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Md. women’s group calls men-only registration unconstitutional

FILE - In this Sept. 18, 2012 file photo, female soldiers from 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division train on a firing range while testing new body armor in Fort Campbell, Ky.  A federal appeals court in New Orleans upheld the constitutionality of the all-male military draft system Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020, citing a 1981 U.S. Supreme Court decision.
The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans said “only the Supreme Court may revise its precedent.”  (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey, File)

A Maryland women’s rights group is urging the U.S. Supreme Court to strike down as unconstitutional a federal requirement that only men register for the military draft. The Women’s Law Center of Maryland Inc. has joined a high court brief ...

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Richard Rombro, former Baltimore judge, dies at 91

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Retired Baltimore City Circuit Judge Richard T. Rombro, whose landmark 1998 ruling that Maryland’s anti-sodomy law could not be applied to consensual acts presaged the U.S. Supreme Court’s validation 17 years later of same-sex marriage as constitutionally protected,  died Tuesday ...

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Md. high court upholds Baltimore’s food truck restriction

Joey Vanoni, owner of the Pizza di Joey food truck, slices a buffalo chicken pizza in his mobile kitchen. Vanoni is suing Baltimore city over a rule that prevents him from setting up within 300 feet of a brick-and-mortar restaurant that specializes in pizza. (Maximilian Franz/File photo)

Maryland’s top court Monday upheld the constitutionality of a Baltimore ordinance that bans food truck vendors from operating within 300 feet of restaurants selling similar edibles. The Court of Appeals said the “300-foot rule” is “rationally related” to the city’s ...

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Ocean City defends topless ban in 4th Circuit filing

FILE - In this June 9, 2012, file photo, people crowd the beach in Ocean City, Md. (Amanda Rippen White/The News Journal via AP, File)

Ocean City’s prohibition on women going topless “protects and advances the prevailing sensibilities” of its residents and visitors, the Eastern Shore beach town told a U.S. appeals court Thursday as it considers whether the ban violates the Constitution’s guarantee of equal treatment under the law because men are permitted to go-bare chested.

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Transgender man sues UMMS, alleges constitutional violations

Exteriors of the St. Josephs Medical Center's main entrance. (Maximilian Franz/The Daily Record)

The University of Maryland St. Joseph Medical Center canceled a transgender man’s prescribed hysterectomy because the surgery would have violated the hospital’s religious prohibition on direct sterilizations of patients, according to a lawsuit the man filed Thursday alleging the facility violated ...

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Hogan’s safer-at-home foes pursue 4th Circuit injunction

A state police trooper directs a flow of cars in downtown Annapolis participating in a protest against restrictions ordered by Gov. Larry Hogan to fight the spread of the coronavirus. (The Daily Record/Bryan P. Sears)

Clergy members, business owners and three Republican state delegates pressed a federal appeals court Thursday to block as unconstitutional the safer-at-home orders Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan has issued in an effort to balance stanching the COVID-19 pandemic with a desired ...

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Hogan’s stay-at-home foes launch 4th Circuit appeal

Gov. Larry Hogan speaks Wednesday, May 6, 2020, in Annapolis. (The Daily Record / Bryan P. Sears)

Business owners, clergy and three Republican state delegates are appealing a federal judge’s rejection Wednesday of their constitutional challenge to Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan’s state-at-home orders. The challengers Friday notified the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to soon expect ...

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Minority, woman-owned businesses allege federal loan bias

U.S. District Court Greenbelt

The federal government intentionally discriminated against minority- and woman-owned businesses in its recent distribution of nearly $350 billion in loans to save small companies desperate to survive amid the United States’ pandemic-induced economic freefall, struggling Maryland businesses allege in a ...

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