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Texas’ Ex-Chief Justice Rebukes Court on Houston Benefits

Texas’ Ex-Chief Justice Rebukes Court on Houston Benefits

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | On June 30, the Texas Supreme Court issued a ruling claiming the US Supreme Court’s 2015 Obergefell marriage equality decision did not necessarily require state and local governments to treat same-sex and different-sex marriages the same for government employee benefits purposes. On September 15, asserting that his old court’s decision was […]

Arizona High Court Recognizes Co-Mom’s Rights

Arizona High Court Recognizes Co-Mom’s Rights

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | Resolving a split between two intermediate appeals court panels, the Arizona Supreme Court, on September 19, ruled that the wife of a woman who bears a child using anonymous donor insemination, with that wife’s consent, is the child’s legal parent. The state’s high court relied on statutes providing that a woman’s […]

Arkansas Supreme Court Nixes Fayetteville LGBTQ Rights  

Arkansas Supreme Court Nixes Fayetteville LGBTQ Rights  

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | Fayetteville has been a welcome hotbed of LGBT rights advocacy in recent years, but on February 23 the Arkansas Supreme Court, reversing a ruling by Washington County Circuit Court Judge Doug Martin, found that the city and its voters violated state law by adding “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” to their […]

The Changing Map of Marriage Equality in the US

The Changing Map of Marriage Equality in the US

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | Recent court decisions regarding marriage bans in three states have once again altered the map for marriage equality in the US. A July 18 ruling from the US 10th Circuit Court of Appeals affirming a district court decision that struck down Oklahoma’s ban on same-sex marriage makes that state the second –– after […]

Arkansas Supreme Court Stays County Judge’s Marriage Equality Order

Arkansas Supreme Court Stays County Judge’s Marriage Equality Order

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | After a week in which hundreds of same-sex couples married in Arkansas and legal action moved back and forth between a county circuit judge and the state’s high court, the Arkansas Supreme Court has issued a stay on the county judge’s May 9 marriage equality order, allowing time for the legal […]

State Judge Knocks Down Arkansas Marriage Ban

State Judge Knocks Down Arkansas Marriage Ban

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | A state judge in Little Rock, Arkansas, relying on both that state’s constitution and the US Constitution, has struck down the ban on same-sex marriage there. In a May 9 ruling, Pulaski County Circuit Judge Christopher Charles Piazza ruled the ban violates the 14th Amendment of the federal constitution as well […]

Arkansas Reverses Gay Dad’s Visitation Restrictions

Arkansas Reverses Gay Dad’s Visitation Restrictions

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | A sharply divided Arkansas Supreme Court voted 4-3 to reverse a circuit court’s requirement that a gay dad’s same-sex partner not be present when he has overnight visits from his youngest son. Contrary to the view of the circuit judge, the state’s high court, on November 21, found that Arkansas does […]