A Top Lawyer At The Justice Department Is Quitting To Fight For LGBT Rights
Diana Flynn has been chief of the Civil Rights Division Appellate Section since the Reagan administration. She planned to stay until retirement, no matter who was in power, but instead she’s about to join Lambda Legal, a leading LGBT legal organization where she likely will be in direct conflict with the Jeff Sessions Justice Department.
Outside Groups Are Pouring Money Into The Fight Over Trump’s Judicial Nominees
Groups on the left and the right are focusing energy and dollars on the lower courts. The Judicial Crisis Network, a conservative advocacy group, announced its latest ad buy on Friday, supporting one of Trump's lower court nominees.
“Tiger Mandingo,” Accused In HIV Case, Says He’s Being Held In Solitary
Former college wrestler Michael Johnson says he has been locked up alone for up to 23 hours a day for the last three months. He has become the face of laws that criminalize HIV-positive people for having sex without telling their partners they are infected, even if they practice safe sex. His trial began today.
Illinois Attorney General Hedges On Marriage Equality Question
Although she calls a court ruling granting immediate marriage equality in Cook County, Ill., "persuasive," Attorney General Lisa Madigan avoids telling clerks in other counties what to do now. Update: Gov. Pat Quinn says Madigan's guidance means the state will accept marriage licenses issued by any county.
Illinois Marriage Equality Court Ruling Has Limited Effect, State And Local Officials Say
The Feb. 21 court ruling allowing same-sex couples to marry immediately only applies to Cook County, which includes Chicago, according to state officials. LGBT advocates had been urging last week for immediate statewide application of the ruling.
Attorneys In Illinois Marriage Equality Lawsuit May Seek "Emergency" Action So Marriages Can Start Sooner
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.