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9th Circuit June 2014 News

SSM Oral Arguments Set; Conversion Therapy, Soledad Denied Cert.

We've got a quick roundup of updates for you this morning on three major issues we've been following for awhile: gay marriage bans, conversion therapy, and the Mount Soledad Memorial Cross.

The Ninth Circuit set a single date for oral arguments in disputes out of three states, including Hawaii (which has legalized gay marriage since the case was first filed) and Nevada (where state officials have pretty much given up). Meanwhile, it seems the legal battle over gay conversion therapy is over, with California's ban remaining intact.

And finally, the Mount Soledad Cross is still standing, and may continue to do so, even with the Supreme Court denying review earlier today.

9th Cir Updates: Gay Juror En Banc Denial; No-Fly List Won't Fly

It's a big day in the Ninth Circuit for two of the biggest legal topics right now: marriage equality and national security. In one case, the appellate court declined to re-hear a case involving a Batson challenge to a gay juror, which leaves a holding that all-but-guarantees marriage equality in the Ninth Circuit remains intact.

And in a second case, now on remand to a district court in Oregon, a judge just ruled that our nation's "No-Fly List," which keeps those who are suspected of having ties to terrorism off of planes but has no procedures to challenge inclusion on the list, is unconstitutional.

L.A. Law Prohibiting Residing in Cars is Void for Vagueness

In 2010, Los Angeles officials gathered for a "Town Hall on Homelessness," a forum where Venice residents complained about the prevalence of homeless individuals sleeping in their cars. City officials and high-ranking LAPD officers attended, assured residents that they would reemphasize enforcement of an existing ordinance prohibiting living in one's car.

How? They formed a task force of twenty-one officers that were to use Section 85.02 to cite and arrest homeless people who were in violation of the statute. As part of this enforcement, officers ticketed or arrested a man waiting to volunteer at his church, a woman driving her RV through Venice, and a guy waiting out a rainstorm in his car, amongst others. None were caught sleeping in their vehicles, and some of them even had proof that they slept elsewhere, such as a local shelter.

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If you saw "The Monuments Men," released earlier this year, then you know that Allied Forces discovered large collections of Nazi-looted art during World War II. Far from being an historical account, the repercussions of the Nazi's looting and forced sale of valuable pieces of art is still an issue that generations of families are dealing with.

In the latest case of an heir's attempt to receive what is rightfully hers, the Ninth Circuit has revived a sensitive controversy that is far from over, reports The Times of Israel.

On the battlefield that is women's reproductive rights, women in Arizona scored a victory on Tuesday, when the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals reversed a district court's denial of preliminary injunction.

Now with a preliminary injunction in place, it remains to be seen whether the Arizona abortion pill law will withstand a challenge on the merits.

Updates on the Oregon and Idaho Gay Marriage Appeals

It's the landmark civil right battle of our time, and if you thought we'd go a week, or even a few days, without another legal maneuver in a gay marriage case, you were sadly mistaken. If you're suffering from coverage fatigue, take solace in this: we're only covering the most interesting and odd battles out of the dozens of cases that are proceeding nationwide.

In this batch of updates, a non-party reaches out to SCOTUS to put a hold on gay marriages in a state where nobody (or at least, nobody in the litigation) is opposing gay marriage, while in Idaho, the impatient state is asking to fast forward to an en banc hearing and actually has a compelling argument for doing so.