Tag Archives: Eleventh Circuit Court

FLORIDA: Federal Appeals Court Rules That Middle Schools May Form Gay-Straight Alliance Clubs

The Orlando Sentinel reports: A federal appeals court Tuesday overturned a lower-court ruling that supported the Lake County School Board’s decision to block middle-schoolers from forming a gay-straight-alliance club to combat bullying. In a battle dating to 2011, the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals ruling found that the Equal Access Act, which requires federally funded secondary schools to treat all ...

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ALABAMA: Governor Tells SCOTUS That Gay Marriages Will “Invite Chaos”

Last night Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley filed a SCOTUS brief in support of Attorney General Luther Strange’s demand for a stay extension pending their June ruling. According to Bentley, allowing marriages to commence next week would “invite chaos” should SCOTUS ultimately rule against same-sex marriage. Read the brief at Equality Case Files. Also last night, the winning plaintiffs in Alabama’s ...

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Eleventh Circuit Puts Florida & Alabama Appeals On Hold Until SCOTUS Rules

Equality Case Files has the orders.

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ALABAMA: AG Files SCOTUS Appeal, Says State Should Not “Regulate Love”

Upon yesterday’s stay extension denial by the Eleventh Circuit Court, Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange immediately sent them his notice of appeal to SCOTUS. Late last night he filed that appeal, telling SCOTUS that states are not in the business of regulating love: The interests supported by opposite-sex marriage are, at the very least, rational. States are not in the ...

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Alabama Governor Has The Marriage Sadz

“I am disappointed by the 11th Circuit’s decision today. The issue of same sex marriage is a complicated one that involves all levels of government. My request to the 11th Circuit was simply to ask that the stay be held until the Supreme Court can rule once and for all this year or pending the fully briefed 11th Circuit appeal ...

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ALABAMA: State To Appeal To SCOTUS, Plaintiffs Ask For Immediate Marriages

Alabama is already rushing to SCOTUS: Alabama’s request for a hold on a ruling that struck down the state’s two bans on same-sex marriage has been denied by the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Following that ruling, Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange asked the U.S. Supreme Court to stay the Jan. 23 U.S. District Court ruling striking down Alabama’s ...

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BREAKING: Eleventh Circuit Court DENIES Stay Extension On Alabama Marriage

Read the ruling. UPDATE: Lawyers for the plaintiffs say they are filing for an immediate lifting of the stay due to expire on Monday. “We’re very pleased with the 11th Circuit’s decision,” said David Kennedy, an attorney representing Cari Searcy and Kimberly McKeand, the Mobile couple at the heart of the case. “We don’t believe any Alabamian should be treated ...

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ALABAMA: Attorney General Files Response Brief, Says He Doesn’t Even Issue Marriage Licenses In The First Place

From today’s response brief submitted by Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange: As we explained in the motion to stay, the trial court’s judgment is due to be reversed because: (1) it did not follow binding Supreme Court precedent; (2) it defined the fundamental right to marry as the right to marry anyone of any sex, even though that formulation of ...

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Matt Baume: Marriage News Watch

Clip recap: Marriage could be starting next week in Alabama. Anti-gay officials are saying that they don’t have to let gay couples get married, but their reasoning isn’t exactly what you would call true. Oklahoma’s marriage equality backlash is getting dangerous, with a proposed law that would hand new victims to ex-gay predators. And the National Organization for Marriage thinks ...

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ALABAMA: Governor’s Brief Declares That Same-Sex Marriage “Demeans” Democracy

Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley today filed an amicus brief with the Eleventh Circuit Court in support of Attorney General Luther Strange’s petition for a stay on same-sex marriage until SCOTUS makes its ruling. Bentley’s brief declares that it is “demeaning” to democracy to allow same-sex marriages to occur. Via Equality Case Files: On a complicated and controversial issue such as ...

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ALABAMA: AG Luther Strange Files Notice Of Appeal To Eleventh Circuit Court

See the notice. The stay on Alabama marriages is presently set to expire on Monday, February 9th. Valentine’s Day is that Saturday, so….

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FLORIDA: AG Pam Bondi Dodges Questions On Dropping Same-Sex Marriage Appeal

Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi was sworn in to her second term yesterday after which reporters mobbed her on the steps of the state Capitol Building to grill her about the lifting of the ban on same-sex marriage. Bondi twice said she sends her “best wishes” to newly married couples, but dodged questions about dropping her appeal to the Eleventh ...

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FLORIDA: Pam Bondi Concedes Defeat

Via the Miami Herald: Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi, a Republican who vigorously fought to defend the state’s same-sex marriage ban against a barrage of legal challenges, on Monday conceded defeat. “The judge has ruled, and we wish these couples the best,” said Bondi spokesman Whitney Ray in a statement. For the last several months, Bondi sought extensions of the ...

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HomoQuotable – Robert Oscar Lopez

“With unforeseen success has come, unfortunately, a lot of challenges for which I was not prepared. Due to some of these challenges, and in the interest of protecting contributors and correspondents, we have had to take down and archive the 2,000 posts that were published here; we have warehoused them somewhere safe but cannot leave them as open-source resources to ...

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Matt Baume: Marriage News Watch

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FLORIDA: Dozens Of Major Corporations File Brief In Support Of Marriage Plaintiffs

Dozens of major corporations have filed an amicus brief with the Eleventh Circuit Court in support of Florida’s same-sex marriage plaintiffs. Among the signees: Amazon, AT&T, Bloomberg, CBS, Delta, Deutsche Bank, eBay, Electronic Arts, General Electric, Levi Strauss, Marriott, Oracle, Pfizer, Staples, Symantec, Target, and Viacom. From the brief: We are located and/or do business in Florida, Georgia, or Alabama, ...

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FLORIDA: ACLU Files SCOTUS Response To Pam Bondi’s Stay Extension Demand

From the ACLU Of Florida: The American Civil Liberties Union filed a response at the United States Supreme Court today stating that the Court should reject Florida’s request for further extension of the stay placed on a federal court’s decision that struck down Florida’s ban on allowing and recognizing the marriages of same-sex couples. The response argued that Florida families ...

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FLORIDA: County Clerks Legal Group Claims Federal Marriage Equality Ruling Applies In Only One County

As we await the SCOTUS decision on yesterday’s marriage stay extension demand by Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi, the legal firm that represents the state’s 67 county clerks today declared that the federal ruling that overturned the ban only applies in the county in which it was issued. The firm warns that clerks outside of Washington County risk arrest if ...

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BREAKING: Florida AG Pam Bondi Asks SCOTUS To Extend Marriage Stay

On December 5th the Eleventh Circuit Court denied Bondi’s demand for an indefinite stay on same-sex marriages while they consider her appeal. That stay is due to dissolve on January 5th and today Bondi filed the same stay extension demand with SCOTUS. Justice Clarence Thomas has jurisdiction over the Eleventh Circuit. UPDATE: Here’s the demand.

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Matt Baume: Marriage News Watch

Clip recap: “Marriage could be coming to Florida sooner than we expected. Plus, after last week’s big win, the Mississippi lawsuit is now on the fast track to an appeal. And Kansas just lost their latest attempt to hold back the start of marriage.”

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