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Legal news from Thursday, May 12, 2011
by Aman Kakar

France's lower house, the National Assembly, approved a bill [TA Bill No. 658, materials, in French] on Wednesday to prohibit the drilling of gas and oil through hydraulic fracturing and to repeal hydraulic fracturing licenses granted to companies. The bill also requires license holders to submit a report within two months detailing the …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

The Minnesota Senate on Wednesday approved a voter referendum to amend the constitution to ban same-sex marriage. The measure was approved by a vote of 38 - 27, with only one Democrat joining Republicans in supporting the amendment. Minnesota law currently defines marriage as a union between one man and one …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

The US House of Representatives Armed Services Committee on Thursday approved legislation that could complicate the repeal of the military's controversial "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy (DADT) [10 USC § 654; JURIST news archive]. The committee approved a revision to the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012 that would require the heads …

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by Aman Kakar

Delaware Governor Jack Markell on Wednesday signed into law a bill allowing same-sex civil unions within the state. According to the legislation, individuals entering into a civil union "shall enjoy all the same rights, benefits, protections, and shall be subject to all the same responsibilities, as married persons under Delaware law." …

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by Alexandra Malatesta

A judge for the US District Court for the Southern District of Indiana on Wednesday denied a request from Planned Parenthood of Indiana (PPIN) for an injunction and temporary restraining order to prevent Indiana from implementing a law cutting state funding for abortion services. Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels signed the …

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by Alexandra Malatesta

The Council of Europe (COE) on Wednesday launched the first international convention to combat violence against women. The group announced that the "new landmark treaty of the Council of Europe opens the path for creating a legal framework at pan-European level to protect women against all forms of violence, and prevent, prosecute and eliminate …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

A German court on Thursday convicted retired US autoworker John Demjanjuk of helping to murder thousands during the Holocaust, sentencing him to five years in prison and then releasing him pending appeal. The judge found that Demjanjuk, 91, served as a guard at the at the Sobidor death camp, assisting in the deaths of …

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