Tag Archives: lawsuits

Appeals Court Upholds $1.6M Settlement To Lesbian Chef For Workplace Abuse

A New York state appeals court has upheld a 2012 judgement against a Manhattan restaurant owner who harangued his lesbian chef, regularly telling her that she would burn in hell. Courthouse News Service reports: The owner of a Mexican restaurant in Tribeca who warned his staff weekly about the eternal damnation awaiting “gay people” owes a lesbian chef $1.6 million, …

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Ninth Circuit Court Of Appeals Might Review “Heightened Scrutiny” Ruling

In late January, a three-judge panel of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals invoked “heightened scrutiny” in its ruling that a gay juror had been improperly booted off the jury in a price-fixing lawsuit between two HIV pharma giants. As no federal court had previously applied heightened scrutiny to cases involving LGBT people, the establishment of that precedent has been …

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PUERTO RICO: Marriage Lawsuit Filed

A lesbian couple married in Massachusetts in 2004 has filed a federal lawsuit that seeks to overturn Puerto Rico’s ban on same-sex marriage. Via the Washington Post: The suit filed Tuesday by attorney Ada Conde challenges the constitutionality of Puerto Rican laws that define marriage as between a man and a woman, as well as those that prohibit same-sex marriage …

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VIDEO: Michigan Plaintiffs Get The News

You’ll want a tissue for this. Maybe two.

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REPORT: AFER Paid $6.4 Million To Law Firms In Proposition 8 Case

Michael Lavers reports at Washington Blade: The American Foundation for Equal Rights between 2009 and 2013 paid more than $6.4 million to two law firms that successfully argued against California’s Proposition 8. Tax filings indicate former U.S. Solicitor General Ted Olson’s law firm – Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP – received $1,691,714 from AFER for “legal and ancillary legal expenses” …

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Quote Of The Day – Jack Conway

“I felt like that from a fiscal responsibility standpoint, I didn’t need to be wasting taxpayer resources in a lawsuit that we weren’t going to win or in an appeal that we weren’t going to win. For the sake of my daughter’s view on my public service in the future, I wanted to be on the right side of history.” …

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MICHIGAN: Marriage Ruling Due

The ruling in Michigan’s marriage equality trial is due to be issued and could come today or tomorrow. Clerks in some of Michigan’s largest counties say they’re prepared to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples if a federal judge strikes down the state’s ban on gay marriage. But Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette said if the judge rules in favor …

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NEW YORK CITY: Empire State Building Sued Over Ejecting Muslim Family

A Long Island Muslim family has filed suit against the owners of the Empire State Building, saying that they were “forcibly” ejected for praying on the 86th floor observation deck. Fahad Tirmizi, 32, and his wife, Amina, 30, hit the owners of the landmark skyscraper with a discrimination lawsuit Tuesday over the July 2, 2013, observation deck incident. “To most, …

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Oregon AG Files Brief: Ban Serves No Rational Purpose And Harms Citizens

Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum tonight filed a response brief in the same-sex marriage case, declaring, “The state defendants in this case recognize that the ban on same-sex marriage serves no rational purpose and harms Oregon citizens. This case presents that rare case in which there simply is no legal argument to be made in support of a state law.” …

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TENNESSEE: Attorney General To File Appeal Of Marriage Recognition Ruling

The office of Tennessee Attorney General Robert Cooper today filed a notice of  appeal in last week’s ruling that the state must recognize the out-of-state marriages of three gay couples.  “We intend to take all necessary steps to defend the law. We have filed a motion for a stay and a notice of appeal,” said Sharon Curtis-Flair, spokeswoman for the …

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OKLAHOMA: Plaintiffs’ Brief Says Marriage Ban Demeans Gay Families

Yesterday the plaintiffs in the Oklahoma marriage case filed a brief with the Tenth Circuit Court which declares that the ban on same-sex marriage is demeaning to gay couples and their families. The argument came in a 102-page document filed Monday on behalf of Mary Bishop and Sharon Baldwin in the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver. Bishop and …

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Scott Lively: I Want To Be Governor Because Massachusetts Is The Most Morally Corrupt And Pro-Gay State

Scott Lively appeared on Bryan Fischer’s radio show today to flog his laughably doomed bid for Massachusetts governor and to denounce pro-gay companies for dropping their sponsorships of St. Patrick’s Day parades. According to Lively, Americans are “at the breaking point” regarding the “homosexual agenda” and are “on the verge of a revolution.”

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NEW YORK CITY: Jury Awards $500K To Hotel Manager Over HIV Discrimination

A jury has awarded over $500K to a Manhattan man who filed an HIV discrimination lawsuit after being fired by a midtown hotel. A Manhattan Federal Court jury awarded Antonio Muñoz the stunning payout three years after he was abruptly terminated by the Manhattan Club, a boutique hotel and timeshare on W. 56th St. The 50-year-old Inwood man said he’s …

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Scott Lively Marches In Boston Parade

Hate group leader Scott Lively marched in Boston’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade yesterday. Lively told the press that he marched in solidarity with the parade organizers who banned LGBT groups from participating. Lively, a Shelburne Falls native who owns the Holy Grounds coffee shop in Springfield, is running as a independent candidate for governor. He said he marched with his …

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UTAH: State Files Appeal Brief Calling Gay Marriage “A Judicial Wrecking Ball”

Shortly before the midnight deadline on Friday, the state of Utah filed an appeal brief with the Tenth Circuit Court which calls same-sex marriage a “judicial wrecking ball.” To allow the “difficult policy choice” about marriage rights to be made by “judicial fiat” would not be akin to the “narrow” decision that ended bans on interracial marriage, but instead would …

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CHINA: Gay Man Sues Search Engine Giant For Promoting “Ex-Gay” Therapy

A gay man has filed suit against China’s largest search engine company for directing him to an “ex-gay” therapist that tortured him with electroshock therapy. Via Gay Star News: A court in Beijing will decide in the next few days whether to proceed with the lawsuit against Baidu and Chongqing-based Xin Yu Piao Xiang (XYPX). Baidu, the fifth most frequently …

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TENNESSEE: Court Issues Temporary Order Recognizing Three Gay Marriages

Buzzfeed reports: A federal judge in Tennessee Friday ordered state officials to recognize the marriages of three same-sex couples during the consideration of their lawsuit challenging the validity of the state’s ban on recognizing such marriages. In considering the request for a preliminary injunction, U.S. District Court Judge Aleta Trauger wrote that “all relevant federal authority indicates that the plaintiffs …

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INDIANA: Fourth Marriage Suit Filed

Make that four Indiana marriage equality lawsuits. The American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana filed a lawsuit Friday morning in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana on behalf of 15 plaintiffs, including two children of same-sex couples, challenging the same-sex marriage ban and the state’s refusal to recognize gay unions legally performed in other states. “The government …

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INDIANA: Third Marriage Suit Filed

Via press release from Indiana Equality: This morning, four lawfully married same-sex couples filed a challenge to Indiana’s marriage law on the basis that the state’s unwillingness to recognize legal same-sex marriages performed elsewhere violates the U.S. Constitution. Of the eight women who joined the lawsuit, three are police officers and one is a retired firefighter. All four couples were …

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ARIZONA: Second Marriage Suit Filed

In January, four Arizona gay couples filed a class action suit against the state’s ban on same-sex marriage. Yesterday a second lawsuit was filed in federal court by Lambda Legal. The complaint was filed on behalf of seven Arizona couples, a Phoenix widower and a Tucson widow to overturn a 2008 amendment to the Arizona Constitution that defines marriage as …

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