Today, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit granted the motion to intervene in Bostic v. Rainey that had been filed by Lambda Legal, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), and the American Civil Liberties Union of Virginia on behalf of a class of all Virginia's same-sex couples. The class is simultaneously challenging the state's marriage ban in its own case, Harris v. Rainey.
Immediately after U.S. District Court Judge Orlando Garcia struck down Texas’ discriminatory ban denying same-sex couples the freedom to marry, Texas Governor Rick Perry attacked the ruling in the statement released by his office.
Lambda Legal, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and the American Civil Liberties Union of Virginia filed a motion in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit to intervene on behalf of all Virginia’s same-sex couples and their families in Bostic v. Rainey.
A federal court today ordered the Cook County Clerk’s office to provide marriage licenses immediately to same-sex couples seeking the freedom to marry, rather than require them to wait until June, the default implementation date for the marriage equality bill passed by the Illinois legislature last year.
Lambda Legal Executive Director Kevin M. Cathcart tells Northeastern Law Magazine that momentum is growing, not just for marriage equality, but in all areas affecting the rights of LGBT people and those with HIV.
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.