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HIV-Positive Gay Mexican’s Asylum Bid Revived

HIV-Positive Gay Mexican’s Asylum Bid Revived

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | Reviving an HIV-positive gay Mexican man’s claim for refugee status to remain in the US, an 11-judge panel of the San Francisco-based federal Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, on March 8, reversed rulings by a three-judge panel of that court as well as from the Board of Immigration Appeals and […]

Religious Freedom Challenge to Conversion Therapy Ban Fails

Religious Freedom Challenge to Conversion Therapy Ban Fails

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | A California law that prohibits state-licensed mental health providers from engaging in “sexual orientation change efforts” — so-called “conversion therapy” — with minors has withstood another First Amendment challenge. A unanimous August 23 decision by a three-judge panel of the San Francisco-based Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed a ruling by […]

Gay Gladiator Can Pursue Public Nudity Lawsuit

Gay Gladiator Can Pursue Public Nudity Lawsuit

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | A federal appeals court has revived Will X. Walters’ constitutional claims against the San Diego Police Department in connection with his arrest on “public nudity” charges while wearing what the trial court described as a “gladiator-type black leather loincloth” at the 2011 Pride events in that city. In an unsigned opinion, […]

Appeals Court Finds Transgender Mexican Refugees Entitled to US Protection

Appeals Court Finds Transgender Mexican Refugees Entitled to US Protection

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | A federal appeals court has found that conditions for transgender women are so dire in Mexico that they may qualify for protection in the US under the international Convention Against Torture (CAT) based on the likelihood they would face torture if deported. On September 3, a three-judge panel of the Ninth […]

US Court Offers Lesbian Navy Vet Peace of Mind on Burial With Spouse

US Court Offers Lesbian Navy Vet Peace of Mind on Burial With Spouse

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | In light of the Supreme Court’s June 26 marriage equality ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges, the resolution of Madelynn Lee Taylor’s lawsuit against the Idaho State Veterans Cemetery in Boise seems obvious. Taylor is a 74-year-old veteran of the US Navy who married Jean Mixner in a religious ceremony in 1995, […]

Trans Inmate’s Sex Reassignment Suit Revived    

Trans Inmate’s Sex Reassignment Suit Revived    

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | The Supreme Court’s same-sex marriage decision was not the only case of consequence for LGBT rights decided on June 26. On the opposite coast, a three-judge panel of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco unanimously revived a California inmate’s lawsuit seeking sex reassignment surgery. That case had earlier […]

US Court Orders Inmate Sex-Reassignment Surgery “As Promptly As Possible”

US Court Orders Inmate Sex-Reassignment Surgery “As Promptly As Possible”

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | For only the second time, a federal district judge has ordered state prison officials to provide sex-reassignment surgery to a transgender inmate. On April 2, Judge Jon S. Tigar in San Francisco, relying on the recommendations of expert witnesses, ruled state officials must provide the procedure for Michelle-Lael Norsworthy “as promptly […]

The Clean-Up Begins

The Clean-Up Begins

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD & PAUL SCHINDLER | With lightning speed last week, actions by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and the Supreme Court either upheld or let stand pro-marriage equality rulings in seven states from Virginia to Idaho and also created legal precedents for gay marriage to be extended to another nine states […]

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 […]

Conversion Therapy Ban Good Enough for Alito-Scalia-Roberts Court, But Not Klein-Skelos Senate

Conversion Therapy Ban Good Enough for Alito-Scalia-Roberts Court, But Not Klein-Skelos Senate

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | Amidst the shocked reaction to the Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby ruling –– which opens up the possibility of religious exemptions being used as corporate get-out-of-jail free cards regarding employee nondiscrimination protections  –– there was a less-noticed bit of good news on the last day of the high court’s session. On June […]

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