Tag Archives: Court Decision

Westboro Wins Before SCOTUS, As They Should Have

The vile Westboro Baptist Church won before the Supreme Court, and we should celebrate their victory. By not sugar coating their anti-gay rhetoric, they continue to be an important litmus test for homophobia among opponents of LGBT equality.

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UK Judge: Religion Not Acceptable Excuse for Discrimination

A UK judge ordered the owners of a B&B to pay damages to the gay couple they refused to offer a double bed to. What gets priority: religious beliefs or freedom from discrimination? It’s a question we cannot escape.

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Not Quite Justice Delayed, But Almost

Something happened today with the Prop 8 case, but it’s not as exciting as progress hopefully would be.

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DADT Ruled Unconstitutional – A Quick Synopsis

Here is a super-abridged decision of Thursday’s decision by a federal judge that Don’t Ask Don’t Tell is unconstitutional.

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The Prop 8 Decision: The Findings of Fact (Everything We Should Learn From This Trial)

I want to begin my coverage of the Prop 8 decision (Read it on Scribd) with the Findings of Fact. This is the series of 80 points Judge Walker used to organize the multitudes of information in the case. Note that these are not all the ideas that were presented in the case; these are […]

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Higher Education Standards and Professional Ethics Trump Personal Religious Beliefs

I delight in stories that hit all three primary topics of my blog! Have you heard the tale of Julea Ward? She was working on her master’s in counseling at Eastern Michigan University. When she refused on religious grounds to affirm a client’s same-sex behavior (and thus counsel him at all), she was asked to […]

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A Closer Look at the Two DOMA Decisions and What They Mean

There are two tactics you can use when you’re seeking LGB equality in the courts. (Sorry T folks, this post just isn’t really about you, but you already knew that all this marriage equality stuff totally ignores your plight. I thought you’d at least appreciate this little shout-out to our cisgender privilege.) You can go […]

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Supreme Court Upholds University Nondiscrimination Statement

When I first wrote about the case of the Christian Legal Society at the University of California’s Hastings College of Law, I offered that here was an issue that related to LGBT rights, religion, and higher education, so it was a quintessential topic for my blog. I followed up in April when the case, Christian […]

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Supreme Court Saves Washington State From Becoming Police State

Now here’s some good news. I’m not going to linger on the issue, because I’ve certainly written enough about it before (on August 13, August 28, September 11, and October 15). Think back to last year’s election in Washington State when Referendum 71 was on the ballot, threatening the marriage-like domestic partnership law. Ultimately Ref. […]

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Take That, National Day of Prayer! Booyah!

I just got an email from Americans United for Separation of Church and State praising a federal district court for striking down the congressionally mandated National Day of Prayer. (More of my thoughts below.) In the decision (PDF), U.S. District Judge Barbara Crabb said the following of the law: It goes beyond mere “acknowledgment” of […]

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