January 15, 2014
– In case you missed it, yesterday we announced our new collaboration with The Civil Rights Litigation Clearinghouse, a project of the University of Michigan Law School.
– The Kentucky same-sex marriage case, Bourke v. Beshear, is at the summary judgment stage, and the plaintiffs have filed a final, one-page reply brief. The filing says, in full:
Plaintiffs appreciate Defendants’ position with respect to their duty to defend the laws of the Commonwealth. However, those laws must bend to the guarantees of justice and individual liberty articulated in the Bill of Rights. The Commonwealth has now had the opportunity to articulate its interest in refusing to recognize Plaintiffs’ marriages. That interest is the tepid, “preserving . . . traditional marriage.” Defendants have chosen not to venture into any explanation of the benefits that allegedly inure to the Commonwealth as a result of its exclusion of same-sex couples from the burdens and benefits of marriage. Perhaps in light of the legislation that has fallen in other states, Defendants recognize that the avalanche of history is burying such small-minded prejudices.
(h/t Kathleen Perrin and Equality Case Files for this filing)
– Minnesota lawmakers will take up an anti-bullying bill.
– Slate‘s Emily Bazelon takes a look at Attorney General Eric Holder’s latest actions on Utah’s same-sex marriages.
– Lyle Denniston also weighs in.
– Dozens of people have been arrested in Nigeria for advocating for LGBT rights.
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