July 17, 2014
by Sarah Steers
Open carry laws restrict a person's ability to visibly wear or carry a gun in public. Both open and concealed carry laws vary considerably from state to state. Some state open carry laws differentiate between handguns and long guns, such as rifles and shotguns. Seven states, including California ...[read more]
April 19, 2014
by Nicholas Tomsho
The Iowa Supreme Court ruled on Friday that an Iowa mother should have sought court approval before arranging a vasectomy for her mentally disabled son. The court held unanimously that a vasectomy is a "major elective surgery," as well as a "nonemergency major medical procedure" that required ...[read more]
April 2, 2014
by Alexandra Cabonor
JURIST Guest Columnist Gretchen Helfrich of Mayer Brown LLP and John Knight of the American Civil Liberties Union discuss the challenge to Wisconsin's same-sex marriage law...For same-sex couples in Wisconsin—many of whom have been in loving, committed relationships for decades—it's been f... ...[read more]
November 10, 2013
by Michael Kalis
JURIST Guest Columnist Andy Grewal of the University of Iowa College of Law says that the oral arguments in US v. Woods suggest that the Supreme Court is more interested in a jurisdictional issue, and discusses an argument, which neither party addressed, that could be dispositive of the ...[read more]
May 4, 2013
by Addison Morris
The Iowa Supreme Court unanimously ruled on Friday that the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) must list both spouses of a same-sex couple on their children's birth certificates. Melissa and Heather Gartner sued the IDPH after officials refused to include the name of their child's non- ...[read more]
April 25, 2013
by Kyle Webster
On April 25, 2007, the Iowa General Assembly passed a bill that granted equal opportunity protections to gay and lesbian individuals in areas of housing, employment and education. The bill was a precursor to the Iowa Supreme Court overturning Iowa's ban on same-sex marriage. Today, Iowa is one of ...[read more]
March 2, 2013
by Arjun Mishra
On March 2, 2010, the Supreme Court rejected an appeal to prevent Washington DC's same-sex marriage law from taking effect. Chief Justice John Roberts, acting as the DC Circuit judge, abjured an application requesting a stay of the Religion Freedom and Civil Marriage Equality Act of 2009 pending ...[read more]
February 24, 2013
by Jaimie Cremeans
The Iowa Supreme Court on Friday ruled that a woman whose will designated that she be buried in Montana must be buried in Iowa at the behest of her husband. It ruled that the state's Final Disposition Act gives the spouse of a decedent "the right to control the final disposition...with no ...[read more]
December 18, 2012
by Jaclyn Belczyk
The Polk County court in Iowa ruled Monday that both same-sex parents' names should be listed on their child's death certificate. Jennifer and Jessica Buntemeyer, a legally married couple, sued the state of Iowa to include both women's names on the death certificate after Jessica gave birth to a ...[read more]
November 22, 2012
by Benjamin Minegar
The UN General Assembly (UNGA) on Tuesday passed a resolution condmening extrajudicial, summary, and arbitrary executions on the basis of "gender identity" for the first time. In a vote of 108 to 1, the UNGA amended the resolution to include language urging states around the world "to investigate... ...[read more]

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