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April 8, 2015

The Bible condemns both gay sex and shellfish as 'abominations'

A Californian activist has countered a ballot proposal calling for all LGBTI people in the state to be shot with his own – the Shellfish Suppression Act.

Joe Decker from San Jose filed the counter-initiative and a $200 cheque on 31 March.

Christian lawyer Matt McLaughlin filed the Sodomite Suppression Act in February, citing a verse from a book in the Bible that states: 'If a man also lies with a man, as he lies with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death.'

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 26, 2015

Kamala Harris says proposal 'threatens public safety, it is patently unconstitutional, utterly reprehensible, and has no place in a civil society'

California Attorney General Kamala Harris is asking a court to block a proposed ballot measure that seeks to make legal the execution of people for being gay.

The so-called Sodomite Suppression Act was filed last week by a Huntington Beach lawyer named Matt McLaughlin who paid $200 the file his proposal which he wants to appear on the ballot in November 2016.

'This proposal not only threatens public safety, it is patently unconstitutional, utterly reprehensible, and has no place in a civil society,' Harris said in a statement on Wednesday (25 March).

March 25, 2015

Counters ballot initiative with her own – the Intolerant Jackass Act

A Californian activist has responded to a ballot initiative to execute all gay people in the best possible way.

Charlotte Laws, filed a counter initiative – the Intolerant Jackass Act – with the state attorney general’s office on Monday (23 March).

March 6, 2015

‘Marriage bans inflict concrete harms’ head of Department of Justice says

US Attorney General Eric H Holder Jr laid bare his support for gay rights yesterday (5 March).

The pro-gay politician has made clear his believe the banning of same-sex marriage in any state is unconsctitutional, saying he believes in the guarantee of 'equal protection of the laws'.

March 4, 2015

Republican Tony Tinderholt sent a handwritten complaint, but it was sent to the wrong judge

A Texas lawmaker who believes in 'traditional marriage' has said a gay couple of 30 years shouldn't be able to get married.

State Representative Tony Tinderholt, a 44-year-old Republican in Arlington who has been married five times, has filed a handwritten complaint against the judge that permitted the state's first - and so far only - same-sex marriage.

Somewhat embarrassingly, the Tea Party politician sent it to the wrong judge and showed he doesn't quite understand the law.

March 3, 2015

'Sodomistic propaganda' would be also punished with a $1 million fine

A Christian lawyer has filed a ballot initiative to execute all gay people in California 'by bullets to the head.'

Matt McLaughlin, 45, submitted his draft Sodomite Suppression Act to the justice department on 24 February.

The bill says gay sex is a 'monstrous evil that Almighty God, giver of freedom and liberty, commands us to suppress on pain of our utter destruction even as he overthrew Sodom and Gomorrah.'

February 21, 2015

'The rogue actions of Travis County judges do not withstand the scrutiny of law'

Texas wants its highest court to void the marriage license of the southern state's only legally married same-sex couple.

Yesterday, 20 February, state Attorney General Ken Paxton announced he filed a petition with the Texas Supreme Court.

February 7, 2015

Come Monday, 9 February, the southern state is expected to start issuing marriage certificates to LGBTI couples

The US Supreme Court is not expected to intervene in a federal judge's ruling against Alabama's ban on same-sex marriage.

According to Alabama.com, a deputy clerk for the country's highest court informed lawyers yesterday (6 February) the nine justices would not respond to state Attorney General Luther Strange's appeal.

February 4, 2015

It is not the post-racial era we dreamed of

Black History Month (which kicked off on 1 February) became a national annual observance in 1926. The goal of the month is to honor and celebrate the achievements of African-Americans.

If Dr Carter Woodson, the Father of Black History, were alive today, he would be proud of the tenacity of the African American community. It speaks volumes about our survival here on this American soil, after centuries of slavery, decades of lynching and years of racial profiling.

February 3, 2015

State's attorney general has filed appeal after 11th Circuit Court of Appeals declines to extend stay

Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange is appealing to the US Supreme Court to stop same-sex marriages from beginning in the state this week.

Strange announced his plan to take the battle to the nation's high court on Tuesday (3 February) after the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals denied his motion to stay two federal rulings striking down the state's gay marriage ban.

If the Supreme Court declines to intervene, same-sex marriages can begin in the state on 9 February.

January 26, 2015

Same-sex couples were preparing to apply for marriage licenses on 26 January

A US federal judge issued a hold on the ruling that found Alabama's gay marriage prohibition unconstitutional.

On the night before same-sex couples were going to apply for marriage certificates in the southern state, District Judge Callie V.S. Granade placed a stay on last week's judgment that the state's marriage laws violate the Due Process Clause and Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment of the Constitution.

January 24, 2015

Attorney General plans to appeal but marriages could begin Monday since judge did not place a stay on decision

A federal judge on Friday (23 January) struck down Alabama's ban on same-sex marriage.

