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Equality news round-up: Opening brief filed in Fifth Circuit challenge to Mississippi same-sex marriage ban, and more

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– Mississippi officials filed their opening brief in the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals at the end of last week. The case will be argued January 9.

– The plaintiffs challenging Missouri’s same-sex marriage ban have filed a letter in the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals giving the court notice of last week’s decision by the Supreme Court not to grant the stay in the Florida case. That denial of a stay is arguably important here, because the plaintiffs are asking the Eighth Circuit to lift the stay on marriages and the district court had refused to do so, arguing that the Supreme Court has not denied stays of district court decisions where there is no circuit precedent in favor of marriage equality. In the Florida case, they did just that.

– Equality Case Files has posted the amicus briefs filed in the Supreme Court in support of review.

Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals– In the follow-up case challenging New Jersey’s ban on so-called LGBT ‘conversion therapy’ for minors, the plaintiffs have filed their reply brief.

– The Washington Blade takes a look at same-sex marriage in Utah a year after the district court’s decision striking down the ban.

– Washington DC has banned so-called LGBT ‘conversion therapy’.

Thanks to Equality Case Files for these filings


  • 1. DJSNOLA  |  December 22, 2014 at 10:09 am

    Interested to see what the 8th circuit decides. If they dont lift the stay can the plaintiffs in the 8th appeal to SCOTUS for one?

  • 2. DaveM_OH  |  December 23, 2014 at 4:52 am

    Chris Geidner reports that the Justices will consider at the January 9 Conference.

  • 3. RemC_Chicago  |  December 23, 2014 at 5:58 am

    After reading his article, it struck me how truly unlikely it is that the Supremes will uphold Sutton's rulings. It would make absolutely no sense, and it would invite chaos on a number of levels, to have this dividing line of states from Michigan to Louisiana ban ME, with the majority of states on either side of the line in support.

  • 4. Rick55845  |  December 23, 2014 at 5:55 am

    Lyle Denniston at Scotusblog says the 6th circuit cases have been distributed for the January 9th conference.

  • 5. Marriage Equality Round-U&hellip  |  December 23, 2014 at 6:54 am

    […] USA, Mississippi: The opening brief has been filed with the Fifth Circuit in the marriage equality case. full story […]

  • 6. David_Midvale_UT  |  December 23, 2014 at 3:27 pm

    Here in HATU—The Still Bass Ackwards State (Utah), a number of events were held to commemorate the anniversary of Judge Shelby's ruling.

  • 7. JuanaDalton  |  March 13, 2015 at 6:57 am

    It's not fair! It should be up to people with whom they want to connect their life. Government can't force people to get married with whom they want not the person. online writing service is here to support people and their choices anyway we can!

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