A long-sought change.
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A long-sought change.
The court ordered the state to postpone the executions until a legal challenge involving the use of a contested sedative in the lethal injection process is resolved.
Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore says the federal court marriage ruling does not permit same-sex couples to be married in the state. “[T]he issuance of such licenses would be in defiance of the laws and Constitution of Alabama,” he says. [Update: Advocacy group files ethics complaint against the justice on Wednesday.]
“Discrimination against an individual based on gender identity is discrimination because of sex,” Justice Department lawyers assert in court. Saks, earlier Monday, withdrew its argument that transgender people aren’t covered by Title VII’s sex discrimination ban.
A key judges association in Alabama is advising against granting marriages — they say the federal court ruling doesn’t apply to the local judges. Lawyers for the same-sex couple push back — and invoke the image Gov. George Wallace standing in the doorway during integration. [Update: Federal judge issues a 14-day stay of her marriage order.]
The decision striking down Alabama’s 2006 ban on same-sex couples’ marriages goes into effect immediately. [Update: Alabama’s attorney general has asked the trial court judge to put his ruling on hold while the Supreme Court considers the same-sex marriage issue in other cases this spring.]
The move comes a week after a majority of the court voted to allow an execution in the state to proceed.
A long-awaited argument brought surprising questions from Justice Antonin Scalia.
“I’ve seen something like gay marriage go from a wedge issue used to drive us apart to a story of freedom across our country, a civil right now legal in states that 7 in 10 Americans call home,” the president said.
A majority of the court already has made the outcome of the same-sex marriage showdown — nationwide marriage equality — almost certain.
A decision in the Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, and Tennessee cases, expected by late June, could lead to the end of such bans across the country. [Update: The Obama administration will “urge the Supreme Court to make marriage equality a reality for all Americans.”]
Charles Warner, who raped and killed his roommate’s 11-month-old daughter, was executed tonight. Additionally, Florida executed Johnny Kormondy for a 1993 murder.
The ruling is on holding pending any appeal from the state.
The justices turned down Louisiana same-sex couples’ request to skip over the appeals court and take their case directly, but they had no word on the cases out of the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals. [Update: Justices will consider again on Friday whether to hear Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, and/or Tennessee marriage cases.]
An out gay New York Times reporter suggested a Hollywood actor is closeted on the same night an out gay Hollywood actor won a Golden Globe for portraying a closeted New York Times reporter.
After oral arguments about Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas’ bans on marriages for same-sex couples, the 5th Circuit of Appeals looks likely to strike the laws down.
The nation’s largest LGBT rights group takes on the high-end department store over a conflict between the store’s policies and a legal position it is taking against transgender employment protections. [Update: The company won’t say if it stands by the December court filing.]
A three-judge panel struggled Wednesday with a law the court saw as having troubling provisions — and a lower court’s order stopping enforcement of those provisions that the appeals court saw as being too broad.
The rest of the state gets marriage equality on Jan. 6, but, following a state judge’s ruling on Monday, same-sex couples are marrying in Miami-Dade County.