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Judge Rejects Scott Lively’s Motion To Dismiss Crimes Against Humanity Lawsuit

From the Center For Constitutional Rights: Today, in a first-of-its kind case brought by a Ugandan LGBTI advocacy organization against a prominent U.S. anti-gay extremist, a federal judge ruled that persecution on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity is a crime against humanity and that the fundamental human rights of LGBTI people are protected under international law. The …

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PENNSYLVANIA: Governor’s Office Files To Stop Marriages In Montgomery County

Saying that Montgomery County is causing “serious and limitless harm” to the system, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett has filed a legal demand to stop the issuing of same-sex marriage licenses. The filing in Commonwealth Court fleshed out the Health Department’s legal claim against D. Bruce Hanes, the Montgomery County orphan’s court clerk who has issued 116 marriage licenses to same-sex …

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FRANCE: Gay Rights Group To Sue Twitter Over “Gays Must Die” Hashtag

France’s English-language The Local reports: Shocked French Twitter users and gay rights groups have reacted angrily to the emergence of the hashtag “#LesGaysDoiventDispaîratreCar” (“Gay people must die/disappear because”), that trended over the weekend. The organisation SOS Homophobie, which fights anti-gay speech and violence, has launched a parallel campaign online, encouraging users to point out and report instances of the phrase. …

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NEW YORK CITY: Judge Dismisses Suit Against Telephoto “Voyeur” Photographer

Back in the spring, I mentioned that residents of a luxury Tribeca building were seething about an art gallery’s exhibition of photos taken of them with a telephoto lens from an apartment across the street.  Yesterday a state judge dismissed the lawsuit filed by the building’s tenants, two of whom claimed that their children’s faces were identifiable in the photos. …

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ILLINOIS: Hate Group Compares Gay Marriage To Incest, Polygamy, Blah, Blah

“Arguing that marriage should be available to any human beings who profess to love each other not only ignores unique biological fruitfulness of male and female unions, but it also makes us wonder when — and why — plaintiffs would ever draw the line. Stretching plaintiffs’ rationale to the limits of their logic, why or how could they bar or …

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ILLINOIS: Court Hears Motion To Dismiss Marriage Equality Lawsuit

Today in Illinois the Cook County Circuit Court heard oral arguments in the anti-gay Thomas More Society’s bid to dismiss the marriage equality lawsuit brought in May 2012 by Lambda Legal and the ACLU. Lambda Legal writes via press release: Today we urged the court to ensure that same-sex couples and their families get their day in court. We put …

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Quote Of The Day – Maggie Gallagher

“Professor Nicholas Cummings, rather a giant in the field of psychology who gave a deposition in this case, published an op-ed Wednesday in USA Today. Some have accused Cummings of supporting damaging forms of what they call ‘reparation therapy.’ But the SPLC lawsuit originally claimed any form of sexual-orientation change therapy was necessarily fraud because it never helps people. Cummings’s …

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OKLAHOMA: Suit To Overturn Marriage Ban Renewed After Repeal Of DOMA

The Oklahoman reports: A lesbian couple challenging Oklahoma’s ban on gay marriages say the U.S. Supreme Court has bolstered their arguments that the state prohibition is unconstitutional. The high court’s decision last month in a gay marriage case “provides clear and explicit guidance for concluding Oklahoma’s marriage ban violates both (the couple’s) fundamental right to marry, and the exercise of …

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PENNSYLVANIA: Health Department Sues To Stop Montgomery County Marriages

Pennsylvania’s Department of Health today filed suit to stop Montgomery County from issuing same-sex marriage licenses. Montgomery County’s register of wills, Bruce Hanes, has issued licenses to 31 couples so far. The lawsuit, filed this morning by the state Department of Health’s chief counsel, asks that the court immediately force Hanes to “comply with the [Pennsylvania] Marriage Law and to …

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Dolan Wins In Milwaukee

From the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: In a major victory for the Archdiocese of Milwaukee, a federal judge ruled that funds set aside for cemetery operations cannot be tapped to pay sex abuse settlements in the archdiocese’s bankruptcy case. U.S. District Judge Rudolph T. Randa ruled that taking even a portion of the funds would violate the archdiocese’s free exercise of …

