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Equality news round-up: New anti-LGBT bills introduced in states, US Congress, and more

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– A bill was introduced in Tennessee’s legislature to allow businesses to refuse service to LGBT people for religious reasons. The state senator who introduced the bill has apparently withdrawn his support, but a report says the bill has picked up a new sponsor.

– The same type of legislation has been introduced in Idaho.

– Two GOP Senators in the US Senate have introduced a bill to prevent the federal government from recognizing legal same-sex marriages if the state where the couple lives doesn’t recognize the marriage.

– State Senator Wendy Davis of Texas, who’s running for governor, has endorsed marriage equality.

– LGBT groups have launched their campaign for marriage equality in Nevada.

12 Comments

  • 1. Kyle  |  February 14, 2014 at 9:14 am

    Is there any word on whether or not there will be an appeal in the Virginia case? If so will the appellants even have standing?

  • 2. Pat  |  February 14, 2014 at 10:43 am

    From what was said, it seemed clear that the clerk dies have standing. Im also curious if there was any word about his intentions.

  • 3. FYoung  |  February 14, 2014 at 9:29 am

    "The same type of legislation has been introduced in Idaho."

    Also in Kansas.

  • 4. Wynngard  |  February 14, 2014 at 10:17 am

    Fortunately, Kansas's "religious liberty" bill may be coming to a halt soon. After it was passed in the House of Representatives, Senate President Susan Wagle (R–Wichita) claimed that a majority of the Republicans in the Senate don't support the bill. Currently, the makeup of the Kansas Senate is 32 Republicans and 8 Democrats. http://www.kansascity.com/2014/02/13/4822324/sena

  • 5. davep  |  February 14, 2014 at 12:20 pm

    Wow, that is a bit unexpected, and really good news.

  • 6. Pat  |  February 14, 2014 at 12:47 pm

    Wow, some Republicans are not insane, even in Kansas! Hopefully the same happens in other states

  • 7. JimT  |  February 14, 2014 at 10:58 am

    A second lawsuit has been filed in Kentucky breaking news at http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/couple-sues-ky

  • 8. Sagesse  |  February 14, 2014 at 5:00 pm

    From Slate:

    It’s Over: Gay Marriage Can’t Lose in the Courts
    A perfect record for equality post-Windsor.

    "A survey of publicly available opinions shows that in the eight months since Windsor, 18 court decisions have addressed an issue of equality based on sexual orientation. And in those 18 cases, equality has won every single time."
    http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/j

  • 9. Mike in Baltimore  |  February 14, 2014 at 8:58 pm

    One indication of how fast the Virginia Eastern District ruling was, and prospects for the future:

    Initially I thought the Sevcik case was decided after the SCOTUS cases of Hollingsworth (aka Perry) and Windsor. Upon review of the cases, I determined that the Sevcik decision came down in December 2012, with subsequent appeal to the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. 14 months later, there is still no word from the 9th Circuit as to if a hearing will occur, and then the wait for a decision if one occurs.

    The Bostic case in Virginia was filed after the Windsor case was decided (it was filed on July 18, 2013). Today I heard that the 4th Circuit averages 7 months from the filing of an appeal to decision, with important cases normally being decided quicker.

    If that is the case, it would appear that SCOTUS will have an opportunity to decide on granting cert (or not) of any appeal for 'Bostic' by the fall of 2014. It's up in the air (presuming there are appellants who have standing, which probably isn't the case now) how long until an appeal of the Sevcik case to SCOTUS can occur.

  • 10. grod  |  February 15, 2014 at 8:05 am

    "In the eight months since Windsor, 18 court decisions have addressed an issue of equality based on sexual orientation. And in those 18 cases, equality has won every single time. In other words, not a single court has agreed with Chief Justice Roberts that Windsor is merely about state versus federal power. Instead, each has used Windsor exactly as Justice Scalia “warned”—as a powerful precedent for equality." ….. Since Windsor, in these 18 decisions, 32 different judges have considered whether Windsor is merely about the relationship between the state and federal governments or whether it is about equality. And all 32 of them have found for equality http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/j

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