Tag Archives: Fifth Circuit Court

Federal Appeals Court Hears Arguments On Mississippi Law That Would Legalize Anti-LGBT Discrimination

The Associated Press reports: A federal appeals court is hearing arguments about a Mississippi law that would let merchants and government employees cite religious beliefs to deny services to same-sex couples. U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves halted the law before it could take effect last July 1, ruling it unconstitutionally establishes preferred beliefs and creates unequal treatment for LGBT people. ...

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Tony Perkins Celebrates Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant’s Campaign To Legalize Anti-LGBT Discrimination

Yesterday nine states, led by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, filed a federal appeals court brief in support of an on-hold Mississippi law that would legalize anti-LGBT business discrimination. This morning hate group leader Tony Perkins lavishes praise on Gov. Phil Bryant’s appeal. Via press release: Governor Phil Bryant (R-Miss.) has enough on his plate. He shouldn’t have to do ...

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Texas Leads Nine States In Federal Appeals Court Demand To Legalize Anti-LGBT Business Discrimination

The Austin Statesman reports: Joined Thursday by Republican officials from eight other states, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton urged a federal appeals court to reinstate a Mississippi law that had been struck down as discriminatory against gay and transgender people. The Mississippi law, Paxton told the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in a legal brief, was intended to protect ...

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TEXAS: Fifth Circuit Court Of Appeals Slaps Down State’s Voter ID Law

The Dallas Morning News reports: The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Wednesday that Texas’ voter ID law violates the Voting Rights Act — but it also said the law is not a “poll tax.” In an unanimous decision, a three-judge panel ruled that the controversial and Republican-backed measure violated Section 2 of the landmark civil rights law. The law ...

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LOUSIANA: Bobby Jindal Blocks State Recognition Of Same-Sex Marriage

SCOTUS has ruled, the Fifth Circuit has ruled, but Bobby Jindal just doesn’t care. Gov. Bobby Jindal delayed — for the second time — the recognition of same-sex marriage by the Louisiana state government on Wednesday evening. The governor refused to let Louisiana agencies acknowledge same-sex marriage following a U.S. Supreme Court ruling last Friday. At the time, he said ...

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Fifth Circuit Court: Obergefell Is Now The Law Of The Land, Don’t Take It Lightly

The Fifth Circuit Court has finally issued its long-postponed ruling on the cases out of Texas, Louisiana, and Mississippi. Will this drag the still-resisting counties into the light? Don’t count on it.

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TEXAS: AG Sues Feds To Stop Medical Leave For Married Same-Sex Couples

The Dallas Morning News reports: Attorney General Ken Paxton sued the U.S. Department of Labor on Wednesday over a proposal to extend family leave benefits to same-sex married couples. Under the proposed federal rule to take effect March 27, the definition of “spouse” would be revised to include gay partners who were married in a state that recognizes same-sex unions. ...

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TEXAS: Plaintiffs Ask Fifth Circuit Court To Lift Stay On Same-Sex Marriages

John Wright reports at the Texas Observer: Attorneys for two gay couples are asking a federal appeals court to allow same-sex marriages to begin in Texas immediately. In a motion filed Thursday, attorneys for the couples asked the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to lift a district judge’s stay of his 2014 decision striking down Texas’ marriage ban. If ...

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Texas Hater Jonathan Saenz: We’re Going To Win At The Fifth Circuit Court

Yesterday Texas Values head Jonathan Saenz appeared on the Family Research Council’s radio show to express optimism that the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals will uphold the ban on same-sex marriage in his home state. Saenz goes on to denounce the “disrespectful lack of decorum” during Friday’s oral arguments when his side presented their ridiculous claims. “This issue is not ...

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SCOTUS Rejects Louisiana Case

The Louisiana case was just heard on Friday by the Fifth Circuit Court. SCOTUS meets in conference again on this Friday, after which we might hear their decisions on the four appeals out of the Sixth Circuit. UPDATE: SCOTUSblog reports on today’s action. The Supreme Court, returning from its winter recess, decided on Monday not to take on a same-sex ...

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Matt Baume: Marriage News Watch

Clip recap: “It’s been a huge week for marriage equality. Florida became the 36th state with the freedom to marry, judges in three southern states heard oral arguments, and the Supreme Court considered cases from five states. Plus a lawmaker in Texas is wasting everyone’s time with a new anti-gay law that would make life difficult for everyone.”

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Texas Hater Predicts Win At Fifth Circuit

“The tradition, until recently, had been adopted by all governments and major religions of the world. That’s how settled the issue of marriage has been in our country and in our world. And in Texas we dealt with this issue before and settled it at the polls the way it should, when voters voted 76 percent in 2005. It’s really ...

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Chris Geidner On Fifth Circuit Court

Buzzfeed reporter Chris Geidner recaps today’s action: After three hours of arguments, the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals appeared poised to strike down bans on same-sex couples’ marriages in Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas — joining all but one of the other appellate courts to consider that matter. More than halfway through the morning’s arguments, an exasperated Justin Matheny, the assistant ...

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LISTEN: Oral Arguments At Fifth Circuit

Today’s oral arguments in the marriage equality case out of Louisiana have been posted. Listen and give us your analysis. Recordings of the arguments in the cases out of Mississippi and Texas should be posted here soon. NOTE: That site is getting hit with heavy traffic.

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First Reactions From Fifth Circuit Court: Judges Appear Poised For Pro-Gay Ruling

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Meet Two Of The Louisiana Plaintiffs

From the New Orleans Times-Picayune: On a recent trip to the roller derby, Nicholas Van Sickels and Andrew Bond were laden with 30 pounds of toddler and 20 pounds of gear. Their provisions for the two-hour outing are familiar to Louisiana parents preparing for standard emergencies when leaving the house with a 2-year-old: diapers and changing supplies; baggies of snacks; ...

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Plaintiffs Arrive At Fifth Circuit Court

Follow the action on Twitter at #5thCircuit. Oral arguments begin at 10AM eastern time.

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Tomorrow: Another Big Day For Marriage

Tomorrow the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals will hear oral arguments in the cases out of Texas, Louisiana, and Mississippi. Lots of LGBT journos will be there in New Orleans, including Kathleen Perrin of Equality Case Files. Things kick off at 9AM local time and I’ll be posting live tweets from the reporters as well as any audio and video ...

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NCLR Celebrates Miami-Dade County

“This is a pivotal moment not just for Miami but for the entire country. Florida is a bellwether state, and I can think of no more encouraging sign as the US Supreme Court prepares to decide whether to resolve this issue for the entire country at its next conference on January 9, and as the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals ...

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TEXAS: Federal Court Denies Request To Lift Stay On Same-Sex Marriages

A federal district court today declined the request to lift the stay on same-sex marriages in Texas while an appeal is being considered by the Fifth Circuit Court. Oral arguments in the Texas, Louisiana, and Mississippi marriage cases will be heard by the Fifth Circuit on January 9th. Read today’s ruling at Equality Case Files.

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