Justice Blocks Names in Washington State Ballot Measure

The Associated Press
October 19, 2009
Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy on Monday temporarily blocked Wash. state officials from releasing the names of people who signed petitions for Referendum 71. Justice Kennedy said his order would remain in effect while he considers a request by the anti-gay group Protect Marriage Washington to reverse a federal appeals court ruling last week that ordered the release of the names. [Link]

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Ninth Circuit Reverses Decision on R-71 Signatures

The Stranger
October 15, 2009

The state has won a case to release the names and addresses of people who signed the petitions for Referendum 71, says Washington Attorney General's office spokeswoman Janelle Guthrie, but the signatures will not be immediately released. (Link)

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Judge Walker: Prop 8 Challenge to Continue to Trial

Law Dork
October 14, 2009

U.S. District Court Judge Vaughn Walker denied the Motion for Summary Judgment pressed by the proponents of Proposition 8 in Perry v. Schwarzenegger, the federal court challenge to ballot measure passed by California voters in 2008. Judge Walker denied all of the grounds for summary judgment sought by the proponents, who are the Intervenor-Defendants in the case, which keeps the challenge on track toward its set January trial date. (Link)

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Domestic Partnership Foes, Backers in WA Await Ruling

Associated Press
October 14, 2009

Supporters and foes of domestic partnerships await a federal ruling from a three-judge panel on whether petitions for Washington states's Referendum 71 should be made public. (Link)

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Interactive: Marriage Equality Chronology Map


The Los Angeles Times
October 14, 2009
The LA Times introduces a new interactive map to view judicial and legislative milestones in marriage equality and other rights for gay couples over the last decade, along with how state laws have changed since 2000. [Link]


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Top NY State Court Hears Cases on Marriage Equality

The New York Times
October 14, 2009
New York's highest court on Tuesday heard arguments in two cases led by the anti-gay ADF -- one that challenges a 2007 policy extending health insurance to spouses of gay government employees married in other jurisdictions; and another that seeks to overturn a 2006 Westchester County administrative order directing officials to recognize unions of gay couples performed elsewhere. [Link]

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S.F.: U.S. Judge to Hear Bid for Dismissal of Lawsuit Challenging Marriage Equality Ban

CBS5 San Francisco
October 14, 2009
U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker on Wednesday will hear arguments on a bid by sponsors of Calif.'s Prop. 8 to dismiss Ted Olson and David Boies' federal lawsuit challenging the anti-gay measure. [Link]

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NY Top Court to Consider Marriage Equality Benefits

The Associated Press
October 13, 2009
N.Y. state's Court of Appeals will on Tuesday hear arguments by the anti-gay Alliance Defense Fund against the providing of government benefits to same-sex couples married in other jurisdictions. The state Department of Civil Service extended health insurance benefits to those spouses of state and local government workers in 2007. [Link]

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Russian court rules against lesbian couple

The Associated Press
October 6, 2009
A Moscow court on Tuesday ruled against two lesbians seeking to become Russia's first legally married same-sex couple. The two women plan to fly to Canada to marry and then return to Russia. [Link]

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Judge: Prop 8 Campaign Must Release Campaign Data

The Associated Press
October 1, 2009
The anti-gay Protect Marriage campaign must hand over some internal campaign records to lawyers seeking to overturn Proposition 8, a federal judge in San Francisco ruled Thursday. [Link]

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