Tag Archives: nominee

Gorsuch on Supreme Court: ‘Does not keep status quo’

LGBT legal activists are united in their opposition to federal appeals judge Neil Gorsuch. Though he is reportedly accepting of gay friends, activists say he is "recklessly conservative" and that he will be "far worse" than Justice Scalia, the justice

Supreme Court nominee Garland: Many court observers think he’d join the liberal voting bloc

LGBT groups are studying Judge Merrick Garland's record before endorsing him for the late Justice Antonin Scalia's seat at the U.S. Supreme Court. But many court observers think he'll be a solid addition to the high court's liberal wing.

Supreme Court: Obama names moderate-to-conservative to replace Scalia

President Obama's nominee to replace the U.S. Supreme Court's most conservative member is described by some as moderate and by others as conservative. But Senate Republicans immediately reiterated they have no intention of considering or voting on the nomination.

Speed Read: ‘The ash heap of history’

A federal judge in Pennsylvania ruled that state's ban on same-sex couples marrying is unconstitutional and should be discarded "into the ash heap of history." The Ninth Circuit has granted Idaho's request for a stay pending appeal of a federal

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: 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: ‘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

Speed Read: Michigan trial begins today

MICHIGAN TRIAL STARTS TODAY: A federal judge in Detroit will begin hearing testimony today in a lesbian couple’s challenge to the state law banning same-sex couples from marrying. The case, DeBoer v. Michigan, started out as a lawsuit to challenge

Speed Read: U.N. dings Vatican

A United Nations report openly criticizes the Vatican for contributing to the stigmatizing of gays and their children. Clay Aiken tosses his hat into the ring. Obama tries another nominee for Florida.

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