Judiciary

Congratulations Judge Quinones

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June 14, 2013
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Yesterday the U.S. Senate confirmed Nitza Quinones Alejandro, the first openly lesbian Latina federal court judge in the United States. From the Philadelphia Inquirer: QuiƱones earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration and a law degree from the University of Puerto Rico. She worked with Community Legal Services from 1975 to 1977, was an attorney […]

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What happened (and will happen) in the states

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November 10, 2012
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  Progressives are celebrating the string of four successes in marriage ballots last Tuesday, but if you dig deeper, the news is even better. In several key state governments, the level where many LGBT and women’s rights issues are determined, the sky got significantly bluer and/or conservative initiatives flopped. Drill down into all the analysis […]

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Election night storm watch

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November 4, 2012
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It’s been less than a week since Sandy (and the nightmare continues for many), but Tuesday night could be another wild ride. With the presidential election still close, and control of the Senate hanging in the balance, it’s going to be a bumpy night until all the results are in. For LGBT folks and allies, […]

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Judges on the ballot: The impact on LGBT rights

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November 2, 2012
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For better or worse – usually worse – the majority of states choose judges by popular vote, either initially or in retention elections following appointment. In a number of races around the country, the pro- or anti-gay positions of candidates for judicial office have become part of the debate.  The best known example is Iowa […]

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Iowa Supreme Court Chief Justice facing right-wing attack

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October 10, 2012
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Two years ago, voters in Iowa tossed out three justices of the state’s supreme court, after anti-equality forces mobilized anger against that court’s unanimous decision to require equal access to marriage. This year, Chief Justice David Wiggins is facing a retention vote, and supporters of the Varnum decision are trying to prevent a repeat of […]

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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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