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Nation's First Same-Sex Marriage Ban Struck Down

Alaska ban is latest to fall

(Newser) - A federal judge has struck down Alaska's first-in-the-nation ban on gay marriages. US District Judge Timothy Burgess—who heard arguments Friday afternoon and promised a quick decision—released his 25-page decision yesterday afternoon. "Refusing the rights and responsibilities afforded by legal marriage sends the public a government-sponsored message... More »

Clinton: Obama Can Just Raise Debt Ceiling Himself

I'd 'force the courts to stop me,' he says

(Newser) - Bill Clinton sees a really easy way out of the debt ceiling crisis: He thinks President Obama has the constitutional power to just raise the darn thing if he wants. The 14th Amendment states that “the validity of the US public debt shall not be questioned.” In an... More »

Violent Video Games Get Supreme Court Date

State wants to ban sale, rental of violent games to minors

(Newser) - The Supreme Court today agreed to hear a case that will determine whether California can regulate violent video games. The court will review a lower court's decision to throw out the state's ban on the sale or rental of violent games to minors; the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in... More »

Supreme Court Will Hear Challenge to Local Gun Laws

Challenge to Chicago handgun ban could neuter local gun control measures

(Newser) - The Supreme Court will take up a case that could radically alter legal precedent regarding gun ownership and Second Amendment rights. The case is an appeal brought by Chicago-area gun owners who challenged the city’s ban on handguns. The high court overturned such a ban last year in Washington,... More »

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