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No Posing as Others on Manhunt!

No Posing as Others on Manhunt!

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | Who knew? It is potentially a crime in Texas —and apparently several other states —to pose as somebody else on social media sites like Manhunt.net. And, according to a panel of the Texas Fifth District Court of Appeals, this prohibition does not violate anybody’s First Amendment rights. Michael Dwain Bradshaw was […]

Texas Denies Trans Man’s Request for Legal Gender Change

Texas Denies Trans Man’s Request for Legal Gender Change

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | A Texas appeals court, finding no specific state law or regulation authorizing the “gender designation change” requested by a transgender man, has upheld the trial judge’s original denial of his petition. Justice Martha Hill Jamison’s August 2 opinion for a three-judge panel of the Texas 14th District Court of Appeals […]

Breaking Unanimous String of Victories, Federal Judge Rules Against Marriage Equality in Louisiana

Breaking Unanimous String of Victories, Federal Judge Rules Against Marriage Equality in Louisiana

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | Parting company from every federal district court judge since last summer’s Supreme Court ruling in the Defense of Marriage Act case, US District Judge Martin L. C. Feldman, rejected a challenge to Louisiana’s state constitutional and statutory ban on same-sex marriage. Appointed to the federal bench by President Ronald Reagan […]

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 […]

Michigan Marriage Stay to Remain in Effect through Appeals Process

Michigan Marriage Stay to Remain in Effect through Appeals Process

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | Ruling on March 25, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals has extended the stay on last week’s marriage equality ruling in Michigan to allow the state to bring its appeal before the circuit. In an order that ran to just over three pages, the panel’s majority –– which included Circuit Court […]

Kentucky Same-Sex Marriage Recognition Order Now Stayed Until March 20

Kentucky Same-Sex Marriage Recognition Order Now Stayed Until March 20

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | Two weeks after a federal district court judge found that Kentucky’s refusal to recognize legal same-sex marriages from other jurisdictions lacked any constitutionally acceptable justification, he declined to stay his ruling. [Editor’s note: The following day, however, the judge did in fact issue a stay, giving the state until March 20, […]

In Seventh Consecutive Federal Marriage Equality Win, Judge Rules Against Texas Ban

In Seventh Consecutive Federal Marriage Equality Win, Judge Rules Against Texas Ban

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | Since the US Supreme Court’s landmark ruling in Edie Windsor’s challenge to the Defense of Marriage Act eight months ago, no federal court has ruled against equal marriage rights for same-sex couples. So, it is perhaps no great surprise that a US judge from the Western District of Texas in San […]

Pentagon: Guard Units in Every State Now On Board with Same-Sex Benefits

Pentagon: Guard Units in Every State Now On Board with Same-Sex Benefits

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | In a December 13 written statement, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel announced that every state is now complying with his order that National Guard units provide Department of Defense identification cards to all military spouses regardless of their sexual orientation. In August, the Pentagon –– responding to the June Supreme Court ruling […]