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Legal news from Friday, May 16, 2014
by Jaclyn Belczyk

The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit on Thursday temporarily stayed an order finding Idaho's same-sex marriage ban unconstitutional. Judge Candy Dale of the US District Court for the District of Idaho struck down the laws on Tuesday, and the state immediately filed a motion to stay the …

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by Max Slater

An appeals court in Argentina ruled Thursday that a controversial agreement between Argentina and Iran to investigate the 1994 bombing of a Buenos Aires Jewish community center was unconstitutional. The two nations signed the agreement in January 2013, which permitted Argentinian authorities to question the Iranian suspects under Interpol arrest warrants, but only in Tehran. …

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by Max Slater

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) adopted new Internet traffic rules on Wednesday in light of a recent court decision, which struck down former rules requiring broadband providers to employ nondiscriminatory practices in the treatment of Internet content. This former practice is known as net neutrality. Experts say the …

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by G. Redd

A judge for Arkansas' Pulaski County Circuit Court ruled Thursday that the state ban on court clerks issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples is unconstitutional. In doing so, Judge Chris Piazza effectively expanded his May 10 decision wherein he ruled that the state ban on gay marriage was unconstitutional. An …

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by G. Redd

A judge for the US District Court for the District of Oregon on Wednesday rejected an attempt by the National Organization for Marriage (NOM) to intervene in litigation to defend the state's same-sex marriage ban. NOM presented the petition in oral argument, and it was immediately denied by Judge Michael …

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by Bradley McAllister

The Missouri House of Representatives approved a bill Wednesday to extend the abortion waiting period from 24 to 72 hours. The House voted 111-39 in favor of the bill after the Missouri Senate approved the measure by a vote of 22-9 on Monday. The bill is now forwarded to Governor Jay Nixon …

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by Bradley McAllister

The Congress of the Republic of Guatemala on Tuesday approved a non-binding resolution denying any existence of genocide during the civil war lasting from 1960-1996. The resolution calls for national reconciliation and states: "It is legally impossible ... that genocide could have occurred in our country's territory during the armed conflict." The Movement …

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