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Bigoted Wedding Videographers Lose in Federal Court

Bigoted Wedding Videographers Lose in Federal Court

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | For the first time, a federal judge has ruled that for-profit businesses do not enjoy a constitutional right to refuse to provide services to same-sex weddings on the same basis they provide them for different-sex weddings. The September 20 ruling from Chief Judge John R. Tunheim of the US District […]

Supreme Court Punts on Trans Bathroom Access For Now

Supreme Court Punts on Trans Bathroom Access For Now

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | In sending transgender high school senior Gavin Grimm’s lawsuit seeking the right to access the boys’ bathroom in his Virginia public school back to the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, the US Supreme Court has chosen not to decide – in this court term – whether Title IX of the Education […]

Only Straight Students Protected from Homophobic Harassment!

Only Straight Students Protected from Homophobic Harassment!

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | A US district judge has ruled that the estate of a public school student who committed suicide after allegedly suffering severe harassment from fellow students can amend its complaint to add a federal Title IX cause of action for sex discrimination by an educational institution, based on the homophobic nature of slurs […]

US Judge Says SCOTUS Marriage Equality Ruling Does Not Apply to Puerto Rico

US Judge Says SCOTUS Marriage Equality Ruling Does Not Apply to Puerto Rico

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | In an astonishing departure from established precedents, US District Judge Juan M. Pérez-Giménez of the Puerto Rico District Court, who had dismissed a marriage equality lawsuit in October 2014, has issued a new decision asserting that the Supreme Court’s Obergefell v. Hodges ruling last June 26 that the Constitution’s 14th Amendment […]

Kentucky County Clerk Defies Federal Court, Then Wins Stay 

Kentucky County Clerk Defies Federal Court, Then Wins Stay 

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | A federal court has rejected the claim by a Kentucky county clerk that she can refuse to issue any marriage licenses to avoid compromising her religious belief that a marriage can be only between one man and one woman. Judge David L. Bunning of the Eastern District of Kentucky, on August […]

SCOTUS Aftershocks

SCOTUS Aftershocks

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | A lot has happened on the LGBT rights front in the short period since the US Supreme Court recognized that same-sex couples have a constitutional right to marry. Last week, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the federal agency that enforces workplace nondiscrimination protections under the 1964 Civil Rights Act, ruled that “an […]

Justice Anthony Kennedy Considering Oregon Marriage Stay Bid by Anti-Gay Group

Justice Anthony Kennedy Considering Oregon Marriage Stay Bid by Anti-Gay Group

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy is considering an application from the National Organization for Marriage (NOM) –– formed specifically to oppose same-sex marriage advances –– to put a stop to weddings that began in Oregon on May 19. That’s when US District Judge Michael McShane ruled that the state’s ban […]

Just One Day After Oregon, Pennsylvania Ban Falls

Just One Day After Oregon, Pennsylvania Ban Falls

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | A Republican appointed to the federal bench by President George W. Bush in 2002 has struck down Pennsylvania’s statutory ban on same-sex marriage and its recognition. US District Judge John E. Jones III, in a May 20 ruling, found that the ban violates both the Due Process and Equal Protection Clauses […]

Supreme Court Blocks Utah Marriages Pending Appeal

Supreme Court Blocks Utah Marriages Pending Appeal

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | On the morning of January 6, the US Supreme Court, in a brief order, issued a stay blocking enforcement of the December 20 ruling by US District Judge Robert Shelby giving same-sex couples in Utah the right to marry. The State of Utah is currently appealing Shelby’s decision at the […]

Federal Judge Nixes Utah Gay Marriage Ban, Weddings Begin

Federal Judge Nixes Utah Gay Marriage Ban, Weddings Begin

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | A federal district judge has ruled that Utah’s ban on same-sex couples marrying violates a fundamental right guaranteed to them under the 14th Amendment. In a December 20 ruling, Judge Robert J. Shelby, appointed to the federal bench last year by President Barack Obama, found that the state had shown no […]

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