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Legal Issues

Discrimination

Judge Says Indiana Has ‘No Valid Reason’ To Single Out Same-Sex Marriages

by Jean Ann Esselink ● 11:38 AM April 22, 2014
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Federal Judge Richard Young rules Indiana has not presented a “valid reason” same-sex marriages should not be recognized and says challengers are likely to prevail at trial.

Civil Rights

Arkansas Judge Calls Marriage Case An ‘Interesting Adventure’

by Jean Ann Esselink ● 1:35 PM April 18, 2014
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After an emotional day of arguments, an Arkansas judge promised a ruling on marriage equality in the next two weeks.

Civil Rights

Federal Court Strikes Down ‘Fetal Heartbeat’ Abortion Restriction

by Jean Ann Esselink ● 11:43 AM April 17, 2014
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Judge Daniel Hovland calls North Dakota’s ban on abortion at six weeks “a blatant violation of the constitutional guarantees afforded to all women.”

Civil Rights

Breaking: Utah Quietly Seeking ‘Emergency Relief’ To Halt Existing LGBT Adoptions

by Eric Ethington ● 4:56 PM April 9, 2014
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Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes (R) has quietly filed a Petition For Emergency Extraordinary Relief with the Utah Supreme Court to allow the state to halt adoptions by LGBT parents already in motion.

Actions

Workplace Discrimination Lawsuit Can Proceed Even Without LGBT Protections

by Jean Ann Esselink ● 11:06 AM April 4, 2014
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A federal judge has refused to dismiss a lawsuit because LGBT employees are not a protected class.

Actions

Utah Makes Revenge Porn A Crime

by Jean Ann Esselink ● 2:40 PM April 3, 2014
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Utah is the sixth state to criminalize revenge porn – posting sexually explicit photos of an ex-lover on the Internet.

Bigotry Watch

Michigan Attorney General Rejects Right-Wing Help For State’s Marriage Case

by Jean Ann Esselink ● 11:06 AM April 2, 2014
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The Sixth Circuit should use this brief to line a birdcage, because that’s all it’s good for.” – MI Attorney General Bill Schuette

Families

Judge Allows School Being Sued To Add The Alleged Bullies As Co-Defendants

by Jean Ann Esselink ● 12:33 PM March 26, 2014
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A New Jersey school district being sued for failing to protect a student from bullying, has asked the judge to require the alleged bullies and their families to also stand trial.

DOMA

6th Circuit Grants Temporary Stay On Michigan Marriages

by Jean Ann Esselink ● 6:26 PM March 22, 2014
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The U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals has issued a stay on same-sex marriages until Wednesday in order to evaluate the states request for an appeal.

DOMA

Washtenaw County Michigan Will Issue Marriage Licenses At 9:00 A.M.

by Jean Ann Esselink ● 11:12 PM March 21, 2014
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Barring a restraining order, there will be married couples in Michigan by 10:00 a.m. tomorrow morning.

Actions

Idaho Considers Bill To Nullify The EPA

by Jean Ann Esselink ● 12:27 PM March 18, 2014
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Idaho is considering a bill that allows the state to “enact any and all measures as may be necessary to prevent the enforcement of regulations” issued by the EPA.

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Michigan County Clerks Are Choosing Up Sides Ahead Of Marriage Decision

by Jean Ann Esselink ● 8:06 PM March 13, 2014
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Michigan county clerks are choosing up sides: Obey a court ruling to begin issuing same-sex marriage licenses, or the attorney general’s order not to?

Discrimination

Victory! Mississippi Legislature Sends ‘Religious Freedom’ Bill Back To Committee

by Jean Ann Esselink ● 11:38 AM March 13, 2014
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After enduring weeks of protest, the Mississippi House has decided not to vote on SB2891, the so-called “religious freedom” bill, sending it back to committee.

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Outside Groups Try To Influence The Oklahoma And Utah Marriage Appeals

by Jean Ann Esselink ● 1:27 PM March 11, 2014
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Read some of the arguments being sent to the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals before they hear arguments on marriage equality in Oklahoma and Utah.