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Idaho Ordered to Issue New Trans Birth Certificates

Idaho Ordered to Issue New Trans Birth Certificates

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | US Magistrate Judge Candy Dale in Boise, Idaho, has ordered the state of Idaho to allow transgender people born there to obtain birth certificates correctly identifying them according to their gender identity. Once Idaho has complied with Dale’s March 5 order, the only states where trans people will remain unable to […]

As Marriages Begin in Florida, Flurry of Legal Developments Elsewhere

As Marriages Begin in Florida, Flurry of Legal Developments Elsewhere

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | Florida, the nation’s third largest state, became the 36th marriage equality state after the stay on a pro-gay federal district court order expired on January 6, but that was just the first in a week of significant developments in the marriage fight nationwide. Close observers of the issue focused their […]

ACLU Unflusterred by Marriage Religious Objection Claims    

ACLU Unflusterred by Marriage Religious Objection Claims    

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | Senior members of the American Civil Liberties Union say that while efforts in a few states to enact laws exempting businesses and government employees from participating in the marriages of gay and lesbian couples have received media attention, they have largely been unsuccessful. “I think the way this is going to […]

As Attorney Defending Idaho, Nevada Marriage Bans Dances Quickly, Ninth Circuit Panel Seems Dubious

As Attorney Defending Idaho, Nevada Marriage Bans Dances Quickly, Ninth Circuit Panel Seems Dubious

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | The San Francisco-based Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals panel that heard oral arguments on September 8 in several marriage equality cases appeared very dubious about the justifications presented in defense of the Nevada and Idaho bans on same-sex couples marrying. The outcome of these appeals seems almost pre-ordained at this […]

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 […]

Temporary Stay on Idaho Marriage Ruling

Temporary Stay on Idaho Marriage Ruling

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | They just keep on coming… Hard on the heels of last week’s ruling by a state court judge in Arkansas that the ban on same-sex marriages there violates both the state and federal constitutions, a federal judge in Boise has ruled that Idaho’s ban violates the 14th Amendment Due Process and […]

Idaho Co-Parent Can Adopt Partner’s Children

Idaho Co-Parent Can Adopt Partner’s Children

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD |  The five-member Idaho Supreme Court has ruled unanimously that state law allows for second-parent adoptions, reversing a magistrate judge’s dismissal of an adoption petition on the grounds that the petitioner was not married to the children’s legal mother. The February 10 ruling overturning a decision by Ada County Magistrate Judge Cathleen […]

Profound Implications from Ruling Jurors Can’t Be Excluded for Being Gay

Profound Implications from Ruling Jurors Can’t Be Excluded for Being Gay

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | A unanimous three-judge panel of the San Francisco-based Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that excluding potential jurors because they are gay violates the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment to the US Constitution. The January 21 ruling, which came in a civil lawsuit over HIV medication pricing that Smithkline […]