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March 30, 2015

The Republican lead government of Wisconsin will have to pay nearly $1.1 million in legal fees to the ACLU over its unsuccessful bid to stop marriage equality coming to the state – and that’s not even including what they had to pay their own lawyers

The State Attorney General of Wisconsin has reached a legal fees settlement with the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and eight same-sex couples who sued to win the right to be married by the state.

The deal was announced on Friday and will see taxpayers in Wisconsin foot a nearly $1.1 million legal bill for the ACLU.

March 30, 2015

The Republican lead government of Wisconsin will have to pay nearly $1.1 million in legal fees to the ACLU over its unsuccessful bid to stop marriage equality coming to the state – and that’s not even including what they had to pay their own lawyers

The State Attorney General of Wisconsin has reached a legal fees settlement with the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and eight same-sex couples who sued to win the right to be married by the state.

The deal was announced on Friday and will see taxpayers in Wisconsin foot a nearly $1.1 million legal bill for the ACLU.

February 23, 2015

The entertainer took to Twitter yesterday to criticize the governor's decision to take no action

Cher has spoken out against a bill in Arkansas that will block towns and cities in the state from creating laws that prohibit discrimination against LGBTI residents.

February 23, 2015

The entertainer took to Twitter yesterday to criticize the governor's decision to take no action

Cher has spoken out against a bill in Arkansas that will block towns and cities in the state from creating laws that prohibit discrimination against LGBTI residents.

February 23, 2015

'If it becomes law, this bill will preempt local nondiscrimination laws and policies that offer protections on any basis not yet included in state law'

Leading US civil rights organizations are asking Arkansas' governor to veto a bill blocking towns and cities from passing laws prohibiting discrimination against LGBTI residents.

The American Civil Liberties Union, ACLU of Arkansas, Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders, Lambda Legal, and National Center for Lesbian Rights issued the statement yesterday (21 February).

February 12, 2015

Ruling by federal judge expected to send a signal to probate judges statewide

US District Judge Callie V. S. Granade on Thursday (12 February) ordered Mobile County Probate Judge Don Davis to immediately begin issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

Davis (pictured) was among the probate judges in the state who were caught between Granade's ruling last month striking down the state's gay marriage ban and an order by Alabama Supreme Court Justice Ray Moore to not issue licenses.

January 1, 2015

US District Judge Daniel Crabtree has told opposing attorneys that he wants a schedule from them by the end of this month to hear their arguments

A federal judge in Kansas took steps on Wednesday to fast track a ruling over a legal challenge to the ban on same-sex marriage in the state, reports AP.

The challenge was raised by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) in October, who are acting on behalf of several couples who had previously been refused marriage licenses in the Kansas counties of Sedgwick and Douglas.

January 1, 2015

US District Judge Daniel Crabtree has told opposing attorneys that he wants a schedule from them by the end of this month to hear their arguments

A federal judge in Kansas took steps on Wednesday to fast track a ruling over a legal challenge to the ban on same-sex marriage in the state, reports AP.

The challenge was raised by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) in October, who are acting on behalf of several couples who had previously been refused marriage licenses in the Kansas counties of Sedgwick and Douglas.

December 29, 2014

Virginia teen Gavin Grimm was ordered by his school board to either use the girls’ bathroom or staff facilities despite his living as a boy since the start of the school year

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has come to the aid of transgender teenage boy in Virginia who has been told he must use the girls’ bathroom or private facilities or risk disciplinary action if he uses the boys’ bathroom.

Gavin Grimm has been living openly as a boy since the start of the 2014 school year but his school board voted 6-1 on 9 December to stop transgender students at Gloucester County Public Schools using their preferred bathroom.

December 29, 2014

Virginia teen Gavin Grimm was ordered by his school board to either use the girls’ bathroom or staff facilities despite his living as a boy since the start of the school year

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has come to the aid of transgender teenage boy in Virginia who has been told he must use the girls’ bathroom or private facilities or risk disciplinary action if he uses the boys’ bathroom.

Gavin Grimm has been living openly as a boy since the start of the 2014 school year but his school board voted 6-1 on 9 December to stop transgender students at Gloucester County Public Schools using their preferred bathroom.

December 24, 2014

The American Civil Liberties Union has filed a lawsuit against a school district in Western Indiana on behalf of three students who have formed a GSA club

The American Civil Liberties Union has filed a lawsuit against a school district in Western Indiana for not recognizing a club for LGBTI students and their supporters.

The school in question is the North Putnam High School in Bainbridge, where three students have formed a Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA) club.

December 24, 2014

The American Civil Liberties Union has filed a lawsuit against a school district in Western Indiana on behalf of three students who have formed a GSA club

The American Civil Liberties Union has filed a lawsuit against a school district in Western Indiana for not recognizing a club for LGBTI students and their supporters.

The school in question is the North Putnam High School in Bainbridge, where three students have formed a Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA) club.

