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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.

October 3, 2014

ACLU of Missouri: 'This is a personal win for our 10 courageous couples'

A judge has ordered that the marriages of 10 same-sex couples who were married in other states be recognized in their home state of Missouri.

Missouri Circuit Judge J. Dale Youngs ruled that the state's ban on same-sex marriage which he said is a violation of the 14th Amendment of the US Constitution which guarantees equal protection under the law.

Such bans, Youngs wrote, 'treat one segment of the population — gay men and lesbians — differently than their same-sex counterparts, for no logical reason.'

September 23, 2014

WikiLeaks whistle-blower claims to have received no medical treatment for her gender dysphoria

Wikileaks mole Chelsea Manning is suing US Army and Department of Defense  officials over their refusal to assist her in transitioning from male to female.

The former Army private came out as trans publicly in 2013 after it was announced she would serve a 35-year sentence for leaking more than 700,000 secret military documents while working as an intelligence analyst in Iraq.

July 8, 2014

ACLU, Lambda Legal and Transgender Law Center among the groups to say 'inclusion of this provision is no longer tenable'

The Employment Non-Discrimination Act has lost the support of several leading LGBTI legal groups on Tuesday (8 July) because religious groups would be exempt from the long-stalled legislation.

The American Civil Liberties Union; Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders; Lambda Legal; National Center for Lesbian Rights; and Transgender Law Center issued a joint statement saying the current version of ENDA allows religious organizations to discriminate based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

June 14, 2014

'In light of the stay, we will do everything we can to expedite the case for a quick ruling on appeal'

The judge who struck down Wisconsin's anti-gay marriage law reluctantly issued a stay on her decision while the case is being appealed.

Late last week, US District Court Judge Barbara Crabb ruled LGBTI couples had the right to marry. Yesterday, 13 June, she put a hold on her decision while it's reviewed by the 7th Circuit Court.

June 6, 2014

Judge Barbara Crabb: 'This case is about liberty and equality, the two cornerstones of the rights protected by the United States Constitution'

The state of Wisconsin's ban on same-sex marriage has been struck down by a federal judge who has ruled it is unconstitutional.

US District Court Judge Barbara Crabb ruled Friday (6 June) in a lawsuit challenging the ban filed by the American Civil Liberties Union on behalf of eight couples seeking the right to marry or to have their out-of-state marriages recognized.

June 6, 2014

Judge Barbara Crabb: 'This case is about liberty and equality, the two cornerstones of the rights protected by the United States Constitution'

The state of Wisconsin's ban on same-sex marriage has been struck down by a federal judge who has ruled it is unconstitutional.

US District Court Judge Barbara Crabb ruled Friday (6 June) in a lawsuit challenging the ban filed by the American Civil Liberties Union on behalf of eight couples seeking the right to marry or to have their out-of-state marriages recognized.

May 31, 2014

The ACLU, Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders, and the National Center for Lesbian Rights filed a challenge agaisnt the policy

The US Department of Health and Human Services is repealing a prohibition of Medicare coverage for gender confirmation surgeries.

Medicare provides healthcare for the country's elderly and disabled. In 1981, the HHS decided the program could not be used for transition-related health care.

May 22, 2014

Plaintiffs want to either get married or have Montana recognize their marriage performed in another state

Four same-sex couples have filed a federal suit against the state of Montana's ban on gay marriage.

The couples, represented by the American Civil Liberties Union, are suing for the right to marry in Montana or to have their marriage performed in another state legally recognized where they live.

The plaintiffs are: Angie and Tonya Rolando of Great Falls who share a last name but are not married; Shauna and Nicole Goubeaux of Billings; Ben Milano and Chase Weinhandl of Bozeman; and Sue Hawthorne and Adel Johnson of Helena.

May 22, 2014

Plaintiffs want to either get married or have Montana recognize their marriage performed in another state

Four same-sex couples have filed a federal suit against the state of Montana's ban on gay marriage.

The couples, represented by the American Civil Liberties Union, are suing for the right to marry in Montana or to have their marriage performed in another state legally recognized where they live.

The plaintiffs are: Angie and Tonya Rolando of Great Falls who share a last name but are not married; Shauna and Nicole Goubeaux of Billings; Ben Milano and Chase Weinhandl of Bozeman; and Sue Hawthorne and Adel Johnson of Helena.

May 19, 2014

Governor Gary Herbert had said the unions were 'on hold' and eligible for state benefits

A federal judge ruled Monday (19 May) that the state of Utah must legally recognize the more than 1,200 same-sex marriages that took place in late December and early January.

The marriages took place during a 17 day period which began when a federal judge struck down the state's same-sex marriage and ended when the US Supreme Court ordered a halt to the marriages while the case in being appealed.

US District Judge Dale A. Kimball ruled that the marriages already performed cannot be made illegal after the fact.

April 26, 2014

'Our senior citizens and veterans should not have to pay more taxes just because they happen to be gay or lesbian'

Alaska's Supreme Court ruled the state discriminates against same-sex families by not allowing access  to property tax exemptions reserved for senior citizens and disabled veterans.

The legal rights group American Civil Liberties Union announced the court's decision on 25 April.

April 26, 2014

'Our senior citizens and veterans should not have to pay more taxes just because they happen to be gay or lesbian'

Alaska's Supreme Court ruled the state discriminates against same-sex families by not allowing access  to property tax exemptions reserved for senior citizens and disabled veterans.

The legal rights group American Civil Liberties Union announced the court's decision on 25 April.

April 23, 2014

'Marriage is a fundamental freedom, and freedom means freedom for everyone'

Today, 23 April, a federal court judge heard arguments challenging Oregon's same-sex marriage ban.

The American Civil Liberties Union, and two law firms, brought the case on behalf of two same-sex couples and a local gay rights group called Basic Rights Oregon.

April 23, 2014

'Marriage is a fundamental freedom, and freedom means freedom for everyone'

Today, 23 April, a federal court judge heard arguments challenging Oregon's same-sex marriage ban.

The American Civil Liberties Union, and two law firms, brought the case on behalf of two same-sex couples and a local gay rights group called Basic Rights Oregon.

April 14, 2014

American Civil Liberties Union wants state to recognize the 300-plus same-sex marriages that took place last month

The American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU of Michigan filed a lawsuit Monday (14 April) to guarantee that the marriages of 300 same-sex couples performed in Michigan last month are recognized by the state.

The lawsuit was filed on behalf of eight same-sex couples who were married after a federal judge struck down the state's ban and before the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals put the decision on hold.

April 14, 2014

American Civil Liberties Union wants state to recognize the 300-plus same-sex marriages that took place last month

The American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU of Michigan filed a lawsuit Monday (14 April) to guarantee that the marriages of 300 same-sex couples performed in Michigan last month are recognized by the state.

The lawsuit was filed on behalf of eight same-sex couples who were married after a federal judge struck down the state's ban and before the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals put the decision on hold.

April 4, 2014

Tony Perkins, president of the anti-gay Family Research Council, attended the small signing ceremony for the legislation

Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant held a small ceremony for the signing of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, a bill LGBTI advocates see as a step toward state approved anti-gay discrimination.