June 16, 2014
by Jaclyn Belczyk
The US Supreme Court on Monday granted certiorari in two cases. In Elonis v. United States the question presented is: "Whether, consistent with the First Amendment and Virginia v. Black, ... conviction of threatening another person requires proof of the defendant's subjective intent to threaten, ...[read more]
June 13, 2013
by Kyle Webster
On June 13, 2012, the Rhode Island Senate passed legislation aimed at protecting the rights of homeless persons. This "homeless bill of rights" included the rights to vote and to move freely in public spaces and on public transportation, among others. Governor Lincoln Chaffee signed the bill, ...[read more]
May 8, 2013
by Samuel Franklin
Delaware Governor Jack Markell signed a same-sex marriage bill into law on Tuesday, making Delaware the eleventh US state to legalize same-sex marriage, and the second to do so in the past week. Markell signed the bill shortly after a 12-9 vote in the Delaware State Senate Tuesday afternoon. ...[read more]
May 8, 2013
by Kyle Webster
On May 8, 2012, North Carolina voters passed a constitutional amendment that banned same-sex marriage, bringing the number of states with constitutional amendments banning same-sex marriage to thirty-one. Since then, Maine, Maryland and Washington have voted to legalize same-sex marriage. In April ...[read more]
May 3, 2013
by Julie Deisher
Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Chafee on Thursday signed into law a bill legalizing same-sex marriage. The bill was signed shortly after the House of Representatives approved it by a vote of 56 to 15 earlier that day, finally passing the legislation that was first introduced in Rhode Island in ...[read more]
April 25, 2013
by Jaclyn Belczyk
The Rhode Island Senate voted 26 to 12 Wednesday in favor of a bill that would legalize same-sex marriage. The House passed its own version of the bill in January, but must now vote on Senate amendments. A vote is expected as early as next week. Governor Lincoln Chafee, who last year signed an ...[read more]
January 25, 2013
by Sarah Posner
The Rhode Island House of Representatives on Thursday approved a bill that would legalize same-sex marriage in the state. The bill passed by a vote of 51-19 after a lengthy debate on the House floor. Rhode Island is currently the only state in New England that has not legalized same-sex marriage, ...[read more]
December 3, 2012
by Endia Vereen
JURIST Guest Columnist Andrew Lipkowitz, St. John's University School of Law Class of 2013, is the author of the thirteenth article in a 15-part series from the staffers of the Journal of Civil Rights and Economic Development. He argues that Congress should enact legislation to spur competition in ...[read more]
August 14, 2012
by Sean Gallagher
JURIST Guest Columnist Sapphire Jule King of the International Freedom Coalition argues that states need to enact comprehensive legislation to protect the homeless...Rhode Island's Homeless Bill of Rights, the first in the nation, makes history by protecting individuals and families experiencing ...[read more]
July 4, 2012
by Caleb Pittman
JURIST Guest Columnist Linda Tashbook of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law says that Rhode Island's new Homeless Bill of Rights provides an improved set of standards for how states should treat their indigent citizens...Legislatures can't force people to be kind to each other, but they ...[read more]

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