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April 17, 2014

Charles Cooper is helping to plan wedding, says his views on gay marriage continue to 'evolve'

Attorney Charles Cooper led the legal fight to have California's same-sex marriage ban Proposition  8 upheld by the courts.

He ultimately lost that fight in the US Supreme Court and now, ironically, finds himself helping to plan the wedding of his lesbian stepdaughter.

Cooper had argued to the nation's highest court that gay unions could undermine marriages between a man and a woman.

April 17, 2014

X-Men: Days of Future Past director's attorney describes the claims as ‘absurd and defamatory’

Gay director Bryan Singer, about to release X-Men: Days of Future Past, is being accused of sexually abusing an underage teen.

The lawsuit filed in Hawaii yesterday (16 April) claims the director forced a former child model - when he was 17 - into sex in the late 1990s.

Singer’s attorney describes the claims as ‘absurd and defamatory’.

‘It is obvious that this case was filed in an attempt to get publicity at the time when Bryan’s new movie is about to open in a few weeks,’ the attorney Marty Singer said.

April 10, 2014

Three-judge panel will decide whether to uphold ruling that declared ban unconstitutional

A federal court in Colorado heard oral arguments in a case appealing a judge's decision that declared Utah's ban on gay marriage unconstitutional.

The US Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit heard arguments for more than an hour on Thursday (10 April).

They will decide whether to uphold a ruling in a case brought by three Utah couples.

Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes, who is defending the law, walked across the aisle in the courtroom at one point to meet the three couples seeking to have their marriages recognized by their state.

March 31, 2014

'...If the definition of marriage is no longer based on procreation and the ability to procreate naturally, then what is the purpose in prohibiting marriage between persons of close kinship'

An attorney for court clerks from Virginia filed the first brief in the appeal of a judge's ruling that found the state's ban on gay marriage unconstitutional.

David B. Oakley, representing clerks from Norfolk and Prince William County, submitted his arguments, on 28 March, to the 4th US Circuit Court of Appeals. The clerks are appealing the mid-February opinion of Judge Arenda L. Wright Allen.

March 6, 2014

Says one plaintiff: 'As much as I love this state, it is frustrating to be treated differently by the government because of who I love'

Four same-sex couples filed a lawsuit against Wyoming on Wednesday (5 March) in an effort to overturn the state's ban on gay marriage.

The suit not only challenges the ban on same-sex couples marrying but also the state's refusal to recognize the marriages of couples married in other states where they are legal.

Filed in state court, the suit claims that the current laws against same-sex marriage violate the Wyoming constitution's guarantees of equal protection and due process.

January 4, 2014

Former punter alleges he was fired for gay activism and accuses assistant coach of homophobic rants

The Minnesota Vikings have hired two-profile attorney's to lead their investigation into former punter Chris Kluwe's explosive allegations this week about why he was fired and the anti-gay behavior of an assistant coach.

The team said Friday (3 January) that it has retained the services of former Minnesota Supreme Court Chief Justice Eric Magnuson and former US Department of Justice trial attorney Chris Madel.

January 3, 2014

A lesbian couple filing for divorce highlights the need for comprehensive changes in all states’ official proceedings once they legalize gay marriage

Two weeks after Hawaii legalized gay marriage, a lesbian couple filed for divorce.

Divorce attorney Gavin Doi told KHON 2 local news he received a call last month from a lesbian couple who wished to end their partnership.

The couple lives in Hawaii but married on the mainland in 2012.

December 7, 2013

NY attorney John Scarpa claimed his client shouldn't face the same punishment as if he killed someone 'in the higher end of the community'

A New York defence attorney has caused outrage by claiming a murderer of a trans woman shouldn't face the same punishment as if he had killed someone 'in the higher end of the community'.

 

John Scarpa made the claim on Thursday (05 December) as his client, Rasheen Everett, was sentenced to 25 years to life for the brutal murder of Amanda Gonzalez-Andujar in 2010.

