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BY ARI EZRA WALDMAN Back in June, I argued that there may never be a need for the Supreme Court to take a marriage equality case. We have marriage rights in Washington, Oregon, California, New Mexico, Minnesota, Illinois, Iowa, Maryland,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 7, 2014 at Towleroad
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BY ARI EZRA WALDMAN The media have been universally shocked at the Supreme Court's announcement today. Now that we have had time to read several media accounts (including our own Towleroad coverage) we should take a step back and analyze... Continue reading
Posted Oct 6, 2014 at Towleroad
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BY ARI EZRA WALDMAN The justices of the Supreme Court are meeting right now to discuss a slew of petitions for hearings. There are seven such petitions on marriage equality cases from Oklahoma, Indiana, Utah, Wisconsin, and Virginia. Regular Towleroad... Continue reading
Posted Sep 29, 2014 at Towleroad
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BY ARI EZRA WALDMAN It took 9 days for Judge Richard Posner to write his unanimous opinion striking down the marriage equality bans in Indiana and Wisconsin. And you can see the tone of the decision in one of its... Continue reading
Posted Sep 4, 2014 at Towleroad
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BY ARI EZRA WALDMAN By now you have heard that the attorneys representing Indiana and Wisconsin got a shellacking from the famous Reagan-appointee, Judge Richard Posner. Sean brought us 7 classic outtakes from Judge Posner's questioning, but even those barely... Continue reading
Posted Aug 28, 2014 at Towleroad
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BY ARI EZRA WALDMAN Marriage equality gets another hearing before another federal appellate court this morning. Before an as-yet-to-be-named three-judge panel of the Chicago-based Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, gay and lesbian couples in Indiana and Wisconsin will argue that,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 26, 2014 at Towleroad
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BY ARI EZRA WALDMAN The most dangerous line in the Supreme Court’s recent decision in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby doesn’t come until page 46. It reads as follows: The principal dissent raises the possibility that discrimination in hiring, for example... Continue reading
Posted Jul 22, 2014 at Towleroad
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BY ARI EZRA WALDMAN President Obama has made good on another pro-equality policy promise. Today, he amended a standing executive order to prohibit federal contractors from discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation. Instead of creating a new nondiscrimination rule... Continue reading
Posted Jul 21, 2014 at Towleroad
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BY ARI EZRA WALDMAN In Burwell v. Hobby Lobby, the Supreme Court's conservative majority allowed a large swath of for-profit companies to deny contraception to their female employees. Hobby Lobby, a national chain of arts and crafts stores, is a... Continue reading
Posted Jul 16, 2014 at Towleroad
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@jamal49: thank you for your comment. im sorry you must have missed my earlier, timely post on the Hobby Lobby decision. It can be found here: http://www.towleroad.com/2014/06/supreme-court-limits-obamacares-contraception-coverage.html. Happy 4th of July weekend.
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BY ARI EZRA WALDMAN One year this week, the Supreme Court brought marriage equality back to California when it ended the Prop 8 case. It also declared Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) unconstitutional and, thereby, ushered... Continue reading
Posted Jun 25, 2014 at Towleroad
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BY ARI EZRA WALDMAN Earlier today, we discussed the decision by Judge Michael McShane (above, left) striking down Oregon's ban on same-sex marriage. I noted that the opinion was narrowly focused on equal protection, but also deeply personal. Judge McShane... Continue reading
Posted May 21, 2014 at Towleroad
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BY ARI EZRA WALDMAN Two very different federal judges, an openly gay Obama-appointee and a conservative appointed by George W. Bush at the recommendation of Rick Santorum, swept aside bans on same-sex marriage in Oregon and Pennsylvania, respectively. They did... Continue reading
Posted May 21, 2014 at Towleroad
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By ARI EZRA WALDMAN Yesterday, a sharply divided three-judge panel of the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, Virginia heard oral argument in the case of Bostic v. Schaefer (formerly, Bostic v. Rainey), an appeal of a lower court... Continue reading
Posted May 14, 2014 at Towleroad
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By ARI EZRA WALDMAN Late Friday, Judge Chris Piazza (right), a state court judge in Arkansas, declared his state's ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional and ordered the county clerk's office to issue marriage licenses to gay couples. It was the... Continue reading
Posted May 12, 2014 at Towleroad
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By ARI EZRA WALDMAN Brendan Eich is no longer the CEO of Mozilla. His tenure was short. But if you believe the media swarm surrounding his quick departure, you would think he left in a blaze of burned bridges and... Continue reading
Posted Apr 7, 2014 at Towleroad
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BY ARI EZRA WALDMAN On Friday, District Judge Bernard Friedman, a Reagan appointee to the bench, declared Michigan's ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional (read the opinion here). As I have argued several times during this unprecedented string of marriage equality... Continue reading
Posted Mar 23, 2014 at Towleroad
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BY RICHARD VAUGHN and ARI EZRA WALDMAN Earlier this month, in a ruling that rocked the worlds of same-sex couples and attorneys alike, a Brooklyn court denied the non-biological mother of a child born to a married lesbian couple the... Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2014 at Towleroad
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@mark: thank you for your question. the whole point of the argument was that Windsor changed everything. it need not be bound by high tech gays because, the panel said, windsor used heightened scrutiny. but yes, each three judge panel is different.
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BY ARI EZRA WALDMAN Gays and lesbians have been free to marry in Utah -- yes, Utah -- for two weeks. Judge Richard Shelby, who was appointed by President Obama at the behest of Utah's arch-conservative Republican senators, cited the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 2, 2014 at Towleroad
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By ARI EZRA WALDMAN It's appropriate that today is #tbt (Throw-back Thursday) because this week, marriage equality came to Hawai'i, the state where it all began, where the this long (and increasingly successful) fight for the freedom to marry we... Continue reading
Posted Nov 14, 2013 at Towleroad
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By ARI EZRA WALDMAN The Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), which would protect millions of Americans from being fired from their jobs simply because of their sexuality, will likely pass the United States Senate soon. A small handful of Republicans (Sens.... Continue reading
Posted Nov 6, 2013 at Towleroad
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By ARI EZRA WALDMAN There are two federal marriage equality cases going on in Virginia. They look a lot alike: Both revolve around same-sex Virginia couples who want to marry; both challenge Virginia's explicit constitutional ban on such unions; both... Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2013 at Towleroad
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By ARI EZRA WALDMAN Last week, Andy reported on a disturbing development from Republicans in Congress who should be worrying about keeping the government running rather than discriminating against gays. Idaho Republican Representative Paul Labrador, a leading arch-conservative, introduced a... Continue reading
Posted Sep 25, 2013 at Towleroad
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By ARI EZRA WALDMAN Christine Quinn lost in dramatic fashion in yesterday's New York City Democratic primary. She is an out lesbian, with a record of accomplishment. By virtue of her position as City Council Speaker, sometimes those accomplishments involveed... Continue reading
Posted Sep 11, 2013 at Towleroad
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