Tag Archives: lawsuits

Scott Lively: SF Pride Has Named Me This Year’s Pink Brick Award Recipient

Scott Lively claimed yesterday that a writer from the Bar Area Reporter has called to get his reaction to being named this year’s recipient of San Francisco Pride’s annual Pink Brick Award, which they describe on their site: “The Pink Brick is a symbol of the first brick hurled at the Stonewall Riots in 1969. This faux award is an …

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MICHIGAN: State Asks For Full Sixth Circuit Court To Hear Marriage Appeal

Michigan has asked for an en banc review of the marriage equality case now before the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals. Lyle Dennison writes at SCOTUSblog: This is the first time that a state which has had its ban on such marriages struck down in a district court has asked for full court review of an appeal. Federal judges in …

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FLORIDA: Fourth Marriage Lawsuit Filed

Florida’s fourth marriage equality lawsuit was filed today against a panhandle county clerk. The debate over same-sex marriage is making its mark locally with the filing of a lawsuit against Washington County Interim Clerk of Court Harold Bazzel after his office refused to issue a marriage license for a local gay couple. “We followed the law,” said Bazzel. “The statute …

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OHIO: Federal Judge Will Strike Down Ban On Recognizing Out-Of-State Marriages

Chris Geidner has the news at Buzzfeed: Following a hearing Friday, a federal judge in Ohio announced he plans to rule that Ohio has to recognize the marriages of same-sex couples granted out of state. In a docket entry summarizing the hearing, the court stated, “The Court anticipates striking down as unconstitutional under all circumstances Ohio’s bans on recognizing legal …

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OKLAHOMA: County Clerk Files Marriage Ban Defense Brief With Tenth Circuit

Alliance Defending Freedom yesterday a filed a brief in defense of Oklahoma’s gay marriage ban on behalf of Tulsa County Clerk Sally Smith.  The ban was overturned by a federal court in January and that ruling was immediately stayed pending an appeal, which was filed two days later by the ADF. The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals should uphold Oklahoma’s …

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BROOKLYN: Cater-Waiter Sues Houston Rockets Over Homophobic Taunting

A New York City man is suing the NBA franchise Houston Rockets and a local catering company, claiming that he was suspended without pay in retaliation for complaining that Rockets players had taunted him with homophobic slurs while he set up a buffet in the visiting team locker room at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center. The incident happened early last year, prior …

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FLORIDA: Key West Bartender Couple Files Marriage Equality Lawsuit

Two bartenders at Key West’s popular 801 Bourbon Bar have filed a marriage equality lawsuit against the office of the Monroe County Clerk after being refused a marriage license. Via Steve Rothaus at the Miami Herald: “We want the right,” said Aaron Huntsman, 43, who has been partnered for more than a decade with William Lee Jones, 42. Huntsman and …

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Signorile Busts Scott Lively In Big Lie

Brian Tashman writes at Right Wing Watch: Lively told [SiriusXM host Michelangelo] Signorile that he never referred to Obama as the Antichrist or Putin as a champion of right-wing Christianity: “No I didn’t say that. Oh boy, that’s quite the leap you’re making. No, I’ve never said either of those things. In terms of the Antichrist thing, we need to …

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Eugene Delgaudio Claims Partial Victory In SPLC Lawsuit Over Gay Marriage Photo

Back in 2012, Virginia-based anti-gay crackpot Eugene Delgaudio lifted the above wedding photo from the blog of a New Jersey gay couple, replaced the New York City skyline backdrop with snow-covered trees, and used the image for a flyer that attacked a pro-gay marriage candidate for the Colorado state Senate. After first sending an cease-and-desist order, in September of that …

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MICHIGAN: White Supremacists File Brief In Support Of Same-Sex Marriage Ban

The white supremacist Traditionalist Youth Network has filed an amicus brief with the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals in support of Michigan’s ban on same-sex marriage. Which certainly won’t hurt our cause. “The totality of the history of the Western and American traditions demonstrates quite clearly that same-sex conduct can be penalized,” wrote attorney Kyle Bristow, suggesting that legalized gay …

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Muslim Victim Of Boston Marathon Bombing Sues Glenn Beck For Defamation

Abdul Rahman Ali Alharbi, a Muslim student who was injured in the bombing of the Boston Marathon, has filed a defamation and slander lawsuit against Glenn Beck. The suit claims that Beck repeatedly named the Saudi national as an “active participant” in the attack, even after authorities had cleared him of suspicion. Via Courthouse News: Alharbi describes himself in the …

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VIRGINIA: Norfolk County Clerk Files Appeal Of Gay Marriage Ban Overturn, Claims Brothers Will Now Get Married

Attorneys representing Norfolk County Clerk George Schaefer yesterday filed an appeal of the decision that overturned Virginia’s ban on same-sex marriage. The filing claims, among other things, that the legalization of gay marriage will lead to brothers getting married for the tax and insurance benefits. Just like brothers and sisters have done since marriage was invented by God. “Same-sex marriage …

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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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