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Trump’s trans ban is a real threat, say legal activists

Some media outlets and observers think Defense Secretary Jim Mattis has put a freeze on President Trump's proposed ban on transgender service members, but legal activists say it's happening.

“Justice that arrives like a thunderbolt”: On same-sex marriage “the fight is over”

June 26 has been solidified as the historic date for LGBT history in the United States. It is the day in 2003 when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that states could not enforce laws prohibiting same-sex adults from having intimate relations. It is

The looming dilemma: A long short list

Renown Supreme Court advocate Ted Olson remembers the first time he had a chance to argue a case before the U.S. Supreme Court: He didn’t take it. It was a First Amendment case about billboards in San Diego. Olson had

A looming dilemma: Choosing an advocate

Just beyond the February 27 deadline for filing their briefs to the U.S. Supreme Court, the 36 attorneys signed onto briefs to strike down bans on marriage for same-sex couples will face another looming task. They must choose who will

Ninth Circuit decision adds 5 more states to equality column, tally could reach 35

A unanimous three-judge panel of the Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on Tuesday (October 7) struck down state bans against marriage for same-sex couples in Nevada and Idaho, but the ruling will –if not appealed— affect bans in Ninth

Speed Read: Slugfest in Fourth Circuit

The Fourth Circuit vote on Virginia's ban of same-sex marriage will almost certainly be 2 to 1, given Tuesday's combative oral argument. A federal judge in Idaho struck down that state's ban on Tuesday and ordered the state to start

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

Speed Read: 53% in work closet

A Human Rights Campaign study found that 53 percent of LGBT people hide their sexual orientation from almost everybody at work. Lesbian gubernatorial candidate Heather Mizeur held her own Wednesday night in the first Democratic primary debate for Maryland.

Speed Read: Supreme rejection

The Supreme Court refused to take review of an appeal from a photographer who violated non-discrimination laws by refusing a lesbian couple. Nebraska came close to passing a non-discrimination law that included sexual orientation and gender identity. Houston's lesbian mayor

Speed Read: Rewriting Windsor

Two openly gay nominees to the federal bench are pending before the Senate Judiciary Committee this week. One, Darrin Gayles, has his confirmation hearing today. The other, Staci Yandle, had to respond to additional questions from one Republican concerning the