LexisNexis® Legal Newsroom
High Court Hears Arguments on Privacy of Petition Signers

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (Mealey's) Individuals who signed a referendum petition opposing Washington state's "everything but marriage" same-sex domestic partner law have a right to keep their identities private, an attorney representing the signers argued on April 28 before the U.S. Supreme...

Wisconsin Supreme Court Upholds Gay Marriage Ban

MADISON, Wis. - (AP) The Wisconsin Supreme Court has upheld the state's constitutional ban on gay marriage and civil unions. In a 7-0 ruling, the court on Wednesday ruled that the 2006 constitutional amendment was properly put to voters in a statewide referendum. The court rejected a lawsuit. . ...

Perry v. Schwarzenegger Resurrects Right of Marriage for Same-Sex Couples

By Diana Richmond, Partner, Sideman & Bancroft, L.L.P. “In December 2010, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals will decide whether same-sex couples can marry in California,” writes Diana Richmond. “The U.S. District Court ruled it unconstitutional to deny same-sex couples the same...

Ninth Circuit Conducts Oral Argument on Proposition 8, Marriage for Same-Sex Couples, by Diana Richmond

By Diana Richmond, Partner, Sideman & Bancroft LLP This Emerging Issues Analysis examines the December 6, 2010 oral argument, heard by a three-judge panel of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, on whether Proposition 8, limiting the right to marry to opposite-sex couples, violates the U.S. Constitution...

Same-Sex Parents Raising Children May Both Be Recognized As Legal Parents

By Amy Rose and Cathy Sakimura Charisma R. v. Kristina S. , 175 Cal. App. 4th 361 (2009), [ enhanced version available to lexis.com subscribers / unenhanced version available from lexisONE Free Case Law ] , holds that a woman may be a presumed parent of a child born during a same-sex domestic partnership...

Same-Sex Parents Raising Children May Both Be Recognized As Legal Parents

By Amy Rose and Cathy Sakimura Charisma R. v. Kristina S. , 175 Cal. App. 4th 361 (2009), [ enhanced version available to lexis.com subscribers / unenhanced version available from lexisONE Free Case Law ] , holds that a woman may be a presumed parent of a child born during a same-sex domestic partnership...

7 New Jersey Couples File Lawsuit Demanding Gay Marriage

TRENTON, N.J. - (AP) Seven gay couples and many of their children filed a lawsuit Wednesday to demand New Jersey recognize gay marriage, saying it's the only way to solve inequities created by the state's four-year-old civil union law. New Jersey lawmakers created that law to try to fulfill a...

same sex marriage freeway sign

Abercrombie Calls Gay Marriage Special Session

Saying the votes are there, Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie (D) called for a special session next month to allow lawmakers to act on legislation that would make the Aloha State the 14th to legalize same-sex marriage. The session has been scheduled for Oct. 28. "The decision to call a special session...

Oklahoma Governor Blocks Same-Sex Benefits For National Guard

FALLIN BLOCKS SAME-SEX BENEFITS FOR GUARD: Saying she was honoring the wishes of Sooner State voters, Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin (R) has ordered her state's National Guard units to stop processing requests for military benefits for same-sex couples. The directive comes after the Guard had previously...

Skirmishes In States Over Same-Sex Marriage

SKIRMISHES IN STATES OVER SAME-SEX MARRIAGE: Last week was a busy one for same-sex marriage, with significant developments on the issue in multiple states. Some of the biggest news came out of Nevada, where Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto (D) and Gov. Brian Sandoval (R) announced the state was...

Brewer Vetoes Anti-Gay Bill, More Loom Across States

BREWER VETOES ANTI-GAY BILL, MORE LOOM ACROSS STATES: Amidst much hue and cry last week, Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer (R) vetoed SB 1062, the highly controversial measure that would have allowed businesses to legally cite their religious beliefs as reason to refuse services to gay, bisexual and transgender...

Federal Judge Strikes Down Pennsylvania Same-Sex Marriage Ban, Resulting in Significant Impact on Employee Benefit Plans

On May 20, 2014, a federal judge in the case of Whitewood v. Wolf struck down both Pennsylvania's ban on marriage for same-sex couples and its prohibition against recognition of same-sex marriages legally entered into in other jurisdictions, [ enhanced version available to lexis.com subscribers ...

Diana Richmond on Hollingsworth v. Perry and U.S. v. Windsor: After Jubilation, What?

Last month, as a result of the decision of United States District Court Judge John E. Jones III in Whitewood v. Wolf , 2014 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 68771 (M.D. Pa. May 20, 2014), [ enhanced version available to lexis.com subscribers ], the State of Pennsylvania became the 19th state to recognize same-sex marriage...

Whitewood v. Wolf Legalizes Same-Sex Marriage in Pennsylvania

In a decision handed down on May 20th, Federal District Judge John E. Jones III struck down Pennsylvania's ban on same-sex marriage, concluding that "all couples deserve equal dignity in the realm of civil marriage." Whitewood v. Wolf , No. 1:13-CV-1861, 2014 U.S. Dist. Lexis 68771, at...

7th Cir. Explains What Same-Sex Marriage and Voter ID Have in Common

By Eric G. Pearson What do cases involving challenges to same-sex-marriage and voter ID laws have in common? The answer, according to a per curiam opinion issued last week by a panel of judges from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit in Frank v. Walker , Nos. 14-2058 & 14-2059...

State Net Capitol Journal Spotlight on Constitutional Rights: States Have Mixed Reaction To Court Rulings, Non-Rulings

In a historic non-decision, the United States Supreme Court last week allowed to stand — without comment — the rulings of three separate federal appeals courts striking down same-sex marriage bans across five states. The high court's decision prompted speculation that same-sex unions...