Author Archives: Lisa Keen

Polis tries parliamentary maneuver in hopes of moving ENDA to the floor

Because House Speaker John Boehner has vowed to block ENDA from getting a vote, the discharge petition has become the only hope to force ENDA to the floor if the Republican-dominated chamber. U.S. Rep. Jared Polis, with the backing of

Summer Finale: ‘doing this stupid thing’

A Seventh Circuit panel grilled attorneys for Indiana and Wisconsin this week over their reasons for banning marriage for same-sex couples. The Supreme Court extended a stay last week on a Fourth Circuit decision that Virginia's ban on marriage for

Sunday Speed: Va. stay expires Thursday

The Supreme Court could decide this week whether to extend a stay of a Fourth Circuit ruling that, if not extended, will expire Thursday morning, enabling same-sex couples to marry in Virginia and, perhaps, in other Fourth Circuit states. The

Sunday Speed: 3 cases at Supreme Court

Three separate appeals were filed with the Supreme Court this week, seeking the high court's ruling on whether states can ban same-sex couples from marrying or refuse to recognize the marriage licenses same-sex couples have obtained in other states. A

Sixth Circuit GOP judges: Why not let the voters decide who gets to marry?

The three-judge panel of the Sixth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals seemed to signal pretty clearly where they’re headed on the six marriage equality lawsuits they heard arguments in Wednesday: toward the first federal appeals ruling to undo lower court

Speed Read: Virginia seeks Supreme leap

The White House welcomes the president of Uganda tomorrow to the U.S.-Africa Summit. Doubts are expressed about likelihood of Utah's appeal being accepted at the U.S. Supreme Court. And only 46 percent of LGBT people consider themselves "liberal."

Fourth Circuit panel votes 2 to 1 to strike Virginia’s same-sex marriage ban

It was clear from the oral argument that two out of three of the judges on a Fourth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals panel would vote on opposite sides concerning the constitutionality of Virginia’s ban on same-sex marriage. The

Speed Read: Tough ruling in Colorado

It wasn't unusual that a federal district court judge declared Colorado's marriage ban for same-sex couples unconstitutional, but he bucked the trend by presuming the U.S. Supreme Court would grant a stay of his decision. Two potential presidential candidates make

President signs historic executive order

President Obama this morning (July 21) signed a long-sought executive order prohibiting contractors who do business with the federal government from discriminating based on sexual orientation and gender identity, and adding to existing protection (which includes sexual orientation) for federal

Speed Read: No religious exemption

President Obama will sign an executive order tomorrow that prohibits federal contractors from discriminating against LGBT people but, importantly, it does not provide a new exemption to allow contractors to claim a religious-based need to discriminate.