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KENTUCKY: First Marriage Lawsuit Filed

A Kentucky gay couple has become the first to file a federal lawsuit against that state’s ban on same-sex marriage. Louisville’s WLKY has a brief item: Louisville attorneys Shannon Fauver and Dawn Elliot filed a 19-page federal lawsuit Friday morning, challenging Kentucky’s constitutional ban on same sex marriage. The plaintiffs in the suit are Gregory Bourke and Michael Deleon who …

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NEW MEXICO: AG Tells State Supreme Court He Won’t Defend Marriage Ban

New Mexico Attorney General Gary King yesterday told the state Supreme Court that he will not defend a lawsuit calling for the legalization of same-sex marriage. In written arguments filed with the court, King said the justices should invalidate the state’s ban on gay marriage if they agree to resolve the issue in a lawsuit filed by two Santa Fe …

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Double Talk From Maggie Gallagher

“I don’t back something called ‘conversion therapy.’ I don’t even really know what conversion therapy is, and I’m not qualified to express an opinion on a particular kind of therapy. I back the right of gay people to seek the kind of counseling help they want, not the kind the SPLC lawyers want them to have, including help to live …

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TENNESSEE: Man Sues Apple For Not Protecting Him From Pornography

A Tennessee lawyer is suing Apple for not stopping him from accessing the porn that he says destroyed his marriage. In his 50-page complaint, Chris Sevier is seeking to force Apple to sell all its products with installed porn blocking filters. If a buyer 18 years or older wishes to remove the filters, Apple should also provide them with a …

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ACLU Sues Montana For Marriage Benefits

The ACLU has filed a lawsuit against Montana on behalf of seven gay couples who have been denied the benefits of marriage. The American Civil Liberties Union of Montana filed its amended complaint after the state Supreme Court rejected its first lawsuit in December for being too broad and not identifying specific laws that are discriminatory. In the amended lawsuit, …

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NORTH CAROLINA: Attorney General Won’t Block ACLU’s Marriage Ban Lawsuit

Matt Comer reports at Q Notes: North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper has announced his office will not block the American Civil Liberties Union of North Carolina’s move to challenge the state’s anti-LGBT constitutional amendment on marriage.  The case is heading to a federal court in Greensboro. The ACLU wants to amend their current lawsuit challenging anti-gay second-parent adoption bans …

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Federal Court Tosses Liberty Counsel’s Suit Against Obamacare Mandate

 A federal appeals court yesterday threw out Liberty University’s lawsuit against the Obamacare contraception mandate. The suit was brought by Liberty Counsel, the school’s legal arm and one of the nation’s major anti-gay hate groups. A three-judge panel of the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the employer mandate, which the Obama administration last week postponed until 2015, is …

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Quote Of The Day – Kathleen Kane

“I cannot ethically defend the constitutionality of Pennsylvania’s (law banning same-sex marriage), where I believe it to be wholly unconstitutional.” – Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane, confirming earlier reports in comments made this morning to reporters at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia.  A spokesman for GOP Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett has declined to comment on Lambda Legal and the …

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REPORT: Pennsylvania AG Won’t Defend Lawsuit To Overturn Marriage Ban

The Washington Post has the potentially huge news: Pennsylvania attorney general Kathleen Kane will not defend the state in a federal lawsuit filed this week challenging the constitutionality of the state’s ban on same-sex marriage, lawyers involved in the case said. The American Civil Liberties Union filed suit Tuesday on behalf of 23 Pennsylvania residents, including 10 couples, a widow …

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Headline Of The Day

The ACLU is on a ROLL today! Today the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and the ACLU of North Carolina Legal Foundation (ACLU-NCLF) announced plans to challenge North Carolina’s ban on marriage for same-sex couples by amending a federal lawsuit filed against the state last year on behalf of six same-sex couples and their children that challenges North Carolina’s ban …

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