Philippine Supreme Court Allows Gay Party In Polls

MANILA, Philippines - (AP) The Philippine Supreme Court on Thursday overturned a decision barring a gay rights group from contesting national elections in May and recognized it as a legitimate political party for the first time. Voting 13-2, the court threw out decisions by the Elections Commission...

Settlement reached in lawsuit filed after county separated elderly, gay couple

As reported in April , Clay M. Greene filed a lawsuit against Sonoma County after the County allegedly isolated him from his partner of 29 years (placing the men in separate nursing homes) and selling off their belongings under a conservatorship. Mr. Greene accused the County of, among other claims,...

Idaho Aviator Sues To Block 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell'

BOISE, Idaho - (AP) A gay rights group wants a federal court in Idaho to block the U.S. Air Force from discharging an aviator under the "don't ask, don't tell" law that bars openly gay and lesbian military members from service. Servicemembers Legal Defense Network filed its 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...

Wyoming Couple Drops Gay Marriage Lawsuit

CHEYENNE, Wyo. - (AP) A gay couple in Cheyenne has dropped a federal lawsuit that challenged the Wyoming law defining marriage as existing only between a man and a woman. The Casper Star-Tribune reports that David Shupe-Roderick and Ryan W. Dupree filed a notice Friday voluntarily dismissing their lawsuit...

Judge To Rule Friday On Lesbian's Return To Air Force

TACOMA, Wash. - (AP) A lawyer for a decorated flight nurse discharged for being gay urged a federal judge Tuesday to reinstate her to the Air Force Reserve, and the judge indicated he might have no other choice. U.S. District Judge Ronald B. Leighton said he would issue a ruling Friday. . . . Full version...

Feds Object To 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' Injunction

SAN DIEGO - (AP) Attorneys for the Obama administration objected Thursday to a proposed worldwide injunction being considered by a California federal judge that would halt the military's ban on openly gay troops. Calling the possible move "untenable," Department of Justice attorneys filed...

Judge: Stop 'Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell Immediately

SAN DIEGO - (AP) A federal judge ordered the military Tuesday to immediately stop enforcing its ban on openly gay troops, bringing the 17-year "don't ask, don't tell" policy closer than it has ever been to being abolished. Justice Department attorneys have 60 days to appeal the injunction...

U.S. Supreme Court Allows Gay Military Ban For Now

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (AP) The Supreme Court on Friday allowed the "don't ask, don't tell" policy on gays in the military to remain in place while a federal appeals court considers the issue. The court did not comment in denying a request from the Log Cabin Republicans, a gay rights group...

DOJ Appeals Lesbian's Reinstatement To Air Force

SEATTLE - (AP) A lesbian flight nurse discharged under "don't ask, don't tell" can rejoin the Air Force Reserve, even as the government appeals a judge's ruling that returned her to the job, her lawyers said Tuesday. U.S. District Judge Ronald Leighton ruled in September that...

Judge Eyes Target Lawsuit Against Gay Rights Group

SAN DIEGO - (AP) A judge said Friday he would issue a ruling next week in a lawsuit filed by Target Corp. against a San Diego pro-gay marriage group to make it stop canvassing outside the retailer's California stores. The Minnesota-based corporation is seeking an injunction barring the activists...

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...

Lawsuit: US pastor runs anti-gay effort in Uganda

BOSTON (AP) - An East African gay advocacy group filed a federal lawsuit Wednesday against a Massachusetts evangelist, alleging he has waged a decade-long campaign to persecute gays in Uganda. The suit was filed in federal court in Springfield against minister Scott Lively under a statute that Full...

Chile apologizes to lesbian denied custody of kids

SANTIAGO Chile (AP) - Chile's government has apologized to a lesbian judge who was denied custody of her three daughters because she is gay. The apology was issued Friday during a ceremony led by Justice Minister Teodoro Ribera. Chile says it will pay Full version (available to lexis.com subscribers...

Illinois House of Representatives Fails to Vote on Marriage Bill

"This is a stunning failure in the Illinois House. Lambda Legal's lawsuit will move forward..." At the close of the legislative session, the Illinois House of Representatives did not call for a floor vote or advance The Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act, the bill that would grant...

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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...

Governor Beshear Orders Defense Of Kentucky Gay Marriage Ban

BESHEAR ORDERS DEFENSE OF KY GAY MARRIAGE BAN: Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear (D) said the Bluegrass State would hire a private sector attorney to defend the state's ban on recognizing same-sex marriages performed in other states. Beshear made the announcement last Tuesday shortly after state Attorney...

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...

State Net Capitol Journal Constitutional Rights Updates: Governor Pence Says Indiana Won't Recognize Gay Marriages Performed In State After Court Ruling

PENCE SAYS IN WON'T RECOGNIZE GAY MARRIAGES: The lead legal counsel for Indiana Gov. Mike Pence (R) announced last week that the Hoosier State will not recognize hundreds of same-sex marriages performed in June before a court ruling allowing those unions to go forth was struck down. In a memo sent...