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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…

Supreme Court shoots down last-ditch effort to stop same sex marriage in California

The US Supreme Court has rejected an emergency bid to reinstate California’s ban on same-sex marriage, The Los Angeles Times reported Sunday. Theodore J. Boutrous Jr., one of the lawyers for the gay couples who sued to lift the ban, said he had received word that the justice tasked with…

Gay marriage opponents ask California court to reinstate ban

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Opponents of gay marriage filed a long-shot petition on Saturday with the Supreme Court asking the justices to immediately halt same-sex weddings taking place in California since Friday, when an appeals court lifted a 5-year-old ban on gay matrimony. Marriage ceremonies of gay and lesbian couples…

Same-sex couples celebrate historic Supreme Court marriage rulings

Gays and lesbians across the United States erupted in celebration Wednesday after the Supreme Court passed two landmark rulings on same-sex marriage in their favor. In San Francisco, which has one of the biggest gay communities in the country, more than 400 people had gathered at City Hall for the…

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