Mandela ushered in the world’s first constitution to protect against discrimination based on sexual orientation. “Nelson Mandela tore down oppression, united a rainbow nation, and always walked arm-in-arm with his LGBT brothers and sisters—and with all people—toward freedom,” Human Rights Campaign president says.
With the passage of a marriage equality bill in the state legislature Nov. 5, same-sex couples can begin to marry next June, but that could be too late for some, advocates say. “Every day [without marriage] is an injury to our clients,” said John Knight, an attorney with the ACLU of Illinois.
Virginia has become a battleground for lawyers from multiple legal organizations and major law firms aiming to take a marriage equality case back to the Supreme Court.
“Texas may not violate the federal civil rights of eligible spouses of military personnel,” the lawyer for an LGBT legal group writes. The group is asking the Texas Military Forces to reverse their decision on the issue in the next 10 days.
“[T]his is just going to prompt more litigation,” one LGBT legal advocate says.
In cases against both government and private employers, transgender workers — with the federal government’s backing — are successfully using the Civil Rights Act’s sex discrimination protections to fight anti-transgender discrimination.
In denying appeals in 10 gay-rights cases, the high court clears its docket — and deals a loss to the Arizona governor. The Arizona law ending domestic partner benefits has been called discriminatory — and is on hold for now — but Brewer says the case is simply about the state budget.
If the court strikes down DOMA, the fight over including same-sex couples in immigration reform will change dramatically overnight.
The broad religious exemption to the Employment Non-Discrimination Act “gives a stamp of legitimacy to LGBT discrimination,” activists say.
“For the first time in Illinois history, we had a vote on the recognition of same-sex marriages, and we won,” a state LGBT advocate said. UPDATE: Despite the committee vote, the bill has been pushed to the next general assembly, Windy City Times reports.
Ruling comes on eve of Supreme Court conference to decide whether it will hear any cases dealing with same-sex couples’ marriage rights in the coming year.
To defend the Defense of Marriage Act, or to leave it alone?
The battle over health benefits for state employees’ same-sex partners in Arizona could be heard by the Supreme Court in the coming year.