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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Dallas Judge Paves Way for Gay Couple to Get Divorce

The Dallas Morning News
October 2, 2009
In a first for Texas, a judge ruled Thursday that two men married in another state can divorce here and that the state's ban on marriage equality violates the U.S. Constitution. Dallas state District Judge Tena Callahan's ruling says the state prohibition of the freedom to marry violates the federal constitutional right to equal protection. [Link]

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Court Dismisses Suit by Lesbian Who Couldn’t See Dying Partner at Miami Hospital

The Miami Herald
September 30, 2009
A federal court in Miami has dismissed a lawsuit filed by a Washington state lesbian who was not allowed to visit her dying partner at Jackson Memorial Hospital. Lambda Legal says the case "highlights how vulnerable same-sex couples and their families are." [Link]

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Richard Socarides: Clinton’s Change on DOMA Could Affect Supreme Court

The Advocate
September 28, 2009
Richard Socarides, a special assistant and LGBT adviser to Bill Clinton during his administration, says Clinton's remarks to Anderson Cooper on Friday about changing his mind on DOMA could help create a shift in the political winds that might reach the courts. [Link]

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Carlos Moreno, California High Court Justice, Has Raised His Independent Profile by Dissenting on Pr

The Los Angeles Times
September 26, 2009
Embracing a novel theory, Moreno said he "legally and morally" believes that a measure (Prop 8) that strips a minority of a key right cannot be approved as a constitutional amendment by a mere majority in an election. [Link]

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Court Schedules Hearing for Washington State R-71 Disclosure Case

The Associated Press
September 22, 2009
The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has granted a request for a fast-track appeal on whether signed petitions used to place Washington State's anti-domestic partnership rights Referendum 71 on the ballot should be made public. A hearing is scheduled for Oct. 14 in Pasadena, Calif. [Link]

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