Tag: The Supreme Court

Supreme Court ruling imperils abortion laws in many states

NEW YORK (AP) — By striking down tough abortion restrictions in Texas, the U.S. Supreme Court has emboldened abortion-rights activists nationwide and imperiled a range of anti-abortion laws in numerous states. Many anti-abortion leaders were openly disappointed, bracing for the demise of restrictions that they had worked vigorously to enact over the past few years. The Supreme Court has decided “the abortion industry will continue to reign unchecked as mothers are subjected to subpar conditions,” said Heather Weininger, executive director of Wisconsin Right to Life. On the other side of the debate, Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards hailed the...

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Pro-Immigrant Organizations Gather in Anticipation for DACA/DAPA Executive Action Outcome

Pro-immigrant organizations gathered outside the McAllen Federal Court this morning in support of the outcome of the DACA and DAPA executive actions. If approved, over 4 million undocumented immigrants here in the United States would be protected from deportation. The Supreme Court seems divided today as arguments were heard over president Obama’s executive action. One woman tells us that she depends on the approval of president Obama’s immigration action in order to better her family’s life. Mrs. Eva, mother of four has lived in the Rio Grande Valley for over a decade now. She says with each passing day,...

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Supreme Court ‘One Person, One Vote’ Decision could have Impacted District Lines

Because of a case that originated in Texas, the Supreme Court decided that one person still means one vote. This decision could have affected how our district lines could be drawn. The Supreme Court decision ruled unanimously on Monday that states may count all residents when drawing electoral districts including those who are not eligible to vote. That means 40% of the population in Hidalgo County according to the Eagle County elections Department congressional districts would look very different. “All these congressional districts the result would be that they would be reduced because they would no longer be based...

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First Same-Sex Divorce finalized in Hidalgo County

Four months after the historic Supreme Court ruling, a same sex couple is making headlines, as they finalize their divorce in Edinburg this morning. Breaking their vows and setting a precedent, they become the first same sex divorcees in Hidalgo County. “We got married then I came back and I just ran out the door.” 19-year-old Ashley Madrigal ran out the door and into the courtroom this morning to call it quits after six months of marriage with 31-year-old Glenda Garza, who was absent during the hearing. A relationship that began three years ago in México and eventually got...

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Supreme Court makes same-sex marriage legal nationwide

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the Supreme Court’s ruling on same-sex marriage. (All times Eastern) — 11:40 a.m. Gay marriages are already underway in states where they were banned until the Supreme Court ruling Friday. Several gay couples have received marriage licenses in Atlanta since the decision came out. One of those couples, Petrina Bloodworth and Emma Foulkes, were wed in a morning ceremony and are the first same-sex couple to be married in Georgia’s Fulton County. So says court clerk James Brock. In Travis County, Texas, Gena Dawson and Charlotte Rutherford were the first same-sex couple in...

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