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Starr drops hints on Prop 8 argument, forecasts filibuster for Supreme Court nominees

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February 17, 2009

At the annual conference of the J Reuben Clark Society, an association of Mormon attorneys, Pepperdine Law Dean and former inquisitor Kenneth Starr dropped a few hints about his upcoming oral argument in defense of Prop 8, and also forecast rough sailing for any Obama nominees to the Supreme Court. According to the Mormon Times, […]

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Gay dissenter retires from Australian high court

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February 3, 2009

Openly gay Justice Michael Kirby retired Monday from the High Court of Australia after 13 years of servie, often in dissent, and five weeks short of his 70th birthday when retirement from Australia's highest court is mandatory. From Australia's Herald Sun with HT to UK Gay News: It's unlikely the court will see another quite like […]

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Stunning ruling by Colombia’s highest court

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January 29, 2009

Colombia's Constitutional Court has held that government benefits must be equalized between heterosexual and same-sex couples.  (Caveat: the opinion is in Spanish, so this post is based entirely on news reports.)  The court upheld a lower court opinion that ruled that same-sex couples must be accorded the same benefits as heterosexual couples in common-law marriages. […]

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Openly gay British judge describes inquisitorial vetting process

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January 26, 2009

From The Times of London: Britain's first openly gay judge has spoken out for the first time about his "bizarre and depressing" experience of applying for judicial appointment. Sir Adrian Fulford, a High Court judge who handles terrorism cases, said that his first application to be an assistant recorder (part-time judge) in 1994 "caused real […]

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Profile of newly-appointed Justice Cameron

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January 24, 2009

The NY Times today (finally) reported the selection of openly gay judge Edwin Cameron as a justice of South Africa's highest court, in a feature story that highlights his history as a fighter for the rights of other people with AIDS to gain the access he has had to life-saving drugs. (My eariler post on […]

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Openly gay man appointed to South Africa’s highest court

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January 2, 2009

In a genuinely pathbreaking act, South African President Mothlanthe has appointed Edwin Cameron, a justice on the Supreme Court of Appeal, as a judge of the Constitutional Court, the highest court in South Africa. Judge Cameron becomes the first openly gay man or woman ever appointed to a nation's highest court.  HT to Robert Wintemute, […]

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