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Equality news round-up: Utah and Oklahoma news from the holiday weekend

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– In case you missed it, the Tulsa County Court Clerk (the only defendant in the Bishop case challenging Oklahoma’s same-sex marriage ban) is asking the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals to put the Oklahoma case on a parallel track with the Kitchen case challenging Utah’s same-sex marriage ban.

– Speaking of Utah, EqualityOnTrial previously reported that state officials are asking for a 10-day extension to file the opening brief in the marriage case. The plaintiffs filed their opposition, pointing out that none of the reasons state officials give for allowing an extension (after suggesting in an order that extensions of time are only likely to be granted under extraordinary circumstances) qualify as “extraordinary” or unusual. They write that simply hiring a new legal team and needing extra time to write isn’t grounds for an extension. In reply, the state says that the new legal team “needs more than the remaining 7 days before the existing deadline to familiarize himself with hundreds of pages of summary judgment briefing and another 1000 plus pages of record, all while orchestrating completion of an opening brief” and further, since the Supreme Court stayed the case, the state argues, the Court is interested in a full review of the merits. (Thanks to Kathleen Perrin for these filings)

– The Associated Press looks at the Virginia marriage equality cases.

– The Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries found that a bakery’s denial of a wedding cake to a same-sex couple violated the civil rights of the couple.

– President Obama nominated an African American lesbian woman to the federal bench.

For more information on Bishop v. United States from The Civil Rights Litigation Clearinghouse, click here.

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  • 1. grod  |  January 25, 2014 at 3:44 pm

    24/1/2014 Salt Lake Tribune explores motives of State's lead lawyer

  • 2. Richard Weatherwax  |  January 25, 2014 at 7:41 pm

    grod's link quotes Elie Mystal' comment about Gene Schaerr's reasons for taking the Utah case:
    "Some people’s God calls them to help the poor or feed the hungry or sue for peace. Other people’s God gets bent out of shape when loving gay or lesbian couples call themselves “married.’"

    See Elie Mystal's full article at

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