Tag Archives: equal rights

Will Gay Marriages Resume in California Next Week?

United States District Court Judge Vaughn R. Walker has put a temporary stay on his ruling that overturned Proposition 8. Judge Walker has given Proposition 8′s supporters until August 18 to appeal his decision. Last week, the Judge struck down…

Schwarzenegger Asks for Same-Sex Marriages to Resume

California’s Attorney General and Governor Schwarzenegger both have asked for California to resume same-sex marriages after the ban on same-sex marriages was struck down last week. Last week, Proposition 8, which banned same-sex marriages, was struck down as unconstitutional.  Writing…

Judge Rules California’s Ban on Gay Marriage is Unconstitutional

A United States District Court Judge has ruled that California’s ban on gay marriage is unconstitutional, saying the ban “unconstitutionally burdens the exercise of the fundamental right to marry and creates and irrational classification on the basis of sexual orientation.…

Did the Supreme Court Lay the Groundwork for a Future Ruling on Gay Marriage?

Post by Randall Ryder Legal scholars are claiming that one sentence from a recent Supreme Court decision is "tea leaf" that can be interpreted as the Supreme Court’s opinion of gay marriage rights. The phrase appeared in the recent case of…

School Does Not Have to Recognize Religious Group That Excludes Gays

The Supreme Court has held that a California law school does not have to give official recognition to a religious organization that requires all members sign a statement saying "unrepentant participation in or advocacy of a sexually immoral lifestyle" is…

Labor Department to Equalize Family Leave Rights for Gay Employees

The US Labor Department plans to update regulations related to the family medical leave act (FMLA) that would extend those rights to gay employees. The FMLA allows employees to take up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave every year to…

Will the Challenge to the Defense of Marriage Act Be Successful?

A group of married same-sex couples in Massachusetts will challenge the Federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) in federal court on Thursday. Six years ago, Massachusetts became the first state to allow same-sex marriages. DOMA, however, bars the federal government…

Equal Rights for Same-Sex Partners?

President Obama has created additional healthcare rights for gay individuals. Although the rule changes do not immediately go into effect, they are designed to help same-sex partners get visitation rights at hospitals. In addition, the rules should make it easier…