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Federal ALP urged to back gay civil unions
Sydney Morning HeraldDecember 1, 2011

Federal Labor must change its position on gay marriage after the Queensland parliament passed laws to allow same sex civil unions, a gay rights lobby group says. The Queensland parliament on Wednesday night passed a bill that will allow gay and lesbian ...more »

State Agency Accuses Former DA Kratz of Harassment, Attorney Violations
WBAYDecember 1, 2011

In the document obtained by Action 2 News, Kratz is accused of eleven different counts of violating state lawyer regulations, and it's being recommended the former DA lose his license to practice law in the State of Wisconsin for six months. ...more »

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Affirmative Action
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George Will: Supreme Court should hear racial preferences case
GoErie.comDecember 5, 2011

It struck down the undergraduate policies as too mechanistic in emphasizing race but upheld the law school's pursuit of educational benefits from a "critical mass" of certain approved minorities. The details of the Texas policies are less important ...more »

Freedom Of Speech & Religion
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Rent-Free Religion in New York's Public Schools
Religion DispatchesDecember 6, 2011

The Good News Club decision created a new legal theory for opponents of church-state separation. The Court held that religion is nothing but speech from a certain point of view, and therefore all religious activities are protected by the Free Speech...more »

Age, Gender, Race & National Origin Discrimination
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Tharp: Equality in Evansville
Kokomo PerspectiveDecember 2, 2011

Other categories included in the code include race, religion, color, disability, ancestry and national origin. The ordinance, amended during Monday night's City Council meeting, provides for equal opportunity for all citizens in the areas education, ...more »

Native Americans
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Trial starts on NM congressional redistricting
Alamogordo Daily NewsDecember 5, 2011

The state must comply with the federal Voting Rights Act in reshaping districts to avoid diluting the voting strength of minorities, such as Native Americans and Hispanics. Redistricting landed in court after the Legislature failed to approve a plan ...more »

Religious Discrimination
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Defining and Defending Religious Freedom
Patheos (blog)December 2, 2011

Concerns about religious or faith-related organizations being forced by anti-discrimination laws to hire people in same-sex marriages or to pay for benefits for same-sex couples must be put into perspective. All workers, everywhere, deserve these ...more »

Eminent Domain
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Boulder seeks eminent domain authority to force land sale near airport
Daily CameraDecember 3, 2011

The Boulder City Council is poised to authorize the use of eminent domain to force a Boulder County property owner to sell his land in order to preserve future federal funding for the Boulder Municipal Airport. ...more »

Sexual Harassment
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US candidate outlines possible exit strategy amid allegations of affair ...
GlobalNews.caDecember 1, 2011

The former business executive, now facing an allegation of a 13-year extramarital affair after recent allegations by other women of sexual harassment, says a heavy emotional toll on his family — particularly his wife, Gloria — could force him to call ...more »

Freedom Of Information
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ACLU: FBI used outreach to collect info on Muslims
CBS NewsDecember 1, 2011

The American Civil Liberties Union, which obtained the documents under the US Freedom of Information Act, accused the FBI of misusing its community outreach programs to collect information on people at Muslim-related events that the FBI organized or ...more »

Unlawful Search & Seizure
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Lomira man suing village, officer for unlawful arrest
Fond du Lac ReporterDecember 4, 2011

The suit seeks unspecified compensatory damages for violations of Bautista's constitutional rights against unlawful search and seizure stemming from the entry without a warrant, alleged excessive force in the arrest, unlawful detention and prosecution ...more »

Freedom Of Press
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Myanmar's Courts Subvert Rule of Law, Activists Say
New York TimesDecember 4, 2011

Mr. Phoe Phyu said that Myanmar's land laws were being rewritten in ways that favored allies of the government, including former military officers and their business associates. It is an accusation that cuts close to the bone for the former generals ...more »

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