Historic day in D.C.

Posted on 01 May 2015 at 7:15am

SCOTUS hears arguments in marriage equality cases; equality supporters hopeful but there’s no guarantees   Lisa Keen  |  Contributing Writer Keen News Service The very first question from the U.S. Supreme Court bench Tuesday morning, April 28, was about the rights of states to regulate marriage. And, though attorneys for same-sex couples tried numerous times [...]

Arguing marriage before the Supreme Court

Posted on 28 Apr 2015 at 3:50pm

Attorneys’ arguments, justices’ questions leave people guessing; ruling not expected before June   Lisa Keen  |  Contributing writer Keen News Service The very first question from the U.S. Supreme Court bench Tuesday morning, April 28, was about the rights of states to regulate marriage. And, though attorneys for same-sex couples tried numerous times to refocus [...]

Ready — or not — for Hillary

Posted on 17 Apr 2015 at 7:00am

Former first lady, secretary of state finally confirms her candidacy, but not all LGBTs are cheering   JAMES RUSSELL  |  Staff Writer To Hillary Clinton’s supporters, she’s a passionate advocate well versed in domestic and international issues, who has long been a thoughtful and pragmatic ally to the LGBT community. But not everyone’s on board [...]

Where do they stand?

Posted on 13 Feb 2015 at 6:45am

Legal experts chime in on how they expect the Supreme Court justices to vote on marriage equality   JAMES RUSSELL  |  Staff Writer The battle for marriage equality has reached the Supreme Court. In April, the justices will hear arguments in four cases stemming from the Sixth Circuit Court appellate decision upholding bans on same [...]

Marriage equality and the Supreme Court

Posted on 23 Jan 2015 at 7:15am

The conclusion seems foregone, but SCOTUS’ timeline, other details remain uncertain   DAVID TAFFET  |  Staff Writer When the U.S. Supreme Court accepted petitions from plaintiffs in marriage equality cases from four states, it laid out a timeline and limited discussion to two questions. Unlike the 5th Circuit, which heard one hour of arguments on [...]

Texas town hall on same-sex marriage set

Posted on 12 Dec 2014 at 8:35am

De Leon v. Perry plaintiffs will be among those in attendance at Austin event JAMES RUSSELL  |  Staff Writer The new Texas for Marriage coalition will host a town hall to discuss what’s next for marriage equality in the Lone Star State and across the nation at 6 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 15, in the [...]

Ferguson: No easy answers

Posted on 05 Dec 2014 at 7:25am

Violence and nationwide protests in the wake of a Missouri grand jury’s decision not to indict a white police officer for the shooting death of a black teenager in August reveals the depth of the racial divide in this country and the distrust of our criminal justice system. Despite weeks of preparation by government officials [...]

Healey makes history; Michaud falls short

Posted on 07 Nov 2014 at 8:00am

The good and the bad for LGBT and ally candidates in Tuesday’s election   Lisa Keen  |  Keen News Service Lesbian attorney Maura Healey made history Tuesday night, Nov. 4, winning election as Massachusetts’ attorney general and becoming the first openly gay person to be elected as attorney general of any state. But U.S. Rep. [...]

6th Circuit upholds marriage discrimination

Posted on 07 Nov 2014 at 7:00am

Ruling is first at appellate level to go against equality, establishes need for SCOTUS to rule Lisa Keen  |  Keen News Service lisakeen@mac.com In a decision that will compel the U.S. Supreme Court to rule on the constitutionality of marriage equality bans, a panel of the Sixth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruled Thursday, Nov. [...]

Healey makes history; Michaud falls short

Posted on 05 Nov 2014 at 12:04pm

The good and the bad for LGBT and ally candidates in Tuesday’s election   Lisa Keen  |  Keen News Service lisakeen@mac.com Lesbian attorney Maura Healey made history Tuesday night, Nov. 4, winning election as Massachusetts’ attorney general and becoming the first openly gay person to be elected as attorney general of any state. But U.S. [...]