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Legal news from Sunday, July 3, 2011
by Dan Taglioli

Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Chafee on Saturday signed into law a bill that legalizes same-sex civil unions in the state. The bill effectively adds a "Civil Unions" chapter to the Rhode Island General Laws section governing domestic relations, affording same-sex couples many of the same rights and benefits available to married couples. The bill is …

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by Zach Zagger

The Center for Reproductive Rights (CRR) filed a motion for a preliminary injunction Thursday to block a new Texas requiring a woman to have a sonogram with the doctor describing the fetus in detail before having an abortion. The CRR filed a class action lawsuit in the US District Court …

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by Zach Zagger

UN Rapporteur on the independence of judges and lawyers Gabriela Knaul warned Friday that an El Salvador law requiring its high court to issue unanimous judgments is an "attack" on judicial independence and the separation of powers. The new law, passed by the Legislative Assembly and issued by the president, places requirements on …

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