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Legal news from Saturday, November 9, 2013

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the District of New Jersey [official website] on Friday upheld a New Jersey law [text] banning the use of sexual orientation conversion therapy. The unidentified parents of a 15-year-old boy filed a lawsuit [complaint, PDF] seeking an injunction on the law, … [read more]

[JURIST] The Hawaii House of Representatives [JURIST report] voted 30-19 [legislative materials] Friday to pass a bill legalizing same-sex marriage [text, PDF]. A point of contention during the committee hearing was the introduction of religious exemptions to the bill, allowing religious organizations to withhold services if the same-sex marriage would … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit [official website] on Friday temporarily blocked [opinion, PDF] the enforcement of the birth control mandate contained in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) [text; JURIST backgrounder]. The companies are challenging the mandate on religious freedom grounds, claiming providing … [read more]

[JURIST] Four Idaho couples filed a lawsuit [complaint, PDF] in the Idaho District Court [official website] Friday challenging the state's same-sex marriage ban. The plaintiffs are bringing the lawsuit in light of the recent Supreme Court ruling in US v. Windsor [SCOTUSblog backgrounder; JURIST report] claiming that Idaho's refusal to … [read more]

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