Supreme Court rules for lesbian parents in Ark. birth certificate case

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The U.S. Supreme Court reversed Monday an Arkansas high court ruling allowing the state to refuse to place a lesbian parent’s name on the birth certificate of their child if the parent isn’t the birth mother.

In the case of Pavan v. Smith, the court in a per curiam decision issued a summary reversal of the Arkansas Supreme Court decision on the basis it contravened the 2015 decision in Obergefell v. Hodges extending marriage equality nationwide, which was handed down exactly two years to the day of the reversal.

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Supreme Court to rule in transgender case

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court will take up the case of a Virginia school board that wants to prevent a transgender teenager from using the boys’ bathroom at his high school.

The justices said Oct. 28 they will hear the appeal from the Gloucester County school board sometime next year. The high court’s order means that student Gavin Grimm will not be able to use the boys’ bathroom in the meantime.

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Tentative trial date set for suspended Alabama Chief Justice

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – A court has set a tentative date for the trial of suspended Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore.

An order released Aug. 1 by the Alabama Court of the Judiciary says Moore’s trial on judicial ethics charges will begin Sept. 28 if the case isn’t over before then.

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Chinese panel hears transgender discrimination case

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Beijing (AP) – A Chinese arbitration panel held a hearing in what is believed to be the country’s first transgender employment discrimination case, according to the lawyer in the case.

A ruling by the Yunyan district labor dispute board in the southern city of Guiyang would be issued later in the case of his client, who has identified himself only as Mr. C, Huang Sha told The Associated Press by telephone.

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Supreme Court sides with lesbian mother in adoption case

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Washington (AP) – The Supreme Court ruled that Alabama’s top court went too far when it tried to upend a lesbian mother’s adoption of her partner’s children.

The justices threw out a ruling by the Alabama Supreme Court in a dispute between two women whose long-term relationship ended bitterly.

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Oscar speeches look more like presidential debate at 88th Academy Awards

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Oscar night is often filled with award shocks and surprises and the 88th Academy Awards did not disappoint as Sam Smith becomes the first openly gay man to win an Oscar. Well, okay so he wasn’t, but he wasn’t sure about it so he said it anyways.

Sam Smith was among the winners considered an upset by Oscar experts. The winner of the Best Original Song for “Writing’s on the Wall” from the James Bond film Spectre was as shocked as the rest of the viewing world when his name was called instead of Lady Gaga and Diane Warren for the emotional song “Til It Happens to You” from The Hunting Ground, a documentary about campus rape in the United States.

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Do you know this woman? Police release sketch of transgender victim in cold case

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Lake County police are renewing efforts to identify the body of a woman found along a Clermont road in 1988 after new DNA testing revealed the victim was transgender. They released the sketch of what the woman may have looked like, pictured at left.

The body was found Sept. 25, 1988 and it’s estimated she died between two weeks to a month prior to that.

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Couple in Alabama same-sex marriage case still not allowed to adopt

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. — The couple whose lawsuit overturned Alabama’s gay marriage ban is headed back to court after a probate judge again refused to grant their adoption petition.

Cari Searcy and Kim McKeand filed the new lawsuit Feb. 24 against Mobile County Probate Judge Don Davis. Searcy is seeking to be recognized as a legal parent to their 9-year-old son.

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Local personality makes plea deal in fraud case

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Orlando – Community activist Randy Ross has pled no contest to one count of insurance fraud after police accused him of falsely reporting about $30,000 in stolen lawn furniture in 2013.

His original charges were four felonies and a misdemeanor. Now, Ross is only on the hook for one second degree felony, according to his attorney, Roger Scott.

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Federal appeals court to hear 3 more same-sex marriage cases

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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — A federal appeals court has agreed to hear arguments this spring from three more states defending gay marriage bans.

The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Feb. 3 granted a request to consider an appeal from South Dakota at an expedited pace. South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley says the court also combined the arguments with cases from Arkansas and Missouri.

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Victory in Virginia lesbian couple birth certificate case

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Richmond, Va. (AP) – A Virginia lesbian couple has won a legal fight to have both of their names listed on their twins’ birth certificates.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that a Richmond judge recently ordered the Virginia Department of Health’s Office of Vital Records to amend the birth certificates to show that Maria Hayman and her wife, Joanie Hayman, are the children’s parents.

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Couple behind Ala. same-sex marriage case grateful for ruling

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – The couple whose lawsuit toppled Alabama’s gay marriage ban said they are grateful, overjoyed and still a little a bit in disbelief.

“We are still trying to take it all in. It’s overwhelming. We’re very grateful. Wow. It happened,” Kim McKeand said.

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