How exciting is this, a total surprise. The country has been moving in a positive direction for some time, and albeit may not be moving fast enough for many, but this surely adds a little more icing to the cake. I’m also excited for the couples who are parties to these cases, that their wishes are coming thru. So….today, from Slate, Mark J. Stern, who covers LGBT issues, reports that the Supreme Court has refused to review seven gay marriage cases from five different states. That decision effectively legalized gay marriage in those five states—Indiana, Oklahoma, Utah, Virginia, and Wisconsin—almost immediately. But within the next few weeks, the court’s move will likely bring gay marriage to six more states—meaning that, without actually ruling on the topic, the justices will have brought marriage equality to 11 states in one fell swoop.
Today is the beginning of LGBT History Month! Every year in October, LGBT History Month highlights 31 different LGBT icons, one for every day of the month. Every icon has a video and bio detailing their importance to the fight for LGBT rights, along with downloadable flyers, images, and other resources. A project of Equality Forum, LGBT History Month provides role models, builds community, and makes sure the LGBT community’s national and international contributions are heard.
Never before has the legal case for nationwide marriage equality seemed stronger than at the recent Federal Court of Appeal’s argument in the Indiana and Wisconsin marriage cases. For nearly two hours, the Seventh Circuit panel of three judges, appointed by Presidents Reagan, Clinton, and Obama, tore gaping holes in every argument the states’ attorneys defending Indiana and Wisconsin’s marriage bans offered. Continue reading Stunning Day in Court for Marriage Equality
In March, 1981, United States District Court, N. D. Texas, Dallas Division, issued a ruling in the case Childers v. Dallas Police Department. That ruling was the final act in a years-long legal battle between an openly gay Dallas city employee and the Dallas Police Department.
Reading the Court’s “MEMORANDUM OPINION AND ORDER”, two things stand out. One might be considered reasonable, from a particularly legal standpoint. The other, however, seems to say it was unreasonable to expect employees of the Dallas Police Department to behave in a professional manner around a gay man!
Continue reading While SCOTUS ponders marriage equality in 2014, a look back at Dallas 1981
This last Tuesday, in a Chicago courtroom, the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals would decide whether or not to uphold lower court rulings that, Wisconsin’s voter-approved constitutional amendment, and Indiana’s statutes, are unconstitutional. Led by Judge Richard Posner, a Republican Appointee, who has an unapologetic bias toward reality and logic, when posing questions at lawyers for Wisconsin and Indiana attempted to defend their state’s marriage bans, Posner issued a series of bench slaps that unmasked anti-gay arguments as the silly nonsense that they are. There is no doubt that I’m becoming very fond of the 7th Circuit.