Latest Constitutions News

Tokyo court: Lack of law for same-sex union unconstitutional

Nov. 30, 2022 05:59 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Japan's lack of law to protect the rights of same-sex couples to marry and become families violates the constitution, the Tokyo District Court ruled Wednesday in a closely watched case in a country still largely bound by traditional gender roles and family values. The...

Groups to defend citizens' power to amend Ohio constitution

Nov. 29, 2022 17:14 PM EST

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Foes of a proposal that would make it harder for citizens to amend Ohio's constitution vowed Tuesday to unleash the same broad activist coalition against it that delivered a scorching rebuke to a Republican-backed anti-union law last decade. Opponents...

Maine Supreme Court upholds lease for $1B power line project

Nov. 29, 2022 16:15 PM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine’s highest court on Tuesday upheld the lease for a small section of state land for a $1 billion electric transmission corridor, a victory for developers who hope to complete the project. The Supreme Judicial Court ruled unanimously that the Maine...

ND high court asked to lift injunction against abortion ban

Nov. 29, 2022 15:06 PM EST

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — An attorney for North Dakota asked the state Supreme Court on Tuesday to strike down an injunction blocking the state’s abortion ban, saying a lower court judge was wrong to grant it. Matthew Sagsveen, an attorney for the state, told justices that Burleigh...

German president presses N Macedonia on EU-required reforms

Nov. 29, 2022 10:29 AM EST

SKOPJE, North Macedonia (AP) — German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier has urged North Macedonia to acknowledge the presence of an ethnic Bulgarian minority in the country, amid other actions required to speed up its European Union accession process. Steinmeier arrived in the the...

European court rejects far-right teacher's blacklist appeal

Nov. 29, 2022 07:47 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — The European Court of Human Rights has rejected a German teacher's appeal against being blacklisted for her far-right activities, because they are considered incompatible with Germany's constitution. Ingeborg Godenau, who has a long history of involvement with...

'We the People' at heart of White House holiday decorations

Nov. 28, 2022 18:59 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — “We the People” is Jill Biden's holiday theme with White House decorations designed for “the people” to see themselves in the tree ornaments, mantel displays, mirrors and do-it-yourself creations that have turned the mansion's public spaces into a winter wonderland. ...

Attorneys: 'Botched' execution caused pain and torture

Nov. 28, 2022 18:32 PM EST

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama prison staff strapped an inmate to a death chamber gurney, despite a court order in place at the time blocking the execution from going forward, and later subjected him to numerous needle jabs, including in the neck and collarbone region while an official held his...

Editorial Roundup: Ohio

Nov. 28, 2022 14:54 PM EST

Toledo Blade. November 27, 2022. Editorial: Ohio is fat The fitness website Total Shape rates Ohio as out of shape in a nationwide health ranking. Ohio is ranked as the 45th healthiest state, or if you like to score high, the fifth unhealthiest location in the nation....

New Mexico court denies challenge of regulatory reforms

Nov. 28, 2022 14:26 PM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico Supreme Court on Monday denied a challenge to a voter-approved measure overhauling a powerful commission that oversees public utilities and determines how much customers can be charged to heat and cool their homes. The court announced its...