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Texas High Court Leaves Open 2015 Marriage Equality Ruling’s Meaning

Texas High Court Leaves Open 2015 Marriage Equality Ruling’s Meaning

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | In a clear misreading of the US Supreme Court’s marriage equality ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges from 2015 — especially as elucidated just days ago by the high court in its Arkansas birth certificate ruling in Pavan v. Smith — the Texas Supreme Court, on June 30, unanimously refused to dismiss a […]

Appeals Court Rejects Challenge to Anti-LGBTQ Mississippi Law

Appeals Court Rejects Challenge to Anti-LGBTQ Mississippi Law

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | A three-judge panel of the Houston-based Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals dissolved a preliminary injunction and dismissed two lawsuits challenging the constitutionality of a Mississippi law that protects people acting on anti-LGBTQ views from adverse action by state and local governments there. On June 30 of last year, US District Judge Carlton […]

Rogue Alabama Supreme Court Denies Recognition to Georgia Co-Parent Adoption

Rogue Alabama Supreme Court Denies Recognition to Georgia Co-Parent Adoption

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | Under the US Constitution’s Full Faith and Credit Clause, a state court is supposed to recognize the judgments of courts from other states unless those courts did not have jurisdiction over the parties or the subject matter of the case. Asked to rule on whether an Alabama court must recognize a […]

HIV-Positive Gay Man Cannot Sue for Discrimination Anonymously    

HIV-Positive Gay Man Cannot Sue for Discrimination Anonymously    

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | A US magistrate judge has denied a request by a gay HIV-positive man to have his identity shielded from public exposure in a discrimination lawsuit he has filed against his former employer in the New Orleans federal district court. “The only specific concern expressed in plaintiff’s motion papers,” Magistrate Judge […]

Breaking Unanimous String of Victories, Federal Judge Rules Against Marriage Equality in Louisiana

Breaking Unanimous String of Victories, Federal Judge Rules Against Marriage Equality in Louisiana

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | Parting company from every federal district court judge since last summer’s Supreme Court ruling in the Defense of Marriage Act case, US District Judge Martin L. C. Feldman, rejected a challenge to Louisiana’s state constitutional and statutory ban on same-sex marriage. Appointed to the federal bench by President Ronald Reagan […]