Interracial marriages to get added protection under new law
One day in the 1970s, Paul Fleisher and his wife were walking through a department store parking lot when they noticed a group of people looking at them. In the more than half-century since, interracial marriage has become more common and far more accepted. It would ensure that not only same-sex marriages, but also interracial marriages, are enshrined in federal law.news.yahoo.com
Supreme Court to consider who runs elections
Should they convince the court of the merits of their independent state legislature theory, politicians of either party could conduct elections however they chose, free of concern that a court or a governor could interfere. So, for instance, the North Carolina Supreme Court’s 2013 finding that new legislative maps drawn after the 2010 Census were “the most restrictive voting laws North Carolina has seen since the era of Jim Crow” and “targeted African American voters with almost surgical precision” would be toothless. She’s been before the Supreme Court before, in a Texas redistricting case in 2018 and another North Carolina case in 2019. The plaintiffs’ argument for an “independent state legislature theory” of election law, Daye said, “goes beyond just redistricting. Senators are chosen, from being appointed by state legislatures to instead being voted for in statewide elections.arabamericannews.com
Court reinstates Indiana's abortion burial, cremation law
A federal appeals court has reinstated an Indiana law adopted in 2016 that requires abortion clinics to either bury or cremate fetal remains. The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals ruling released Monday overturns an Indiana judge’s decision in September that the law infringed upon the religious and free speech rights of people who do not believe aborted fetuses deserve the same treatment as deceased people. The appeals court cited a 2019 ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court upholding the fetal remains provisions of the law signed by then-Gov. Mike Pence and that the state had a legitimate interest in how those remains are disposed.news.yahoo.com
Judge criticizes legal system after man loses right to child who was surrendered by estranged wife
The state Court of Appeals earlier determined that Kruithoff’s parental rights were wrongly terminated. The state Supreme Court later reversed that ruling, allowing the boy to stay with his adoptive parents who have cared for him for almost his entire life. There, a judge terminated both parents’ parental rights after Kruithoff did not respond to a legal notice in The Grand Rapids Press within a required 28-day period. The Supreme Court reversed the ruling and said the filing in the divorce action did not satisfy SDNL requirements. Four months after his parental rights were severed, he subpoenaed Catholic Charities for confidential adoption records, Speaker said.mlive.com
Alabama calls off execution after difficulties inserting IV
Alabama has called off the scheduled execution of a man convicted in the 1988 murder-for-hire slaying of a preacher’s wife after the state had trouble establishing venous access and the state faced a midnight deadline to get the execution underway.
Judge overturns Georgia's ban on abortion around 6 weeks
A judge overturned Georgia’s ban on abortion starting around six weeks into a pregnancy, ruling Tuesday that it violated the U.S. Constitution and U.S. Supreme Court precedent when it was enacted. Fulton County Superior Court Judge Robert McBurney's ruling applies statewide. Kara Richardson, a spokesperson for Georgia Attorney General Chris Carr, said in an email that the office intends to pursue an “immediate appeal."news.yahoo.com
Proposal 3 passes, etching abortion rights into Michigan Constitution
DETROIT – One hundred and thirty-seven days after the U.S. Supreme Court pushed abortion rights back to the states, Michiganders made their decision. Despite the support, Proposal 3 almost didn’t make the ballot because of a word spacing error that was resolved by the state Supreme Court. That law, which includes only an exception for the mother’s life being at risk, was ruled unconstitutional by a judge in September but could have been OK’d by the Michigan Supreme Court. “We’ve knocked doors, we’ve made phone calls, we’ve gotten hung up on, we’ve gotten cussed out. Work on the ballot proposal has been in the works since 2021 – long before Roe v. Wade was overturned.mlive.com
Voting laws at issue as states decide scores of ballot items
By DAVID A. LIEB Associated PressVoters in several states are weighing in on fundamental questions about how future elections will function as scores of ballot measures addressing an array of issues are being decided. Several of the more than 130 state ballot measures in Tuesday’s elections would affect the way voters cast ballots by adding or limiting identification requirements, expanding advance voting periods and — in one state — switching to ranked choice voting. At least a dozen states are deciding whether to raise or cut taxes for certain people, property owners or businesses. After an advance voting proposal failed in 2014, Connecticut voters are again deciding on a proposed constitutional amendment authorizing the Democratic-led General Assembly to create an early voting law. Other Arizona ballot measures would rein in citizen initiatives by limiting them to a single subject and requiring a 60% vote to approve future initiatives containing tax increases.mlive.com
US Supreme Court won’t consider Lake Michigan beach rights case
(AP) — The public will keep the right to use Indiana’s Lake Michigan shoreline for recreation as the U.S. Supreme Court won’t consider arguments from nearby property owners who claimed they also owned the beach. The court’s decision was released Monday without any explanation in an order turning down dozens of cases from around the country. The high court’s action keeps in place a 2018 Indiana Supreme Court ruling. That means the shoreline is available to the public for walking, fishing, boating, swimming and other recreational purposes. A federal appeals court in Chicago declined in May to overturn the Indiana Supreme Court’s decision.mlive.com
Supreme Court to hear arguments in landmark cases that could end affirmative action in university admissions
The U.S. Supreme Court may end affirmative action in university admissions through two cases it is set to hear Monday involving suits against Harvard University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.foxnews.com
Prop 3 fight eclipses $50 million: ‘Yes’ outraising ‘No’ and polling ahead
The two sides of the abortion rights amendment on Michigan’s November ballot have raked in more than $50 million in donations since late July, as supporters are outraising opponents and polling ahead. Main opposition group Citizens to Support MI Women and Children, per its report, raised nearly $17 million over the same period. RFFA has raised more than $42 million total and spent more than $30 million. Read more: What would Prop 3 do: A guide to Michigan’s abortion rights ballot proposalBut the proposal would also guarantee rights to other procedures like contraception and sterilization. SpartanNash CEO offers apparent criticism of abortion rights proposal in company emailThe gloves come off in second Whitmer-Dixon debateHow do I vote?mlive.com
Graham asks Supreme Court to intervene after election ruling
Sen. Lindsey Graham has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to intervene after a lower court ordered him to testify before a special grand jury in Georgia investigating whether then-President Donald Trump and others illegally tried to influence the 2020 election in the state.
Colorado baker fighting ruling over gender transition cake
The Colorado baker who won a partial Supreme Court victory after refusing on religious grounds to make a wedding cake for a gay couple a decade ago is challenging a separate ruling that he violated the state’s anti-discrimination law — this time over complaints he refused to make a birthday cake celebrating a gender transition.
Indiana judge weighing bid to block state's new abortion ban
A top state lawyer has derided arguments that Indiana’s new abortion ban violates the state constitution, saying that Indiana had such laws in place when the constitution was drafted in 1851 and that opponents of the ban are trying to invent a state right to privacy.
Abortion ban faces exceptions fight in South Carolina House
South Carolina House members plan to debate a new total ban on abortion Tuesday with no exceptions for pregnancies caused by rape or incest even as some Republicans in the GOP-dominated chamber suggested they can’t vote for the bill as written.