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Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Chafee signs same sex civil union legislation

Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Chafee signed legislation into law Saturday that grants same sex couples all of the rights afforded to married couples, but without the historical and religious meaning associated with the word marriage. Chafee signed the bill despite expressing his concern that it treats the relationships of same…

LulzSec hackers hit Arizona law enforcement a third time

Hacker group LulzSec, or Lulz Security, barreled past Arizona law enforcement’s cyber-security for a third time this week, posting more information in its latest “Chinga La Migra” info-dump. On Friday, the LulzSec/Anonymous hacking collective posted a statement on pastebin about the hack. “For the third knockout blow against Arizona law…

Judge blocks Kansas anti-abortion law

By Kevin Murphy KANSAS CITY, Kan (Reuters) – A federal judge on Friday blocked a Kansas law that forced two clinics in the state to stop providing abortions because they could not comply with 36 pages of new regulations. Judge Carlos Murguia granted a request from the two clinics for…

Federal court strikes down Michigan ban on affirmative action

By Mary Wisniewski CHICAGO (Reuters) – A federal appeals court on Friday struck down a Michigan law that banned affirmative action in college admissions, creating the possibility of a U.S. Supreme Court battle. The 6th U.S. Circuit of Appeals, in a 2-1 decision, found that a 2006 amendment to the…

Court strikes Michigan ban on use of race in college admissions

CHICAGO (Reuters) – A federal appeals court on Friday struck down a Michigan law that banned affirmative action in college admissions, creating the possibility of a Supreme Court battle. The 6th U.S. Circuit of Appeals, in a 2-1 decision, found that Proposal 2, a 2006 amendment to the Michigan constitution,…

Federal judge blocks South Dakota abortion law

MINNEAPOLIS (Reuters) – A federal judge on Thursday blocked a new South Dakota abortion law requiring the longest waiting period in the nation at 72-hours and a meeting at an anti-abortion counseling center before a woman can have the procedure. The ruling on the South Dakota law, which was to…

Binational same sex couple relieved at deportation cancellation

by On Top Magazine Gay couple Josh Vandiver and Henry Velandia say they’re relieved that a federal immigration judge has canceled Velandia’s deportation. The New Jersey couple on Wednesday was informed that Velandia’s deportation proceedings had been closed. Velandia, a citizen of Venezuela who immigrated to the United States in…

U.S. bishop resigns after allowing pedophile priest to flee

Pope Benedict XVI on Thursday accepted the resignation of a US bishop accused of allowing an alleged pedophile priest from hisdiocese to flee to Mexico, as the Vatican takes action on abuses. Bishop Daniel Walsh of the diocese of Santa Rosa in California resigned under an article in Catholic Church law invoking a “grave cause”, which can…

Greek government wins majority for second austerity law

ATHENS (Reuters) – Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou won a parliamentary majority on Thursday in favor of an implementation law for a five-year austerity plan required under an EU/IMF bailout package. With voting still continuing, Papandreou’s Socialist government had already reached the 151 votes required in the 300-seat chamber to…

Rep. Peter Welch unveils bill to prevent warrantless GPS tracking

U.S Congressman Peter Welch (D-VT) announced bipartisan House legislation on Wednesday to regulate how mobile devices’ location data can be used by law enforcement, commercial entities or private citizens. Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) co-authored the Geolocation, Privacy and Security (GPS) Act and related legislation has been introduced to the Senate…

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