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July 2011 Archives

An evangelical Christian organization has filed a lawsuit in New York state court seeking to block the state's recently-passed legislation allowing gay marriages. The lawsuit alleges that the New York State Legislature violated the state's Open Meetings Law and failed to follow proper Senate procedures while passing the bill. The plaintiffs ask the court to declare the Marriage Equality Act null and void and to invalidate any marriages that occurred as a result of the Act.

Group Sues Texas Governor Over Prayer Day

A group of atheists and agnostics has filed a lawsuit seeking a declaration that Texas Governor Rick Perry's official participation in a prayer rally violates the separation of church and state contained in the First Amendment to the United States Constitution. The suit also seeks to block any further actions by the governor in association with the rally.

Sister Wives Polygamy Lawsuit

The polygamist family featured on the TLC show "Sister Wives" has filed a federal lawsuit challenging Utah's criminal bigamy law. The plaintiffs allege that the law violates the United States Constitution by punishing a consensual private relationship without demonstrating any harm to society or the participants in the relationship.

Shareholders Sue News Corp. Over UK Hacking Scandal

A group of shareholders has filed a lawsuit accusing Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. of gross corporate governance failures related to the UK phone hacking scandal. The lawsuit comes as an amended complaint to an existing lawsuit that charged the company with nepotism related to the acquisition of a company owned by Rupert Murdoch's daughters. The complaint asserts that this acquisition and the hacking scandal demonstrate a "culture run amuck within News Corp and a board that provides no effective review or oversight."
A coalition of civil rights organizations has challenged Alabama's new immigration law, alleging that the law violates the U.S. Constitution. The plaintiffs claim that the law, which makes it a crime to be in Alabama without proper immigration documentation, will result in racial profiling, illegal searches and seizures and will deter the children of immigration families from attending public schools.

Judge Halts Enforcement of South Dakota Abortion Law

A federal judge has issued a preliminary injunction preventing enforcement of South Dakota's strict new abortion law while courts decide the constitutionality of the new statute. The law imposes a three-day waiting period before a woman may obtain an abortion and requires women to undergo counseling at a "pregnancy help center" that advises against abortions. The judge found that the challengers to the law had sufficiently demonstrated that the law likely violated the constitution, which warranted a preliminary injunction preventing the law from going into effect.