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Texas’ Ex-Chief Justice Rebukes Court on Houston Benefits

Texas’ Ex-Chief Justice Rebukes Court on Houston Benefits

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | On June 30, the Texas Supreme Court issued a ruling claiming the US Supreme Court’s 2015 Obergefell marriage equality decision did not necessarily require state and local governments to treat same-sex and different-sex marriages the same for government employee benefits purposes. On September 15, asserting that his old court’s decision was […]

Arizona High Court Recognizes Co-Mom’s Rights

Arizona High Court Recognizes Co-Mom’s Rights

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | Resolving a split between two intermediate appeals court panels, the Arizona Supreme Court, on September 19, ruled that the wife of a woman who bears a child using anonymous donor insemination, with that wife’s consent, is the child’s legal parent. The state’s high court relied on statutes providing that a woman’s […]

How Texas Governor Hopes to Undo Marriage Equality

How Texas Governor Hopes to Undo Marriage Equality

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | Conservatives eager to bring the marriage equality issue back to the US Supreme Court after President Donald Trump has the opportunity to appoint some right-leaning justices may have found a vehicle in an employee benefits dispute from Houston. On January 20, Inauguration Day, the Texas Supreme Court announced it had “withdrawn” its […]

Discriminatory Birth Certificate Laws Upheld in Arkansas

Discriminatory Birth Certificate Laws Upheld in Arkansas

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | A year and a half after the US Supreme Court ruled that same-sex couples have a constitutional right to marry, pockets of resistance remain in the states. The latest example comes from Arkansas, where the state’s Supreme Court ruled on December 8 by a 4-3 vote that same-sex couples do […]

In Indiana, County Clerk Can’t Refuse to Issue License   

In Indiana, County Clerk Can’t Refuse to Issue License   

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | A federal district court has ruled that an Indiana deputy county clerk has no protected religious grounds on which to refuse to carry out her official duty to process a marriage license application from a same-sex couple. Ruling in an employment discrimination case brought under Title VII of the 1964 […]

Anti-Gay Kansas Officials Now Under the Gun

Anti-Gay Kansas Officials Now Under the Gun

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | In a ruling that demonstrates the continued recalcitrance of some public officials to last year’s marriage equality ruling, US District Judge Daniel D. Crabtree, who two years ago found Kansas’s ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional, has issued a final ruling in that case. He did so because he concluded that without […]

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 […]

Antonin Scalia, Determined Foe of Gay Rights Advances, Dies at 79

Antonin Scalia, Determined Foe of Gay Rights Advances, Dies at 79

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | News of the sudden death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia at age 79 is sure to set off a huge political battle over President Barack Obama’s constitutional duty to nominate a successor for him. With Senate Republicans likely to try to play out the clock on the president’s final year […]