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. [...]

Rapid changes make keeping score difficult

Posted on 24 Oct 2014 at 7:35am

In just two weeks, the number of marriage equality states jumped from 19 to 32, but Texas is not among them DAVID TAFFET  |  Staff Writer Four U.S. Courts of Appeals have yet to weigh in on marriage equality. Of the 11 districts, these remaining courts — 5th, 6th, 8th and 11th — are generally [...]

Another one bites the dust: 9th Circuit strikes down same-sex marriage bans in Nevada, Idaho

Posted on 07 Oct 2014 at 5:06pm

Nevada officials have already said they won’t appeal; no word yet from Idaho on appeal Lisa Keen  |  Keen News Service   A unanimous three-judge panel of the Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on Tuesday, Oct. 7, struck down state bans against marriage for same-sex couples in Nevada and Idaho. But the ruling will [...]

SCOTUS rejects appeals in marriage cases

Posted on 06 Oct 2014 at 12:25pm

Decision means appellate rulings overturning gay marriage bans in 5 states stay in effect and stays on rulings are lifted.   Lisa Keen  |  Keen News Service nash@dallasvoice.com In a surprise development, the U.S. Supreme Court announced Monday, Oct. 6, that it would not accept for review any of the seven appeals on same-sex marriage [...]

SCOTUS rejects appeals in marriage cases

Posted on 06 Oct 2014 at 12:11pm

Decision means appellate rulings overturning gay marriage bans in 5 states stay in effect and stays on rulings are lifted.   Lisa Keen  |  Keen News Service In a surprise development, the U.S. Supreme Court announced Monday, Oct. 6, that it would not accept for review any of the seven appeals on same-sex marriage bans [...]

6th Circuit panel hears 6 marriage cases

Posted on 08 Aug 2014 at 11:03am

Judges questions seem to signal that this could be the first appellate court recently to rule against marriage equality By Lisa Keen  |  Keen News Service A three-judge panel of the Sixth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals seemed to signal pretty clearly where they’re headed on the six marriage equality lawsuits they heard arguments in [...]

A step in the right direction

Posted on 25 Jul 2014 at 6:45am

Obama’s executive orders protecting LGBT employees offer some protections, but more are needed   JAMES RUSSELL  |  Staff Writer President Barack Obama signed two executive orders Monday, July 21, barring companies with federal contracts from discriminating against LGBT employees. The move drew praise from a wide variety of local and national leaders and put a [...]

Supreme Court sides with Hobby Lobby, Conestoga in cases over birth control and health care

Posted on 27 Jun 2014 at 7:00am

By Lisa Keen  |  Keen News Service Shannon Minter, legal director for the National Center for Lesbian Rights, put a voice to many LGBT activists’ concerns when he called today’s decision in a U.S. Supreme Court religious exemption case a “dangerous and radical departure from existing law that creates far more questions than it answers.” [...]