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This morning, the Supreme Court issued orders and decisions in argued cases. The Court still has not issued its decisions in the Title VII cases. The cases were argued in the October sitting, which initially had nine cases until the DC sniper case was dismissed. Chief Justice Roberts and Justices Ginsburg, Breyer, and Kavanaugh have yet to write decisions in cases for that sitting. The only three cases left to be decided from October are the two Title VII LGBT discrimination cases (two consolidated ones on sexual orientation, and one on gender identity) and a big case from Puerto Rico involving the Appointments Clause.

Any of those Justices could write the remaining decisions. It’s worth noting that Justice Kavanaugh didn’t say anything or ask any questions during the arguments in the Title VII cases.

The next day for decisions is Thursday, and we’ll report on those decisions at that time.


  • 1. VIRick  |  April 20, 2020 at 1:01 pm

    Finland: First Adoptions by Same-Sex Couples Confirmed

    Per LGBT Marriage News:

    The Rainbow Families Association, Sateenkaariperheet, confirms that Finland’s first two adoptions by same-sex couples have taken place. This event comes three years after the Marriage Act was reformed to allow for marriage equality and for adoptions by same-sex couples. A female couple and a male couple have both adopted infants in the capital city region of Helsinki.

    According to the City of Helsinki, there are several additional same-sex couples, both male and female, in adoption counseling or waiting for access to said counseling. They are looking for both domestic adoption and international adoptions.

  • 2. ianbirmingham  |  April 20, 2020 at 5:26 pm

    NYC LGBTQ Pride March Cancelled For The 1st Time In A Half-Century

  • 3. davepCA  |  April 21, 2020 at 8:16 pm

    Yeah, I just heard the same news about the event here in San Francisco being cancelled, too. Darn it.

  • 4. VIRick  |  April 21, 2020 at 8:29 am

    Ohio Man Who Claimed "Wuhan Flu" Just a "Political Ploy" Dies from COVID-19

    An Ohio man who called the coronavirus a “political ploy,” and who criticized his governor for closing non-essential businesses, has died due to complications from COVID-19. John W. McDaniel, 60, of Marion OH passed away at Riverside Methodist Hospital in Marion on 15 April 2020 after contracting the virus, according to an obituary posted to a mortuary website.

    On 12 March, he mocked people who were afraid of the virus, which he referred to as “Wuhan Flu”: “I’m more afraid of Spiders Than the Wuhan Flu! Truth.” The next day, he wrote a message saying that the global pandemic was a political ploy. Two days after that, he criticized Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine (R) for attempting to reduce social interactions to slow the spread of the disease.

    There have been 12,516 confirmed cases of coronavirus in Ohio so far, with Marion OH, a modest-sized city north of Columbus, being the state's latest hot-spot, with half of the state's latest new cases being reported from that area.

  • 5. bayareajohn  |  April 21, 2020 at 10:31 am

    He's been liberated.
    The Darwin awards will be particularly dark this year.

  • 6. VIRick  |  April 21, 2020 at 12:42 pm

    As of 21 April 2020, Ohio reports 806 new cases of COVID-19, raising its total to 13,725, and 48 more deaths, raising that total to 557, as Marion OH becomes the leading hot-spot in the entire USA. As of 20 April 2020, more than 1950 inmates at the Marion Correctional Institution have tested positive for the coronavirus, 78% of the entire prison population. One inmate and one correctional officer have already died from it.

    The Pickaway Correctional Institution, south of Columbus, in a predominately rural county of the same name, and a second coronavirus hot-spot, is not much better. There, 57% of the inmates have tested positive for COVID-19.

    One possible explanation for this sudden spike has everything to do with testing, or the general lack thereof. Overall, Ohio had been slow in testing any of its prison inmates, indicating that they had previously been dealing with an unknown quantity. But now, within the past several days, they have suddenly vowed to test everyone, with the process already well underway. However, as was recently discovered, the pandemic had already gotten out-of-control in both institutions.

  • 7. VIRick  |  April 22, 2020 at 7:00 pm

    Spain: 15th Anniversary of Marriage Equality

    Per ARN Culture Pride:

    España: Quince Años de la Aprobación del Matrimonio Igualitario

    Ayer, 21 de abril 2020, celebramos los 15 años de la aprobación en el Congreso de los Diputados del proyecto de ley sobre el matrimonio igualitario en España. Tras su rechazo inicial en el Senado, fue finalmente aprobado el 30 de junio, un día que llevaremos siempre en nuestro recuerdo.

    Yesterday, 21 April 2020, we celebrated 15 years since the approval in the Congress of Deputies of the marriage equality bill in Spain. After its initial rejection in the Senate, it was finally approved on 30 June, a day that we will always remember.

    Spain was only the third nation in the world to legalize marriage equality, several years behind the Netherlands and Belgium and less than three weeks ahead of Canada, and of course, was the first Latin nation to do so. Eight of Canada's 10 provinces, and two of its 3 territories had done so earlier, as had Massachusetts.

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