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Seventh Circuit Roughs Up Attorneys Defending Indiana, Wisconsin Marriage Bans

Seventh Circuit Roughs Up Attorneys Defending Indiana, Wisconsin Marriage Bans

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | A panel of three judges of the US Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, based in Chicago, gave a very rough time to attorneys representing the states of Indiana and Wisconsin during oral arguments in marriage equality appeals from those states. The August 26 hearing involved three district court rulings out […]

America’s Top 50 LGBT-Friendly Colleges & Universities

America’s Top 50 LGBT-Friendly Colleges & Universities

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | It’s fairly commonplace for students to travel out of state to attend college these days. A distant school may provide the best course of study for a particular interest or it may offer overall excellence not available closer to home. Maybe a school elsewhere in the country ends up being the […]

No Hobby Lobby Out for Upstate “Wedding Barn”

No Hobby Lobby Out for Upstate “Wedding Barn”

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | The New York State Division of Human Rights (DHR) has found that a rural wedding venue that denied a lesbian couple use of its facility violated the state’s Human Rights Law. In the August 8 ruling –– first reported in the Albany Times Union –– Acting Commissioner Helen Diane Foster […]

Long String of Victories Broken as Tennessee Judge Rules Against Marriage Recognition

Long String of Victories Broken as Tennessee Judge Rules Against Marriage Recognition

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | Breaking a string of roughly three dozen affirmative marriage equality rulings by federal and state judges, a Tennessee state judge denied a divorce to two gay men saying he had to reject a federal constitutional claim for marriage recognition because of a 1972 US Supreme Court ruling and the “public policy […]

Marathon Arguments in Sixth Circuit Marriage Appeals

Marathon Arguments in Sixth Circuit Marriage Appeals

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | On August 6, a three-judge panel of the US Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals held marathon three-hour arguments for appeals in six marriage equality decisions coming from all four states in the circuit –– Ohio, Michigan, Kentucky, and Tennessee. Eight attorneys — four representing the states and four representing same-sex […]

Defender of David Tyree’s Hiring Has “Partnership” with Giants    

Defender of David Tyree’s Hiring Has “Partnership” with Giants    

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | A leading defender of the New Giants employing David Tyree, a former football player with an anti-gay history, has a partnership with the football team and has had a relationship with the National Football League (NFL) for more than a year. Wade Davis, the executive director at the You Can Play […]

How All the Presidents’ Men & Women Have Ruled on Marriage Equality

How All the Presidents’ Men & Women Have Ruled on Marriage Equality

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | Each of the last eight presidents has appointed at least one judge who has ruled on questions of marriage equality. The chart below shows how judges appointed by each of them have decided issues including the right to marry, state recognition of out-of-state marriages, federal recognition of legally valid marriages (in […]

In Other Marriage News

In Other Marriage News

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | In the frantic pace of marriage equality litigation nationwide, other key developments are: The State of Utah filed its petition for Supreme Court review of the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals decision striking down its same-sex marriage ban: Gay City News’ Arthur S. Leonard said the petition, filed by Governor Gary […]

Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals Strikes Down Virginia’s Marriage Ban

Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals Strikes Down Virginia’s Marriage Ban

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | A three-judge panel of the US Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, in a 2-1 ruling, has declared Virginia’s ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional. The July 28 ruling did not go into immediate effect, and the two county clerks who are defending the ban –– Governor Terry McAuliffe and fellow Democrat […]

A Second Florida Trial Judge Rules for Marriage Equality

A Second Florida Trial Judge Rules for Marriage Equality

BY ARTHUR LEONARD | Just a week after one trial judge ruled that Florida’s constitutional and statutory ban on same-sex marriage violates the 14th Amendment of the US Constitution, a second judge there has come to the same conclusion. Miami-Dade County Judge Sarah Zabel’s July 25 ruling followed Monroe County Circuit Judge Luis M. Garcia’s from […]

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