FLORIDA: ‘ FEDERAL JUDGE RULES LICENSES FOR SAME SEX MARRIAGE MUST BE ISSUED ‘

#AceWorldNews – FLORIDA:Jan.05: A federal judge in north Florida ruled on Thursday that county clerks state-wide must issue marriage licenses to all same-sex couples who request them starting Jan. 6, the effective date of his decision to overturn Florida’s ban on gay matrimony as unconstitutional.

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`Federal Judge Rules Virginia’s Same-Sex Marriage Ban Ruled Unconstitutional’

#AceWorldNews says that a federal judge ruled late Thursday that Virginia’s same-sex marriage ban is unconstitutional. The state’s “marriage laws unconstitutionally deny Virginia’s gay and lesbian citizens the fundamental freedom to choose to marry,” the ruling states, according to Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring.

The “laws deny Plaintiffs their rights to due process and equal protection guaranteed under the 14th Amendment” of the US Constitution,” the judge wrote. Herring said the court has stayed the execution of the injunction pending an appeal. Prior to the ruling, 17 states, plus the District of Columbia, had legalized same-sex marriage in the US.

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Order to Lavabit to Hand Over Email Records – Unsealed by Federal Judge in Virginia

The records in the case, which is now being argued at the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, were unsealed today by a federal judge in Alexandria, Virginia. They confirm much of what had been suspected about the conflict between the pro-privacy e-mail company and the federal government, which led to Lavabit voluntarily closing in August rather than compromise the security it promised users.

The filings show that Lavabit was served on June 28 with a so-called “pen register” order requiring it to record, and provide the government with, the e-mail “from” and “to” lines on every e-mail, as well as the IP address used to access the mailbox. Because they provide only metadata, pen register orders can be obtained without “probable cause” that the target has committed a crime.

http://www.wired.com/threatlevel/2013/10/lavabit_unsealed/

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