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Posted 12 months ago in Gay and Lesbian issues by Aaron Kase  
Lesbian Widow Can Recieve Survivor Benefits, Judge Rules

The fallout from the Supreme Court’s June decision striking down the Defense of Marriage Act is still ongoing, and this week saw more good news for same-sex couples. The wife of a female lawyer who passed away in 2010 should get her survivor benefits, not her parents, a federal judge ruled Monday in Philadelphia. Widow Jennifer Tobits will get nearly $50,000 that her deceased spouse, Sarah Ellyn Farley, was owed from her law firm, Cozen O’Connor. The decision was made …

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Posted 12 months ago in Marijuana by Josh Crank  
Denial of Marijuana Reclassification Appealed to Supreme Court

Medical marijuana advocates want the United States Supreme Court to hear an appeal that could lead to marijuana’s removal from Schedule I of the Controlled Substances Act. Americans for Safe Access appealed a January decision from the District of Columbia U.S. Circuit Court that found a lack of “adequate and well-controlled studies” proving the medical efficacy of marijuana. Even though plaintiffs presented more than 200 peer-reviewed studies, the three-judge panel concluded that the studies did not meet certain standards and …

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1,110 Federal Benefits for Same-Sex Couples with DOMA Gone

When the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that part of the discriminatory Defense Against Marriage Act was unconstitutional, it opened the way for same-sex couples who are legally married in their states to reap the fruits of federal benefits. Advantages that married opposite-sex couples have enjoyed in the realm of taxes, social security, estate planning, immigration and other sectors have now been extended to all spouses. “There are over 1100 federal benefits, privileges and obligations that turn on the issue of …

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Posted 1 year ago in Government Your Personal Rights by Aaron Kase  
Suppression Laws Flourish After Death of Voting Rights Act

Six of the nine states that previously had to apply for federal permission to make changes to their voting laws because of their history of discrimination are pushing forward with discriminatory voter suppression laws. The states were given the go-ahead to proceed by the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling June 25 in Shelby County v. Holder that struck down a portion of the Voting Rights Act, finding it outdated. Texas, South Carolina, Alabama, Virginia, Arkansas and Mississippi are all moving to …

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Posted 1 year ago in Labor and Employment by Aaron Kase  
Supreme Court Adds Obstacles to Employee Retaliation Claims

Workers who bring retaliation claims against their employers must show that they would not have faced any adverse employment action if not for bringing a protected civil rights complaint, the Supreme Court ruled Monday. The employee must show that their complaint was the reason for their demotion or termination, not just one reason among others, the court decided in University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center v. Nassar. “Title VII retaliation claims must be proved according to traditional principles of but-for …

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