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Bob Ferguson

Dec 4 2015
OLYMPIA — Attorney General Bob Ferguson today announced the filing of an amicus, or “friend of the court,” brief in the United States Supreme Court, supporting President Barack Obama’s 2014 executive actions to reform our country’s immigration system.
Oct 6 2015
SEATTLE — Attorney General Bob Ferguson today announced that he has joined a “friend-of-the-court” brief asking the U.S. Supreme Court to strike down two provisions of a 2013 Texas law severely limiting access to safe abortion services.
Jun 19 2015
OLYMPIA — The U.S. Supreme Court Thursday ruled that out-of-court statements made to non-law enforcement individuals can potentially be used in criminal prosecutions, endorsing the position advocated by Attorney General Bob Ferguson in a “friend of the court” brief that was joined by 41 other state Attorneys General.
Mar 27 2015
SEATTLE — Attorney General Bob Ferguson filed a “friend of the court” brief today in the U.S. Supreme Court urging the court to reject a challenge to Colorado’s marijuana laws. If the court takes up the case, it could threaten not just Colorado’s law, but also the regulatory structure for marijuana established by Initiative 502 in Washington state.
Mar 6 2015
OLYMPIA — Today, Attorney General Bob Ferguson joined a coalition of states in filing an amicus, or “friend of the court,” brief with the U.S. Supreme Court arguing that the Constitution requires marriage equality nationwide.
Oct 28 2013
Attorney General Bob Ferguson joined a coalition of 15 states in filing a “friend of the court” brief Friday before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. The states argued that laws prohibiting same-sex marriage in Nevada and Hawaii violate the 14th Amendment and should be struck down as unconstitutional.
Jun 26 2013
Today, the US Supreme Court issued two important rulings for marriage equality...In a 5-4 ruling in U.S. v. Windsor, the court declared the section 3 of the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) unconstitutional.
Mar 26 2013
Attorney General Bob Ferguson reiterated Washington state’s support for marriage equality today as the US Supreme Court hears two landmark cases. Washington joined more than a dozen other states in two “friend-of-the-court briefs” in these cases in late February.
Feb 28 2013
Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson this week joined two friend-of-the court briefs in support of marriage equality in two landmark cases soon to be argued before the U.S. Supreme Court.
Jun 28 2012
OLYMPIA – Today the US Supreme Court upheld the 2010 Affordable Care Act. In a close decision, with multiple opinions, the Court ruled that the federal requirement to purchase health insurance—specifically a plan dictated by government regulators – does not violate the Constitution.

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