Tag Archives: Seventh Circuit Court

Seventh Circuit Court Of Appeals Issues Landmark Education Ruling That Title IX Protects Trans Students

Vox reports: A single student’s case has turned into a massive legal decision for all transgender Americans. On Tuesday, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the Kenosha Unified School District in Wisconsin violated the rights of a trans student, Ash Whitaker [photo, with his mother], when it refused to let him use the boys’ bathroom. According to the …

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Seventh Circuit Court Of Appeals Judge Tells Married Gay Parents: “You Can’t Overcome Biology” [VIDEO]

The Indianapolis Star reports: In oral arguments Monday, a panel of three judges for the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals examined whether Indiana discriminates by not recognizing two married women both as parents on their children’s birth certificates without having to adopt. Judge Diane S. Sykes drew distinctions between biological parentage and parental rights, and which of the two should …

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Federal Court: Sexual Orientation Discrimination Isn’t Covered By Existing Civil Rights Laws

Chris Geidner reports at Buzzfeed: A federal appeals court on Thursday rejected a woman’s claim that existing civil rights law protects against sexual orientation discrimination — ruling that only the Supreme Court or Congress can make that the law. “Kimberly Hively has failed to state a claim under Title VII [of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 for sex discrimination,” …

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INDIANA: Seventh Circuit Court Stays Marriage Ban Overturn Pending SCOTUS

Via Hoosiers Unite: This stay was expected, and similar motions have been granted in other jurisdictions. What’s important is that our case is up for consideration by the U.S. Supreme Court at the end of this month, and we could know very soon whether the Justices will take up the issue of marriage equality in the coming term. We remain …

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Indiana AG To SCOTUS: Our Ban On Gay Marriage Doesn’t Target Gay People

Saying that his state’s ban on same-sex marriage does not target homosexuals, Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller today asked the Supreme Court to overturn the Seventh Circuit Court’s ruling. “Less than six months after my office first entered our appearance in trial court to defend our state client from this lawsuit, our case now is knocking on the door of …

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Brian Brown Has The Seventh Circuit Sadz

“In the 7th Circuit case, Judge Richard Posner crafted one of the most ideologically-driven and personally invested rulings I’ve ever read from a federal justice—and that’s saying something! Indeed, the craziest moments of Posner’s decision are not merely ludicrous and poorly reasoned, they’re scandalously offensive. For example, he insinuates that the people of Indiana and Wisconsin—whose marriage laws his decision …

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Local Haters Have The Wisconsin Sadz

“We are deeply disappointed but not surprised at this ruling. We knew we had the most liberal panel of judges on the 7th Circuit. When they denied the state’s request to have the case heard before all ten judges on the court, we pretty much knew what to expect. I was in the courtroom last Tuesday. I knew then what …

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Editorial Of The Day

From the editorial board of the New York Times: As important as the federal appeals court ruling was on Thursday declaring same-sex marriage bans in two states to be unconstitutional, the clarity and blunt reasoning behind the decision was equally momentous. Writing for a unanimous three-judge panel of the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, Judge Richard …

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Tony Perkins Has The Seventh Circuit Sadz

“I am very troubled that this court failed to recognize the self-evident truth that children need and deserve a mom and dad. The ruling doesn’t appear to allow society to choose to maintain a coherent definition of marriage. The courts have no true constitutional authority to unilaterally change the definition of our most fundamental social institution. Yet this court is …

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Local Haters Have The Indiana Sadz

“Today the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals sent a shocking and destructive message to Indiana lawmakers and all Hoosier citizens: Moms and Dads are optional. The 40 page decision departs from the constitutional role of the judiciary to interpret the law and instead the Court assumes a moral superiority over the people of Indiana and our elected leaders. The Court …

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WISCONSIN: Attorney General To Appeal Marriage Ban Overturn To SCOTUS

Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen says he will appeal today’s ruling to the Supreme Court. Van Hollen’s spokeswoman, Dana Brueck, said in an email to The Associated Press that Van Hollen has always believed the case will be decided in the that court. U.S. District Judge Barbra Crabb struck down the ban as unconstitutional in June. Hundreds of gay …

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BREAKING: Seventh Circuit Strikes Down Marriage Bans In Wisconsin & Indiana

The ruling is here. UPDATE: Via the Muncie Star Press. A U.S. appeals court in Chicago ruled Thursday that gay marriage bans in Wisconsin and Indiana violate the U.S. Constitution — thereby bumping the number of states where gay marriage will be legal from 19 to 21. The unanimous decision by the three-judge panel of the U.S. 7th Circuit Court …

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AP Reports On Seventh Circuit

Via the Associated Press: Federal appeals judges bristled Tuesday at arguments defending gay marriage bans in Indiana and Wisconsin, with one Republican appointee comparing them to now-defunct laws that once outlawed weddings between blacks and whites. Judge Richard Posner, who was appointed by President Ronald Reagan, was dismissive when Wisconsin Assistant Attorney General Timothy Samuelson repeatedly pointed to ‘tradition’ as …

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First Report From Seventh: All Three Judges “Skeptical” Of Marriage Opposition

Each judge – Posner, Williams and Hamilton – skeptical of arguments for marriage bans. My prediction: 3-0 ruling for #MarriageEquality.— Chris Johnson (@chrisjohnson82) August 26, 2014 Reagan-appointed Posner most vocal in skepticism, asking Qs about why states want to children with same-sex parents to be worse off. — Chris Johnson (@chrisjohnson82) August 26, 2014 Williams expressed confusion over procreation argument …

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TODAY: Seventh Circuit Court To Hear Marriage Cases From Indiana & Wisconsin

A long line has formed outside the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago this morning for today’s hearing of the marriage equality lawsuits for Indiana and Wisconsin. I’ll be posting live-tweets from the scene and audio/video as it becomes available. Washington Blade reporter Chris Johnson is on the scene. UPDATE: Today’s panel of judges has been announced.

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TUESDAY: Seventh Circuit Court To Hear Marriage Cases From Indiana & Wisconsin

Here’s a reminder for next week: On Tuesday, August 26th, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit will hear arguments in court cases from Indiana and Wisconsin in which federal district courts ruled against the states’ bans on marriage for same-sex couples. Baskin v. Bogan of Indiana – which was consolidated with Lee v. Pence and Midori Fujii …

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Target Files Pro-Gay Marriage Briefs With Seventh Circuit Court Of Appeals

Minneapolis-based retail giant Target today filed amicus briefs in support of the plaintiffs in same-sex marriage lawsuits against the states of Wisconsin and Indiana. The Human Rights Campaign reacts: “Today Target joins a growing chorus of Americans and businesses that know these bans on marriage equality serve no purpose other than to harm families,” said Human Rights Campaign (HRC) President …

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