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Virginia reaches $520,000 settlement over attorney's fees in same-sex marriage case
January 30, 2015
Virginia officials reached a $520,000 settlement Wednesday over attorney's fees with challengers of the commonwealth's same-sex marriage ban. The plaintiffs are allowed to seek attorney's fees because they successfully challenged the marriage ban under a federal civil rights law. Two law firms worke....... [more]

Prosecutor challenges Guantanamo ban on women guards touching inmates
January 30, 2015
A prosecutor on Thursday argued that a military court order barring female guards at Guantanamo Bay from touching an alleged al Qaeda commander violates Pentagon sex discrimination guidelines. At Thursday's hearing on the ban, Prosecutor Army Lieutenant Colonel David Long also argued that the court....... [more]

Chile lawmakers give final approval for same-sex civil unions
January 29, 2015
Chilean lawmakers on Wednesday gave final approval to a bill that recognizes civil unions between same-sex couples. The legislation will now go to President Michelle Bachelet next, who is expected to sign it. The bill's passage will give same-sex couples many of the rights granted to married couples....... [more]

South Carolina judge vacates 'Friendship Nine' convictions
January 29, 2015
South Carolina Circuit Court judge John Hayes III on Wednesday overturned the 54-year-old convictions of nine African American student-activists jailed during the civil rights movement. Arrested while undertaking a lunch counter sit-in, the "Friendship Nine"?Clarence Graham, Mack Workman, Robe....... [more]

France top court rules same-sex French-Moroccan couple may marry
January 28, 2015
France's highest court ruled Wednesday that a same-sex French-Moroccan couple may legally marry. Although Morocco refuses to recognize marriage between two men, France legalized same-sex marriage in 2013. The case was originally brought after a French city hall refused to marry the couple, arguing....... [more]

UN rights chief marks anniversary of Auschwitz death camp liberation
January 27, 2015
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein made a statement on Monday ahead of the International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust, 70 years after the Auschwitz-Birkenau Nazi death camp was liberated. Hussein stated that the world is still haunted by the....... [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 puts Alabama same-sex marriage decision on hold
January 26, 2015
A judge for the US District Court for the Southern District of Alabama on Sunday put a two-week hold on a decision overturning Alabama's same-sex marriage ban. Judge Callie VS Granade stated that the two-week stay is not intended to become lengthy hold on current same-sex couples' right to marry. La....... [more]

Michigan Must Recognize "Stay Window" Marriages
January 26, 2015
JURIST Guest Columnist Robert A. Sedler, of Wayne State University Law School, discusses the constitutionality of Michigan's ban on marriage for same-sex persons ... In Caspar v. Snyder, decided on January 15, 2015, Judge Mark A. Goldsmith of the US District Court for the Eastern District of Michiga....... [more]

Federal judge rules Alabama marriage laws unconstitutional
January 25, 2015
The United States District Court for the Southern District of Alabama on Friday struck down the Alabama Sanctity of Marriage Amendment and the Alabama Marriage Protection Act, ruling them unconstitutional. Applying strict scrutiny, Judge Callie V.S. Granade found the marriage laws violated the Due....... [more]

The Evolution of a More Perfect Union: The Development of Same-Sex Marriage in the United States
January 24, 2015
JURIST Guest Columnist Chris Wester, New England School of Law, Class of 2016, discusses how rights for same-sex couples in the US have evolved...Many of the rights that our society refers to today as basic, uninhibited and fundamental to the lives of all American citizens were not constitutionally....... [more]




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