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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“Paramour Provision” Not Needed in Custody Case With Lesbian Mother, Tennessee Court Rules

The Tennessean
September 21, 2009
A Tennessee Court of Appeals decision has removed a custody battle provision that said a child could not live with her mother and her mother's partner. The ACLU praised the decision, saying it was time the courts stopped viewing LGBT couples differently. [Link]

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US Lawyers Reluctantly Defend Letter of Marriage Equality Ban

The Boston Globe
September 19, 2009
Justice Department lawyers are reluctantly defending a law that bars the federal government from honoring gay and lesbian couples' marriages, making their legal arguments in a Boston court while pointing out that the Obama administration opposes the law. [Link]

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Justice Department Brief Gingerly Opposes Challenge to DOMA This Time

ABC News - Political Punch
September 18, 2009
Jake Tapper on the Justice Department brief opposing the GLAD challenge to section 3 of DOMA: "Unlike the administration's previous filing in June -- which upset gays and lesbians by seeming to compare the illegitimacy of same sex couples to incestuous couples -- this filing states right off the bat that the president opposes DOMA because it is "discriminatory." [Link]

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Justice Department Asks Court to Dismiss Challenge to DOMA

The Associated Press
September 19, 2009
The Justice Department on Friday asked a federal judge in Boston to dismiss GLAD's challenge to section 3 of the so-called federal Defense of Marriage Act, calling the law "constitutionally permissible" but noting that the Obama administration desires the law's repeal. [Link]

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