U.S. District Judge Callie V.S. Granade did not place a stay on the ruling which could mean couples can begin applying for marriage licenses on Monday. But the state's Attorney General Luther Strange plans to appeal the ruling and request a stay.

Granade wrote in her 10-page ruling: 'If anything, Alabama’s prohibition of same-sex marriage detracts from its goal of promoting optimal environments for children.'

January 14, 2015

'Shirvell's conduct reasonably could have created the impression that neither he nor the department enforced the law in a fair, even-handed manner without bias'

A court has found a former Michigan state's lawyer one-man campaign against an out college student does not fall under First Amendment protection.

Last week the Michigan appeals court ruled against Andrew Shirvell. The former state assistant attorney general was fired in 2010 for harassing the student body president of the University of Michigan, who happened to be gay.

January 5, 2015

Governor Butch Otter says that children are best raised by opposite-sex couples, and that’s why same-sex marriage should again be made illegal in the state

Same-sex marriage was made legal in Idaho last October. Since that time, dozens of gay couples have tied the knot.

However, Republican Governor Butch Otter and Attorney General Lawrence Wasden – both staunch opponents of gay marriage – refuse to give up the fight.

Last week, they both filed petitions to the Supreme Court, asking it to overrule the decision made in October by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.

January 3, 2015

Idaho Governor and Attorney General say marriage is a state's-rights issue and that the state has been consistent in legalizing only hetrosexual marriage

A ruling by the 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals in October legalized same-sex marriage in Idaho after rejecting Idaho Governor CL 'Butch' Otter's argument to uphold the ban. He argued Idaho residents have the right to define marriage as between a man and a woman.

On Friday Otter filed an appeal with the US Supreme Court making good on his promise to take the fight against gay marriage to the highest court.

Attorney General Lawrence Wasden has also filed a separate petition to the US Supreme Court.

January 3, 2015

'My office will not stand in the way as clerks of court determine how to proceed'

It looks like Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi will not block LGBTI couples from marrying.

The southern state's legal advisor issued a statement in response to federal district Judge Robert Hinkle's ruling all Florida clerks must provide same-sex marriage certificates come 6 January.

December 31, 2014

The conservative group have targeted three elected state officials who have said that they will officiate at gay weddings: ‘They’re just saying “let’s ride this wave of inevitability.”’

Despite the fact that the ban on same-sex marriage in Florida hasn’t yet been lifted a conservative group has already launched an anti-gay marriage lawsuit against a Floridian county clerk, mayor and judge.

As previously reported, a US District judge has ruled that the ban on same-sex marriage in Florida is unconstitutional. The ban is due to be lifted on 6 January.

December 30, 2014

Pam Bondi has written to Judge Robert Hinkle to ask him if he intended his ruling to lift the ban on same-sex marriage to extend to the whole state or just a particular county

Yesterday we reported on how Florida’s Attorney General Pam Bondi had been named ‘Loser of the Year’ by the Tampa Bay Times.

This was partly because of her continued attempts to uphold the ban on same-sex marriage and the current confusion that exists in the State over whether county clerks will be able to issue marriage licenses to gay couples after 5 January.

December 29, 2014

The Republican Attorney General has consistently opposed the ban on same-sex marriage being lifted in the state

The Tampa Bay Times has awarded Florida Attorney General, Pam Bondi, its ‘Loser of the Year 2014’ award, labeling the Republican legal advisor a ‘modern-day Anita Bryant’.

December 24, 2014

While state Attorney General Dustin McDaniel supports marriage equality, he will defend the prohibition

Arkansas is appealing a federal judge's finding against the US state's marriage equality ban.

December 19, 2014

AG Eric Holder has announced that federal prosecutors will take the position going forward that sex discrimination provisions in Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 include protections against discrimination based on gender identity

US Attorney General Holder announced yesterday that the Department of Justice will take the position that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 covering sex discrimination extends to claims of discrimination based on an individual’s gender identity, including transgender status when prosecuting government job discrimination cases.

December 12, 2014

Despite multiple legal setbacks, the state's governor and attorney general work to keep the ban in place

Same-sex marriage in Kansas has turned even more complicated.

While the state's governor and attorney general use every legal tactic to keep the ban in place, the state has issued gender neutral marriage certificates.

December 8, 2014

Fijian Attorney General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum has used the 16th Attorney General’s conference to call for the rights of LGBTI people and other minorities to be respected in the Pacific island nation

Fijian Attorney General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum has called for people to respect the rights of minorities, in line with his country’s Constitution – one of only two in the world that enshrines the rights of LGBTI people.

Sayed-Khaiyum made the comments at the close of the 16th Attorney General of Fiji conference, saying that Fijian law was clear when it came to issues of discrimination.