 

October 30, 2013

Governor Rick Perry reacts by reiterating his opposition to marriage equality

Two couples filed a federal lawsuit this week to challenge the gay marriage ban in the state of Texas and the state's refusal to recognize same-sex unions from other states.

Mark Pharris and Vic Holmes and Cleopatra De Leon and Nicole Dimetman are the plaintiffs in a suit that claims the right to equal protection under the law in the US constitution prohibits a ban on gay marriage such as the one that exists in Texas.

October 25, 2013

A 13-year-old boy and his mother is taking action against school district for failing to do enough to protect him

A 13-year-old male cheerleader was forced to quit and leave his school just because bullies thought he was gay.

The middle school student, known as BB, from Louisville, Kentucky, is taking action against the school district.

When he joined the cheerleading squad at his first school, he was the only male in the squad.

Perceived to be gay, bullies relentlessly tortured him in and out of the classroom.

‘It was in the classroom, it was in the cafeteria, and it was in the hallway too,' he told WDRB.

October 22, 2013

Judge ruled marriage of John Arthur and husband Jim Obergefell had to be legally recognized in their home state

John Arthur died in his home state of Ohio this week married to the man he loved.

His marriage to husband Jim Obergefell took place on an airport tarmac in Maryland last summer and the couple successfully fought to have the union legally recognized in Ohio where same-sex marriage is still banned.

Arthur died early Tuesday (22 October) after suffering from ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease, and had been in hospice care for several months.

Attorney Al Gerhardstein praised Arthur for using the final months of his life to fight for equality.

October 19, 2013

Anti-gay activist Matt Barber claims honoring Harvey Milk is to engage in 'historical revisionism'

When the Postal Service announced it would honor Harvey Milk, considered the first openly gay man elected to US office, with a stamp in 2014, Matt Barber slammed the decision.

The attorney works for Liberty Counsel, a right wing Christian law firm.

Milk was assassinated in 1978 by a political rival. Despite his historical importance, Barber maintains honoring the San Franciso politician is a rewrite history.

October 18, 2013

State's Supreme Court rules that same-sex couples can get married as court case is being appealed

The New Jersey Supreme Court has given the go ahead for same-sex marriages to begin in the state on Monday (21 October).

The court has denied a request filed by the state to postpone the marriages as the high court considers an appeal to a federal judge's order that New Jersey allow same-sex marriages.

October 16, 2013

Tim Newcomb points out Aaron McKinney, serving life for Matthew Shepard's murder, said years after the crime the University of Wyoming student 'needed killing'

An attorney involved in Matthew Shepard's murder trial is pushing back against many of the conclusions revealed in Stephen Jimenez's controversial The Book of Matt: Hidden Truths About the Murder of Matthew Shepard.

Lawyer Tim Newcomb was the appellate attorney for Russell Henderson, Aaron McKinney's accomplice in the University of Wyoming student's killing.

Newcomb is listed as a source in Jimenez's book.

October 1, 2013

Two civil court judges have begun marrying same-sex couples in Colombia after two couples sought to get married after a Constitutional Court deadline for the Congress to act had passed

Colombia had its first same-sex marriages last week after two civil court judges decided that the passing of a Constitutional Court deadline meant that they could now do so.

Colombia’s Constitutional Court had ordered the Colombian Congress to act to provide same-sex couples with the same-rights and recognition by 20 June this year or same-sex couples would automatically be eligible to apply for civil marriages.

September 27, 2013

 Julie Bru ends her five-year tenure as Miami's city attorney with accolades from officials and a marriage proposal to her partner, police officer Suzy Izaguirre

Since 2008, Julie Bru has been the city attorney for Miami. Yesterday (26 September) was her last official day, so she decided to do something different.

During a meeting she walked up the City Hall dais. In her hand was a small black box, with a wedding ring. She asked Miami Police Officer Suzy Izaguirre to be her wife.

