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“Unique” Family Wins Federal Housing Bias Suit

“Unique” Family Wins Federal Housing Bias Suit

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | A federal district judge in Colorado granted summary judgment on April 5 under the federal Fair Housing Act (FHA) to a couple – two women, one of them transgender – turned down for renting either of two available rental residences by a landlord who cited their “unique relationship.” Judge Raymond P. […]

Oklahoma High Court Gives Lesbian Co-Parent Standing in Custody Dispute 

Oklahoma High Court Gives Lesbian Co-Parent Standing in Custody Dispute 

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | The Oklahoma Supreme Court has unanimously ruled that a woman who spent 10 years raising a child with her former same-sex partner can use a legal approach known as the equitable doctrine of “in loco parentis” to get standing to sue for custody or visitation of the child. The November 17 opinion, […]

Lesbian Adoptive Mom Turns to US Supreme Court After Alabama Defeat   

Lesbian Adoptive Mom Turns to US Supreme Court After Alabama Defeat   

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | Attorneys for the adoptive mother of children born to her former same-sex partner have asked the US Supreme Court to review a decision by the Alabama Supreme Court that refused recognition of the adoption, which was approved by the Georgia Superior Court. The attorneys also asked the high court to restore […]

The Supreme Court’s Affirmative Signal on Marriage Equality

The Supreme Court’s Affirmative Signal on Marriage Equality

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD, PAUL SCHINDLER & MICHAEL SHIREY | With the Supreme Court’s decision to let the stay on a marriage equality ruling in Florida expire on January 5, the map on January 6, 2015 will look like this: Arthur S. Leonard offers this striking analysis of what the latest development at the high […]

The Trouble With Kansas’ Governor

The Trouble With Kansas’ Governor

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | The Supreme Court, at the close of business on November 12, denied a request for giving the State of Kansas a stay of a district court marriage equality ruling while it seeks review by an appeals court. The high court’s action is in line with how it has responded to […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Colorado State Appellate Court Declines to Halt Marriages in Boulder

Colorado State Appellate Court Declines to Halt Marriages in Boulder

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | Two trial judges in Colorado advanced the cause of same-sex marriage on July 23, as a Denver-based federal district court found that the state’s ban on same-sex marriage violates the 14th Amendment, while a state court in Boulder denied a motion to order the county clerk there to stop issuing […]

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