December 23, 2014

Change would require they abstain from having sex with other men for a year prior

The US Food and Drug Administration has proposed lifting its 31 year ban on blood donations from gay and bisexual men.

But the FDA wants to replace the policy - enacted during the early days of the AIDS epidemic in the US - with a one-year deferral that would only permit gay and bisexual men to donate blood if they have not had sex with another man in the past year.

December 6, 2014

State Republican leaders eventually plan to take their appeal to the state Supreme Court

Republican lawmakers in Missouri plan to appeal a judge's ruling requiring the US state to recognize same-sex marriages performed in other states.

According to The Kansas Star, Senate President Pro Tem Tom Dempsey and House Speaker Tim Jones filed a motion on 3 December. The hope is to eventually take the case to the state Supreme Court.

November 29, 2014

'The time is here to recognize the marriages as valid and lawful just like any other marriage'

The American Civil Liberties Union is changing its marriage equality suit against Kansas, claiming now the US state is not honoring same-sex marriage certificates.

According to Lawrence Journal-World, the civil rights organization made the revision on 26 November.

The amended complaint is an attempt to get the state to recognize same-sex marriages for health benefits, state income taxes, and changes in driver's licenses.

November 29, 2014

'The time is here to recognize the marriages as valid and lawful just like any other marriage'

The American Civil Liberties Union is changing its marriage equality suit against Kansas, claiming now the US state is not honoring same-sex marriage certificates.

According to Lawrence Journal-World, the civil rights organization made the revision on 26 November.

The amended complaint is an attempt to get the state to recognize same-sex marriages for health benefits, state income taxes, and changes in driver's licenses.

November 19, 2014

Same-sex couples can begin getting married immediately after marriage ban is struck down

Same-sex couples in Montana don't have to wait any longer to get married.

A federal judge on Wednesday (19 November) struck down the state's gay marriage ban passed by voters in the state in 2004.

U.S. District Judge Brian Morris did not issue a stay on his decision which stated the ban was in violation of the 14th amendment of the constitution that guarantees equal protection.

November 11, 2014

High court grants emergency stay requested by Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt

Tuesday (11 November) was to mark the beginning of marriage equality in the state of Kansas.

But that won't be happening - at least for now - because US Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor has granted a request from Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt for an emergency stay.

The stay applies to a recent ruling by a federal trial judge who struck down the Kansas gay marriage ban and ruled that the decision would go into effect Tuesday evening.

November 1, 2014

'The Kansas Supreme Court has to be allowed to move forward'

The US state of Kansas asked a federal judge to leave its marriage equality ban alone until the state's Supreme Court makes a ruling.

Lawyers from the attorney general's office made the argument yesterday, 31 October, during a hearing with District Judge Daniel Crabtree.

November 1, 2014

'The Kansas Supreme Court has to be allowed to move forward'

The US state of Kansas asked a federal judge to leave its marriage equality ban alone until the state's Supreme Court makes a ruling.

Lawyers from the attorney general's office made the argument yesterday, 31 October, during a hearing with District Judge Daniel Crabtree.

October 23, 2014

The current and former inmates claim that they are locked in their cells for longer than the general prison population, are denied access to rehab programs and are subject to derogatory comments from staff

A group of 15 current and former gay, bisexual and trans (GBT) inmates of the San Bernardino County Jail in California have filed a class action lawsuit against the San Bernardino Sheriff’s Department.

They accuse the department of discrimination, saying that they were kept locked up for over 22 hours of the day – sometimes only being allowed 30 minutes outside their cells – and denied access to rehabilitation programs.

October 23, 2014

The current and former inmates claim that they are locked in their cells for longer than the general prison population, are denied access to rehab programs and are subject to derogatory comments from staff

A group of 15 current and former gay, bisexual and trans (GBT) inmates of the San Bernardino County Jail in California have filed a class action lawsuit against the San Bernardino Sheriff’s Department.

They accuse the department of discrimination, saying that they were kept locked up for over 22 hours of the day – sometimes only being allowed 30 minutes outside their cells – and denied access to rehabilitation programs.

October 19, 2014

'The state of Kansas has voted on this, the people of Kansas have voted on this'


Read more here: http://www.kansas.com/news/politics-government/article3000547.html#storylink=cp

Despite legal losses, the governor of Kansas continues to back the state's gay marriage ban.

Yesterday, 18 October, Sam Brownback joined a rally sponsored by the anti-gay Family Research Council.

Held in the parking lot of Summit Church in East Wichita, Brownback told the approximately 100 attendees  '70 percent of Kansans' approved the prohibition in 2005.

October 13, 2014

Unions took place in June during a brief legal window

More than 500 same-sex couples who got married in Wisconsin last June are no longer in legal limbo.

Governor Scott Walker issued a statement Monday (13 October) announcing that it would recognize that marriages of the couples who were married in the state during the week between a district court’s decision to overturn the state's gay marriage ban and a judge's subsequent stay of that ruling.

The announcement comes a week after the US Supreme Court let stand the striking down of gay marriage bans in five states, including Wisconsin.