Tag Archives: lawsuits

Aretha Franklin To File $10M Lawsuit Over Fake Patti Labelle Fight Story

Aretha Franklin is furious about a story posted on an internet satire site and says she will file a $10M lawsuit. Via the Detroit News: The News Nerd story claimed that LaBelle was “arrested for assault and battery” after she attacked Franklin with “a Mayweather style right and left” at a March 20 concert in Atlanta. The fictional brawl happened …

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“Ex-Gay” Coffee: $15 Per Bitter Bag

The SPLC is suing the “ex-gay” Jewish group JONAH for defrauding its clients by promising to cure them. Good As You tips us that JONAH’s legal group is raising money by selling “Defense Fund Coffee” at  $15 per 12oz bag. Maggie Gallagher is their chairwoman.

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X-Men Director Bryan Singer Accused Of Molesting Teen Boy In The Late 90s

X-Men director Bryan Singer is being sued by a man who alleges that Singer drugged and molested him in the late 90s.  Singer’s accuser was 17 at the time. The lawsuit – filed weeks before the release of Singer’s upcoming X-Men: Days of Future Past – alleges the 48-year-old used his influence as a Hollywood insider, as well as a …

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TODAY: Tenth Circuit Court Of Appeals Hears Oklahoma Marriage Equality Suit

The longest-pending marriage equality lawsuit in the nation gets its hearing today before the Tenth Circuit Court.  Here’s how it got started ten years ago: On November 3, 2004, private lawyers in Tulsa filed a federal lawsuit (formerly, Bishop v. United States) in the 10th Circuit on behalf of two same-sex couples seeking an injunction against the United States for …

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ARKANSAS: Marriage Hearing Today

An Arkansas state judge will hear marriage equality arguments today. More than three dozen people are listed as plaintiffs in the lawsuit challenging Arkansas’ voter-approved ban on gay marriage. Circuit Judge Chris Piazza is to preside over the hearing at 1 p.m. Thursday in Little Rock. Late last year, Piazza refused to grant a motion by the state that sought …

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MICHIGAN: ACLU Sues For Recognition Of Existing Same-Sex Marriages

Via press release: The American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU of Michigan filed a lawsuit today to guarantee that the marriages of 300 same-sex couples performed last month are recognized by the state. The lawsuit was filed on behalf of eight same-sex couples who were married after a federal judge struck down the state’s ban and before the Sixth …

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OHIO: Federal Judge Rules That State Must Recognize Out-Of-State Marriages
UPDATE: Ruling Is Stayed Pending Appeal

The expected ruling in Ohio was issued today. Via press release from Freedom To Marry: Today U.S. District Judge Timothy Black struck down part of a constitutional amendment in Ohio that denies gay couples the freedom to marry and withholds legal respect for gay couples who have gotten married. He ordered the state to treat couples married elsewhere like any …

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Seen In Utah

On Friday the Eagle Forum staged an anti-gay rally at the Utah statehouse where Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes was among the speakers. Above is one of the signs seen at the rally. (Via Good As You)

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Matt Baume: Marriage News Watch

Clip recap: A Republican icon comes out in support of marriage equality. We’ve had a sting of major marriage wins in the last few months, but now anti-gay groups will keep trying to tear those victories down in a series of hearings. Support for marriage equality is picking up in conservative states, a terminally ill woman in Indiana is one …

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Editorial Of The Day

From the Salt Lake Tribune: In rapid succession, the official Utah position on same-sex marriage has gone from mainstream conservative to merely retrograde to downright nasty. The arguments put forth Thursday by Utah’s hired legal eagles in the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals will soon be brushed aside, if not by that tribunal, then by the U.S. Supreme Court, and …

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VIRGINIA: AG Mark Herring Files Brief In Support Of Gay Marriage Plaintiffs

Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring today filed a brief with the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals in support of AFER’s marriage equality lawsuit. Herring’s brief argues that heightened scrutiny is applicable in the suit. Money quote below: Virginia’s same-sex-marriage ban violates the Due Process and Equal Protection clauses of the Fourteenth Amendment. Because the ban substantially interferes with the right …

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Full Utah Case Audio Has Been Posted

The full audio of today’s oral arguments in Utah’s appeal to the Tenth Circuit Court has been posted.  The full clip is just over one hour long. Dig in and post the bits that most interest you in the comments.

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Associated Press: Tenth Circuit Court Judges “Sharply Divided” On Utah Case

Via the Associated Press: A three-judge panel appeared sharply divided as they questioned attorneys Thursday at a hearing over whether to uphold a lower court’s ruling that struck down Utah’s ban on gay marriage. One of the judges, Carlos F. Lucero, compared the state’s argument that the ban should to the U.S. Supreme Court’s infamous Dred Scott decision that denied …

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Arguments Conclude In Utah Case, Tenth Circuit Court Judges Appear Split

Freedom To Marry head Evan Wolfson writes: “Today marked a new chapter in the campaign to win the freedom to marry. We now begin a wave of federal appellate arguments and rulings that set the stage for national resolution by the Supreme Court. Once again it became clear in the light of a courtroom that there is no good reason …

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INDIANA: Federal Court Orders State To Recognize Marriage Of Ill Woman

Today a federal court ordered Indiana to recognize the Massachusetts marriage of a terminally ill lesbian and her wife. Lambda Legal cheers via press release: Lambda Legal filed suit on behalf of Amy Sandler, Niki Quasney and their two children, seeking immediate relief from Indiana’s ban on marriage for same-sex couples as Ms. Quasney battles stage four cancer. Ms. Quasney …

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Activists Rally Ahead Of Tenth Circuit Court Hearing Of Utah Marriage Case

The AP reports on last night’s rally.

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Utah Files Last Minute Brief: Forget Everything We Said About Mark Regnerus

On the eve of oral arguments before the Tenth Circuit Court, Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes filed a last minute brief that totally dismisses the state’s previous reliance on the work of discredited researcher Mark Regnerus. Utah files this supplemental letter in response to recent press reports and analysis of the study by Professor Mark Regnerus, which the State cited …

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Lamba Legal: Marriage Lawsuits Recap

Lambda Legal has posted an exhaustive recapping of all the marriage equality lawsuits currently underway. In summary, there currently are 64 pending lawsuits (43 in federal court – 9 of which are on appeal – and 21 in state courts, 5 of which are on appeal and 11 of which raise federal claims), involving how the marriage laws of 30 …

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NORTH CAROLINA: ACLU Files Lawsuit For Out-Of-State Marriage Recognition

Just in from the ACLU: The American Civil Liberties Union, the ACLU of North Carolina Legal Foundation and the law firms of Sullivan & Cromwell LLP and Ellis & Winters LLP have filed a new case in federal court on behalf of three married, same-sex couples seeking state recognition of their marriages. Because of the serious medical condition of one …

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TOMORROW: Tenth Circuit Court To Hear Oral Arguments In Utah Marriage Case

Tomorrow a three-judge panel of the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals will hear opening arguments in Kitchen V Herbert. The Human Rights Campaign has posted a short recap on the cases presently before the Tenth.

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