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Legal Issues

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Analysis

Retired Justice John Paul Stevens Calls For Six New Constitutional Amendments

by Jean Ann Esselink ● 2:15 PM March 6, 2014
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End gerrymandering, restrict gun ownership, and impose campaign finance laws. Retired Justice John Paul Stevens thinks America desperately needs six new constitutional amendments.

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A Second Illinois County Has Begun To Issue Marriage Licenses To Same-Sex Couples

by Jean Ann Esselink ● 11:53 AM February 26, 2014
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BREAKING: Illinois’ Champaign County began issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples this morning.

Discrimination

Appeals Judge Rules North Carolina’s Pro-Life License Plate Is Unconstitutional

by Jean Ann Esselink ● 10:55 AM February 18, 2014
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North Carolina cannot offer a Pro-Life license plate unless they also allow a Pro-Choice version. So says the U.S. Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals.