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Five cases are currently pending in courts across Pennsylvania, including one brought by Cara Palladino and Isabelle Barker, who were legally married in another state.
New Jersey is swinging for the fences in its last ditch effort to overturn a federal ban on sports betting in all but four states.
A group of Mennonite cabinetmakers based near Morgantown, Pa., has filed a lawsuit challenging the same birth control mandate temporarily blocked by US Supreme Court justice Sonia Sotomayor.
The momentum toward marriage equality grew stronger in 2013, as a sea change of public, legal, and political opinion on LGBT rights rippled across the country.
The bill is sponsored by Pa. Rep. Rick Saccone (R-Allegheny County), and co-sponsored by Rep. Ronald Waters (D-Phila., foreground).
Speakers denounced the 2010 “Citizens United” decision, which opened the floodgates for corporate (and, to a lesser extent, union) donations to political action committees.
The American Civil Liberties Union is going to court to end the ban on gay marriage in Pennsylvania.
The newest Supreme Court ruling on what has become known as the “Miranda” warning makes a big shift, according to James Funt, chair of the Philadelphia Bar Association’s criminal justice section. In his words, “Anything you don’t say could be used against you in court.”
The Catholic League, a New York-based staunch national opponent of gay marriage, says the US Supreme Court decisions affirming same-sex marriage are disappointing but not a total victory for the gay community.
“This decision was a bad day for America and for voting,” says Jennifer Clarke, executive director of the Public Interest Law Center and one of the plaintiff attorneys in Pennsylvania’s yearlong battle over voter ID.
In 2003, Mount Holly Township declared the Garden neighborhood blighted and created a redevelopment plan that called for the demolition of more than 300 townhomes, where three-quarters of the residents were African-American or Hispanic.
The Supreme Court challenge focuses on Section 5 of the Voting Rights Acts, which forces 14 states, mostly in the South, to get pre-approval from the Justice Department before implementing any laws that affect voting.
“Get the money out of politics!” chanted members of nearly two dozen organizations in Love Park.
The US Supreme Court this week issued a ruling that may help houseboat owners avoid a pretty serious consequence.
The justices will review an appeals court ruling that struck down California’s ban on gay marriage in addition to hearing a case on the issue of whether Congress can deprive legally-married gay couples of federal benefits.