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Legal news from Saturday, March 5, 2011
by Maureen Cosgrove

The Washington House of Representatives on Friday voted 58-39 to approve a bill recognizing out-of-state same-sex marriages as legal domestic partnerships. House Bill 1649 amends current law that recognizes out-of-state domestic partnerships and civil unions, but excludes same-sex marriage. The vote took place on Friday evening, leaving several representatives displeased …

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by Maureen Cosgrove

The Constitutional Court of Benin on Friday approved a second postponement of presidential elections following complaints that over one million people were not registered to vote. The court delayed the date of the presidential election from March 6 to March 13, holding that the electoral commission would not otherwise have enough time to …

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by Drew Singer

House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) on Friday announced that he is launching a legal advisory group to defend the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). "The constitutionality of this law should be determined by the courts, not by the president unilaterally, and this action by the House will ensure the matter is …

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by Drew Singer

Federal prosecutors on Friday filed a 49-count indictment against Jared Lee Loughner, the suspect in the recent Tucson, Arizona shooting. The new indictment carries more severe charges than the original indictment filed in January, accounting for all victims of the attack and carrying more serious penalties. The previous indictment received criticism …

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