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Legal news from Saturday, June 25, 2011
by Aman Kakar

A judge for the US District Court Southern District of Indiana on Friday issued a preliminary injunction against two provisions of a controversial Indiana immigration law. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) filed a class action lawsuit in May challenging the two provisions, one which authorized state and …

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by Daniel Makosky

Tunisia on Friday acceded to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (ICC), which is now set to become effective in the country on September 1, 2011. EU High Representative Catherine Ashton commended the move, noting the positive effects that ratification will have on prosecuting war crimes. Amnesty …

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by Aman Kakar

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo (D) on Friday signed legislation [A8354-2011 materials] allowing same-sex couples to marry in the state. The New York State Senate had passed the Marriage Equality Act 33-29 earlier that day following weeks of negotiations. The act eliminates any legal distinctions between opposite-sex and same-sex marriages and specifies …

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by Daniel Makosky

The European Council on Friday agreed to grant Croatia EU membership following six years of accession negotiations. The decision calls for negotiations to close by the end of the month and the accession treaty to be signed by year's end, allowing for the country to become the 28th member of …

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