Mike Bowers says he is a different man today than he was 30 years ago, when he went to the U.S. Supreme Court to keep Georgia’s sodomy ban alive. Bowers talks with BuzzFeed News about religious liberty bills, marriage equality, and the 1986 sodomy ban case that bears his name.
The former Georgia attorney general, who defended the state’s sodomy ban, releases a scathing memo opposing proposed religious freedom bills in the state.
Dan Innis ran unsuccessfully for Congress in 2014.
Rodney Reed was set to be executed on March 5 for the 1996 killing of 19-year-old Stacey Stites.
Nothing “but their suitability for service should preclude” transgender people from serving in the military, Defense Secretary Ash Carter says. The White House agrees, but the next steps remain unclear.
Following a district court judge’s decision that put Obama’s immigration executive actions on hold, the administration asked the judge to stay his injunction during the administration’s appeal.
Former Georgia Attorney General Mike Bowers will team up with LGBT advocates in opposing legislation pending in the state now. Bowers is best known nationally as the man who defended sodomy laws in Bowers v. Hardwick.
Tyler Deaton will take the leadership role at the American Unity Fund and associated PAC going into 2016. This year, Deaton says, the focus is on the states.
After decades of failed attempts to pass LGBT job protections through Congress, change could be coming instead through the historic civil rights law. A new memorandum from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission obtained by BuzzFeed News lays out the case.
USA Today initially reported Monday afternoon on an Army “decision” to make it harder to discharge transgender service members. After the Army would not confirm the news and advocates questioned the report, USA Today corrected the story on Monday evening.
Mobile County is the largest county in Alabama that is not issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples. [Update: Mobile County is complying with the order.]
Marriage equality has “hit a critical mass,” the president says in an interview with BuzzFeed News.
HRC’s Chad Griffin — who fought California’s Prop 8 — joins with DOMA-slayer Robbie Kaplan to describe the “animus” that they say is behind states’ marriage bans. The brief will be one of many amicus briefs to hit the Supreme Court in coming months.
If there was any doubt left, Justice Clarence Thomas ended it on Monday morning.
Justices Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas would have granted the stay denied by the Supreme Court on Monday morning. [Update: Multiple counties are issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples and Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley will not take any action to stop them from doing so.]
A Sunday night “administrative order” from Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore could lead to a crisis come Monday morning. Groups supporting marriage equality call Moore’s move “outrageous.”
Berry currently oversees consular operations for the United States in the Netherlands. Update: LGBT rights advocates are expecting an announcement the announcement as early as February 23.
Alabama officials have asked Justice Clarence Thomas to stop same-sex marriage rulings from going into effect on Feb. 9. The Human Rights Campaign pushes for removal of Alabama chief justice for actions criticizing the federal court marriage rulings.
“[W]e will follow the law and extend state marriage benefits to those couples,” Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder says. The move doesn’t change the state’s defense of the state’s marriage ban at the Supreme Court.
A federal appeals court refused to issue a stay in the Alabama same-sex marriage cases, meaning couples should be able to marry there Feb. 9. [Update: Alabama’s attorney general is asking the Supreme Court to intervene.]