Archive for April, 2012

EEOC rules that Title VII covers gender identity discrimination

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April 23, 2012
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The EEOC has issued a decision holding that it will consider gender identity discrimination to be a form of sex discrimination prohibited by Title VII. The ruling comes in Macy v. Holder, a case brought by a transwoman against an agency within the Department of Justice. The EEOC decision cites precedent established in a series of federal court decisions that […]

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Lambda files federal constitutional challenge to Nevada marriage law

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April 10, 2012

In the wake of the Ninth Circuit's opinion in Perry v. Brown, Lambda Legal is filing a lawsuit today in U.S. District Court in Nevada alleging that the state marriage law violates the U.S. Constitution because it excludes same-sex couples. The suit, Sevcik v. Sandoval, is being litigated solely under the Equal Protection Clause. Nevada is […]

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Happy Easter and Passover – and remember…

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April 6, 2012
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DoMA ruling now up to the court

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April 4, 2012

The first DoMA challenge to go before a Court of Appeals was argued this morning, and, if I were plaintiffs' counsel, I would be pretty optimistic. Two judges on the panel – Chief Judge Lynch and Judge Boudin – look like probable votes to declare the law unconstitutional. For details, see Prop8TrialTracker's blogging of the arguments, or […]

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Background on DoMA challenge being heard in First Circuit

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April 4, 2012

A three-judge panel of the First Circuit Court of Appeals is hearing arguments this morning on the constitutionality of DoMA.  Kudos to Chris Geidner of MetroWeekly, who wrote this excellent background summary of the case: The questions posed by the challenges to Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act are, on a surface level, […]

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