Milestones May 23, 2005

STRUCK DOWN. A Nebraska constitutional amendment imposing a BAN ON SAME-SEX MARRIAGE; by U.S. District Judge Joseph Bataillon; in response to a challenge by the American Civil Liberties Union and Lambda Legal; in Lincoln, Neb. The measure, passed by voters in 2000, went further than those in other states by denying such legal protections as health insurance to gay couples, and possibly interfering with rights of adoptive and foster parents. Conservatives unhappy with the ruling vowed to press for a federal ban.

EXECUTED. MICHAEL BRUCE ROSS, 45, convicted serial killer; by lethal injection, ending 21 years of protracted, high-profile legal proceedings;...

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