It’s only Thursday and already so much has happened since Monday, when the Supreme Court announced that it would not take up cases from Indiana, Oklahoma, Utah, Virginia and Wisconsin that struck down state bans on marriage for same-sex couples — making it possible for same-sex couples to begin marrying in those five states.
Today, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals heard oral arguments in a federal lawsuit seeking to compel the State of Ohio to recognize the marriages of same-sex couples and issue accurate birth certificates listing both parents for the Ohio-born children of married same-sex couples.
The Court also held that the state violates the Full Faith and Credit Clause of the Constitution by denying recognition to out-of-state adoption decrees and by refusing to amend the birth certificates of Ohio-born children.
For the past two years, Lambda Legal has filed lawsuits on behalf of students who were denied the right to participate in GLSEN’s Day of Silence, the annual anti-bullying observance in support of LGBT students at their schools. Today we celebrate this year's National Day of Silence.
Last year on GLSEN’s Day of Silence, I went to school wearing a T-shirt that read, “Jesus is Not a Homophobe.” The shirt is a representation of my identity – I’m gay. Wearing the shirt was a statement, yes. But at first, my school told me I wasn’t allowed to wear it, and threatened me with suspension if I did.
Victory! Lambda Legal client Maverick Couch can now wear this T-shirt to school any day he chooses. The school district and principal agreed today to have a judgment entered against them. Tell us what you think!
Lambda Legal fought the Boy Scouts’ discriminatory practices all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court. Although our landmark case did not succeed in changing the Scouts’ policies, it advanced the discussion about the needs of gay youth.