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Civil Rights

Sixth Circuit Court Of Appeals Will Hear Same-Sex Marriage Cases From Four States August 6

by Jean Ann Esselink ● 11:30 AM June 18, 2014
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The 6th Circuit Appeals Court has scheduled arguments in marriage cases from Michigan, Tennessee, Kentucky, and Ohio, August 6 in front of a three-judge panel.

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Judge Eviscerates North Carolina Legislature’s New Protest Rules

by Jean Ann Esselink ● 9:38 AM June 17, 2014
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A judge has restrained the North Carolina state legislature from enforcing their new rules which were meant to impede the weekly Moral Monday protests.

Civil Rights

Court Agrees To Take Unprecedented Case Charging Chinese Ex-Gay ‘Clinic’ With Fraud

by Thomas Alberts ● 10:34 AM June 5, 2014
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“The psychological counselor asked me to lie down for hypnotization, leading me to imagine being with another guy,” a man suing an ex-gay clinic in China says. “I was electroshocked each time I was aroused.”

J. Rudy Flesher

Breaking: Today, Pennsylvania Could Be The Next Marriage Equality State

by J. Rudy Flesher ● 7:27 AM May 20, 2014
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Late last night the American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania announced that the landmark decision to strike down Pennsylvania’s ban on same sex marriage equality may come today.

J. Rudy Flesher

Pennsylvania Auditor General To Anti-Gay Governor: You Are Costing Us Millions

by J. Rudy Flesher ● 10:07 AM May 19, 2014
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Pennsylvania’s Auditor General has released a statement taking Gov. Tom Corbett (R) to task for costing the Commonwealth millions by continuing to defend its unconstitutional ban on marriage equality.

Healthcare

Protesters Close Missouri Senate Demanding Obamacare Medicaid Expansion

by Jean Ann Esselink ● 8:09 AM May 8, 2014
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Protesters say they have resorted to civil disobedience because unless lawmakers act to expand Medicare, “people will die.” Watch the protest video.

Discrimination

Idaho Offers New Legal Argument For States’ Same-Sex Marriage Bans

by Jean Ann Esselink ● 6:59 PM May 5, 2014
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Federal Judge Candy Dale heard arguments in Idaho’s marriage equality case today, some same-old, same-old, but one completely new.

Civil Rights

Federal Judge Strikes Down Wisconsin’s Voter Suppression Law

by Jean Ann Esselink ● 11:47 AM April 30, 2014
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“It is absolutely clear that (Wisconsin’s Voter ID Law) will prevent more legitimate votes from being cast than fraudulent votes.” – Judge Lynn Adelman

Civil Rights

Federal Judge Tells Florida Family Association: Mind Your Own Business

by Jean Ann Esselink ● 9:52 AM April 30, 2014
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The Florida Family Association’s generalized interest in opposing same-sex marriage does not entitle it to intervene. – Federal Judge Robert Hinkle

Discrimination

Idaho Refuses To Allow Lesbian Widow To Be Buried With Her Wife

by Jean Ann Esselink ● 2:30 PM April 24, 2014
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Madelyn “Lee” Taylor served her country in the U.S. Navy and is entitled to be buried at Idaho’s state military cemetery – just not with her wife.

Discrimination

Judge Says Indiana Has ‘No Valid Reason’ To Single Out Same-Sex Marriages

by Jean Ann Esselink ● 11:38 AM April 22, 2014
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Federal Judge Richard Young rules Indiana has not presented a “valid reason” same-sex marriages should not be recognized and says challengers are likely to prevail at trial.

Civil Rights

Arkansas Judge Calls Marriage Case An ‘Interesting Adventure’

by Jean Ann Esselink ● 1:35 PM April 18, 2014
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After an emotional day of arguments, an Arkansas judge promised a ruling on marriage equality in the next two weeks.

Civil Rights

Federal Court Strikes Down ‘Fetal Heartbeat’ Abortion Restriction

by Jean Ann Esselink ● 11:43 AM April 17, 2014
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Judge Daniel Hovland calls North Dakota’s ban on abortion at six weeks “a blatant violation of the constitutional guarantees afforded to all women.”

Civil Rights

Breaking: Utah Quietly Seeking ‘Emergency Relief’ To Halt Existing LGBT Adoptions

by Eric Ethington ● 4:56 PM April 9, 2014
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Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes (R) has quietly filed a Petition For Emergency Extraordinary Relief with the Utah Supreme Court to allow the state to halt adoptions by LGBT parents already in motion.

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