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‘Religious Liberty’ Bills Fail in States, But What About the Courts?

State laws in Arizona, Kansas, Ohio, and elsewhere that would enshrine discrimination in the name of "religious liberty" have faced political setbacks, but a legal victory isn't certain yet.

State laws in Arizona, Kansas, Ohio, and elsewhere that would enshrine discrimination in the name of “religious liberty” have faced political setbacks, but a legal victory isn’t certain yet.

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Three Reasons to Uphold the Contraception Mandate That Don’t Involve Birth Control

Much of the defense of the contraception mandate in the Affordable Care Act has focused on the public benefit to making contraception widely available and affordable. But there are a lot of reasons to uphold the mandate that have nothing to do with birth control.

Much of the defense of the contraception mandate in the Affordable Care Act has focused on the public benefit to making contraception widely available and affordable. But there are a lot of reasons to uphold the mandate that have nothing to do with birth control.

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Legal Wrap: Progressive Groups Increase Pressure on Judicial Nominations

Will Senate Democrats respond to calls to block the nomination of Michael Boggs (above) to the federal bench?

Will Senate Democrats respond to calls to block the nomination of Michael Boggs to the federal bench?

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Why the European Parliament Shouldn’t Criminalize Buying Sex

The European Parliament must decide Wednesday whether it should formally recommend that European states criminalize the act of buying sex.

The European Parliament must decide Wednesday whether it should formally recommend that European states criminalize the act of buying sex. This criminalization approach is becoming an increasingly applauded policy—by everyone except sex workers and the people who work with them.

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Vote on Sexual Assault Measures Thwarted in Senate

An attempt to bring up for debate measures designed to address sexual assault in the military, including Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand's bid to remove prosecution of sex crimes from the chain of command, was scuttled on Monday.

An attempt to bring up for debate measures designed to address sexual assault in the military, including Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand’s bid to remove prosecution of sex crimes from the chain of command, was scuttled on Monday.

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Supreme Court Turns Away Arizona Planned Parenthood Funding Ban

For the second time, the Roberts Court has let stand an appeals court decision permanently blocking state attempts to strip Planned Parenthood clinics of Medicaid funding.

For the second time, the Roberts Court has let stand an appeals court decision permanently blocking state attempts to strip Planned Parenthood clinics of Medicaid funding.

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Appeals Court Rejects Notre Dame’s Challenge to Contraception Mandate

The 2-1 decision held the university had not shown that complying with the exemption process for religiously affiliated nonprofits substantially burdened its religious rights.

The 2-1 decision held the university had not shown that complying with the exemption process for religiously affiliated nonprofits substantially burdened its religious rights.

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Tennessee Legislators Condemn University ‘Sex Week’

Sex Week is coming to the University of Tennessee's Knoxville campus but some state legislators really, really wish it wasn't.

Sex Week is coming to the University of Tennessee’s Knoxville campus, but some state legislators really wish it wasn’t. A resolution was approved in the Tennessee house this week calling the event an “outrageous misuse of student fees and grant monies.”

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Legal Wrap: Two Very Different Reminders of Why Courts Matter

From Michael Dunn's acquittal in the murder of Jordan Davis to a pending nominee to the federal bench, now more than ever our courts matter.

From Michael Dunn’s acquittal in the murder of Jordan Davis to a pending nominee to the federal bench, now more than ever our courts matter.

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College Women, Don’t Listen to Marriage Concern Trolls

Viral letter telling young women to get married in college is now being turned into a book, but that doesn't make her "advice" any less nutty.

Susan Patton may be the only person in the history of the world to get a book deal by being a crank who writes nutty letters to the editor. Her viral letter telling young women to get married in college is now being turned into a book, but that doesn’t make her “advice” any less nutty.

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