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Equality news round-up: Updates in Gavin Grimm’s case, and more

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– Here’s the latest in Gloucester County School Board v. GG: After the Supreme Court vacated and remanded the Fourth Circuit’s decision, Gavin Grimm’s lawyers asked the appeals court to fast-track briefing in the case and hold arguments in its May sitting. The school board has noted that it opposes the motion, and the appeals court has asked for a response by March 14. At the same time, the school board has filed an unopposed motion to vacate the preliminary injunction against it. This is because, with the rescission of the guidelines, there’s no basis for a preliminary injunction under the Fourth Circuit decision to defer to the guidelines. We’ll know more on the next steps once the school board files its response to the request to expedite the case.

– Lambda Legal mostly lost an appeal in the Eleventh Circuit in a case involving sexual orientation discrimination under Title VII. Lambda Legal has said they’ll request rehearing en banc, with all Eleventh Circuit judges.

– A magistrate judge has recommended that couples challenging Kim Davis’ refusal to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples be denied attorneys’ fees. The decision isn’t a final one and has to be approved.

– This past week, the Eight Circuit heard arguments in a case involving a woman suing on behalf of her child who was denied gender-related health care.

– On May 10, the Fourth Circuit will hear arguments in a challenge to North Carolina’s HB2 as well as another case challenging its same-sex marriage recusal law.

Thanks to Equality Case Files for these filings


  • 1. allan120102  |  March 13, 2017 at 5:35 pm

    Breaking news Aguascalientes about to receive its 5 resoultion against its civil code. Looks like the court will force Aguascalientes to modify its civil code like it did with Chihuahua.
    he fifth legal recourse to settle a same-sex marriage in Aguascalientes is about to be resolved, with which the Supreme Court of Justice of the Nation (SCJN) would issue the jurisprudence to compel the State Congress to amend the law to admit the Julian Elizalde Peña, president of the civilian collective body SerGay, who said he hoped that the necessary legal changes would be made voluntarily by lawmakers and not before an ultimatum of the Court.

    "Hopefully they make history, not be forced to be the Supreme Court of the Nation to tell them that they have 90 days to reform, to adapt the law; The last review is about to come out, it is over a year, almost a year and a half, it is the last resort and with it and the Supreme Court would tell Aguascalientes that it has to make its changes, but they would be forced, we hope it is for Initiative of them, "said the sexual diversity activist.

    Elizalde Peña blamed the Catholic Church for putting pressure on the authorities to stop the guarantee of such a right to marriage via civil: "It is unfortunate that the bishop, and we say as organizations, that the bishop is making the statements he makes, , Violating the right of people for our sexual orientation, and continue to promote hatred and discrimination.

    Julián Elizalde said that before such declarations, the hierarch has been denounced, however, as happened before the electoral intrusion of the latter, the authorities have not issued any sanction against José María de la Torre Martín: "We are going to be with him Of the group of organizations we are going to see this sanction that had to do the Secretariat of Interior to the bishop and that has not done. Then the bishop is also provoking these reactions against him, and we will be reacting, "said the president of Collective SerGay.

    Elizalde Pena urged the clear to respect and accept sexual diversity, far from promoting hatred and homophobia: "The commitment he has as a spiritual leader, his morals (…) would have to be uniting people to live in harmony And in respect. We have told him, in what affects him that we, that I have a sexuality with someone of my own sex (…) then there are cases that are there, there we have history ourselves. So he is a character who has hurt a lot of the population, and above all there are gays, lesbians, transgendered Catholic people. "

  • 2. Fortguy  |  March 14, 2017 at 1:06 am

    If you want to read something truly hilarious, read HB 4260, the Man's Right to Know Act by Texas St. Rep. Jessica Farrar (D-Houston). In response to the flurry of bills filed in the Texas Lege by mostly older white guys purporting to restrict abortion safeguard women's health, she wants to make sure men are similarly "protected".

    It's four pages long (PDF) and ass-slapping funny.

  • 3. dlejrmex  |  March 14, 2017 at 8:52 am

    She forgot to include pre-payment of fines by making each condom sale include the fine. Clearly their users are not respecting the sanctity of life.

    Woe be the optimistic nerd that now must carry around that $101 condom in their wallet. Maybe a tax credit is needed for expired unused condoms.

  • 4. davepCA  |  March 14, 2017 at 9:59 am

    Brilliant. I love it!

  • 5. VIRick  |  March 14, 2017 at 2:19 pm

    I tried to post an article about Rep. Farrar (D – Houston) and her retaliatory bill directed against all the "white guys" in the Texas legislature and their constant introduction of bills to regulate women's health, but I kept getting a message telling me that said post had been deleted by the administrator. Of course, I had given the article a much more lurid, but accurate title, something along the lines of:

    "Texas Legislator Proposes to Regulate/Fine Male Masturbation"

    Needless to say, the head jerk-off, 6-times married "Tiny Tim" Tinderholt (R – Arlington), had just introduced a charmer of his own, something along the lines of prescribing the death penalty for any/all women having an abortion, as well as for their abortion providers.

  • 6. davepCA  |  March 14, 2017 at 3:23 pm

    Six times?? Wow. I mean, regardless of someone's views about the "sanctity of marriage", you would think that after maybe the third or fourth time they would just figure out that they obviously lacked the ability to sustain a marriage and would give up on the idea.

  • 7. Fortguy  |  March 14, 2017 at 10:05 pm

    I, too, have had trouble with the same admin error lately, including in my original post in this thread when I wanted to include excerpts from the bill. The message board software seems to have been configured to reject blockquote elements recently which is a bit of overkill. I get that there are copyright issues, but providing excerpts for info purposes qualifies as fair use especially when the poster isn't profiting from the post or when the info being published is a legislative bill that is public record.

    Houston blogger Charles Kuffner has also picked up on Farrar's bill which he describes as "high-quality trolling".

    Charles Kuffner, Off the Kuff: The “Man’s Right To Know” Act

    Kuffner points out in his post how some just don't get the joke and excerpts from a Texas Tribune article mentioning Tiny Tim mansplaining how he has a much greater understanding of how people's plumbing works than Farrar does. At the end of his post, Kuffner links to a very funny blog post at Burnt Orange Report by Andrea Grimes (who also writes for the Texas Observer).

    Andrea Grimes, Burnt Orange Report: Is Supplying Lotion and Facial Tissue Aiding and Abetting?

    Also, although I and Rick have both linked to the PDF of the bill, those who don't have a PDF viewer installed on their systems may read a plain-text version here.

  • 8. VIRick  |  March 15, 2017 at 2:06 am

    "This comment has been deleted by the administrator."

    This response just answered my question regarding my theory, which can be found here:

  • 9. VIRick  |  March 14, 2017 at 8:12 pm

    If anyone wishes to pursue Rep. Farrar's bill any further, including excepts quoted from articles posted in "LGBTQ Nation," as well as in "The Advocate," along with my own perverse re-interpretation and ridiculous observations, the offending commentary can be found in my archives, located here:

    The "educationally-enlightening" bill, word for word, in its entirety, can be found here:

  • 10. Fortguy  |  March 15, 2017 at 5:49 pm

    Cassandra Pollock, The Texas Tribune: Legislator: Some Republican men tried to retaliate over “masturbation bill”

    Of course they did. The vagina ideologues have no sense of humor and show no mercy.

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