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    PNS Weekend Update - June 25, 20160 


    On this weekend’s rundown, we’re covering stories from across the globe, including: After Brexit, Google says many Britons may not know what they actually voted for; a Boston religious leader calls for peace in the wake of the Freddie Gray case acquittal; and Sunday marks one year since marriage equality was upheld by the nation’s highest court.

Civil Rights

One of Washington's first same-sex marriages after the passage of the Washington State Marriage Equality Act in 2012. (Seattle Municipal Archives)

TACOMA, Wash. — Sunday is the one-year anniversary of the Supreme Court's decision requiring all states to recognize same-sex marriages. Since then, the number of gay and lesbian couples living together and married has gone up from 38 percent to 49 percent, according to a ...Read More

Immigration rights advocates say the U.S. Supreme Court's tie decision on President Obama's immigration policies could hurt thousands of Illinois families. (iStockphoto)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- Immigration-rights advocates in Illinois are blasting Thursday's U.S. Supreme Court decision that could doom President Obama's expanded immigration policies. In a 4-4 tie vote, the justices allowed a lower court decision to stand that prevents the president from shielding about ...Read More

Granite State Democrats held a sit-in at the State House on Thursday to show solidarity with Democrats who were blocking business in the U.S. House to demand action on gun control measures. (via Twitter/katbeep).

CONCORD, N.H. – Democratic lawmakers in the Granite State echoed the national scene on Thursday when they staged a sit-in at the State House to show solidarity with lawmakers who were blocking business on the floor of the U.S. House. Rep. Katherine Rogers helped organize the action. She says ...Read More

The U.S. Supreme Court has blocked two of President Obama's executive orders on immigration. (Kconnors/morguefile)

LOS ANGELES -- Latino rights supporters are regrouping after the Supreme Court split 4-4 on the constitutionality of President Obama's immigration policy. The tie lets a lower court decision stand, blocking two of the president's executive orders. One program, Deferred Action for Parents of America ...Read More

The U.S. Supreme Court had upheld the use of race as a factor in admissions policies at the University of Texas-Austin. (University of Texas)

AUSTIN, Texas – The U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling on Thursday that the University of Texas can consider race as part of its admissions criteria in order to diversify its student body was a bitter defeat for Texas conservatives, who maintain the policy discriminates against white applicants ...Read More

The split decision in the U.S. Supreme Court does not set a legal precedent, but could prove to be a major setback for families of mixed immigration status. (skeeze/Pixabay)

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Immigration advocates are expressing outrage over the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling Thursday on immigration. The 4-to-4 tie vote allows an appeals court decision blocking President Barack Obama's executive actions on immigration to stand. The president's Deferred Action pl ...Read More

The U.S. Supreme Court is expected to hand down a decision in Fisher vs. University of Texas in Austin, a case where the university's admissions policy, which includes race as a factor, is being challenged. (morguefile.com)

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - The future of affirmative action policies at North Carolina's universities could be determined by a decision by the U.S. Supreme Court. As early as this week, the court is expected to rule on a case challenging the admission policy at the University of Texas in Austin (Fisher v. ...Read More

The Bushmaster AR-15 rifle used at Sandy Hook Elementary School. (Newtown Police/Wikimedia Commons)

HARTFORD, Conn. -- Connecticut's ban on assault weapons has survived a challenge in federal court. On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear the appeal of a federal court ruling upholding the state ban on the sale of military-style assault rifles and large-capacity magazines. Ron Pinciaro, ...Read More

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