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Judge blocks Trump trans ban in military

In the first court action taken on President Trump's proposed ban on transgender people in the military, a federal district court judge in D.C. on Monday ruled plaintiffs were likely to succeed in their constitutional challenge of the policy.

Speed Read: Wisconsin on hold

The U.S. Senate will take a vote today on whether to consider Darrin Gayles nomination to serve on the U.S. district court bench in Miami. A federal judge in Wisconsin granted a stay of her decision declaring the state's ban

Speed Read: Mississippi bias

The Mississippi legislature passed a religious bias bill Tuesday which many think will be used to justify discrimination against gays and blacks. Gay federal court nominee has smooth sailing in confirmation hearing. Federal judge cancels trial for one of the

Speed Read: ‘Adjusting’ to reality

The U.S. Supreme Court this morning will hear oral arguments in two cases asking whether, under a religious exemption in the Affordable Care Act, employers can deny certain medical coverage by citing the religious objections of the companies’ owners. And

Fifth gay federal judge confirmed

The U.S. Senate Monday (May 2) gave voice vote approval to Michael McShane to serve on the U.S. District Court for Oregon. McShane is the fifth openly gay person to be confirmed for a district court seat under President Obama.

Senate OKs nominee to federal bench

The U.S. Senate today (March 15) approved the nomination of the first openly gay federal judge for California, Michael Fitzgerald of Los Angeles. The vote was 91 to 6, with three senators not voting, making Fitzgerald the fifth openly gay

Nominee advances, DOMA repeal rescheduled

On a voice vote, the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday recommended the confirmation of openly gay attorney Michael Fitzgerald to serve on the federal bench in Los Angeles. But, at the request of Republicans, the Committee postponed its vote

SLDN challenges use of DOMA against gay service members

The Servicemembers Legal Defense Fund filed suit in a federal district court Thursday (October 27) challenging the federal Defense of Marriage Act and its use in denying to gay service members spousal benefits equal to that given to their straight

Senate confirms lesbian court nominee

The U.S. Senate voted Thursday (October 13) to confirm the nomination of lesbian attorney Alison Nathan to serve as a federal district court judge. The roll call vote was 48 to 44, thus securing Nathan’s appointment to the U.S. District Court

Gay nominee politely labeled an ‘activist’ by GOP

A fourth openly gay nominee--one who has been fairly heavily involved in both gay and non-gay legal and political issues and who spent “hundreds of hours” doing pro bono work that led to the elimination of a gay ban on