Tag Archives: Louisiana

LOUISIANA: Poll Shows 36% Back Firing People For Being Gay Or Transgender

A poll from Equality Louisiana reveals that while hardly anybody supports refusing service to LGBT folks, 36% believe that firing somebody for being gay or transgender is perfectly fine. Poll details.

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Federal Court Blocks Medical Leave For Married Gay Couples In Four States

Last night a federal judge issued a preliminary injunction against a recently-issued Labor Department policy that grants family medical leave benefits to married same-sex couples in states that forbid same-sex marriage. Chris Johnson reports at the Washington Blade: In a 24-page decision, U.S. District Judge Reed O’Connor, an appointee of George W. Bush, issued the preliminary injunction based on the …

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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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LOUISIANA: State Supreme Court Urged To Rule On Same-Sex Marriage Case

Lawyers from both sides of one of Louisiana’s same-sex marriage case yesterday urged the state Supreme Court to rule soon even though other cases are pending before SCOTUS. Kyle Duncan, making the state’s argument that its ban on same-sex marriage should stand, argued that the nation’s highest court “needs as much input as possible on this issue, especially from state …

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Gov. Bobby Jindal Backs Latest Attempt To Pass Federal Marriage Amendment

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Marriage Cases In Flux Due To SCOTUS

Marriage equality cases in several states have seen some action since Friday’s decision by the Supreme Court to hear the cases out of the Sixth Circuit Court. North Dakota: Yesterday a federal judge put that case on indefinite hold pending the final ruling from SCOTUS. There had been no action on that case since September. Georgia: Also yesterday the state …

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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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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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No Marriage News From SCOTUS Today

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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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Matt Baume: Marriage News Watch

Clip recap: “Marriage is starting this week in Florida. So why are our opponents saying it’s not? We’ll take a look at what’s really going on, and how they’re still trying to stop the weddings. Also this week: oral argument in Louisiana could get pretty heated. Another Supreme Court conference. And some surprising polling.”

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GOP House Majority Whip Confesses: I Spoke At Meeting Of White Supremacists

Via the Washington Post: Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.), the House majority whip, acknowledged Monday that he spoke at a gathering hosted by white nationalist leaders while serving as a state representative in 2002, thrusting a racial controversy into House Republican ranks days before the party assumes control of both congressional chambers. The 48-year-old Scalise, who ascended to the House GOP’s …

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SCOTUS To Consider Four More Marriage Cases At January Conference

We already know about Louisiana and now four more have been added. Via Chris Geidner at Buzzfeed: The Supreme Court is set to consider on Jan. 9 whether it will hear appeals of same-sex couples’ marriage challenges in cases out of five states, one of the legal teams representing the couples told BuzzFeed News on Monday. “The Tanco [Tennessee case] …

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BREAKING: Supreme Court To Consider Louisiana Case At January Conference

See the docket notice.

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Democrats Lose Ninth Senate Seat

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