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Legal news from Friday, June 30, 2017
by Autumn Callan

The lower house of the German Parliament voted 393-226 Friday to legalize same-sex marriage. The decision came shortly after Chancellor Angela Merkel changed her conservative stance on the issue. Although Merkel voted against the move she encouraged lawmakers to vote with their conscience instead of along party lines. Before allowing civil unions in 2001, …

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by Elizabeth Lowman

The US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit on Wednesday reversed a previous ruling that Ohio's execution protocol was unconstitutional. The prior ruling had put further executions on hiatus. The question was whether one of the three drugs used in the lethal injection process was sufficient to cause the inmates …

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by Elizabeth Lowman

The US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit on Wednesday upheld North Carolina's Senate Bill 2, which allows magistrates to refuse to perform same-sex marriages if doing so would conflict with their religious beliefs. The court ruled that the plaintiffs, three couples, did not have standing to bring the case because they could …

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