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“Marriage is a patriarchal institution!” Julie Goodridge shouted when she was 20. But, after the birth of her child, the Massachusetts entrepreneur changed her mind. Goodridge, now 47, and her partner, Hillary, were lead plaintiffs in the case that prompted Massachusetts to begin issuing marriage licenses Monday to same-sex couples … First comes love, then comes marriage and — eventually — a courtroom fight. At least, that’s what attorney John Sullivan and his spouse, Chris McCary, are expecting. The Alabama men, who traveled north to get hitched Monday, vowed a legal battle to make their licenses valid back home … The biggest divorce settlement in British history will remain unheeded as a Saudi businessman returns to London to enter mediation with his wife. Abdullah Masry has agreed to discuss the couple’s children, most of whom he removed to Saudi Arabia four years ago. Masry continues to flout an English divorce settlement of �26.3 million on the grounds that Sharia law does not recognize divorce … Trying to shame taxpayers into good behavior doesn’t work as well as the government might wish, argues Michael Kirsch. As noted on The TaxProf Blog, the Notre Dame professor argues for limiting so-called alternative sanctions such as publishing the names of people who take advantage of the tax code without breaking it … Do you know a judge like this? A sharp-tongued jurist facing suspension claims most judges might well be charged with the complaints made against her: showing up two hours late, yelling at staff and sheriff’s deputies, pressuring opponents to seek an agreement and refusing to allow her court reporter to eat lunch. All the same, an Ohio Supreme Court board suggests that Franklin County Common Pleas Judge Deborah P. O’Neill take a two-year powder. O’Neill has vowed to fight. – Lori Patel

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