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Posted 1 year ago in Gay and Lesbian issues Litigation by Michele Bowman  
Illinois Inches Closer to Legalizing Same-Sex Marriage

While a bill legalizing gay marriage awaits enough support in the Illinois House of Representatives, the Cook County clerk is not defending against a lawsuit brought against the county by gay couples who say its refusal to recognize same-sex marriage is a violation of the state constitution.   Golden Silence David Orr, with his reported silence in the suit and his outspoken support of gay marriage, agrees with the couples, who are represented by Lambda Legal. But now that county …

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Posted 1 year ago in Crime Government Your Family & The Law by Janet Raasch  
VAWA Now Covers LBGTs and Native Americans

Since passage of the original Violence Against Women Act in 1994, reported incidents of violence against women in the United States have decreased by an impressive two-thirds. Still, violence against women remains a serious problem. One of five women will be the victim of rape at some time in their lives. One of five adult women will be the victim of domestic violence. Each day, three women are killed by their husbands or boyfriends.   Violence Against Women Act Reauthorization …

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Posted 1 year ago in Gay and Lesbian issues by Aaron Kase  
Supreme Court Could Strike Down Defense of Marriage Act

The U.S. Supreme Court heard two hours of arguments today over the Defense of Marriage Act, which bans federal recognition of same-sex marriage. Opponents of the 1996 law argue that excluding gay couples from federal marriage benefits is unconstitutional under the Fifth Amendment, which states that the federal government must not deprive people of “life, liberty, or property” while implying equality under the law. DOMA was ruled unconstitutional twice last year, first in a decision rendered by the 1st U.S. …

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Posted 1 year ago in Gay and Lesbian issues by Aaron Kase  
Will Supreme Court Punt on Gay Marriage Case?

The U.S. Supreme Court today heard arguments in a case that could potentially grant marriage rights to gay couples in all 50 states, but the justices indicated that they would punt the issue instead. Hollingsworth v. Perry is the first case the Supreme Court has ever heard on same-sex marriage, at a moment when the country’s support for equality has reached an all-time high. The journey of LGBT marriage to Washington, D.C., has taken years. In 2008, the California Supreme …

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Why the Supreme Court Will Rule in Favor of Gay Marriage

By Larry Bodine, Editor in Chief, Lawyers.com Editorial We are on the threshold of a historic decision on individual rights by the Supreme Court of the United States as it considers two cases involving same-sex marriage. The cases about “who you love” could change the laws in 41 states and more than 1,000 federal statutes. Regardless of what is said in the oral arguments, a reading of the merits briefs makes it clear that the Court will have to rule …

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