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Federal Judge Stays Her Alabama Marriage Order for 14 Days

Federal Judge Stays Her Alabama Marriage Order for 14 Days

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | The federal judge who issued a marriage equality ruling in Alabama on January 23 has now stayed her ruling for 14 days to allow the state the opportunity to seek a longer stay from the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals as it wages an appeal on the merits to that court. In […]

BREAKING: Federal Judge Strikes Down Alabama Marriage Ban, Provides No Stay

BREAKING: Federal Judge Strikes Down Alabama Marriage Ban, Provides No Stay

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | A federal judge in Alabama has struck down that state’s ban on marriage by same-sex couples and its prohibition on recognition of such marriages from out-of-state. In a January 23 ruling, Judge Callie V.S. Granade, appointed to the Southern District of Alabama bench by President George W. Bush, found that the state […]

Judge Defers Defendant’s Motion to Represent Himself in Mark Carson Murder Trial    

Judge Defers Defendant’s Motion to Represent Himself in Mark Carson Murder Trial    

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | A Manhattan judge postponed a decision on allowing the accused killer of Mark Carson to represent himself at hearings and at his trial and instead assigned Elliot Morales a fourth attorney, saying he would decide Morales’ motion to go pro se later. Morales, 35, is charged with second-degree murder as a hate […]

A Supreme Court End Game

A Supreme Court End Game

INFOGRAPHIC BY PAUL SCHINDLER & MICHAEL SHIREY | (Editor’s note: This graphic was produced prior to the January 23 federal court ruling striking down Alabama’s marriage ban.)

Axed Assistant Attorney General Strikes Out Twice in Michigan Court

Axed Assistant Attorney General Strikes Out Twice in Michigan Court

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | Andrew Shirvell, a former Michigan assistant attorney general discharged for his harassment of an openly gay student leader at the University of Michigan, suffered a double loss in that state’s Court of Appeals on January 8. The court upheld the state’s denial of his discharge grievance, finding his conduct unprotected by […]

Federal Court Orders Recognition of Michigan Same-Sex Marriages Performed in Brief Window Last March

Federal Court Orders Recognition of Michigan Same-Sex Marriages Performed in Brief Window Last March

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | More than 300 same-sex couples who married in Michigan between a March 2014 marriage equality ruling in federal court and the October appellate ruling overturning that decision are entitled to have their marriages recognized, a different US district court judge has found. Rejecting the state’s argument that the adverse ruling […]

Supreme Court Decision to Take Up Marriage Cases Heralds Likely End Game

Supreme Court Decision to Take Up Marriage Cases Heralds Likely End Game

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | In the opening act of what could well be the end game, the US Supreme Court announced on January 16 that it was granting review of the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals ruling that rejected the claim that same-sex couples have a constitutional right to marry and to have such […]

BREAKING: Supreme Court to Take Up Marriage Cases from Four States

BREAKING: Supreme Court to Take Up Marriage Cases from Four States

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | Setting up what could be the final showdown on the question of marriage equality in the United States, the Supreme Court, on January 16, announced it would hear appeals from same-sex plaintiff couples in Ohio, Michigan, Tennessee, and Kentucky. On November 6, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals reversed gay marriage […]

Cuomo Names Alphonso David, Former Lambda Legal Attorney, Counsel to the Governor

Cuomo Names Alphonso David, Former Lambda Legal Attorney, Counsel to the Governor

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | Alphonso David, who has been the top legal advisor on civil rights matters to Andrew Cuomo dating back to the governor’s tenure as state attorney general and who earlier served as a staff attorney at Lambda Legal, has been named to the post of counsel to the governor. David, who is […]

As Marriages Begin in Florida, Flurry of Legal Developments Elsewhere

As Marriages Begin in Florida, Flurry of Legal Developments Elsewhere

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | Florida, the nation’s third largest state, became the 36th marriage equality state after the stay on a pro-gay federal district court order expired on January 6, but that was just the first in a week of significant developments in the marriage fight nationwide. Close observers of the issue focused their […]

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