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Supreme Court Ruled in Favor for Same-Sex Marriage Nationwide

In a 5-4 ruling, the Supreme Court on July 26th ruled that same-sex couples can now marry nationwide. Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote for the majority while the four conservative justices wrote the dissent.

“No union is more profound than marriage, for it embodies the highest ideals of love, fidelity, devotion, sacrifice and family. In forming a marital union, two people become something greater than they once were,” Kennedy wrote.

The U.S. is now the 21st country to legalize same-sex marriage nationwide. Married same-sex couples will now have the same legal rights and benefits as married heterosexual couples. Thousands of same-sex marriage supporters have been celebrating just moments after the ruling.


Obamacare Upheld By Supreme Court Ruling For a Second Time

In a 6-3 decision the US Supreme Court upheld a key portion of President Barack Obama’s healthcare law. The court ruled that the law made subsidies available for people in all 50 states and found that it did not apply just to those who bought insurance through a state exchange.

The income-based subsidies are crucial and allow health insurance to be more affordable thus reducing the number of uninsured Americans

The Affordable Care Act, often known as Obamacare, set up a federally run insurance exchange which enabled Americans who were not covered by their employers or other governmental agencies to buy health insurance.

If the law was overturned, 6.4 million Americans would have been risk of losing aid.


Judge Rules Uber Driver Is Considered An Employee

The California Labor Commission ruled that Uber driver, Barbara Ann Berwick, is an employee as opposed to a contractor. If this ruling is applied to all Uber drivers this could potentially mean higher costs for the app-based taxi service, including extra costs such as social security and unemployment insurance. Ms. Berwick will be awarded more than $4,000 of expenses. The award includes reimbursable business expenses such as tolls, parking citations, mileage, legal fees and interest.

Uber states that the ruling only applied to this one driver and will not affect other Uber drivers. Five other US states have ruled Uber drivers as contractors. Uber is appealing against this ruling for Ms. Berwick.

Uber drivers have complete flexibility and control. They have the ability to earn their living from multiple sources including other ride sharing companies. The drivers also pay for their own cars, insurance, gas, tolls and general costs of operating and are paid 80% of each fare.

Uber is currently operating in more than 50 countries and is worth an estimated $50 billion making it one of the world’s most valuable start-up companies.


Undocumented Immigrant Granted License to Practice Law in New York

The New York Appellate Division, Second Department in Brooklyn ruled that 31 year old Cesar Vargas of Dream Action Coalition (DRM), an undocumented immigrant who came to the United States as a child, is eligible to practice law in the state. Federal law prohibits undocumented immigrants to become practicing lawyer unless there is a state law that allows it. The ruling is the first favorable action in New York that has allowed undocumented immigrants to practice law in New York. This ruling only applies to those who are enrolled in the Deferred Action Childhood Arrivals, which aims at helping those who came into the country illegally as children and are under the age of 30 in 2012.


Cesar Vargas was brought to the United States from Mexico by his mother at the age of 5. He qualified for a renewable two-year amnesty through the government program Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. Vargas passed the state bar exam after attending New York City public schools, St. Francis College in Brooklyn and CUNY Law School. He is an advocate for reforms to immigration laws. The Appellate Division found that Mr. Vargas met all the qualifications necessary to get a law license, including meeting the good character and general fitness requirement for the NY bar admission.


The Obama administration argued in a brief submitted by the Department of Justice that Vargas was forbidden from obtaining a license by the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act. However, the New York’s attorney general also supported giving Mr. Vargas a license.