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Supreme Court justices to decide whether to hear 3 LGBT cases

Supreme Court justices to decide whether to hear 3 LGBT cases

  • by Lisa Keen
  • Nov 20, 2018

Three big LGBT cases will be part of a private discussion at the U.S. Supreme Court next Friday, November 30, when the justices meet to conference about what appeals to hear in the coming months.

Kavanaugh confirmation means legal activists will likely change strategies

Kavanaugh confirmation means legal activists will likely change strategies

  • by Lisa Keen
  • Oct 8, 2018

A new era in the U.S. Supreme Court's history began Saturday afternoon, October 6, when the Senate voted 50-48 to confirm the nomination of a federal judge who is expected to provide a fifth and majority vote against equal rights for LGBT people.

Gay judge to preside over San Mateo courts

Gay judge to preside over San Mateo courts

  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Sep 19, 2018

Judge Jonathan Karesh is set to become the second LGBT judge to preside over the San Mateo County Superior Court when he begins a two-year term in the leadership position in January.

LGBT groups call for delay in Kavanaugh vote

LGBT groups call for delay in Kavanaugh vote

  • by Lisa Keen
  • Sep 19, 2018

LGBT groups have been among those calling for the Senate Judiciary Committee to delay its vote on the confirmation of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court.

5 seen on short list to replace Kennedy

5 seen on short list to replace Kennedy

  • by Lisa Keen
  • Jul 4, 2018

Just two days after Justice Anthony Kennedy announced his retirement from the U.S. Supreme Court, President Donald Trump told reporters that he had already narrowed his choice for Kennedy's replacement to "about five" people.

High court punts in florist case

High court punts in florist case

  • by Lisa Keen
  • Jun 27, 2018

The U.S. Supreme Court Monday vacated a Washington Supreme Court decision that said a florist violated state law when she refused to sell flowers to a same-sex couple for their wedding.

Supreme Court rules for anti-gay baker in cake case

Supreme Court rules for anti-gay baker in cake case

  • by Lisa Keen
  • Jun 4, 2018

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Monday (June 4) that the Colorado Civil Rights Commission violated a baker's free exercise rights when it ordered that he sell cakes to same-sex couples the same as he sells to heterosexual couples.

Appeals court rules for city in SFPD text scandal

Appeals court rules for city in SFPD text scandal

  • by Alex Madison
  • Jun 1, 2018

In a move that city officials are praising, the San Francisco police officers who sent homophobic and racist text messages in 2011 and 2012 can face disciplinary charges, an appeals court ruled this week.

AHF files two lawsuits against Gilead

AHF files two lawsuits against Gilead

  • by Alex Madison
  • May 16, 2018

Four Californians living with HIV, including one in Marin County, are suing the pharmaceutical company Gilead Sciences over its continued distribution of what they say is a toxic HIV medicine.

Trans woman can move forward with lawsuit, judge rules

Trans woman can move forward with lawsuit, judge rules

  • by Alex Madison
  • May 9, 2018

Tanesh Nutall, a transgender woman who is suing the city of San Francisco saying her rights were violated, will be able to move forward with her lawsuit taken on by the state Department of Fair Employment & Housing, a judge ruled Tuesday, May 8.

Judge tosses challenge to SF jail trans policy

Judge tosses challenge to SF jail trans policy

  • by Alex Madison
  • Apr 23, 2018

A challenge to the San Francisco Sheriff's Department's Transgender, Gender Variant and Nonbinary policy and procedures was shot down Friday (April 20) by a San Francisco Superior Court Judge.

Lawsuit filed in ADAP data breach

Lawsuit filed in ADAP data breach

  • by Alex Madison
  • Apr 18, 2018

Lambda Legal files lawsuit against former contractor for California ADAP enrollment program.

Mississippi high court sides with non-biological mom in custody case

Mississippi high court sides with non-biological mom in custody case

  • by Lisa Keen
  • Apr 12, 2018

Mississippi is one of those Deep South states that really did not want to allow same-sex couples to marry.

Courts divided over Title VII's impact in LGBT cases

Courts divided over Title VII's impact in LGBT cases

  • by Lisa Keen
  • Mar 28, 2018

Lori Franchina worked as a firefighter for Providence, Rhode Island, and for four years, everything was fine. Then one day, she was paired up with a male worker notorious for sexually harassing female colleagues.