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Ruling would permit Florida same-sex marriages in January
December 4, 2014
The US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit on Wednesday declined to further stay a lower court's ruling that overturned Florida's ban on same-sex marriage. The ruling would allow same-sex marriage to begin in Florida when the stay expires after January 5. In August a US District Judge for the....... [more]

Supreme Court asked to review Michigan, Kentucky same-sex marriage bans
November 18, 2014
The US Supreme Court was asked Monday to review same-sex marriage cases from Kentucky and Michigan following a US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit ruling that upheld bans. Same-sex couples in both states states submitted petitions asking the high court to decide whether state same-sex marriage....... [more]

ACLU petitions Supreme Court to rule on same-sex marriage
November 15, 2014
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) filed a petition for certiorari on behalf of same-sex couples in Ohio with the US Supreme Court on Friday asking the court to resolve a circuit split on the issue of same-sex marriage. Earlier this month the US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit became t....... [more]

Sixth Circuit upholds same-sex marriage bans
November 6, 2014
The US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit on Thursday upheld same-sex marriage bans in Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee. The three-judge panel ruled 2-1 that a change in the traditional definition of marriage as between one man and one woman should come from the legislative process rather....... [more]

A Bungling Barbarism: Court Baselessly Holds That Child Abuse, Used to Get Kids to Do Chores, Cannot Be Forced Labor
August 16, 2014
JURIST Guest Columnist Susan H. Bitensky of Michigan State University College of Law discusses the error of the court's holding that using child abuse to make children do their chores cannot be forced labor ... Pity the poor children of Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee, for they have come with....... [more]

Federal appeals court hears oral arguments for six cases challenging state bans on same-sex marriage
August 6, 2014
The US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit heard oral arguments on Wednesday for six lawsuits challenging same-sex marriage bans in four states. The panel heard arguments on Kentucky's ban in the consolidated cases of Bourke v. Beshear and Love v. Beshear; Michigan's ban in DeBoer v. Snyder; Ohi....... [more]

Federal judge strikes down Kentucky same-sex marriage ban
July 1, 2014
A judge for the US District Court for the Western District of Kentucky on Thursday struck down a voter-approved amendment to the Kentucky constitution banning same-sex marriages. The lawsuit was filed by two same-sex couples who attempted to apply for a marriage license and were denied. The plaintif....... [more]

Supreme Court rules on 'clearly established' federal habeas law
April 23, 2014
The US Supreme Court ruled Wednesday in White v. Woodall that because the Supreme Court of Kentucky's rejection of Robert Keith Woodall's Fifth Amendment claim was not objectively unreasonable, the US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit erred in granting the writ of habeas corpus. The case arose....... [more]

Kentucky governor to hire outside counsel to appeal same-sex marriage ruling
March 5, 2014
Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear said Tuesday that the state will hire outside counsel to appeal a federal judge's order to recognize out-of-state same-sex marriages to the US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. Judge John Heyburn of the US District Court for the Western District of Kentucky rul....... [more]

Federal judge stays enforcement of Kentucky same-sex marriage ruling
March 1, 2014
A judge for the US District Court for the Western District of Kentucky on Friday granted a stay on the enforcement of his previous ruling instructing Kentucky to recognize same-sex marriages. The state requested a stay of 90-days, but Judge John Heyburn II granted only 21 days for the state to imple....... [more]

Federal judge orders Kentucky to recognize same-sex marriages
February 28, 2014
A federal judge in Kentucky on Thursday issued a final order requiring state officials to recognize same-sex marriages. Following his February 12 ruling, US District Court for the Western District of Kentucky Judge John Heyburn also granted a request to allow additional couples seeking full marriag....... [more]




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