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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 […]

SCOTUS Rules for Same-Sex Spouses in Birth Certificate Case

SCOTUS Rules for Same-Sex Spouses in Birth Certificate Case

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | In the final day of its term, the US Supreme Court ruled that when a child is born to a woman married to another woman, both women should be listed as parents on the child’s birth certificate. The 6-3 ruling in Pavan v. Smith on June 26 reversed a decision by […]

Why the Marriage Equality Ruling Is Likely Secure 

Why the Marriage Equality Ruling Is Likely Secure 

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | Some gay and lesbian Americans, panicked by the election of Donald Trump, have been calling LGBT advocacy groups asking whether they should accelerate their wedding plans to marry before he takes office in January, many expressing concern that the marriage equality victory, won in the Supreme Court in June 2015 […]

Maryland, Michigan Differ on Key Co-Parent Issue Pending In NYS

Maryland, Michigan Differ on Key Co-Parent Issue Pending In NYS

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | Appellate courts in Maryland and Michigan reached opposing conclusions in decisions announced on July 7 about whether a biological mother’s lesbian partner can seek visitation with the child they were raising together before their relationship broke up. In Maryland, the state’s highest court, the Court of Appeals, ruled in Conover v. […]

On Pride’s Eve, the State of Transgender Equality

On Pride’s Eve, the State of Transgender Equality

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | With the debate over transgender equality having recently moved to center stage across the US — raising the distinct possibility that the community’s opponents have overplayed their hand politically — it’s worth noting the anniversary of a major nationwide victory for transgender rights that has been widely overlooked. Celebrations last June […]

Defying the First Amendment, Mississippi Enacts “Freedom of Conscience” Law

Defying the First Amendment, Mississippi Enacts “Freedom of Conscience” Law

  BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | Mississippi Republican Governor Phil Bryant, on April 5, signed into law the Protecting Freedom of Conscience From Government Discrimination Act, a measure that received overwhelming approval in both houses of the state legislature. The law is clearly intended to encourage businesses and individuals in the state to discriminate against same-sex […]

District Court Finally Resolves Puerto Rico Marriage Equality Challenge

District Court Finally Resolves Puerto Rico Marriage Equality Challenge

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | In something of a judicial anti-climax, US District Judge Gustavo A. Gelpi, on April 7, declared the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico’s statutory ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional. Puerto Rico’s government has been complying with the Supreme Court’s marriage equality ruling since last summer while awaiting action in the local lawsuit pending […]

US Judge Says SCOTUS Marriage Equality Ruling Does Not Apply to Puerto Rico

US Judge Says SCOTUS Marriage Equality Ruling Does Not Apply to Puerto Rico

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | In an astonishing departure from established precedents, US District Judge Juan M. Pérez-Giménez of the Puerto Rico District Court, who had dismissed a marriage equality lawsuit in October 2014, has issued a new decision asserting that the Supreme Court’s Obergefell v. Hodges ruling last June 26 that the Constitution’s 14th Amendment […]

Anti-Gay Justice Antonin Scalia Exits the Stage

Anti-Gay Justice Antonin Scalia Exits the Stage

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | With the death of Antonin Scalia, the Supreme Court has lost its most outspoken anti-gay member. Ever since taking his seat on the high bench in 1986, Justice Scalia voted consistently against gay rights claims, sometimes in the majority and sometimes in dissent, regardless of the factual context in which […]

The Win-Win Politics of This Critical Juncture

The Win-Win Politics of This Critical Juncture

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | Every presidential election cycle, Democrats talk about the importance of controlling appointments to the US Supreme Court. In the abstract, my bet is that the warning doesn’t often move many voters. But it should. There have been four big LGBT wins at the US Supreme Court: the 1996 decision that struck down […]

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