A third circuit court in Florida has struck down the state's constitutional amendment denying recognition of out-of-state same-sex marriages and barring gay couples from marrying within the state.
The ruling on Aug. 4 came from Broward Circuit Judge Dale Cohen, who said the amendment is unconstitutional. The decision applies only to Broward County.
For the second time in nine months, a federal judge in New Jersey has dismissed a lawsuit challenging the state's ban on gay conversion therapy.
The ruling filed on July 31 by U.S. District Judge Freda Wolfson rejected the claims of a New Jersey couple who said their constitutional rights were being violated because the law prevents them from seeking treatment for their 15-year-old son.
A civil rights coalition is demanding Florida law enforcement agencies in 62 counties stop detaining people for alleged civil immigration violations at the request of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
Letters from the coalition of groups — civil rights, immigrants’ rights, religious and legal organizations — went to officials in 62 Florida counties.
The leader of a U.S. hate group says he wants to see corpses at the southern border as a way of protecting the United States from children.
Robert Jones, described as the Imperial Wizard of the Loyal White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, gave an interview to Al Jazeera America dressed in his KKK robes on the subject of immigrant children threatening the "white homeland."
California lawmakers will consider updating family law and parental rights to keep up with the evolving nature of families when they return from summer break in early August.
Bitter, high-profile disputes have inspired legislators to modernize laws molded for “Leave it to Beaver”-era families. Jason Patric, star of “The Lost Boys,” has been seeking custody rights over a son he fathered through sperm donation. The children of radio personality Casey Kasem had been in a legal fight with their stepmother to visit their father in the last years of his life.
The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee passed the federal Captive Primate Safety Act, which would prohibit transporting primates in interstate commerce for the exotic pet trade.
“Primates belong in the wild, or in accredited sanctuaries or zoos, not in people’s basements or backyards," said Wayne Pacelle of the Humane Society of the United States. "We commend Senator Boxer, Senator Vitter and the Committee for passing this much needed reform, and hope it gets to the president before the year ends.”
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit on July 28 affirmed a federal district court's ruling striking down Virginia’s ban on marriage for same-sex couples.
The ruling will take effect in 21 days, unless the defendants file a motion for a stay or ask for a review by the full appeals court for the jurisdiction.
Uganda's Constitutional Court has ruled that the Anti-Homosexuality Act is "null and void" because not enough representatives were in the room for the vote when it was passed by Parliament in December 2013.
The measure had been put into force in March and led to a sharp increase in arbitrary arrests, police abuse and extortion against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.
The Justice Department this week sided with challengers of laws aimed at restricting voting in Wisconsin and Ohio, saying in court filings that measures in those states unfairly affect minority voters.
The department criticized a Wisconsin law that requires voters to present photo identification at the polls and an Ohio law that limits when voters can cast an early ballot. The court papers from the federal government are aimed at persuading judges that the laws, which are being challenged in court, are discriminatory and block access to the ballot box.
In a letter to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, some 280 scientists, physicians and public health advocates urged the addition of a line for added sugar on the nutrition facts labels on food.
The FDA is working on its first label update since 1994 and the public health coalition wants to see the label better reflect the added sugar content of food. Overconsumption of sugar, they maintain, contributes to diabetes, cardiovascular disease and other ailments. Americans consume an average of 82 grams of sugar a day, far more than recommended by either the World Health Organization or American Heart Association.