It’s been six months since Justice Antonin Scalia’s death left a vacancy on the nation’s highest court. President Obama named Judge Merrick Garland to the bench — but Senate Republicans refuse to even hold a hearing on his nomination.
Tomorrow, the Texas state House of Representatives will consider HB 4105, a bill which would bar local and state officials from granting, enforcing or recognizing marriage licenses for gay and lesbian couples, and further prohibit public funds from being used to do so. The bill puts Texas in a precarious place by inviting Indiana-style backlash, and if passed, would enshrine discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people in Texas state law.
In a 5-4 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court today ruled to uphold a Florida rule that helps keep courts impartial by prohibiting judicial candidates from personally soliciting campaign contributions in Williams-Yulee v. The Florida Bar.
“Impeach! Punish! Defy!” -- This is the new rallying cry of politicians who will stop at nothing in their effort to thwart court rulings upholding equality and dignity for LGBT people and their families.
The federal judge who initially struck down Alabama’s discriminatory marriage ban, extended her order directing Mobile County Probate Judge Don Davis to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.
In yesterday's order, Judge Granade wrote:
In two separate rulings, a federal judge in Alabama struck down the state’s discriminatory marriage ban, prompting a brazenly political and deeply misguided response from the Chief Justice of Alabama’s highest court.
It’s election season, and if you live in one of the 39 states that elect judges, you may have seen one of those ‘soft on crime’ TV ads claiming that a judicial candidate “sides with child predators,” “is sympathetic to rapists” or “helped free a terrorist.”