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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 […]

Federal Court Blocks Anti-LGBT Mississippi Law

Federal Court Blocks Anti-LGBT Mississippi Law

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | Just minutes before Mississippi’s anti-LGBT H.B. 1523 was scheduled to go into effect on July 1, US District Judge Carlton W. Reeves filed a 60-page opinion explaining why he was granting a preliminary injunction to the plaintiffs in two cases challenging the measure. According to Reeves, H.B. 1523 violates both […]

Equal Marriage Rights Means Two Moms

Equal Marriage Rights Means Two Moms

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | Finding that Indiana was failing to comply with the Supreme Court’s mandate for marriage equality in refusing to list the same-sex spouses of birth mothers on their children’s birth certificates, US District Judge Tanya Walton Pratt, in cases brought by several same-sex couples married before their children were born, ordered that […]

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 […]

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 […]

In Press Briefing, Next Week’s Supreme Court Marriage Litigators Cautious, Focused

In Press Briefing, Next Week’s Supreme Court Marriage Litigators Cautious, Focused

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | As the States of Ohio, Michigan, Tennessee, and Kentucky head to the US Supreme Court on April 28 to defend their policies barring marriage by same-sex couples and the legal recognition of such unions from other jurisdictions, one of their key arguments is that the question should not be settled by […]

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 […]

Same-Sex Couples Win Tax Benefit Parity in Alaska

Same-Sex Couples Win Tax Benefit Parity in Alaska

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | The Alaska Supreme Court, in a unanimous decision, has found that same-sex couples there are entitled to the same real estate tax break under state law given to married couples, despite Alaska’s marriage amendment, which provides that same-sex marriages are neither legal nor recognized there. The April 25 ruling, which held […]

In Michigan Marriage Equality Ruling, Bogus Study of Same-Sex Parenting Demolished

In Michigan Marriage Equality Ruling, Bogus Study of Same-Sex Parenting Demolished

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | The March 21 federal court ruling that struck down Michigan’s ban on marriage by same-sex couples also dealt a lethal blow to a controversial 2012 study that purported to show that parenting by same-sex couples leads to inferior outcomes for children. In a case brought by April DeBoer and Jayne Rowse […]

US Judge Throws Out Oklahoma Marriage Amendment, But Stays Ruling Pending Appeal

US Judge Throws Out Oklahoma Marriage Amendment, But Stays Ruling Pending Appeal

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | Yet another federal district judge has declared that a state constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriages is an unconstitutional infringement of rights guaranteed by the US Constitution’s 14th Amendment. On January 14, Senior District Judge Terence C. Kern, who has been dealing with the case of Bishop v. United States since 2004, […]

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