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Texas Attorney General plans to file suit against San Antonio non-discrimination measure

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott yesterday told a San Antonio radio station that he plans to filing a federal court challenge to a non-discrimination measure that was recently passed by San Antonio officials.

Continue 3 Comments September 10, 2013

‘It feels different': The Prop 8 plaintiffs talk winning, wedding and what comes next

EqualityOnTrial caught up with Jeff Zarrillo and Paul Katami, two of the plaintiffs in the Proposition 8 case to return marriage equality to California, one month after their historic Supreme Court win. The couple talked about their wedding and what they look forward to both in their lives and for the LGBT community at large. At the center of the conversation was one simple theme: it was bigger than us.

Continue 1 Comment August 6, 2013

Our interview with the Prop 8 plaintiffs is coming tomorrow!

Check back tomorrow morning for our interview with the Prop 8 plaintiffs, and their thoughts on the Supreme Court wins, their hard-earned marriage, and the future of the movement. It’s gonna be a good one!

Continue August 5, 2013

Want to ask the Prop 8 plaintiffs a question?

A quick piece of exciting news that we can finally share here on EqualityOnTrial–this Thursday, yours truly will be sitting down for an interview with the newly married plaintiffs in the Prop 8 case to talk to them about their win at the Supreme Court, what it feels like to finally be married in the eyes of the law, and what they see as the next steps for the movement.

Obviously, I have tons of questions I want to ask them, but we want to hear from you about what questions you have for the plaintiffs!  In the comments below, let me know what you’d be interested in asking, and I’ll do my best to include as many of them as possible in my interview.

Thanks!

July 30, 2013

Equality news round-up: Updates on LGBT judicial nominees, and more

By Scottie Thomaston New York state seal

– A gay judicial nominee for the Federal Circuit has advanced in a Senate committee.

– Another judicial nominee who is gay and black is facing a stalled process in the Senate.

– An analysis of why it will take a year for same-sex couples in England and Wales to be able to marry.

-Yet another poll finds more support than opposition to marriage equality in Virginia.

– Now that Section 3 of DOMA is gone, New York officials are asking the federal government to recognize marriages performed in states where they are considered legal.

July 19, 2013

ACLU of Montana seeks marital rights–by not status–for same-sex couples

By Jacob CombsMontana state seal

The ACLU of Montana yesterday filed a lawsuit  in the state seeking marriage-like benefits for same-sex couples.  In the challenge, which comes after a previous lawsuit filed by the group, the plaintiffs asks only for marital benefits and not the legal status of marriage, The Missoulian reports:

The American Civil Liberties Union of Montana filed its amended complaint after the state Supreme Court rejected its first lawsuit in December for being too broad and not identifying specific laws that are discriminatory.

In the amended lawsuit, attorney James Goetz identifies numerous statutes, including laws he says prevent gay couples from receiving financial protections given to police officers and spouses and from designating their partners as beneficiaries for worker’s compensation.

The Montana Constitution restricts marriage to different-sex couples under a 2004 constitutional amendment that was approved by voters.  Despite that ban, the ACLU of Montana’s suit alleges, refusing to offer equal rights to same-sex couples that opposite-sex couples in committed relationships enjoy violates equal protection principles.

July 17, 2013

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