Tag Archives: Jon Davidson

Strength and longevity of legal gains may change in 2016 politics and lawsuits

Coming off another high achievement year, the LGBT community can relax and take it easy for a while now, right? This is the LGBT Golden Age, right? That may depend on whether LGBT people seek 24 karat gold equality or

If Supreme Court strikes bans, LGBT legal activists ready to fight the pushback

The Supreme Court of the United States will rule any day now on whether it is a violation of the federal constitution for states to bar same-sex couples from marrying. But for weeks now, in apparent anticipation that the court

Abercrombie case: LGBT and evangelicals on the same side

It is a rare occasion when LGBT legal activists find themselves on the same side of a case as the conservative Christian Legal Society and the National Association of Evangelicals. It is also rare to find LGBT legal activists on

Supreme Court: Kennedy’s questions offer hope -and worry- for both sides in state marriage ban argument

Though attorneys for same-sex couples tried numerous times to focus attention to the damage that bans on same-sex marriage inflict on the rights of LGBT people, the spotlight during Tuesday's U.S. Supreme Court argument stayed largely on the rights of

Supreme Court refuses 7 marriage appeals; 5 to 11 more states will have freedom; tally could hit 30

In a surprise development, the U.S. Supreme Court today announced it would not accept for review any of the seven appeals on same-sex marriage bans from five states. The action means that the stays placed on lower court decisions in

Supreme Court: Which case makes the best case for marriage equality?

The U.S. Supreme Court could announce as early as Tuesday (September 30) which marriage equality case –or cases— it will accept for review this session. But, while the Court has seven marriage equality cases to choose from during its private

First federal appeals court panel weighs in; finds Utah’s ban unconstitutional

A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit issued a 2 to 1 decision Wednesday, upholding a district court decision that Utah’s ban on marriage for same-sex couples is unconstitutional.

Two edges of the same sword: Lessons from the Becker Book, Part 2

New York Times reporter Jo Becker's book paints an angry confrontation in May 2009 between the board of the American Foundation for Equal Rights and and four key LGBT civil rights legal activists when AFER unveiled its plans for a

Driving Rosa Parks: Lessons from the Becker Book, Part 1

Now that the great public gnashing of teeth has subsided over New York Times reporter Jo Becker’s history of the Proposition 8 litigation, Forcing the Spring, it appears the idea of dubbing Chad Griffin as the Rosa Parks of the

Speed Read: Tennessee gets a stay

DOD adds sexual orientation to its charter of values for military personnel. The United Church of Christ has filed a first-of-its-kind lawsuit against a ban on same-sex marriage in North Carolina. And a federal appeals court rejected Michigan's request to