Germany’s first openly gay high court judge speaks at University of Michigan

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ANN ARBOR, Mich.- At the University of Michigan’s bicentennial colloquium Jan. 30, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor and Justice Susanne Baer from Germany’s highest court had a conversation about what universities will look like in the upcoming years, referencing the issue of classism, which Baer said she believes affects the future of universities the most by hindering diversification.

“The moral of class manifests itself differently and is located within different segments of the population,” Baer said. “Money matters but shouldn’t matter as much when it comes to education.”

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Minnesota mom sues teenage child over transgender treatment

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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – A Minnesota mother is suing her teenage child for transitioning from male to female without her permission.

Anmarie Calgaro is also suing the 17-year-old’s doctors and public health and school officials in the lawsuit filed in Minneapolis federal court Nov. 16.

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NC leaders ask court for delay in LGBTQ law appeal

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RALEIGH (AP) — North Carolina’s Republican leaders say a federal appeals court should wait for a U.S. Supreme Court case to be resolved before weighing in on a law limiting protections for LGBT people.

Lawyers for legislative leaders and Gov. Pat McCrory filed a motion Nov. 9 asking the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals to delay the case on House Bill 2 until the Supreme Court decides a Virginia case concerning transgender restroom access.

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Romanian court hears case on recognizing same-sex marriage

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BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) – A Romanian man asked his country’s Constitutional Court Oct. 27 to recognize his marriage to an American man, in a case that has pitted the nation’s conservative majority against those who want to move into the European mainstream.

Adrian Coman, a Romanian gay rights activist, wants the court to rule that his 2010 marriage in Belgium to U.S. citizen Claibourn Robert Hamilton is legal in the way it would be if the couple was not the same sex.

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Pulse victims’ families can testify on 911 calls

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ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) – Relatives of the Pulse shooting victims, as well as the parents of the gunman, will be given the chance to speak at a hearing on whether all the 911 calls from the massacre can be made public.

A judge issued an order Oct. 11 setting a hearing when relatives of the 49 deceased victims can weigh-in on the impact of the release of calls made by their loved ones from inside the Pulse nightclub.

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Judge orders school to treat trans child ‘like the girl she is’

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A federal judge rejected a school district’s challenge to President Barack Obama‘s rule on transgender bathrooms Sept. 27, ordering a biologically male student who identifies as female be treated “like the girl she is.”

Judge Algenon Marbley said the Highland Local Schools in Morrow County had failed to provide a persuasive argument that giving the student access to the girls’ restroom would jeopardize other students’ privacy or safety. He further ordered that Highland use a female name and pronouns in referring to the 11-year-old.

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Anti-gay Alabama Chief Justice Moore heads to court this week

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama Chief Justice Roy S. Moore the fiery Deep South jurist has been here before.

Moore was removed as chief justice over a decade ago for refusing to obey a federal court order to remove a Ten Commandments monument from the state judicial building. Moore faces removal from office again, this time on accusations that he urged 68 probate judges to refuse marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

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Florida man faces life in prison for murder of transgender woman

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BradyFORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) – A man faces life in prison after a jury found him guilty in the fatal shooting and burning of a transgender woman in southwest Florida.

The Naples Daily News reports that 47-year-old Terry Brady of Fort Myers was convicted of second-degree murder on Sept. 22 in Lee County.

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Sailor who stabbed transgender woman 119 times appears in court

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PASCAGOULA, Miss. (AP) – A Navy seaman in training accused of stabbing a transgender woman to death appeared before a Jackson County judge Sept. 12 for a preliminary hearing.

Sheriff’s Deputy Leo Allen revealed details about what investigators found in a St. Martin hotel room on July 23. Autopsy results show 25-year-old Dee Whigham was stabbed 119 times, he said. Allen said many of the wounds were to Whigham’s face, and her throat was slashed three times.

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North Carolina transgender restroom trail delayed

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – The trial over a North Carolina law restricting restroom access for transgender people is being pushed back by several months, attorneys challenging the law said Sept. 2.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Joi Elizabeth Peake granted a request from the state’s Republican leaders to delay the North Carolina trial while the U.S. Supreme Court considers whether to hear a Virginia case on transgender restroom access, according to a brief entry in the federal court docket.

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FBI won’t pursue hate crime charges in scalding assault on gay couple

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ATLANTA (AP) – The FBI has decided not to pursue hate crime charges against a Georgia man found guilty of throwing scalding water on a sleeping gay couple.

Martin Blackwell was sentenced to 40 years in prison this week for aggravated assault and aggravated battery.

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Court: LGBT parents can seek rights for non-biological kids

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) – New York’s highest court has expanded the definition of parenthood by ruling Aug. 30 that former same-sex couples have the right to seek visitation and custody of children even when they aren’t the biological or adoptive parent.

The Court of Appeals decision resolves two cases of former unmarried same-sex couples in which the biological mothers kept the children and their ex-partners sought legal standing to see them. In one case, lower courts ruled the ex-partner had no standing. In the other, the ex-partner pays child support and was later granted visitation.

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