The US Supreme Court rejected on Monday an appeal from a school that suspended two students because they refused to remove bracelets promoting breast cancer awareness.
Given the combustible temperament of teenagers and the litigious culture of the United States, perhaps it should be less surprising when American children take legal action against their parents. But that hasn’t stopped the case of 18-year-old Rachel Canning, a New Jersey high-school student suing her parents for child support, from becoming a sensation.
The Republican Governor of Arizona, Jan Brewer, has vetoed a bill that would have allowed the state’s business owners to turn away gay customers on the basis of their religious beliefs. The bill, known as SB 1062, was passed by the state’s legislature last week with the overwhelming support of Ms Brewer’s party. Its social conservative backers said the bill was a matter of religious liberty; opponents said it amounted to legalisation of anti-gay discrimination.
It is home to 38 million people, has one of the world’s top-10 economies, encompasses 164,000sq miles and contains more counties than England. It has forests, farmland, deserts, mountains, several sprawling cities and 1,000 miles of Pacific coastline. In fact, according to Silicon Valley investor Tim Draper, California is so big, so diverse and so unwieldy to govern that it ought to be split into six separate states.