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The U.S. Supreme Court is on summer break for the moment, but its next term begins in October with a handful of very interesting cases.

Beginning October 6, the nation's highest court will hear appeals involving issues of criminal law, prisoner's rights, labor law, class-action claims, and patent law.

Here's a preview of the Supreme Court's first 10 cases of the October 2014 Term:

A Florida judge has ruled the state's ban on gay marriage is unconstitutional, but it doesn't mean same-sex nuptials can occur in the Sunshine State just yet.

Monroe County Circuit Judge Luis M. Garcia on Thursday ruled in favor of Aaron R. Huntsman and William Lee Jones after they applied for and were denied a marriage license in April. Judge Garcia's ruling overturned the state's prohibition on gay marriage, but it may not take effect until Tuesday, reports the Orlando Sentinel.

Does this mean Florida will soon be the 20th state to allow gay marriage?

Supervisors and employees often work closely together and may even develop friendships, but this is no excuse to tolerate sexual harassment in or out of the workplace.

Because of their positions of authority, supervisors can often coerce their employees into not reporting or simply tolerating inappropriate conduct and behaviors. But employees do not have to remain silent.

Here are five inappropriate behaviors that employees should not have to tolerate from supervisors:

Most discrimination suits based on federal employment law require that an Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) complaint be filed first. For those who feel they have suffered discrimination in the workplace, filing a charge of discrimination with the EEOC is essential to successfully litigating a discrimination claim.

So where do you even begin? Here's a general overview on how to properly file an EEOC workplace discrimination complaint:

Today (July 14) is National Nude Day, a yearly event which "celebrates naturism around the world and an opportunity to encourage first-timers to enjoy clothes-free relaxation."

Naturism is a movement that encourages going clothes-free, both in public and in private. And while what you wear in the privacy of your own home is typically no one's problem but your's, going clothes-free in public may present some legal issues.

So is public nudity legal? Here are three factors to consider:

Colorado's gay marriage ban was struck down by a state judge on Wednesday, but the ruling has been stayed to allow for an appeal.

Adams County District Court Judge C. Scott Crabtree ruled that the state's prohibition on same-sex marriage was unconstitutional, violating constitutional guarantees of due process and equal protection. The Denver Post reports that this ruling came weeks after a Boulder County clerk began issuing more than 100 marriage licenses, in defiance of state law, in late June.

What does this ruling mean for Colorado's same-sex couples?

Two Guantanamo Bay detainees are citing the recent Hobby Lobby case in an unusual way -- to press for their right to communal prayer during Ramadan.

Last week's decision by the U.S. Supreme Court expounded on closely held corporations like Hobby Lobby and their rights to religious freedoms as "persons." Mother Jones reports that two Gitmo detainees, Ahmed Rabbani and Emad Hassan, are hoping to use this expansion of religious rights to prevent military officials from prohibiting communal prayer during the holy month of Ramadan, which is currently underway.

If a company is a "person" with religious rights, what about detainees at Gitmo?

A federal judge in Kentucky has upheld the rights of gay couples to marry in the Bluegrass State, following a February ruling which would force the state to recognize out-of-state gay marriages.

In his decision in Love v. Beshear, U.S. District Judge John G. Heyburn II struck down Kentucky's ban on same-sex marriage, noting that "even sincere and long-held religious beliefs do not trump the constitutional rights of those who happen to be out-voted."

What practical effect will this latest gay marriage ruling have in Kentucky?

The U.S. Supreme Court waited until the final day of its 2013 Term to rule on what was for many the year's most anticipated case: Burwell v. Hobby Lobby, involving Obamacare's birth-control mandate.

In a 5-4 opinion written by Justice Samuel Alito, the Court ruled that certain private companies can object to Obamacare's mandate that they provide coverage for birth control through their employee health insurance plans, Reuters reports.

Want to know more? Here are five key points from the Supreme Court's Hobby Lobby decision:

A New Jersey school district has agreed to pay $10,000 to the family of a disabled boy who was prevented from bringing his service dog to school or school-related activities.

As part of a settlement agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice, the school has also agreed to implement a service animal policy and train applies on complying with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), reports the South Jersey Times.

What does the law say about service dogs at school, and what allegedly happened in this case?