February 15, 2017
– Arguments in Barber v. Bryant and Campaign for Southern Equality v. Bryant (consolidated cases) are tentatively set for the week of April 3. The cases involve Mississippi’s HB 1523, which allows opt-outs for county clerks, allowing them to avoid issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples; the law also protects the belief that “sex” is “biological sex” only. The Fifth Circuit is hearing an appeal of a preliminary injunction blocking the act.
– Two separate appeals are set for argument in the Fourth Circuit: one, Carcaño v. McCrory, is an attempt to broaden the scope of the district court’s preliminary injunction against HB2; the other, Ansley v. Warren, appeals the dismissal of a case challenging North Carolina’s law allowing magistrates to recuse from issuing marriage licenses if they don’t want to issue them to same-sex couples. Both are set for the May 9 – May 11 argument session.
– On Wednesday, March 29, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals will hear the appeal in Whitaker v. Kenosha Unified School District, in which the district court ruled for a transgender student who sought to use the correct restrooms.
Thanks to Equality Case Files for these filings