Judge Files Free-Speech Suit Over Ban From Execution Cases

An Arkansas judge whose participation in an anti-death penalty rally led to his lifetime ban from hearing capital-punishment cases sued the state’s high court Thursday, claiming its seven justices violated his rights to free speech.

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ACLU Challenges Michigan’s Religious-Freedom Adoption Rule

The American Civil Liberties Union filed a federal lawsuit on behalf of two lesbian couples who were denied the opportunity to adopt children through Michigan’s foster care system, challenging the state’s practice of letting taxpayer-funded agencies reject qualified same-sex couples because of religious objections.

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