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Yesterday, The New York Times published an article titled “Corporate Call for Change in Gay Marriage Case.”
Erik Eckholm writes:
Arguing that the federal Defense of Marriage Act imposes serious administrative and financial costs on their operations, some of the nation’s largest companies filed a supporting brief with the Supreme Court on Wednesday, urging it to overturn a section of the act that denies federal benefits and recognition to same-sex couples.
Some of those companies included Citigroup, Apple, Walt Disney, and Starbucks.
BBC News India reports today that the 17-year-old man accused in the fatal gang rape of a woman in the capital Delhi last month was formally charged with rape, murder and other crimes, including kidnapping.
The trial is set to start on March 6th. If convicted, the man faces three years maximum in a reform facility.
Five other suspects have gone on trial and face the death penalty.
IN OTHER NEWS
According to an Associated Press article published by the The Wall Street Journal yesterday, “lawyers for the City of New York have filed another request to dismiss a lawsuit over police department surveillance of Muslims“.
The article states:
In a filing earlier this week, lawyers for New York City said the plaintiffs in a federal lawsuit filed in New Jersey have failed to prove the New York Police Department targeted Muslims based solely on their religion.
Muslim individuals and organizations filed the first suit to directly challenge an NYPD intelligence-gathering program that chronicled where Muslims ate, prayed and got their hair cut.
The plaintiffs say the suit should go forward because the programs targeted Muslims based solely on their religion and without any suspicion of wrongdoing.
The city’s lawyers argue the program was legal. They note New Jersey’s attorney general found that no state laws were violated.
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