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Bankruptcy court finds DOMA unconstitutional

SAN FRANCISCO — The country’s largest consumer bankruptcy court has sided with a gay couple seeking to file a joint bankruptcy petition, taking the extraordinary step of deciding the federal law prohibiting same-sex marriages is unconstitutional. The Los Angeles-based court ...

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Inside the First Amendment: Students’ religious speech at issue again

Just when First Amendment principles seem to be working in public education, new fights over student religious speech threaten to reignite culture-war battles in schools across the country. It’s little known that many public schools made significant progress toward getting ...

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Strip club liquor ban unconstitutional, 4th Circuit affirms

A Maryland law that allowed Prince George’s County to ban liquor sales at strip clubs based on the performers’ conduct and attire is unconstitutional, the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals held Thursday. The 2-1 decision affirms a federal judge’s ...

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Ruling based on unconstitutional ‘Terry stop’ reversed

A suspected gang member’s adjustment of his waistband in a high-crime area did not give a Prince George’s County detective reasonable suspicion to conduct a pat-down of the teenager that led to his arrest for gun possession, a Maryland appeals ...

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Pennsylvania mayor who pushed immigrant law heads to DC

HAZLETON, Pa. — A Pennsylvania mayor whose get-tough policies on illegal immigrants attracted national attention has resigned after 11 years in office and will head to Congress. Hazleton Mayor Lou Barletta was elected to the U.S. House last month, defeating ...

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Federal judge in Virginia declares Obama health care law unconstitutional

RICHMOND, Va. — A federal judge declared the foundation of President Barack Obama’s health care law unconstitutional Monday, ruling that the government cannot require Americans to purchase insurance. The case is expected to end up at the Supreme Court. U.S. ...

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