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Gay Employment Bias Goes Before Full Seventh Circuit    

Gay Employment Bias Goes Before Full Seventh Circuit    

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | The full Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals bench has heard oral argument on the question of whether sexual orientation discrimination in the workplace is illegal as sex discrimination under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The November 30 hearing, in Hively v. Ivy Tech Community College, marked […]

Justice Kennedy Focuses on Fundamental Right to Marry, Protected Liberty

Justice Kennedy Focuses on Fundamental Right to Marry, Protected Liberty

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | The Supreme Court ruled today that “same-sex couples may exercise the right to marry” and that “there is no lawful basis for a State to refuse to recognize a lawful same-sex marriage performed in another State on the ground of its same-sex character.” Writing for the court, Justice Anthony M. Kennedy, […]

Kennedy Alternately Passionate and Coy During Supreme Court Arguments

Kennedy Alternately Passionate and Coy During Supreme Court Arguments

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | Marriage equality’s day of reckoning finally arrived at the United States Supreme Court when, on April 28, it heard oral arguments in Obergefell v. Hodges, the consolidated appeals from plaintiffs in four states –– Ohio, Michigan, Tennessee, and Kentucky –– whose victories in federal district court were reversed by the Sixth […]

Indiana Adopts Sweeping Religious Opt-Out Law

Indiana Adopts Sweeping Religious Opt-Out Law

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | In a private ceremony closed to the press but including numerous religious leaders, Indiana Governor Mike Pence, a Republican social conservative, signed what is widely described as the nation’s most sweeping law empowering businesses and individuals to claim religious exemptions from complying with state and local law. In defending the new law, […]

Federal Judge Orders Nebraska to End Marriage Ban; Delays Order Eight Days

Federal Judge Orders Nebraska to End Marriage Ban; Delays Order Eight Days

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | Finding that Nebraska’s constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage violates the 14th Amendment’s Equal Protection Clause, a federal district court has granted a motion by seven same-sex couples for a preliminary injunction against its enforcement. Senior District Judge Joseph F. Bataillon, ruling on March 2, denied the state’s request to stay his […]

Alabama: Will Dixie Defiance Crumble?

Alabama: Will Dixie Defiance Crumble?

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | With the Supreme Court’s refusal, since last October, to block marriage equality rulings from federal appeals courts as well as some US district courts, 18 new states have been added to the roster of places same-sex couples can legally wed. Officials in several states were outspoken about their unhappiness and creative — […]

UPDATED: As State Supreme Court Chief Justice Orders Resistance, US High Court Declines to Block Alabama Marriages

UPDATED: As State Supreme Court Chief Justice Orders Resistance, US High Court Declines to Block Alabama Marriages

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | As it has done consistently since early October, the United States Supreme Court this morning denied the State of Alabama’s petition to extend the stay on two federal court marriage equality rulings while the state prepares to appeal them. [Editor’s update: On February 12, US District Court Judge Callie V.S. Granade ordered […]

Supreme Court Decision to Take Up Marriage Cases Heralds Likely End Game

Supreme Court Decision to Take Up Marriage Cases Heralds Likely End Game

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | In the opening act of what could well be the end game, the US Supreme Court announced on January 16 that it was granting review of the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals ruling that rejected the claim that same-sex couples have a constitutional right to marry and to have such […]

BREAKING: Supreme Court to Take Up Marriage Cases from Four States

BREAKING: Supreme Court to Take Up Marriage Cases from Four States

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | Setting up what could be the final showdown on the question of marriage equality in the United States, the Supreme Court, on January 16, announced it would hear appeals from same-sex plaintiff couples in Ohio, Michigan, Tennessee, and Kentucky. On November 6, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals reversed gay marriage […]

The Supreme Court’s Affirmative Signal on Marriage Equality

The Supreme Court’s Affirmative Signal on Marriage Equality

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD, PAUL SCHINDLER & MICHAEL SHIREY | With the Supreme Court’s decision to let the stay on a marriage equality ruling in Florida expire on January 5, the map on January 6, 2015 will look like this: Arthur S. Leonard offers this striking analysis of what the latest development at the high […]

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