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.”
Lambda Legal and the Hawai‘i Civil Rights Commission today urged the Intermediate Court of Appeals of the State of Hawai`i to reject a new argument that the recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores allows a commercial business operating a bed and breakfast to refuse accommodation to a lesbian couple, and thereby violate Hawai`i’s antidiscrimination law, by invoking the business owner’s religious beliefs as a defense.
In a brazen and unprecedented political move, Chief Justice Roy Moore of the Alabama Supreme Court — who was reelected a year ago after being removed from the bench in 2003 for defying a federal court order to remove a monument of the Ten Commandments from his courtroom — inserted himself into the fight for the freedom to marry.
Las Vegas Review-Journal political columnist Steve Sebelius says that U.S. District Judge Robert Jones' ruling on a lawsuit against Nevada's constitutional ban on gay marriage will be overturned is almost a certainty.
The Iowa daily writes about Lambda Legal plaintiff Nick Rhoades, who was sentenced to 25 years in prison—and lifetime registration as a sex offender—after a one-time sexual encounter with another man, during which they used a condom.
A federal appeals court has declined to revisit the historic ruling declaring Prop 8 unconstitutional. Now proponents of California's ban on marriage for same-sex couples have 90 days to decide whether to seek review by the U.S. Supreme Court.