Legal news from Saturday, March 22, 2014

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan [official website] on Friday struck down [opinion, PDF] Michigan's ban on same-sex marriage. Judge Bernard Friedman ruled that the ban violates the US Constitution's guarantee of Equal Protection [text, Cornell LII] and also indicated that the … [read more]

[JURIST] The Georgia House of Representatives [official website] passed legislation [HB 512, PDF] Thursday night that would expand carry rights to allow firearms in places such as bars and schools. The bill was passed just before the end of the legislative session in a 112-58 vote [MSNBC report]. It would … [read more]

[JURIST] The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) [official website] released a report [text, PDF] on Friday detailing the asylum trends in industrialized countries in 2013. The report shows a notable increase in asylum claims across industrialized countries compared to recent years. Unlike in recent years, however, where Afghanistan has … [read more]

[JURIST] Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk signed elements of the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement [materials, EU backgrounder] on Friday, reversing the previous administration's position on the legislation. The signing comes three days after Russian President Vladimir Putin [official website] and representatives of Crimea signed a treaty [JURIST report] that incorporates Crimea … [read more]

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