Constitutional Law and Civil Rights

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Once Again: Voting Rights and Gay Marriage In The News
Posted on 3 Feb 2014 by State Net

VOTING RIGHTS BILL INTRODUCED IN CONGRESS: A bill introduced in Congress last month would require four southern states to once again obtain federal preapproval before making any changes to their voting laws by replacing parts of the Voting Rights Act... Read More

Governor Beshear Orders Defense Of Kentucky Gay Marriage Ban
Posted on 11 Mar 2014 by State Net

BESHEAR ORDERS DEFENSE OF KY GAY MARRIAGE BAN: Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear (D) said the Bluegrass State would hire a private sector attorney to defend the state's ban on recognizing same-sex marriages performed in other states. Beshear made the announcement... Read More

Brewer Vetoes Anti-Gay Bill, More Loom Across States
Posted on 5 Mar 2014 by State Net

BREWER VETOES ANTI-GAY BILL, MORE LOOM ACROSS STATES: Amidst much hue and cry last week, Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer (R) vetoed SB 1062, the highly controversial measure that would have allowed businesses to legally cite their religious beliefs as reason... Read More

Abercrombie Calls Gay Marriage Special Session
Posted on 18 Sep 2013 by State Net

Saying the votes are there, Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie (D) called for a special session next month to allow lawmakers to act on legislation that would make the Aloha State the 14th to legalize same-sex marriage. The session has been scheduled for Oct... Read More

Federal Judge Strikes Down Pennsylvania Same-Sex Marriage Ban, Resulting in Significant Impact on Employee Benefit Plans
Posted on 5 Jun 2014 by Duane Morris LLP

On May 20, 2014, a federal judge in the case of Whitewood v. Wolf struck down both Pennsylvania's ban on marriage for same-sex couples and its prohibition against recognition of same-sex marriages legally entered into in other jurisdictions, [ enhanced... Read More

Skirmishes In States Over Same-Sex Marriage
Posted on 18 Feb 2014 by State Net

SKIRMISHES IN STATES OVER SAME-SEX MARRIAGE: Last week was a busy one for same-sex marriage, with significant developments on the issue in multiple states. Some of the biggest news came out of Nevada, where Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto (D)... Read More

State Net Capitol Journal Legislative Updates: Abortion Rules, Abortion Rules, and More Abortion Rules
Posted on 9 Apr 2014 by State Net

SOCIAL POLICY: A federal judge upholds an ARIZONA law that bans pill-induced abortions after seven weeks of pregnancy. U.S. District Judge David C. Bury said overturning the law was "not in the public interest," allowing it to go into effect... Read More

Virginia Department of Taxation Will Not Recognize Joint Returns for Same-Sex Couples After Windsor
Posted on 8 Jan 2014 by Williams Mullen

BY: THOMAS W. ALDOUS, JR. The Virginia Department of Taxation recently announced that same-sex couples married in another state must file separate Virginia income tax returns even though they file a federal return as a married couple. Background... Read More

State Net Capitol Journal Spotlight on Constitutional Rights: States Have Mixed Reaction To Court Rulings, Non-Rulings
Posted on 13 Oct 2014 by State Net

In a historic non-decision, the United States Supreme Court last week allowed to stand — without comment — the rulings of three separate federal appeals courts striking down same-sex marriage bans across five states. The high court's decision... Read More