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“Barbaric Beyond Measure,” NY Times Editorial on Albert Woodfox’s Four Decades in Solitary Confinement

Responding to the Nov. 20 ruling buy the US Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals unanimously affirming Albert Woodfox’s third overturned conviction, the New York Times has written a scathing editorial condemning the treatment of Albert Woodfox by the state of Louisiana. In response to the Fifth Circuit ruling, Amnesty International and Amnesty USA have each [...]

Forced to Sell Abortion Drugs? Pharmacists in Court to Challenge Washington Law

Yesterday afternoon in Portland, Oregon, the owners of Olympia based Ralph’s Thriftway were be in front of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals defending their right not to sell Plan B, a drug that causes early term abortions. No CGs – ADF: Govt shouldn’t force Christian pharmacists to dispense abortion-inducing drugs from ADF Media Relations […]

FLORIDA: Liberty Counsel Files Amicus Brief With Eleventh Circuit Court

yesterdayLGBT / Gay : Joe. My. God.

The Orlando-based Liberty Counsel today filed an amicus brief with the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals in defense of Florida's ban on same-sex marriage. Last week Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi filed that court's first same-sex marriage appeal. Show More Summary

Ninth Circuit Court To Alaska: Get Lost

2 days agoLGBT / Gay : Joe. My. God.

Via the Fairbanks Daily New-Miner: The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has rejected Alaska's request that an 11-judge panel review a decision overturning the state's ban on same-sex marriage. Now, gay and lesbian couples will continue...Show More Summary

Lambda Legal Asks U.S. Supreme Court to Review Federal Judge's Ruling Upholding Louisiana Gay Marriage Ban

2 days agoLGBT / Gay : Towleroad

Hoping to bypass the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals, Lambda Legal and the lawyers representing Forum for Equality Louisiana and seven same-sex Louisiana couples have asked the U.S. Supreme Court to review U.S. District Judge Martin Feldman's August ruling upholding...

Mississippi’s Anti-Choice Admitting Privileges Law Dealt Another Blow

Mississippi's admitting privileges law will remain blocked after the full panel of 15 judges on the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals refuses to hear the case again. Image: Shutterstock The post Mississippi’s Anti-Choice Admitting Privileges Law Dealt Another Blow appeared first on RH Reality Check.

Court Won’t Reconsider Decision Overtiring Law Making Mississippi Abortion Free

Earlier today the full 5th Circuit Court of Appeals refused to reconsider a ruling by a three-judge panel which blocked Mississippi from enforcing a law that requires abortionists to have admitting privileges at a local hospital.  The court offered no explanation. The effect is that the Jackson Women’s Health Organization, the state’s lone abortion clinic, […]

BREAKING: Albert Woodfox’s Overturned Conviction Upheld in Unanimous Fifth Circuit Decision

  We are thrilled and honored to announce that just hours ago, the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld Judge Brady’s 2013 ruling overturning Albert’s conviction for a third time in a 3-0, unanimous decision (view a PDF of the official court ruling here). Though the courts have finally ruled in the interest of justice, [...]

Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals to hear arguments in Texas, Louisiana marriage cases on January 9

Fifth Circuit cases will be heard in early January. The post Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals to hear arguments in Texas, Louisiana marriage cases on January 9 appeared first on Equality On Trial.

Fla. Attorney General Appeals Same-Sex Marriage to 11th Cir.

Back in August, a federal district judge in Florida held that the state's same-sex marriage ban was unconstitutional. That was, of course, a lifetime ago in light of what's happened since: The Supreme Court punted, the Sixth Circuit upheld, and same-sex marriage is the law in 33 states (for now).......

South Carolina Earns Stripes Of Progress

4 days agoLGBT / Gay : Joe. My. God.

Yesterday the Fourth Circuit Court refused South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson's demand to continue the stay on same-sex marriages during his appeal. Almost simultaneously, a separate federal court ruled that South Carolina must...Show More Summary

-7th Circuit: Pastors Can Keep Their Housing Allowance

The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals has overturned a lower court decision that would  have denied pastors their traditional tax exempt housing allowance which is normally a major part of their compensation package. Here’s the story from Christianity Today: Today, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals overturned a lower court’s high-profile 2013 decision that the […]

Federal appeals court refuses to issue stay on marriage equality in South Carolina

4 days agoNews : The Raw Story

The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals declined on Tuesday to stay a District Court ruling from last week that struck down the gay marriage ban in South Carolina, meaning same-sex weddings could happen there as soon as Thursday. South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson, a Republican, said in a...

BREAKING: Fourth Circuit Court DENIES Marriage Stay For South Carolina

4 days agoLGBT / Gay : Joe. My. God.

UPDATE: Lambda Legal reacts via press release: Today, the US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit denied the State of South Carolina’s motion to stay last week’s U.S. District Court ruling striking down the state’s discriminatory marriage ban, setting the stage for marriages to begin for same-sex couples at Noon on Thursday, November 20. Show More Summary

Take Action: Thank South Carolina’s Attorney General for Fighting for Marriage

A federal judge has ruled that South Carolina’s marriage amendment is unconstitutional. The State Attorney General Alan Wilson said the decision will immediately be appealed to the U.S. 4th Circuit Court of Appeals. “Our state’s laws on marriage are not identical to those in other states,” he said. “Therefore, based on the time-honored tradition of […]

California Town’s Unusual Gun Law to Get Federal Appeals Court Ruling

A three-judge panel of the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals is hearing arguments Monday concerning whether an unusual gun law passed by voters in Sunnyvale, Calif., late last year is constitutional.

South Carolina Marriages Expected to Begin Thursday After Fourth Circuit Denies Request for Stay

4 days agoLGBT / Gay : Towleroad

Gay couples can begin marrying in South Carolina on Thursday at noon after the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals rejected the state's request for a stay. Last week after Gergel struck down the ban, Attorney General Alan Wilson filed a...

Clarence Thomas Rebukes Supreme Court for Refusing to Hear Gay Marriage Cases

last weekNews : Reason

On Thursday the U.S. Supreme Court declined to halt a ruling by he U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit which had overturned an Arizona constitutional amendment banning bail for undocumented immigrants charged with serious crimes. Show More Summary

Supreme Court to Decide if Drivers Can Purchase Choose Life License Plates

In August, leaders in the North Carolina legislature petitioned the United States Supreme Court to review a decision by the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals that prohibited the state from issuing “Choose Life” license plates. The district court decided in a 3-0 opinion, written by Judge James Wynn, that, “Chief amongst the evils the First […]

Judge Overturns Will of South Carolina Voters

A federal judge has ruled that South Carolina’s marriage amendment is unconstitutional. The State Attorney General Alan Wilson said the decision will immediately be repealed to the U.S. 4th Circuit Court of Appeals. “Our state’s laws on marriage are not identical to those in other states,” he said. “Therefore, based on the time-honored tradition of […]

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