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Jurors’ Anti-Gay Views May Taint Verdict, Panel Finds

Jurors’ Anti-Gay Views May Taint Verdict, Panel Finds

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | A unanimous three-judge panel of the Atlanta-based 11th Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that a gay plaintiff in a civil rights lawsuit against the City of Key West and one of its police officers is entitled to a new trial because the judge in his case refused to allow potential […]

Lambda Seeks Supreme Court Ruling on Sexual Orientation Discrimination

Lambda Seeks Supreme Court Ruling on Sexual Orientation Discrimination

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | In what could prove a pivotal step in the long road toward full equality under the law, Lambda Legal has announced it will petition the Supreme Court to decide whether Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which bans employment discrimination because of sex, also bans discrimination that is […]

Lesbian’s Sexual Orientation Bias Claim Fails on Appeal in US Court

Lesbian’s Sexual Orientation Bias Claim Fails on Appeal in US Court

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | The Atlanta-based US 11th Circuit Court of Appeals issued a divided ruling on March 10 holding that a lesbian plaintiff suing for discrimination under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 could file an amended complaint alleging she suffered discrimination because of sex stereotyping, but upholding a district […]

Alabama: Will Dixie Defiance Crumble?

Alabama: Will Dixie Defiance Crumble?

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | With the Supreme Court’s refusal, since last October, to block marriage equality rulings from federal appeals courts as well as some US district courts, 18 new states have been added to the roster of places same-sex couples can legally wed. Officials in several states were outspoken about their unhappiness and creative — […]

UPDATED: As State Supreme Court Chief Justice Orders Resistance, US High Court Declines to Block Alabama Marriages

UPDATED: As State Supreme Court Chief Justice Orders Resistance, US High Court Declines to Block Alabama Marriages

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | As it has done consistently since early October, the United States Supreme Court this morning denied the State of Alabama’s petition to extend the stay on two federal court marriage equality rulings while the state prepares to appeal them. [Editor’s update: On February 12, US District Court Judge Callie V.S. Granade ordered […]

11th Circuit Denies Alabama’s Bid to Extend Stay on Marriage Rulings

11th Circuit Denies Alabama’s Bid to Extend Stay on Marriage Rulings

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | In a brief order, a three-judge panel of the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals has denied the State of Alabama’s request that it stay two recent marriage equality rulings to give the state time to appeal them. The February 3 order, which provided no explanation, came in regard to two cases decided by […]

A Second Marriage Equality Ruling in Alabama

A Second Marriage Equality Ruling in Alabama

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | The federal judge who last week struck down Alabama’s same-sex marriage ban in the case of a lesbian couple seeking to have their California marriage recognized by their home state has issued a second marriage equality ruling in a case brought by two gay men wishing to marry. Ruling in a suit brought […]

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 […]

Even With No Appellate Ruling, Supreme Court Won’t Block Florida Marriages

Even With No Appellate Ruling, Supreme Court Won’t Block Florida Marriages

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | The United States Supreme Court has denied a motion from Florida’s Republican attorney general, Pam Bondi, that it stay a district court marriage equality ruling while the state pursues an appeal with the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals. In a two-sentence order on December 19, from which only Justices Antonin Scalia and […]

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