LGBT groups rally at Supreme Court against Trump nominees

By : Chris Johnson OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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ABOVE: Rep. Joseph P. Kennedy III (D-Mass.) speaks at a rally in front of the United States Supreme Court against Trump nominees. Washington Blade photo by Michael Key.

Civil rights leaders, transgender parents and LGBT advocates — joined by Reps. Joseph Kennedy III (D-Mass.) and Donald McEachin (D-Va.) — rallied before the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday in opposition to two Trump nominees, one with a history of anti-LGBT legal work, the other with a history of black voter suppression.

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Alabama Chief Justice may lose his job in fight over same-sex marriage ruling

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A hearing set for Aug. 8 will determine the course of the judicial ethics case against suspended Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore, who could be removed from office for an order he issued about same-sex marriage.

The Alabama Court of the Judiciary is scheduled to consider a request by judicial investigators to convict Moore of violating canons of conduct without a trial. That could result in Moore’s immediate removal from office.

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November trial set for cases over North Carolina LGBT law

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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) – A federal court has set a November trial date for dueling lawsuits over a North Carolina law that limits protections for LGBT people.

A written order signed July 24 by a federal magistrate judge says the trial will begin Nov. 14.

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Kim Davis tells “Good Morning America” she’s not a hypocrite

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FRANKFORT, Ky (AP) – She’s already spent five days in jail, and now a Kentucky clerk could be back in court soon for altering marriage license forms issued to same-sex couples.

Lawyers for two gay couples and two straight couples questioned the validity of the new marriage licenses and asked a federal judge to order Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis’ office to reissue them Sept. 21. If she refuses, the lawyers asked the judge to put the office in receivership and have someone else do it.

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Gay couple pursues both names on children’s birth certificates

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Madison, Wis. (AP) – A same-sex couple who sued for the right to marry in Wisconsin wants a federal judge to mandate that both gay parents’ names appear on their children’s birth certificates.

Karina Willes and Kami Young were among a group of same-sex couples who convinced U.S. District Judge Barbara Crabb to legalize gay marriage last year. They filed a motion with Crabb on April 20 asking her to order records officials to place both gay parents’ names on their children’s birth certificates.

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Federal judge tells Mobile County probate judge he must issue same-sex marriage licences

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A federal judge is not backing off her order to an Alabama probate judge that he must issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

U.S. District Judge Callie Granade on March 16 refused to stay her order to Mobile County Probate Judge Don Davis. Granade in January ruled that Alabama’s gay-marriage ban is unconstitutional and told Davis that he could not refuse licenses because of a couple’s sexual orientation.

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Alabama Probate Judge faces conflicting orders over marriage licenses

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Montgomery, Ala. – A Mobile probate judge now faces conflicting direct orders from a federal judge and the Alabama Supreme Court regarding gay marriage.

An Alabama Supreme Court order issued late March 10 is the latest development in Alabama’s saga over gay marriage. A federal judge last month said that Mobile County Probate Judge Don Davis couldn’t refuse marriage licenses to gay couples.

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Federal judge won’t delay Nebraska gay marriage case

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OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – A federal judge won’t delay a lawsuit challenging Nebraska’s gay marriage ban while the U.S. Supreme Court is considering the issue for the country.

Judge Joseph Bataillon (buh-TAL’-yuhn) in Omaha declined a request from the Nebraska attorney general’s office for the delay, saying in his ruling Jan. 27 that the state didn’t show the delay was necessary. A spokeswoman for the attorney general declined to comment.

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Georgia asks to halt same-sex marriage lawsuit until high court rules

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ATLANTA (AP) – Lawyers for the state of Georgia have asked a federal judge to stop any action on a challenge to the state’s ban on gay marriage until the U.S. Supreme Court has a chance to rule on the issue.

The Supreme Court on Jan. 16 announced it will hear arguments on whether same-sex couples have the right to marry in every state. The cases will be argued in April, and a decision is expected by late June.

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Anti-gay group sues Orange County Clerk

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Orlando – Florida Family Action, a group notorious for its opposition to marriage equality, is suing the Orange County Clerk to try to make her stop issuing marriage licenses to same sex couples.

FFA filed their emergency alternative writ of mandamus Jan. 15 in the 9th Circuit Court of Orange County. The plaintiffs want a judge to command Orange County Clerk Tiffany Moore Russell “to perform her ministerial duty not to issue marriage licenses to same sex couples.”

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Michigan judge must recognize 300-plus same-sex marriages

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DETROIT (AP) – A federal judge ruled Jan. 15 that Michigan must recognize hundreds of same-sex marriages performed during a brief window last year.

U.S. District Judge Mark Goldsmith wrote that the unions are valid, but stayed the decision for 21 days pending any appeal by the state.

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Appeals court overturns sex-change for inmate

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BOSTON (AP) — A federal appeals court has overturned a ruling ordering Massachusetts prison officials to provide taxpayer-funded sex-reassignment surgery for an inmate convicted of murder.

Michelle Kosilek, born Robert Kosilek, has waged a protracted legal battle for the surgery she says is needed to relieve the mental anguish caused by gender-identity disorder.

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