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Pennsylvania Judge Strikes Down Ban On Same-Sex Marriages, Sends It To The "Ash Heap Of History"!

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Philly used to be the city of brotherly love, but now it's the city of sisterly love, too!

That's because a federal judge in Pennsylvania struck down a ban on same-sex marriage today, declaring the super-intolerant denial of rights to be unconstitutional.

Woo hoo! This is absolutely AH-Mazing news!! Now it's legal for same-sex couples to marry in every Northeastern state!

In his decision, Judge John E. Jones III of Federal District Court — an appointee of GWB back in 2002 — acknowledged that it was time to embrace acceptance. He decalred:

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Texas' Same Sex Marriage Ban STRUCK DOWN! Federal Judge Rules It Unconstitutional!

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Texas is unfortunately one of many states with a same sex marriage ban. But thanks to a decision by Federal Judge Orlando Garcia, it may not be much longer.

His Honor ruled on Wednesday that the law is unconstitutional, mostly because it served no "legitimate governmental purpose."

That's another way of saying it's a bunch of malarky! Srsly, how does people who love each other getting the same benefits as you do affect you?

Justice may be blind, but today at least it isn't dumb! But don't book that Texas dude ranch for your nuptials just yet.

The ruling won't go into effect immediately, and during the lengthy appeals process, the law will remain on the books.

Sadly, the debate will rage on deep in the heart of Texas.

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Judge Rules That Same-Sex Marriages Can Start Happening Immediately In Chicago! Windy City For The Win!

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It's official! Start popping that champagne, Chicagoans!

A federal judge just ruled that same-sex couples can start getting married immediately in the Chicago area, pushing it forward from the June 1st date mandated in the Illinois bill that legalized same-sex marriage in the state.

Because the bill passed by only one vote in November, it didn't have the requisite yeas to put it into effect before June 1st.

However, after the ACLU and Lambda Legal won a lawsuit in December, which granted same-sex couples where one of the partners had a terminal illness the right to marry, they sought to have all gay couples the right to marry ASAP in Cook County, which they just won!

U.S. District Court Judge Sharon Johnson Coleman had this to say about the momentous decision:

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Hulk Hogan DENIED By Federal Judge! Sex Tape Clip Can Stay Up — For Now!

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Haven't seen the free preview of Hulk Hogan's sex tape yet?

Even though he's suing the shiz out of Gawker for posting it, there's still time!

A federal judge has denied his attorney's request for the site to immediately remove the sensitive footage and explained:

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Actress Suing IMDB For Exposing Her Age Must Reveal Her Name…Or The Case Is Dismissed!

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That's what she gets for filing a ridiculous lawsuit!

To recap, back in October, an anonymous actress who lives in Texas filed a lawsuit against the Internet Movie Database (IMDB) for $1 million, because the website revealed that she is approaching 40 years old. Ugh.

Then in November, IMDB's owner Amazon.com struck back against the actress, and tried to get the case dismissed because the woman had reportedly "first tried to get the service to post a false birthdate so she could fool potential Hollywood employers into thinking she was younger than she actually is."

Not only that, but IMDB said that if the case continues, the woman needs to reveal her name because they "cannot fairly defend against the Complaint in this case with the identity of the plaintiff secreted."

Looks like IMDB's request was granted, because a federal judge has now ruled that the woman must reveal her name, otherwise the case will be dismissed.

The woman has fourteen days to make a decision. We're thinking/hoping that she'll do the right thing and throw this absurd lawsuit out!

What do U think? Should this woman be forced to reveal her name???

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Judge Blocks Use Of Graphic Warning Labels On Cigarette Packages

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Boo! Such a bummer!

We were SO happy to hear about the mandatory graphic warning labels that the FDA imposed for all tobacco companies to display on cigarette packages.

Unfortunately, we're sad to report that the tobacco industry may have successfully blocked the government's efforts to visually depict how damaging their product really is.

On Monday, U.S. District Judge Richard Leon blocked the federal requirement because he felt the pictures were not accurate portrayals of the effects from smoking and instead were designed to exploit the facts, explaining:

"It is abundantly clear from viewing these images that the emotional response they were crafted to induce is calculated to provoke the viewer to quit, or never to start smoking – an objective wholly apart from disseminating purely factual and uncontroversial information."

The images depicting the harmful effects of smoking were to cover at least 20% of the package, but Judge Leon felt the labels would amount to a "mini-billboard" for the agency's "obvious anti-smoking agenda."

The strict requirement, originally expected to be implemented next year, has now been blocked until the tobacco industry's lawsuit is resolved.

Basically, don't expect to see the controversial labels that are used in 43 other countries anytime soon in the US.

Matthew Myers, president of the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, urged the Obama administration to appeal the ruling, saying:

"Studies around the world and evidence presented to the FDA have repeatedly shown that large, graphic warnings, like those adopted by the FDA, are most effective at informing consumers about the health risks of smoking, discouraging children and other nonsmokers from starting to smoke, and motivating smokers to quit. Because of that evidence, at least 43 other countries now require large, graphic cigarette warnings."

It's such a shame that corporate greed has once again won in court. While the tobacco industry filed the lawsuit against the FDA's labels in an effort to save profits, the courts forgot that the labels were created to save lives.

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Yes! Motion To Vacate Prop 8 Ruling Over Judge's Sexuality Denied!

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Now we're talking here! Progress! Yes!

This morning, Prop 8 proponents' Motion to Vacate Judge Vaughn Walker's ruling that Prop 8 was "unconstitutional" was DENIED!

A federal judge in San Francisco sided with Judge Walker and ruled that he had the ability to impartially decide on the case despite the fact the he himself is gay. U.S. District Court Judge James Ware insisted:

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