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Legal news from Saturday, November 9, 2013
by Julie Deisher-Edwards

A judge for the US District Court for the District of New Jersey on Friday upheld a New Jersey law banning the use of sexual orientation conversion therapy. The unidentified parents of a 15-year-old boy filed a lawsuit seeking an injunction on the law, allowing them to continue using conversion therapy on their son, …

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by Julie Deisher-Edwards

The Hawaii House of Representatives voted 30-19 Friday to pass a bill legalizing same-sex marriage. 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 be a violation of thei beliefs. Governor Neil Abercrombie [official …

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by Matthew Pomy

The US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit on Friday temporarily blocked the enforcement of the birth control mandate contained in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). The companies are challenging the mandate on religious freedom grounds, claiming providing such medical services goes against their religious beliefs against contraceptives. …

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by Matthew Pomy

Four Idaho couples filed a lawsuit in the Idaho District Court 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 claiming that Idaho's refusal to recognize valid same-sex marriages from other states violates their constitutional …

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