Tag Archives: Massachusetts

GOP blockade of Obama judicial nominees snares openly gay candidate

Lesbian attorney Inga Bernstein's nomination to a federal district court seat has been pending for a year now, but a blockade of Obama nominees, including a Supreme Court nominee, portends she'll wait even longer.

Judge: church-school can’t fire food director because he’s married to a man

In a first of its kind decision, a Massachusetts judge ruled December 16 that a Catholic school did not have constitutional protection to violate a state law when it rescinded a job offer to a food services employee “because he

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

Senate changes hands and GOP wins governor’s office in three blue states

Republican candidates won enough U.S. Senate seats Tuesday night to take over the majority in both chambers of Congress, but in an even more stunning victory, Republicans took over the governor’s offices in three strongly Democratic states –Illinois, Maryland, and,

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

Speed Read: Complications in PA and WI

A federal judge in Wisconsin refused the state's motion for a stay of her decision striking the state ban on same-sex couples marrying but said she did not instruct clerks to start issuing licenses. Clerks in about half the state's

Speed Read: Ninth Circuit stays Idaho

The Ninth Circuit has temporarily stopped same-sex couples from marrying in Idaho when a federal judge's ruling is due to go into effect today. The St. Louis Rams head coach has taken pro-active measures to ensure a smooth transition for

Speed Read: Mississippi signs

MISSISSIPPI GOVERNOR SIGNS: Republican Governor Phil Bryant signed the Mississippi Religious Freedom Restoration Act Thursday, saying it “will protect the individual religious freedom of Mississippians of all faiths from government interference.” The ACLU says the law, though less problematic than

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

Speed Read: Robert Gates disses Obama

New Mexico's Republican governor won't support a push to approve a state constitutional ban on same-sex marriage. Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates disses President Obama over Don't Ask Don't Tell repeal. And more...