US federal judge Joseph Louis Tauro, in two separate cases, rules that a federal ban against gay marriage is unconstitutional, as it interferes with a state's right to define marriage.
Because the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) routinely failed to notify screened immigrant asylum-seekers of the one-year deadline for filing an actual asylum application, Western Washington state chief federal district judge Ricardo S. Martinez orders DHS to give those who missed the deadline another year to file their application, and to modify the DHS asylum system to avoid future problems.
The U.S. Southern District of Alabama strikes down the state ban on same-sex marriage in Alabama, saying it has violated equal protection and due process rights. Alabama becomes the thirty-seventh state where such marriage is legalized.
The United States Department of Justice states that it will appeal a decision by United States federal judge Royce C. Lamberth to block an executive order by President Barack Obama to expand embryonic stem cell research.