September 19, 2013

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott has said he is considering whether he can block the Australian Capital Territory’s (ACT) plans to marry same-sex couples, claiming the bill is unconstitutional - despite experts saying otherwise

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott has asked his Attorney-General George Brandis to seek advice on whether the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) would be breaching the Australian Constitution by allowing same-sex couples to marry with a view to stopping that.

‘The ACT is entitled to do what it can within the law,’ Abbott told Fairfax newspapers earlier today.

September 13, 2013

A High Court Judge in Zambia rules speaking out on gay and lesbian rights is not protected by Constitution

A High Court judge has told a Zambian human rights activist his arrest for speaking out about gay issues doesn’t breach his freedom of speech.

Paul Kasonkomona was arrested shortly after a television interview he gave in April in which he called for gay and lesbian rights to be recognized in the country.

He was charged under Section 178 (g) of the Zambian penal code for idle and disorderly conduct by soliciting for ‘immoral’ purposes in the interview.

August 22, 2013

Wikileaks soldier who was sentenced to 35 years in prison will live the remainder of her life as a woman

The US WikiLeaks soldier sentenced to jail for 35 years has come out as transgender and will live the rest of her life as a woman.

'I am Chelsea Manning,' the 25-year-old revealed today (22 August), after she was convicted of 20 charges including espionage. 

In a statement written by the soldier, called ‘The Next Stage of My Life’, she spoke about her gender identity and her supporters.

Manning said: ‘I want to thank everybody who has supported me over the last three years.

August 20, 2013

Most serious charge of resisting arrest was dropped against Josh Williams in 30 July hearing

osh Williams, Ben Collins and Antonio Maenzan a July 30 court hearing

The three New York City gay men who allege a police officer called them 'faggots' had their charges dismissed.

In an email correspondence with Gay Star News Cynthia Conti-Cook, attorney for Josh Williams, Ben Collins and Antonio Maenza, said that in a 30 July hearing the charges against Williams, public urination and resisting arrest, were 'dismissed...for insufficient evidence to prove beyond a reasonable doubt.'

July 23, 2013

Newlyweds - one of whom is dying - are challenging Ohio's marriage ban with federal lawsuit

John Arthur and Jim Obergefell have gotten the wedding present they really wanted.

A federal judge has ruled that their marriage - which took place on an airport tarmac in Maryland last Friday - must be recognized in Ohio where same-sex marriage is banned.

'This order is a major step on the march toward marriage equality in Ohio,' the couple’s attorney, Al Gerhardstein, said in a statement.

Arthur suffers from ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease, and is not expected to live much longer. He is currently in hospice care.

July 12, 2013

Pennsylvania's Tom Corbett, up for reelection next year, now must decide whether or not to step in

The attorney general of  Pennsylvania's decision this week  not to defend the state's gay marriage ban in court is not going over so well with the state's governor.

Governor Tom Corbett, a Republican who is up for reelection next year, must now make the politically tricky decision of wether to have his office take up defense of the 1996 law which is being challenged in federal court.

July 3, 2013

The Israel Prison Service has announced its prisoner's ordinance allows conjugal visits for homosexual prisoners 

Gay and lesbian prisoners in Israel have been granted the same conjugal visitation rights as straight prisoners.

According to the Association for Civil Rights in Israel (ACRI), the Israel Prison Service has revised its conjugal visit policy after years of refusing to let homosexual prisoners commune with their partners.

June 28, 2013

Mounir Baatour, Liberal Party leader, has been found guilty of sodomy after being jailed for nearly three months, human rights groups criticize the ruling saying anti-gay legislation is used as a moral and political weapon  

Mounir Baatour, a political party leader and lawyer was found guilty of ‘sodomy’ with a 20 year old man.

Baatour was sentenced to three months in prison by the court of first instance in Tunis.

The judge found him guilty of violating article 230 of the Tunisian Criminal Code that makes consensual gay sex a criminal offence punishable between six months up to three years imprisonment.