Archive for November, 2011

Show me the money: Wrongful disclosure of HIV status draws little sympathy from Supreme Court

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November 30, 2011

The Supreme Court heard oral argument on Wednesday in Federal Aviation Administration v. Cooper, a case involving the holder of a private pilot's license who sued for mental and emotional distress after the Social Security Administration revealed to the Federal Aviation Administration that he was HIV positive, a disclosure that violated the federal Privacy Act. (Justice […]

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Keeton counseling case argued in 11th Circuit

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November 30, 2011

From the Atlanta Journal Constitution: An attorney for a graduate school counseling student told federal judges in Atlanta on Tuesday that the student's First Amendment rights were violated when professors at a Georgia university sought to punish her for her biblical views on gay rights. Augusta State University put Jennifer Keeton on academic probation for […]

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Congratulations Justice Robinson

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November 29, 2011

Beth Robinson, whose argument to the Vermont Supreme Court in Baker v. State produced the ruling that exclusion of same-sex couples from marriage was unconstitutional under that state's constitution, was sworn in yesterday as a Justice of the same court. Since handling Baker, which ultimately resulted in the state legislature enacting a civil union law, Robinson […]

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Canadian law against polygamy upheld, but with no application to relationships outside of marriage

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November 29, 2011

The British Columbia Supreme Court has ruled that the Canadian anti-polygamy law is constitutional, on the ground that its violation of religious freedom is justified by the need to prevent harm "to women, to children, to society and to the institution of monogamous marriage." In Reference re Section 293 of the Criminal Code of Canada, […]

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LGBT cases before 11th Circuit draw majority liberal panel of judges

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November 28, 2011

Judges Rosemary Barkett, Phyllis Kravitch, and William Pryor will decide two lgbt-related cases to be argued this week before the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals. Barkett and Kravitch (who is on senior status) are two of the liberal members of what is usually a conservative circuit; they were appointed by Presidents Clinton and Carter, respectively. Pryor, considered […]

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Sexual violence and provocateurs infect protests in Cairo

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November 28, 2011

From NPR's Weekend Edition: …"There's far more pain here [during the most recent round of demonstrations," says Mohammed el-Batagy, a professor at Cairo University... "The square has witnessed orders of magnitude more violence than it had during the 18 days [of anti-Mubarak protests last winter]. There is fear, and then there is also infiltrators. They […]

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