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Federal court denies challenge to clergy housing allowance
November 14, 2014
The US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit on Thursday reversed the US District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin Court decision that a portion of the tax code giving clergy housing allowances, is unconstitutional. The plaintiffs challenged 26 US Code Section 107(2), which excludes f....... [more]

Supreme Court blocks Wisconsin voter ID law
October 10, 2014
The US Supreme Court on Thursday temporarily blocked Wisconsin from enforcing its voter ID law. The order vacates a September 12 ruling by the US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, which stayed an injunction on the law's enforcement. Thursday's decision, issued without comment, came as the r....... [more]

Federal appeals court reverses decision prohibiting Native American night hunting
October 10, 2014
The US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit on Thursday overturned the US District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin's decision that upheld a state statute prohibiting night hunting outside of Native American tribal reservations. Although state jurisdiction over Native Americans is lim....... [more]

Federal appeals court upholds Wisconsin voter ID law
October 7, 2014
The US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit ruled Monday that the Wisconsin voter ID law is constitutional. The ruling will allow the state to put the law into effect during the November 4 midterm elections. The ruling did not come as a surprise since the same three-judge panel reinstated the la....... [more]

US Supreme Court refuses nationwide ruling on same-sex marriage
October 6, 2014
The US Supreme Court on Monday denied seven pending appeals, rejecting calls for a nationwide ruling on same-sex marriage. The rebuff puts into effect three federal appeals decisions, legalizing same-sex marriage in Utah, Oklahoma, Virginia, Wisconsin and Indiana. Other states including Colorado....... [more]

Rights groups ask US Supreme Court to block Wisconsin voter ID law
October 2, 2014
Those challenging Wisconsin's voter photo identification law asked the US Supreme Court on Thursday to take emergency action and block the law before the November 4 election. Last month the US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit ruled that the law would remain in effect while it considers a leg....... [more]

Winning Marriage Equality: Neither Everything Nor the Only Thing
September 20, 2014
JURIST Guest Columnist Leonore Carpenter of Temple University Beasley School of Law discusses the US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit's opinion in two same-sex marriage cases and where the LGBT legal rights movement should be heading in the wake of marriage equality ... Earlier this month....... [more]

ACLU files suit demanding Wisconsin recognize same-sex marriages
September 18, 2014
The American Civil Liberties Union (ALCU) filed a complaint on Wednesday on behalf of four same-sex couples who were legally married in Wisconsin last June, but whose marriages are not currently recognized due to a stay on the district court ruling striking down the same-sex marriage ban. The compla....... [more]

Indiana same-sex marriage put on hold
September 16, 2014
The US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit on Monday approved a stay blocking same-sex marriage in Indiana until the US Supreme Court weighs in on the issue. The stay will put on hold the September 4 decision upholding lower courts' rulings striking down the same-sex marriage bans in Wisconsin....... [more]

Federal appeals court reinstates voter ID law in Wisconsin
September 13, 2014
The US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit on Friday reinstated Wisconsin's voter photo identification law after the three-judge panel issued an order staying the injunction issued by the US District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin, stating that the state may require photo identifi....... [more]

Wisconsin judge approves same-sex adoption
September 11, 2014
A judge for Wisconsin's Dane County Circuit Court on Wednesday ruled that the marriage of a lesbian couple who wed in Iowa was constitutionally valid and that such marriages must be recognized under state adoption laws, approving the couple's adoption of their two children. The attorney for the Rile....... [more]




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