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The Clean-Up Begins

The Clean-Up Begins

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD & PAUL SCHINDLER | With lightning speed last week, actions by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and the Supreme Court either upheld or let stand pro-marriage equality rulings in seven states from Virginia to Idaho and also created legal precedents for gay marriage to be extended to another nine states […]

Supreme Court Rejects Stay on Idaho Marriages, Federal Judge’s Order Begins Marriages in North Carolina

Supreme Court Rejects Stay on Idaho Marriages, Federal Judge’s Order Begins Marriages in North Carolina

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | In a climactic end to an historic week, the US Supreme Court on October 10 declined Idaho’s petition for a stay pending that state’s appeal of a Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruling that struck down its ban on same-sex marriage. Governor Butch Otter, a Republican, sought the stay in order […]

Nevada Begins Complying with Ninth Circuit Ruling, While Kennedy Steps in Regarding Idaho

Nevada Begins Complying with Ninth Circuit Ruling, While Kennedy Steps in Regarding Idaho

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | The day after the US Supreme Court refused to review pro-marriage equality rulings from three federal courts of appeals in cases from five states, another circuit was heard from. A unanimous three-judge panel of the San Francisco-based Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, on October 7, ruled in favor of marriage […]

Responding to Idaho “Hail Mary” Pass, Kennedy Temporarily Stays Marriage Ruling

Responding to Idaho “Hail Mary” Pass, Kennedy Temporarily Stays Marriage Ruling

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy has put a temporary stay on the Ninth Circuit’s October 7 ruling that struck down same-sex marriage bans in Idaho and Nevada. Kennedy, in an October 8 order that provided no explanation, was responding to a motion from Idaho Governor Butch Otter that asserted the issue […]

Ninth Circuit Strikes Down Idaho, Nevada Marriage Bans; Total Surging To 35 States

Ninth Circuit Strikes Down Idaho, Nevada Marriage Bans; Total Surging To 35 States

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | In a unanimous ruling from a three-judge panel, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has struck down bans on same-sex marriage in Idaho and Nevada. In his opinion for the court, Circuit Court Judge Stephen Reinhardt, on October 7, wrote that the bans violated the equal protection rights of same-sex couples that […]

With 30 States Set for Marriage Equality, Road Ahead Still Uncertain

With 30 States Set for Marriage Equality, Road Ahead Still Uncertain

BY ARTHUR LEONARD | The Supreme Court’s October 6 decision to deny review in five marriage equality cases will have a quick echo effect –– expanding the victory in the five states being contested to another six under the jurisdiction of the three federal court circuits that issued the rulings that were allowed to stand. The high […]

HUGE! Supreme Court Denies Review in Five Cases, Opening Up Gay Marriage in 11 More States

HUGE! Supreme Court Denies Review in Five Cases, Opening Up Gay Marriage in 11 More States

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | In a stunning move, the United States Supreme Court has denied review in five cases in which appellate courts had ruled in favor of the right of same-sex couples to marry. The court’s action on the morning of October 6 means that gay marriage can now begin in Utah, Oklahoma, Wisconsin, […]

Eric Holder: The Evolution of an Advocate

Eric Holder: The Evolution of an Advocate

BY PAUL SCHINDLER: It’s rare for there to be much public discussion of any kind about the details of a government filing in a civil lawsuit, so the outrage that erupted over a 2009 Department of Justice brief submitted in litigation over the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) was something quite extraordinary. “Holy cow,” John […]

HIV-Positive Gay Man Cannot Sue for Discrimination Anonymously    

HIV-Positive Gay Man Cannot Sue for Discrimination Anonymously    

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | A US magistrate judge has denied a request by a gay HIV-positive man to have his identity shielded from public exposure in a discrimination lawsuit he has filed against his former employer in the New Orleans federal district court. “The only specific concern expressed in plaintiff’s motion papers,” Magistrate Judge […]

Same-Sex Couples Denied Employer Benefits Will Get Their Day In Court    

Same-Sex Couples Denied Employer Benefits Will Get Their Day In Court    

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | A Washington State employer that refused for almost a year to allow employees to enroll their same-sex spouses in its health plan lost its motion to dismiss a discrimination lawsuit pending in federal court. On September 22, US District Judge Ricardo S. Martinez denied a motion from BNSF Railway Company, […]

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