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.
It has not been a good week for supporters of North Carolina’s antigay Amendment One. Early voting has begun on the measure, which would change the state constitution to ban any legal relationship recognition except different-sex marriage.