marking the first time a court has found the Constitution does not protect same-sex marriage since the Supreme Court's decision overturning of the federal Defense of Marriage Act in June 2013. Roane County Circuit Judge Russell S....... [more]

Federal judge refuses to block North Carolina voter law
August 11, 2014
A judge for the US District Court Middle District of North Carolina on Friday rejected preliminary relief in the form of an injunction against a new voter law in North Carolina. The law will require voters to show a picture ID at the polls by 2016, but other changes are already in effect and were at....... [more]

Uganda AG appeals decision against anti-gay law
August 10, 2014
Ugandan Attorney General Peter Nyomb on Saturday filed an appeal against the recent constitutional court ruling that struck down the nation's Anti-Homosexuality law. Last week Uganda's Constitutional Court ruled that the Anti-Homosexuality law should be voided because it did not properly pass throu....... [more]




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