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Southern Baptists tell Supreme Court: Neutral legislative prayers means the Unitarians win

The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention has weighed in on the issue of opening government meetings with sectarian prayers. In a friend-of-the-court brief filed Friday, the ERLC told the Supreme Court that prohibiting Christian pastors from delivering a prayer to start official town meetings would…

Kansas Republican devises new plan to circumvent Supreme Court’s recent Voting Rights ruling

Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach (R) is considering a plan that could split voters in federal and state elections, depending on the kind of form they use to register, Right Wing Watch reported. Kobach’s idea would bar voters who register using the federal form issued as part of the…

Supreme Court orders California to free thousands of inmates from overcrowded prisons

By Steve Gorman LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The U.S. Supreme Court refused on Friday to excuse California from a lower-court order demanding that the nation’s largest state prison system reduce its inmate population by about 10,000 convicts this year to ease crowding. State prison officials, insisting that further cuts are…

Privacy group to file Supreme Court petition against NSA surveillance program

The Domestic Surveillance Project division of the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) announced Thursday that it plans to file a petition asking the U.S. Supreme Court to vacate the Foreign Surveillance Intelligence Court (FISC) ruling which authorized the National Security Agency (NSA) to collect metadata on domestic phone calls. According…

Judges refuse to let up on order to reduce California prison overcrowding

By Sharon Bernstein (Reuters) – A federal court on Wednesday refused to back down from an order requiring California to reduce prison overcrowding by the end of the year, a goal that could force the early release of up to 10,000 inmates. The decision is the latest in a feud…

Supreme Court’s Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg vows to resist pressure from ‘liberals’ to retire

By Joan Biskupic WASHINGTON (Reuters) – At age 80, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, leader of the Supreme Court’s liberal wing, says she is in excellent health, even lifting weights despite having cracked a pair of ribs again, and plans to stay several more years on the bench. In a Reuters…

Judges stand firm on California prison crowding relief plan

By Sharon Bernstein (Reuters) – A federal court on Wednesday refused to back down from an order requiring California to reduce prison overcrowding by the end of the year, a goal that could force the early release of up to 10,000 inmates. The decision is the latest in a feud…

ACLU and others seek to legalize same-sex marriage in New Mexico

The American Civil Liberties Union of New Mexico and others on Tuesday asked the state’s Supreme Court to rule on the issue of same-sex marriage. The ACLU was joined by the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR), Albuquerque law firm Sutin, Thayer & Brown PC and Albuquerque attorneys Maureen Sanders,…

Michigan case could invalidate states’ anti-same sex marriage laws

A Michigan federal judge has given the go-ahead for a case that could challenge state laws mandating that marriage be defined as being between a man and a woman. A Yahoo! News report said that the case could be the first to bring the Supreme Court’s ruling on the Defense…

Support for same-sex marriage at record high in U.S.

Support for same-sex marriage in the United States has hit a record high just days after landmark US Supreme Court rulings on the issue, a poll showed Tuesday. According to a survey published by the USA Today newspaper, 55 percent of participants against 40 percent said they believed same-sex marriages…

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